Keeneland Well Represented at Royal Ascot

(All Photos Enclosed Are Courtesy of Keeneland Association)

From the Media Team at Keeneland:

Stonestreet Stables and Peter Leidel’s European champion and Group 1 winner Lady Aurelia, based at Keeneland with trainer Wesley Ward; Godolphin’s Group 1 winner and English highweight Hawkbill; and Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John Magnier’s Group 1 winner and English and Irish highweight Order of St George (IRE) are among the horses that sold and/or raced at Keeneland who are scheduled to compete during England’s prestigious Royal Ascot meet, which begins Tuesday and runs through Saturday.

A 4-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy, Lady Aurelia on Tuesday will bid for her second consecutive win in the 5-furlong King’s Stand (G1) and her third Royal Ascot victory overall. She will be ridden by John Velazquez.

Lady Aurelia, sold for $350,000 at Keeneland’s 2015 September Yearling Sale, won her career debut at Keeneland in April 2016 and also captured the Listed Giant’s Causeway at Keeneland in 2017. She captured the Queen Mary (G2) at Royal Ascot and was named the European champion 2-year-old filly.

Lady Aurelia wins at Royal Ascot 2017

Hawkbill, a 5-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy trained by Charlie Appleby, is entered in Wednesday’s Prince of Wales’s (G1).

Purchased for $350,000 at the 2014 September Sale, Hawkbill won the Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) and Dubai City of Gold Sponsored by Emirates Skycargo (G2) in March. He is the older half-brother to Grade 1 winner Free Drop Billy.

Order of St George, who is to race in Thursday’s Gold Cup (G1), was purchased for $550,000 at the 2013 September Sale. The 6-year-old son of Galileo (IRE), trained by Aidan O’Brien, is seeking his third consecutive Royal Ascot victory following the 2017 Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (G2) and 2016 Gold Cup in Honour of the Queens 90th Birthday (G1).

Order of St George wins at Royal Ascot

Ward, who has nine wins at Royal Ascot, has sent a group of runners from Keeneland that includes two other Royal Ascot veterans, Bound for Nowhere and Undrafted.

Bound for Nowhere, who won Keeneland’s Shakertown (G2) in April during the Spring Meet, is pointed at Saturday’s Diamond Jubilee (G1) – which Undrafted won in 2015. Last year, Bound for Nowhere was fourth in the Commonwealth Cup (G1) at Royal Ascot.

Ward owns Bound for Nowhere, a 4-year-old son of The Factor who sold for $310,000 at the 2015 September Sale.

Bound for Nowhere wins the Shakertown

Undrafted, a multiple graded/group stakes winner who has earned more than $1.4 million, is an 8-year-old son of Purim scheduled to race in the Wokingham for his third start at Royal Ascot. Owned by Wes Welker and Monomoy Stables, he sold for $50,000 at the 2011 September Sale.

Ward’s other Royal Ascot horses include three expected starters Wednesday: Hat Creek Racing’s Chelsea Cloisters (Queen Mary-G2; jockey Frankie Dettori), Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Hemp Hemp Hurray (Jersey-G3;  Joel Rosario) and Vivian Day and Kate V. Rose’s Master Merion (Royal Hunt Cup; Ryan Moore).

Horses with Keeneland connections entered in Tuesday and Wednesday races at Royal Ascot are:

TUESDAY

Queen Anne (G1) at 9:30 a.m. ET:

  • China Horse Club International, WinStar Farm and Head of Plains Partners’ Grade 1 winner Yoshida (JPN) broke his maiden at Keeneland during the 2017 Spring Meet.
  • George Turner and Clipper Logistics’ Suedois (FR) won Keeneland’s 2017 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) during the Fall Meet.

Coventry (G2) at 10:05 a.m.:

  • The Cool Silk Partnership’s Midnight Sands (by Speightstown) was offered at the 2017 September Sale.
  • Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor’s Sergei Prokofiev (by Scat Daddy) sold for $1.1 million at the 2017 September Sale.

King’s Stand (G1) at 10:40 a.m.:

  • Ironhorse Racing Stable’s Bucchero was second in Keeneland’s Shakertown (G2) in April.
  • Stonestreet Stables and Peter Leidel’s Lady Aurelia sold for $350,000 at the 2015 September Sale.
  • Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s Declarationofpeace (by War Front) sold for $2.6 million as a weanling at the 2015 November Sale.

St. James’s Palace (G1) at 11:20 a.m.:

  • Qatar Racing Limited’s Kings Shield (by Scat Daddy) was a $67,000 RNA to sale at the 2016 September Sale.

Ascot Stakes at noon:

  • Melbourne 10 Racing’s Sam Missile (IRE) (by Smart Strike) sold for $100,000 at the 2014 September Sale.

I thought he ran really well,” Pletcher said. “Showed a little more speed than I thought he would. Javier had to take a bit of a hold of him at one point, but when he took him out he finished up nicely. I think in these early 2-year-old races experience is huge. Having two starts compared to others with only one I think that helped today. I think it hurt him a little the last time when he stumbled, you could argue that it helped him today.”

“I think the Hopeful would be the next step with three starts under his belt,” said Pletcher after winning his record seventh Sanford. “If he’s tearing the barn down, we’ll see.”

Todd Pletcher, Trainer of the winner

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