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Keeneland Sales Alumni, Led by Mozu Ascot, Excel on World Stage

February 24, 2020

 Keeneland sales alumni won graded and group stakes in Japan, Dubai and the U.S. this past week. Mozu Ascot secured a berth in the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Keeneland with a victory in the February (G1) at Tokyo Racecourse. Down On Da Bayou romped in the UAE Oaks (G3) at Meydan to earn points on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks (G1). Mark of Approval and Alkaraama were the respective winners of the Jebel Ali and Jebel Ali Sprint, both at Jebel Ali Racecourse in Dubai. Keeper Ofthe Stars won the Buena Vista (G2) at Santa Anita.  



MOZU ASCOT, 6YO horse by Frankel (GB) – India ($275,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent) Won February S. (G1) on 2/23 at Tokyo (career 21-7-5-0) O- Capital System; B- Summer Wind Farm (KY); T- Yoshito Yahagi

KEEPER OFTHE STARS, 4YO filly by Midnight Lute – Sociable ($60,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- VanMeter-Gentry Sales, agent, Buyer- Zayat Stables; $180,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- Tommy Town Thoroughbreds) Won Buena Vista S. (G2) on 2/22 at Santa Anita (career 14-6-1-3, $321,931) O- Tommy Town Thoroughbreds; B- Olin Gentry, Omar Trevino & Anthony Cappola (KY); T- Jonathan Wong

DOWN ON DA BAYOU, 3YO filly by Super Saver – Bayou Tortuga ($220,000 RNA, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Pope McLean, agent; $150,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Pope McLean, agent, Buyer- Tally Ho Stud) Won UAE Oaks (Sponsored by Range Rover) (G3) on 2/20 at Meydan (career 5-2-2-0, $249,654) O- Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum; B- McCann Bloodstock, Mark Kelder & Doug Richards (KY); T- Salem Bin Ghadayer

MARK OF APPROVAL, 6YO gelding by Lemon Drop Kid – Agreeable Miss ($400,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Indian Creek, agent; Buyer- John Ferugson) Won Jebel Ali S. (L) on 2/21 at Jebel Ali (career 9-3-0-5, $140,865) O- Sayed Hashish; B- Keithshire Farm (KY); T- Mahmood Hussain

ALKARAAMA, 4YO colt by War Front – Agreeable Miss ($600,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- Shadwell Estate Company Ltd.) Won Jebel Ali Sprint (L) on 2/21 at Jebel Ali (career 10-4-2-2, $129,860) O- Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum; B- Frank Hutchinson (KY); T- Musabbeh Al Mheri

SHANGHAI KEELY, 3YO filly by Shanghai Bobby – Silentlea ($40,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Dromoland Farm, agent; Buyer- James Hood) Won $75,000 Island Fashion S. on 2/23 at Sunland (career 7-2-0-1, $85,380) O- Stable H. M. A.; B- Michael Wood (KY); T- Justin Evans