MCKINZIE Weanlings Led By $250,000 Colt at Keeneland

MCKINZIE’s second crop was popular during the first three books of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, led by a $250,000 colt this week.

Offered by Grovendale Sales, the Cliff Johnson/Johnson Cattle Co purchased colt is a half-brother to the stakes placed Go Big Blue Nation. Their dam Chelsea Road is also the dam of two other winners from the four runners, including two-time winner Maotai.

A four-time winning Speightstown mare, Chelsea Road is a half-sister to stakes placed Aces High. They are out of a daughter of stakes winner Turko’s Turn, who also produced Horse of the Year Point Given and the stakes placed trio of Deher’s Turn, Point Gained, and Live For Now. Her daughters and granddaughters have also produced Grade 2 winner Street Story and stakes winners Paige and Hy Riverside.

Louis DuBois went to $200,000 on behalf of Wesley Ward to purchase a MCKINZIE colt out of TAPIT’s Tap Til Dawn.

Offered by Gainesway, the colt’s granddam is the stakes winning Wait Til Dawn, who is also a full sister to Grade 3 winner Excited. Excited produced the stakes winner and multiple graded stakes placed Thrilled and Grade 3-placed Beside Herself. Another of Wait Til Dawn’s half-sisters also produced the Grade 1-placed Cravache d’Or. The page also includes Grade 1 winner Spain and Grade 2 winner Puerto Banus among others.

MCKINZIE’s weanling results come on the back of a yearling sale season that saw his 110 sold average $149,157, led by a $1.2 million colt who topped a Keeneland September Yearling Sale session.