September 8, 2015
The rarest of opportunities awaits buyers at the upcoming Keeneland September Sale. It comes in the form of Hip 332, a Lane’s End-consigned colt from the first crop of the mighty Frankel (GB), out of immensely talented Grade 2 winner India, by Hennessy.
Lane’s End will offer the powerful chestnut, named Frankly Speaking, on the second day of selling, Tuesday, Sept. 15.
So what does this special colt offer? Let’s start with pedigree.
The arrival of Frankel’s first foals last year sparked the imagination of the racing world, and why not? Frankel was roundly considered the best horse Europe’s seen in at least a generation…and maybe ever. Unbeaten and untested in 14 starts, Frankel won 10 times in Group 1 company, and was twice named Europe’s Horse of the Year.
He had the pedigree to go with his ability, too. Frankel is by Galileo (Ire), the Sadler’s Wells stallion ranked as perhaps the best international sire in the world. Galileo is already considered a top sire of sires, with horses like Teofilo (Ire), New Approach (Ire) and Rip Van Winkle (Ire) to his credit.
Frankel’s dam, the Danehill mare Kind (Ire), is a group-winning half to Powerscourt (GB), and is the dam of three other stakes winners in addition to Frankel, not least of which is Lane’s End’s treble Group 1 winner NOBLE MISSION (GB).
Frankly Speaking’s female family, meanwhile, is active and dynamic, and has accounted for some top American prizes in recent years. His dam India was a certified star for the Todd Pletcher barn, winning, among other graded events, the G2 Cotillion H. and earning in excess of $630,000.
India is a daughter of the Miswaki stakes winner Misty Hour, and is a half to two stakes winners, including the outstanding producer Pilfer. That mare is now the dam of two Grade 1 winners, including the G1 Woodward S. and G1 Cigar Mile H. hero To Honor and Serve; and the G1 Chandelier S. winner Angela Renee. This is also the female family of the G1 Woodbine Mile winner and champion Rahy’s Attorney.
What else does Frankly Speaking offer? A strong, robust physical combined with a stylish, fluid walk.
“The colt is all quality, from his build to his movement to his pedigree,” Lane’s End’s Allaire Ryan commented. “He’s an attractive, well-made horse with a very balanced frame with great natural strength. He’s also a business-minded colt that carries himself with forwardness and intention. Looking at him you can’t help but think, ‘What an athlete.’”
To see this exciting prospect in person, visit Lane’s End’s September draft at Barns 1&6 at Keeneland. And get ready to be inspired.