Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduates swept the top four spots in the second division of Saturday’s Rebel (G2) at Oaklawn, with Omaha Beach winning by a nose over champion Game Winner. Market King and Gunmetal Gray finished third and fourth, respectively.
Omaha Beach, a half-brother to champion and Keeneland sales graduate Take Charge Brandi, won the Rebel in his stakes debut, earning a $7,500 September Sale Seller Bonus for the victory.
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 based on the following criteria: $10,000 Seller Bonus 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.
Omaha Beach and Game Winner, who made his sophomore debut in the Rebel, currently rank among the top 10 point earners on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) leaderboard.
On the same race card, September Sale alumnus Midnight Bisou won the Azeri (G2) over a talented field to earn her second victory in as many starts this year. She captured the Houston Ladies Classic (G3) at Sam Houston last month.
September Sale graduate America’s Tale won the Inside Information (G2) at Gulfstream on Saturday.
KEENELAND SALES GRADUATES
Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduates finished 1-2-3-4 in Rebel S. (G2) (Div. 2) on 3/16 at Oaklawn:
1- OMAHA BEACH, 3YO colt by War Front – Charming (RNA to Sale, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent) (career 6-2-3-1, $521,800) O- Fox Hill Farms; B- Charming Syndicate (KY); T- Richard Mandella
2- Game Winner, 3YO colt by Candy Ride (ARG) – Indyan Giving ($110,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Ben Glass, agent) O- Gary & Mary West; B- Summer Wind Equine (KY); T- Bob Baffert
3- Market King, 3YO colt by Into Mischief – Divine Presence ($550,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Robert Baker & William Mack) O- Robert Baker & William Mack; B- Flaxman Holdings (KY); T- D. Wayne Lukas
4- Gunmetal Gray, 3YO colt by Exchange Rate – Classofsixtythree (RNA to Sale, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) O- Hollendorfer, Pearl Racing & West Point Thoroughbreds; B- Lee Pokoik (KY); T- Jerry Hollendorfer
MIDNIGHT BISOU, 4YO filly by Midnight Lute – Diva Delite ($19,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent) Won Azeri S. (G2) on 3/16 at Oaklawn (career 13-7-3-3, $1,955,000) O- Bloom Racing Stable, Allen Racing & Madaket Stables; B- Woodford Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Steve Asmussen
AMERICA’S TALE, 4YO filly by Gio Ponti – America’s Friend ($50,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Valkyre Stud, agent; Buyer- Eisaman Equine) Won Inside Information S. (G2) on 3/16 at Gulfstream (career 17-6-3-1, $390,853) O- Naveed Chowhan; B- Madeline Auerbach & Catherine Parke (KY); T- Bernie Flint
ALWAYSMINING, 3YO gelding by Stay Thirsty – What Will Be ($32,000, 2017 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Hunter Valley Farm, agent, Buyer- 3-D Bloodstock; $130,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Allied Bloodstock, agent, Buyer- Jim McIngvale) Won $100,000 Private Terms S. on 3/16 at Laurel (career 11-6-0-1, $311,192) O- Runnymede Racing; B- Avla Pitts (MD); T- Kelly Rubley