Success Begins at Keeneland

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Success Begins at Keeneland

 
 
Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale produced a number of dominant 2016 older horses who won Grade 1 and Group 1 races in the U.S. and internationally.
 
Keeneland conducts three premier Thoroughbred auctions annually. In keeping with its founders’ mission to perpetuate and improve the sport, revenue from Keeneland sales is reinvested in purse money for the track’s world-class racing program and initiatives that benefit the entire horse industry.
 

Beholder

The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) is a race for the ages. Making the final start of her celebrated career, the 6-year-old three-time champion Beholder and her undefeated younger rival Songbird dueled from the top of the stretch to the finish, where Beholder pushed her nose in front just enough to secure the victory. The daughter of Henny Hughes had earned the third Breeders’ Cup win of her career in a grand finale to her career in which she earned more than $6.1 million.
 
 
 

Order of St George (IRE)

In Group 1 competition, Order of St George (IRE) won the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, was second in the Irish St. Leger and was third in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe during a season that rewarded the 4-year-old colt by Galileo (IRE) with the Cartier Stayer Award. His three-length triumph in the Gold Cup against 16 rivals came during a six-race win streak that began in 2015 and included an 11-length victory in that year’s Irish St. Leger. 
 
 
 

Tamarkuz

In the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1), 6-year-old Tamarkuz rolled past 2016 Kentucky Derby (G1) third-place finisher Gun Runner to win by 3½ lengths. The performance marked the final race for Tamarkuz, who earlier in his career raced in England and the United Arab Emirates. Last year, the son of Speightstown won four consecutive races at Meydan, including the Godolphin Mile (G2).

 
 

Lord Nelson

Exemplifying Lord Nelson’s domination of his West Coast rivals was his four-length victory in the six-furlong Bing Crosby (G1) at Del Mar in which he broke the 54-year-old stakes record and barely missed the track mark. The 4-year-old son of Pulpit was undefeated in four races in 2016, including the Triple Bend (G1) and Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1).
 
 

Midnight Storm

Midnight Storm began his impressive string of victories on the West Coast in the Shoemaker Mile (G1) and followed that performance with wins in the Eddie Read (G2) and Del Mar Mile (G2). After a third in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), the 5-year-old son of Pioneer of the Nile showed his versatility by taking the Native Diver (G3) on the dirt at Del Mar, smashing his rivals to win by 7¾ lengths.
 
 

Melatonin

A sprinter earlier in his career, Melatonin more than successfully stretched out to route distances in 2016 and became only the third horse since 1980 to win both the 1¼-mile Santa Anita Handicap (G1) and Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1, formerly the Hollywood Gold Cup). The 5-year-old gelding by Kodiak Kowboy also was second in the Oaklawn Handicap (G2) and fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).
 
 

Success Begins at Keeneland

 
Keeneland’s 2015 September Yearling Sale produced a number of impressive 2-year-olds in 2016 who won Grade 1 and Group 1 races in the U.S. and internationally.
 
Keeneland conducts three premier Thoroughbred auctions annually. In keeping with its founders’ mission to perpetuate and improve the sport, revenue from Keeneland sales is reinvested in purse money for the track’s world-class racing program and initiatives that benefit the entire horse industry.
 

Beholder

The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) is a race for the ages. Making the final start of her celebrated career, the 6-year-old three-time champion Beholder and her undefeated younger rival Songbird dueled from the top of the stretch to the finish, where Beholder pushed her nose in front just enough to secure the victory. The daughter of Henny Hughes had earned the third Breeders’ Cup win of her career in a grand finale to her career in which she earned more than $6.1 million.
 
 

 

Order of St George (IRE)

In Group 1 competition, Order of St George (IRE) won the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, was second in the Irish St. Leger and was third in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe during a season that rewarded the 4-year-old colt by Galileo (IRE) with the Cartier Stayer Award. His three-length triumph in the Gold Cup against 16 rivals came during a six-race win streak that began in 2015 and included an 11-length victory in that year’s Irish St. Leger. 
 
 
 

Tamarkuz

In the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1), 6-year-old Tamarkuz rolled past 2016 Kentucky Derby (G1) third-place finisher Gun Runner to win by 3½ lengths. The performance marked the final race for Tamarkuz, who earlier in his career raced in England and the United Arab Emirates. Last year, the son of Speightstown won four consecutive races at Meydan, including the Godolphin Mile (G2).

 
 

Lord Nelson

Exemplifying Lord Nelson’s domination of his West Coast rivals was his four-length victory in the six-furlong Bing Crosby (G1) at Del Mar in which he broke the 54-year-old stakes record and barely missed the track mark. The 4-year-old son of Pulpit was undefeated in four races in 2016, including the Triple Bend (G1) and Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1).
 
 

Midnight Storm

Midnight Storm began his impressive string of victories on the West Coast in the Shoemaker Mile (G1) and followed that performance with wins in the Eddie Read (G2) and Del Mar Mile (G2). After a third in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), the 5-year-old son of Pioneer of the Nile showed his versatility by taking the Native Diver (G3) on the dirt at Del Mar, smashing his rivals to win by 7¾ lengths.
 
 

 

Melatonin

A sprinter earlier in his career, Melatonin more than successfully stretched out to route distances in 2016 and became only the third horse since 1980 to win both the 1¼-mile Santa Anita Handicap (G1) and Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1, formerly the Hollywood Gold Cup). The 5-year-old gelding by Kodiak Kowboy also was second in the Oaklawn Handicap (G2) and fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).
 
 

 

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