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Keeneland-Sold Champion Game Winner, Grade 1 Winner Improbable Favored in Grade 2 Rebel

March 15, 2019

Keeneland sales graduates – champion Game Winner and Grade 1 winner Improbable – are the morning-line favorites for the two divisions of Saturday’s Rebel (G3) at Oaklawn. The race is a prep on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.

Both undefeated colts, trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, are making their sophomore debut.

Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduate Game Winner earned an Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old male following three Grade 1 wins, including the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Churchill Downs. Improbable, sold at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale and September Sale, capped his juvenile season with a win in the Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity (G1).

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

REBEL S. (G2) (Div. 1), Oaklawn, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YOs

CORRUZE, 3YO colt by Into Mischief – Skygusty ($160,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Chris Wilkins) O- Chris Wilkins; B- Martha Jane & John Henry Mulholland (KY); T- Chris Hartman

EASY SHOT, 3YO colt by Trappe Shot – Daddy’s Dreamgirl ($80,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hinkle Farms; Buyer- Calumet Farm) O- Calumet Farm; B- Hinkle Farm (KY); T- Keith Desormeaux

IMPROBABLE, 3YO colt by City Zip – Rare Event ($110,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; $200,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- Maverick Racing & China Horse Club) O- WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International & Starlight Racing; B- St. George Farm & G. Watts Humphrey Jr. (KY); T- Bob Baffert

 

REBEL S. (G2) (Div. 2), Oaklawn, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YOs

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

LAUGHING FOX, 3YO colt by Union Rags – Saskawea ($120,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Baccari Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- George Yager) O- Alex & JoAnn Lieblong; B- Chester & Anne Prince (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

PARSIMONY, 3YO colt by Dominus – Lil Cora Tee ($41,000, 2017 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- Gary Broad; $85,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- Grand Oaks) O- Reddam Racing; B- Maria Montez Haire (PA); T- Doug O’Neill

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

OMAHA BEACH, 3YO colt by War Front – Charming ($625,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent) O- Fox Hill Farms; B- Charming Syndicate (KY); T- Richard Mandella

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

CAPTAIN VON TRAPP, 3YO colt by Trappe Shot – Julie From Dixie ($47,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Beau Lane Bloodstock) O- Phoenix Thoroughbred III; B- E. H. Beau Lane III (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

 

AZERI S. (G2), Oaklawn, 1 1/16 Miles, 4YOs & Up, F&M

MIDNIGHT BISOU, 4YO filly by Midnight Lute – Diva Delite ($19,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent) O- Bloom Racing Stable, Allen Racing & Madaket Stables; B- Woodford Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

SUMMER’S INDY, 4YO filly by Take Charge Indy – Summer Humor ($25,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Bruno DeBerdt, agent) O- Makbrook Capital, Jerome & Kristina Russell; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Karl Broberg

 

INSIDE INFORMATION S. (G2), Gulfstream, 7 Furlongs, 4YOs & Up, F&M

AMERICA’S TALE, 4YO filly by Gio Ponti – America’s Friend ($50,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Valkyre Stud, agent; Buyer- Eisaman Equine) O- Naveed Chowhan; B- Madeline Auerbach & Catherine Parke (KY); T- Bernie Flint

PACIFIC GALE, 4YO filly by Flat Out – Pacific Whisper ($50,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Garrencasey Sales, agent; Buyer- Colt Creek) O- Tobey Morton; B- Bally Breeders (KY); T- John Kimmel

TERESA Z, 5YO mare by Smart Strike – With Flying Colors ($635,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Crupi’s New Castle) O- St. Elias Stable; B- Besilu Stables (KY); T- Anthony Margotta Jr.