Catalogs for Keeneland’s 2YO Sale Now Available On-Line

(Keeneland / Photo by Gene McLean)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Keeneland has cataloged 72 juveniles for its 2019 April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, scheduled for 2 p.m. ET, Tuesday, April 9. The Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale catalog is available online by clicking here. Print catalogs will be mailed the week of March 18.

This year’s April Sale also will offer a selection of horses of racing age, with entries closing Friday, March 15. The digital horses of racing age catalog, which will be available on Keeneland.com on Friday, March 22, will feature Daily Racing Form past performances, and Thorograph and Ragozin sheets. A print version of the catalog will be available Friday, March 29.

Keeneland will continue to accept supplemental entries for the April Sale.

Keeneland will host a Preview Day featuring breezes over both the dirt track and turf course on Monday, April 8, beginning at 11 a.m.

“The return of the April Sale adds further excitement to Keeneland’s Spring Meet opening weekend, which begins April 4 and includes the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “This is a high-quality, boutique auction that boasts a proven record of success, evidenced by the two Eclipse Award winners, Lady Eli and Roy H, who sold at the last edition of the April Sale in 2014.”

Keeneland conducted its April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale from 1993-2014. The auction also counts six classic winners among its graduates: Belmont (G1) winner Palace Malice; Preakness (G1) winner and champion Lookin At Lucky; Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness winner and champion Big Brown; Kentucky Derby and Belmont winner and champion Thunder Gulch; and Kentucky Oaks (G1) winners Keeper Hill and Gal in a Ruckus. Champion Beautiful Pleasure also is an April Sale graduate.

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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