Sweet Diane, Splashy Kisses Added to Keeneland’s April “Horses of Racing Age” Sale

3/23/2019 – Street Band with jockey Sophie Doyle pulls away in deep stretch to capture the 52nd running of the Grade II $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks at Fair Grounds. Sweet Diane — who is now entered in the Keeneland April Horses of Racing Age Sale — ran third. Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Two 3-year-old graded stakes-placed fillies, Sweet Diane and Splashy Kisses, are among six horses – five horses of racing age and one juvenile – supplemented to Keeneland’s April Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age Sale on April 9.

Ninety-one horses of racing age are cataloged to the April Sale, including Sweet Diane and Splashy Kisses. Consigned by ELiTE, agent, Sweet Diane has been in the money in each of her five career starts, most recently finishing third in the TwinSpires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2). By Will Take Charge, the filly is from the family of Glinda the Good, dam of champion Good Magic, and Grade 1 winner Magical Maiden.

Splashy Kisses, a filly by Blame, finished second in the 2018 Pocahontas (G2) and third in the Sweet Life (G3) at Santa Anita in February. She is consigned by Claiborne Farm, agent.

The digital Horses of Racing Age Sale catalog is available online by clicking here. The digital catalog features Daily Racing Form past performances, and Thorograph and Ragozin sheets. Sellers also have the opportunity to submit professional walking and/or conformation videos and professional photography of the horses to accompany this information.

The April Sale to date has cataloged 73 juveniles in addition to the horses of racing age. An addition to the catalog is a 2-year-old filly by Will Take Charge who is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Big Trouble and stakes-placed Silver Lining John and Silver Sidney, consigned by Wavertree Stables, agent.

Click here for the Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale catalog.

Keeneland will host a Preview Day featuring breezes by cataloged 2-year-olds over both the dirt track and turf course on Monday, April 8, beginning at 11 a.m. The sale on Tuesday begins at 2 p.m.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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