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Keeneland Sales Alumni Max Player, War Like Goddess Seek Grade 1 Glory on Saturday at Saratoga

September 3, 2021

Keeneland sales alumni Max Player and War Like Goddess seek automatic berths in the 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 5-6 at Del Mar in Grade 1 stakes at Saratoga on Saturday. 

Max Player, winner of the Suburban (G2) at Belmont in July, is among the top contenders in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1), a “Win & You’re In” event for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). War Like Goddess, winner of graded stakes in her last three starts, including the Bewitch (G3) at Keeneland in April and the recent Glens Falls (G2) at Saratoga, headlines the Flower Bowl (G1), a Challenge race for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1).

On Sunday, Keeneland sales graduates dominate entries for the juvenile filly stakes at Saratoga and Del Mar. Echo Zulu, an impressive 5½-length winner in her career debut at Saratoga, leads the field for the Spinaway (G1) at Saratoga, whileDance to the Music, who won her career bow at Del Mar, highlights the TVG Del Mar Debutante (G1). 

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

JOCKEY CLUB GOLD CUP S. (G1), Saratoga, 1¼ Miles, 3YOs & Up

MAX PLAYER, 4YO colt by Honor Code – Fools in Love ($150,000 RNA, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent) O- George Hall & SportBLX Thoroughbreds Corp.; B- K & G Stables (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

FOREWARNED, 6YO horse by Flat Out – Fortune Play ($65,000 RNA, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) O/T- Uriah St. Lewis; B- Preston Stables (OH) 

 

FLOWER BOWL S. (G1), Saratoga, 1 3/8 Miles (T), 4YOs & Up, F&M

WAR LIKE GODDESS, 4YO filly by English Channel – Misty North ($1,200, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent, Buyer- Lawrence Hobson; $1,000 RNA, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) O- George Krikorian; B- Calumet Farm (KY); T- Bill Mott

GREAT ISLAND, 5YO mare by Scat Daddy – Voyage ($160,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent, Buyer- Northface Bloodstock; $300,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woods Edge Farm, agent, Buyer- Steven W. Young, agent) O- Alpha Delta Stables; B- Ben P. Walden Jr. & Larry Taylor (KY); T- Chad Brown

 

PRIORESS S. (G2), Saratoga, 6 Furlongs, 3YO Fillies

LI’L TOOTSIE, 3YO filly by Tapiture – Informative Style ($13,000, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent, Buyer- Michelle Redding; $105,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent, Buyer- Dr. Joel Politi) O- Joel Politi; B- Davant Latham (KY); T- Tom Amoss

CILLA, 3YO filly by California Chrome – Sittin At the Bar ($120,000 RNA, 2019 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) O- P. Dale Ladner; B- Brett Brinkman & P. Dale Ladner (LA); T- Charlton Baker

AMENDMENT NINETEEN, 3YO filly by Constitution – Littlebitabling ($20,000, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Bill Reightler, agent, Buyer- Three Diamonds Farm; $105,000 RNA, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bluewater Sales, agent) O- Juddmonte; B- Angie Gail Moore (MD); T- Brad Cox

 

DEL MAR DERBY PRESENTED BY CAESARS SPORTSBOOK (G2), Del Mar, 1 1/8 Miles (T), 3YOs

NO FOOLERY HERE, 3YO colt by Carpe Diem – Leo’s Pegasus ($40,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- SuperFine Farm) O- Sayjay Racing; B- Forging Oaks Farm (KY); T- Richard Baltas

OPTIMISTIC VALOR, 3YO gelding by Optimizer – Catlanta ($1,300, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Ballysax Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- Nestor Martinez) O- STD Racing, Logan Kenly, Andrew Miller or Rafter JR Ranch; B- Calumet Farm (KY); T- William Morey

CREW DRAGON, 3YO colt by Exaggerator – Go Go Dana ($110,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Threave Main Stud, agent, Buyer- Kinsman; $310,000, 2021 April Sale, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- D. M. I.) O- Hronis Racing; B- Lee McMillin & Eric Buckley (KY); T- John Sadler

 

JOHN C. MABEE S. (G2), Del Mar, 1 1/8 Miles (T), 3YOs & Up, F&M

MAXIM RATE, 5YO mare by Exchange Rate – Catch My Eye ($130,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- K. D. Bloodstock; $235,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- St George Sales, agent, Buyer- A. C. Elliott, agent) O- Slam Dunk Racing, Stable Currency & James Branham; B- Fred W. Hertrich III & John Fielding (KY); T- Simon Callaghan

QUIET SECRETARY, 4YO filly by Hard Spun – Game Fair ($180,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Cooper Family Trust) O- Clarke Cooper Family Trust, Rockie Cooper, Ian Kruljac, Rebekah Lawless & Henry Nunez; B- J. V. Shields Jr. (KY); T- Ian Kruljac

NASTY, 4YO filly by Street Sense – Valiant Passion ($230,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Elm Tree Farm, agent; Buyer- Solis/Litt) O- LNJ Foxwoods; B- Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings (KY); T- Richard Baltas

SHE’S OUR CHARM, 5YO mare by Candy Ride (ARG) – Charm the Maker ($600,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Winter Quarter Farm, agent; Buyer- Ron McAnally) O- Deborah McAnally; B- Ron & Deborah McAnally (KY); T- Ron McAnally

 

SARANAC S. (G2), Saratoga, 1 1/16 Miles (T), 3YOs

LIKE THE KING, 3YO colt by Palace Malice – Like a Queen ($28,000, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent; Buyer- The Acorn) O- M Racing Group; B- Horseshoe Racing (KY); T- Wesley Ward

NEVER SURPRISED, 3YO colt by Constitution – Tiz Dixie ($30,000, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Select Sales, agent, Buyer- Mike Schiano di Cola; $200,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent, Buyer- Repole Stable) O- Repole Stable; B- Golden Pedigree (KY);       T- Todd Pletcher

FOUNDER, 3YO colt by Upstart – Blue Beryl ($220,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lantern Hill Farm, agent; Buyer- Woodford Thoroughbreds) O- Jeff Drown & Don Rachel; B- Lantern Hill Farm (KY); T- Chad Brown

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

SPINAWAY S. (G1), Saratoga, 7 Furlongs, 2YO Fillies

TARABI, 2YO filly by First Samurai – Indian Bay ($240,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hinkle Farms; Buyer- Pilgrim Racing) O- LBD Stable, Manganaro Stable & David Ingordo; B- Hinkle Farms (KY); T- Cherie DeVaux

GIRL WITH A DREAM, 2YO filly by Practical Joke – Henley ($115,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Machmer Hall Sales, agent; Buyer- Green Spring Farm) O- Jim Bakke & Gerald Isbister; B- Machmer Hall & D+J Racing (KY); T- Brad Cox

ECHO ZULU, 2YO filly by Gun Runner – Letgomyecho ($300,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Betz Thoroughbreds, agent; Buyer- Winchell Thoroughbreds) O- L&N Racing and Winchell Thoroughbreds; B- Betz, Burns, CHNNHK, Magers, Coco Equine & Ramsby (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

BENBANG, 2YO filly by Shanghai Bobby – Indian Street ($4,000, 2019 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Threave Main Stud; Buyer- Cobbler Mountain Racing) O- Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners; B- Tim Thornton (KY); T- Jonathan Thomas

SAUCY LADY T, 2YO filly by Tonalist – Fila Primera ($5,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Radical Racing) O- James Chapman & Stuart Tsujimoto; B- R. S. Evans (KY); T- James Chapman

SEQUIST, 2YO filly by Nyquist – Secret Garden (PER) ($100,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Clearsky Farms, agent; Buyer- West Point Thoroughbreds & Dallas Stewart) O- West Point Thoroughbreds, Lori Gervais, Charles Pigg, Tom Andres, Dallas Stewart & Karen Kraft; B- Clearsky Farms (KY); T- Dallas Stewart

 

TVG DEL MAR DEBUTANTE S. (G1), Del Mar, 7 Furlongs, 2YO Fillies

EDA, 2YO filly by Munnings – Show Me ($240,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent; Buyer- Quarter Pole Enterprises) O- Baoma Corp.; B- Nathan McCauley (KY); T- Bob Baffert

DANCE TO THE MUSIC, 2YO filly by Maclean’s Music – Beautified ($40,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Walnut Stream Enterprises) O- Red Baron’s Barn & Rancho Temescal; B- George Kirkorian (KY); T- Mark Glatt

MYFAVORITEDAUGHTER, 2YO filly by Carpe Diem – Momma’s Favorite ($9,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Ballysax Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- Jose Andies Gaspar) O- Chris Britton; B- Forever Spring Farm (KY); T- Jeff Engler

ROCK THE BELLES, 2YO filly by Dominus – Teryns Song ($5,500, 2020 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- David Menard) O- KM Racing; B- Veloce (KY); T- Luis Mendez

BICAMERAL, 2YO filly by Constitution – Humble Song ($30,000, 2019 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent; Buyer- Daily Bloodstock) O- Calvin Nguyen; B- Constitution Syndicate & Charles Huber (KY); T- Richard Baltas