Keeneland September Sale Graduates V. E. Day, Wicked Strong Finish 1-2 in Travers

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V. E. Day Becomes Fifth Consecutive Keeneland Sales Alum to Win Travers

LEXINGTON, KY (Aug. 25, 2014) V. E. Day and Wicked Strong, both graduates of Keeneland’s 2012 September Yearling Sale, ran 1-2 in Saturday’s Travers (G1) at Saratoga.

V. E. Day came with a late drive to overtake stablemate Wicked Strong in the final strides and win by a nose. Both horses are trained by Jimmy Jerkens. V. E. Day becomes the fifth consecutive Keeneland-sold winner of the Travers (G1), following champion Will Take Charge (2013), Golden Ticket (2012, dead-heat), Stay Thirsty (2011) and Afleet Express (2010).

Fellow 2012 September Sale alum The Big Beast won the Ketel One King’s Bishop (G1), also on Saturday at Saratoga.




Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduates finished 1-2 in the Travers S. (G1) on 8/23 at Saratoga:

1- V. E. DAY, 3YO colt by English Channel – California Sunset ($105,000, 2012 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent; Buyer- Bradley Thoroughbreds) (career 6-4-1-0, $829,010) O- Magalen Bryant; B- Bluegrass Hall (KY); T- James A. Jerkens 

2- Wicked Strong, 3YO colt by Hard Spun – Moyne Abbey ($375,000, 2012 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Three Chimneys Sales, agent; Buyer- Centennial Farms) O- Centennial Farms; B- William F. Lynn (KY); T- James A. Jerkens


THE BIG BEAST, 3YO colt by Yes It’s True – V V S Flawless ($32,000, 2012 Sept Yearling, Consignor- James M. Herbener Jr., agent; Buyer- Steve Long Thoroughbreds) Won Ketel One King’s Bishop S. (G1) on 8/23 at Saratoga (career 5-3-1-1, $415,500) O- Alex & JoAnn Lieblong; B- Green Willow Farms (MD); T- Anthony Dutrow

TOM’S TRIBUTE, 4YO colt by Lion Heart – Halloween Fun ($60,000, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Stony Point; Buyer- Purpoodock Bloodstock) Won Del Mar Mile H. (G2) on 8/24 at Del Mar (career 13-6-3-1, $592,880) O- Braly Family Trust; B- Laura McKinney & Ouisha McKinney (KY); T- James Cassidy

WINNING CAUSE, 4YO colt by Giant’s Causeway – Raffishing Look ($115,000, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent, Buyer- Nick de Meric, agent; $170,000 RNA, 2012 April 2YO in Training, Consignor- de Meric Sales, agent) Won Cliff Hanger S. (G3) on 8/24 at Monmouth (career 22-5-7-2, $556,274) O- Alto Racing; B- Galleria Bloodstock (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

RUSTY SLIPPER, 4YO filly by Lemon Drop Kid – Classic Approval ($85,000 RNA, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woodford Thoroughbreds) Won Violet S. (G3) on 8/23 at Monmouth (career 7-4-0-0, $128,014) O- Zanim Meahjohn; B- Woodford Thoroughbreds (KY); T- H. Graham Motion

BANK OF BURDEN, 6YO gelding by Hawk Wing – Wewantitall (GB) ($50,000 RNA, 2007 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Castle Park Farm, agent) Won Marit Sveaas Minnelop (G3) on 8/24 at Ovrevoll (NORWAY) (career 46-16-8-5, NKr7,296,652) O- Stall Trick or Treat AB; B- Bjarne Minde (KY); T- Niels Petersen

TROPICS, 5YO gelding by Speightstown – Taj Aire ($280,000, 2008 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent, Buyer- Long’s Peak Equine; $700,000, 2009 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Dromoland Farm, agent, Buyer- John Ferguson) Won Stobart Members Club Hopeful S. (L) on 8/23 at Newmarket (career 19-7-4-1, £258,717) O/T- Dean Ivory; B- Doris Konecny, Susan Branch & Allen Branch (KY)

MYFOURCHIX, 2YO filly by Henny Hughes – Stellaluna ($35,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- The Duke Stable) Won $196,000 Seeking the Ante S. on 8/24 at Saratoga (career 2-1-1-0, $134,600) O- Clear Stars Stable; B- C. Kidder & N. Cole (NY); T- Richard Schosberg

BERN IDENTITY, 4YO colt by Bernstein – Maddalena ($43,000, 2011 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent, Buyer- Dumdrum Farm; $75,000, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hunter Valley Farm, agent, Buyer- George & Lori Hall) Won $100,000 Tale of the Cat S. on 8/22 at Saratoga (career  9-5-2-1, $722,200) O- George & Lori Hall; B- Galleria Bloodstock, Crosshaven Bloodstock, Petaluma Bloodstock et al (KY); T- Kelly Breen

ENDLESS CHATTER, 4YO filly by First Samurai – Orate ($77,000, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Claiborne Farm, agent; Buyer- Steven Young, agent) Won $100,000 Summer Colony S. on 8/18 at Saratoga (career 9-4-3-1, $179,320) O- Alpha Delta Stables; B- Claiborne Farm (KY); T- Chad Brown



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