Keeneland Catalogs 1,555 Horses for 2019 January Sale

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Keeneland has cataloged 1,555 horses, headlined by champion Abel Tasman, for its 61stJanuary Horses of All Ages Sale, to be held Jan. 7-10, 2019.

January Sale catalogs are available online at Keeneland.com. Print catalogs are scheduled to be delivered the week of Dec. 17.

The catalog includes 701 broodmares and broodmare prospects, 597 yearlings, 252 horses of racing age and five stallions. Supplementary entries are being accepted.

Abel Tasman is cataloged as a broodmare prospect and will sell Monday, Jan. 7, as Hip 288. One of the top distaffers of her generation, Abel Tasman captured six Grade 1 races at 2, 3 and 4 and earned nearly $2.8 million. She was named champion 3-year-old filly of 2017. Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, is consigning the 4-year-old daughter of Quality Road for co-owners China Horse Club and Clearsky Farms.

“The presence of Abel Tasman adds a great deal of excitement to this year’s January Sale,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “This sale traditionally gives breeders – both domestic and foreign – an opportunity to purchase quality broodmares just before the start of breeding season. It also is a notable marketplace for buyers shopping for racing prospects and horses of racing age.”

Prominent 2018 graded stakes winners sold as yearlings at the January Sale include Grade 1 winner Catholic Boy (Belmont Derby Invitational and Travers) and Mind Your Biscuits (Dubai Golden Shaheen and Lukas Classic-G2); Grade 2 winners Catapult (Del Mar Mile and Eddie Read; second in Breeders’ Cup Mile-G1) and Ms Locust Point (Barbara Fritchie); and Grade 3 winners Code Warrior (Hendrie and Seaway), Flameaway (Sam F. Davis), Limation (Super Derby), Mucho Gusto (Bob Hope) and Toinette(Autumn Miss and Edgewood).

The January Sale catalog features broodmares in foal to 151 new and established stallions, among them American Pharoah, Arrogate, California Chrome, Candy Ride (ARG), Distorted Humor, Empire Maker, Ghostzapper, Gun Runner, Hard Spun, Honor Code, Into Mischief, Kitten’s Joy, Liam’s Map, Lord Nelson, Malibu Moon, Mastery, More Than Ready, Nyquist, Pioneerof the Nile, Quality Road, Runhappy, Speightstown, Tapit, Tiznow, Uncle Mo, Union Rags, Violence, War Front and Will Take Charge.

Newly turned yearlings in the catalog represent 152 stallions such as American Pharoah, Cairo Prince, California Chrome, Candy Ride (ARG), Distorted Humor, Empire Maker, Flatter, Frosted, Ghostzapper, Honor Code, Into Mischief, Kitten’s Joy, Lea, Liam’s Map, Malibu Moon, Medaglia d’Oro, More Than Ready, Quality Road, Speightstown, Tiznow, Uncle Mo, Union Rags, Violence, War Front and Will Take Charge.

Several exciting young stallions, including Air Force Blue, Anchor Down, Brody’s Cause, Exaggerator, Mshawish, Nyquist, Runhappy, Speightster, Tourist and Upstart, will be represented by their first yearlings.

Each of the January Sale’s four sessions begins at 10 a.m. ET each day. The sale will be streamed live on Keeneland.com. TVG coverage of the auction will begin Sund

We liked him,” Cox said by phone after looking at yearlings all day at Keeneland. “He trained well, breezed really well on the dirt last week at Churchill. Looking at it on paper, I thought he’d be somewhere close. But it wasn’t to be. It’s not that he breaks bad, but sometimes he just doesn’t break real fast. You think going a mile and half he would put himself up into the race.

“But I talk to Florent after the race and he said the horse just didn’t really want to be involved early. He did a good job saving ground and gave him a great trip. He said it’s almost like he took him halfway through the race to warm up and jump on the bridle. And he responded well, and he can definitely handle the mile and a half. It’s only the second time we’ve tried it.”

And next? “Breeders’ Cup! I don’t know,” he said. “Obviously our horse loves the grass. He’s really getting better. We’ve thought all along that this is a horse that’s going to get better as a 4-year-old, maybe even better as a 5-year-old. That’s typical of an Arch, they get better with age.

“I thought the Ellis race would be a great set unto get his confidence back, hopefully get a win. He had to really fight that day to win. We just thought it would be a great opportunity to pick up a nice purse at Ellis, the timing was good, to bounce back and to try Kentucky Downs. And it worked out.”

Brad Cox, Trainer of the winner Arklow

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