LEXINGTON, KY (April 10, 2017) – Graduates of Keeneland’s 2015 September Yearling Sale established themselves among the top contenders on the Roads to the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1) with impressive wins in Saturday classic preps.
Gormley and Irap captured the Santa Anita Derby (G1) and Toyota Blue Grass (G2) at Keeneland, respectively. Each race, worth $1 million and 100 points to the winner, vaulted Gormley and Irap into second and third place, respectively, on the Derby points leaderboard.
Sailor’s Valentine moved into third place on the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard when she earned 100 points for her upset win in the Central Bank Ashland (G1) at Keeneland.
KEENELAND SALES GRADUATES
Keeneland sales alumni finished 1-2 in the Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on 4/8 at Keeneland:
1- IRAP, 3YO colt by Tiznow – Silken Cat ($100,000 RNA to Sale, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) (career 8-1-3-1, $772,600) O- Reddam Racing; B- Aaron & Marie Jones (KY); T- Doug O’Neill
2- Practical Joke, 3YO colt by Into Mischief – Halo Humor ($135,000, 2015 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent, Buyer- Clear Ridge Stables; $240,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent, Buyer- Aquinnah Ventures) O- Klaravich Stables & William Lawrence; B- Whispering Oaks (KY); T- Chad Brown
GORMLEY, 3YO colt by Malibu Moon – Race to Urga ($150,000, RNA to Sale, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent) Won Santa Anita Derby (G1) on 4/8 at Santa Anita (career 6-4-0-0, $920,000) O- Mr. & Mrs. J.S. Moss; B- Castleton Lyons & Kilboy Estate (KY); T- John Shirreffs
SAILOR’S VALENTINE, 3YO filly by Mizzen Mast – Sortilege ($100,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Highclere, agent; Buyer- Semaphore Racing) Won Central Bank Ashland (G1) on 4/8 at Keeneland (career 6-2-2-0, $359,214) O- Semaphore Racing & Homewrecker Racing; B- Curtis Green (KY); T- Eddie Kenneally
Keeneland sales graduates ran 1-2 in the Royal Heroine S. (G2) on 4/8 at Santa Anita:
1- HILLHOUSE HIGH, 6YO mare by Exchange Rate – Pleasant Laughter ($75,000, 2012 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Runnymede Farm, agent, Buyer- Eisaman Equine; $97,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Bluewater Sales, agent, Buyer- Vista Creek Stables) (career 23-4-6-6, $441,113) O- Golden Eagle Farm; B- Runnymede Farm (KY); T- Richard Baltas
2- Mokat, 4YO filly by Uncle Mo – Flashy Frolic ($55,000 RNA to Sale, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- John Brocklebank, Agent for JJJ Farms) O- JK Racing Stable; B- Dr. Charles Giles (KY); T- Richard Baltas
Keeneland sales alumni finished 1-2-3 in the Adena Spring Beaumont (G3) on 4/9 at Keeneland:
1- SWEET LORETTA, 3YO filly by Tapit – Ithinkisawapudycat ($750,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Ashview Farm, agent; Buyer- Roma Farm) (career 5-4-0-0, $340,520) O- St. Elias Stable; B- Ashview Farm (KY); T- Todd Pletcher
2- Sine Wave, 3YO filly by Big Brown – Curlina ($53,000, 2015 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Mulholland Springs, agent; Buyer- Bill & Corinne Heiligbrodt) O- Jeremiah Kane; B- John & Martha Jane Mulholland (KY); T- Ben Perkins Jr.
3- Laney, 3YO filly by Shackleford – Croon ($15,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent, Buyer- Kelli Mitchell; $17,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Kelli Mitchell) O- Joseph Sutton; B- Vincent Colbert (KY); T- Eddie Kenneally
UNION STRIKE, 3YO filly by Union Rags – Classic Strike ($170,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- McMahon & Hill Bloodstock; $130,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hidden Brook, agent) Won $79,290 Santa Paula S. on 4/9 at Santa Anita (career 5-2-1-0, $265,760) O- Ruis Racing; B- Pollock Farms, Brian Kahn, Taylor Brothers Property, et al (KY); T- Mick Ruis