Keeneland Sales Graduate Sparky Ville Shines in G2 San Vicente

(Sparky Ville wins the San Vicente at Santa Anita / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)

From Keeneland Sales Team:

Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduate Sparky Ville won the San Vicente (G2) at Santa Anita on Sunday to secure a $7,500 September Sale Seller Bonus for breeders Aaron and Marie Jones, his owners at the time of sale.

The September Sale Seller Bonus Program, initiated by Keeneland in 2017, offers cash rewards to sellers (owners at the time of sale) of horses sold at the September Sale that win Grade/Group 1, 2 or 3 stakes as a 2- or 3-year-old. Sellers receive cash rewards based on the following criteria: $10,000 Seller Bonus for your first Grade/Group 1 stakes win; $7,500 for your first Grade/Group 2 win; and $5,000 for your first Grade/Group 3 victory.

September Sale alumni also earned points on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) with wins in Saturday prep races. Bellafinavaulted to the top of the leaderboard with a victory in the Las Virgenes (G2) at Santa Anita, while Point of Honor received 10 points for her win in the Suncoast at Tampa Bay Downs.


Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduates finished 1-2 in the San Vicente S. (G2) on 2/10 at Santa Anita:

1- SPARKY VILLE, 3YO colt by Candy Ride (ARG) – Lorelei K ($90,000 RNA to Sale, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Jeff Bonde/Del Secco DCS) (career 8-3-1-2, $257,770) O- Del Secco DCS Racing; B- Aaron & Marie Jones (KY); T- Jeff Bonde

2- Dessman, 3YO colt by Union Rags – Frolic’s Appeal ($120,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent; Buyer- Hoby & Layna Kight) O- Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum; B- Wind Hill Farm (FL); T- Bob Baffert

All five entrants for the Las Virgenes S. (G2) on 2/9 at Santa Anita were September Sale alumni:

1- BELLAFINA, 3YO filly by Quality Road – Akron Moon ($220,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) (career 7-5-1-0, $828,000) O- Kaleem Shah; B- JSM Equine (KY); T- Simon Callaghan

2- Enaya Alrabb, 3YO filly by Uncle Mo – Lotta Rhythm ($75,000 RNA, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Hunter Valley Farm, agent; $150,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hunter Valley Farm, agent, Buyer- BBA Ireland) O- Enaya Racing; B- Tony Holmes & Dr. & Mrs. Walter Zent (KY); T- Doug O’Neill

3- Calf Moon Bay, 3YO filly by Bodemeister – Detect ($150,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Betz Thoroughbreds, agent; Buyer- Christina R. Jelm, agent) O- Hollendorfer, Marc DeDomenico & George Todaro; B- Betz, Kidder, Lamantia, J. Betz, Graves & Davidson (KY); T- Jerry Hollendorfer

POINT OF HONOR, 3YO filly by Curlin – Zayanna ($825,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) Won $100,000 Suncoast S. on 2/9 at Tampa Bay Downs (career 2-2-0-0, $84,000) O- Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners & Stetson Racing; B- Siena Farms (KY); T- George Weaver

HEARTWOOD, 5YO horse by Tapit – Maple Forest ($290,000 RNA, 2019 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Stuart Morris, agent) Won $100,000 King Cotton S. on 2/9 at Oaklawn (career 26-6-3-1, $451,403) O- James Chapman & Stuart Tsujimoto; B- Blue Heaven Farm (KY); T- James Chapman

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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