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Mares Purchased at Keeneland Matriarchs of Gunther Success

June 20, 2018

Keeneland congratulates John D. Gunther and his daughter Tanya, who within 10 days made Thoroughbred racing history as breeders of a Triple Crown winner, Justify, and breeders and owners of a Royal Ascot winner, Without Parole.

Both 3-year-old colts descend from mares John Gunther purchased at Keeneland sales.

John Gunther
John Gunther

The second dam of Justify, a son of Scat Daddy who became Thoroughbred racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner when he captured the June 9 Belmont (G1), is Magical Illusion. Consigned by Brookdale Sales, agent, to Keeneland’s 2005 January Horses of All Ages Sale as a broodmare prospect, the Grade 1-placed daughter of Pulpit sold to Gunther for $425,000.

Magical Illusion’s second foal is Stage Magic, a winning daughter of Ghostzapper who is the dam of Justify.

On June 19, the Gunthers were in England for the first day of the prestigious Royal Ascot meet and saw their homebred Without Parole take the St. James’s Palace (G1). The second dam of Without Parole, a son of Frankel bred in Great Britain, is the Storm Bird mare Marozia, a $50,000 Gunther purchase at Keeneland’s 2003 November Breeding Stock Sale.

At the time of her sale, Marozia already had produced eventual Belmont runner-up and Grade 3 winner Andromeda’s Hero and Grade 1-placed stakes winner Superfly. Her first foal for the Gunthers was Without You Babe, a daughter of Lemon Drop Kid whose first foal is 2016 Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner Tamarkuz.

Without You Babe is the dam of Without Parole.

In 2008 for the Gunthers, Marozia produced multiple Grade 1 winner Stay Thirsty, second in the 2011 Belmont.

The Gunthers own Glennwood Farm in Versailles, Kentucky. Glennwood consigned Justify to Keeneland’s 2016 September Yearling Sale, where he sold for $500,000 to China Horse Club and Maverick Racing.

Glennwood is a prominent consignor at the September Sale, where its graduates include Stay Thirsty ($160,000 in 2009), Tamarkuz ($325,000 in 2011) and 2018 Wood Memorial Presented by NYRA Bets (G2) winner Vino Rosso ($410,000 in 2016).