Keeneland Sales Grads: Sweep Pegasus World Cup Championships & More

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From the Keeneland Media Team:

Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduates City of Light and Bricks andMortar captured the weekend’s two spotlight races – the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) and $7 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1), respectively – on Saturday at Gulfstream.

City of Light romped by 5¾ lengths to win the Pegasus World Cup in his final career start before entering stud at Lane’s End Farm. Bricks and Mortar continued a successful return to the races following a near 15-month layoff with an authoritative win in the Pegasus World Cup Turf.

September Sale alumni won graded stakes at home and abroad on Sunday. Eclipse Award finalist Midnight Bisouopened her 4-year-old season with a victory in the Houston Ladies Classic (G3) at Sam Houston. Copano Kickingtook the Negishi (G3) at Toyko Racecourse.


CITY OF LIGHT, 5YO horse by Quality Road – Paris Notion ($710,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Walnut Green) Won Pegasus World Cup Invitational S. (G1) on 1/26 at Gulfstream (career 11-6-4-1, $5,662,600) O- Mr. & Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.; B- Ann Marie Farm (KY); T- Michael McCarthy

BRICKS AND MORTAR, 5YO horse by Giant’s Causeway – Beyond the Waves ($200,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Stone Farm, agent; Buyer- Oaks Bluff Partners) Won Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational S. (G1) on 1/26 at Gulfstream (career 8-6-0-2, $3,018,250) O- Klaravich Stables & William Lawrence; B- George Strawbridge Jr. (KY); T- Chad Brown


Keeneland September Yearling Sale alumni finished 1-2 in the Houston Ladies Classic (G3) on 1/27 at Sam Houston:

1- MIDNIGHT BISOU, 4YO filly by Midnight Lute – Diva Delite ($19,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent) (career 12-6-3-3, $1,745,000) O- Bloom Racing Stable, Allen Racing & Madaket Stables; B- Woodford Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

2- Moonlit Garden, 5YO mare by Malibu Moon – Winter Garden ($120,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) O/B- Town & Country (KY); T- Christopher Davis

COPANO KICKING, 4YO gelding by Spring At Last – Celadon ($19,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent) Won Negishi S. (G3) on 1/27 at Tokyo (career 9-7-1-0) O- Sachiaki Kobayashi; B- Reiley McDonald (KY); T- Akira Murayanma

GRAY ATTEMPT, 3YO colt by Graydar – Attempt to Name ($47,000 RNA, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) Won $150,000 Smarty Jones S. on 1/25 at Oaklawn (career 4-3-0-0, $184,700) O- Dwight Pruett; B- Wynnstay, Donna Moore & Jim Richardson (KY); T- William H. Fires

CHERRY LODGE, 5YO mare by Bernardini – Wilshewed ($450,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Valkyre Stud, agent; Buyer- Gainesway) Won $150,000 Ladies’ Turf Sprint S. on 1/26 at Gulfstream (career 10-4-1-2, $322,422) O- Gainesway Stable; B- Mrs. William L. Currin (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

PARADE OF ROSES, 3YO filly by New Year’s Day – Rose and Shine ($1,200, 2017 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent; Buyer- Big Oak Farms) Won $65,000 Borderplex S. on 1/27 at Sunland (career 8-2-2-2, $78,062) O- Josh Shanahan; B- Gary & Mary West Stables (KY); T- Nate Williams

CONQUEST TSUNAMI, 7YO gelding by Stormy Atlantic – Classic Neel ($190,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- Conquest Stables; $140,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- TM Investments) Won $76,624 Clocker’s Corner S. on 1/27 at Santa Anita (career 30-9-4-5, $783,031) O- Gary Barber; B- Josham Farms Ltd. & Yvonne Schwabe Thoroughbreds (ON); T- Peter Miller

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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