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Keeneland Sales Graduates Dominate Pocahontas, Iroquois at Churchill Downs on Saturday

September 18, 2021

Keeneland sales graduates headline the fields for the Pocahontas (G3) and Iroquois (G3) at Churchill Downs on Saturday. Both stakes are Breeders’ Cup Challenge events and the first races on the Roads to the 2022 Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Kentucky Derby (G1) Presented by Woodford Reserve, respectively.

Keeneland sales alumni comprise nine of the 11 entries, led by stakes-placed Ontheonesandtwos and by Hidden Connection, an impressive debut winner at Colonial Downs, in the Pocahontas, a “Win & You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). In the Iroquois, a Challenge race for the TVG Juvenile (G1) Presented by TAA, maiden winners Stellar Tap and Guntown, both from the barn of leading trainer Steve Asmussen, highlight the six Keeneland sales graduates.

All seven fillies and mares going postward in the Locust Grove (G3), also at Churchill, are Keeneland sales graduates. The field is topped by 2020 Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner and multi-millionaire Shedaresthedevil, winner this year of the La Troienne (G1) Presented by TwinSpires and Clement L. Hirsch (G1).

Keeneland-sold stablemates Olympic Runner, winner of the King Edward (G2) in August, and multiple graded stakes winner Ride a Cometseek a berth in the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) Presented by PDJF with a victory in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1) at Woodbine on Saturday.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

RICOH WOODBINE MILE S. (G1), Woodbine, 1 Mile (T), 3YOs & Up

OLYMPIC RUNNER, 5YO gelding by Gio Ponti – Nadadora ($27,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- Equest Thoroughbreds; $180,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Equest Thoroughbreds, Buyer- Justin Casse) O- Gary Barber; B- Eutophia Farm (KY); T- Mark Casse

RIDE A COMET, 6YO horse by Candy Ride (ARG) – Appealing Zophie ($45,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent) O- John Oxley & My Meadowview Farm; B- My Meadowview (KY); T- Mark Casse

CHANGE OF CONTROL, 5YO mare by Fed Biz – America’s Blossom ($27,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent; Buyer- Maharg Management) O- Perry Harrison; B- Mr. John O’Meara (KY); T- Michelle Lovell

PATTISON CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL S. (G1), Woodbine, 1½ Miles (T), 3YOs & Up

PRIMO TOUCH, 6YO gelding by Midas Touch (GB) – Mary’s Derby Rose ($2,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Greenfield Farm, agent; Buyer- Dino Bates) O- Kirk Sutherland; B- JEOG Racing (KY); T- Harold Ladouceur

BELICHICK, 4YO colt by Lemon Drop Kid – Game (FR) ($300,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Keith Lancaster, agent; Buyer- Solis/Litt) O- NK Racing & LNJ Foxwoods; B- Sean Fitzhenry (ON); T- Josie Carroll

CANADIAN S. PRESENTED BY THE JAPAN RACING ASSOCIATION (G2), Woodbine, 1 1/8 Miles (T), 3YOs & Up, F&M

BARKIN, 4YO filly by Animal Kingdom – St. Malo’s Gate ($27,000 RNA, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent) O/B- Willow Pond (NY); T- Catherine Day Phillips

MERVEILLEUX, 4YO filly by Paynter – Breech Inlet ($45,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Cara Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- Jeffrey Bloom, agent) O- Al & Bill Ulwelling; B- Mike Carroll (ON); T- Kevin Attard

LOCUST GROVE S. (G3), Churchill Downs, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YOs & Up, F&M

CRYSTAL BALL, 4YO filly by Malibu Moon – Deja Vu ($335,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bridie Harrison, agent; Buyer- Spartan Bloodstock) O- WinStar Stablemates Racing; B- Peter Blum Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Rodolphe Brisset

HIGH REGARD, 5YO mare by Will Take Charge – Highest Class ($115,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Select Sales, agent, Buyer- Three Chimneys Farm; $160,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent, Buyer- G. Watts Humphrey Jr.) O- G. Watts Humphrey Jr.; B- Coteau Grove Farm (KY); T- Vicki Oliver

LADY KATE, 5YO mare by Bernardini – Princess Haya ($485,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Stone Farm, agent; Buyer- Anderson Stables) O- Anderson Stables; B- Eileen Hartis & Godolphin (KY); T- Eddie Kenneally

MATERA, 4YO filly by Tapit – Miss Macy Sue ($1.4 million, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Don Alberto Corp.) O- Don Alberto Stable; B- Albaugh Family (KY); T- Brad Cox

ENVOUTANTE, 4YO filly by Uncle Mo – Enchante ($250,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Baccari Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- Kenny McPeek) O- Walking L Thoroughbreds & Three Chimneys Farm; B- Jumping Jack Racing (KY); T- Kenny McPeek

OUR SUPER FREAK, 5YO mare by Mineshaft – Thatcher ($210,000, 2019 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- ELiTE, agent; Buyer- LBD Stable) O- LBD Stable & David Ingordo; B- Gary & Mary West (KY); T- Cherie DeVaux

SHEDARESTHEDEVIL, 4YO filly by Daredevil – Starship Warpspeed ($100,000, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- Big Cuse Bloodstock; $20,000 RNA, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent; $280,000, 2019 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Hunter Valley Farm, agent, Buyer- Flurry Racing Stables) O- Flurry Racing Stables, Qatar Racing & Autry Lowry Jr.; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Brad Cox

POCAHONTAS S. (G3), Churchill Downs, 1 1/16 Miles, 2YO Fillies

CODE FOR SUCCESS, 2YO filly by Honor Code – Sweet Success ($90,000 RNA, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent) O/B- William S. Farish & G. Watts Humphrey Jr.; T- Vicky Oliver

MAMA RINA, 2YO filly by Gormley – Honky Tonk Rose ($31,000, 2020 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Amende Place, agent, Buyer- Machmer Hall, agent; $65,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Machmer Hall Sales, agent, Buyer- Kenny McPeek, agent) O- Harold Lerner, AWC Stables, Scott Akman, Nehoc Stables, Paul Braverman & Magdalena Racing; B- Lee McMillin, Randy Faulkner & Joe Travelsted (KY); T- Kenny McPeek

ONTHEONESANDTWOS, 2YO filly by Jimmy Creed – Cue the Moon ($37,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Mulholland Springs, agent; Buyer- Deuce Greathouse, agent) O- Deuce Greathouse, Cindy Hutson, Madaket Stables & Thomas Romano; B- Spendthrift Farm (KY); T- Norm Casse

MAXINE MACHINE, 2YO filly by Pioneerof the Nile – Emma’s Encore ($190,000, 2019 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- Bradley Thoroughbreds, agent; $245,000 RNA, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent) O- Ike & Dawn Thrash; B- Narola (KY); T- Brad Cox

KNEESNHIPS, 2YO filly by Connect – Miss Holiday Inn ($30,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lantern Hill Farm, agent; Buyer- Joel Politi) O- Joel Politi; B- Lantern Hill Farm (KY); T- Tom Amoss

MISS CHAMITA, 2YO filly by Keen Ice – Princess Susan M ($3,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Nicky Drion Thoroughbreds, agent; Buyer- Hablan Los Caaballos) O- Five Dreamers Corp & Hablan Los Caballos; B- Susan Young (KY); T- Michel Douaihy

HIDDEN CONNECTION, 2YO filly by Connect – C J’s Gal ($49,000 RNA, 2019 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; $40,000 RNA to Sale, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Machmer Hall Sales, agent, Buyer- Mike Pender) O- Hidden Brook Farm & Black Type Thoroughbreds; B- St. Simon Place (KY); T- Bret Calhoun

LEMIEUX, 2YO filly by Nyquist – Polish a Diamond ($100,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent; Buyer- D. J. Stable) O- D J Stable; B- Westbury Stables (FL); T- Mark Casse

JOYRUNNER, 2YO filly by Gun Runner – Joy ($145,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Dark Hollow Farm, agent; Buyer- Jim McIngvale) O- James McIngvale; B- Dark Hollow Farm (MD); T- Laura Wohlers

IROQUOIS S. (G3), Churchill Downs, 1 1/16 Miles, 2YOs

ROGER MCQUEEN, 2YO colt by Unified – Promise Me a Cat ($77,000, 2019 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- St George Sales, agent, Buyer- Artic Bloodstock; $190,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Michael O’Quinn, agent, Buyer- Redwings) O- Carolyn Wilson; B- Gatewood Bell (KY); T- Larry Rivelli

STELLAR TAP, 2YO colt by Tapit – Gioia Stella ($385,000 RNA, 2019 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Blandford Stud, agent; $250,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Blandford Stud, agent, Buyer- Winchell Thoroughbreds) O- L&N Racing & Winchell Thoroughbreds; B- Moyglare Stud (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

RED KNOBS, 2YO colt by Union Rags – Hokey Okey ($75,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Dale Romans, agent) O- Jim Bakke & Gerald Isbister; B- Caldara Farm & Flaxman Holdings (KY); T- Dale Romans

MAJOR GENERAL, 2YO colt by Constitution – No Mo Lemons ($265,000, 2020 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent; Buyer- Northface Bloodstock; $420,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woods Edge Farm, agent, Buyer- Maverick Racing) O- WinStar Farm & Siena Farm; B- Circular Road Breeders (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

GUNTOWN, 2YO colt by Gun Runner – Fun House ($750,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- L&N Racing) O/B- Winchell Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Steve Asmussen 

BOURBON HEIST, 2YO colt by Practical Joke – Elusive One ($100,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Elm Tree Farm, agent; Buyer- McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, agent) O- Bourbon Lane Stable; B- Mueller Stable (KY); T- Ian Wilkes

FRANK J. DE FRANCIS MEMORIAL DASH S. (G3), Laurel, 6 Furlongs, 3YOs & Up

WAR TOCSIN, 5YO gelding by Violence – Being Anna ($14,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hidden Brook, agent) O- Trin-Brook Stables; B- Hare Forest Farm (KY); T- Uriah St. Lewis

WONDRWHERECRAIGIS, 4YO gelding by Munnings – Social Assassin ($67,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Timber Stables) O- Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group, Madaket Stables & Bethlehem Stables; B- Fleur de Lis Stables (KY); T- Brittany Russell

JOCKEY CLUB DERBY INVITATIONAL, Belmont, 1½ Miles (T), 3YOs

TANGO TANGO TANGO, 3YO colt by Tourist – First Consul ($35,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Castle Park Farm, agent; Buyer- Calumet Farm) O- Calumet Farm; B- Frederick Wieting (KY); T- Jack Sisterson

SLICKED BACK, 3YO gelding by Quality Road – Exuberante (GB) ($275,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Harbut Bloodstock) O- Jerry Marks Stable; B- Bonne Chance Farm (KY); T- Brad Cox

JOCKEY CLUB OAKS INVITATIONAL, Belmont, 1 1/8 Miles (T), 3YO Fillies

BABY BLYTHE, 3YO filly by American Pharoah – Susie’s Baby ($325,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Courtlandt Farm) O- Courtlandt Farms; B- Diamond Creek Farm (KY); T- Shug McGaughey

MADONE, 3YO filly by Vancouver (AUS) – Indian Love Call ($70,000, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Shawhan Place, agent, Buyer- Nicoma Bloodstock, agent; $50,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Mill Ridge Sales, agent, Buyer- S. R. Schwartz, agent) O- Kaleem Shah; B- Glendalough (KY); T- Simon Callaghan

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

NATALMA S. (G1), Woodbine, 1 Mile (T), 2YO Fillies

GUILEFUL, 2YO filly by Cairo Prince – Shot Gun Pennie ($27,000 RNA, 2019 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Kingswood Farm, agent; $42,000 RNA, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Kingswood Farm, agent) O/B- William Thompson (KY); T- Nathan Squires

SUMMER S. (G1), Woodbine, 1 Mile (T), 2YOs

DRIPPING GOLD, 2YO colt by Lemon Drop Kid – Aurelia ($80,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Woodford Thoroughbreds) O- West Point Thoroughbreds, John Ballytyne & Titletown Racing Stables; B- Alexander-Groves Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Shug McGaughey

LUCKMAN, 2YO colt by Empire Maker – Sea Level Drive ($40,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Trackside Farm, agent; Buyer- Barry Berkelhammer, agent) O- D J Stable; B- Tenlane Farm (KY); T- Mark Casse

HEAT MERCHANT, 2YO gelding by Kobe’s Back – Red Velvet ($4,500, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent; Buyer- Mary Ellen Biamonte) O- Mary Biamonte; B- CRK Stable (KY); T- Ralph Biamonte