Keeneland Expands April Sale to Include “Horses of Racing Age”

(Keeneland will be expanding its’ April Sale / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Keeneland announced today that it has expanded the 2019 April Sale, which traditionally features two-year-olds in training, to include horses of racing age.

The April Sale is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, immediately following the Spring Meet opening weekend that kicks off Thursday, April 4. Headlining the nine stakes that weekend are the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1), both classic prep races.

“Keeneland’s Spring Meet is a convergence of horsemen heading home from their winter bases,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “The addition of a horses of racing age component to the April Sale complements our racing program and offers variety to buyers in town for opening weekend.”

Entry deadline for the online horses of racing age catalog is Friday, March 15. Supplemental entries will be accepted after that deadline.

Entries for the two-year-olds in training catalog close Saturday, Feb. 1.

Keeneland conducted the April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale from 1993-2014. The sale has been on hiatus since 2015. At the 2014 April Sale, future champions Lady Eli and Roy H were sold.

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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