It is no exaggeration to say that Runnymede has some one-of-a-kind yearlings in this year’s Keeneland September sale, the world’s largest marketplace for young Thoroughbreds.
A colt from the first crop by Grade 1 winner and millionaire Pyro, a son of rising sire of sires Pulpit, will lead off the consignment as Hip 426 and is the only offspring of his sire in the auction catalog. The striking chestnut was produced by the Gone West mare Tres Tres Joli, a daughter of graded stakes winner Silver Tornado, a half sister to Grade 1 winners and sires Roman Ruler and El Corredor.
Since Pyro stands for Darley in Japan, the Runnymede colt represents a rare opportunity to obtain one of his offspring. He and the other yearlings that will sell in the first sessions of the sale arrived at Keeneland on September 7 and will be available for inspection at Barn 29.
Another unique youngster in the farm’s consignment is Hip 870, a chestnut filly by champion Conduit, who also stands in Japan, out of our Danehill mare Josette. European champion and sire Blushing Groom and Japanese champion Agnes Digital are both on the filly’s catalog page.
There are other standouts in the Runnymede consignment as well, including an elegant dark bay filly by top sire Medaglia d’Oro out of graded stakes winner Meribel, an earner of nearly $500,000 by Peaks and Valleys. The filly, Hip 987, is only the second foal out of Meribel, who also has a juvenile filly by Street Cry and a colt foal by Unbridled’s Song.
Another enticing yearling in the consignment is Hip 631, a colt by Hard Spun who is a half brother to 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G2) third-place finisher Sweet Cat. The handsome dark bay son out of our Carson City mare Claire’s Smile also is a half brother to Saratoga stakes winner Loose Leaf and is from the family of champions Flanders and Surfside. Hard Spun is the youngest ranked stallion on the general sire list, currently 22nd by progeny earnings with his oldest runners just three, and he has already sired 14 stakes winners from his first crop.
Runnymede also has a pair of attractive colts by leading sire Kitten’s Joy. Hip 1000, a chestnut out of the Coronado’s Quest mare Miss Forest City, is from the prolific family of champion Numbered Account and her descendants, including champion Rhythm, classic winner Super Saver, and Grade 1 winners Bluegrass Cat, Frost Giant and Girolamo.
Hip 509 is a very handsome bay son of Kitten’s Joy out of the Kingmambo mare Alcina.
In addition to the horses, this year’s consignment also is notable as the first to go through the Keeneland ring listed as Runnymede Farm with farm President Brutus J. Clay as the principal. For decades, farm Chairman Catesby W. Clay always had been noted after the Runnymede name in catalogs, but the Clay family patriarch is taking a step back so the next generation can make its way under the historic farm banner.
Runnymede is the oldest Thoroughbred nursery in Kentucky, dating back to1867 when founded by Col. Ezekiel Clay.