Keeneland Sales Grads Perform Well Over the Weekend


From the Media Team at Keeneland:

Keeneland sales alumni shone in graded stakes company on closing weekend at Del Mar and Saratoga. Game Winner won the Del Mar Futurity (G1) on Labor Day and with it earned a $10,000 Seller Bonus for Summer Wind Farm, the colt’s owner when he sold at Keeneland’s 2017 September Yearling Sale. Earlier in the week, Opry captured the With Anticipation (G3) at Saratoga, earning Crosshaven Bloodstock, owner of the colt when he sold at the 2017 September Sale, a $5,000 Seller Bonus.

The September Sale Seller Bonus, initiated by Keeneland last year, rewards the owner (at the time of sale) of a horse sold at the September Sale that wins a Grade/Group 1, 2 or 3 stakes as a 2- or 3-year-old.

Keeneland sale alumni Bellafina and Dream Tree posted authoritative wins in the Del Mar Debutante (G1) and Prioress (G2) at Saratoga, respectively. Siblings to each filly will be offered at Keeneland’s upcoming September Sale, which begins Sept. 10.

Ride a Comet rallied late to win the Del Mar Derby (G2), and Qurbaan won his North American debut in the Bernard Baruch (G2) at Saratoga. A three-quarter sister to Qurbaan is cataloged to the September Sale.


GAME WINNER, 2YO colt by Candy Ride (ARG) – Indyan Giving ($110,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Ben Glass, agent) Won Del Mar Futurity (G1) on 9/3 at Del Mar (career 2-2-0-0, $216,000) O- Gary & Mary West; B- Summer Wind Equine (KY); T- Bob Baffert

Keeneland September Yearling Sale alumni finished 1-2 in the Del Mar Debutante S. (G1) on 9/1 at Del Mar: 

1- BELLAFINA, 2YO filly by Quality Road – Akron Moon ($220,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) (career 3-2-1-0, $308,000) O- Kaleem Shah; B- JSM Equine (KY); T- Simon Callaghan (Hip 621 – half-sister by Verrazano consigned to the September Sale by Four Star Sales, agent for JSM Equine)

2- Mother Mother, 2YO filly by Pioneerof the Nile – Mother ($450,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- VanMeter-Gentry Sales, agent; Buyer- George Bolton) O- George Bolton, Barry Hall, Barry Lipman, Mark Mathieson & Andrew Molasky; B- T. F. VanMeter (KY); T- Bob Baffert


Keeneland sales graduates ran 1-2 in the Prioress S. (G2) on 9/2 at Saratoga: 

1- DREAM TREE, 3YO filly by Uncle Mo – Afleet Maggi ($80,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Mike or Pat Freeny; Buyer- Michelle Redding, agent) (career 5-5-0-0, $527,500) O- Phoenix Thoroughbred; B- Mike & Pat Freeny (KY); T- Bob Baffert (Hip 1666 – half-brother by Lea consigned to the September Sale by Warrendale Sales, agent)

2- Mia Mischief, 3YO filly by Into Mischief – Greer Lynn ($135,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent; Buyer- McKathan Bros.) O- Heiligbrodt, Heiligbrodt, Heider Family Stables & Madaket Stables; B- Spendthrift Farm (KY); T- Steve Asmussen (Hip 2634 – half-sister by Cross Traffic consigned to the September Sale by Warrendale Sales, agent for Spendthrift Farm)

RIDE A COMET, 3YO colt by Candy Ride (ARG) – Appealing Zophie ($45,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent) Won Del Mar Derby (G2) on 9/2 at Del Mar (career 10-5-0-1, $305,856) O- John C. Oxley & My Meadowview Farm; B- My Meadowview Farm (KY); T- Mark Casse

QURBAAN, 5YO horse by Speightstown – Flip Flop (FR) ($300,000, 2013 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Hunter Valley Farm, agent; Buyer- Shadwell Estate Company Ltd.) Won Bernard Baruch H. (G2) on 9/3 at Saratoga (career 14-6-1-2, $313,108) O- Shadwell Stable; B- Justin Carthy (KY); T- Kiaran McLaughlin (Hip 925 – three-quarter sister by Munnings consigned to the September Sale by Hunter Valley Farm, agent)


Keeneland sales graduates finished 1-2-3 in the Super Derby (G3) on 9/2 at Louisiana Downs: 

1- LIMATION, 3YO colt by Alternation – Lime Lady ($19,000, 2016 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Brandywine Farm, agent; Buyer- M B Stable) (career 8-3-0-3, $272,950) O- Michael Langford; B- David Purvis & James Purvis (KY); T- Steve Asmussen (Hip 2276 – half-sister by Tapiture consigned to the September Sale by Brookdale Sales, agent)

2- Lone Sailor, 3YO colt by Majestic Warrior – Ambitious ($120,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- GMB Racing) O- G M B Racing; B- Alexander, Groves, Matz (KY); T- Tom Amoss

3- High North, 3YO colt by Midnight Lute – Spacy Tracy ($230,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Burleson Farms, agent; Buyer- Shortleaf Stable) O- Shortleaf Stable; B- Mercedes Stable (KY); T- Brad Cox

OPRY, 2YO colt by Declaration of War – That Voodoo Youdo ($180,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent; Buyer- Cromwell Bloodstock) Won With Anticipation S. (G3) on 8/29 at Saratoga (career 2-1-0-1, $92,700) O- Cheyenne Stables & Gaillardia Racing; B- Crosshaven Bloodstock (KY); T- Todd Pletcher


Keeneland sales graduates ran 1-2-3 in the Greenwood Cup S. (G3) on 9/3 at Parx Racing:

1- YOU’RE TO BLAME, 4YO ridgling by Distorted Humor – Bon Jovi Girl ($400,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent, Buyer- Woodford Racing; $440,000, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- Steven W. Young, agent) (career 18-5-3-4, $451,715) O- Bortolazzo Stable; B- Bryant Prentice III (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

2- War Story, 6YO gelding by Northern Afleet – Belle Watling ($90,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent for Jack Swain; Buyer- Nick de Meric, agent) O- Glenn Ellis & Imaginary Stables et al.; B- Jack Swain III (KY); T- Jorge Navarro

BOUND FOR NOWHERE, 4YO colt by The Factor – Fancy Deed ($310,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Ashview Farm, agent; Buyer- Cromwell Bloodstock) Won $681,400 Tourist Mile S. on 9/1 at Kentucky Downs (career 8-5-0-1, $755,607) O/T- Wesley Ward; B- Wayne, Gray & Bryan Lyster (KY)

PURE LEMON, 5YO mare by Eskendereya – Unicorn Kid ($17,000 RNA, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Kaizen Sales, agent) Won Roberto Clemente S. (L) on 8/26 at Camarero (career 32-19-4-3, $244,324) O- L.A.R. Stable Corp.; B- Sally Anderson, Richard Kent & John Waterman (FL); T- Jose Arroyo

WYATT’S TOWN, 3YO colt by Speightstown – Natural Rush ($240,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Ashview Farm, agent; Buyer- Winchell Thoroughbreds) Won $105,200 Ontario Jockey Club S. on 9/2 at Woodbine (career 10-4-2-4, $205,438) O- Henley Thoroughbreds & Newtop Stables; B- Ashview Farm & & Colts Neck Stable (KY); T- Norman McKnight

KING OF SPEED, 2YO colt by Jimmy Creed – Beautiful Daniele ($10,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Shawhan Place, agent, Buyer- Addiction Therapy Stables; $140,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent, Buyer- Jeff Bonde) Won $101,725 Del Mar Juvenile Turf S. on 9/2 at Del Mar (career 5-1-1-1, $85,980) O- Del Secco Inc.; B- Newaukum Racing Stables (KY); T- Jeff Bonde

COLONEL SHARP, 5YO gelding by Colonel John – Extra Sharp ($11,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent; Buyer- Harry Weisleder) Won $75,000 Maryland Coalition S. on 9/1 at Timonium (career 21-6-2-5, $212,344) O- Rising Sun Racing Stables; B- Susan Casner (KY); T- Hugh McMahon

LIPSTICK CITY, 4YO filly by City Zip – Star Torina ($75,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Cobra Farm) Won $75,000 Wasted Tears S. on 9/2 at Gulfstream (career 12-4-1-2, $207,469) O- Steve Laymon, William Robbins, Richard Broadbent IV & William L. Robbins; B- Courtlandt Farm (KY); T- David Fawkes

ALERT BAY, 7YO gelding by City Zip – Hickory (CHI) ($65,000, 2012 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Three Chimneys Sales, agent, Buyer- ARB, agent; $42,000 RNA, 2012 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Indian Creek, agent) Won $60,350 Rolling Green S. on 9/3 at Golden Gate (career 35-15-8-4, $1,331,605) O- Peter Redekop; B- Thomas Newton Bell & Ross John McLeod (CA); T- Blaine Wright

TAYLOR’S SPIRIT, 2YO filly by Algorithms – Spirit Rising ($37,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Penn Sales, agent) Won $60,000 Happy Ticket S. on 9/2 at Louisiana Downs (career 3-3-0-0, $93,480) O- Mark Norman & Norman Stables; B- David Lickhalter (KY); T- Scott Gelner

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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