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Keeneland Sales Graduates Seek Breeders’ Cup Berths in Saturday’s Stephen Foster, Fleur de Lis

June 15, 2018

Keeneland sales graduates compete for automatic berths in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, to be held Nov. 2-3 at Churchill Downs, via wins in the Stephen Foster (G1) and Fleur de Lis (G2) contested at the Louisville track on Saturday.

Keeneland sales are represented by six of the nine entries in the Stephen Foster, a Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), led by highweight and morning-line favorite Backyard Heaven, a winner of three consecutive races including the Alysheba (G2) on Kentucky Oaks (G1) Day at Churchill. Other Keeneland-sold entries are multiple graded stakes winner Honorable Duty, second in the 2017 Stephen Foster; recent Hanshin Cup (G3) winner MatroohUncle Mojo, a 12¾-length winner on the Preakness (G1) Day undercard at Pimlico; millionaire Lookin At Lee and Grade 3 winner Pavel.  

Mopotism, winner of the 2018 La Canada (G2), and Awestruck, an allowance winner at Keeneland and Churchill in her last two starts, highlight the field for the Fleur de Lis, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1).

Also on Saturday, multiple Grade 1 winner Divisidero, second in his 2018 debut in the Monmouth (G2) on May 26, goes postward in the Wise Dan (G2) at Churchill. Divisidero has won each of his three starts at Churchill, including the 2016-2017 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) and 2015 American Turf (G2). At Santa Anita, Grade 2 winner Chocolate Martini carries high weight of 124 pounds in the Summertime Oaks (G2).


STEPHEN FOSTER H. (G1), Churchill Downs, 1 1/8 Miles, 3YOs & Up

HONORABLE DUTY, 6YO gelding by Distorted Humor – Mesmeric ($130,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Mill Ridge Sales, agent; Buyer- David A. Ross) O- DARRS, Inc; B- Juddmonte Farms (KY); T- Brendan Walsh

UNCLE MOJO, 4YO colt by Uncle Mo – Elusive Horizon ($45,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Greenfield Farm, agent; Buyer- Bromagen, agent) O- JSM Equine; B- Northwest Farms (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

MATROOH, 8YO gelding by Distorted Humor – Rockcide ($550,000, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent; Buyer- Shadwell Estate Company Ltd.) O- Crystal Racing & Contreras Stable; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Cipriano Contreras

BACKYARD HEAVEN, 4YO colt by Tizway – Cappagh Strand ($160,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- Ken & Sarah Ramsey) O- Ken & Sarah Ramsey; B- Waymore (KY); T- Chad Brown

LOOKIN AT LEE, 4YO colt by Lookin At Lucky – Langara Lass ($70,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Penn Sales, agent; Buyer- L&N Racing) O- L&N Racing; B- Ray Hanson (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

PAVEL, 4YO colt by Creative Cause – Mons Venus ($90,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent, Buyer- McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, agent; $80,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hidden Brook, agent) O- Reddam Racing; B- Brereton C. Jones & WinStar Farm (KY); T- Doug O’Neill

WISE DAN S. (G2), Churchill Downs, 1 1/16 Miles (T), 3YOs & Up

DIVISIDERO, 6YO horse by Kitten’s Joy – Madame Du Lac ($250,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hinkle Farms; Buyer- Margaux Farm, agent) O- Gunpowder Farms; B- Hinkle Farms (KY); T- Kelly Rubley

MR CUB, 4YO gelding by Artie Schiller – Fine Line ($40,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Turf Stable) O- Turf Stable; B- G. Watts Humphrey Jr. (KY); T- Ian Wilkes

FLATLINED, 6YO gelding by Flatter – Buttercup’s Song ($65,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent; Buyer- Prairie Lane Farms) O- Brian Hytrek, Rodney Paden & Ryan Kuhn; B- B&B Thoroughbreds Inc & Marty Hughes (KY); T- Charles Dickey

PARLOR, 4YO colt by Lonhro (AUS) – My McIntosh ($60,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- KatieRich Farms; Buyer- Brad Anderson) O- Anderson Stables; B- KatieRich Farms (KY); T- Eddie Kenneally

FLEUR DE LIS H. (G2), Churchill Downs, 1 1/8 Miles, 3YOs & Up, F&M

MOPOTISM, 4YO filly by Uncle Mo – Peppy Rafaela ($135,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Blandford Stud, agent; Buyer- McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, agent) O- Reddam Racing; B- Frank Batten (KY); T- Doug O’Neill

AWESTRUCK, 4YO filly by Tapit – Tizfiz ($525,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Baccari Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- G. Watts Humphrey Jr.) O- G. Watts Humphrey Jr.; B- Chester & Anne Prince (KY); T- George R. Arnold II

SUMMERTIME OAKS (G2), Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YO Fillies

FOOL’S PARADISE, 3YO filly by Pioneerof the Nile – Useewhatimsaying ($75,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Darby Dan Farm, agent; Buyer- Hartley/De Renzo) O- Reddam Racing; B- Calumet Farm (KY); T- Ben Cecil

ZUSHA, 3YO filly by Congrats – Icy Tea ($42,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Clearsky Farms, agent) O- Rafael Steinbruch; B- Clearsky Farms (KY); T- Gary Mandella

CHOCOLATE MARTINI, 3YO filly by Broken Vow – Nicksappealinglady ($65,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Buckland Sales, agent; Buyer- Carl Moore Management) O- Double Doors Racing; B- Savino Capilupi (KY); T- Tom Amoss

OLLIE’S CANDY, 3YO filly by Candy Ride (ARG) – Afternoon Stroll ($45,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent) O/B- Paul Eggert & Karen Eggert; T- William Morey 

MATT WINN S. (G3), Churchill Downs, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YOs

HOME BASE, 3YO colt by Street Sense – Cast Call ($190,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Cara Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- Ben Glass, agent) O- Patricia’s Hope; B- Christine Katherine Hayden (ON); T- Michael Tomlinson

FUNNY DUCK, 3YO colt by Distorted Humor – Slow Down ($120,000 RNA, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; $65,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- James B. Keogh, agent) O- Calumet Farm; B- SF Bloodstock (KY); T- George R. Arnold II

KING ZACHARY, 3YO colt by Curlin – On My Way ($550,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- Tom Conway) O- Thomas Conway; B- Waymore (KY); T- Dale Romans

COMBATANT, 3YO colt by Scat Daddy – Border Dispute ($320,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Blandford Stud, agent; Buyer- Winchell Thoroughbreds) O- Winchell Thoroughbreds & Willis Horton Racing; B- Paget Bloodstock (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

TIZ MISCHIEF, 3YO colt by Into Mischief – Indivia ($55,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Cross Keys Sales, agent; Buyer- Dale Romans, agent) O- Frank Jones Jr.; B- T/C Stable (KY); T- Dale Romans

REGRET S. (G3), Churchill Downs, 1 1/8 Miles (T), 3YO Fillies

LEMON PRINCESS, 3YO filly by Lemon Drop Kid – Princess Taylor (GB) ($52,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) O- Scott Farmer; B- Hillcroft Farm (KY); T- Joan Scott

ROMANTIC MOMENT, 3YO filly by Flatter – Kiss the Devil ($425,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hermitage Farm, agent; Buyer- Niall Brennan, agent) O- Stuart S. Janney III; B- CFP Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Shug McGaughey

GO NONI GO, 3YO filly by Get Stormy – Lady Larkspur ($1,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent; Buyer- A. P. Racing) O- Three Diamonds Farm; B- David Hager II (KY); T- Michael Maker


POKER S. (G3), Belmont, 1 Mile (T), 4YOs & Up

VULCAN’S FORGE, 5YO horse by Giant’s Causeway – Possibly a Ten ($190,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent; Buyer- Hell Pony) O- William & Corinne Heiligbrodt and Team Valor International; B- Gabriel Duignan, Crosshaven Bloodstock, Petaluma Bloodstock & Ashleigh Stud (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

BALLAGH ROCKS, 5YO horse by Stormy Atlantic – Bells Are Ringing ($70,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- VanMeter Sales, agent; Buyer- Donegal Racing) O- Donegal Racing & Madaket Stables; B- Turner Breeders (KY); T- Bill Mott

MADE YOU LOOK, 4YO colt by More Than Ready – Night and Day ($360,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent; Buyer- Let’s Go Stable & Three Chimneys) O- Three Chimneys Farm; B- Robert & Beverly Lewis Trust (KY); T- Chad Brown 

TRILLIUM S. (G3), Woodbine, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YOs & Up, F&M

SISTER NATION, 4YO filly by Into Mischief – Evita’s Sister ($85,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Romans Racing & Sales, agent; Buyer- Ben McElroy Equine, agent) O- Mark Dodson; B- Marvin Little Jr. & William Lynn (KY); T- Michael De Paulo

SILHOUETTE, 4YO filly by Smart Strike – Serenading ($250,000 RNA, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent) O- Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings & Glenn Sikura; B- Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings & N. E. T. P. ((KY); T- Josie Carroll

MALIBU BONNIE, 4YO filly by Malibu Moon – Old Time Chicago ($320,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Springhouse Farm) O- Stonestreet Stables; B- Judy Hicks, Kathryn Nikkel & Pegasus Stud (KY); T- Mark Casse