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

That’s very, very special to do it at Tampa Bay,” an emotional O’Connell said after Well Defined’s two-and-three-quarter length victory from a charging Kentucky Wildcat in 1:42.70 for the mile-and-a-sixteenth, .26 seconds off 2018 winner Flameaway’s stakes record. So Alive finished a distant third, with the 19-10 favorite, Knicks Go, getting nipped for fourth at the wire by Counter Offer.

“He’s had little things that have happened and he’s grown up mentally and physically, and today he showed up with his game face on,” O’Connell said of the Florida-bred Well Defined, a son of With Distinction by Fru Fru, out of Medaglia d’Oro. “I like this horse a lot and the decision (on what’s next) will be up to the owners (Gilbert and Marilyn Campbell’s Stonehedge, LLC), but we just want him healthy. Maybe the (Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 9) – who knows.”

“His rear end slipped out from underneath him in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile,” she said, “and he was compromised on early position when he ran in the Mucho Macho Man and got bottled up inside. He’s a young horse who is improving, mind-wise and everything-wise.”

KATHLEEN O’CONNELL, TRAINER OF WINNER WELL DEFINED

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