Classic Contenders El Areeb, Unique Bella Top 50+ Keeneland Sales Graduates Entered in Weekend Graded Stakes

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LEXINGTON, KY (March 3, 2017) – More than 50 Keeneland sales graduates are entered in graded stakes on both coasts this weekend, with sophomore standouts seeking to burnish their credentials in major prep races on the Roads to the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1).

Eight of the 10 3-year-olds entered in Saturday’s Gotham (G3) at Aqueduct are Keeneland sales alumni, led by highweight El Areeb, winner of four consecutive races including dominating performances in the recent Jerome (G3) and Withers (G3). In the Gotham, El Areeb will face such talented Keeneland sales graduates as True Timber and J Boys Echo, second and third, respectively, in the Withers, and stakes winner So Conflated.

Keeneland sales graduate Practical Joke, winner of the 2016 Hopeful (G1) and Champagne (G1), makes his 2017 debut in the Xpressbet Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream. Saratoga Special (G2) and Delta Downs Jackpot (G3) winner Gunnevera and Dania Beach (G3) winner Made You Look, both graduates of the 2015 September Sale, also highlight the field for the Fountain of Youth.

Keeneland September Sale alum Unique Bella, early favorite for the Kentucky Oaks following spectacular wins in the 2017 Santa Ynez (G2) and Las Virgenes (G2), continues her march toward the filly classic in the Santa Ysabel (G3) at Santa Anita. Five of the seven fillies entered in the Oaks prep are Keeneland sale graduates, including Grade 1 winner Abel Tasman and stakes winner Tap It All.

Saturday’s other Oaks prep, the Davona Dale (G2) at Gulfstream, features Keeneland sales graduates Pretty City Dancer, dead-heat winner of the 2016 Spinaway (G1) who finished a good second in her season debut in the Forward Gal (G2) in February, and the highly regarded Summer Luck, both from the barn of trainer Mark Casse.

On Sunday, all five fillies and mares entered in the Las Flores (G3) at Santa Anita are Keeneland sales graduates. The Las Flores marks the season debut of both multiple Grade 2 winner Pretty N Cool and Constellation, who closed 2016 with a win in the La Brea (G1), and includes recent Las Cienegas winner Watch This Cat.

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 4

XPRESSBET FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH S. (G2), Gulfstream, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YOs

GUNNEVERA, 3YO colt by Dialed In – Unbridled Rage ($16,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brandywine Farm & Stephen Upchurch; Buyer- Antonio Sano, agent) O- Peacock Racing Stables; B- Brandywine Farm & Stephen Upchurch (KY); T- Antonio Sano

BEASLEY, 3YO colt by Shackleford – In Truth ($65,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Elm Tree Farm, agent; Buyer- Clear Ridge Stables) O- Lee Lewis & Mark Grier; B- Nancy Shuford (KY); T- Mark Hennig

PRACTICAL JOKE, 3YO colt by Into Mischief – Halo Humor ($135,000, 2015 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent, Buyer- Clear Ridge Stables; $240,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent, Buyer- Aquinnah Ventures) O- Klaravich Stables & William Lawrence; B- Whispering Oaks (KY); T- Chad Brown

MADE YOU LOOK, 3YO colt by More Than Ready – Night and Day ($360,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent; Buyer- Let’s Go Stable & Three Chimneys) O- Let’s Go Stable & Three Chimneys; B- Robert & Beverly Lewis Trust (KY); T- Todd Pletcher 

LOOKIN FOR EIGHT, 3YO colt by Lookin At Lucky – Somalia ($40,000 RNA, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Bill Murphy, agent; $27,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bill Murphy, agent) O- Gary Barber, John C. Oxley, Ralph Kinder & Erv Woolsey; B- Ralph Kinder, Erv Woolsey & Ashford Stud (KY); T- Mark Casse

 

DAVONA DALE S. (G2), Gulfstream, 1 Mile, 3YO Fillies

SUMMER LUCK, 3YO filly by Lookin At Lucky – Seasonal ($17,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Hidden Brook, agent, Buyer- Walter Bloodstock; $40,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hunter Valley Farm, agent, Buyer- Atlantic Bloodstock) O- Gary Barber; B- Imperious Stable & Lookin At Lucky Syndicate (KY); T- Mark Casse

MODACIOUS, 3YO filly by Uncle Mo – Deputie’s Notebook ($90,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lantern Hill Farm, agent; Buyer- Eisaman Equine) O- Cash Is King and L & C Racing; B- Lantern Hill Farm (KY); T- Robert E. Reid Jr.

FROM RIA TO RICHES, 3YO filly by Union Rags – La Nez ($130,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Gainesway, agent, Buyer- Chibbs Farm; $70,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent) O- Loooch Racing Stables; B- Gainesway Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Rasharn Creque

ASPEN HILLTOP, 3YO filly by Bernardini – Home Sweet Aspen ($350,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Gary Contessa, agent) O- Lee Pokoik; B- SF Bloodstock (KY); T- Gary Contessa

PRETTY CITY DANCER, 3YO filly by Tapit – Pretty City ($825,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- John C. Oxley) O- John C. Oxley; B- Gainesway Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Mark Casse

CHAMPAGNE PROBLEMS, 3YO filly by Ghostzapper – Coral Sun ($270,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Elm Tree Farm, agent; Buyer- Seiler Racing) O- Six Column Stables, Randy Bloch, J. Seiler, F. Merritt & D. Hall; B- Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings (KY); T- Ian Wilkes

 

MAC DIARMIDA S. (G2), Gulfstream, 1 3/8 Miles (T), 4YOs & Up

FLATLINED, 5YO gelding by Flatter – Buttercup’s Song ($65,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent; Buyer- Prairie Lane Farms) O- Brian Hytrek, Rodney Paden & Ryan Kuhn; B- B&B Thoroughbreds Inc & Marty Hughes (KY); T- Charles Dickey

MR MAYBE, 6YO gelding by Ghostzapper – Regal Approval ($3,000, 2011 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Montessori Farm, agent; Buyer- Forty Coats) O- Michael Dubb, Head of Plains Partners & Highclere America; B- Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, Liberation Farm et al (KY); T- Chad Brown

SMOOTH DADDY, 6YO horse by Scat Daddy – Prairie Maiden ($170,000, 2012 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Honeysuckle Farm, agent; Buyer- Robert Baker & William Mack) O- Robert Baker & William Mack; B- Richard Lueck (KY); T- Tom Albertrani

TWILIGHT ECLIPSE, 8YO gelding by Purim – My Twilight Dancer ($1,000, 2010 Jan Horse of All Ages, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- John Langemeier) O- West Point Thoroughbreds; B- Epona Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Tom Albertrani

 

GOTHAM S. (G3), Aqueduct, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YOs

J BOYS ECHO, 3YO colt by Mineshaft – Letgomyecho ($485,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Betz Thoroughbreds, agent; Buyer- Albaugh Family Stable) O- Albaugh Family Stable; B- Betz, Blackburn, Betz, Ramsby, CNHHNK (KY); T- Dale Romans

MIGGSY, 3YO colt by Hard Spun – Yes She’s a Lady ($330,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent; Buyer- Whitehorse Stables) O- Robert LaPenta; B- Olly Tait (KY); T- Rudy Rodriguez

EL AREEB, 3YO colt by Exchange Rate – Feathered Diamond ($100,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Eisaman Equine) O- M M G Stables; B- Dixiana Farms (KY); T- Cathal Lynch

TRUE TIMBER, 3YO colt by Mineshaft – Queen’s Wood ($170,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- St. George Sales, agent; Buyer- Calumet Farm) O- Calumet Farm; B- Mr. & Mrs. Marc C. Ferrell (KY); T- Kiaran McLaughlin

APARTFROMTHECROWD, 3YO colt by Gio Ponti – Glencoe Church ($45,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent; Buyer- Golden Legacy Stables) O- Klaravich Stables & William Lawrence; B- Maxxam Alliance (FL); T- Chad Brown

SO CONFLATED, 3YO ridgling by Eskendereya – Donnie’s Secret ($40,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent; Buyer- Curtis Landry) O- Reddam Racing; B- Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds (FL); T- Doug O’Neill

CLOUD COMPUTING, 3YO colt by Maclean’s Music – Quick Temper ($200,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales agency, agent; Buyer- Mike Ryan, agent) O- Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence; B- Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings & Stretch Run Ventures (KY); T- Chad Brown

ACTION EVERYDAY, 3YO colt by The Factor – Tina’s Goal ($425,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Blandford Stud, agent; Buyer- Crupi’s New Castle) O- St. Elias Stable; B- Mr. & Mrs. M. Banahan, R. Gray & Varner (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

 

THE VERY ONE S. (G3), Gulfstream, 1 3/16 Miles (T), 4YOs & Up, F&M

TRY YOUR LUCK, 4YO filly by Lookin At Lucky – Golden Sphinx ($80,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Donver Stable) O- Out of This World Racing; B- Fred Hertrich III & John Fielding (KY); T- Michael Maker

 

CANADIAN TURF S. (G3), Gulfstream, 1 Mile (T), 4YOs & Up

CONQUEST PANTHERA, 5YO gelding by Kitten’s Joy – Lastofthsummerwine ($100,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Mark Casse, agent) O- Gary Barber; B- Ken & Sarah Ramsey (KY); T- Mark Casse

GIANT RUN, 4YO colt by Giant’s Causeway – Who Did It and Run ($200,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hidden Brook, agent; Buyer- Robert Baker/William Mack) O- Robert Baker & William Mack; B- Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds (MD); T- Tom Albertrani

 

HERECOMESTHEBRIDE S. (G3), Gulfstream, 1 1/16 Miles (T), 3YO Fillies

INDIA MANTUANA, 3YO filly by Wilburn – Speed Wagon ($8,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent; Buyer- Antonio Sano, agent) O- Head of Plains Partners & Sterling Road Stables; B- Paul Knapper (KY); T- Chad Brown

COASTED, 3YO filly by Tizway – Malibu Pier ($210,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent; Buyer- Jeff Treadway) O- Treadway Racing Stable; B- Spendthrift Farm (KY); T- Leah Gyarmati

HAPPY MESA, 3YO filly by Sky Mesa – Happy Choice ($20,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent; Buyer- Jerry Romans) O- Great Point Stables, Highclere America, Zoom & Fish Stable et al; B- Branch Equine KY); T- H. Graham Motion

PARTY BOAT, 3YO filly by Into Mischief – Pavati ($52,000, 2015 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- Solis/Litt; $100,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Darby Dan Farm, agent, Buyer- Webb Carroll Training Center) O- Hope Jones; B- Fred W. Hertrich III (KY); T- H. Graham Motion

CONQUEST HARDCANDY, 3YO filly by Candy Ride (ARG) – Dade Babe ($40,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Antonio Sano, agent) O- Alfonso Cammarota; B- New Hill Farm (NY); T- Antonio Sano

 

FRED W. HOOPER S. (G3), Gulfstream, 1 Mile, 4YOs & Up

HY RIVERSIDE, 5YO gelding by Macho Uno – Sarcasm ($32,000, 2012 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Dapple Stud, agent; Buyer- SJT Racing Stables) O- Mar Racing Stable; B- Amy Dunne (FL); T- Antonio Sano

FRAMMENTO, 5YO gelding by Midshipman – Ginger Bay ($50,000, 2012 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Blandford Stud, agent; Buyer- Boulder Force Equine) O- Mossarosa; B- Mr. & Mrs. Oliver Tait (KY); T- Nick Zito

WAR STORY, 5YO gelding by Northern Afleet – Belle Watling ($90,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent for Jack Swain; Buyer- Nick de Meric, agent) O- Loooch Racing Stables, Ellis, Imaginary Stables & Daybreak Racing; B- Jack Swain III (KY); T- Jorge Navarro

GREENPOINTCRUSADER, 4YO colt by Bernardini – Ava Knowsthecode ($575,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Valkyre Stud, agent; Buyer- Crupi’s New Castle) O- St. Elias Stable, MeB Racing Stables & Brookyn Boyz Stables; B- Oakbrook Farm (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

 

PALM BEACH S. (G3), Gulfstream, 1 1/16 Miles (T), 3YOs

COWBOY CULTURE, 3YO colt by Quality Road – English Willow ($100,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent; Buyer- Cromwell Bloodstock, agent) O- Head of Plains Partners & Cheyenne Stables; B- Rhineshire Farm (KY); T- Brad Cox

GIANT PAYDAY, 3YO colt by Giant’s Causeway – Pension ($100,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Lothenbach Stables) O- Lothenbach Stables; B- Gainesway Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Ian Wilkes

CHANNEL MAKER, 3YO gelding by English Channel – In Return ($57,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent) O- Joey Gee Thoroughbreds, Wachtel Stable & Gary Barber; B- Tall Oaks Farm (ON); T- Daniel Vella

PAGLIACCI, 3YO colt by Pioneerof the Nile – Clever Feline ($185,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent) O/B- Harvey Clarke (KY); T- Bill Mott

ADONIS CREED, 3YO gelding by Brilliant Speed – Joyance ($47,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent; Buyer- Patrick Hoppel, agent) O- Zilla Racing Stables; B- Mr. & Mrs. Broussard Hundley Jr. (KY); T- Kiaran McLaughlin

TICONDEROGA, 3YO colt by Tapit – Keertana ($850,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent; Buyer- Woodford Racing) O- Woodford Racing; B- Bryant H. Prentice III (KY); T- Chad Brown

 

SANTA YSABEL S. (G3), Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YO Fillies

UNIQUE BELLA, 3YO filly by Tapit – Unrivaled Belle ($400,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- Don Alberto Corporation) O- Don Alberto Stable; B- Brushwood Stable (PA); T- Jerry Hollendorfer

TAP IT ALL, 3YO filly by Tapizar – Yawkey Way ($120,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- St. George Sales, agent; Buyer- Roma Farm) O- ERJ Racing & Reddam Racing; B- Dell Ridge Farm, Des Ryan, Ken Donworth & Tony Dardis (KY); T- Doug O’Neill

SPOOKY WOODS, 3YO filly by Ghostzapper – Winter Forest ($100,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- James M. Herbener Jr., agent; Buyer- Jack Hester, agent) O- West Point Thoroughbreds & Edwin Barker; B- Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings (KY); T- Jerry Hollendorfer

MISTRESSOFTHENIGHT, 3YO filly by Midnight Lute – Ringmistress ($23,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- James Spicer) O- Beerman Family Trust or Hall or Sayjay Racing; B- George Krikorian (KY); T- Richard Baltas

ABEL TASMAN, 3YO filly by Quality Road – Vargas Girl ($65,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Clearsky Farms) O- China Horse Club and Clearsky Farms; B- Clearsky Farms (KY); T- Simon Callaghan

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 5

LAS FLORES S. (G3), Santa Anita, 6 Furlongs, 4YOs & Up, F&M

PONDER LEA, 5YO mare by More Than Ready – Rumba Punch ($100,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Indian Creek, agent; Buyer- Mayberry Farm) O- Ackerman Equine, Richard Baltas, Nancy Messineo & Bruce Sands; B- Redmon Farm (KY); T- Richard Baltas

WATCH THIS CAT, 5YO mare by Eskendereya – Informative Style ($100,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hinkle Farms; Buyer- Bridlewood Farm) O- Bederian, Kamberian or Nakkashian; B- Hinkle Farms (KY); T- Richard Baltas

SENSITIVELY, 5YO mare by Street Sense – Dressmaker ($95,000 RNA, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- War Horse Place, agent) O- Anthony Fanticola & Joseph Scardino; B- John Liviakis (KY); T- Philip D’Amato

PRETTY N COOL, 4YO filly by Scat Daddy – Stayclassysandiego ($160,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Elm Tree Farm, agent; Buyer- Three Amigos Stables) O- Pegram, Watson or Weitman; B- Nancy Shuford (KY); T- Bob Baffert

CONSTELLATION, 4YO filly by Bellamy Road – For Royalty ($155,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent; Buyer- Northwest Stud) O- LNJ Foxwoods; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Jerry Hollendorfer

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