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Keeneland-Sold Champion Roy H Makes 2018 Debut; Keeneland Sales Graduates Showcased in Derby, Oaks Preps

February 2, 2018

Keeneland sales graduates stand out among entries on a busy weekend of graded stakes racing across North America, headlined by the season debut of Keeneland-sold champion sprinter Roy H and the exciting start of the 2018 Roads to the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1).

Newly minted champion and dual Keeneland sales graduate Roy H kicks off 2018 in the Palos Verdes (G2) on Saturday at Santa Anita. A winner last out of the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Del Mar, Roy H enters the Palos Verdes as a prep for the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) on March 31 at Meydan. In the Palos Verdes, Roy H will face Keeneland sale graduate Mongolian Saturday, winner of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Keeneland.

Racing on Saturday features three prep races on the 2018 Road to the Kentucky Derby, with Keeneland sales graduates seeking points on the Derby leaderboard. Six graduates of Keeneland’s 2016 September Yearling Sale will compete in the Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream, among them Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) winner Free Drop Billy; multiple graded stakes-placed Hollywood Star and Tiz Mischief, second in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) in his last start. Taking on graded stakes company are the talented maiden winners Marconi in the Withers (G3) at Aqueduct and Peace and Shivermetimbers in the Robert B. Lewis (G3) at Santa Anita.

Keeneland-sold fillies are on the 2018 Road to the Kentucky Oaks. Graded stakes-placed Take Charge Paula, a stakes winner in her last two starts, leads entries for the Forward Gal (G3) at Gulfstream on Saturday, while undefeated Starlet (G1) winner Dream Tree carries high weight in the Las Virgenes (G2) on Sunday at Santa Anita.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3

HOLY BULL (G2), Gulfstream, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YOs

FREE DROP BILLY, 3YO colt by Union Rags – Trensa ($200,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Albaugh Family Stables) O- Albaugh Family Stables; B- Helen K. Groves Revocable Trust (KY); T- Dale Romans

MASTER MANIPULATOR, 3YO colt by Tale of the Cat – Whatdreamsrmadeof ($360,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent; Buyer- Bluewater Sales, agent) O- Calumet Farm & Southern Equine Stable; B- CASA Farms (KY); T- Eric Guillot

HOLLYWOOD STAR, 3YO colt by Malibu Moon – Hollywood Story ($550,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Albaugh Family Stables) O- Albaugh Family Stables; B- George Krikorian (KY); T- Dale Romans

TIZ MISCHIEF, 3YO colt by Into Mischief – Indivia ($55,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Cross Keys Sales, agent; Buyer- Dale Romans, agent) O- Frank Jones Jr.; B- T/C Stable (KY); T- Dale Romans

AEQUOR, 3YO colt by Flatter – Lila Page ($140,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Greenfield Farm, agent; Buyer- GDS Racing Stable) O- Grupo 7C Racing Stable; B- B.D. Gibbs Farm & Fleetwood Bloodstock (KY); T- Gustavo Delgado

MISSISSIPPI, 3YO colt by Pioneerof the Nile – Katz Me If You Can ($280,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Timber Town, agent; Buyer- WD North Thoroughbreds) O- M. Magnier, M. Tabor, J. Oxley, D. Smith & M. Jooste; B- Whisper Hill Farm (KY); T- Mark Casse

SAN PASQUAL S. (G2), Santa Anita, 1 1/8 Miles, 4YOs & Up

PAVEL, 4YO colt by Creative Cause – Mons Venus ($90,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent, Buyer- McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, agent; $80,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hidden Brook, agent) O- Reddam Racing; B- Brereton C. Jones & WinStar Farm (KY); T- Doug O’Neill

ACCELERATE, 5YO horse by Lookin At Lucky – Issues ($380,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bluewater Sales, agent; Buyer- L. E. B.) O- Hronis Racing; B- Mike Abraham (KY); T- John Sadler

WIN THE SPACE, 6YO horse by Pulpit – Teamgeist (ARG) ($65,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Kings Equine) O- Kretz Racing; B- Spendthrift Farm (KY); T- George Papaprodromou

THE LIEUTENANT, 5YO horse by Street Sense – Stage Magic ($50,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Glennwood Farm, agent; Buyer- Oscar Diaz Cruz) O- Mr. & Mrs. William K. Warren; B- John D. Gunther (KY); T- Michael McCarthy

IKE WALKER, 6YO gelding by Bellamy Road – Quite Familiar ($125,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Buck Pond Farm, agent; Buyer- Ike & Dawn Thrash) O- C T R Stables, Jerry Hollendorfer & Dr. Michael Sigband; B- Buck Pond Farm (KY); T- Jerry Hollendorfer

IRISH FREEDOM, 4YO colt by Pioneerof the Nile – Island Striker ($285,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Donegal Racing) O- Donegal Racing; B- Philip & Brenda Robertson (KY); T- Bob Baffert

PRIME ATTRACTION, 5YO horse by Unbridled’s Song – Strawberry Sense ($335,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Stone Farm, agent; Buyer- D P Racing) O- D P Racing; B- Payson Stud (KY); T- James Cassidy

SAN MARCOS S. (G2), Santa Anita, 1¼ Miles (T), 4YOs & Up

PRINCE OF ARABIA, 5YO horse by Mineshaft – Princess Haya ($175,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Stone Farm, agent; Buyer- D P Racing) O- D P Racing; B- Eileen Hartis (KY); T- Jim Cassidy

MR. ROARY, 5YO gelding by Scat Daddy – If Angels Sang ($50,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- St. George Sales, agent; Buyer- GDS Racing Stable) O- Kretz Racing; B- Judy Hicks & Kathryn Nikkel (KY); T- George Papaprodromou

ISOTHERM, 5YO horse by Lonhro (AUS) – Game for More ($120,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent; Buyer- Rockbridge Bloodstock) O- Matthew Schera; B- H. Allen Poindexter (KY); T- Philip D’Amato

PALOS VERDES S. (G2), Santa Anita, 6 Furlongs, 4YOs & Up

ROY H, 6YO gelding by More Than Ready – Elusive Diva ($115,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Claiborne Farm, agent, Buyer- Ciaran Dunne; $310,000, 2014 April 2YO in Training, Consignor- Wavertree Stables, agent, Buyer- Rockingham Ranch) O- Rockingham Ranch & David Bernsen; B- Ramona Bass (KY); T- Peter Miller

BOBBY ABU DHABI, 4YO colt by Macho Uno – Wadena ($85,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Cross Keys Sales, agent; Buyer- Grassroots Training & Sales) O- Rockingham Ranch; B- T/C Stable (KY); T- Peter Miller

MONGOLIAN SATURDAY, 8YO gelding by Any Given Saturday – Miss Hot Salsa ($60,000, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Mongolian Stable) O- Mongolian Stable; B- Normandy Farm (KY); T- Enebish Ganbat

WITHERS S. (G3), Aqueduct, 1 1/8 Miles, 3YOs

MARCONI, 3YO colt by Tapit – Ponche de Leona ($2 Million, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- Bridlewood Farm & M. V. Magnier) O- Bridlewood Farm, Mrs. John Magnier, Derrick Smith & Michael Tabor; B- Brushwood Stable (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

COLTANDMISSISSIPPI, 3YO colt by Pioneerof the Nile – Selva ($400,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Crupi’s New Castle) O- Teresa Viola Racing Stables & St. Elias Stable; B- Alexander-Groves Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

FORWARD GAL (G3), Gulfstream, 7 Furlongs, 3YO Fillies

SULTRY, 3YO filly by Malibu Moon – Viva Carina (ARG) ($400,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Barry Berkelhammer, agent) O- Joseph Sutton; B- Three Chimneys Farm (KY); T- Eddie Kenneally

TAKE CHARGE PAULA, 3YO filly by Take Charge Indy – Perfect Paula ($40,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- E. J. Sipus Jr.; $47,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- E. J. Sipus Jr.) O- Peter Deutsch; B- Extern Developments (KY); T- Kiaran McLaughlin

MY MISS LILLY, 3YO filly by Tapit – Wicked Deed ($670,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Courtlandt Farm) O- Courtlandt Farms; B- Winchell Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Mark Hennig

SWALE S. (G3), Gulfstream, 7 Furlongs, 3YOs

DIAMOND KING, 3YO colt by Quality Road – Akron Moon ($55,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent; Buyer- Waves Bloodstock) O- D. J. Stable, Cash is King & LC Racing; B- JSM Equine (KY); T- John Servis

GOTTA GO, 3YO colt by Shanghai Bobby – Disturbingly Hot ($250,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- Lothenbach Stables) O- Lothenbach Stables; B- Machmer Hall (KY); T- Ian Wilkes

EMPIRE POWER, 3YO colt by Bodemeister – Cayman Sunrise ($42,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent; Buyer- First Finds) O- Secure Investments; B- Respite Farm (KY); T- Antonio Sano

STRIKE POWER, 3YO colt by Speightstown – Gold d’Oro ($300,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent) O/B- Courtlandt Farm (KY); T- Mark Hennig

ROBERT B. LEWIS S. (G3), Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YOs

AYACARA (GB), 3YO colt by Violence – Pacifica Highway ($85,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent; Buyer- Eric Brehm) O- Charles & Cynthia Marquis; B- Overbury Stallions (GB); T- Keith Desormeaux

PEPE TONO, 3YO colt by Bodemeister – Cassis Royale ($85,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Juan Garcia) O- Juan Garcia; B- Sanford Robertson (KY); T- Victor Garcia

LOMBO, 3YO colt by Graydar – Burg Berg ($110,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Springdell Farm) O- Michael Lombardi; B- Twin Creeks Farm (KY); T- Michael Pender

SHIVERMETIMBERS, 3YO colt by Shanghai Bobby – Sealaunch ($170,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Threave Main Stud, agent; Buyer- Michael Puhich, agent) O- Mark DeDomenico & West Point Thoroughbreds; B- Tim Thornton, Robert Watt & Doug Glass (KY); T- Jerry Hollendorfer

PEACE, 3YO colt by Violence – Queen’s Triomphe ($37,000 RNA, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent) O- Spendthrift Farm and Town & Country Racing; B- Grade 1 Bloodstock & Terry Holmes (KY); T- Richard Mandella

BLAME THE RIDER, 3YO colt by Jimmy Creed – Shiny Sheet ($15,000, 2016 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- Thoroughbred Champions Training Center) O- Reddam Racing; B- Sarah Wells (KY); T- Doug O’Neill

DANIA BEACH (G3), Gulfstream, 1 Mile (T), 3YOs

SPEED FRANCO, 3YO colt by Declaration of War – Nabat Seif ($170,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- GDS Racing Stable) O- Grupo 7C Racing Stable; B- Ice Wine Stables (KY); T- Gustavo Delgado

CUESTION DE TIEMPO, 3YO colt by The Factor – Sayedah (IRE) ($80,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent, Buyer- First Finds; $80,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent) O- Secure Investments & I. C. Racing; B- Rhinestone Bloodstock (KY); T- Ignacio Correas IV

COMETIN, 3YO colt by Trappe Shot – Figurehead ($37,000 RNA, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; $18,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- St. George Sales, agent, Buyer- Antonio Sano, agent) O- Magic Stables; B- Judy Hicks, Kathryn Nikkel & Pegasus Stud (KY); T- Antonio Sano

UNTAMED DOMAIN, 3YO colt by Animal Kingdom – Ciao ($90,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Clearsky Farms; Buyer- West Point Thoroughbreds) O- West Point Thoroughbreds; B- Clearsky Farms (KY); T- H. Graham Motion

RENAISANCE FROLIC, 3YO colt by Paynter – Frolic’s Appeal ($90,000 RNA, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Hidden Brook, agent; $60,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hidden Brook, agent) O/B- Stride Rite Racing Stable; T- David Fawkes

MACHTREE, 3YO colt by Kitten’s Joy – Lady Lumberjack ($450,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Clearsky Farms; Buyer- Bluesky Bloodstock, Aquis Farm & Stonestreet Stables) O- Stonestreet Stables & Aquis Farm; B- Clearsky Farms (KY); T- Mark Casse

SWEETEST CHANT S. (G3), Gulfstream, 1 Mile (T), 3YO Fillies

MY FAVORITE GIFT, 3YO filly by Tapit – Downthedustryroad ($525,000 RNA, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; $300,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent, Buyer- Grupo 7C) O- Grupo 7C Racing Stable; B- Grousemont Farm (KY); T- Gustavo Delgado

GO NONI GO, 3YO filly by Get Stormy – Lady Larkspur ($1,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent; Buyer- A. P. Racing) O- Three Diamonds Farm; B- David Hager II (KY); T- Michael Maker

QUEEN’S FATE, 3YO filly by Artie Schiller – Shukriya ($15,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent; Buyer- Sharon Biamonte) O- Maxis Stable & Michael Maker; B- Josham Farms & Yvonne Schwabe Thoroughbreds (ON); T- Michael Maker

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4

LAS VIRGENES S. (G2), Santa Anita, 1 Mile, 3YO Fillies

DREAM TREE, 3YO filly by Uncle Mo – Afleet Maggi ($80,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Mike or Pat Freeny; Buyer- Michelle Redding, agent) O- Phoenix Thoroughbred; B- Mike & Pat Freeny (KY); T- Bob Baffert

STEPH BEING STEPH, 3YO filly by Majestic Warrior – More Than Proud ($72,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Betz Thoroughbreds, agent; Buyer- Dennis Farkas) O- Blinkers On Racing Stable, Bennett, Cahee, Georgetti, Harris, Lyons, et al.; B- D. J. Stable (KY); T- Brian Koriner