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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, Keeneland reinvests revenue from its sales in purse money for the track’s world-class racing program and initiatives that benefit the entire horse industry.
 

Lady Aurelia

Lady Aurelia made history in 2016 when she became the first horse trained in the U.S. to win a Cartier Racing Award. Based at Keeneland with trainer Wesley Ward, the 2-year-old Scat Daddy filly won her career debut at Keeneland in April and went on to capture two of Europe’s most prestigious Group 1 races: Queen Mary at Royal Ascot and Prix Morny at Deauville.
 
 
 

Classic Empire

Classic Empire emerged the leader of his division when the colt by Pioneerof the Nile won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) by a neck. The victory marked the fourth win of his young career, following victories in July in the Bashford Manor (G3) at Churchill Downs and Keeneland’s Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) in October.
 
 
 

Champagne Room

Champagne Room defied her odds of 33-1 when she won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) by three-quarters of length. The victory marked the second graded stakes win for the 2-year-old Broken Vow filly, who won the Sorrento (G2) at Del Mar in August. Champagne Room also sold as a weanling at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale.

 
 
 

Practical Joke

Despite breaking awkwardly and trailing early in the race, Practical Joke regrouped in time to nose out favored Syndergaard to win the Champagne (G1). The performance marked the third consecutive win for the Into Mischief colt, who won the Hopeful (G1) and was third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1). Practical Joke also sold as a yearling at Keeneland's January Horses of All Ages Sale.
 
 

Pretty City Dancer

Pretty City Dancer made history in the 125th running of Saratoga’s Spinaway (G1) when she rallied to each the finish at the same time as Sweet Loretta, producing what is believed to be the first dead heat in the history of the race. The victory was part of a three-race win streak for the Tapit filly, who won the Debutante at Churchill Downs in July.
 
 

 

Sweet Loretta

A graduate of Keeneland's November Breeding Stock Sale, Sweet Loretta opened her career with three consecutive wins. At Saratoga, the daughter of Tapit impressively rallied from last and drew off to a 4 1/4-length victory in the Schuylerville (G3) before finishing in a dead heat with Pretty City Dancer to win the Spinaway (G1).
 
 

 

New Money Honey

New Money Honey showed tremendous talent when she won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) in just the third race of her career. Not only did she collar the favorite at the sixteenth pole, she held off late bids from two rivals and went on to win by a half-length. The 2-year-old filly by Medaglia d’Oro added the victory to her previous win in the Miss Grillo (G3) at Belmont Park.
 
 

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.
 

Lady Aurelia

Lady Aurelia made history in 2016 when she became the first horse trained in the U.S. to win a Cartier Racing Award. Based at Keeneland with trainer Wesley Ward, the 2-year-old Scat Daddy filly won her career debut at Keeneland in April and went on to capture two of Europe’s most prestigious Group 1 races: Queen Mary at Royal Ascot and Prix Morny at Deauville.
 
 

 
Classic Empire emerged the leader of his division when the colt by Pioneerof the Nile won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) by a neck. The victory marked the fourth win of his young career, following victories in July in the Bashford Manor (G3) at Churchill Downs and Keeneland’s Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) in October.
 
 
 

Champagne Room defied her odds of 33-1 when she won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) by three-quarters of length. The victory marked the second graded stakes win for the 2-year-old Broken Vow filly, who won the Sorrento (G2) at Del Mar in August. Champagne Room also sold as a weanling at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale.

To give the feel of a tent wedding, the team used draping and lighting throughout the Keene Barn and Keeneland Entertainment Center to create the effect, while enjoying a climate-controlled space during the winter. Guests were seated on traditional church pews, which filled the Keene Barn ceremony space, and the couple added a sweet touch of fur blankets for guests to wrap up during the ceremony and while valet parking. To top it all off, the couple added a balloon wall to serve as a photo booth backdrop – a big hit for guests!
 
 

Practical Joke

Despite breaking awkwardly and trailing early in the race, Practical Joke regrouped in time to nose out favored Syndergaard to win the Champagne (G1). The performance marked the third consecutive win for the Into Mischief colt, who won the Hopeful (G1) and was third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1). Practical Joke also sold as a yearling at Keeneland's January Horses of All Ages Sale.
 
 

Pretty City Dancer

Pretty City Dancer made history in the 125th running of Saratoga’s Spinaway (G1) when she rallied to each the finish at the same time as Sweet Loretta, producing what is believed to be the first dead heat in the history of the race. The victory was part of a three-race win streak for the Tapit filly, who won the Debutante at Churchill Downs in July.
 
 

 

Sweet Loretta

A graduate of Keeneland's November Breeding Stock Sale, Sweet Loretta opened her career with three consecutive wins. At Saratoga, the daughter of Tapit impressively rallied from last and drew off to a 4 1/4-length victory in the Schuylerville (G3) before finishing in a dead heat with Pretty City Dancer to win the Spinaway (G1).
 

New Money Honey

New Money Honey showed tremendous talent when she won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) in just the third race of her career. Not only did she collar the favorite at the sixteenth pole, she held off late bids from two rivals and went on to win by a half-length. The 2-year-old filly by Medaglia d’Oro added the victory to her previous win in the Miss Grillo (G3) at Belmont Park.
 
 
 

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