Keeneland Sales’ Grads Have Big Weekend

(Cistron wins the G1 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar / Benoit Photo & Courtesy of Del Mar)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Keeneland September Yearling Sale alumni Cistron and Ollie’s Candy earned berths in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships with wins in Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” events at Del Mar this weekend.

Cistron secured a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) with his victory in the Bing Crosby (G1) on Saturday. On Sunday, Ollie’s Candy prevailed by a head over fellow September Sale graduate Secret Spice in the Clement L. Hirsch (G1) to earn a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1).



CISTRON, 5YO horse by The Factor – Major Allie ($180,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- D. M. I) Won Bing Crosby S. (G1) on 7/27 at Del Mar (career 27-5-7-6, $700,719) O- Hronis Racing; B- St. George Farm (KY); T- John Sadler

Keeneland September Yearling Sale alumni finished 1-2 in the Clement L. Hirsch S. (G1) on 7/28 at Del Mar:

1- OLLIE’S CANDY, 4YO filly by Candy Ride (ARG) – Afternoon Stroll ($45,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent) (career 8-4-3-0, $452,151) O/B- Paul & Karen Eggert (KY); T- John Sadler

2- Secret Spice, 4YO filly by Discreet Cat – Chimayo ($4,500, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Blandford Stud, agent; Buyer- Paul Sharp, agent) O- Little Red Feather Racing & Bobby Flay; B- Godolphin (KY); T- Richard Baltas

CAMPAIGN, 4YO colt by Curlin – Arania ($675,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Lane’s End) Won Cougar II H. (G3) on 7/24 at Del Mar (career 10-5-1-0, $394,753) O- Woodford Racing; B- Alexander-Groves Thoroughbreds (KY); T- John Sadler

BLUE CHIPPER, 4YO gelding by Tiznow – Dixie City ($95,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) Won Busan Owners’ Cup on 7/28 at Busan (career 7-6-0-0, W527,250,000) O- Choi Byeong-Bu; B- Diamond A Racing Corp (KY); T- Kim Young Kwan

TONE BROKE, 3YO colt by Broken Vow – Mendocino Beano ($40,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Keith Lancaster, agent; Buyer- L and N Racing) Won $400,000 Prince of Wales S. on 7/23 at Fort Erie (career 10-3-1-1, $347,760) O- L and N Racing; B- Sean Fitzhenry (ON); T- Steve Asmussen

OWLETTE, 2YO filly by Frac Daddy – Itstartswithadream ($7,500, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Michael C. Byrne, agent; Buyer- Ben McElroy, agent) Won $125,000 Shady Well S. on 7/27 at Woodbine (career 3-2-1-0, $113,824) O- David Mowat; B- Michael C. Byrne (ON); T- Wesley Ward

OLYMPIC RUNNER, 3YO gelding by Gio Ponti – Nadadora ($27,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- Equest Thoroughbreds; $180,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Equest Thoroughbreds, Buyer- Justin Casse) Won $105,200 King Corrie S. on 7/28 at Woodbine (career 7-3-0-1, $120,407) O- Gary Barber; B- Eutrophia Farm (KY); T- Mark Casse

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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