Keeneland Sales Graduate Hardest Core Overcomes the Odds to Win Arlington Million

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LEXINGTON, KY (Aug. 18, 2014) – Keeneland sales alum Hardest Core rallied in late stretch to upset a strong field of turf horses in Saturday’s Arlington Million (G1) at Arlington Park. Gregory Bentley purchased the son of Hard Spun for $210,000 at Keeneland’s 2013 November Breeding Stock Sale as a 30th birthday gift for his son, Andrew, who was born with Down syndrome. Hardest Core nearly lost his life when gelded after the November Sale, but returned to the races to be undefeated in three starts this season. The Arlington Million was his first attempt in graded stakes company.

Keeneland sales graduates swept the top three spots in the Alabama (G1) on Saturday at Saratoga, led by Stopchargingmaria. The Alabama win marked the filly’s second consecutive Grade 1 victory following last month’s win in the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1).




HARDEST CORE, 4YO gelding by Hard Spun – Lillybuster ($70,000 RNA, 2011 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent; $60,000, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent; $210,000, 2013 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Adena Springs, agent, Buyer- Gregory Bentley) Won Arlington Million (G1) on 8/16 at Arlington Park (career 11-6-2-0, $842,580) O- Andrew Bentley Stables; B- Mueller Farms (KY); T- Eddie Graham


Keeneland sales graduates finished 1-2-3 in the Alabama S. (G1) on 8/16 at Saratoga:

1- STOPCHARGINGMARIA, 3YO filly by Tale of the Cat – Exotic Bloom ($47,000, 2012 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent; Buyer- Woodford Thoroughbred Sales) (career 10-6-1-1, $1,414,000) O- Repole Stables; B- Harvey Clark & Brookdale Farm (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

2- Joint Return, 3YO filly by Include – Brunswick Star ($60,000, 2012 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Moreau Bloodstock International, agent; Buyer- Main Line Racing) O- Main Line Racing Stable; B- Virginia Moore & Include Syndicate (KY); T- John Servis

3- Miss Besilu, 3YO filly by Medaglia d’Oro – Quiet Dance ($2.6 million, 2011 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Besilu Stables) O- Besilu Stables; B- Estate of Edward P. Evans (VA); T- Bill Mott


Keeneland sales alumni ran 1-2 in the Knob Creek Lake Placid S. (G2) on 8/16 at Saratoga:

1- CROWN QUEEN, 3YO filly by Smart Strike – Delta Princess ($1.6 million, 2011 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Chanteclair Farm, agent; Buyer- Besilu Stables) (career 5-3-0-2, $293,000) O- Besilu Stables; B- Palides Investments N.V. Inc (KY); T- Bill Mott

2- Duff One, 3YO filly by Harlan’s Holiday – Acadiana ($70,000, 2012 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- Sandridge Stables; $100,000, 2013 April 2YO in Training, Consignor- Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds, agent, Buyer- Gary Contessa, agent) O- Lee Pokoik; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Gary Contessa


BALANCE OF POWER, 4YO gelding by Silver Train – Woodman’s Dancer ($22,000 RNA, 2010 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Pauls Mill, agent) Won Philip H. Iselin S. (G3) on 8/17 at Monmouth (career 16-6-2-2, $233,128) O- Drawing Away Stable & D. Jacobson; B- B.P. Walden Jr. & P. Madden (KY); T- David Jacobson

JUDY THE BEAUTY, 5YO mare by Ghostzapper – Holy Blitz ($20,000, 2010 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Adena Springs; Buyer- Wesley Ward) Won Rancho Bernardo H. (G3) on 8/17 at Del Mar (career 17-8-7-1, $1,112,146) O/T- Wesley Ward; B- Adena Springs (ON)

AMI’S HOLIDAY, 3YO colt by Harlan’s Holiday – Victorious ($35,000 RNA, 2012 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent) Won $460,220 Breeders’ S. on 8/17 at Woodbine (career 9-3-2-2, $723,642) O- Ivan Dalos; B- Tall Oaks Farm (ON); T- Josie Carroll

CODE WEST, 4YO ridgling by Lemon Drop Kid – Charitabledonation ($340,000, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Ben Glass, agent) Won $176,050 Governor’s Cup on 8/16 at Remington Park (career 15-4-6-2, $414,176) O- Bryan Hawk; B- Edward P. Evans (VA); T- Boyd Caster

MISS FROST, 3YO filly by Curlin – Allencat ($105,000, 2013 April 2YO in Training, Consignor- William Helmbrecht, agent; Buyer- Dogwood Stable) Won $100,000 Tenski S. on 8/11 at Saratoga (career 9-3-0-2, $181,052) O- Dogwood Stable; B- Robert Lail (KY); T- Tom Albertrani

PASSED DUE, 2YO colt by Pass Rush – Swift Empress ($22,000, 2014 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Vance Alfrey) Won $100,000 Gold Rush Futurity on 8/17 at Arapahoe Park (career 2-2-0-0, $66,000) O- Vance Alfrey & Stuart Eskew; B- Swifty Farms (IN); T- Temple Rushton

KISS MOON, 3YO filly by Malibu Moon – Kiss the Devil ($80,000 RNA, 2012 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hermitage Farm, agent) Won $75,000 Hatoof S. on 8/16 at Arlington Park (career 9-3-1-2, $207,256) O- Carl Pollard; B- Hermitage Farm (KY); T- David Vance

I GOT IT ALL, 3YO gelding by Tiz Wonderful – Polish Silk ($35,000 RNA, 2012 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Kingswood Farm, agent) Won $67,000 Straight Line S. on 8/16 at Arlington Park (career 7-4-1-0, $161,392) O- Tom Swearingen Racing Stable, Lo Denk, D. Carlile & R. Bockel; B- David Campbell, Jim Edgar & Kingswood Farm (IL); T- Tom Swearingen

PARTY POOPER, 2YO colt by Desert Party – Radcliffe Yard ($75,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Clarkland Farm; Buyer- Sequel Stallions) Won $45,865 New Westminster H. on 8/15 at Hastings Park (career 2-1-1-0, $29,472) O- Mark DeDomenico & North American Thoroughbred Horse Company; B- Martha Buckner (KY); T- Troy Taylor



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