Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduates excelled on the world stage this past week. Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) winner Justify took aim on the Triple Crown following a victory in the $1.5 million Preakness (G1) at Pimlico on Saturday. Keeneland sales have produced 24 Preakness winners, including Exaggerator in 2016 and Cloud Computing in 2017.
In England, September Sale graduate Roaring Lion demonstrated his brilliance in winning the Betfred Dante (G2) at York by 4½ lengths.Sergei Prokofiev, a graduate of the 2017 September Sale, established himself as an exciting 2-year-old prospect with his victory in the Coolmore War Command Rochestown (L) at Naas in Ireland.
KEENELAND SALES GRADUATES
JUSTIFY, 3YO colt by Scat Daddy – Stage Magic ($500,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Glennwood Farm, agent; Buyer- China Horse Club/Maverick Racing) Won Preakness S. (G1) on 5/19 at Pimlico (career 5-5-0-0, $2,998,000) O- China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing & WinStar Farm; B- John D. Gunther (KY); T- Bob Baffert
ROARING LION, 3YO colt by Kitten’s Joy – Vionnet ($160,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- David Redvers) Won Betfred Dante S. (G2) on 5/17 at York (career 7-4-1-1, $301,380) O- Qatar Racing; B- Ran Jan Racing (KY); T- John Gosden
SWITZERLAND, 4YO colt by Speightstown – Czechers ($170,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent, Buyer- Fairwinter Farm; $175,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent, Buyer- McKathan Bros.) Won Maryland Sprint (G3) on 5/19 at Pimlico (career 11-4-2-3, $273,380) O- Woodford Racing; B- Branch Family Trust (KY); T- Steve Asmussen
PRINCESS LA QUINTA, 4YO filly by Quality Road – Social Scene ($6,500, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Mulholland Springs, agent; Buyer- Al Moorhouse) Won Arlington Matron S. (G3) on 5/19 at Arlington (career 15-4-1-5, $148,748) O- Al Moorhouse & James Gulick; B- John Mulholland, Martha Jane Mulholland & Pegasus Stud (KY); T- James Gulick
Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduates finished 1-2 in the Soaring Softly S. (G3) on 5/19 at Belmont:
1- NOOTKA SOUND, 3YO filly by Lonhro (AUS) – Miss Red Delicious ($100,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- KatieRich Farms; B- Cromwell Bloodstock Agency) (career 5-3-1-0, $148,400) O- Hat Creek Racing; B- KatieRich Farms (KY); T- Wesley Ward
2- Elevenses, 3YO filly by More Than Ready – Cougarstown ($50,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Leverett Miller, agent) O- Joseph Shields Jr.; B- Ramspring Farm (KY); T- James A. Jerkens
SERGEI PROKOFIEV, 2YO colt by Scat Daddy – Orchard Beach ($1.1 million, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Anderson Farms; Buyer- M. V. Magnier) Won Coolmore War Command Rochestown S. (L) on 5/20 at Naas (career 3-2-1-0, €53,670) O- Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier & Michael Tabor; B- Anderson Farms (ON); T- Aidan O’Brien
MITOLE, 3YO colt by Eskendereya – Indian Miss ($20,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- Chestnut Valley Farm) Won $200,000 Chick Lang S. on 5/19 at Pimlico (career 7-4-2-1, $348,710) O- William & Corinne Heiligbrodt; B- Edward A. Cox (KY); T- Steve Asmussen