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Keeneland September Sale Graduates, Led by Classic Winner Accelerate, Capture Seven Breeders’ Cup World Championships

November 4, 2018

Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduates swept seven Breeders’ Cup World Championship races Nov. 2-3 at Churchill Downs: Accelerate(Classic-G1), Monomoy Girl (Distaff-G1), Roy H (TwinSpires Sprint-G1), Game Winner (Sentient Jet Juvenile-G1), Jaywalk (Tito’s Handmade Vodka Juvenile Fillies-G1),City of Light (Dirt Mile-G1) and Bulletin (Juvenile Turf Sprint).

Also representing Keeneland was Shamrock Rose, winner of the Lexus Raven Run (G2) at Keeneland on Oct. 20, who surged to victory in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) to record her fourth consecutive win. 

September Sale graduates accounted for four Breeders’ Cup races on Saturday, led by Accelerate’s victory in the $6 million Classic for his fourth consecutive Grade 1 win that pushed his career earnings to nearly $5.8 million. A 5-year-old horse by Lookin At Lucky, Accelerate sold at the 2014 September Sale to L. E. B. for $380,000. He was consigned by Bluewater Sales, agent. (Click here for video of Accelerate in the September Sale ring.)

Accelerate

Accelerate’s half-sister Darlin’issues (Hip 344) sells in foal to Street Sense at Keeneland’s 2018 November Breeding Stock Sale, which begins Monday.

Monomoy Girl delivered as favorite in winning the $2 million Distaff, defeating a field of top stakes-winning fillies and mares. The Distaff is the fifth Grade 1 win for the daughter of Tapizar, who won Keeneland’s Central Bank Ashland (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs in the spring. BSW Bloodstock’s Liz Crow paid $100,000 for Monomoy Girl at the 2016 September Sale from consignor Gainesway, agent. (Click here for video of Monomoy Girl in the September Sale ring.)

Champion and two-time Keeneland sales graduate Roy H successfully defended his title in the $2 million Sprint, sweeping past the frontrunner at the top of the stretch and cruising to a 3¼-length win. Claiborne Farm, agent, consigned the son of More Than Ready to the 2013 September Sale, where he was purchased for $115,000 by Ciaran Dunne. Co-owner Rockingham Ranch bought Roy H for $310,000 at the 2014 April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale from Wavertree Stables, agent. (Click here for video of Roy H in the September Sale ring.)

Roy H’s half-sister Libbyris (Hip 462) will be offered in foal to More Than Ready at the November Sale.

City of Light romped to a 2¾-length win in the $1 million Dirt Mile for his third Grade 1 victory. The Quality Road colt was consigned to the 2015 September Sale by Lane’s End, agent, and purchased by Walnut Green for $710,000. (Click here for video of City of Light in the September Sale ring.)  

Game Winner, Jaywalk and Bulletin, all graduates of the 2017 September Sale, dominated their respective Breeders’ Cup races on “Future Stars Friday” at Churchill.

Game Winner turned in a gritty performance to win the $2 million Juvenile and stamp himself the early favorite for the 2019 Kentucky Derby (G1). The victory is the third Grade 1 win in four career starts for the undefeated son of Candy Ride (ARG), who previously won the Del Mar Futurity (G1) and American Pharoah (G1). Ben Glass, on behalf of owners Gary and Mary West, paid $110,000 for Game Winner from Lane’s End, agent. (Click here for video of Game Winner in the September Sale ring.)

Game Winner’s half-brother Flagstaff (Hip 3117) is cataloged as a racing prospect to the November Sale.

Jaywalk emerged as the early favorite for the 2019 Kentucky Oaks (G1) with a dominating 5½-length win in the $2 million Juvenile Fillies. It is the fourth consecutive victory for Jaywalk, who captured the Frizette (G1) at Belmont in similar gate-to-wire fashion. Trainer John Servis, agent, purchased the daughter of Cross Traffic for $190,000 from Gainesway, agent. (Click here for video of Jaywalk in the September Sale ring.)

Bulletin broke like a shot to immediately take command of the inaugural $1 million Juvenile Turf Sprint and never relinquished the lead, drawing clear in the stretch to win by 2¾ lengths in only his second career start. Maverick Racing and China Horse Club acquired the son of City Zip from Paramount Sales, agent, for $250,000. (Click here for video of Bulletin in the September Sale ring.)