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.

That’s very, very special to do it at Tampa Bay,” an emotional O’Connell said after Well Defined’s two-and-three-quarter length victory from a charging Kentucky Wildcat in 1:42.70 for the mile-and-a-sixteenth, .26 seconds off 2018 winner Flameaway’s stakes record. So Alive finished a distant third, with the 19-10 favorite, Knicks Go, getting nipped for fourth at the wire by Counter Offer.

“He’s had little things that have happened and he’s grown up mentally and physically, and today he showed up with his game face on,” O’Connell said of the Florida-bred Well Defined, a son of With Distinction by Fru Fru, out of Medaglia d’Oro. “I like this horse a lot and the decision (on what’s next) will be up to the owners (Gilbert and Marilyn Campbell’s Stonehedge, LLC), but we just want him healthy. Maybe the (Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 9) – who knows.”

“His rear end slipped out from underneath him in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile,” she said, “and he was compromised on early position when he ran in the Mucho Macho Man and got bottled up inside. He’s a young horse who is improving, mind-wise and everything-wise.”

KATHLEEN O’CONNELL, TRAINER OF WINNER WELL DEFINED

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