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Keeneland Racing and Sales Have Strong Showing at Breeders’ Cup World Championships

October 31, 2017

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 31, 2017) – Sixty-six Keeneland sales graduates and 28 horses that raced and/or trained here during the recently concluded Fall Meet headline entries for the 34th running of the more than $28 million Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday and Saturday at Del Mar.

Through 2016, 95 graduates of Keeneland sales have won 103 Breeders’ Cup races. The Fall Meet has produced 42 horses that have won 45 Breeders’ Cup races.

Keeneland sales graduates represent more than half of the field in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), with seven of the 11 entrants. Last year’s winner and Keeneland sales graduate, champion Arrogate, will defend his title in the event. Additional Keeneland sales alumni in the race are Win the SpaceWar Story, West CoastGunneveraPavel and Collected

Another sales graduate is Keeneland-based European champion Lady Aurelia, who headlines the $1 million Turf Sprint (G1) and is joined  in the race by sales graduates Hogy and Mongolian Saturday.

Horses entered in the Breeders’ Cup and cataloged to Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale that begins Nov. 7 are multiple Grade 1 winner Lady Eli, a Keeneland sales graduate, and champion Stellar Wind.


Keeneland sales graduates entered in the Nov. 3 Breeders’ Cup races are:

$2 million Distaff (G1): Abel Tasman, Champagne Room, Mopotism.

$1 million Las Vegas Dirt Mile (G1): Accelerate, Cupid, Giant Expectations, Iron Fist, Practical Joke, Gato Del Oro. 

$1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1): Best Performance, Dixie Moon, Moon Dash, Orbolution, Ultima D, Retro. 

$1 million Juvenile Turf (G1): Catholic Boy, Flameaway, Hemp Hemp Hurray, Mendelssohn, Untamed Domain, My Boy Jack, Snapper Sinclair, Pubilius Syrus. 

Alumni of Keeneland sales entered in the Nov. 4 Breeders’ Cup races are:

$6 million Classic (G1): Arrogate, Collected, Gunnevera, Pavel, War Story, West Coast, Win the Space. 

$4 million Turf (G1): Beach Patrol.

$2 million Mile (G1): Ballagh Rocks, Roly Poly, Midnight Storm, Om, Mr. Roary. 

$2 million Sentient Jet Juvenile (G1): Bahamian, Free Drop Billy, Good Magic, Hazit, Hollywood Star, Solomini, The Tabulator. 

$2 million 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies (G1): Alluring Star, Caledonia Road, Gio Game, Piedi Bianchi, Separationofpowers, Stainless, Wonder Gadot. 

$2 million Filly and Mare Turf (G1): Lady Eli, Zipessa, Kitten’s Roar.

$1.5 million TwinSpires Sprint (G1): American Pastime, Drefong, Mind Your Biscuits, Roy H. 

$1 million Filly and Mare Sprint (G1): Carina Mia, Constellation, Finest City, Finley’sluckycharm, Princess Karen, Unique Bella. 

$1 million Turf Sprint (G1): Hogy, Lady Aurelia, Mongolian Saturday.


Among the 28 horses that raced or trained at Keeneland during the 2017 Fall Meet and are entered in the Breeders’ Cup races are the winners of the Fall Meet’s nine “Win and You’re In” races: Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) winner Suedois (FR) (Mile),Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) winner Free Drop Billy (Juvenile), Juddmonte Spinster (G1) winner Romantic Vision (Distaff), Darley Alcibiades (G1) winner Heavenly Love (Juvenile Fillies), First Lady (G1) winner Zipessa (Filly and Mare Turf), and

Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) winner Whitmore (Sprint), Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) winner Finley’sluckycharm (Filly and Mare Sprint), JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) winner Rushing Fall (Juvenile Fillies Turf) and Dixiana Bourbon (G3) winner Flameaway (Juvenile Turf).

Another stakes winner from the Fall Meet scheduled to race in the Breeders’ Cup is Bucchero, winner of the Woodford (G2) Presented by Keeneland Select. He is entered in the Sprint.