Performances Sparkle at Keeneland April Sale Preview Show

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LEXINGTON, KY (April 3, 2014) – Consistently excellent times and a crowd of potential buyers marked today’s Preview Show for the 2014 Keeneland April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. The Preview Show enabled potential buyers to watch horses cataloged for Keeneland’s 22nd April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale on Monday, April 7.

Hip No. 61, a colt by Medaglia d’Oro who is out of Grade 1 winner Victory Ride, breezed a quarter-mile in :20, the fastest time at the distance. The colt, a half-brother to the dam of Grade 1-placed 3-year-old Ride On Curlin, is consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.

The fastest horse to work an eighth-mile was Hip No.69, a Sky Mesa colt who covered the distance in :9.2. Out of the Grand Slam mare Alfonsina, he is consigned by Sequel Bloodstock, agent.

“Conditions could not have been more perfect,” Keeneland Associate Director of Sales Tom Thornbury said. “We had a little bit of rain this morning and had cool conditions, which helps tighten the track. We had a 15- to 20-mph tail wind for the horses going down the lane. It couldn’t have been better. The times were sparkling.

“Our consignors brought us really, really high-quality physical stock with a whole lot of pedigree, and they performed the way they were meant to.”

The April Sale, first held in 1993, has produced more classic winners than any other 2-year-old sale. The most recent classic winner and April Sale graduate is 2013 Belmont (G1) winner Palace Malice, already a two-time Grade 2 winner this year.

Another April Sale graduate is Sam F. Davis (G3) winner Vinceremos, a prospective starter in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland on April 12. The Toyota Blue Grass is the richest race during the 15-day Spring Meet, which opens tomorrow.

Preview Day works will be posted on Keeneland.com later today. Videos will be available for viewing through the April 7 sale. Work replays also will be available in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion TV viewing room beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 4, through the sale.

Keeneland will provide live coverage of the April Sale at Keeneland.com.

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