Keeneland Sales Graduates have won an unprecedented 17 of the last 30 editions of the Belmont Stakes. Take a look back through the Keeneland sales vault at these Classic winners.
In last year's edition, the Book 1 yearling packed a tenacious punch down the stretch to win Belmont Stakes, completing a Triple Crown sweep by Keeneland Sales graduates after Nyquist and Exaggerator's wins in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, respectively.
2013: Palace Malice
The son of Curlin was consigned by Lane's End to the 2011 Keeneland September and sold for $25,000. In addition to the Belmont Stakes, the colt captured 4 other graded stakes and concluded his career with earnings upwards of $2.6 million.
2011: Ruler on Ice
A graduate of the 2009 Keeneland September Sale, Ruler on Ice took command late down the stretch to seal a victory in the 2011 Belmont Stakes.
Winning the Belmont with a powerful surge towards home, the WinStar Farm, LLC owned colt later went on to win the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) in 2011.
A 38-1 longshot, the Tiznow colt upset fellow Keeneland Sales graduate Big Brown's hopes for the Triple Crown.
2007: Rags to Riches
The 2007 Eclipse Award Champion Three-Year-Old Filly defeated fellow Keeneland sales grad and 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin in the 2007 Belmont Stakes which capped a streak of four straight Grade 1 victories. The Champion was a $1.9 million Keeneland September Yearling purchase.
After a fourth place finish in the Kentucky Derby, this $725,000 Keeneland September Sale grad skipped the Preakness to focus on the Belmont, a strategy that proved wise as the colt defeated Bluegrass Cat.
A $575,000 Keeneland September yearling, Commendable took charge entering the far turn in the Belmont with no intentions of looking back.
1999: Lemon Drop Kid
A graduate of the 1997 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Lemon Drop Kid held on for a narrow victory and would go on to earn the 2000 Eclipse Award for Champion Older Horse the following year.
1998: Victory Gallop
In an exciting edition of the Belmont Stakes, Victory Gallop defeated fellow Keeneland September graduate and Triple Crown hopeful Real Quiet by a nose.
1997: Touch Gold
This two-time Keeneland Sales Graduate made headlines with a mighty sprint down the stretch to dismantle eventual Hall of Famer Silver Charm's bid for Triple Crown glory.
1996: Editor's Note
A 1994 Keeneland September sale graduate, the son of Forty Niner edged out future Hall of Famer Skip Away to take the Belmont Stakes.
1995: Thunder Gulch
The winner of the 1995 Kentucky Derby, Thunder Gulch bounced back from a loss in the Preakness Stakes with a win in the Belmont, giving trainer D. Wayne Lukas his fourth consecutive Triple Crown victory and second straight win in the Belmont.
1992: A.P. Indy
Hall of Famer A.P. Indy won the 1992 Belmont en route to Eclipse Award Horse of the Year and Champion Three-Year-Old Colt honors in 1992. The Keeneland Sales graduate proved a highly influential sire, after retiring from a career with earnings of $2.9 million capped off with a win in the 1992 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1).
Winner of both the 1991 Preakness and Belmont Stakes, Hansel would go on to be named Eclipse Award Champion Three-Year-Old Colt.
1988: Risen Star
After a third place finish in the Kentucky Derby, the 1988 Eclipse Award Champion Three-Year-Old Colt went on to win the Preakness, followed by an astounding 18-length romp in the Belmont in the final start of his career.
1987: Bet Twice
Keeneland September Sale graduate Bet Twice ran away with the 1987 Belmont Stakes after second place finishes in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.