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54 Keeneland Sales Graduates Competing in Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

June 7, 2018

Fifty-four Keeneland sales graduates, led by Triple Crown hopeful Justify, are entered in 15 graded stakes held as part of the three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival celebrating the $1.5 million Belmont (G1).

A total of 59 Keeneland sales graduates are competing in graded stakes this weekend at Belmont, Santa Anita and Churchill Downs.

Six of the 10 sophomores entered in the Belmont are Keeneland sales alumni, including morning-line favorite Justify, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) and Preakness (G1); Grade 1 winner Free Drop Billy; and European contender Gronkowski

Other prominent Keeneland sales graduates on the Belmont Day undercard include:

  • Grade 1 winner Mind Your Biscuits is the morning-line favorite and highweight for the Runhappy Metropolitan (G1). Among the other contenders seeking a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) with a win in the Met Mile are Warrior’s Club, winner of Keeneland’s Commonwealth (G3) in April; Steve Sexton Mile (G3) winner Bee Jersey and Grade 3 winner One Liner
  • Multiple Grade 1 winner Beach Patrol, second in his season debut in the Old Forester Turf Classic (G1) on Derby Day at Churchill Downs, headlines the Woodford Reserve Manhattan (G1). Also in the field is One Go All Go, winner of the Dixiana Elkhorn (G2) at Keeneland in April;
  • Multiple Grade 1 winner Abel Tasman and Pacific Wind, undefeated in two starts this year, including the Ruffian (G2) at Belmont in May, vie for a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) in the Ogden Phipps (G1); and
  • Monomoy Girl, winner of the Central Bank Ashland (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1), and champion and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) winner Caledonia Road meet for the first time in the Acorn (G1).

THURSDAY, JUNE 7

WONDER AGAIN S. (G3), Belmont, 1 1/8 Miles (T), 3YO Fillies

MIGHTY SCARLETT, 3YO filly by Scat Daddy – Thundering Emilia ($100,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Becky Thomas) O- T. Coleman, M. Doheny, Head of Plains Partners & Long Lake Stable; B- Teneri Farm & Bernando Alvarez Calderon (KY); T- Chad Brown

ANIMOSITY, 3YO filly by Animal Kingdom – Coup de Coeur ($30,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brandywine Farm, agent) O- Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners; B- Spendthrift Farm (KY); T- Patrick Gallagher

SPINNING TOP, 3YO filly by Data Link – Ultimata ($30,000, 2016 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Bluewater Sales, agent, Buyer- Maya Tucker; $27,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bluewater Sales, agent) O/B- Imagine Racing (OH); T- Troy Green

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

CAMILA PRINCESS, 3YO filly by Animal Kingdom – Putyourdreamsaway ($100,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- GDS Racing Stable) O- Grupo Seven C Stable; B- Hunter Valley Farm, Golden Acorn, Adrian Regan & Keith Lazarz (KY); T- Oscar Gonzalez

INTERCONTINENTAL S. (G3), Belmont, 7 Furlongs (T), 4YOs & Up, F&M

MALIBU STACY, 5YO mare by Tizway – Malibu Pier ($150,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hidden Brook, agent; Buyer- Jim & Susan Hill) O- Jim & Susan Hill; B- Spendthrift Farm (KY); T- George Weaver

LADY ALEXANDRA, 4YO filly by More Than Ready – Lophorina (GB) ($150,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent; Buyer- Inlander) O- Heider Family Stables; B- Brookdale, Jack Swain III & Double K (KY); T- H. Graham Motion

FRIDAY, JUNE 8

NEW YORK S. PRESENTED BY NYRA BETS (G2), Belmont, 1¼ Miles (T), 4YOs & Up, F&M

FAHAN MURA, 4YO filly by English Channel – Celtic Cross ($90,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Charlton, agent; Buyer- Donegal Racing) O- Bran Jam Stable & David Clark; B- Michael Moran (PA); T- Vladimir Cerin

EMPRESSOF THE NILE, 4YO 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

BELMONT GOLD CUP INVITATIONAL (G2), Belmont, 2 Miles (T), 4YOs & Up

RUN TIME, 5YO horse by Gio Ponti – Flowerette ($160,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Indian Creek, agent; Buyer- Chuck Allen) O- Allen Racing & Bloom Racing Stable; B- Indian Creek (KY); T- Michael Maker

FOCUS GROUP, 4YO colt by Kitten’s Joy – Cocktail Hour ($140,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Mike Ryan, agent) O- Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence; B- Dixiana Farms (KY); T- Chad Brown

ROCKETRY, 4YO colt by Hard Spun – Smart Farming ($195,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Gainesway, agent, Buyer- McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, agent; $450,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hidden Brook, agent, Buyer- Centennial Farms) O- Centennial Farms; B- Gainesway (KY); T- James A. Jerkens

TRUE NORTH S. (G2), Belmont, 6½ Furlongs, 4YOs & Up

RECRUITING READY, 4YO colt by Algorithms – Need ($110,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Claiborne Farm, agent; Buyer- Jack Hester, agent) O- Sagamore Farm; B- Claiborne Farm (KY); T- Horacio DePaz

BOBBY ABU DHABI, 4YO colt by Macho Uno – Wadena ($85,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Cross Keys Sales, agent; Buyer- Grassroots Training & Sales) O- Rockingham Ranch & David Bernsen; B- T/C Stable (KY); T- Peter Miller

BED O’ ROSES INVITATIONAL (G3), Belmont, 7 Furlongs, 4YOs & Up, F&M

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

UNION STRIKE, 4YO filly by Union Rags – Classic Strike ($170,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, agent; $130,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hidden Brook, agent) O- Mick & Wendy Ruis; B- Pollock Farms, Brian Kahn, Taylor Brothers Property, et al (KY); T- Mick Ruis

DIVINE MISS GREY, 4YO filly by Divine Park – Seattle Grey ($100,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent; Buyer- Jim & Susan Hill) O- Corms Racing Stable & R. A. Hill Stable; B- Brereton C. Jones (KY); T- Danny Gargan

LEWIS BAY, 5YO mare by Bernardini – Summer Raven ($170,000 RNA, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Mill Ridge Sales, agent) O/B- Alpha Delta Stables (KY); T- Chad Brown 

SATURDAY, JUNE 9

BELMONT S. PRESENTED BY NYRA BETS (G1), Belmont, 1½ Miles, 3YOs

JUSTIFY, 3YO colt by Scat Daddy – Stage Magic ($500,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Glennwood Farm, agent; Buyer- China Horse Club/Maverick Racing) O- China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing & WinStar Farm; B- John D. Gunther (KY); T- Bob Baffert

FREE DROP BILLY, 3YO colt by Union Rags – Trensa ($200,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Albaugh Family Stables) O- Albaugh Family Stables; B- Helen K. Groves Revocable Trust (KY); T- Dale Romans

GRONKOWSKI, 3YO colt by Lonhro (AUS) – Four Sugars ($75,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Trackside Farm, agent; Buyer- Margaret O’Toole) O- Phoenix Thoroughbred III; B- Epic Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Chad Brown

VINO ROSSO, 3YO colt by Curlin – Mythical Bride ($410,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Glennwood Farm, agent; Buyer- Mike Repole & St. Elias, J. J. Crupi, agent) O- Repole Stable & St. Elias Stable; B- John D. Gunther (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

NOBLE INDY, 3YO colt by Take Charge Indy – Noble Maz ($45,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent) O- WinStar Farm & Repole Stable; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

BLENDED CITIZEN, 3YO colt by Proud Citizen – Langara Lass ($57,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Penn Sales, agent) O- Greg Hall, SAYJAY Racing & Brooke Hubbard; B- Ray Hanson (KY); T- Doug O’Neill

RUNHAPPY METROPOLITAN H. (G1), Belmont, 1 Mile, 3YOs & Up

MIND YOUR BISCUITS, 5YO horse by Posse – Jazzmane ($47,000, 2014 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Allied Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- Machmer Hall) O- J Stables, Head of Plains Partners, Summers, Summers, Kisber & Summers; B- Jumping Jack Racing (NY); T- Chad Summers

ONE LINER, 4YO colt by Into Mischief – Cayala ($150,000, 2015 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Kingswood Farm, agent; Buyer- J. S. B. Stable) O- WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, SF Racing & Head of Plains; B- Kingswood Farm (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

WARRIOR’S CLUB, 4YO colt by Warrior’s Reward – Thirty Eighth St. ($25,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- James B. Keogh, agent; Buyer- Jay Rogers) O- Churchill Downs Racing Club; B- John O’Meara (KY); T- D. Wayne Lukas

BEE JERSEY, 4YO colt by Jersey Town – Bees ($250,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent; Buyer- Fergus Galvin, agent) O/B- Charles Fipke; T- Steve Asmussen

WOODFORD RESERVE MANHATTAN S. (G1), Belmont, 1¼ Miles (T), 4YOs & Up

ONE GO ALL GO, 6YO horse by Fairbanks – See Ashleigh Run ($62,000, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Rodney Paden) O- Rodney Paden; B- Albert Coppola (VA); T- Charles Dickey

HELLO DON JULIO, 6YO gelding by Afleet Alex – Faithful ($65,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Dromoland Farm, agent; Buyer- MN DRS) O/T- Michael Dilger; B- Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds (KY)

CHANNEL MAKER, 4YO gelding by English Channel – In Return ($57,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent) O- Wachtel Stable & Gary Barber; B- Tall Oaks Farm (ON); T- Bill Mott

BEACH PATROL, 5YO horse by Lemon Drop Kid – Bashful Bertie ($250,000, 2013 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Elm Tree Farm; Buyer- Ben Glass, agent) O- James Covello, Sheep Pond Partners & Head of Plains Partners; B- Nancy Shuford (KY); T- Chad Brown

OGDEN PHIPPS S. (G1), Belmont, 1 1/16 Miles, 4YOs & Up, F&M

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

PACIFIC WIND, 4YO filly by Curlin – Shag ($200,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Joe Ciaglia) O- Sharon Alesia, Ciaglia Racing, Peter Brant & Dominic Savides; B- Sarah Farish (KY); T- Chad Brown

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

BERNED, 4YO filly by Bernardini – First Passage ($550,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent; Buyer- West Point Thoroughbreds) O- Three C Stables, West Point Thoroughbreds & Robert Masiello; B- AR Enterprises (KY); T- H. Graham Motion

ACORN S. (G1), Belmont, 1 Mile, 3YO Fillies

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

GIO GAME, 3YO filly by Gio Ponti – Game for More ($47,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent) O- John C. Oxley; B- H. Allen Poindexter (KY); T- Mark Casse

CALEDONIA ROAD, 3YO filly by Quality Road – Come a Callin ($140,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- Ralph Nicks, agent for Zoom and Fish Stable) O- Zoom and Fish Stable, Charlie Spiring & Newtown Anner Stud; B- Vegso Racing Stable (KY); T- Ralph Nicks

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

JUST A GAME S. (G1), Belmont, 1 Mile (T), 4YOs & Up, F&M

LA CORONEL, 4YO 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

JAIPUR INVITATIONAL (G2), Belmont, 6 Furlongs (T), 4YOs & Up

POCKET CHANGE, 4YO colt by Unbridled’s Song – Island School ($290,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Ben Glass, agent) O- Gary & Mary West; B- Sarah Farish (KY); T- Jason Servis

CONQUEST TSUNAMI, 6YO gelding by Stormy Atlantic – Classic Neel ($190,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Conquest Stables; $140,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- TM Investments) O- Gary Barber; B- Josham Farms & Yvonne Schwabe Thoroughbreds (ON); T- Peter Miller

BROOKLYN INVITATIONAL S. (G2), Belmont, 1½ Miles, 4YOs & Up

CARLINO, 4YO gelding by Lemon Drop Kid – Film Charm ($70,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent) O/B- Courtlandt Farms; T- Mark Hennig

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

TAKE YOUR GUNS, 4YO colt by Blame – Saratoga Cat ($220,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Glennwood Farm, agent) O/B- John D. Gunther (KY); T- Chad Brown

MILLS, 8YO gelding by Any Given Saturday – Highland Hope ($14,000, 2011 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Indian Creek, agent, Buyer- M J K Bloodstock; $115,000, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- Doug Cauthen, agent) O- Big Hands Stable; B- Sun Valley Farm (KY); T- David Donk

BACKSIDEOFTHEMOON, 6YO ridgling by Malibu Moon – Ballado’s Thunder ($150,000 RNA, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent) O- Lake Lonely Racing; B- Doug Branham (KY); T- Leo O’Brien

GIANT PAYDAY, 4YO colt by Giant’s Causeway – Pension ($100,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Lothenbach Stables) O- Lothenbach Stables; B- Gainesway Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Ian Wilkes

OUTPLAY, 4YO colt by Bernardini – Miss Kate ($70,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- B.L.B, Inc.) O- Repole Stable; B- G. Watts Humphrey Jr. (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

WAR STORY, 6YO gelding by Northern Afleet – Belle Watling ($90,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent for Jack Swain; Buyer- Nick de Meric, agent) O- Glenn Ellis & Imaginary Stables et al.; B- Jack Swain III (KY); T- Jorge Navarro

WOODY STEPHENS S. PRESENTED BY MOHEGAN SUN (G2), Belmont, 7 Furlongs, 3YOs

ENGAGE, 3YO colt by Into Mischief – Nefertiti ($200,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woods Edge Farm, agent; Buyer- Rat Pack Farm) O- Woodford Racing; B- Woods Edge Farm (KY); T- Chad Brown

PROMISES FULFILLED, 3YO colt by Shackleford – Marquee Delivery ($37,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- Dale Romans, agent) O- Robert Baron; B- David Jacobs (KY); T- Dale Romans

THE TABULATOR, 3YO 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

STRIKE POWER, 3YO colt by Speightstown – Gold d’Oro ($300,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent) O/B- Courtlandt Farms (KY); T- Mark Hennig 

HONEYMOON S. (G2), Santa Anita, 1 1/8 Miles (T), 3YO Fillies

ANIMOSITY, 3YO filly by Animal Kingdom – Coup de Coeur ($30,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brandywine Farm, agent) O- Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners; B- Spendthrift Farm (KY); T- Patrick Gallagher

MS PEINTOUR, 3YO filly by Paynter – Dyna’s Destiny ($24,000 RNA, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- James B. Keogh) O- Jay Em Ess Stable; B- Bill Adair, Phyllis Adair & Connie Brown (KY); T- Brian Koriner

PAVED, 3YO filly by Quality Road – Sirmione ($130,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Joe Ciaglia) O- Ciaglia Racing & Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners; B- St. George Farm (KY); T- Michael McCarthy

OLD FORESTER MINT JULEP H. (G3), Churchill Downs, 1 1/16 Miles (T), 3YOs & Up, F&M

RES IPSA, 5YO mare by English Channel – More to the Story ($27,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent; Buyer- Deborah Wilson) O- Deborah Wilson; B- Calumet Farm (KY); T- Ian Wilkes

INCHARGEOFME (GB), 5YO mare by High Chaparral (IRE) – Inchmina (GB) ($80,000, 2015 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent; Buyer- Nursery Place) O- Nursery Place; B- Gary Chervenell (GB); T- Shug McGaughey

SULLY’S DREAM, 4YO filly by Colonel John – Karate Gal ($29,000 RNA, 2015 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Shawhan Place, agent; $24,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Shawhan Place, agent) O- Ralph Ebert, Patrick and Michael Waresk, Vagas Mathiesen & R. Taylor; B- Glendalough (KY); T- John Alexander Ortiz