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Grade 1 Stakes-Winning Keeneland Sales Graduates Top Holiday Weekend Racing

May 26, 2017

LEXINGTON, KY (May 26, 2017) – Grade 1 stakes winners Midnight Storm, Lady Eli, Illuminant and Catch a Glimpse highlight the more than 30 Keeneland sales alumni entered in graded stakes celebrating this Memorial Day weekend.

Midnight Storm is the morning-line favorite for Saturday’s The Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1), which also features Keeneland sales graduates and graded stakes winners American Freedom and Accelerate. On the same race card, Lady Eli, a close second in the Jenny Wiley (G1) at Keeneland in her 2017 debut, and Grade 2 winner Mokat headline the field for the Gamely (G1); Illuminant looks to polish her graded stakes resume in the Monrovia (G2); and the talented Roy H makes his stakes debut in the Daytona (G3).

In other North American racing on Saturday, Canadian Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse returns to Woodbine for the Nassau (G2). Grade 1 stakes-placed Finley’sluckycharm is favored in the Winning Colors (G3) at Churchill Downs following a victory in the Roxelana on opening night at the track. Eight of the 10 sophomores entered in the Arlington Classic (G3) are Keeneland sales graduates, led by Spiral (G3) winner Fast and Accurate.



THE GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA (G1), Santa Anita, 1¼ Miles, 3YOs & Up

AMERICAN FREEDOM, 4YO colt by Pulpit – Gottcha Last ($500,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Greenfield Farm; Buyer- Ben Glass, agent) O- Gary & Mary West; B- Centaur Farms (KY); T- Bob Baffert

PRIME ATTRACTION, 4YO colt 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

MIDNIGHT STORM, 6YO horse by Pioneerof the Nile – My Tina ($38,000 RNA, 2012 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent) O- Dye or A. Venneri Racing or Little Red Feather Racing; B- Alex Venneri & Majorie Post Dye (KY); T- Philip D’Amato

ACCELERATE, 4YO colt 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


GAMELY S. (G1), Santa Anita, 1 1/8 Miles (T), 3YOs & Up, F&M

MOKAT, 4YO mare by Uncle Mo – Flashy Frolic ($55,000 RNA to Sale, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- John Brocklebank, Agent for JJJ Farms) O- JK Racing Stable; B- Dr. Charles Giles (KY); T- Richard Baltas

LADY ELI, 5YO mare by Divine Park – Sacre Coeur ($160,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Runnymede Farm, agent, Buyer- Bradley Thoroughbreds, agent; $160,000, 2014 April 2YO in Training, Consignor- Eddie Woods, agent, Buyer- Jay Hanley) O- Sheep Pond Partners; B- Runnymede Farm & Catesby Clay (KY); T- Chad Brown


MONROVIA S. (G2), Santa Anita, Abt 6½ Furlongs (T), 3YOs & Up, F&M

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

ILLUMINANT, 5YO mare by Quality Road – Sparkling Number ($32,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- Don Graham) O- Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Head of Plains Partners & SF Racing; B- Sycamore Hall Farm (PA); T- Michael McCarthy

ANITA PARTNER (IRE), 5YO mare by Majestic Warrior – Offbeat Fashion (IRE) ($37,000 RNA, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hunter Valley Farm, agent) O- Alvin Wong & John Stavropoulos; B- Selective Syndicate (IRE); T- Jeff Mullins


NASSAU S. (G2), Woodbine, 1 Mile (T), 3YOs & Up, F&M

CATCH A GLIMPSE, 4YO filly by City Zip – Halo River ($75,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent, Buyer- Windways Farm) O- Gary Barber, Windways Farm & Michael James Ambler; B- Branch Equine (KY); T- Mark Casse

INVOLUNTARY, 4YO filly by City Zip – Invariable ($80,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Claiborne Farm, agent; Buyer- Adena Springs Farm) O- Stronach Stables; B- Dr. Catherine Wills (KY); T- Josie Carroll

SHELBYSMILE, 4YO filly by Smart Strike – Sultana ($110,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hunter Valley Farm, agent; Buyer- Marc Detampel) O- Qatar Racing, Marc Detampel & Crystal Lane Racing; B- Rhinestone Bloodstock (KY); T- Brendan Walsh

SOUTHERN GEM, 5YO mare by Smart Strike – Cherie Yvonne ($150,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent; Buyer- Hartley/DeRenzo) O- Stronach Stables; B- Bruce Hundley (KY); T- Sid Attard


DAYTONA S. (G3), Santa Anita, Abt 6½ Furlongs (T), 3YOs & Up

ROY H, 5YO 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; B- Ramona Bass (KY); T- Peter Miller


ARLINGTON CLASSIC (G3), Arlington, 1 1/16 Miles (T), 3YOs

PRIZE FIGHT, 3YO gelding by Tiznow – Scolara ($125,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- China Horse Club; $47,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- WinStar Racing, Buyer- Three Diamonds Farm) O- Three Diamonds Farm; B- Haras Santa Maria de Araras & Tiznow Syndicate (FL); T- Mike Maker

MAS MISCHIEF, 3YO gelding by Into Mischief – Poco Mas ($95,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent) O- Ismael Thoroughbreds; B- Mr. Brilliant Farm (KY); T- Eduardo Rodriguez

SAKONNET, 3YO colt by Scat Daddy – Beckles Road ($25,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Stonehaven Steadings; Buyer- Thoroughbred Champions Training Center) O- Tommy Ligon & Joseph Silich; B- Stonehaven Steadings (KY); T- Anthony Granitz

RED CORVETTE, 3YO gelding by Warrior’s Reward – Tu Tu Larue ($25,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hunter Valley Farm, agent; Buyer- Joseph Friedberg) O- Carolyn, Larson & Jeff Friedberg; B- Hunter Valley Farm & Bourque Goldstein Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Gary Scherer

FAST AND ACCURATE, 3YO colt by Hansen – It’s Heidi’s Dance ($24,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Penn Sales, agent) O- Kendall Hansen, Skychai Racing, Bode Miller and Sand Dollar Stable; B- John R. Penn (KY); T- Mike Maker

PARLOR, 3YO colt by Lonhro (AUS) – My McIntosh ($60,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- KatieRich Farms; Buyer- Brad Anderson) O- Anderson Thoroughbreds; B- KatieRich Farms (KY); T- Eddie Kenneally

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


WINNING COLORS S. (G3), Churchill Downs, 6 Furlongs, 3YOs & Up, F&M

COVEY TRACE, 4YO filly by Stevie Wonderboy – Anniversary ($10,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent; Buyer- William Denzik, agent) O- Brook Smith Investments & Denzik Thoroughbreds; B- Brereton Jones (KY); T- William Denzik Jr.

FINLEY’SLUCKYCHARM, 4YO filly by Twirling Candy – Day of Victory ($77,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Burleson Farms, agent; Buyer- Carl R. Moore) O- Carl R. Moore; B- Lakland Farm (KY); T- W. Bret Calhoun

ATHENA, 5YO mare by Street Sense – Race Rocks (IRE) ($29,000 RNA, 2012 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent; $65,000 RNA, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent) O- Mary Grum; B- Gary Chervenell (KY); T- Helen Pitts


RED BANK S. (G3), Monmouth, 1 Mile (T), 3YOs & Up

ROSE BRIER, 8YO gelding by Mizzen Mast – Mexicali Rose ($67,000, 2010 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- H.H.T.S) O- Panic Stable; B- William Backer (VA); T- Matthew Hartman

MARENGO ROAD, 4YO ridgling by Quality Road – Gac’s Tomboy ($120,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- Harry & Tom Meyerhoff) O- Harry & Tom Meyerhoff; B- Haymarket Farm (KY); T- Michael Trombetta

ENCRYPTION, 6YO horse by Exchange Rate – Mystic Soul ($140,000, 2012 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Greenwood Lodge Farm; Buyer- Stoneway Farm) O- Stoneway Farm; B- Greenwood Lodge Farm (KY); T- Kelly Breen

ADIRONDACK KING, 8YO gelding by Lawyer Ron – Jostle ($55,000, 2010 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bluewater Sales, agent; Buyer- Lionheart Stables) O- MarchFore Thoroughbreds; B- Stonewall Farm Stallions (KY); T- John Servis




CHARLES WHITTINGHAM S. (G2), Santa Anita, 1¼ Miles (T), 3YOs & Up

LIAM THE CHARMER, 4YO colt by Smart Strike – Charm the Giant (IRE) ($500,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Winter Quarter Farm, agent; Mike Ryan, agent) O- Mr. & Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.; B- Ron & Deborah McAnally (KY); T- Michael McCarthy

PRINCE OF ARABIA, 4YO colt by Mineshaft – Princess Haya ($175,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Stone Farm, agent; Buyer- DP Racing) O- DP Racing; B- Eileen Hartis (KY); T- Jim Cassidy


LONE STAR PARK H. (G3), Lone Star, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YOs & Up

NECK ‘N NECK, 7YO horse by Flower Alley – Bootery ($195,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lantern Hill Farm, agent; Buyer- McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, agent) O- Clark Brewster; B- A. Steven Miles Jr. (KY); T- Steve Asmussen


MARINE S. (G3), Woodbine, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YOs

CONQUEST LEMONRAID, 3YO colt by Lemon Drop Kid – Gauze ($80,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Anderson Farms, agent, Buyer- Conquest Stables; $135,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- Mark Casse, agent) O- Gary Barber; B- Anderson Farms (ON); T- Mark Casse

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- Bill Mott