Belmont Stakes Winner Sir Winston Is a Graduate of the Keeneland Sales World

(Sir Winston winning the Belmont Stakes / Photo Courtesy of NYRA)

Sir Winston, winner of the 151st running of the Belmont Stakes, is a graduate of the Keeneland Sales Ring, the School of Public Auctions, and, to be honest, the School of Hard Knocks, as well.

The beautiful 3YO son of Awesome Again went through the sales run in September of 2017. Fortunately for the owner and breeder Tracy Farmer, though, the colt did not bring the reserve price of $50,000 and was returned to the owner.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Trained by Mark Casse, the colt has now won both the Peter Pan Stakes and the “Test of a Champion.” He will get a short break from the training rigors before being pointed to the ultimate Summer Classic — the Travers Stakes at Saratoga.

(The winning connections of Sir Winton on Saturday / Photo Courtesy of NYRA)


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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