Grade 1 Travers Field Dominated by Keeneland September Sale Graduates

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LEXINGTON, KY (Aug. 25, 2017) – Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduates headline one of the strongest Travers (G1) fields ever assembled, counting eight of the 12 entries for Saturday’s “Midsummer Derby” at Saratoga. Among the alumni are Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming, Preakness (G1) winner Cloud Computing, Haskell Invitational (G1) winner Girvin, multiple graded stakes winners Irap and Gunnevera, and the well-bred Fayeq, who is making his stakes debut.

Keeneland sales graduates are showcased throughout a blockbuster Travers Day card at Saratoga, many seeking an automatic Breeders’ Cup berth via “Win & You’re In” events that day, including:

Bowling Green (G2) winner Hunter O’Riley and Monmouth (G2) winner Money Multiplier in the Sword Dancer (G1), a Challenge race for the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1);

  • Graded stakes winner Eskenformoney in the Personal Ensign (G1), a Challenge race for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1);
  • Champion sprinter Drefong, Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) and Belmont Sprint Championship (G2) winner Mind Your Biscuits and multiple graded stakes winner Tom’s Ready, each seeking a spot in the Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) with a victory in the Forego (G1);
  • Grade 1 stakes winners Birdatthewire and Carina Mia, and graded stakes winner Distinta go postward in the Ketel One Ballerina (G1), a Challenge race for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1);
  • Multiple Grade 1 winner Practical Joke and American Anthem, winner of the Lazaro Barrera (G3) and Woody Stephens (G2), compete in the H. Allen Jerkens (G1); and
  • Lady Eli, a multiple Grade 1 winner including the Diana (G1) in her last start, makes her final appearance at Saratoga in the Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa (G2). Lady Eli will be offered as a broodmare prospect at Keeneland’s 2017 November Breeding Stock Sale.

September Sale Catalogs Siblings to Graded Stakes Entries

Siblings to a number of horses entered in weekend graded stakes are cataloged in Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, to be held Sept. 11-23. Details on siblings to these graded stakes entries are noted in red below. 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26

TRAVERS S. (G1), Saratoga, 1¼ Miles, 3YOs

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 (Hip 1391 – full brother consigned to the September Sale by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent)

WEST COAST, 3YO colt by Flatter – Caressing ($425,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hermitage Farm, agent; Buyer- Ben Glass, agent) O- Gary & Mary West; B- CFP Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Bob Baffert

GIRVIN, 3YO colt by Tale of Ekati – Catch the Moon ($140,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Legacy Bloodstock, agent) O- Brad Grady; B- Bob Austin & John Witte (KY); T- Joe Sharp (Hip 1568 – half-brother by Shanghai Bobby consigned to the September Sale by Summerfield, agent)

ALWAYS DREAMING, 3YO colt by Bodemeister – Above Perfection ($350,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Dromoland Farm, agent; Buyer- Steven Young, agent) O- MeB Racing, Brooklyn Boyz, Teresa Viola, St. Elias, Siena Farm & West Point; B- Santa Rosa Partners (KY); T- Todd Pletcher (Hip 124 – half-sister by Pioneerof the Nile consigned to the September Sale by Dromoland, agent)

LOOKIN AT LEE, 3YO colt by Lookin At Lucky – Langara Lass ($70,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Penn Sales, agent; Buyer- L&N Racing) O- L&N Racing; B- Ray Hanson (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

IRAP, 3YO colt by Tiznow – Silken Cat ($100,000 RNA to Sale, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Grand Oaks) O- Reddam Racing; B- Aaron & Marie Jones (KY); T- Doug O’Neill

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

FAYEQ, 3YO colt by Malibu Moon – Lotta Kim ($800,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Shadwell Estate Company) O- Shadwell Stable; B- Heaven Trees Farm (KY); T- Kiaran McLaughlin

SWORD DANCER S. (G1), Saratoga, 1½ Miles (T), 3YOs & Up

HUNTER O’RILEY, 4YO ridgling by Tiz Wonderful – Oblige ($120,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Legacy Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- Jarazen Stable) O- Sean Shay & Michael Ryan; B- Mike Rutherford (KY); T- James Toner (Hip 564 – half-brother by Will Take Charge consigned to the September Sale by Elm Tree Farm, agent)

MONEY MULTIPLIER, 5YO ridgling by Lookin At Lucky – Intensify ($100,000, 2012 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Select Sales, agent, Buyer- Wark Bloodstock; $260,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bedouin Bloodstock, agent, Buyer- Mike Ryan, agent) O- Klaravich Stables & William Lawrence; B- Machmer Hall & Haymarket Farm (KY); T- Chad Brown

PERSONAL ENSIGN S. (G1), Saratoga, 1 1/8 Miles, 3YOs & Up, F&M

ESKENFORMONEY, 5YO mare by Eskendereya – But for Money ($225,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Starlight) O- StarLadies Racing & Lisa Troutt; B- Ramspring Farm (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

FOREGO S. (G1), Saratoga, 7 Furlongs, 3YOs & Up

TOM’S READY, 4YO colt by More Than Ready – Goodbye Stranger ($145,000 RNA, 2013 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent) O- GMB Racing; B- Blackstone Farm (PA); T- Dallas Stewart (Hip 277 – half-sister by Gemologist consigned to the September Sale by Darby Dan Farm, agent)

MIND YOUR BISCUITS, 4YO colt by Posse – Jazzmane ($47,000, 2014 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Allied Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- Machmer Hall) O- J Stables, Head of Plains Partners, Summers, Summers, Kisber & Summers; B- Jumping Jack Racing (NY); T- Chad Summers

DREFONG, 4YO colt by Gio Ponti – Eltimaas ($200,000, 2013 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Blackburn Farm, Buyer- Woods Edge Farm; $450,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woods Edge Farm, Buyer- Tanma Corp.) O- Baoma Corp; B- Frederick Allor, Michael Barnett & Anthony Warrender; T- Bob Baffert

KETEL ONE BALLERINA S. (G1), Saratoga, 7 Furlongs, 3YOs & Up, F&M

BIRDATTHEWIRE, 5YO mare by Summer Bird – My Limit ($22,000 RNA, 2013 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Pauls Mill, agent) O- Forum Racing; B- Lynn Jones & Kathy Jones (KY); T- Tom Proctor

CARINA MIA, 4YO filly by Malibu Moon – Miss Simpatia (ARG) ($410,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent; Buyer- Three Chimneys Farm, agent) O- Three Chimneys Farm; B- Spendthrift Farm (KY); T- Chad Brown

DISTINTA, 5YO mare by Summer Bird – Miss Kitty ($7,000, 2012 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent; Buyer- Polo Green Stable) O- Fred Allor, JSM Equine & Medallion Racing; B- Hargus & Sandra Sexton and Silver Fern Farm (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

H. ALLEN JERKENS S. (G1), Saratoga, 7 Furlongs, 3YOs

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

AMERICAN ANTHEM, 3YO colt by Bodemeister – Indy’s Windy ($180,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- E.J. Stable) O- WinStar Farm, Head of Plains Partners, China Horse Club, SF Racing Group; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Bob Baffert

WOODFORD RESERVE BALLSTON SPA (G2), Saratoga, 1 1/16 Miles (T),  3YOs & Up, F&M

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

PAT O’BRIEN S. (G2), Del Mar, 7 Furlongs, 3YOs & Up

BLAMEITONTHELAW, 4YO colt by Blame – Letter of the Law ($70,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent; Buyer- Eisaman Equine) O- Doubledown Stables; B- Northern Bloodstock (KY); T- John Sadler (Hip 1302 – half-brother by Point of Entry consigned to the September Sale by Nursery Place, agent)

GIANT EXPECTATIONS, 4YO colt by Frost Giant – Sarahisittrue ($85,000, 2014 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Brandywine Farm, agent, Buyer- Is It Real Stables; $70,000 RNA, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woods Edge Farm, agent) O- Exline-Border Racing & Gatto Racing; B- Sunrise Stables (NY); T- Peter Eurton

SEAWAY S. (G3), Woodbine, 7 Furlongs, 3YOs & Up, F&M

SKY MY SKY, 4YO filly by Bernardini – Dark Sky ($100,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Kings Equine) O- John C. Oxley; B- Summer Wind Farm (KY); T- Mark Casse (Hip 1602 – Ransomed Dreams, half-brother by Arch consigned to the September Sale by Lane’s End, agent)

SALTY BREEZE, 5YO mare by Stormy Atlantic – Blessings Count ($65,000 RNA, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Greenwood Lodge Farm) O- Gillian Campbell & Greenwood Lodge Farm; B- Greenwood Lodge Farm (KY); T- Josie Carroll (Hip 1049 – half-brother by Exchange Rate consigned to the September Sale by Bedouin Bloodstock, agent)

PHILIP H. ISELIN S. (G3), Monmouth, 1 1/8 Miles, 3YOs & Up

CONQUEST BIG E, 4YO gelding by Tapit – Seeinsbelieven ($700,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent, Buyer- Conquest Stables; $110,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- Kirkwood, agent) O- Tommy Roberts; B- Gainesway Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Donna Green Hurtak (Hip 3758 – half-sister by To Honor and Serve consigned to the September Sale by Gainesway, agent)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27

ONTARIO COLLEEN S. (G3), Woodbine, 1 Mile (T), 3YO Fillies

R NAJA, 3YO filly by Exchange Rate – Chirimova ($95,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Summerfield, agent) O- DARRS Inc.; B- El Batey Farm (FL); T- Michael Stidham

ENSTONE, 3YO filly by Tiznow – La Suena ($90,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent) O- East West Stables; B- William Graham (ON); T- Mark Casse

VALENTINE WISH, 3YO filly by Lemon Drop Kid – Forest Valentine ($190,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Indian Creek, agent; Buyer- G. Watts Humphrey Jr.) O- G. Watts Humphrey Jr.; B- Ridley Farm (KY); T- Vickie Oliver (Hip 229 – half-brother by Arch consigned to the September Sale by Indian Creek, agent)

SUPER MARINA, 3YO filly by Warrior’s Reward – Lil’s Lassie ($17,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- SGV Thoroughbreds) O- R. A. Hill Stable; B- Frederick & Wilhelmina McEwan (KY); T- George Weaver

YELLOW AGATE, 3YO filly by Gemologist – Lemon Sorbet ($70,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Bluewater Sales, agent, Buyer- Walter Bloodstock; $210,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hunter Valley Farm, agent, Buyer- China Horse Club) O- China Horse Club; B- Marablue Farm (KY); T- Christophe Clement

TORREY PINES S. (G3), Del Mar, 1 Mile, 3YO Fillies

ZAPPERKAT, 3YO filly by Ghostzapper – Noelle Rose ($27,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Darby Dan Farm, agent; Buyer- Hebert Bloodstock, agent) O- JK Racing Stable & Bruce Chandler; B- Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings (KY); T- Richard Baltas

DELITEFULL LADY, 3YO filly by Dialed In – Bird Chatter ($100,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Runnymede Farm, agent; Buyer- Bruno DeBerdt, agent) O- Paymaster Racing; B- Catesby W. Clay Investment (KY); T- Richard Baltas

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 & Sayjay Racing; B- George Krikorian (KY); T- Richard Baltas

HELEN HILLARY, 3YO filly by Harlan’s Holiday – Best Mom ($95,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Greenwood Lodge Farm; Buyer- Solis/Litt) O- Curtis & Priscilla Tamkin; B- Greenwood Lodge Farm (KY); T- Philip D’Amato (Hip 4088 – Athenae, half-brother by Gio Ponti consigned to the September Sale by Four Star Sales, agent)

BERNINA STAR, 3YO filly by Harlan’s Holiday – Date to Remember ($300,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- D P Racing) O- D P Racing; B- Siena Farms (KY); T- Jim Cassidy

MUNNY SPUNT, 3YO filly by Munnings – Spin the Blues ($22,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Bluewater Sales, agent; Buyer- Red Fox Farm) O- ERJ Racing, John Fuller, Richie Robershaw, Doug O’Neill & S. Rothblum; B- Harriet Finkelstein & Hartley De Renzo Thoroughbreds (FL); T- Doug O’Neill

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