Keeneland sales graduates turned in eye-catching performances to highlight Dubai World Cup Day on Saturday at Meydan.
Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduate Hawkbill captured the $6 million Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) in gate-to-wire fashion. The win followed his victory in the Dubai City of Gold Sponsored by Emirates Skycargo (G2) at Meydan in March.
Mendelssohn, the $3 million sale topper at the 2016 September Sale, aced his first dirt test, winning the UAE Derby Sponsored by Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) by 18¼ lengths while setting a track record. The colt earned 100 points for the victory to rank third in the Kentucky Derby (G1) point standings.
Mind Your Biscuits successfully defended his title in the Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored by Gulf News (G1). The January Horses of All Ages graduates powered from last to first with a thrilling stretch run that set a track record.
On Friday, Gronkowski won his fourth in a row, and second prep on the inaugural European Road to the Kentucky Derby, to clinch an invitation to compete in the Derby. Gronkowski sold as a weanling at the 2015 November Breeding Stock Sale.
KEENELAND SALES GRADUATES
HAWKBILL, 5YO horse by Kitten’s Joy – Trensa ($350,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- John Ferguson) Won Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) on 3/31 at Meydan (career 20-10-2-3, $4,597,545) O- Godolphin; B- Helen Groves Revocable Trust (KY); T- Charles Appleby
MIND YOUR BISCUITS, 5YO horse by Posse – Jazzmane ($47,000, 2014 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Allied Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- Machmer Hall) Won Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored by Gulf News (G1) on 3/31 at Meydan (career 21-7-8-3, $3,179,286) O- J Stables, Head of Plains Partners, Summers, Summers, Kisber & Summers; B- Jumping Jack Racing (NY); T- Chad Summers
MENDELSSOHN, 3YO colt by Scat Daddy – Leslie’s Lady ($3 Million, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Clarkland Farm; Buyer- M. V. Magnier) Won UAE Derby Sponsored by Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) on 3/31 at Meydan (career 7-4-1-0, $1,961,137) O- Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier & Derrick Smith; B- Clarkland Farm (KY); T- Aidan O’Brien
Keeneland sales graduates finished 1-2 in the Gulfstream Park Hardacre Mile (G2) on 3/31 at Gulfstream:
1- CONQUEST BIG E, 5YO gelding by Tapit – Seeinsbelieven ($700,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent, Buyer- Conquest Stables; $110,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- Kirkwood, agent) (career 20-5-2-1, $393,515) O- Daniel Hurtak; B- Gainesway Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Donna Green Hurtak
2- 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, et. al.; B- Santa Rosa Partners (KY); T- Todd Pletcher
GRONKOWSKI, 3YO colt by Lonhro (AUS) – Four Sugars ($75,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Trackside Farm, agent; Buyer- Margaret O’Toole) Won 32Red Burradon S. (L) on 3/30 at Newcastle (career 6-4-1-0, $135,644) O- Phoenix Thoroughbred; B- Epic Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Jeremy Noseda
FIGARELLA’S QUEEN, 3YO filly by Medgalia d’Oro – Nereid ($250,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- GDS Racing Stable) Won $125,000 Sanibel Island S. on 3/31 at Gulfstream (career 4-2-1-1, $115,815) O- Grupo 7C Racing Stable; B- Baumann Stables, Edward Bradley & Dr. Aaron Sones (KY); T- Gustavo Delgado
GEORGIA’S REWARD, 3YO filly by Warrior’s Reward – Tapit Lightly ($29,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent, Buyer- JRita Young Thoroughbreds; $47,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Legacy Bloodstock, agent) Won $98,000 Rainbow Miss S. on 3/31 at Oaklawn (career 4-2-0-1, $115,735) O- JRita Young Thoroughbreds; B- Robby & Treissa Robinson (AR); T- Ron Moquett
HEMP HEMP HURRAY, 3YO colt by Artie Schiller – Druidess ($40,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Cara Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- Ken & Sarah Ramsey) Won $50,000 Animal Kingdom S. on 3/31 at Turfway (career 6-3-1-0, $153,930) O- Ken & Sarah Ramsey; B- Bernard & Karen McCormack (ON); T- Wesley Ward