Keeneland Sales Graduates Continue Summer of International Success

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LEXINGTON, KY (July 17, 2017) – Keeneland sales graduates continue to tally graded and group stakes wins at home and on the world stage, sweeping major contest in the U.S. as well as England, Ireland and France this past week. 

Keeneland sales alumni recorded four group wins, led by Roly Poly’s dominant front-running victory in the Falmouth (G1) at Newmarket on Friday. The previous day at Newmarket, multiple group stakes winner Hawkbill polished his resume with a win in the Princess of Wales’s (G2). On Sunday, Spirit of Valor won the Minstrel (G2) at The Curragh and Taareef took the Prix Messidor (G3) at Maisons-Laffitte. 

In the U.S., alumni of Keeneland’s 2015 September Yearling Sale romped in Saturday’s three graded stakes for sophomores. Irap scored a five-length victory in the Indiana Derby (G3) at Indiana Grand; West Coast earned a trip to the Travers (G1) at Saratoga later this summer with an easy win in the Los Alamitos Derby (G3), andFrostmourne exploded to a six-length win in the Kent (G3) at Delaware Park.

September Yearling Sale Microsite

Keeneland features profiles of its Grade/Group 1 and 2 stakes-winning September Yearling Sale graduates on its comprehensive September Yearling Sale microsite. Profiles offer sales ring footage, stakes photos, video race replays and quotes from winning connections. Profile links of weekend graded stakes winners are embedded in the names below.  


ROLY POLY, 3YO filly by War Front – Misty For Me (IRE) ($575,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent) Won Falmouth S. (G1) on 7/14 at Newmarket (career 13-4-4-0, $548,602) O- Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Susan Magnier; B- Misty For Me Syndicate (KY); T- Aidan O’Brien

SPIRIT OF VALOR, 3YO colt by War Front – Stone Hope ($850,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Nursery Place, agent; Buyer- Clear Ridge Stables) Won Minstrel S. (G2) on 7/16 at The Curragh (career 8-2-2-1, $133,532) O- Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Stonestreet Stables; B- Nursery Place (KY); T- Aidan O’Brien

HAWKBILL, 4YO colt by Kitten’s Joy – Trensa ($350,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- John Ferguson) Won Princess of Wales’s S. (G2) on 7/13 at Newmarket (career 16-8-0-3, $751,053) O- Godolphin; B- Helen K. Groves Revocable Trust (KY); T- Charlie Appleby

IRAP, 3YO colt by Tiznow – Silken Cat ($100,000 RNA to Sale, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Grand Oaks) Won Indiana Derby (G3) on 7/15 at Indiana Grand (career 11-3-3-1, $1,357,600) O- Reddam Racing; B- Aaron & Marie Jones (KY); T- Doug O’Neill

WEST COAST, 3YO colt by Flatter – Caressing ($425,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hermitage Farm, agent; Buyer- Ben Glass, agent) Won Los Alamitos Derby (G3) on 7/15 at Los Alamitos (career 6-4-2-0, $323,800) O- Gary & Mary West; B- CFP Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Bob Baffert

Keeneland sales graduates finished 1-2-3 in the Kent S. (G3) on 7/15 at Delaware Park:

1- FROSTMOURNE, 3YO colt by Speightstown – Leaning Tower ($375,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent) (career 6-4-1-0, $537,800) O/B- Green Lantern Stables (KY); T- Christophe Clement

2- Master Plan, 3YO colt by Twirling Candy – Sage Mist ($70,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Romans Racing & Sales, agent; Buyer- Eisaman Equine) O- Al Shaqab Racing, WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International et al; B- Ernest Frohboese (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

3- Adonis Creed, 3YO gelding by Brilliant Speed – Joyance ($47,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent; Buyer- Patrick Hoppel, agent) O- Zilla Racing Stables; B- Mr. & Mrs. Broussard Hundley Jr. (KY); T- Kiaran McLaughlin

TAAREEF, 4YO colt by Kitten’s Joy – Sacred Feather ($675,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Shadwell Estate Co Ltd) Won Prix Messidor (G3) on 7/16 at Maisons-Laffitte (career 9-6-1-0, €303,000) O- Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum; B- Dixiana Farms (KY); T- Jean-Claude Rouget

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) Won $101,500 Leemat S. on 7/9 at Presque Isle (career 17-4-4-1, $803,767) O- G M B Racing; B- Blackstone Farm (PA); T- Dallas Stewart

WESTERN RESERVE, 5YO gelding by Indian Charlie – Visit (GB) ($87,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Mill Ridge Sales, agent; Buyer- Marc Detampel) Won $100,000 Warrior Veterans S. on 7/15 at Indiana Grand (career 20-5-5-5, $309,856) O- Turf Stable Racing; B- Juddmonte Farms (KY); T- J. Kent Sweezey

LIPSTICK CITY, 3YO filly by City Zip – Star Torina ($75,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Cobra Farm) Won $79,000 Boiling Springs S. on 7/15 at Monmouth (career 6-2-1-0, $100,669) O- Steve Laymon, William G. Robbins, Richard Broadbent IV, et al.; B- Courtlandt Farm (KY); T- Chad Brown

JUST HOWARD, 3YO colt by English Channel – Aruban Sandwich ($37,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- Skeedattle Associates) Won $74,250 Caveat S. on 7/15 at Laurel (career 7-2-2-1, $102,720) O- Skeedattle Associates; B- Howard M. Bender (MD); T- H. Graham Motion

NO DISTORTION, 4YO gelding by Distorted Humor – Pacific Spell ($350,000 RNA, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent) Won $50,250 Carl Hanford Memorial S. on 7/15 at Delaware Park (career 17-4-3-2, $188,665) O/B- Brereton C. Jones (KY); T- Larry Jones

KING’S GHOST, 5YO mare by Ghostzapper – Fourth Power ($35,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Adena Springs; Buyer- Miller Racing) Won $50,000 Treasure Coast H. on 7/15 at Gulfstream (career 15-6-2-0, $155,030) O- Miller Racing; B- Adena Springs (ON); T- Martin Wolfson

TROOPER JOHN, 3YO gelding by Colonel John – Shouldn’t We All ($3,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Walnut Green, agent; Buyer- Oak Point Farm) Won $50,000 Count Lathum H. on 7/15 at Northlands Park (career 9-6-2-1, $115,096) O- Riversedge Racing; B- Smart Angle (PA); T- Tim Rycroft

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