Keeneland September Yearling Sales graduates and Eclipse Award finalists Good Magic and Caledonia Road are highweights in their respective divisions of The Jockey Club’s Annual Top 2-Year-Old Rankings for 2017, announced today.
Good Magic, a finalist for champion 2-year-old male, was assigned co-high weight of 126 pounds, the standard impost for top horses in the rankings. Caledonia Road, a finalist for champion 2-year-old filly, is the highest weighted filly at 123 pounds.
Formerly known as the Experimental Free Handicap, The Jockey Club’s Annual Top 2-Year-Old Rankings are a weight-based assessment of the previous year’s leading 2-year-olds in the U.S. and Canada with weights compiled for a hypothetical race at 1 1/16 miles on dirt. The rankings have been published annually since 1935.
Good Magic won the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) for owners e5 Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Stables, who bred the colt by Curlin. Consigned to the 2016 September Sale by Hill ‘n’ Dales Sales Agency, agent, Good Magic was purchased by Mike Ryan on behalf of e5 for $1 million.
The second highest-weighted male is Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) winner Mendelssohn, assigned 123 pounds. Mendelssohn topped the 2016 September Sale when Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier purchased him for $3 million from breeder Clarkland Farm. The Scat Daddy colt is a half-brother to champion Beholder and leading sire Into Mischief.
Other top-weighted males who are Keeneland sales alumni are Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) winner Free Drop Billy, assigned 122 pounds; With Anticipation (G3) and Remsen (G2) winner Catholic Boy, Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity (G1) winner McKinzie, Hopeful (G1) winner Sporting Chance and Summer (G2) winner Untamed Domain at 120 pounds apiece; and Solomini, multiple Grade 1-placed finalist for champion 2-year-old male, at 119 pounds.
Five of those colts sold at the 2016 September Sale, with Sporting Chance also graduating from the 2015 November Breeding Stock Sale. Catholic Boy was a private sale at the 2016 January Horses of All Ages Sale.
Caledonia Road was purchased for $140,000 at the 2016 September Sale by trainer Ralph Nicks, agent for Zoom and Fish Stable. Consigned by Eaton Sales, the daughter of Quality Road won the 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). Caledonia Road, bred by Vegso Racing Stable, races for Zoom and Fish, Charlie Spiring and Newtown Anner Stud.
Additional Keeneland sales graduates who are top-weighted fillies include Grade 1-placed Best Performance, Starlet (G1) winner Dream Tree and Frizette (G1) winner Separationofpowers with 120 pounds apiece. Grade 1-placed Alluring Star, Spinaway (G1) winner Lady Ivanka, Golden Rod (G2) winner Road to Victory and Demoiselle (G2) and Mazarine (G3) winner Wonder Gadot all tied at 118 pounds.
Four of the aforementioned fillies graduated from the 2016 September Sale and two from the 2015 November Sale. Lady Ivanka is an alumnus of both sales.
The 2017 Eclipse Awards will be presented Thursday evening.