Keeneland sales graduates turned in impressive performances to win seven graded stakes on high-profile cards at Gulfstream and Santa Anita this weekend. Keeneland-sold champion sprinter Roy H cruised to a 3½-length win at Santa Anita in Saturday’s Palos Verdes (G2), a prep toward the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) at Meydan on March 31.
Undefeated multiple graded stakes winner Dream Tree and Take Charge Paula, both sold as weanlings at Keeneland’s 2015 November Breeding Stock Sale, earned 10 points each to rank among the top fillies on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) with easy wins in the Las Virgenes (G2) at Santa Anita and Forward Gal (G3) at Gulfstream, respectively.
Lombo, also a graduate of the 2015 November Sale, was a gate-to-wire winner of the Robert B. Lewis (G3) at Santa Anita to put the colt on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) leaderboard. At Gulfstream, September Yearling Sale alumnus Strike Power won the Swale (G3) in only his second start following an 8-length maiden victory.
KEENELAND SALES GRADUATES
Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduates finished 1-2 in the San Pasqual S. (G2) on 2/3 at Santa Anita:
1- ACCELERATE, 5YO horse by Lookin At Lucky – Issues ($380,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bluewater Sales, agent; Buyer- L. E. B.) (career 16-5-4-5, $907,480) O- Hronis Racing; B- Mike Abraham (KY); T- John Sadler
2- Prime Attraction, 5YO horse by Unbridled’s Song – Strawberry Sense ($335,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Stone Farm, agent; Buyer- D P Racing) O- D P Racing; B- Payson Stud (KY); T- James Cassidy
DREAM TREE, 3YO filly by Uncle Mo – Afleet Maggi ($80,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Mike or Pat Freeny; Buyer- Michelle Redding, agent) Won Las Virgenes S. (G2) on 2/4 at Santa Anita (career 4-4-0-0, $390,000) O- Phoenix Thoroughbred; B- Mike & Pat Freeny (KY); T- Bob Baffert
ROY H, 6YO gelding by More Than Ready – Elusive Diva ($115,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Claiborne Farm, agent, Buyer- Ciaran Dunne; $310,000, 2014 April 2YO in Training, Consignor- Wavertree Stables, agent, Buyer- Rockingham Ranch) Won Palos Verdes S. (G2) on 2/3 at Santa Anita (career 18-7-4-1, $1,479,765) O- Rockingham Ranch & David Bernsen; B- Ramona Bass (KY); T- Peter Miller
Keeneland September Sale alumni ran 1-2-3 in the Swale S. (G3) on 2/3 at Gulfstream:
1- STRIKE POWER, 3YO colt by Speightstown – Gold d’Oro ($300,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent) (career 2-2-0-0, $147,960) O/B- Courtlandt Farm (KY); T- Mark Hennig
2- Gotta Go, 3YO colt by Shanghai Bobby – Disturbingly Hot ($250,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- Lothenbach Stables) O- Lothenbach Stables; B- Machmer Hall (KY); T- Ian Wilkes
3- Diamond King, 3YO colt by Quality Road – Akron Moon ($55,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent; Buyer- Waves Bloodstock) O- D. J. Stable, Cash is King & LC Racing; B- JSM Equine (KY); T- John Servis
Keeneland sales alumni ran 1-2-3 in the Forward Gal S. (G3) on 2/3 at Gulfstream:
1- TAKE CHARGE PAULA, 3YO filly by Take Charge Indy – Perfect Paula ($40,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- E. J. Sipus Jr.; $47,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- E. J. Sipus Jr.) (career 7-5-1-0, $308,520) O- Peter Deutsch; B- Extern Developments (KY); T- Kiaran McLaughlin
2- Sultry, 3YO filly by Malibu Moon – Viva Carina (ARG) ($400,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Barry Berkelhammer, agent) O- Joseph Sutton; B- Three Chimneys Farm (KY); T- Eddie Kenneally
3- My Miss Lilly, 3YO filly by Tapit – Wicked Deed ($670,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Courtlandt Farm) O- Courtlandt Farms; B- Winchell Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Mark Hennig
Keeneland sales graduates finished 1-2 in the Robert B. Lewis S. (G3) on 2/3 at Santa Anita:
1- LOMBO, 3YO colt by Graydar – Burg Berg ($110,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Springdell Farm) (career 4-2-0-1, $129,225) O- Michael Lombardi; B- Twin Creeks Farm (KY); T- Michael Pender
2- Ayacara (GB), 3YO colt by Violence – Pacifica Highway ($85,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent; Buyer- Eric Brehm) O- Charles & Cynthia Marquis; B- Overbury Stallions (GB); T- Keith Desormeaux
SPEED FRANCO, 3YO colt by Declaration of War – Nabat Seif ($170,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- GDS Racing Stable) Won Dania Beach S. (G3) on 2/3 at Gulfstream (career 4-2-1-0, $112,830) O- Grupo 7C Racing Stable; B- Ice Wine Stables (KY); T- Gustavo Delgado
WILBO, 6YO gelding by Candy Ride (ARG) – Kokadrie ($45,000 RNA, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent) Won $125,000 King Cotton S. on 2/3 at Oaklawn (career 24-9-3-6, $470,681) O- Chris Wilkins; B- Woodford Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Chris Hartman