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Keeneland September Sale Alumni Catholic Boy, Roaring Lion Capture G1 Wins at Home and Abroad

July 9, 2018

Catholic Boy and Roaring Lion, both alumni of Keeneland’s 2016 September Yearling Sale, won on the world’s biggest stages on Saturday. Catholic Boy won the $1.2 million Belmont Derby Invitational (G1) by a head over favoredAnalyze It, also a 2016 September Sale graduate, following a thrilling stretch duel. Roaring Lion closed in the final yards to take the Coral-Eclipse (G1) at Sandown in England by a neck.

In other racing, Diversify cruised to a front-running, 6½-length victory in the Suburban (G2) at Belmont, and Marley’s Freedom was much the best in the Great Lady M (G2) at Los Alamitos.

Matera Sky, a graduate of the 2014 November Breeding Stock and 2015 September Sale, established a track record in winning Japan’s Procyon (G3) on Sunday.



Keeneland sales graduates finished 1-2 in the Belmont Derby Invitational S. (G1) on 7/7 at Belmont:

1- CATHOLIC BOY, 3YO colt by More Than Ready – Song of Bernadette ($170,000 RNA to Sale, 2016 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Jonathan Thomas, agent for Whitehorse Stables) (career 8-5-1-0, $1,172,000) O- Robert LaPenta, Madaket Stables, Siena Farm & Twin Creeks Racing Stables; B- Fred W. Hertrich III & John D. Fielding (KY); T- Jonathan Thomas

2- Analyze It, 3YO colt by Point of Entry – Sweet Assay ($130,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Mill Ridge Sales, agent; Buyer- Patrick Hoppel, agent) O- William H. Lawrence; B- P. Headley Bell, Nancy Bell & NATO (KY); T- Chad Brown

ROARING LION, 3YO colt by Kitten’s Joy – Vionnet ($160,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- David Redvers) Won Coral-Eclipse (G1) on 7/7 at Sandown (career 9-5-1-2, $1,113,039) O- Qatar Racing; B- Ran Jan Racing (KY); T- John Gosden

Roaring Lion
Roaring Lion

Keeneland sales graduates ran 1-2 in the Suburban S. (G2) on 7/7 at Belmont: 

1- DIVERSIFY, 5YO gelding by Bellamy Road – Rule One ($210,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- WinStar Racing, agent; Buyer- Lauren & Ralph Evans) (career 14-9-2-0, $1,309,425) O- Lauren & Ralph Evans; B- Fred Hertrich III & John D. Fielding (NY); T- Richard A. Violette Jr.

2- The Lieutenant, 5YO horse by Street Sense – Stage Magic ($50,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Glennwood Farm, agent; Buyer- Oscar Diaz Cruz) O- Mr. & Mrs. William K. Warren; B- John D. Gunther (KY); T- Michael McCarthy

MARLEY’S FREEDOM, 4YO filly by Blame – Relaxing Green ($35,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent; Buyer- Cicero Farms) Won Great Lady M S. (G2) on 7/7 at Los Alamitos (career 11-5-2-0, $353,435) O- Cicero Farms; B- Jack Swain III (KY); T- Bob Baffert

TRICKY ESCAPE, 5YO mare by Hat Trick (JPN) – Island Escape ($65,000 RNA, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent) Won Robert G. Dick Memorial S. (G3) on 7/7 at Delaware Park (career 17-5-5-3, $454,480) O- Jon Marshall; B- Robert Trussell Jr. & John T.L. Jones III (KY); T- Lynn Ashby


Keeneland sales graduates finished 1-2 in the Iowa Oaks (G3) on 7/5 at Prairie Meadows: 

1- SHE’S A JULIE, 3YO filly by Elusive Quality – Kydd Gloves ($160,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Blandford Stud, agent; Buyer- Whispering Oaks) (career 8-3-1-1, $210,530) O- Whispering Oaks Farm; B- Godolphin (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

2- Cosmic Burst, 3YO filly by Violence – Peggy Ring ($25,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- Norma Lee Stockseth) O- Norma Lee Stockseth & Todd Dunn; B- Pewter Stable (PA); T- Donnie Von Hemel

DIVISIDERO, 6YO horse by Kitten’s Joy – Madame Du Lac ($250,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hinkle Farms; Buyer- Margaux Farm, agent) Won Arlington H. (G3) on 7/7 at Arlington Park (career 19-6-3-3, $1,244,750) O- Gunpowder Farms; B- Hinkle Farms (KY); T- Kelly Rubley

MATERA SKY, 4YO colt by Speightstown – Mostaqeleh ($140,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Hunter Valley Farm, agent, Buyer- Cobra Farm; $350,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bluewater Sales, agent, Buyer- Teruo Ono) Won Procyon S. (G3) on 7/8 at Chukyo (JAPAN) (career 19-6-3-0) O- Tsuyoshi Ono; B- Lynch Bages (KY); T- Hideyuki Mori

HIGH NORTH, 3YO colt by Midnight Lute – Spacy Tracy ($230,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Burleson Farms, agent; Buyer- Shortleaf Stable) Won $250,000 Iowa Derby on 7/6 at Prairie Meadows (career 9-3-1-0, $335,850) O- Shortleaf Stable; B- Mercedes Stables (KY); T- Brad Cox

CAMILA PRINCESS, 3YO filly by Animal Kingdom – Putyourdreamsaway ($100,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- GDS Racing Stable) Won $105,000 Martha Washington S. on 7/7 at Gulfstream (career 8-5-0-1, $176,295) O- Grupo 7C Racing Stable; B- Hunter Valley Farm, Golden Acorn, Adrian Regan & Keith Lazarz (KY); T- Oscar Gonzalez

STIFLING, 2YO filly by Flatter – Speedy War ($27,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Claiborne Farm, agent; Buyer- Commonwealth New Era Racing) Won $104,600 My Dear S. on 7/7 at Woodbine (career 2-1-1-0, $55,149) O- Commonwealth New Era Racing; B- Bradley Wayne Purcell (KY); T- W. John Bourke

HOMELAND SECURITY, 4YO filly by Smart Strike – Forever Beautiful ($240,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Man O War Farm, agent, Buyer- Oaks Bluff Partners; $220,000 RNA, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- ELiTE) Won $100,000 River Memories S. on 7/8 at Belmont (career 6-3-0-0, $179,000) O- Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence; B- Reiko & Michael Baum (KY); T- Chad Brown

SMILING CAUSEWAY, 4YO filly by Giant’s Causeway – Shandra Smiles ($400,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent; Buyer- Audley Farm Equine) Won $100,000 Turf Amazon S. on 7/7 at Parx Racing (career 9-5-3-0, $242,200) O- Audley Farm Stable; B- Rodney Orr (KY); T- Arnaud Delacour

UP THE ANTE, 3YO colt by Smart Strike – Ask Me When ($225,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent) Won $100,000 Manila S. on 7/4 at Belmont (career 6-3-1-0, $159,203) O- Castleton Lyons; B- Castleton Lyons & Kilboy Estate (KY); T- Christophe Clement

JESSICA KRUPNICK, 5YO mare by Uncle Mo – Wear Red ($45,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woods Edge Farm, agent; Buyer- Abbott Bloodstock) Won $75,250 Dashing Beauty S. on 7/7 at Delaware Park (career 16-5-4-2, $203,058) O- Sycamore Racing V; B- Sanford Robertson (KY); T- Francis Abbott III

CONQUEST SANDMAN, 5YO gelding by Scat Daddy – Toula ($80,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent, Buyer- Morgan Racing; $62,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- Three Diamonds Farm) Won $75,000 Mecke S.on 7/8 at Gulfstream (career 21-9-3-2, $324,120) O- Costa Brava; B- Josham Farms (ON); T- Juan Carlos Perez Abarrio

ANNIE’S CANDY, 5YO gelding by Twirling Candy – Wildcat Princess ($52,000, 2013 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lantern Hill Farm, agent, Buyer- Selt Hill Bloodstock; $55,000 RNA, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Oak Lodge USA, agent) Won $53,225 Oak Tree Sprint on 7/4 at Oak Tree Pleasanton (career 26-6-7-5, $291,641) O- Scott Herbertson; B- FirstCorp Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Ari Herbertson

AMERICIUM, 4YO filly by Brilliant Speed – Sweet Maple ($3,500 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent) Won $50,000 Opelousas S. on 7/6 at Evangeline Downs (career 17-8-1-4, $170,361) O- M & M Racing; B- Jose Luis Espinoza (KY); T- Karl Broberg