Kentucky Derby (G1) Presented by Woodford Reserve winnerMage headlines the Keeneland sales graduates entered today in the 148th running of the $1.65 million Preakness (G1) at Pimlico on Saturday.
Mage, a graduate of the 2021 September Yearling Sale, is the 8-5 morning-line favorite for the Preakness, to be run at 1 3/16 miles.
A total of 27 Preakness winners, including 12 of the past 16, are graduates of Keeneland sales. Recent winners are Early Voting (2022), the filly Swiss Skydiver (2020), War of Will (2019), undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify (2018), Cloud Computing (2017), Exaggerator (2016), Oxbow(2013), Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another (2012), Shackleford (2011), Lookin At Lucky(2010), Big Brown (2008) and Curlin (2007).
The Keeneland sales graduates entered in the Preakness are:
Blazing Sevens (Good Magic-Trophy Girl): Chestnut Valley Farm acquired the Champagne (G1) winner for $140,000 as a newly turned yearling during Book 1 of the 2021 January Horses of All Ages Sale. He was consigned by Denali Stud, agent. Chad Brown trains Blazing Sevens for Rodeo Creek Racing. The colt, who was bred by Tracy Farmer, will be ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr.
Chase the Chaos (Astern [AUS]-Live the Moment): Ballysax Bloodstock, agent, consigned the El Camino Real Derby (L) winner as a weanling to the 2020 November Breeding Stock Sale, where he sold to William and Sandy Dory for $10,000. Ed Moger Jr. trains Chase the Chaos for Bill Dory and Adam Ference. He will be ridden by Sheldon Russell.
Mage (Good Magic-Puca): Grandview Equine bred the Kentucky Derby winner, who was consigned by Runnymede Farm, agent, to the September Sale and sold to New Team for $235,000. Gustavo Delgado trains Mage for OGMA Investments, Ramiro Restrepo, Sterling Racing and CMNWLTH. He will be ridden by Javier Castellano.
Perform (Good Magic-Jane Says): Michael Orem and J.B. Lane Orem bred the Federico Tesio Stakes winner, who is owned by Woodford Racing, Lane’s End Farm, Phipps Stable, Ken Langone and Edward J. Hudson Jr. Consigned by Beau Lane Bloodstock, agent, to the September Sale, he sold to Quarter Pole Enterprises for $230,000. Shug McGaughey trains Perform, who will be ridden by Feargal Lynch.