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The Keeneland Sales Vault: Belmont Stakes

June 9, 2017

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.


2016: Creator

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.


2010: Drosselmeyer

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.


2008: Da'Tara

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.


2006: Jazil

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.


2000: Commendable

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).


1991: Hansel

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.

Keeneland September is your source for success on racing's biggest stages. Learn more about the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Sept. 11-23, at september.keeneland.com.