(Instilled Regard wins LeComte Stakes at the Fair Grounds / Photo Courtesy of the Fair Grounds)

Keeneland September Yearling Sale alumni Instilled Regard and Mourinho, both California invaders, opened their sophomore seasons with clear wins at Fair Grounds and Oaklawn Park, respectively, to earn points on the 2018 Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1).

Instilled Regard took command in midstretch and pulled away to a 3¾-length victory over a strong field in the Lecomte (G3) at Fair Grounds.

At Oaklawn, Mourinho swept to a front-running, 3¼-length win in the Smarty Jones, his first two-turn test.

A neck separated Keeneland sales graduates Stronger Than Ever and Wonder Gadot in the Silverbulletday at Fair Grounds on Saturday, with each filly earning points on the 2018 Road to the Kentucky Oaks (G1).



INSTILLED REGARD, 3YO colt by Arch – Enhancing ($110,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- KatieRich Farms) Won Lecomte S. (G3) on 1/13 at Fair Grounds (career 5-2-2-1, $228,000) O- OXO Equine; B- KatieRich Farms (KY); T- Jerry Hollendorfer

Keeneland sales graduates ran 1-2 in the Silverbulletday S. (L) on 1/13 at Fair Grounds:

1- STRONGER THAN EVER, 3YO filly by Congrats – Broken Silence ($150,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent, Buyer- Cavalier Bloodstock; $310,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woods Edge Farm, agent, Buyer- Fern Circle Stable) (career 5-3-0-1, $174,846) O- Fern Circle Stables; B- J. Stuart, P. Bance, J. Amling & C. Noell (K); T- Kenny McPeek

2- Wonder Gadot, 3YO filly by Medaglia d’Oro – Loving Vindication ($80,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Anderson Farms, agent; Buyer- Eisaman Equine) O- Gary Barber; B- Anderson Farms (ON); T- Mark Casse

MOURINHO, 3YO colt by Super Saver – Sandi’s Ready ($30,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- William Danny Pate) Won $147,000 Smarty Jones S. on 1/15 at Oaklawn (career 4-2-2-0, $154,360) O- Phoenix Thoroughbred III; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Bob Baffert