Keeneland Sales’ Grads in the G1 American Oaks; G3 Frankel Stakes at Santa Anita

(Fahan Mura winning earlier this year / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)

From the Keeneland Media Team;

Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduate and graded stakes winner Paved highlights the field for Saturday’s American Oaks (G1) at Santa Anita.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29

AMERICAN OAKS S. (G1), Santa Anita, 1¼ Miles (T), 3YO Fillies

K P PERGOLISCIOUS (IRE), 3YO filly by Declaration of War – Inkling ($70,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales, agent) O- Karl Pergola; B- Tower Bloodstock (IRE); T- Jeff Mullins

PAVED, 3YO filly by Quality Road – Sirmione ($130,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Joe Ciaglia) O- Ciaglia Racing & Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners; B- St. George Farm (KY); T- Michael McCarthy

RETRO, 3YO filly by 2YO filly by Giant’s Causeway – Grace Anatomy ($170,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- Solis/Litt) O- LNJ Foxwoods; B- Barronstown Stud (KY); T- Richard Mandella

COMPETITIONOFIDEAS, 3YO filly by Speightstown – Devil by Design ($325,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Glennwood Farm, agent; Buyer- Mike Ryan, agent) O- Klaravich Stables; B- John D. Gunther, Tony Chedraoui & Eurowest Bloodstock Services (KY); T- Chad Brown

ROBERT J. FRANKEL S. (G3), Santa Anita, 1 1/8 Miles (T), 3YOs & Up, F&M

FAHAN MURA, 4YO filly by English Channel – Celtic Cross ($90,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Charlton, agent; Buyer- Donegal Racing) O- Bran Jam Stable & David Clark; B- Michael Moran (PA); T- Vladimir Cerin

GLIDING BY, 5YO mare by Artie Schiller – Flying Arch ($62,000, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- ELiTE; Buyer- David Meah, agent) O- Harry Bederian, Harout Kamberian & Hagop Nakkashian; B- Greenwood Lodge Farm (KY); T- Richard Baltas

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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