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Keeneland September Sale Graduates West Coast, Drefong, Practical Joke, Lady Eli Shine on Travers Day at Saratoga

August 28, 2017

LEXINGTON, KY (Aug. 28, 2017) – Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduates captured the spotlight on Travers Day at Saratoga on Saturday. 

West Coast dominated a talented field of 3-year-olds in the Travers Presented by NYRA Bets (G1), winning by 3¼ lengths in a wire-to-wire performance. Gunnevera and Irap made the Travers a September Sale trifecta with second- and third-place finishes, respectively. West Coast’s win marks the eighth consecutive Travers won by a Keeneland sales graduate and follows stablemate and champion Arrogate in 2016.  

On the same card, Drefong cruised to a four-length victory in the Forego (G1), while Practical Joke blew by rivals in the stretch to win the H. Allen Jerkens (G1).

In her Saratoga finale, Lady Eli thrilled fans with a determined victory in the Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa (G2). The multiple Grade 1 winner will be offered as a broodmare prospect at Keeneland’s 2017 November Breeding Stock Sale.


September Yearling Sale Microsite


Keeneland’s comprehensive September Sale microsite features a digital Book 1 catalog that includes conformation photos and walking videos, and an interactive index that allows users to browse and filter the entire September Sale. Also available are profiles of September Sale graduates that have won Grade/Group 1 and 2 stakes in 2017, which include sale footage and race replays.    




Keeneland September Sale graduates finished 1-2-3 in the Travers S. (G1) on 8/26 at Saratoga:  


1- WEST COAST, 3YO colt by Flatter – Caressing ($425,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hermitage Farm, agent; Buyer- Ben Glass, agent) (career 7-5-2-0, $993,800) O- Gary & Mary West; B- CFP Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Bob Baffert

2- Gunnevera, 3YO colt by Dialed In – Unbridled Rage ($16,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brandywine Farm & Stephen Upchurch; Buyer- Antonio Sano, agent) O- Margoth; B- Brandywine Farm & Stephen Upchurch (KY); T- Antonio Sano

3- Irap, 3YO colt by Tiznow – Silken Cat ($100,000 RNA to Sale, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Grand Oaks) O- Reddam Racing; B- Aaron & Marie Jones (KY); T- Doug O’Neill


DREFONG, 4YO colt by Gio Ponti – Eltimaas ($200,000, 2013 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Blackburn Farm, Buyer- Woods Edge Farm; $450,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woods Edge Farm, Buyer- Tanma Corp.) Won Forego S. (G1) on 8/26 at Saratoga (career 8-6-0-0, $1,523,385) O- Baoma Corp; B- Frederick Allor, Michael Barnett & Anthony Warrender; T- Bob Baffert


PRACTICAL JOKE, 3YO colt by Into Mischief – Halo Humor ($135,000, 2015 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent, Buyer- Clear Ridge Stables; $240,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent, Buyer- Aquinnah Ventures) Won H. Allen Jerkens S. (G1) on 8/26 at Saratoga (career 10-5-2-2, $1,670,800) O- Klaravich Stables & William Lawrence; B- Whispering Oaks (KY); T- Chad Brown


LADY ELI, 5YO mare by Divine Park – Sacre Coeur ($160,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Runnymede Farm, agent, Buyer- Bradley Thoroughbreds, agent; $160,000, 2014 April 2YO in Training, Consignor- Eddie Woods, agent, Buyer- Jay Hanley) Won Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa S. (G2) on 8/26 at Saratoga (career 13-10-3-0, $2,939,800) O- Sheep Pond Partners; B- Runnymede Farm & Catesby Clay (KY); T- Chad Brown


GIANT EXPECTATIONS, 4YO colt by Frost Giant – Sarahisittrue ($85,000, 2014 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Brandywine Farm, agent, Buyer- Is It Real Stables; $70,000 RNA, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woods Edge Farm, agent) Won Pat O’Brien S. (G2) on 8/26 at Del Mar (career 10-3-3-1, $253,200) O- Exline-Border Racing & Gatto Racing; B- Sunrise Stables (NY); T- Peter Eurton


ENSTONE, 3YO filly by Tiznow – La Suena ($90,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent) Won Ontario Colleen S. (G3) on 8/27 at Woodbine (career 12-4-5-0, $406,303) O- East West Stables; B- William Graham (ON); T- Mark Casse


Keeneland sales alumni ran 1-2-3 in the Torrey Pines S. (G3) on 8/27 at Del Mar:


1- MUNNY SPUNT, 3YO filly by Munnings – Spin the Blues ($22,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor-  Bluewater Sales, agent; Buyer- Red Fox Farm) (career 13-5-3-0, $141,235) O- ERJ Racing, John Fuller, Richie Robershaw, Doug O’Neill & S. Rothblum; B- Harriet Finkelstein & Hartley De Renzo Thoroughbreds (FL); T- Doug O’Neill


2- Zapperkat, 3YO filly by Ghostzapper – Noelle Rose ($27,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Darby Dan Farm, agent; Buyer- Hebert Bloodstock, agent) O- JK Racing Stable & Bruce Chandler; B- Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings (KY); T- Richard Baltas


3- Bernina Star, 3YO filly by Harlan’s Holiday – Date to Remember ($300,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- D P Racing) O- D P Racing; B- Siena Farms (KY); T- Jim Cassidy



CALIFORNIA MUSIC, 3YO colt by Maclean’s Music – You Call That Art ($18,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- J. C. Farm) Won Appucapa Cup (G3) on 8/20 at Presidente Remon (PANAMA) O- Jose Miguel Aleman & Fair Grounds Stable; B- Kildare Stud (KY); T- Alberto Paz-Rodriguez


AVEENU MALCAINU, 2YO colt by Into Mischief – Island Time ($125,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) Won $200,000 Funny Cide S. on 8/25 at Saratoga (career 2-2-0-0, $163,800) O- Gold Square; B- Taylor Brothers Properties, George Saufley & Brian Kahn (NY); T- Jeremiah Englehart


GIANT PAYDAY, 3YO colt by Giant’s Causeway – Pension ($100,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Lothenbach Stables) Won $200,000 Mystic Lake Derby on 8/26 at Canterbury (career 12-3-4-1, $238,220) O- Lothenbach Stables; B- Gainesway Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Ian Wilkes


SUPREME JUSTICE, 5YO gelding by Lantana Mob – Miss Miracle ($22,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor-  Paramount Sales, agent; Buyer- Thoroughbred Management) Won $104,850 William Henry Harrison S. on 8/23 at Indiana Grand (career 38-13-1-6, $274,621) O- Acclaimed Racing Stable & Gumpster Stable; B- Justice Farm (IN); T- Cipriano Contreras


INFINITE WISDOM, 6YO gelding by Smart Strike – Meridiana (GER) ($300,000, 2012 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Amerman Racing) Won $100,000 John’s Call S. on 8/23 at Saratoga (career 16-4-5-3, $277,077) O- Amerman Racing; B- Jon & Sarah Kelly (KY); T- Brian Lynch


BLU MOON ACE, 4YO gelding by Malibu Moon – Access Fee ($30,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- M. E. Dowell) Won $97,500 Coalition S. on 8/26 at Timonium (career 19-6-2-3, $267,294) O- Robert Cole Jr.; B- Howard Bender (MD); T- Kevin Patterson


DIVERSIFY, 4YO gelding by Bellamy Road – Rule One ($210,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- WinStar Racing, agent; Buyer- Lauren & Ralph Evans) Won $95,000 Evan Shipman S. on 8/21 at Saratoga (career 9-6-2-0, $325,425) O- Lauren & Ralph Evans; B- Fred W. Hertrich III & John D. Fielding (NY); T- Richard Violette Jr.


CUPID, 4YO colt by Tapit – Pretty ‘n Smart ($900,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- VanMeter Sales, agent; Buyer- M.V. Magnier) Won $81,150 Harry F. Brubaker S. on 8/23 at Del Mar (career 11-6-1-0, $1,683,873) O- Tabor, Magnier & Smith; B- JKG Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Bob Baffert (Hip 69 – full sister consigned to the September Sale by VanMeter-Gentry Sales, agent)


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