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Keeneland Sales Graduates Pursue Breeders’ Cup Berths this Weekend

September 15, 2017

LEXINGTON, KY (Sept. 15, 2017) – Keeneland sales graduates dominate entries for juvenile graded stakes at Churchill Downs and Woodbine this weekend, each seeking a win to secure an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships to be held Nov. 3-4 at Del Mar.

The Pocahontas (G2) and Iroquois (G3) on Saturday at Churchill Downs are Breeders’ Cup Challenge races for the 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) and Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), respectively. Eight of the 12 fillies entered in the Pocahontas are Keeneland sales graduates, led by undefeated stakes winner Take Charge Paula and Sunny Skies, winner of the Debutante at Churchill in June. Keeneland sales alumni comprise eight of the 10 juveniles in the Iroquois, including morning-line favorite Hollywood Star, second in the recent Saratoga Special (G2); Bashford Manor (G3) winner Ten City; and undefeated stakes winners Flameaway and The Tabulator.

On Sunday at Woodbine, six of the nine 2-year-olds entered in the Natalma (G1), a “Win & You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), are September Yearling Sale graduates. Among the standouts is a trio from the barn of Mark Casse: Wonder Gadot, an allowance winner in her first start, Mo Big Cat and Pretty Lady; as well as the talented March X Press trained by Todd Pletcher. Undefeated Hemp Hemp Hurray, an impressive winner of the Tyro at Woodbine, and graded stakes-placed Untamed Domain headline the five Keeneland sales graduates entered in the Summer (G2), a Challenge race for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1).

A total of 46 Keeneland sales graduates are competing in graded stakes this weekend. Graded stakes winners Tower of Texas and Conquest Panthera, winner of the Play the King (G2) at Woodbine in his last start, seek a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) with a win in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1). On the same card, Group 1 winner Hawkbill makes his North American debut in the Northern Dancer Turf (G1). Multiple Grade 3 winner La Coronel goes postward in the Sands Point (G2) at Belmont.

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

RICOH WOODBINE MILE (G1), Woodbine, 1 Mile (T), 3YOs & Up

TOWER OF TEXAS, 6YO gelding by Street Sense – Rare Opportunity ($195,000, 2012 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Anderson Farms, agent; Buyer- Scott & Evan Dilworth) O- Tom VanMeter II & Scott Dilworth; B- Anderson Farms & Rod Ferguson (ON); T- Roger Attfield

CONQUEST PANTHERA, 5YO gelding by Kitten’s Joy – Lastofthsummerwine ($100,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Mark Casse, agent) O- Gary Barber; B- Ken & Sarah Ramsey (KY); T- Mark Casse

NORTHERN DANCER TURF (G1), Woodbine, 1½ Miles (T), 3YOs & Up

SEEKING ALBERT, 3YO colt by Einstein (BRZ) – Purple Trillium ($30,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Adena Springs; Buyer- Ken & Sarah Ramsey) O- Robert Marzilli; B- Adena Springs (ON); T- Michael De Paulo

HAWKBILL, 4YO colt by Kitten’s Joy – Trensa ($350,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- John Ferguson) O- Godolphin; B- Helen Groves Revocable Trust (KY); T- Charles Appleby

SANDS POINT S. (G2), Belmont, 1 1/8 Miles (T), 3YO Fillies

LA CORONEL, 3YO filly by Colonel John – Listen ($37,000 RNA, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Nardelli Sales, agent) O- John C. Oxley; B- Kim & Rodney Nardelli, Susan Bunning, A. & B. Jaffreys (KY); T- Mark Casse

FAULT, 3YO filly by Blame – Charming N Lovable ($120,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Claiborne Farm, agent; Buyer- Klaravich Stable) O- Agave Racing Stable; B- Claiborne Farm (KY); T- Michelle Lovell

EMPRESSOF THE NILE, 3YO filly by Pioneerof the Nile – Argenta ($75,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Mill Ridge Sales, agent; Buyer- William Clifton Jr.) O- William Clifton Jr.; B- Pam Doddridge (KY); T- H. James Bond

CANADIAN S. (G2), Woodbine, 1 1/8 Miles (T), 3YOs & Up, F&M

MOONLIGHT SKY, 4YO filly by Sky Mesa – Vargas Girl ($285,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Clearsky Farms, Buyer- Mark Casse, agent; $240,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent, Buyer- Triton Stable) O- Triton Stable; B- Clearsky Farms (KY); T- Roger Attfield

SOUTHERN GEM, 5YO mare by Smart Strike – Cherie Yvonne ($150,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent; Buyer- Hartley/DeRenzo) O- Stronach Stables; B- Bruce Hundley (KY); T- Sid Attard

INVOLUNTARY, 4YO filly by City Zip – Invariable ($80,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Claiborne Farm, agent; Buyer- Adena Springs Farm) O- Stronach Stables; B- Dr. Catherine Wills (KY); T- Josie Carroll

POCAHONTAS S. (G2), Churchill Downs, 1 1/16 Miles, 2YO Fillies

LADY FREEDOM, 2YO filly by Super Saver – Comanche Princess ($15,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Phoenix Farm & Racing) O- Altamira Stable; B- Sun Kingdom (KY); T- Rodolfo Garcia

HARBOR LIGHTS, 2YO filly by Shackleford – Harbor Blues ($32,000 RNA, 2016 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Belvedere Farm, agent) O- Michael Lauffer & Gregory McDonald; B- Mike Lauffer & Black Diamond Management (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

PRIMO EXTREMO, 2YO filly by Overanalyze – Diamondesque ($7,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) O- John Brown; B- Charles Deters (KY); T- Jason DaCosta

VISION OF JUSTICE, 2YO filly by Into Mischief – Classic Justice ($45,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent) O- Beth Burchell, John Ferris, Brad Ward, Amanda Pearce & Ellen Davis; B- Justice Farm (KY); T- Greg Burchell

TAKE CHARGE PAULA, 2YO filly by Take Charge Indy – Perfect Paula ($40,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- E. J. Sipus Jr.; $47,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- E. J. Sipus Jr.) O- Bruce Tallisman; B- Extern Developments (KY); T- Kelly Breen

SUNNY SKIES, 2YO filly by Animal Kingdom – Skyscape ($47,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent) O/B- Normandy Farm (KY); T- Kenny McPeek

SULTRY, 2YO filly by Malibu Moon – Viva Carina (ARG) ($400,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Barry Berkelhammer, agent) O- Joseph Sutton; B- Three Chimneys Farm (KY); T- Eddie Kenneally

UPSET BREWING, 2YO filly by Justin Phillip – Tipperary Moon ($30,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent; Buyer- J. Stevens Bloodstock, agent) O- Allied Racing Stable; B- Castleton Lyons & Kilboy Estate (KY); T- William B. Bradley

FRANK J. DE FRANCIS MEMORIAL DASH (G3), Laurel, 6 Furlongs, 3YOs & Up

BLU MOON ACE, 4YO gelding by Malibu Moon – Access Fee ($30,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- M. E. Dowell) O- Robert Cole Jr.; B- Howard Bender (MD); T- Kevin Patterson

IROQUOIS S. (G3), Churchill Downs, 1 1/16 Miles, 2YOs

TEN CITY, 2YO colt by Run Away and Hide – Maiden America ($9,000 RNA, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Darby Dan Farm) O- Tommie Lewis & Magdalena Racing; B- Philips Racing (KY); T- Kenny McPeek

HOLLYWOOD STAR, 2YO colt by Malibu Moon – Hollywood Story ($550,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Albaugh Family Stable) O- Albaugh Family Stables; B- George Krikorian (KY); T- Dale Romans

PONT DU GARD, 2YO colt by Liaison – Mi Isabella ($20,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- Jason Hall, agent) O- Wimborne Farm; B- Cypress Bend Farm (LA); T- Ignacio Correas IV

EBBEN, 2YO gelding by Trappe Shot – Please Be Discreet ($25,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hinkle Farms; Buyer- Craig Aguiar) O- Craig Aguiar; B- Hinkle Farms (KY); T- Steve Margolis

SMART REMARK, 2YO gelding by First Defence – Sarcastic ($4,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- G. Watts Humphrey Jr.) O- G. Watts Humphrey, Brendan O’Brien & Brian Klatsky; B- G. Watts Humphrey Jr. & St. George Farm (KY); T- Vicki Oliver

FLAMEAWAY, 2YO colt by Scat Daddy – Vulcan Rose ($150,000, 2016 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Penn Sales, agent; Buyer- Bloodstock Investments) O- John C. Oxley; B- Phoenix Rising Farms (ON); T- Mark Casse

BIG GEMMY, 2YO colt by Gemologist – Impending Storm ($50,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- Martin Racing Stable) O- Martin Racing Stable; B- SF Racing Group (NY); T- W. Bret Calhoun

THE TABULATOR, 2YO colt by Dialed In – Fly to the Stars ($15,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent, Buyer- Blackburn Farm; $92,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Blackburn Farm, agent, Buyer- Rayben Stables) O- Carolyn Wilson; B- Extern Developments (KY); T- Larry Rivelli

BOLD VENTURE S. (G3), Woodbine, 6½ Furlongs, 3YOs & Up

MAJESTIC SLEW, 4YO gelding by Majestic Warrior – Brucie ($16,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Frank Russo) O- Frank Russo; B- Robert Gentry (KY); T- Michael De Paulo

LOCUST GROVE S. (G3), Churchill Downs, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YOs & Up, F&M

MO D’AMOUR, 4YO filly by Uncle Mo – Neverthesame ($22,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Legacy Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- Bryan Rice) O- WinStar Farm; B- Doug & Felicia Branham (KY); T- Rodolphe Brisset

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

NATALMA S. (G1), Woodbine, 1 Mile (T), 2YO Fillies

MO BIG CAT, 2YO filly by Uncle Mo – Sweet Kitten ($140,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Keith Lancaster, agent; Buyer- TM Investments) O- Gary Barber; B- Sean Fitzhenry (ON); T- Mark Casse

MARCH X PRESS, 2YO filly by Shanghai Bobby – Indian Rush ($90,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- BSW Bloodstock, agent) O- Golconda Stables; B- Pine Ridge Stables (NY); T- Todd Pletcher

PRETTY LADY, 2YO filly by Scat Daddy – Classic Strike ($270,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent, Buyer- Siena Farms; $450,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) O- Breeze Easy; B- Merriebelle Stable (KY); T- Mark Casse

GOLDEN ORB, 2YO filly by Orb – Day of Victory ($30,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lakland Farm) O- Speedway Stable; B- Lakland Farm (KY); T- Christophe Clement

WONDER GADOT, 2YO filly by Medaglia d’Oro – Loving Vindication ($80,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Anderson Farms, agent; Buyer- Eisaman Equine) O- Gary Barber; B- Anderson Farms (ON); T- Mark Casse

DIXIE MOON, 2YO filly by Curlin – Dixie Chicken ($150,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Keith Lancaster, agent) O/B- Sean & Dorothy Fitzhenry; T- Catherine Day Phillips 

SUMMER S. (G2), Woodbine, 1 Mile (T), 2YOs

UNTAMED DOMAIN, 2YO colt by Animal Kingdom – Ciao ($90,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Clearsky Farms, agent; Buyer- West Point Thoroughbreds) O- West Point Thoroughbreds; B- Clearsky Farms (KY); T- H. Graham Motion

EL DULCE, 2YO colt by Twirling Candy – Figureta (ARG) ($85,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Robert Brewer) O- Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners; B- Clearsky Farms (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

HEMP HEMP HURRAY, 2YO colt by Artie Schiller – Druidess ($40,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Cara Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- Ken & Sarah Ramsey) O- Ken & Sarah Ramsey; B- Bernard & Karen McCormack (ON); T- Wesley Ward

COUNT ALEXANDER, 2YO colt by Scat Daddy – Intelyhente ($260,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent; Buyer- Justin Casse, agent) O- Holly & David Wilson; B- William Duignan & Tranquility Investments (KY); T- Mary Lightner

EMPIRICALLY, 2YO colt by Point of Entry – Supposedly ($47,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent) O/T- Roy Lerman; B- Lambholm (FL)

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS MASTERS S. (G2), Presque Isle, 6½ Furlongs, 3YOs & Up, F&M

CLOTHES FALL OFF, 5YO mare by Daaher – Tequilas Dayjur ($70,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bluewater Sales, agent; Buyer- Sandridge Stable) O- Cheyenne Stables; B- Dean Hayes & Shadwell Farm (KY); T- Kiaran McLaughlin

MINKS APRISE, 5YO mare by Northern Afleet – Couturier ($40,000, 2012 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Terrazas Thoroughbreds, agent, Buyer- Ricardo Baltazar; $70,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- Litt Bloodstock) O- KMN Racing; B- Carlos Enrique Bruno (KY); T- Roger Attfield

PRETTY PERFECTION, 5YO mare by Majesticperfection – Suchaprettygirl ($155,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brereton Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent; Buyer- Stoneway Farm) O- Stoneway Farm; B- Brereton C. Jones (KY); T- Kelly Breen

CODE WARRIOR, 4YO filly by Society’s Chairman – Lady Natalie ($6,000, 2014 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Shannondoe Farm, agent, Buyer- Mal McGuire; $10,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent, Buyer- J. Radosevich) O- J C Racing Stable, Wachtel Stable & Gary Barber; B- Pamela Edel (FL); T- Rachel Halden

CAVALIA, 5YO mare by Ghostzapper – Tina Dynamite ($40,000, 2012 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Walnut Green, agent; Buyer- Passion Stable) O- Ronald Clark; B- Dave Cottle & Smart Angle (PA); T- Gerald Brooks

ARTESIAN, 4YO filly by Artie Schiller – Custom Made ($2,000, 2014 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Trackside Farm, agent; Buyer- Hidden Horse Bloodstock) O- Equivine Farm; B- Gary Cook & Artie Schiller Syndicate (KY); T- Frances McNeely