Keeneland sales graduates finished 1-2 in the weekend’s two Grade 1 events, both on Saturday at Saratoga. Diversify earned a berth in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs with his dominating win in the $1.2 million Whitney. Carrying co-top weight of 124 pounds over a sloppy (sealed) track, Diversify led at every call to post a 3½-length victory over top sprinter Mind Your Biscuits, who was stretching out to 1 1/8 miles in the Whitney. Earlier in the day, Separationofpowers edged Mia Mischief by a neck to take the Test following a thrilling stretch battle.
On Saturday at Mountaineer, September Yearling Sale graduate Mr Freeze cruised to an 8-length victory in the $500,000 West Virginia Derby (G3). Keeneland sales graduates and stablemates Leofric and Term of Art battled throughout the West Virginia Governor’s (G3), with Leofric gaining the advantage by a neck at the wire.
Bellafina won the Sorrento (G2) by 4¼ lengths in the second race of her career at Del Mar on Sunday.
KEENELAND SALES GRADUATES
Keeneland sales graduates finished 1-2 in the Whitney S. (G1) on 8/4 at Saratoga:
1- DIVERSIFY, 5YO gelding by Bellamy Road – Rule One ($210,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- WinStar Racing, agent; Buyer- Lauren & Ralph Evans) (career 15-10-2-0, $1,959,425) O- Lauren & Ralph Evans; B- Fred Hertrich III & John D. Fielding (NY); T- Richard A. Violette Jr.
2- Mind Your Biscuits, 5YO horse by Posse – Jazzmane ($47,000, 2014 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Allied Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- Machmer Hall) O- Shadai Farm, J Stables, Head of Plains Partners, M. Scott, Daniel & Chad Summers and Michael Kisber; B- Jumping Jack Racing (NY); T- Chad Summers
Keeneland sales graduates ran 1-2 in the Test S. (G1) on 8/4 at Saratoga:
1- SEPARATIONOFPOWERS, 3YO filly by Candy Ride (ARG) – Shehadmefromhello ($190,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Greenfield Farm, agent; Buyer- de Meric Stables, agent) (career 6-3-0-1, $707,300) O- Klaravich Stables; B- Northwest Farms (KY); T- Chad Brown
2- 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
Keeneland September Yearling Sale alumni finished 1-2 in the Sorrento S. (G2) on 8/5 at Del Mar:
1- BELLAFINA, 2YO filly by Quality Road – Akron Moon ($220,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) (career 2-1-1-0, $128,000) O- Kaleem Shah; B- JSM Equine (KY); T- Simon Callaghan
2- Del Mar May, 2YO filly by Jimmy Creed – Big Lou ($55,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Cross Keys Sales, agent; Buyer- David Meah, agent) O- Calvin Nguyen; B- T/C Stables (KY); T- Richard Baltas
Keeneland September Sale graduates ran 1-2-3 in the West Virginia Derby (G3) on 8/4 at Mountaineer:
1- MR FREEZE, 3YO colt by To Honor and Serve – Heavenly Cat ($75,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Dale Romans, agent) (career 4-3-1-0, $434,400) O- Jim Bakke & Gerald Isbister; B- Siena Farms (KY); T- Dale Romans
2- Draft Pick, 3YO colt by Candy Ride (ARG) – Firehouse Red ($450,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hinkle Farms; Buyer- Mayberry Farm) O- C R K Stable; B- Hinkle Farms (KY); T- Peter Eurton
3- High North, 3YO colt by Midnight Lute – Spacy Tracy ($230,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Burleson Farms, agent; Buyer- Shortleaf Stable) O- Shortleaf Stable; B- Mercedes Stable (KY); T- Brad Cox
Keeneland sales graduates finished 1-2-3 in the West Virginia Governor’s S. (G3) on 8/4 at Mountaineer:
1- LEOFRIC, 5YO horse by Candy Ride (ARG) – Lady Godiva ($330,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Dromoland Farm, agent, Buyer- Woodford Racing; $100,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- BSW Bloodstock) (career 11-6-1-2, $457,940) O- Steve Landers Racing; B- Peter Blum Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Brad Cox
2- Term of Art, 4YO colt by Tiznow – Miles of Style ($220,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Timber Town, agent; Buyer- Calumet Farm) O- Calumet Farm; B- Whisper Hill Farm (KY); T- Brad Cox
3- Matrooh, 8YO gelding by Distorted Humor – Rockcide ($550,000, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent; Buyer- Shadwell Estate Company Ltd.) O- Crystal Racing & Contreras Stable; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Cipriano Contreras
TIZ BREATHTAKING, 2YO filly by Tiznow – I’m Breathtaking ($210,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent) Won $125,000 Shady Well S. on 8/4 at Woodbine (career 3-2-1-0, $109,987) O- Windhaven Farms; B- William D. Graham (ON); T- Michael Doyle
MUSKOKA WONDER, 2YO colt by Into Mischief – No Wonder ($50,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent, Buyer- Twin Peaks Racing; $130,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Stuart Morris, agent, Buyer- Conrad Farms) Won$125,000 Clarendon S. on 8/5 at Woodbine (career 2-2-0-0, $91,062) O- Conrad Farms; B- William D. Graham (ON); T- Mark Casse
FIESTA, 4YO filly by Speightstown – Holy Flapper ($180,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bridie Harrison, agent, Buyer- Hidden Brook, agent; $13,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent, Buyer- Chris Wilkins) Won$106,500 Jill Jellison Memorial Dash S. on 8/4 at Suffolk Downs (career 15-5-1-1, $180,825) O- Seajay Racing; B- Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Joe Sharp
YOUR LOVE, 4YO filly by Flatter – Queen of America ($425,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Claiborne Farm, agent; Buyer- Steven W. Young, agent) Won $100,000 Shine Again S. on 8/1 at Saratoga (career 8-4-3-0, $251,200) O- Paul Pompa Jr.; B- Claiborne Farm (KY); T- Chad Brown
ARKLOW, 4YO colt by Arch – Unbridled Empire ($160,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Penn Sales, agent; Buyer- Donegal Racing) Won $97,334 Kentucky Downs Preview Calumet Farm Turf Cup S. on 8/5 at Ellis Park (career 14-4-2-1, $420,932) O- Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger & Peter Coneway; B- John & Frank Penn (KY); T- Brad Cox
GO ON MARY, 4YO filly by Broken Vow – Blue Orleans ($25,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- James B. Keogh, agent; Buyer- Gary Capuano, agent) Won $81,330 Daisycutter H. on 8/3 at Del Mar (career 19-4-2-4, $198,213) O- McShane Racing; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Doug O’Neill
WARLEIGH, 7YO gelding by Speightstown – Fresh Tracks ($90,000 RNA, 2012 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; $42,000, 2013 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- David A. Ross) Won $75,000 West Virginia Legislature Chairman’s Cup S. on 8/4 at Mountaineer (career 35-6-6-9, $232,598) O- Robert L. Cole Jr.; B- Fares Farm (KY); T- Kevin Patterson
PAULITA, 3YO filly by Scat Daddy – Blind Date ($100,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) Won $75,000 William M. Backer S. on 8/4 at Laurel (career 5-2-2-0, $79,030) O- Hat Creek Racing; B- William M. Backer Revocable Trust (VA); T- Arnaud Delacour
MAGIC TALE, 2YO colt by Tale of the Cat – Conjuress ($35,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Langsem Farm; Buyer- de Meric Stables, agent) Won $75,000 Cleveland Kindergarten S. on 8/4 at Thistledown (career 2-2-0-0, $64,500) O- Bruce Tallisman; B- Langsem Farm (OH); T- Kelly Breen
HOMESPUN HERO, 5YO horse by Hard Spun – Nicky’s Way ($65,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- William Ferrone) Won $72,750 Meadow Stable S. on 8/4 at Laurel (career 28-5-5-2, $211,334) O- Tag Stables & Bedlam; B- C. Oliver Iselin (VA); T- Mark Shuman
K P WILDCAT, 5YO mare by Include – Londolozi ($22,000 RNA, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent) Won $55,000 Albuquerque Distaff H. on 8/4 at Albuquerque (career 18-12-2-2, $472,636) O- Karl Pergola; B- Cloyce Clark (KY); T- Weston Martin