Keeneland Sales Grads On Display in Major Stakes at Santa Anita Wednesday

(Copper Bullet, top, and McKinzie are two Keeneland Sales Grads who will face off in the G1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita this Wednesday. Top photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs. Bottom photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Keeneland sales graduates top entries for the two Grade 1 features – the La Brea and Malibu – that highlight opening day at Santa Anita on Wednesday. Undefeated Grade 1 winner Dream Tree tops the field for the La Brea, which also includes Cathedral Reader, an allowance winner at Keeneland and Churchill Downs in her last two starts.

Ten sophomores entered in the oversubscribed Malibu are Keeneland sales graduates, led by multiple Grade 1 winner and morning-line favorite McKinzie, graded stakes winners Copper Bullet and Greyvitos, and graded stakes-placed SolominiSeven Trumpets and Calexman.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26

LA BREA S. (G1), Santa Anita, 7 Furlongs, 3YO Fillies 

MO SEE CAL, 3YO filly by Uncle Mo – Do Dat Blues ($70,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent) O- Rockingham Ranch & David Bernsen; B- Rozamund Barclay (CA); T- Peter Miller

DREAM TREE, 3YO filly by Uncle Mo – Afleet Maggi ($80,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Mike or Pat Freeny; Buyer- Michelle Redding, agent) O- Phoenix Thoroughbred; B- Mike & Pat Freeny (KY); T- Bob Baffert

CATHEDRAL READER, 3YO filly by Shackleford – Fleeting Humor ($200,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Darby Dan Farm, agent; Buyer- G M B Racing) O- G M B Racing; B- Ken & Sarah Ramsey (KY); T- Dallas Stewart

MALIBU S. (G1), Santa Anita, 7 Furlongs, 3YOs

CALEXMAN, 3YO colt by Midshipman – Mattie Cakes ($7,000, 2016 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Legacy Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- Paul Schaffer) O- Holly & David Wilson; B- Sue Sanders (KY); T- Vladimir Cerin

MAJESTIC DUNHILL, 3YO gelding by Majesticperfection – Candy Fortune ($47,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent; Buyer- SGV Thoroughbreds) O- R. A. Hill Stable; B- Hargus & Sandra Sexton & Silver Fern Farm (KY); T- George Weaver

COPPER BULLET, 3YO colt by More Than Ready – Allegory ($200,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Winchell Thoroughbreds) O- Winchell Thoroughbreds & Willis Horton Racing; B- Dell Ridge Farm (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

IDENTITY POLITICS, 3YO colt by Into Mischief – Brianna Rose ($115,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- H. Hatch, agent) O- Klaravich Stables; B- Siena Farms (KY); T- Chad Brown

SEVEN TRUMPETS, 3YO colt by Morning Line – Angel Trumpet ($45,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Royal Flush Racing) O- West Point Thoroughbreds; B- St. George Farm (KY); T- Dale Romans

BOBBY’S WICKED ONE, 3YO colt by Speightstown – Wicked Charm ($130,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Claiborne Farm, agent; Buyer- Autumn Hill Farm) O- Autumn Hill Farms Racing Stables; B- Ramona Bass (KY); T- Albert Stall Jr.

GREYVITOS, 3YO colt by Malibu Moon – Snow Top Mountain ($100,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent; Buyer- Triple B Farms) O- Triple B Farms; B- Audley Farm Equine (VA); T- Adam Kitchingman

MCKINZIE, 3YO colt by Street Sense – Runway Model ($170,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Three Amigos) O- Karl Watson, Mike Pegram & Paul Weitman; B- Summer Wind Farm (KY); T- Bob Baffert

SOLOMINI, 3YO colt by Curlin – Surf Song ($270,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Zayat Stables) O- Zayat Stables, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; B- Glenna Salyer DVM (KY); T- Bob Baffert

COOL BOBBY (AE), 3YO colt by Shanghai Bobby – Coolwind ($575,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Blandford Stud, agent; Buyer- Mayberry Farm) O- C R K Stable; B- Carhue Investments, Paget Bloodstock & Galtee Bloodstock (KY); T- Peter Eurton

SAN ANTONIO S. (G2), Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YOs & Up 

PITINO, 3YO colt by Union Rags – Alexandra Rylee ($135,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Allied Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- Grand Oaks) O- Zedan Racing Stables; B- The Elkstone Group (MD); T- Doug O’Neill

DABSTER, 4YO colt by Curlin – On a Roll ($430,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Altamira) O- Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum; B- G. Watts Humphrey Jr., Susan Keller, Victoria Oliver & G. Watts Humphrey III (KY); T- Bob Baffert

YULONG WARRIOR, 3YO colt by Street Cry (IRE) – Mahkama ($180,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- BBA Ireland & Yulong Investments) O- Yuesheng Zhang; B- Mossarosa (FL); T- Doug O’Neill

TATTERS TO RICHES, 3YO colt by Union Rags – Poco Mas ($60,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Paul Sharp & Liz Crow, agent) O- Red Baron’s Barn & Rancho Temescal; B- Mount Brilliant Farm (KY); T- Jeff Mullins

BEACH VIEW, 5YO horse by Giant’s Causeway – Love’s Blush ($180,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hidden Brook, agent; Buyer- Ben Glass, agent) O- Levy Racing; B- Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds (MD); T- Leonard Powell

MATHIS BROTHERS MILE (G2), Santa Anita, 1 Mile (T), 3YOs

COMBATANT, 3YO colt by Scat Daddy – Border Dispute ($320,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Blandford Stud, agent; Buyer- Winchell Thoroughbreds) O- Winchell Thoroughbreds & Willis Horton Racing; B- Paget Bloodstock (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

FIGHT ON, 3YO colt by Into Mischief – Havenlass ($340,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent; Buyer- Spendthrift Farm) O- C T R Stables & Steven Keh; B- Haymarket Farm (KY); T- Doug O’Neill

SHIVERMETIMBERS, 3YO colt by Shanghai Bobby – Sealaunch ($170,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Threave Main Stud, agent; Buyer- Michael Puhich, agent) O- Mark DeDomenico & West Point Thoroughbreds; B- Tim Thornton, Robert Watt & Doug Glass (KY); T- Jerry Hollendorfer

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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