Twenty-five Keeneland sales alumni – led by Grade 1 winners Monomoy Girl and Midnight Bisou, early favorites for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1), along with 2017 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming and 2017 Oaks winner Abel Tasman – are entered in six graded stakes featured on Friday’s card at Churchill Downs.
Eight of the 14 fillies going postward in the Oaks are alumni of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale. Monomoy Girl is the morning-line favorite off wins in the Central Bank Ashland (G1) and Rachel Alexandra (G2). Midnight Bisou accounted for the Santa Anita Oaks (G1), Santa Ynez (G2) and Santa Ysabel (G3) in her three starts this year. Among the other graded stakes-winning Keeneland sales alumni in the field are Sassy Sienna, Chocolate Martini, Wonder Gadot, Take Charge Paula and My Miss Lilly.
Keeneland September Sale alumni Abel Tasman and Always Dreaming make a historic return to Churchill in the La Troienne Presented by TwinSpires.com (G1) and Alysheba Presented by Sentient Jet (G2), respectively. This is believed to be the first time the winners from the previous year’s Oaks and Derby return to run at Churchill a year later on Derby Weekend.
Undefeated Gas Station Sushi, winner in her last start of Keeneland’s Beaumont (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select, tops the field for the Eight Belles Presented by Kentucky Trailer (G2).
Grade 3 winner Daddy Is a Legend carries co-high weight of 123 pounds in the Edgewood Presented by Forcht Bank (G3).
FRIDAY, MAY 4
KENTUCKY OAKS (G1), Churchill Downs, 1 1/8 Miles, 3YO Fillies
SASSY SIENNA, 3YO filly by Midshipman – Tap for Gold ($65,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent; Buyer- Zayat Stables) O- China Horse Club International, Medallion Racing, Lasaruk, Zayat Stables & McClanahan; B- Haymarket Farm (KY); T- Brad Cox
CLASSY ACT, 3YO filly by Into Mischief – Acting Class ($92,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Carl Moore Management) O- Carl Moore Management; B- George Krikorian (KY); T- W. Bret Calhoun
CHOCOLATE MARTINI, 3YO filly by Broken Vow – Nicksappealinglady ($65,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Buckland Sales, agent; Buyer- Carl Moore Management) O- Double Doors Racing; B- Savino Capilupi (KY); T- Tom Amoss
WONDER GADOT, 3YO 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
TAKE CHARGE PAULA, 3YO 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- Peter Deutsch; B- Extern Developments (KY); T- Kiaran McLaughlin
MIDNIGHT BISOU, 3YO filly by Midnight Lute – Diva Delite ($19,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent) O- Allen Racing & Bloom Racing Stable; B- Woodford Thoroughbreds (KY); T- William Spawr
MY MISS LILLY, 3YO filly by Tapit – Wicked Deed ($670,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Courtlandt Farm) O- Courtlandt Farms; B- Winchell Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Mark Hennig
MONOMOY GIRL, 3YO filly by Tapizar – Drumette ($100,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- BSW Bloodstock, Liz Crow, agent) O- Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, The Elkstone Group & Bethlehem Stables; B- FPF & Highfield Ranch (KY); T- Brad Cox
LA TROIENNE S. PRESENTED BY TWINSPIRES.COM (G1), Churchill Downs, 1 1/16 Miles, 4YOs & Up, F&M
ABEL TASMAN, 3YO filly by Quality Road – Vargas Girl ($65,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Clearsky Farms) O- China Horse Club International and Clearview Stable; B- Clearsky Farms (KY); T- Bob Baffert
IVY BELL, 5YO mare by Archarcharch – Fallseed ($40,000, 2013 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Cross Keys Sales, agent; Buyer- Thomas Kutsukos) O- China Horse Club International, Madaket Stables & Mathis Stable; B- T/C Stable (KY); T- Todd Pletcher
ALYSHEBA S. PRESENTED BY SENTIENT JET (G2), Churchill Downs, 1 1/16 Miles, 4YOs & Up
ALWAYS DREAMING, 4YO colt by Bodemeister – Above Perfection ($350,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Dromoland Farm, agent; Buyer- Steven Young, agent) O- Brooklyn Boyz Stables, Teresa Viola Racing Stables, Siena Farm, West Point Thoroughbreds, MeB Racing Stables & St. Elias Stables.; B- Santa Rosa Partners (KY); T- Todd Pletcher
BACKYARD HEAVEN, 4YO colt by Tizway – Cappagh Strand ($160,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- Ken & Sarah Ramsey) O- Ken & Sarah Ramsey; B- Waymore (KY); T- Chad Brown
HOPPERTUNITY, 7YO 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
EIGHT BELLES S. PRESENTED BY KENTUCKY TRAILER (G2), Churchill Downs, 7 Furlongs, 3YO Fillies
MIA MISCHIEF, 3YO filly by Into Mischief – Greer Lynn ($135,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent; Buyer- McKathan Bros.) O- Heiligbrodt, Heiligbrodt, Heider Family Stables & Madaket Stables; B- Spendthrift Farm (KY); T- Steve Asmussen
SALT BAE, 3YO filly by Paynter – Agatha ($100,000, 2016 Jan Horse of All Ages, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- N. Chowhan) O- Naveed Chowhan; B- Fred W. Hertrich III & John D. Fielding (KY); T- Bernie Flint
TALK VEUVE TO ME, 3YO filly by Violence – Biblical Point ($45,000 RNA, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Allied Bloodstock, agent; $20,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent, Buyer- Areion Thoroughbreds) O- Team Valor International, Rodolphe Brisset & Stephen McKay; B- JSM Equine (KY); T- Rodolphe Brisset
GAS STATION SUSHI, 3YO filly by Into Mischief – Five Star Daydream ($90,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Legacy Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- Albert Davis) O- Riley Racing Stables, Jason & Megan Tackitt, Henson and Tiger Racing Stable (KY); B- Spendthrift Farm (KY); T- Richard Baltas
TWIN SPIRES TURF SPRINT S. PRESENTED BY TWINSPIRES.COM (G3), Churchill Downs, 5 Furlongs (T), 3YOs & Up
FLASHAWAY, 6YO gelding by Eskendereya – Call Me Fleet ($100,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent; Buyer- Red Wings) O- John C. Oxley; B- Dell Ridge Farm (KY); T- Mark Casse
RESTLESS RAMBLER, 5YO gelding by Ghostzapper – Restless Song ($87,000, 2013 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Calumet Farm) O- L.T.B. Inc & Miles Childers; B- Rosemont Farm (KY); T- Bernie Flint
LATENT REVENGE, 6YO horse by Latent Heat – Cupids Revenge ($42,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bettersworth Westwind Farms; Buyer- Nancy Delony) O- Steve Vanovich, Steve Andriot, Brad Cain & P.J. Herald; B- Westwind Farms (KY); T- Greg Foley
SONIC BOOM, 4YO gelding by More Than Ready – Silent Circle ($135,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- Lothenbach Stables) O- Lothenbach Stables; B- Athens Woods & More Than Ready Syndicate (KY); T- Ian Wilkes
EDGEWOOD S. PRESENTED BY FORCHT BANK (G3), Churchill Downs, 1 1/16 Miles (T), 3YO Fillies
GOT STORMY, 3YO filly by Get Stormy – Super Phoebe ($23,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Pope McLean, agent; Buyer- Equine Investments) O- Gary Barber; B- Mt. Joy Stables, Pope McLean, Marc McLean & Pope McLean Jr. (KY); T- Mark Casse
FIGARELLA’S QUEEN, 3YO filly by Medaglia d’Oro – Nereid ($250,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- GDS Racing Stable) O- Qatar Racing, Hunter Valley Farm & Marc Detampel; B- Baumann Stables, Edward Bradley & Dr. Aaron Sones (KY); T- Brad Cox
DADDY IS A LEGEND, 3YO filly by Scat Daddy – Randie’s Legend ($140,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Darby Dan Farm, agent, Buyer- Cavalier Bloodstock; $160,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woods Edge Farm, agent, Buyer- Jim & Susan Hill) O- Jim & Susan Hill; B- HnR Nothhaft Horseracing (PA); T- George Weaver
TOINETTE, 3YO filly by Scat Daddy – I Bet Toni Knows ($120,000 RNA, 2016 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent; $110,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent, Buyer- Shawn Dugan, agent) O- Ken Baca, Lisa Hawkins, Nicholas Hawkins, Joseph Hudson & Lynne Hudson; B- J. D. Stuart, P. C. Bance & A. R. Enterprises (KY); T- Neil Drysdale