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Keeneland Sales Graduates Pursue Breeders’ Cup Berths this Weekend

September 30, 2016

LEXINGTON, KY (Sept. 30, 2016) – Nearly 50 Keeneland sales graduates will compete in graded stakes company this weekend, many seeking wins in one of seven Breeders’ Cup Challenge stakes at Santa Anita and Belmont on Saturday that will earn them an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Nov. 4-5 at Santa Anita.

Highlighting the Keeneland sales graduates in Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” stakes at Santa Anita are:

  • Three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder in the Zenyatta (G1), a Challenge race for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1);
  • Five of the seven entrants for the FrontRunner (G1), among them talented maiden winners Midnight PleasureSecret HousePlum Dandy and Gormley, each looking to earn a berth in the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1);
  • Seven of the 12 fillies, led by Sorrento (G2) winner Champagne Room, in the Chandelier (G1), a major steppingstone to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies (G1);
  • Grade 1 winners Dortmund and Hoppertunity in the Awesome Again (G1), a Challenge race for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1);
  • Graded stakes winners Zipessa and Decked Out and graded stakes-placed Fresh Feline in the Rodeo Drive (G1), a Challenge race for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1). 

Two stakes at Belmont on Saturday, the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) and Vosburgh Invitational (G1), are Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” events. Two of the four entrants in the Joe Hirsch, a Challenge race for the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), are Keeneland sales graduates: Grade 1 winner Twilight Eclipse and Grade 1 placed Money Multiplier. Grade 2 winner Holy Bossgoes postward in the Vosburgh, a Challenge race for the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1).

Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduates headline other racing on Saturday: Champion sprinter Runhappy makes his 2016 debut in the Ack Ack (G3) at Churchill Downs, and at Belmont, Test (G1) winner Paola Queen and Mother Goose (G1) winner Off the Tracks meet again in the Beldame (G1).

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

EDDIE D S. (G3), Santa Anita, Abt. 6½ Furlongs (T), 3YOs & Up

JUSTIN SQUARED, 3YO colt by Zensational – Graciously Soft ($130,000 RNA, 2013 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- James Keogh, agent) O- Zayat Stables; B- Sun Valley Farm (KY); T- Bob Baffert

WHY TWO, 4YO gelding by Bob and John – Maria’s Legend ($19,000 RNA, 2013 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Dromoland Farm) O- Kagele Brothers or Machowsky or Shaw; B- McLane & Wiemer (KY); T- Michael Machowsky

FOREVER JUANITO (AE), 5YO gelding by Badge of Silver – West Kentucky ($22,000, 2012 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent; Buyer- Juan Garcia) O- Juan Garcia; B- Brereton Jones (KY); T- Victor Garcia

EDDIE D S. (G3), Santa Anita, Abt. 6½ Furlongs (T), 3YOs & Up

HOLY LUTE, 6YO horse by Midnight Lute – Holy Christmas ($65,000, 2010 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Dapple Stud, agent, Buyer- SFD Stables; $115,000 RNA, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent) O- Class Racing Stable; B- Lynn Schiff (KY); T- Jim Cassidy

BOTTLE ROCKET, 4YO gelding by Intense Focus – Shoes to Match ($5,500, 2012 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Three Chimneys Sales, agent; Buyer- Race Brook Stables) O- Cannon Thoroughbreds; B- Cerca Trova (KY); T- Jeff Mullins

ERIC THE TROJAN, 3YO gelding by More Than Ready – Catchofthecentury ($130,000, 2013 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- Fleur de Lis Stables; $195,000 RNA, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) O- Chris Curtis; B- Mike Abraham (KY); T- Jack Carava

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1

JOE HIRSCH TURF CLASSIC (G1), Belmont, 1½ Miles (T), 3YOs & Up

TWILIGHT ECLIPSE, 7YO gelding by Purim – My Twilight Dancer ($1,000, 2010 Jan Horse of All Ages, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- John Langemeier) O- West Point Thoroughbreds; B- Epona Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Tom Albertrani

MONEY MULTIPLIER, 4YO ridgling by Lookin At Lucky – Intensify ($100,000, 2012 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Select Sales, agent, Buyer- Wark Bloodstock; $260,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bedouin Bloodstock, agent, Buyer- Mike Ryan, agent) O- Klaravich Stables & William Lawrence; B- Machmer Hall & Haymarket Farm (KY); T- Chad Brown

BELDAME S. (G1), Belmont, 1 1/8 Miles, 3YOs & Up, F&M

PAOLA QUEEN, 3YO filly by Flatter – Kadira ($180,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hermitage Farm, agent; Buyer- Grupo 7C) O- Grupo 7C Racing; B- CFP Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Gustavo Delgado

OFF THE TRACKS, 3YO filly by Curlin – Harve de Grace ($50,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Amende Place, agent; Buyer- Chad Summers, agent) O- Newtown Anner Stud & J Stables; B- Lee McMillin (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

VOSBURGH S. (G1), Belmont, 6 Furlongs, 3YOs & Up

HOLY BOSS, 4YO colt by Street Boss – Holy Grace ($135,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Adena Springs; Buyer- KDE Equine) O- Jerry Durant; B- Adena Springs (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

DANNIE’S DECEIVER, 4YO colt by Quality Road – Deceive ($17,000 RNA, 2012 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lakland Sales; $140,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- ZRJ Stables) O- ZRJ Stables; B- Lakland (KY); T- David Cannizzo

AWESOME AGAIN S. (G1), Santa Anita, 1 1/8 Miles, 3YOs & Up

DORTMUND, 3YO colt by Big Brown – Our Josephina ($85,000 RNA, 2012 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Bona Terra Stud, agent) O- Kaleem Shah; B- Emilie Gerlinde Fojan (KY); T- Bob Baffert

HOPPERTUNITY, 5YO horse by Any Given Saturday – Refugee ($300,000, 2012 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Betz Thoroughbreds, agent; Buyer- Bob Baffert, agent) O- Karl Watson, Mike Pegram & Paul Weitman; B- Betz/DJ Stable/Kidder/J. Betz/Robenait (KY); T- Bob Baffert

WIN THE SPACE, 4YO colt by Pulpit – Teamgeist (ARG) ($65,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Kings Equine) O- Kretz Racing; B- Spendthrift Farm (KY); T- George Papaprodromou

FRONTRUNNER S. (G1), Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Miles, 2YOs

GORMLEY, 2YO colt by Malibu Moon – Race to Urga ($150,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent) O- Mr. & Mrs. J.S. Moss; B- Castleton Lyons & Kilboy Estate (KY); T- John Shirreffs

PLUM DANDY, 2YO colt by Medaglia d’Oro – In Secure ($500,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Trackside Farm, agent; Buyer- Spendthrift Farm) O- Spendthrift Farm; B- Evans, Tenlane Farm, Oratis & Darley (KY); T- Simon Callaghan

SECRET HOUSE, 2YO colt by Tiznow – Mega Dream ($125,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent) O- Head of Plains Partners or Sheep Pond Partners; B- Normandy Farm (KY); T- Doug O’Neill

MIDNIGHT PLEASURE, 2YO colt by Midnight Lute – Platinum Preferred ($28,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- James M. Herbener Jr., agent; Buyer- Royal Flush Racing) O- Ruis Racing or Wendy Ruis; B- Roger Long (KY); T- Shelbe Ruis

VIBE, 2YO colt by Astrology – Oaks Lily ($40,000 RNA, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent; $35,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent, Buyer- Big Chief Racing) O- Big Chief Racing, Rocker O Ranch or Desormeaux; B- Kings & Queens Farm (KY); T- Keith Desormeaux

ZENYATTA S. (G1), Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YOs & Up, F&M

BEHOLDER, 6YO mare by Henny Hughes – Leslie’s Lady ($180,000, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Clarkland Farm; Buyer- Spendthrift Farm) O- Spendthrift Farm; B- Clarkland Farm (KY); T- Richard Mandella

CHANDELIER S. (G1), Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Miles, 2YO Fillies

CHAMPAGNE ROOM, 2YO filly by Broken Vow – Lucky to Be Me ($70,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent, Buyer- Summerfield Sales, agent; $55,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Summerfield, agent) O- S. Alesia, Ciaglia Racing or Exline-Border Racing et al; B- Respite Farm (KY); T- Peter Eurton

ZAPPERKAT, 2YO filly by Ghostzapper – Noelle Rose ($27,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Darby Dan Farm, agent; Buyer- Hebert Bloodstock, agent) O- JK Racing or Chandler; B- Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings (KY); T- Richard Baltas

DATZ A VIOLATION, 2YO filly by Stay Thirsty – Rings and Things ($17,000 RNA, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Allied Bloodstock, agent) O- Loooch Racing Stables or Ellis; B- Jumping Jack Racing (KY); T- Dean Greenman

MISTRESSOFTHENIGHT, 2YO filly by Midnight Lute – Ringmistress ($23,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- James Spicer) O- Beerman Family Trust or Hall or Sayjay Racing; B- George Krikorian (KY); T- Richard Baltas

PRINCESS COCO, 2YO filly by Pioneerof the Nile – A. P. Cindy ($62,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Mill Ridge Sales, agent; Buyer- Erich Brehm) O- Brehm Racing Stables; B- Lynn Schiff (KY); T- Keith Desormeaux

LAKE TIME, 2YO filly by Tapizar – Doe ($75,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent, Buyer- Grupo C-19; $140,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent, Buyer- James & Mary Abel) O- Mary or James Abel; B- Alberta Davies (KY); T- J. Eric Kruljac

NIKKI MY DARLING, 2YO filly by Creative Cause – Zamindarling ($47,000 RNA, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Sheltowee Sales, agent; $47,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Sheltowee Sales, agent) O- Loooch Racing Stables or Imaginary Stables; B- Sheltowee Farm & James Evans (OH); T- Dean Greenman

PILGRIM S. (G3), Belmont, 1 1/16 Miles (T), 2YOs

FROSTMOURNE, 2YO colt by Speightstown – Leaning Tower ($375,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent) O/B- Green Lantern Stables; T- Christophe Clement

J. S. CHOICE, 2YO colt by Congrats – Oil Empress ($75,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Greenwood Lodge Farm; Buyer- Korea Racing Authority) O- KRA Stud Farm; B- Greenwood Lodge Farm (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

BIRD’S EYE VIEW, 2YO colt by Mizzen Mast – Lavish Outlook ($52,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- G.W. Parrish, agent) O- Ballybrit Stable; B- Clark & Goodwin (KY); T- Michael Dini

SIR DOUGLAS, 2YO colt by More Than Ready – Rogue’s View ($40,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- James Pippo) O- Covello, Coleman, Doheny Racing, Madaket Stables et al; B- Blue Devil Racing (KY); T- Chad Brown

OISEAU DE GUERRE, 2YO colt by War Front – Lauren Byrd ($475,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Claiborne Farm, agent) O- Bligh, Magnier, Tabor, Smith & Sheep Pond Partners; B- Jay Bligh (KY); T- Chad Brown

THIRST FOR VICTORY, 2YO colt by Stay Thirsty – Magical Victory ($80,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Columbiana Farm, agent; Buyer- Repole Stable) O- Repole Stable; B- Bo Hirsch (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

COHEN’S KAT, 2YO colt by Einstein (BRZ) – Keeneland Kat ($25,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent) O- George Hall; B- K & G Stables (KY); T- Kelly Breen

RODEO DRIVE S. (G1), Santa Anita, 1¼ Miles (T), 3YOs & Up, F&M

FRESH FELINE, 5YO mare by Kitten’s Joy – Merry Me in Spring ($215,000, 2012 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent; Buyer- Parapet Stable) O- Lazy F Ranch; B- Mr. & Mrs. Robert Horton and Charles Middleton III (KY); T- John Shirreffs

DECKED OUT, 3YO filly by Street Boss – Once Around ($45,000, 2013 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Select Sales, agent, Buyer- Darwin Krenz; $75,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Trackside Farm, agent, Buyer- Gene Voss) O- Big Chief Thoroughbreds & Gene Voss; B- Haymarket Farm (KY); T- Keith Desormeaux

ZIPESSA, 4YO filly by City Zip – Precious Princess ($30,000, 2012 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End; Buyer- Off the Hook, agent) O- Empyrean Stables; B- G. Watts & Sally Humphrey (KY); T- Michael Stidham

ACK ACK H. (G3), Churchill Downs, 1 Mile, 3YOs & UP

IRON FIST, 4YO colt by Tapit – Successful Outlook ($1.55 million, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Regis Farms & Stonestreet Stables) O- Stonestreet Stables & Regis Farms; B- Gainesway (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

THE TRUTH OR ELSE, 4YO colt by Yes It’s True – Lakenheath ($40,000, 2012 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent; Buyer- Candyland) O- Harold Lerner & Magdalena Racing; B- Green Lantern Stables (KY); T- Ken McPeek

TOM’S READY, 3YO colt by More Than Ready – Goodbye Stranger ($145,000 RNA, 2013 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent) O- GMB Racing; B- Blackstone Farm (PA); T- Dallas Stewart

MR. Z, 4YO colt by Malibu Moon – Stormy Bear ($60,000 RNA, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Maynard Farm, agent) O- Calumet Farm; B- Richard Maynard (KY); T- D. Wayne Lukas

RUNHAPPY, 3YO colt by Super Saver – Bella Jolie ($200,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Ashview Farm, agent; Buyer- Jim McIngvale) O- James McIngvale; B- Wayne Lyster, Gray Lyster & Bryan Lyster (KY); T- Laura Wohlers

BC PREMIER’S H. (G3), Hastings, 1 3/8 Miles, 3YOs & Up

VENETIAN MASK, 5YO gelding by Pulpit – Molto Vita ($105,000 RNA, 2012 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Glennwood Farm, agent) O- George Morgan; B- John D. Gunther (KY); T- Mike Anderson

SHOOTING JACKET, 6YO gelding by Hard Spun – Nortena ($145,000, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent; Buyer- John Ferguson) O- Hastings Racing Club; B- Sexton & Silver Fern Farm (KY); T- Nancy Betts

BALLERINA S. (G3), Hastings, 1 1/8 Miles, 3YOs & Up, F&M

MAJESTIC PRESENCE, 4YO filly by Majestic Warrior – Shining Victory ($100,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- St. George Sales, agent; Buyer- Mike Puhich, agent) O- Mark DeDominico & North American Thoroughbred Racing Company; B- Judy Hicks (KY); T- Troy Taylor

VICTRESS, 3YO filly by Include – Shining Victory ($47,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- St. George Sales, agent; Buyer- Mike Puhich, agent) O- Robert & Victoria Gilker; B- Judy Hicks (KY); T- Robert Gilker

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2

JOHN HENRY TURF CHAMPIONSHIP S. (G2), Santa Anita, 1¼ Miles (T), 3YOs & Up

METABOSS, 4YO colt by Street Boss – Spinning Yarns ($10,000, 2012 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Mill Ridge Sales, agent; Buyer- Mersad Metanovic Bloodstock) O- Blue Skies Stables, MRS Stables LLC, Azcarate, Metanovic, McFetridge and Preiss; B- Mr. & Mrs. John A. Toffan (KY); T- Philip D’Amato

MISS GRILLO S. (G3), Belmont, 1 1/16 Miles (T), 2YO Fillies

COASTED, 2YO filly by Tizway – Malibu Pier ($210,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent; Buyer- Jeff Treadway) O- Treadway Racing Stable; B- Spendthrift Farm (KY); T- Leah Gyarmati

NEW MONEY HONEY, 2YO filly by Medaglia d’Oro – Weekend Whim ($450,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Mike Ryan, agent) O- eFive Racing; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Chad Brown

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