LEXINGTON, KY (Jan. 18, 2013) – Keeneland sales graduates dominate the fields for this weekend’s major races, comprising half or more of the entries for the Palos Verdes Stakes (G2) and La Canada Stakes (G2), as well as the featured three-year-old events, the Lecomte Stakes (G3) and Silverbulletday Stakes.
Five Keeneland sales alumni seek to earn points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) in Saturday’s Lecomte, including likely favorite and Display Stakes winner Avie’s Quality, Bashford Manor Stakes (G3) winner Circle Unbroken, and the talented Oxbow. Seven of the 11 fillies competing in the Silverbulletday, a prep on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks (G1), are Keeneland sales grads, highlighted by graded stakes-placed Touch Magic and Gal About Town.
Graded/Group stakes winners Drill, Private Zone and Justin Phillip are among the Keeneland-sold older horses competing in Saturday’s Palos Verdes, while Bayakoa Handicap (G2) winner Lady of Fifty will carry high weight in Sunday’s La Canada, both at Santa Anita.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19
PALOS VERDES S. (G2), Santa Anita, 6 Furlongs, 4YOs & Up
DRILL, 4YO colt by Lawyer Ron – Cat Dancer ($170,000 RNA, 2009 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Hidden Brook, agent; $300,000, 2010 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bluewater Sales, Buyer- Mourning Wood) O- Pegram or Watson or Weitman; B- Stonewall Farm Stallions (KY); T- Bob Baffert
CANONIZE, 7YO gelding by Aldebaran – Comanche Star ($320,000, 2007 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent; Buyer- Jay Em Ess Stable) O- Jay Em Ess Stable; B- Four Roses (KY); T- Ron Ellis
PRIVATE ZONE, 4YO gelding by Macho Uno – Auburn Beauty ($15,000, 2010 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Adena Springs; Buyer- Rogelio Douglas K) O- Good Friends Stable; B- Adena Springs (ON); T- Doug O’Neill
JUSTIN PHILLIP, 5YO horse by First Samurai – Ava Knowsthecode ($400,000, 2009 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Valkyre Stud, agent for Oakbrook Farm; Buyer- Zayat Stables) O- Zayat Stables; B- Oakbrook Farm (KY); T- Steve Asmussen
LECOMTE S. (G3), Fair Grounds, 1 Mile 70 Yards, 3YOs *
MALIBU HIGH, 3YO colt by Malibu Moon – Hi Beautiful ($175,000, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent for Fares Farm; Buyer- Mary Grum) O- Mary Grum; B- Fares Farm (KY); T- Cecil Borel
OXBOW, 3YO colt by Awesome Again – Tizamazing ($250,000, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Burleson Farms, agent; Buyer- Bluegrass Hall) O- Bluegrass Hall; B- Colts Neck Stables (KY); T- D. Wayne Lukas
AVIE’S QUALITY, 3YO colt by Elusive Quality – Fly for Avie ($35,000, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Three Chimneys Sales, agent; Buyer- Tall Oaks Farm) O- Ivan Dalos; B- Tall Oaks Farm & Darley (KY); T- J. Carroll
CIRCLE UNBROKEN, 3YO colt by Broken Vow – Baldomera ($92,000, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for BryLynn Farm; Buyer- Travis Morgeson) O- Travis Morgeson; B- BryLynn Farm (FL); T- Garry Simms
IVE STRUCK A NERVE, 3YO colt by Yankee Gentleman – Ranaway ($1,700, 2010 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Brereton Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent; Buyer- Whitby Bloodstock) O- Matthew Bryan; B- Brereton Jones (KY); T- Keith Desormeaux
SILVERBULLETDAY S., Fair Grounds, 1 Mile 70 YDS, 3YO Fillies **
CIAO BELLA LUNA, 3YO filly by Tribal Rule – Shadow of the Moon ($6,500 RNA, 2011 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Havens Bloodstock Agency, agent) O- Gillian Campbell, martin Ra Stab et al; B- Dennis & Carol Yokum; T- W. Bret Calhoun
TOUCH MAGIC, 3YO filly by Lion Heart – Unifier ($25,000, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hermitage Farm; Buyer- Antonio Sano, agent) O- Coteau Grove Farms; B- Hermitage Farm (KY); T- Pat Devereux Jr.
FLASHY CAMPAIGN, 3YO filly by Political Force – Clash ($32,000, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Claiborne Farm, agent; Buyer- Douglas Arnold, agent) O- Jerry Namy; B- Claiborne Farm & Adele Dilschneider (KY); T- Tom Amoss
IRISH LUTE, 3YO filly by Midnight Lute – Shaniowa ($37,000 RNA, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent) O/B- Donarra Thoroughbreds (FL); T- Dallas Stewart
BROTHERHOOD SINGER, 3YO filly by Dehere – Birds Nest ($22,000 RNA, 2010 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Circle T Sales, agent; $20,000, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Circle T Sales, agent, Buyer- Travis Morgeson) O- Travis Morgeson; B- Todd Lichti (KY); T- Garry Simms
GAL ABOUT TOWN, 3YO filly by City Zip – Antique Crystal ($32,000, 2011 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Blackburn Farm, agent; Buyer- MJK Bloodstock) O- Iroquois Racing Club; B- Lochness (KY); T- W. Bret Calhoun
SMITTEN, 3YO filly by Tapit – Hi Lili ($175,000, 2010 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Frankfort Park Farm, agent, Buyer- Walnut Hill Stable; $280,000, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woods Edge Farm, agent, Buyer- Fox Hill Farm) O- Fox Hill Farm; B- Extern Developments (KY); T- Larry Jones
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20
LA CANADA S. (G2), Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Miles, 4YO Fillies
OPEN WATER, 4YO filly by Include – Biscayne Bay ($75,000, 2009 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent for Overbrook Farm; Buyer- Fernando Fantini) O- Southern Equine Stable & Smith; B- Overbrook Farm (KY); T- Eric Guillot
LADY OF FIFTY, 4YO filly by After Market – K. D.’s Shady Lady ($40,000, 2010 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent for Cloverleaf Farms; Buyer- Jerry Hollendorfer) O- Hollendorfer or Todaro; B- Cloverleaf Farms (KY); T- Jerry Hollendorfer
MORE CHOCOLATE, 4YO filly by Malibu Moon – Little Treasure (FR) ($45,000, 2010 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Calumet Farm; Buyer- PHB Racing) O- Michael Talla; B- Calumet Farm (KY); T- John Sadler
*Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) prep
**Road to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) prep