Omaha Beach Tops “Keeneland Sales Grads” This Week

(Omaha Beach winning the G1 Arkansas Derby / Photo Courtesy of Oaklawn Park)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Omaha Beach entered the 2017 September Yearling Sale Book 1 Bonus pool with his victory in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn on Saturday.

The Book 1 Bonus offers cash rewards to the seller (owner at the time of sale) and owner at the time of the race of Grade or Group 1 stakes winners sold as yearlings in Book 1 of the 2017 September Sale. Charming Syndicate was the owner of Omaha Beach at the time of sale.

The colt also earned 100 points to rank second in the final standings on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) leaderboard.

Owendale, winner of Keeneland’s Stonestreet Lexington (G3), and Munitions, winner of the Prix Djebel (G3) at Maisons-Laffitte, earned $5,000 September Sale Seller Bonuses for Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings and Winchell Thoroughbreds, respectively.

The Keeneland 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 alumnus Lady Apple won the Fantasy (G3) on Friday at Oaklawn, the final prep on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks (G1), to secure 100 points and fourth place on the Oaks leaderboard.


Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduates finished 1-2 in the Arkansas Derby (G1) on 4/13 at Oaklawn:

1- OMAHA BEACH, 3YO colt by War Front – Charming (RNA to Sale, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent) (career 7-3-3-1, $1,121,800) O- Fox Hill Farms; B- Charming Syndicate (KY); T- Richard Mandella

2- Improbable, 3YO colt by City Zip – Rare Event ($110,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; $200,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- Maverick Racing & China Horse Club) O- WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International & Starlight Racing; B- St. George Farm & G. Watts Humphrey Jr. (KY); T- Bob Baffert

Keeneland September Sale alumni finished 1-2 in the Fantasy S. (G3) on 4/12 at Oaklawn:

1- LADY APPLE, 3YO filly by Curlin – Miss Mary Apples ($100,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- KatieRich Farms) (career 7-3-2-0, $452,200) O- Phoenix Thoroughbred III & KatieRich Stables; B- KatieRich Farms (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

2- Motion Emotion, 3YO filly by Take Charge Indy – Golden Motion ($55,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- Michael Puhich) O- Mark DeDomenico; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Tom Van Berg

MITOLE, 4YO colt by Eskendereya – Indian Miss ($20,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- Chestnut Valley Farm) Won Count Fleet Sprint H. (G3) on 4/13 at Oaklawn (career 9-6-2-1, $701,510) O- William & Corinne Heiligbrodt; B- Edward A. Cox Jr. (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

OWENDALE, 3YO colt by Into Mischief – Aspen Light ($200,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- John Wentworth) Won Stonestreet Lexington S. (G3) on 4/13 at Keeneland (career 8-3-1-1, $187,225) O- Rupp Racing; B- Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings (KY); T- Brad Cox

MUNITIONS, 3YO colt by War Front – War Echo ($550,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Godolphin) Won Prix Djebel (G3) on 4/10 at Maisons-Laffitte (career 5-3-1-0, €93,500) O- Godolphin; B- Winchell Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Andre Fabre

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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