LEXINGTON, KY (Dec. 22, 2017) – Keeneland sales graduates comprise five of the six entries for Santa Anita’s opening-day San Antonio (G2) on Tuesday, led by multiple graded stakes winners Collected, Accelerate and Hoppertunity, Grade 2 winner Giant Expectations and Grade 3 winner Prime Attraction.
Two San Antonio contenders have connections to Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale. Giant Expectations sold as a yearling at the 2014 January Sale. A half-sister to Accelerate, Darlin’issues, is consigned as a broodmare prospect to the 2018 January Sale, to be held Jan. 8-11. Click here to browse the 2018 January Sale catalog.
On the same card at Santa Anita, Keeneland sales graduate Unique Bella, a four-time graded stakes winner in 2017, headlines the field for the La Brea (G1). Grade 3 winner Pavel carries co-high weight in the Malibu (G1).
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23
MR. PROSPECTOR S. (G3), Gulfstream, 6 Furlongs, 3YOs & Up
FIRST GROWTH, 5YO gelding by Candy Ride (ARG) – Altesse ($220,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent, Buyer- Lane’s End Racing; $7,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- Aaron West) O- Michelle Winters; B- Alexander Groves Matz (KY); T- Odin Londono Jr.
SONIC MULE, 3YO colt by Distorted Humor – Globe Trot ($175,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- Calumet Farm) O- Calumet Farm; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Todd Pletcher
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26
LA BREA S. (G1), Santa Anita, 7 Furlongs, 3YO Fillies
MARLEY’S FREEDOM, 3YO filly by Blame – Relaxing Green ($35,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent; Buyer- Cicero Farms) O- Cicero Farms; B- Jack Swain III (KY); T- Robert B. Hess Jr.
UNIQUE BELLA, 3YO filly by Tapit – Unrivaled Belle ($400,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- Don Alberto Corporation) O- Don Alberto Stable; B- Brushwood Stable (PA); T- Jerry Hollendorfer
MOPOTISM, 3YO filly by Uncle Mo – Peppy Rafaela ($135,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Blandford Stud, agent; Buyer- McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, agent) O- Reddam Racing; B- Frank Batten (KY); T- Doug O’Neill
PRINCESS KAREN, 3YO filly by Stay Thirsty – Chitka ($35,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- VanMeter-Gentry Sales, agent; Buyer- Jack Hester, agent) O- Jeff Bonde, Edward Brown & Karen Norton; B- Bell Tower Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Jeff Bonde
MALIBU S. (G1), Santa Anita, 7 Furlongs, 3YOs
CITY OF LIGHT, 3YO colt by Quality Road – Paris Notion ($710,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Walnut Green) O- Mr. & Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.; B- Ann Marie Farm (KY); T- Michael McCarthy
IRISH FREEDOM, 3YO colt by Pioneerof the Nile – Island Striker ($285,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Donegal Racing) O- Donegal Racing; B- Philip & Brenda Robertson (KY); T- Bob Baffert
PAVEL, 3YO colt by Creative Cause – Mons Venus ($90,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent, Buyer- McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, agent; $80,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hidden Brook, agent) O- Reddam Racing; B- Brereton C. Jones & WinStar Farm (KY); T- Doug O’Neill
DABSTER, 3YO colt by Curlin – On a Roll ($430,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Altamira) O- Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum; B- G. Watts Humphrey Jr., Susan Keller, Victoria Oliver & G. Watts Humphrey III (KY); T- Bob Baffert
SAN ANTONIO S. (G2), Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YOs & Up
HOPPERTUNITY, 6YO horse by Any Given Saturday – Refugee ($300,000, 2012 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Betz Thoroughbreds, agent; Buyer- Bob Baffert, agent) O- Karl Watson, Mike Pegram & Paul Weitman; B- Betz/DJ Stable/Kidder/J. Betz/Robenait (KY); T- Bob Baffert
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) O- Exline-Border Racing, Gatto Racing & Garrett Zubok; B- Sunrise Stables (NY); T- Peter Eurton
PRIME ATTRACTION, 4YO colt by Unbridled’s Song – Strawberry Sense ($335,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Stone Farm, agent; Buyer- D P Racing) O- D P Racing; B- Payson Stud (KY); T- James Cassidy
ACCELERATE, 4YO colt by Lookin At Lucky – Issues ($380,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bluewater Sales, agent; Buyer- L. E. B.) O- Hronis Racing; B- Mike Abraham (KY); T- John Sadler (Hip #5 – half-sister Darlin’issues consigned as a broodmare prospect to the 2018 January Sale)
COLLECTED, 4YO colt by City Zip – Helena Bay (GB) ($150,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Runnymede Farm, agent; Buyer- SGV Thoroughbreds) O- Speedway Stable; B- Runnymede Farm & Peter Callahan (KY); T- Bob Baffert
MATHIS BROTHERS MILE (G2), Santa Anita, 1 Mile (T), 3YOs
COLONIST, 3YO colt by Pioneerof the Nile – She Cat ($300,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings) O- Stonestreet Stables; B- Springland Farm & HKN (KY); T- Jerry Hollendorfer
BOWIES HERO, 3YO colt by Artie Schiller – Remembered ($16,000 RNA, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Pope McLean (Crestwood Farm), agent; $17,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Pope McLean (Crestwood Farm), agent, Buyer- RJG Racing) O- Agave Racing Stables; B- Pope McLean, Pope McLean Jr. & Marc McLean (KY); T- Philip D’Amato
HOLIDAY STONE, 3YO colt by Harlan’s Holiday – Lucifer’s Stone ($180,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Dromoland Farm, agent; Buyer- Jim & Susan Hill) O- Jim & Susan Hill; B- Nesco (KY); T- George Weaver
HOOTIE, 3YO colt by Candy Ride (ARG) – Barbariansmile ($105,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Blackberry Racing) O- Mr. & Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.; B- Halo Farms (KY); T- Michael McCarthy
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