LEXINGTON, KY (April 30, 2014) – Two-time Grade 1 winner Fashion Plate headlines the eight Keeneland sales graduates that are among the 13 3-year-old fillies entered in Friday’s 140th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs.
Since 1994, Keeneland sales have produced 10 Kentucky Oaks winners. They include 2014 Racing Hall of Fame inductee Ashado and Belmont (G1) winner Rags to Riches.
The Keeneland sales graduates who were entered in this year’s race are:
Aurelia’s Belle (Lemon Drop Kid-Aurelia) – Jim Miller/Nicoma Bloodstock, agent, paid $170,000 for the Pure Romance Bourbonette Oaks (G3) winner from the consignment of Gainesway, agent, at Keeneland’s 2012 September Yearling Sale. Miller races the filly, bred by Alexander-Groves-Matz.
Empress of Midway (Empire Maker-Miss City Halo) – Consigned by breeder KatieRich Farms, she was offered for sale at the 2012 September Sale. The filly races for Daniel Kramer, Dave Kenney and RAP Racing.
Fashion Plate (Old Fashioned-Miss Puzzle [AUS]) – 4th Street Racing purchased the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) and Las Virgenes (G1) winner for $75,000 from Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, at Keeneland’s 2011 November Breeding Stock Sale. Nick de Meric, agent, bought her for $35,000 from Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, at the 2012 September Sale. Springland Farm and Fox Hill Farms Inc., bred the filly, owned by Arnold Zetcher LLC and Michael B. Tabor.
Kiss Moon (Malibu Moon-Kiss the Devil) – Consigned by breeder Hermitage Farm LLC, agent, she was offered for sale at the 2012 September Sale. Carl Pollard owns the filly.
My Miss Sophia (Unbridled’s Song-Wildwood Flower) – Todd Pletcher, agent, purchased the Gazelle (G2) winner for $260,000 from Glenwood Farm Inc., agent, at the 2012 September Sale. John D. Gunther bred the filly, owned by Mathis Stable LLC.
Please Explain (Curlin-Lizzy’s Bluff) – Brookdale Sales, agent for breeders Donald H. Niall and Michael L. Niall, consigned the Suncoast Stakes winner to the 2012 September Sale. She is owned by Niall Racing.
Sugar Shock (Candy Ride [ARG]-Enthusiastically) – Cathy Anderson purchased the Fantasy (G3) winner for $20,000 from Lane’s End, agent for breeders Pam and Martin Wygod, at the 2012 September Sale. She races for On Cloud Nine LLC.
Thank You Marylou (Birdstone-Menifeeque) – Owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey purchased the winner of the Tippett and Any Limit Stakes for $47,000 from Gainesway, agent, at the 2011 November Sale. Mr. and Mrs. C.W. McNeely III bred the filly.
Keeneland is the world’s premier Thoroughbred auction house, conducting four sales annually: September Yearling Sale, November Breeding Stock Sale, January Horses of All Ages Sale and April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale.
The 2014 September Sale begins Sept. 8.