Glowing reviews for Cairo Prince colt Monday at Keeneland

Cairo Prince started the second week of the Sept. 11-23 Keeneland Yearling sale with a bang when a colt by the Airdrie stallion topped the day’s early returns at $350,000, bringing high praise from his buyer Mike Ryan.

“He’s a horse that puts a chill up the back of your head,” Ryan said of the gray or roan colt consigned by Lane’s End as Hip 2196. “He was very, very special. He’s an exceptional colt.” 

“I rated him up with any of the horses I saw this week,” Ryan continued. “He measures up with anything that was selling in Books 1 or 2 from a physical standpoint. I thought he was a really top horse—a two-turn horse that can go a classic distance. And he actually has a very nice pedigree.”

The colt is out of the stakes-placed Precious Princess, dam of four starters, all winners including Grade 3 winner and Grade 1-placed filly Zipessa. 

Cairo Prince, whose highest-priced yearling brought $900,000 in Book 2, has 15 lots remaining in the sale after the completion of Monday’s session.