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Keeneland Sales Graduates Headline Graded Stakes in U.S. and Dubai

March 25, 2022

Keeneland sales graduates, among them favored Life Is GoodEpicenter and champion Echo Zulu, are showcased as leading contenders in the $12 million Dubai World Cup (G1) and the TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) and Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2), the latter both key preps on the 2022 Roads to the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1). 

Life Is Good, winner of the Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) and Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), leads a strong American contingent in the Dubai World Cup that includes Grade 1 winner Country Grammer and Grade 3 winner Midnight Bourbon, second and third, respectively, in the recent Saudi Cup (G1). 

Other prominent Keeneland sales graduates entered at Meydan on Dubai World Cup Day are: 

  • Grade 1 winner Dr. Schivel, second by a nose in the Qatar Racing Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), and Wondrwherecraigis, winner of the Bold Ruler (G3) at Belmont and Fire Plug Stakes at Laurel in his last two races, go postward in the Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) Sponsored by Atlantis Dubai; 
  • Grade 1 winner Casa Creed, recently second in the stc 1351 Turf Sprint Cup (G3) in Saudi Arabia, and Man of Promise, winner of the Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint (G3), highlight the field for the Al Quoz (G1) Sponsored by Azizi Developments; and
  • Grade 1 winner Pinehurst and Grade 3-placed Gilded Age are entered in the UAE Derby (G2) Sponsored by Mubadala. 

In the U.S., Keeneland sales graduates comprise seven of the nine entrants in the Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds, headlined by Risen Star (G2) winner Epicenter, Lecomte (G3) winner Call Me Midnight and Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) winner Rattle N Roll.   

On the same card, champion Echo Zulu makes her first start since winning the NetJets Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) in the Fair Grounds Oaks. Among her competitors are Rachel Alexandra (G2) winner Turnerloose and Grade 1-placed Sequist

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 26

TWINSPIRES.COM LOUISIANA DERBY (G2), Fair Grounds, 1 3/16 Miles, 3YOs

SILENT POWER, 3YO colt by Strong Mandate – Rutledge Ballado ($30,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Scott Gelner, agent) O- Norman Stables; B- Three Chimneys Farm (KY); T- Scott Gelner

CALL ME MIDNIGHT, 3YO colt by Midnight Lute – Overseen ($25,000 RNA to Sale, 2019 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Hartwell Farm, Buyer- Milton Lopez; $37,000 RNA, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent) O- Peter Cantrell & Benjamin Gase; B- Hartwell Farm (KY); T- Keith Desormeaux

KUPUNA, 3YO colt by Hard Spun – Hanalei Hailey ($140,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Elm Tree Farm, agent; Buyer- W. Sanders & L. Hirsch) O- Wayne Sanders & Larry Hirsch; B- Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings & Greg Biagi (KY); T- Bred Calhoun

EPICENTER, 3YO colt by Not This Time – Silent Candy ($260,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bettersworth Westwind Farms; Buyer- Winchell Thoroughbreds) O- Winchell Thoroughbreds; B- Westwind Farms (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

PIONEER OF MEDINA, 3YO colt by Pioneerof the Nile – Lights of Medina ($485,000 RNA, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) O- Sumaya US Stable; B- International Equities Holding (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

GALT, 3YO colt by Medaglia d’Oro – Ivanavinalot ($400,000, 2019 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- OXO Equine) O- OXO Equine; B- Capital Bloodstock (KY); T- Bill Mott 

RATTLE N ROLL, 3YO colt by Connect – Jazz Tune ($55,000, 2019 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Select Sales, agent, Buyer- Rexy Bloodstock; $210,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent, Buyer- Kenny McPeek, agent) O- Lucky Seven Stable; B- St. Simon Place (KY); T- Kenny McPeek

 

NEW ORLEANS CLASSIC S. (G2), Fair Grounds, 1 1/8 Miles, 4YOs & Up

PROMISE KEEPER, 4YO colt by Constitution – Mira Alta ($160,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent; Buyer- Woodford Thoroughbreds) O- Woodford Thoroughbreds & WinStar Farm; B- Rock Ridge Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

OLYMPIAD, 4YO colt by Speightstown – Tokyo Time ($700,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Solis/Litt) O- Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stable & LNJ Foxwoods; B- Emory Hamilton (KY); T- Bill Mott

SUPER STOCK, 4YO colt by Dialed In – Super Girlie ($70,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Keith Asmussen & Erv Woolsey) O- Erv Woolsey & Keith Asmussen; B- Pedro Gonzalez & P. J. Gonzalez (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

HAPPY AMERICAN, 4YO colt by Runhappy – Queen of America ($385,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Claiborne Farm, agent; Buyer- Lothenbach Stables) O- Lothenbach Stables; B- Claiborne Farm (KY); T- Neil Pessin

 

TWINSPIRES.COM FAIR GROUNDS OAKS (G2), Fair Grounds, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YO Fillies

ECHO ZULU, 3YO 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

TURNERLOOSE, 3YO filly Nyquist – Goaltending ($32,000 RNA, 2019 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- James Keogh, agent; $50,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent, Buyer- Ike & Dawn Thrash) O- Ike & Dawn Thrash; B- William Humphries; T- Brad Cox

BERNABREEZY, 3YO filly by Bernardini – Super Allison ($25,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Machmer Hall Sales, agent; Buyer- Gulfstream Gallops/Kirkwood, agent) O- Nelson McMakin & Aaron Kennedy; B- Machmer Hall, Tamme Valley Farm & Godolphin (KY); T- Matt Shirer

SEQUIST, 3YO 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

 

MUNIZ MEMORIAL CLASSIC (G2) PRESENTED BY HORSE RACING NATION, Fair Grounds, 1 1/8 Miles (T), 4YOs & Up

TWO EMMYS, 6YO gelding by English Channel – Miss Emmy ($4,500, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent; Buyer- Hugh Robertson & Wolfe Racing) O- Hugh Robertson & Wolfe Racing; B- Tottenwood Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Hugh Robertson

 

SANTA ANA S. (G2), Santa Anita, 1¼ Miles (T), 4YOs & Up, F&M

QUIET SECRETARY, 5YO mare by Hard Spun – Game Fair ($180,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Cooper Family Trust) O- Clarke Cooper Family Trust, ISK Racing, Rockie Cooper, Rebekah Lawless & Henry Nunez; B- J. V. Shields Jr. (KY); T- Ian Kruljac

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 27

SUNLAND PARK DERBY (G3), Sunland, 1 1/8 Miles, 3YOs

CLASSIC MOMENT, 3YO colt by Classic Empire – Victory Party ($285,000, 2019 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent, Buyer- Empire Bloodstock; $350,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent, Buyer- Winchell Thoroughbreds) O- L&N Racing & Winchell Thoroughbreds; B- Team Valor (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

BYE BYE BOBBY, 3YO colt by Quality Road – Revel in the Win ($870,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Summerfield, agent; Buyer- B4 Farms) O- B4 Farms; B- Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings (KY); T- Todd Fincher

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SATURDAY, MARCH 26

DUBAI WORLD CUP (G1), Meydan, 2000M, 3YOs & Up

COUNTRY GRAMMER, 5YO horse by Tonalist – Arabian Song ($60,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Garrencasey Sales, agent, Buyer- Brooke Hubbard, agent; $110,000, 2021 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- WinStar Farm) O- Zedan Racing, WinStar Farm & Commonwealth Thoroughbreds; B- Scott & Debbie Pierce (KY); T- Bob Baffert

LIFE IS GOOD, 4YO colt by Into Mischief – Beach Walk ($525,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent; Buyer- China Horse Club and Maverick Racing) O- CHC & WinStar Farm; B- Gary & Mary West (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

MIDNIGHT BOURBON, 4YO colt by Tiznow – Catch the Moon ($525,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent; Buyer- Winchell Thoroughbreds) O- Winchell Thoroughbreds; B- Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

 

DUBAI GOLDEN SHAHEEN (G1) SPONSORED BY ATLANTIS DUBAI, Meydan, 1200M (T), 3YO & Up

DR. SCHIVEL, 4YO colt by Violence – Lil Nugget ($37,000 RNA, 2019 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Hidden Brook, agent) O- Red Baron’s Barn, Rancho Temescal, William Branch & Reeves Thoroughbred Racing; B- William Branch & Arnold Hill (KY); T- Mark Glatt

EVERFAST, 6YO gelding by Take Charge Indy – Awesome Surprise ($47,000, 2017 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Frankfort Park Farm, agent; Buyer- Calumet Farm) O- Kildare Stud; B- Extern Developments (KY); T- Doug Watson

MOBAADEL, 4YO gelding by Speightstown – Maggy’s Melody ($375,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Elm Tree Farm, agent; Buyer- Shadwell Estate Company Ltd.) O- Al Mohamediya Racing; B- Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings (KY); T- Hesham Al Haddad

STRONGCONSTITUTION, 5YO gelding by Constitution – Earlybird Road ($57,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Stonehaven Steadings; B- Grassroots Training & Sales) O- Roadrunner Racing & Sanjay Racing; B- Stonehaven Steadings (KY); T- Doug O’Neill

SWITZERLAND, 8YO gelding by Speightstown – Czechers ($170,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent, Buyer- Fairwinter Farm; $175,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent, Buyer- McKathan Bros.) O- RRR Racing; B- Branch Family Trust (KY); T- Bhupat Seemar

WONDRWHERECRAIGIS, 5YO 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

 

AL QUOZ SPRINT (G1) SPONSORED BY AZIZI DEVELOPMENTS, Meydan, 1200M (T), 3YOs & Up

CASA CREED, 6YO horse by Jimmy Creed – Achalaya ($105,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Kelli Mitchell, agent; Buyer- Kenny McPeek, agent) O- LRE Racing & JEH Racing Stable; B- Silver Springs Stud (KY); T- Bill Mott

MAN OF PROMISE, 5YO gelding by Into Mischief – Involved ($170,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Betz Thoroughbreds, agent; Buyer- Godolphin) O- Godolphin; B- Betz, Magers, CoCo Equine, Kidder, Lamantia & Davidson (KY); T- Charlie Appleby

 

UAE DERBY (G2) SPONSORED BY MUBADALA, Meydan, 1900M, 3YOs

AZURE COAST, 3YO colt by Street Sense – Divine Rule ($65,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Kazakov) O- Vladimir Kazakov; B- Emory Hamilton (KY); T- P. Vashchenko

GILDED AGE, 3YO colt by Medaglia d’Oro – Angela Renee ($600,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Grandview) O- Grandview Equine & Don Alberto Stable; B- Don Alberto Corp. (KY); T- Bill Mott

PINEHURST, 3YO colt by Twirling Candy – Giant Win ($180,000, 2019 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- P&B Stables; $385,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woods Edge Farm, agent, Buyer- SF/Starlight/Madaket) O- SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Robert Masterson, Stonestreet Stables, Jay Schoenfarber, Waves Edge Capital, Catherine Donovan, Golconda Stable & Siena Farm; B- Fred W. Hertrich III & John Fielding (KY); T- Bob Baffert

SUMMER IS TOMORROW, 3YO colt by Summer Front – Always Tomorrow ($25,000, 2019 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent, Buyer- Magna Carta; $14,000 RNA, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Runnymede Farm, agent) O- Michael Hilary Burke & Negar Burke; B- Brereton C. Jones (KY); T- Bhupat Seemar

ARABIAN GAZELLES, 3YO filly by Mastery – Adventure ($110,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Claiborne Farm, agent; Buyer- Featherbed Bloodstock) O- Mrs. Fitriani Hay; B- AR Enterprises (KY); T- Bhupat Seemar

 

GODOLPHIN MILE (G2) SPONSORED BY NAKHEEL, Meydan, 1600M, 3YOs & Up

FULL FLAT, 5YO horse by Speightstown – Golden Flair ($250,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Sierra Farm; Buyer- Hideyuki Mori) O- Tsuyoshi Ono; B- Sierra Farm (KY); T- Hideyuki Mori

MUBAKKER, 6YO gelding by Speightstown – Ready to Act ($500,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Shadwell Estate Company Ltd.) O- Shadwell; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Doug Watson

SNAPPER SINCLAIR, 7YO horse by City Zip – True Addiction ($30,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Cool Hill Farm) O- Bloom Racing Stable; B- K & G Stables (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

TUZ, 5YO gelding by Oxbow – Suede Shoe ($7,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Mill Ridge Sales, agent; Buyer- Oracle Bloodstock, agent) O- Dakki Stable; B- Calumet Farm (KY); T- Bhupat Seemar