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Keeneland September Sale Graduates Accelerate, City of Light Renew Rivalry in $9 Million Pegasus World Cup

January 25, 2019

Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduates Accelerate, newly crowned champion older dirt male, and multiple Grade 1 winner City of Light headline the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) at Gulfstream on Saturday. Accelerate, a Horse of the Year finalist following his four Grade 1 wins in 2018, capped by a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), enjoys slight favoritism over City of Light, who was an Eclipse finalist off his win in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1).

Twenty-eight Keeneland sales alumni will compete in graded stakes on Pegasus World Cup Day at Gulfstream. Half the field for the $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) went through the Keeneland sales ring, highlighted by multiple Grade 2 winner and Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) runner-up Catapult, Grade 1 winners Channel Maker and Next Shares, Grade 2 winner Bricks and Mortar and Grade 3 winner Fahan Mura

On Sunday, Keeneland September Sale alumnus and multiple Grade 1 winner Midnight Bisou is the early favorite for the Houston Ladies Classic (G3) at Sam Houston. 

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26

PEGASUS WORLD CUP INVITATIONAL S. (G1), Gulfstream, 1 1/8 Miles, 3YOs & Up

CITY OF LIGHT, 5YO horse by Quality Road – Paris Notion ($710,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Walnut Green) O- Mr. & Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.; B- Ann Marie Farm (KY); T- Michael McCarthy

ACCELERATE, 6YO horse by Lookin At Lucky – Issues ($380,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bluewater Sales, agent; Buyer- L. E. B.) O- Hronis Racing; B- Mike Abraham (KY); T- John Sadler

TOM’S D’ETAT, 6YO horse by Smart Strike – Julia Tuttle ($330,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hunter Valley Farm, agent; Buyer- GMB Racing) O- G M B Racing; B- SF Bloodstock (KY); T- Al Stall Jr.

TRUE TIMBER, 5YO horse by Mineshaft – Queen’s Wood ($170,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- St. George Sales, agent; Buyer- Calumet Farm) O- Calumet Farm; B- Mr. & Mrs. Marc Ferrell (KY); T- Kiaran McLaughlin

GUNNEVERA, 5YO horse by Dialed In – Unbridled Rage ($16,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brandywine Farm & Stephen Upchurch; Buyer- Antonio Sano, agent) O- Margoth; B- Brandywine Farm & Stephen Upchurch (KY); T- Antonio Sano

IMPERATIVE, 9YO gelding by Bernardini – Call Her ($325,000, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent; Buyer- John Ferguson) O- Ron Paolucci Racing & Imaginary Stables; B- Glencrest Farm & Darley (KY); T- Anthony Quartarolo

 

PEGASUS WORLD CUP TURF INVITATIONAL S. (G1), Gulfstream, 1 3/16 Miles (T), 3YOs & UP

CHANNEL MAKER, 5YO gelding by English Channel – In Return ($57,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent) O- Wachtel Stable, Gary Barber, R. A. Hill Stable & Reeves Thoroughbred Racing; B- Tall Oaks Farm (ON); T- Bill Mott

NEXT SHARES, 6YO gelding by Archarcharch – Two Dot Slew ($190,000, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- ELiTE; Buyer- David Meah, agent) O- Michael & Jules Iavarone, Jerry McClanahan, Christopher Dunn, William Marasa, Ritchie Robershaw & Mark Taylor; B- Buck Pond Farm (KY); T- Richard Baltas

FAHAN MURA, 5YO mare 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

BRICKS AND MORTAR, 5YO horse by Giant’s Causeway – Beyond the Waves ($200,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Stone Farm, agent; Buyer- Oaks Bluff Partners) O- Klaravich Stables & William Lawrence; B- George Strawbridge Jr. (KY); T- Chad Brown

CATAPULT 6YO horse by Kitten’s Joy – Gata Bella ($235,000, 2014 Jan Horses of All Ages. C- Castle Park Farm (Noel Murphy), agent; B- Philip Blake; $350,000 2014 Sept Yearling. C- Lane’s End, agent; B- I. B. S.) O- Woodford Racing; B- Breffni Farm (KY); T- John Sadler

 

LA PREVOYANTE H. (G3), Gulfstream, 1½ Miles (T), 4YOs & Up, F&M

A. A. AZULA’S ARCH, 4YO filly by Arch – Song of Solomon ($35,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- James M. Herbener Jr.) O- A & A Farms; B- Fox Hill Farms (KY); T- Kevin Attard

BEAU BELLE, 4YO filly by Giant’s Causeway – Binya (GER) ($55,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Robert Anderson) O- Mark Anderson; B- Joseph Allen (KY); T- Tom Albertrani

TRICKY ESCAPE, 6YO mare by Hat Trick (JPN) – Island Escape ($65,000 RNA, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent) O- Jon Marshall; B- Robert Trussell Jr. & John T.L. Jones III (KY); T- John Servis

LA MANTA GRIS, 5YO mare by Lemon Drop Kid – Quiero Ganar ($40,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Nursery Place, agent; Buyer- Eisaman Equine) O- Blackstone River Stable; B- Nursery Place & Hendrickson (KY); T- George R. Arnold II

SANTA MONICA (GB), 6YO mare by Mastercraftsman (IRE) – Zacchera (GB) ($675,000 RNA, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- ELiTE) O- Mrs. John Magnier, Madaket Stables & Deron Pearson; B- D. J. Erwin Bloodstock (GB); T- Chad Brown

 

W. L. McKNIGHT H. (G3), Gulfstream, 1½ Miles (T), 4YOs & Up

SOGLIO, 5YO gelding by Scat Daddy – Sea of Showers ($240,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent) O- Ken & Sarah Ramsey; B- Flaxman Holdings (KY); T- Michael Maker

HUNTER O’RILEY, 6YO ridgling by Tiz Wonderful – Oblige ($120,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Legacy Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- Jarazen Stable) O- Sean Shay & Michael Ryan; B- Mike Rutherford (KY); T- James Toner

MARKITOFF, 5YO horse by Giant’s Causeway – Myriad ($160,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Mill Ridge Sales, agent; Buyer- Zayat Stables) O- Three Diamonds Farm; B- Alpha Delta Stables (KY); T- Michael Maker

HAY DAKOTA, 6YO gelding by Haynesfield – Church by the Sea ($47,000, 2013 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent; Buyer- Stewart Mettler) O- Ron Paolucci Racing; B- Brereton C. Jones (KY); T- Anthony Quartarolo

ALL GO, 5YO gelding by Hard Spun – Aspiring ($170,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Lost Creek Ranch Stable) O- Three Diamonds Farm; B- G. Watts Humphrey Jr. & W. S. Farish (KY); T- Michael Maker

 

HURRICANE BERTIE S. (G3), Gulfstream, 7 Furlongs, 4YOs & Up, F&M

AWESTRUCK, 5YO mare by Tapit – Tizfiz ($525,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Baccari Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- G. Watts Humphrey Jr.) O- G. Watts Humphrey Jr.; B- Chester & Anne Prince (KY); T- George R. Arnold II

BLAMED, 4YO filly by Blame – Salsa Star ($77,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Upson Downs Farm, agent) O- Cleber Massey; B- Sagamore Farm (MD); T- Bill Mott

PACIFIC GALE, 4YO filly by Flat Out – Pacific Whisper ($50,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Garrencasey Sales, agent; Buyer- Colt Creek) O- Tobey Morton; B- Bally Breeders (KY); T- John Kimmel

 

FRED W. HOOPER S. (G3), Gulfstream, 1 Mile, 4YOs & Up

CONQUEST BIG E, 6YO 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) O- Daniel Hurtak; B- Gainesway Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Donna Green Hurtak

BREAKING LUCKY, 7YO horse by Lookin At Lucky – Shooting Party ($100,000, 2012 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Cara Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- Margaux Farm, agent) O- West Point Thoroughbreds, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Eric Young & R. A. Hill Stable; B- Christine Hayden (ON); T- George Weaver

EYE OF A JEDI, 4YO gelding by Eye of the Leopard – Sea Song’s Grace ($1,500, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Darby Dan Farm, agent; Buyer- Big Easy) O/T- Steve Budhoo; B- Calumet Farm (KY)

MO DONT NO, 6YO gelding by Uncle Mo – Lilah ($50,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent; Buyer- Steven W. Young, agent) O- Ron Paolucci Racing; B- Beechwood Racing Stable (OH); T- Anthony Quartarolo

 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27

HOUSTON LADIES CLASSIC (G3), Sam Houston, 1 1/16 Miles, 4YOs & Up, F&M

REMEDY, 4YO filly by Creative Cause – Daisy Mason ($200,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent; Buyer- Twin Creeks Racing) O- Twin Creeks Racing Stables; B- Brereton Jones & Ned Jones (KY); T- Brad Cox

VIVA FOREVER, 5YO mare by Milwaukee Brew – Kinnoull Hill ($75,000, 2019 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent; Buyer- Zach Madden, agent for Ron Paolucci Racing) O- Ron Paolucci Racing; B- Paul O’Sullivan (ON); T- Karl Broberg

MOONLIT GARDEN, 5YO mare by Malibu Moon – Winter Garden ($120,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) O/B- Town & Country (KY); T- Christopher Davis

MIDNIGHT BISOU, 4YO filly by Midnight Lute – Diva Delite ($19,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent) O- Bloom Racing Stable, Allen Racing & Madaket Stables; B- Woodford Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

 

JOHN B. CONNALLY TURF CUP S. (G3), Sam Houston, 1½ Miles (T), 4YOs & Up

LAWLESS WEST, 7YO gelding by Giant’s Causeway – River Flower ($300,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Top Line Sales, agent; Buyer- Ben Glass, agent) O- Bryan Hawk; B- Mikhail Yanakov (KY); T- Joe Offolter

NET GAIN, 7YO gelding by Include – Triple o’ Five ($120,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- WinStar Racing, agent; Buyer- Claim to Fame Stable) O- Claim to Fame Stable; B- Lane Thoroughbreds (IA); T- Clinton Stuart

MARKITOFF, 5YO horse by Giant’s Causeway – Myriad ($160,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Mill Ridge Sales, agent; Buyer- Zayat Stables) O- Three Diamonds Farm; B- Alpha Delta Stables (KY); T- Michael Maker