Keeneland Sales Year in Review: Breeders' Cup Success

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Success Begins at Keeneland

 
 
Keeneland sales grads dominated the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita, winning eight of the 13 races during the two-day, $26 million event. All eight horses are alumni of Keeneland's annual September Yearling Sale.
 
Keeneland conducts three premier Thoroughbred auctions annually. In keeping with its founders’ mission to perpetuate and improve the sport, revenue from Keeneland sales is reinvested in purse money for the track’s world-class racing program and initiatives that benefit the entire horse industry.
 

Breeders' Cup Classic (G1)

The 3-year-old Arrogate ran down his heralded older rival, odds-on favorite California Chrome, in deep stretch of $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) to win by a half-length. The impressive performance marked the fifth consecutive victory for the son of Unbridled’s Song and came the race after the colt effortlessly dispatched 12 of his peers in the Travers (G1) at Saratoga, winning by 13½ lengths and smashing the 37-year-old track and stakes record.
 
 
 

Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1)

The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) is a race for the ages. Making the final start of her celebrated career, the 6-year-old three-time champion Beholder and her undefeated younger rival Songbird dueled from the top of the stretch to the finish, where Beholder pushed her nose in front just enough to secure the victory. The daughter of Henny Hughes had earned the third Breeders’ Cup win of her career in a grand finale to her career in which she earned more than $6.1 million.
 
 
 

Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)

Classic Empire emerged the leader of his division when the colt by Pioneerof the Nile won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) by a neck. The victory marked the fourth win of his young career, following victories in July in the Bashford Manor (G3) at Churchill Downs and Keeneland’s Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) in October.
 
 
 

The Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1)

Champagne Room defied her odds of 33-1 when she won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) by three-quarters of length. The victory marked the second graded stakes win for the 2-year-old Broken Vow filly, who won the Sorrento (G2) at Del Mar in August. Champagne Room also sold as a weanling at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale.

 
 
 

Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1)

Drefong pushed his consecutive win streak to five when he won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) for his second stakes win. In his previous race, the 3-year-old colt by Gio Ponti traveled to Saratoga and crushed his rivals in the King’s Bishop (G1) in his stakes debut. Drefong has won those five races by a combined margin of nearly 23 lengths.
 
 
 

Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1)

Four-year-old Finest City fought off a late bid from defending race champion Wavell Avenue to win the Filly and Mare Sprint (G1). The victory marked the second stakes score for Finest City, whose sprinting success led to her first stakes win in the Great Lady M (G2) at Los Alamitos in April. She was second in the 1 1/8-mile John C. Mabee (G2) on turf at Del Mar. The daughter of City Zip also sold as a weanling at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale.
 
 
 

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1)

New Money Honey showed tremendous talent when she won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) in just the third race of her career. Not only did she collar the favorite at the sixteenth pole, she held off late bids from two rivals and went on to win by a half-length. The 2-year-old filly by Medaglia d’Oro added the victory to her previous win in the Miss Grillo (G3) at Belmont Park.
 
 
 

Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1)

In the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1), 6-year-old Tamarkuz rolled past 2016 Kentucky Derby (G1) third-place finisher Gun Runner to win by 3½ lengths. The performance marked the final race for Tamarkuz, who earlier in his career raced in England and the United Arab Emirates. Last year, the son of Speightstown won four consecutive races at Meydan, including the Godolphin Mile (G2).
 
 

Success Begins at Keeneland

 
Keeneland sales grads dominated the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita, winning eight of the 13 races during the two-day, $26 million event. All eight horses are alumni of Keeneland's annual September Yearling Sale.
 
Keeneland conducts three premier Thoroughbred auctions annually. In keeping with its founders’ mission to perpetuate and improve the sport, revenue from Keeneland sales is reinvested in purse money for the track’s world-class racing program and initiatives that benefit the entire horse industry.
 

Breeders' Cup Classic (G1)

The 3-year-old Arrogate ran down his heralded older rival, odds-on favorite California Chrome, in deep stretch of $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) to win by a half-length. The impressive performance marked the fifth consecutive victory for the son of Unbridled’s Song and came the race after the colt effortlessly dispatched 12 of his peers in the Travers (G1) at Saratoga, winning by 13½ lengths and smashing the 37-year-old track and stakes record.
 
 
 

Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1)

The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) is a race for the ages. Making the final start of her celebrated career, the 6-year-old three-time champion Beholder and her undefeated younger rival Songbird dueled from the top of the stretch to the finish, where Beholder pushed her nose in front just enough to secure the victory. The daughter of Henny Hughes had earned the third Breeders’ Cup win of her career in a grand finale to her career in which she earned more than $6.1 million.
 
 
 

Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)

Classic Empire emerged the leader of his division when the colt by Pioneerof the Nile won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) by a neck. The victory marked the fourth win of his young career, following victories in July in the Bashford Manor (G3) at Churchill Downs and Keeneland’s Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) in October.
 
 
 

The Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1)

Champagne Room defied her odds of 33-1 when she won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) by three-quarters of length. The victory marked the second graded stakes win for the 2-year-old Broken Vow filly, who won the Sorrento (G2) at Del Mar in August. Champagne Room also sold as a weanling at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale.

To give the feel of a tent wedding, the team used draping and lighting throughout the Keene Barn and Keeneland Entertainment Center to create the effect, while enjoying a climate-controlled space during the winter. Guests were seated on traditional church pews, which filled the Keene Barn ceremony space, and the couple added a sweet touch of fur blankets for guests to wrap up during the ceremony and while valet parking. To top it all off, the couple added a balloon wall to serve as a photo booth backdrop – a big hit for guests!
 
 
 

Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1)

Drefong pushed his consecutive win streak to five when he won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) for his second stakes win. In his previous race, the 3-year-old colt by Gio Ponti traveled to Saratoga and crushed his rivals in the King’s Bishop (G1) in his stakes debut. Drefong has won those five races by a combined margin of nearly 23 lengths.
 
 
 

Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1)

Four-year-old Finest City fought off a late bid from defending race champion Wavell Avenue to win the Filly and Mare Sprint (G1). The victory marked the second stakes score for Finest City, whose sprinting success led to her first stakes win in the Great Lady M (G2) at Los Alamitos in April. She was second in the 1 1/8-mile John C. Mabee (G2) on turf at Del Mar. The daughter of City Zip also sold as a weanling at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale.
 
 
 

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1)

New Money Honey showed tremendous talent when she won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) in just the third race of her career. Not only did she collar the favorite at the sixteenth pole, she held off late bids from two rivals and went on to win by a half-length. The 2-year-old filly by Medaglia d’Oro added the victory to her previous win in the Miss Grillo (G3) at Belmont Park.
 
 

Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1)

In the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1), 6-year-old Tamarkuz rolled past 2016 Kentucky Derby (G1) third-place finisher Gun Runner to win by 3½ lengths. The performance marked the final race for Tamarkuz, who earlier in his career raced in England and the United Arab Emirates. Last year, the son of Speightstown won four consecutive races at Meydan, including the Godolphin Mile (G2).
 
 
 

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