Keeneland Sales Grads Report: Owendale Wins G3 Ohio Derby & Other News

(Owendale gets a bath at his home base of Churchill Downs / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Keeneland September Yearling Sales graduates Hunter O’Riley and Owendale notched graded stakes wins on Saturday. Hunter O’Riley rallied through the stretch to win the United Nations (G1) at Monmouth. Owendale, winner of Keeneland’s Stonestreet Lexington (G3) in April, found running room along the rail to take the Ohio Derby (G3) at Thistledown.

September Sale alumni Majestic EagleLaw Abidin Citizen and Sharp Samurai swept the top three spots in Sunday’s American (G3) at Santa Anita.



HUNTER O’RILEY, 6YO ridgling by Tiz Wonderful – Oblige ($120,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Legacy Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- Jarazen Stable) Won United Nations S. (G1) on 6/22 at Monmouth (career 22-5-2-4, $620,293) O- Sean Shay & Michael Ryan; B- Mike Rutherford (KY); T- James Toner

OWENDALE, 3YO colt by Into Mischief – Aspen Light ($200,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- John Wentworth) Won Ohio Derby (G3) on 6/22 at Thistledown (career 10-4-1-2, $668,725) O- Rupp Racing; B- Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings (KY); T- Brad Cox


Keeneland September Yearling Sale alumni finished 1-2-3 in the American S. (G3) on 6/23 at Santa Anita:

1- MAJESTIC EAGLE, 4YO colt by Medaglia d’Oro – Double Tapped ($225,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Stone Farm, agent) (career 17-3-5-2, $240,410) O- John Lindley & Ray Morton; B- B. Flay Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Neil Drysdale

2- Law Abidin Citizen, 5YO gelding by Twirling Candy – Honest Answer ($100,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Mark Glatt) O- Dan Agnew, Gerry Schneider & John Xitco; B- Hill ‘n’ Dale (KY); T- Mark Glatt

3- Sharp Samurai, 5YO gelding by First Samurai – Secret Wish ($85,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Glennwood Farm, agent; Buyer- Mark Glatt) O- Red Baron’s Barn, Rancho Temescal & Mark Glatt; B- Cudney Stables (KY); T- Mark Glatt

FARAWAY KITTEN, 3YO colt by Kitten’s Joy – Far Isle ($35,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) Won $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby on 6/22 at Canterbury (career 8-4-0-2, $237,471) O/B- Ken & Sarah Ramsey; T- Michael Maker

MIA MISCHIEF, 4YO filly by Into Mischief – Greer Lynn ($135,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent; Buyer- McKathan Bros.) Won $120,100 Roxelana Overnight S. on 6/22 at Churchill Downs (career 15-7-6-0, $957,540) O- Heiligbrodt, Heiligbrodt, Heider Family Stables & Madaket Stables; B- Spendthrift Farm (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

NOBRAG JUSTFACT, 4YO colt by The Factor – Jostle ($90,000 RNA, 2016 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Highclere, agent) Won $100,000 Mystic Lake Mile S. on 6/22 at Canterbury (career 12-3-3-2, $194,064) O- Super XLIV; B- Lansdowne Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Eric Heitzmann

BEACH FLOWER, 6YO mare by Flower Alley – Hogan Beach ($30,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Cross Keys Sales, agent; Buyer- Hugh Robertston) Won $100,000 Lady Canterbury S. on 6/22 at Canterbury (career 35-8-6-8, $360,136) O- Hugh Robertson, John Mentz & Jeff Larson; B- T/C Stable (KY); T- McLean Robertson

APALACHEE BAY, 4YO colt by Malibu Moon – Golden Mystery ($85,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Three Chimneys Farm, agent; Buyer- Baccari Bloodstock) Won $50,000 John Longden 6000 H. on 6/16 at Hastings Racecourse (career 15-4-1-4, $100,312) O- Peter Redekop; B- Regis Farms (KY); T- Philip Hall

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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