Bellafina is the 2-1 morning-line favorite
LEXINGTON, KY (April 29, 2019) – Santa Anita Oaks (G1) winner Bellafina and Keeneland’s Central Bank Ashland (G1) winner Out for a Spin are among the 12 graduates of Keeneland’s 2017 September Yearling Sale entered today in Friday’s 145th running of the $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs.
Bellafina is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the Oaks, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-old fillies. Post time is 6:12 p.m. ET.
Keeneland sales have produced 12 Kentucky Oaks winners since 1994. They include the past two winners, Abel Tasman and Monomoy Girl, who both earned Eclipse Awards as champion 3-year-old filly. Others include Racing Hall of Famer Ashado and Belmont (G1) winner and champion Rags to Riches.
The Central Bank Ashland has been a steppingstone to Oaks success. With a victory Friday, Out for a Spin would become the 14th filly to win the Central Bank Ashland and the Kentucky Oaks. Last year, Monomoy Girl captured the two races during her championship season.
A total of 34 fillies who have competed in the Central Bank Ashland have won the Oaks. They include 2016 Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia, third in the Central Bank Ashland.
Cathryn Sophia was trained by John Servis, who sends out September Sale graduate Jaywalk in this year’s Oaks. Jaywalk, the champion 2-year-old filly, also was third in the Central Bank Ashland.
Keeneland sales graduates entered in the 2019 Kentucky Oaks, limited to 14 horses, are:
Bellafina (Quality Road-Akron Moon) – JSM Equine bred the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) winner, who was offered by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, at the 2017 September Sale. Simon Callaghan trains the filly for Kaleem Shah. She will be ridden by Flavien Prat.
Champagne Anyone (Street Sense-Lucevan) – Summerfield, agent, consigned the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) winner to the 2017 September Sale, where she was purchased by John Seiler for $70,000. Bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings and owned by Six Column Stables and Randall L. Bloch, she will be ridden by Chris Landeros for trainer Ian Wilkes.
Jaywalk (Cross Traffic-Lady Pewitt) – The 2018 champion 2-year-old filly was bred by Gainesway Thoroughbreds and consigned by Gainesway, agent, to the 2017 September Sale, where she sold to John C. Servis for $190,000. Servis trains Jaywalk for D.J. Stable and Cash is King. She will be ridden by Javier Castellano.
Jeltrin (Tapizar-Song to the Moon) – ADR Racing Stable owns the Davona Dale (G2) winner, who was consigned by Gainesway, agent, to the 2017 September Sale. Juan C. Sanchez (C&J Stable) purchased Jeltrin for $7,000. Alexis Delgado trains the filly, who will be ridden by Luis Saez. She was bred by C. Kidder, N. Cole, J.K. Griggs and Linda Griggs.
Lady Apple (Curlin-Miss Mary Apples) – Breeder KatieRich Farms offered the Fantasy (G3) winner at the 2017 September Sale. Phoenix Thoroughbred III and KatieRich Stables owns the filly, who is trained by Steve Asmussen and will be ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr.
Liora (Candy Ride [ARG]-Giant Mover) – Owner Coffeepot Stables paid $175,000 for the Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) and Rachel Alexandra (G2) runner-up at the 2017 September Sale. Lane’s End, agent, consigned Liora, who is trained by Wayne Catalano and will be ridden by Channing Hill. Dell Ridge Farm is her breeder.
Motion Emotion (Take Charge Indy-Golden Motion) – Mark DeDomenico owns the Fantasy and Honeybee (G3) runner-up, who was consigned by Select Sales, agent, to the 2017 September Sale and sold to Michael Puhich for $55,000. Tom Van Berg trains Motion Emotion, bred by WinStar Farm. She will be ridden by Mike Smith.
Out for a Spin (Hard Spun-My Mammy) – Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, sold the winner of Keeneland’s Central Bank Ashland (G1) to Randy Bradshaw, agent, for $75,000 at the 2017 September Sale. Bred by William M. Backer Revocable Trust, Out for a Spin races for Commonwealth Stable. Irad Ortiz Jr. will ride her for trainer Dallas Stewart.
Restless Rider (Distorted Humor-Silky Serenade) – Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings bred the Central Bank Ashland runner-up, consigned by Denali Stud, agent, to the 2017 September Sale and sold to owners Three Chimneys Farm and Fern Circle Stables for $150,000. Brian Hernandez Jr. will be aboard Restless Rider for trainer Kenny McPeek.
Serengeti Empress (Alternation-Havisham) – The Rachel Alexandra (G2) winner is a graduate of two Keeneland sales. Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned her as a weanling to the 2016 November Breeding Stock Sale, where she sold to Dixon Enterprises for $25,000. Owner Joel Politi purchased her for $70,000 from the consignment of Brookdale Sales, agent, at the 2017 September Sale. She was bred by Tri Eques Bloodstock. Tom Amoss trains Serengeti Empress, who will be ridden by Jose Ortiz.
Dunbar Road (Quality Road-Gift List) – Owner Peter Brant’s White Birch Farm paid $350,000 for the filly at the 2017 September Sale, who came from the consignment of Indian Creek, agent. Jeffery J. Drown bred Dunbar Road, who was second in the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) for trainer Chad Brown.
Point of Honor (Curlin-Zayanna) – Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Stetson Racing own stakes winner Point of Honor, who was an RNA to Sale at the 2017 September Sale. Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned the filly, who is trained by George Weaver. Point of Honor was bred by Siena Farms.
Keeneland will be open Friday and Saturday for fans to enjoy special activities while they watch and wager on Thoroughbred racing action headlined by the Kentucky Oaks and the May 4 Kentucky Derby (G1) from Churchill Downs.
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Reserved dining options, including Corporate Suites, are available on Oaks Day. Fans also are welcome to create their own picnic-style celebration throughout the grounds.
Each Corporate Suite offers private space and a lunch buffet for up to 16 guests. Bar services and snacks are available for order. For more information, contact Keeneland Hospitality Business Development Manager Morgan Whitney at 859 288-4322 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Oaks Day, Keeneland also will present a new event, Oaks Brunch on the Lawn.
From 8:30-11 a.m. on the picturesque Keeneland Clubhouse Lawn, guests will enjoy cocktails, live music and gourmet twists on traditional brunch dishes thoughtfully prepared by Keeneland Executive Chef Marc Therrien. A handicapping seminar for the Oaks and Derby will begin at 10 a.m.
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Drive-Thru Wagering on Oaks and Derby Days will be located behind the Keeneland Entertainment Center. Fans are encouraged to enter Gate 1 (on Versailles Road at Man o’ War Blvd.) and turn right at The Meadow to access Drive-Thru Wagering.
Advance wagering: On Thursday, advance wagering on the Oaks and Derby Day full cards from Churchill begins at Red Mile at 12:15 p.m. On May 3, advance wagering on the Derby full card and Oak/Derby Double is available at Keeneland and Red Mile.