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Keeneland-Sold Grade 1 Winners Mind Your Biscuits, Diversify Seek Breeders’ Cup Classic Berth in Saratoga’s Whitney

August 3, 2018

Keeneland sales graduates and Grade 1 winners Mind Your Biscuits and Diversify top entries for the Whitney (G1) at Saratoga on Saturday, a “Win & You’re In” event for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) to be held at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3.

Mind Your Biscuits, a top sprinter with wins in the 2017 and 2018 Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) and a second in the recent Runhappy Metropolitan (G1), stretches out to 1 1/8 miles in the Whitney. Diversify was awarded co-high weight of 124 pounds in the Whitney following his win in the Suburban (G1) at Belmont in July. Also competing are Alysheba Presented by Sentient Jet (G2) winner Backyard Heaven and Grade 3 winner Dalmore.    

On the same race card, five Keeneland sales graduates go postward in the Test (G1). They are led by the two 120-pound highweights – Grade 1 winner Separationofpowers and Mia Mischief, recent winner of the Eight Belles Presented by Kentucky Trailer (G2) – and Classy Act, second by a neck in the Victory Ride (G3) at Belmont in her last start. 

Storm the Hill, who captured the Wilshire (G3) in her last start, and Osunitas Stakes winner Fahan Mura headline entries for the Yellow Ribbon (G2) Saturday at Del Mar. The strong field also includes Grade 3 winner Midnight Crossing (IRE)

Seven of the nine sophomores entered in Saturday’s $500,000 West Virginia Derby (G3) are Keeneland sales alumni, highlighted by co-highweight Once on Whiskey and Draft Pick, 1-2 in the Los Alamitos Derby (G3) last month, and High NorthMr Freezeand Lionite, 1-2-3 in the Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows in July.




1 1/16 Miles (T), 3YOs

MARAUD, 3YO colt by Blame – Unbridled Empire ($100,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Penn Sales; Buyer- Crupi’s New Castle Farm) O- Treadway Racing Stable; B- John Penn & Frank Penn (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

GUNNISON, 3YO colt by Bernardini – Madame Du Lac ($60,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hinkle Farms) O- Gunpowder Farms & Hinkle Farms; B- Hinkle Farms & Darley (KY); T- Kelly Rubley

RIDE A COMET, 3YO colt by Candy Ride (ARG) – Appealing Zophie ($45,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent) O- John C. Oxley & My Meadowview Farm; B- My Meadowview Farm (KY); T- Mark Casse

COMBATANT, 3YO colt by Scat Daddy – Border Dispute ($320,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Blandford Stud, agent; Buyer- Winchell Thoroughbreds) O- Winchell Thoroughbreds & Willis Horton Racing; B- Paget Bloodstock (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

HAVE IT ALL, 3YO colt by Kitten’s Joy – Akronism ($200,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Timber Town, agent) O/B- Robert S. Evans; T- Christophe Clement 



WHITNEY S. (G1), Saratoga, 1 1/8 Miles, 3YOs & Up

BACKYARD HEAVEN, 4YO colt by Tizway – Cappagh Strand ($160,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- Ken & Sarah Ramsey) O- Ken & Sarah Ramsey; B- Waymore (KY); T- Chad Brown

DALMORE, 5YO gelding by Colonel John – Silver Breeze ($47,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Kaizen Sales, agent; Buyer- Big Chief Racing) O- Loooch Racing Stables, Ashley Quartarolo, Raquel & Cristina Ritchie and Robert B. Hess Jr.; B- Sally Andersen (FL); T- Robert B. Hess Jr.

MIND YOUR BISCUITS, 5YO horse by Posse – Jazzmane ($47,000, 2014 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Allied Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- Machmer Hall) O- Shadai Farm, J Stables, Head of Plains Partners, M. Scott, Daniel & Chad Summers and Michael Kisber; B- Jumping Jack Racing (NY); T- Chad Summers

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


TEST S. (G1), Saratoga, 7 Furlongs, 3YO Fillies

NORMA’S CHARM, 3YO filly by Creative Cause – Sunday Sport ($14,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- James Layden, agent) O/T- Uriah St. Lewis; B- Ken & Sarah Ramsey (KY)

CLASSY ACT, 3YO filly by Into Mischief – Acting Class ($92,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Carl Moore Management) O- Carl R. Moore; B- George Krikorian (KY); T- W. Bret Calhoun

CATHEDRAL READER, 3YO filly by Shackleford – Fleeting Humor ($200,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Darby Dan Farm, agent; Buyer- G M B Racing) O- G M B Racing; B- Ken & Sarah Ramsey (KY); T- Dallas Stewart

SEPARATIONOFPOWERS, 3YO filly by Candy Ride (ARG) – Shehadmefromhello ($190,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Greenfield Farm, agent; Buyer- de Meric Stables, agent) O- Klaravich Stables; B- Northwest Farms (KY); T- Chad Brown

MIA MISCHIEF, 3YO filly by Into Mischief – Greer Lynn ($135,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent; Buyer- McKathan Bros.) O- Heiligbrodt, Heiligbrodt, Heider Family Stables & Madaket Stables; B- Spendthrift Farm (KY); T- Steve Asmussen


YELLOW RIBBON H. (G2), Del Mar, 1 1/16 Miles (T), 3YOs & Up, F&M

SASSY LITTLE LILA, 5YO mare by Artie Schiller – Sharp Apple ($115,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Mill Ridge Sales, agent; Buyer- Sandford Stable) O- Jeff Drown & Michael Ryan; B- Dr. John Chandler (KY); T- Richard Mandella

MIDNIGHT CROSSING (IRE), 5YO mare by Dark Angel – Line Ahead ($240,000, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent; Buyer- Abbondanza Racing & Medallion Racing) O- Abbondanza Racing & Medallion Racing; B- Tom & Geraldine Molan (IRE); T- Richard Baltas

STORM THE HILL, 4YO filly by Get Stormy – Thornhill ($275,000, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Bluewater Sales, agent; Buyer- Alastar Thoroughbreds) O- Alastar Thoroughbreds & Michael Valdes; B- Kimberly & William Bradley (KY); T- Philip D’Amato

FAHAN MURA, 4YO filly by English Channel – Celtic Cross ($90,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Charlton, agent; Buyer- Donegal Racing) O- Bran Jam Stable & David Clark; B- Michael Moran (PA); T- Vladimir Cerin


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

LIONITE, 3YO colt by Quality Road – Summer Rainbow ($330,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Mill Ridge Sales, agent; Buyer- Winchell Thoroughbreds) O- Winchell Thoroughbreds & Willis Horton Racing; B- Alpha Delta Stables (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

DRAFT PICK, 3YO colt by Candy Ride (ARG) – Firehouse Red ($450,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hinkle Farms; Buyer- Mayberry Farm) O- C R K Stable; B- Hinkle Farms (KY); T- Peter Eurton

KING CAUSE, 3YO gelding by Creative Cause – Street Mate ($27,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- Parrish Farms) O- Kramer Racing, Nice Guys Stables & Steven Keh; B- Bret Jones (KY); T- Doug O’Neill

ONCE ON WHISKEY, 3YO colt by Bodemeister – Crespano ($150,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent; Buyer- Three Amigos) O- Karl Watson, Michael Pegram & Paul Weitman; B- Gabriel Duignan & Crosshaven Bloodstock (KY); T- Bob Baffert

PAMIR, 3YO colt by Blame – Mighty Frio ($12,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent; Buyer- Kazakov) O- Glockenburg LLC; B- Gestut zur Kuste (KY); T- Pavel Vashchenko

MR FREEZE, 3YO colt by To Honor and Serve – Heavenly Cat ($75,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Dale Romans, agent) O- Jim Bakke & Gerald Isbister; B- Siena Farms (KY); T- Dale Romans

HIGH NORTH, 3YO colt by Midnight Lute – Spacy Tracy ($230,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Burleson Farms, agent; Buyer- Shortleaf Stable) O- Shortleaf Stable; B- Mercedes Stable (KY); T- Brad Cox


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

LEOFRIC, 5YO horse by Candy Ride (ARG) – Lady Godiva ($330,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Dromoland Farm, agent, Buyer- Woodford Racing; $100,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- BSW Bloodstock) O- Steve Landers Racing; B- Peter Blum Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Brad Cox

GREAT EMPEROR, 4YO colt by Bodemeister – Expanse ($95,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent; Buyer- Olympia Star Inc.) O- Olympia Star Inc.; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Mikhail Yanakov

IMPERATIVE, 8YO gelding by Bernardini – Call Her ($325,000, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent; Buyer- John Ferguson) O- Loooch Racing Stables & Imaginary Stables; B- Glencrest Farm & Darley (KY); T- Jeffrey Radosevich

MATROOH, 8YO gelding by Distorted Humor – Rockcide ($550,000, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent; Buyer- Shadwell Estate Company Ltd.) O- Crystal Racing & Contreras Stable; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Cipriano Contreras

TERM OF ART, 4YO colt by Tiznow – Miles of Style ($220,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Timber Town, agent; Buyer- Calumet Farm) O- Calumet Farm; B- Whisper Hill Farm (KY); T- Brad Cox


WAYA S. (G3), Saratoga, 1½ Miles (T), 3YOs & Up, F&M

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) O- Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence; B- Reiko Baum & Michael Baum (KY); T- Chad Brown

TRICKY ESCAPE, 5YO mare by Hat Trick (JPN) – Island Escape ($65,000 RNA, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent) O- Jon Marshall; B- Robert Trussell Jr. & John T.L. Jones III (KY); T- Lynn Ashby

VIOLET BLUE, 4YO filly by Americain – Strike the Light ($47,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent; Buyer- Ridgeway Stable) O- Michael Ryan; B- Calumet Farm (KY); T- James J. Toner



SORRENTO S. (G2), Del Mar, 6 Furlongs, 2YO Fillies

DRAGIC, 2YO filly by Broken Vow – Letgomyecho ($100,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Betz Thoroughbreds, agent; Buyer- Wesley Ward) O- Steven Michael Bell; B- Betz, Betz, Burns, CHNNHK, Magers, CoCo Equine & Ramsby (KY); T- Wesley Ward

BELLAFINA, 2YO filly by Quality Road – Akron Moon ($220,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) O- Kaleem Shah; B- JSM Equine (KY); T- Simon Callaghan

STIRRED, 2YO filly by Shakin It Up – Fay Na Na ($52,000, 2017 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent; Buyer- East Hickman Bloodstock) O- Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners; B- Darrell Curry (KY); T- Michael McCarthy

REFLECT, 2YO filly by Trappe Shot – Scat Patty ($70,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Cross Keys Sales, agent; Buyer- Don’t Tell My Wife Stables) O- Impact Thoroughbreds & Madaket Stables; B- T/C Stables (KY); T- Keith Desormeaux

DEL MAR MAY, 2YO filly by Jimmy Creed – Big Lou ($55,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Cross Keys Sales, agent; Buyer- David Meah, agent) O- Calvin Nguyen; B- T/C Stables (KY); T- Richard Baltas


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

RESTRAINEDVENGENCE, 3YO gelding by Hold Me Back – Cupids Revenge ($67,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bettersworth Westwind Farms; Buyer- Bobby Grayson) O- Kelly Brinkerhoff & Bob Grayson Jr.; B- Westwind Farms (KY); T- Val Brinkerhoff

CALEXMAN, 3YO colt by Midshipman – Mattie Cakes ($7,000, 2016 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Legacy Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- Paul Schaffer) O- Holly & David Wilson; B- Sue Sanders (KY); T- Vladimir Cerin


TROY S. (G3), Saratoga, 5½ Furlongs (T), 3YOs & Up

SQUARE SHOOTER, 4YO gelding by Trappe Shot – Flask ($80,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Stone Farm, agent; Buyer- B.L.B. Inc) O- Gold Square; B- Stone Farm & Joseph Sutton (KY); T- Jeremiah Englehart

READY FOR RYE, 5YO gelding by City Zip – Embroidery ($70,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent; Buyer- Chalk Racing) O- Chalk Racing; B- Soc. Agr. Santa Elena de Chimbarongol TDA (KY); T- Tom Albertrani

TOMBELAINE, 6YO horse by First Defence – Kithira (GB) ($55,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Mill Ridge Sales, agent; Buyer- Ingordo Bloodstock) O- Michael Iavarone, Jules Iavarone & Regal Horses; B- Juddmonte Farms (KY); T- Catherine Day Phillips

EASTWOOD, 8YO horse by Speightstown – Fifth Avenue Ball ($240,000, 2010 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Baccari Bloodstock) O- Town & Country Racing; B- Fred W. Hertrich III (KY); T- Bryan Lynch