War of Will and Needs Supervision, both alumni of Keeneland’s 2017 September Yearling Sale, won classic preps at Fair Grounds on Saturday to establish themselves among the point leaders on the roads to the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1), respectively.
War of Will earned 10 points on the Road to the Derby for his dominating 4-length win in the Lecomte (G3). For the victory, Keeneland will pay a $5,000 September Sale Seller Bonus to Flaxman Holdings Limited, the colt’s owner at the time of sale.
The September Sale Seller Bonus Program, initiated by Keeneland in 2017, offers cash rewards to sellers (owners at the time of sale) of horses sold at the September Sale that win Grade/Group 1, 2 or 3 stakes as a 2- or 3-year-old. Sellers receive cash rewards for yearlings sold at the September Sale based on the following criteria: $10,000 Seller Bonus value for your first Grade/Group 1 stakes win; $7,500 for your first Grade/Group 2 win; and $5,000 for your first Grade/Group 3 victory. Keeneland awarded $112,500 through the September Sale Bonus Program in 2018.
Needs Supervision won her stakes debut and third consecutive race when she took the Silverbulletday, a prep on the Road to the Oaks.
Keeneland sales graduate Roy H, favored to win his second Eclipse Award as champion male sprinter later this week, easily defended his title in the Palos Verdes (G2) at Santa Anita on Saturday.
KEENELAND SALES GRADUATES
ROY H, 7YO 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 1/19 at Santa Anita (career 23-10-5-2, $3,139,765) O- Rockingham Ranch & David Bernsen; B- Ramona Bass (KY); T- Peter Miller
Keeneland September Yearling Sale alumni finished 1-2 in the Lecomte S. (G3) on 1/19 at Fair Grounds:
1- WAR OF WILL, 3YO colt by War Front – Visions of Clarity (IRE) (RNA to Sale, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent) (career 6-2-1-1, $251,569) O- Gary Barber; B- Flaxman Holdings (KY); T- Mark Casse
2- Hog Creek Hustle, 3YO colt by Overanalyze – Candy Fortune ($150,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent; Buyer- Stewart Smith) O- Something Special Racing; B- Hargus & Sandra Sexton and Silver Fern Farm (KY); T- Vickie Foley
STARSHIP JUBILEE, 6YO mare by Indy Wind – Perfectly Wild ($425,000 RNA, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent) Won $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf S. on 1/19 at Gulfstream (career 26-12-2-2, $652,018) O- Blue Heaven Farm; B- William Sorren (FL); T- Kevin Attard
NEEDS SUPERVISION, 3YO filly by Paynter – Moroccan Rose ($22,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, agent) Won $147,000 Silverbulletday S. on 1/19 at Fair Grounds (career 4-3-1-0, $168,030) O- Howling Pigeon Farms, Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable & Madaket Stable; B- Mike Abraham (KY); T- Jeremiah O’Dwyer
FIRST PREMIO, 5YO horse by Pure Prize – Perils of Pauline ($15,000, 2015 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- BBA Ireland) Won $120,000 Colonel E. R. Bradley H. on 1/19 at Fair Grounds (career 12-5-3-1, $230,768) O- Team Valor International; B- Ronald McPeek (KY); T- Mark Casse
HARLAN PUNCH, 6YO gelding by Harlan’s Holiday – Indy Punch ($170,000 RNA, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) Won $72,750 Louisiana S. on 1/19 at Fair Grounds (career 36-10-9-5, $749,058) O- Front Row Racing, Ten Strike Racing, Kevin McReynolds & Bob Miller; B- Rosemont Farm (KY); T- Brad Cox
MOLTO BELLA, 3YO filly by Violence – Dr. Zic ($100,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Shawhan Place, agent; Buyer- John Seiler) Won $50,000 Gasparilla S. on 1/19 at Tampa Bay Downs (career 6-2-2-0, $102,505) O- Six Column Stables, Randall Bloch, Robert Manfuso, Fred Merritt, John Seiler & Stephen Harner; B- SF Racing Group (KY); T- Ian Wilkes
MIDNIGHT PLEASURE, 5YO gelding by Midnight Lute – Platinum Preferred ($28,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- James M. Herbener Jr., agent; Buyer- Royal Flush Racing) Won $50,000 Forego S. on 1/18 at Turfway (career 21-5-2-6, $247,298) O- Ruis Racing; B- Roger Long (KY); T- Mick Ruis