Keeneland April Sale Set For Tuesday, April 9 / 167 Horses Catalogued

From the Keeneland Media Team:

A total of 167 horses, including 73 juveniles and 94 horses of racing age, are cataloged for Keeneland’s April Sale, to be held Tuesday, April 9, at 2 p.m. ET.

Two 3-year-old fillies, Crafty’s Dream and Sass Machine, were recent supplements to the April Sale.

Crafty’s Dream, by Bodemeister, was a two-time winner last year at 2. At 3, she finished second in the Beyond the Wire Stakes and third in the Wide Country Stakes, both at Laurel. Crafty’s Dream is consigned by Buckland Sales (Zach Madden), agent.

Sass Machine was a winner at 2, and placed in an allowance race at Santa Anita earlier this year. The daughter of Orb is consigned by Timber Town (Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Sweezy), agent.

Also recently supplemented 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. She is consigned by Wavertree Stables (Ciaran Dunne), agent.

Click here to view the April Sale catalog. The digital Horses of Racing Age Sale 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.

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. Live coverage of the works will be streamed on Replays will be available on and in the Sales Pavilion Viewing Room.

Keeneland held the April Sale from 1993-2014. The last edition of the April Sale in 2014 produced champions Lady Eli and Roy H. Graduates of the high-quality, boutique auction include six classic winners: Belmont (G1) winnerPalace 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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