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Keeneland September Sale Graduates Life Is Good, Olympiad  Headline Saratoga’s Grade 1 Whitney

August 5, 2022

Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduates and multiple graded stakes winners Life Is Good and Olympiad are the early favorites for Saturday’s $1 million Whitney (G1) at Saratoga, a “Win & You’re In” event for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), to be held Nov. 5 at Keeneland. 

Grade 1 winner Life Is Good, who recently captured the John A. Nerud (G2), is the morning-line favorite for the Whitney, followed by second-choice Olympiad, undefeated in five starts this season including the Stephen Foster (G2). 

Other notable Keeneland sales graduates defend their graded stakes titles on Saturday – Shedaresthedevil in the Clement L. Hirsch (G1) at Del Mar and War Like Goddess in the Glens Falls (G2) at Saratoga. 

Golden Pal, winner of the Shakertown (G2) at Keeneland in the spring, headlines the Troy (G3) Presented by Horse Racing Ireland on Friday at Saratoga. 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF RACING HALL OF FAME S. (G2), Saratoga, 1 Mile (T), 3YOs

CHANCEUX, 3YO colt by Speightstown – Rosalind ($325,000 RNA, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bedouin Bloodstock, agent) O- Harrell Ventures; B- SF Bloodstock (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

DOWAGIAC CHIEF, 3YO colt by Cairo Prince – Jahwhol ($100,000, 2019 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Brereton Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent, Buyer- Magna Carta Bloodstock; $110,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Runnymede Farm, agent, Buyer- Mike McLoughlin) O- Michael McLoughlin; B- Henley, Henley, Gray, Gray & Gray (KY); T- Tom Amoss

WIT, 3YO colt by Practical Joke – Numero d’Oro ($575,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Rosilyn Polan; B- Repole Stables & St. Elias Stable) O- Repole Stable, St. Elias Stable & Gainesway Stable; B- Rosilyn Polan (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

WOW WHATA SUMMER, 3YO gelding by Summer Front – Loan Guarantee ($24,000 RNA, 2020 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Indian Creek, agent) O/B- Jeremy Brooks (KY); T- James Lawrence II

STOLEN BASE, 3YO colt by Bodemeister – Running Wild ($335,000, 2021 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Bluewater Sales, agent; Buyer- Mike Maker, agent) O- Three Diamonds Farm & Deuce Greathouse; B- Peter Blum (KY); T- Mike Maker

 

TROY S. (G3) PRESENTED BY HORSE RACING IRELAND, Saratoga, 5½ Furlongs (T), 4YOs & Up

ARZAK, 4YO colt by Not This Time – Delightful Melody ($85,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Julie Davies, agent) O- Sonata Stable; B- John C. Oxley (KY); T- Michael Trombetta

GOLDEN PAL, 4YO colt by Uncle Mo – Lady Shipman ($325,000 RNA, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) O- Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Westerberg; B- Randall Lowe (FL); T- Wesley Ward

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6

WHITNEY S. (G1), Saratoga, 1 1/8 Miles, 4YOs & Up

OLYMPIAD, 4YO colt by Speightstown – Tokyo Time ($700,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Solis/Litt) O- Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stable & LNJ Foxwoods; B- Emory Hamilton (KY); T- Bill Mott

LIFE IS GOOD, 4YO colt by Into Mischief – Beach Walk ($525,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent; Buyer- China Horse Club and Maverick Racing) O- CHC & WinStar Farm; B- Gary & Mary West (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

 

CAESAR’S SARATOGA DERBY INVITATIONAL (G1), Saratoga, 1 3/16 Miles (T), 3YOs

MAIN EVENT, 3YO colt by Bernardini – Total Knockout ($50,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Threave Main Stud, agent; Buyer- Cromwell Bloodstock) O- Harrell Ventures; B- Godolphin, Eric & Elizabeth Buckley (KY); T- George Weaver

GRAND SONATA, 3YO colt by Medagli d’Oro – A. P. Sonata ($125,000 RNA, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Timber Town, agent) O/B- Whisper Hill Farm (KY); T- Todd Pletcher 

EMMANUEL, 3YO colt by More Than Ready – Hard Cloth ($350,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Maverick Racing) O- WinStar Farm & Siena Farm; B- Helen Groves (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

STOLEN BASE, 3YO colt by Bodemeister – Running Wild ($335,000, 2021 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Bluewater Sales, agent; Buyer- Mike Maker, agent) O- Three Diamonds Farm & Deuce Greathouse; B- Peter Blum (KY); T- Mike Maker

ETHEREAL ROAD, 3YO colt by Quality Road – Sustained ($90,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Wingardium Leviosa) O- Julie Gilbert & Aaron Sones; B- Paul Pompa Jr. (KY); T- D. Wayne Lukas

 

CLEMENT L. HIRSCH S. (G1), Del Mar, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YOs & Up, F&M

SHEDARESTHEDEVIL, 5YO mare by Daredevil – Starship Warpspeed ($100,000, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- Big Cuse Bloodstock; $20,000 RNA, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent; $280,000, 2019 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Hunter Valley Farm, agent, Buyer- Flurry Racing Stables) O- Flurry Racing Stables, Qatar Racing & Whisper Hill Farm; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Brad Cox

 

GLENS FALLS S. (G2), Saratoga, 1½ Miles (T), 4YOs & Up, F&M

TEMPLE CITY TERROR, 6YO mare by Temple City – It Takes Two ($22,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Upson Downs Farm, agent; Buyer- Marc Wampler, agent) O- Pocket Aces Racing; B- Upson Downs Farm (KY); T- Brendan Walsh 

WAR LIKE GODDESS, 5YO mare by English Channel – Misty North ($1,200, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent, Buyer- Lawrence Hobson; $1,000 RNA, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) O- George Krikorian; B- Calumet Farm (KY); T- Bill Mott

 

WEST VIRGINIA DERBY (G3), Mountaineer, 1 1/8 Miles, 3YOs

SIMPLIFICATION, 3YO colt by Not This Time – Simply Confection ($50,000 RNA, 2019 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) O- Tami Bobo & Tristan De Meric; B- France & Irwin Weiner (FL); T- Antonio Sano

KING OTTOMAN, 3YO colt by Curlin – Shook Up ($335,000 RNA, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent) O/B- Three Chimneys (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

COURVOISIER, 3YO colt by Tapit – Take Charge Brandi ($600,000, 2019 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- Hill ‘n’ Dale at Xalapa; $275,000 RNA, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent) O- Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings & James Spry; B- Elevage & Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings (KY); T- Kelly Breen

WE THE PEOPLE, 3YO colt by Constitution – Letchworth ($110,000, 2019 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- Machmer Hall; $220,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Machmer Hall Sales, agent, Buyer- Bradley Thoroughbreds, agent) O- WinStar Farm, CMNWLTH & Siena Farm; B- Henley Farms (KY); T- Rodolphe Brisset

SKIPPYLONGSTOCKING, 3YO colt by Exaggerator – Twinkling ($15,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- South Point Sales, agent; Buyer- Doble Jak Investments) O- Daniel Alonso; B- Brushy Hill (KY); T- Saffie Joseph Jr. 

 

WEST VIRGINIA GOVERNOR’S S. (G3), Mountaineer, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YOs & Up

SILVER PROSPECTOR, 5YO horse by Declaration of War – Tap Softly ($50,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent; Buyer- Eisaman Equine) O- Ed & Susie Orr; B- Sandra & Hargus Sexton & Silver Fern Farm (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

LIKEABLE, 4YO gelding by Frosted – Dashing Debby ($350,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Elm Tree Farm, agent; Buyer- Repole Stable & St. Elias) O/T- Mansour Albaroudy; B- Stonestreet (KY)

IRISH UNITY, 4YO gelding by Pioneerof the Nile – Justwhistledixie ($15,000, 2022 April Sale, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Nestor Rivera) O/T- Nestor Rivera; B- Clearsky Farms (KY) 

DERBY HOUSE, 4YO gelding by Candy Ride (ARG) – Sky Haven ($190,000, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent, Buyer- Negan Investments; $130,000 RNA to Sale, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- William Harrigan, agent; $37,000 RNA, 2020 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent) O- JKX Racing; B- Gabriel Duignan, William Duignan & Tranquility Investments (KY); T- Juan Carlos Guerrero

PROMISE KEEPER, 4YO colt by Constitution – Mira Alta ($160,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent; Buyer- Woodford Thoroughbreds) O- Woodford Thoroughbreds, WinStar Farm & Rock Ridge Racing; B- Rock Ridge Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

 

ONTARIO COLLEEN S. (G3), Woodbine, 1 Mile (T), 3YO Fillies

LOVE TO RUN, 3YO filly by Connect – Nest Egg ($60,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- St George Sales, agent; Buyer- de Meric Sales) O- Breeze Easy; B- Dell Ridge Farm (KY); T- Mark Casse

JOIN THE DANCE, 3YO filly by Shackleford – Moondancer ($7,500, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- JC Corp) O- D J Stable; B- Mike & Pat Freeny (KY); T- Mark Casse

AMAZIN QUEEN, 3YO filly by Mucho Macho Man – Adirondack Luck ($21,000 RNA to Sale, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Daniel Pita) O- Bull and Bear Racing Stable; B- John Anthony Cummins (KY); T- William Tharrenos

VERGARA, 3YO filly by Noble Mission (GB) – Figure of Beauty ($130,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Indian Creek, agent; Buyer- Gary Broad/Walmac Farm) O- Gary Broad; B- Neil Jones (KY); T- Graham Motion

SOUPER HOITY TOITY, 3YO filly by Uncle Mo – Town Tour ($185,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Burleson Farms, agent; Buyer- Al Pike, agent) O- Live Oak Plantation; B- Dr. Richard Holder & Coolmore (KY); T- Mark Casse

GUILEFUL, 3YO filly by Cairo Prince – Shot Gun Pennie ($27,000 RNA, 2019 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Kingswood Farm, agent; $42,000 RNA, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Kingswood Farm, agent) O/B- William B. Thompson (KY); T- Nathan Squires 

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7

SARATOGA OAKS INVITATIONAL (G3), Saratoga, 1 3/16 Miles (T), 3YO Fillies

NEW YEAR’S EVE, 3YO filly by Kitten’s Joy – Awesome Rafaela (BRZ) ($110,000 RNA, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent) O- Marc Detampel & Galvin Fergus; B- Stud TNT (KY); T- Brendan Walsh

 

ADIRONDACK S. (G3), Saratoga, 6½ Furlongs, 2YO Fillies

NAUGHTY GAL, 2YO filly by Into Mischief – Conway Two Step ($240,000 RNA, 2021 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent) O- Holy Cow Stables; B- Loren Nichols (FL); T- D. Wayne Lukas

PROMISE OF HOPE, 2YO filly by Ghostzapper – Hudson River Gal ($65,000, 2021 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Mulholland Springs, agent; Buyer- Sam Aguiar) O- J S Stables & Little Red Feather Racing; B- Ghostzapper Syndicate, Tom & Mary Lou Teal (KY); T- Tom Amoss 

JANIS JOPLIN, 2YO filly by California Chrome – Seeking the Blue ($25,000, 2021 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Stone Farm, agent; Buyer- T M C) O- Gary Barber; B- Virginia Kraft Payson (KY); T- Mark Casse

DAMASO, 2YO filly by Outwork – Ms Dupree ($23,000, 2021 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Perrine Time Thoroughbreds) O- Perrine Time Thoroughbreds; B- Turnley Farms (KY); T- Tim Hamm

 

LA JOLLA H. (G3), Del Mar, 1 1/16 Miles (T), 3YOs

ARMAGNAC, 3YO colt by Quality Road – Kitty Wine ($210,000, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Stone Farm; Buyer- SF, Starlight, Madaket) O- SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Robert Masterson, Stonestreet Stables, Jay Schoenfarber, Waves Edge Capital, Catherine Donovan, Golconda Stable & Siena Farm; B- Stone Farm & Joseph Sutton (KY); T- Bob Baffert

CABO SPIRIT, 3YO colt by Pioneerof the Nile – Fancy Day (IRE) ($145,000 RNA, 2020 Sept Yearling, Consignor- James B. Keogh, agent) O- Kretz Racing; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- George Papaprodromou