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Keeneland Sales Alumni Focus Group, Channel Maker Top Entries for Grade 1 Man o’ War

May 10, 2019

Keeneland sales alumni Focus Group, winner of the Pan American (G2) at Gulfstream in his season debut, and multiple graded stakes winner Channel Maker highlight entries for the Man o’ War (G1) on Saturday at Belmont.

Keeneland sales graduates also are prominent in the three graded stakes on the day’s undercard. Graded stakes-placed Federal Case and Sir Winston go postward in the Peter Pan (G3). Grade 1 winner Separationofpowers returns from a long layoff in the Vagrancy (G3), where she will meet Pacific Gale, second in the Distaff (G3) at Aqueduct. The Beaugay (G3) marks the season debut of Competitionofideas, who closed 2018 with a win in Santa Anita’s American Oaks (G1).

Nun the Less, second in the Ben Ali (G3) at Keeneland in April, is the morning-line favorite for the Hanshin Cup (G3) at Arlington. 

SATURDAY, MAY 11

 MAN O’ WAR S. (G1), Belmont, 1 3/8 Miles (T), 4YOs & Up

ARKLOW, 5YO horse by Arch – Unbridled Empire ($160,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Penn Sales, agent; Buyer- Donegal Racing) O- Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger & Peter Coneway; B- John & Frank Penn (KY); T- Brad Cox

FOCUS GROUP, 5YO horse by Kitten’s Joy – Cocktail Hour ($140,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Mike Ryan, agent) O- Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence; B- Dixiana Farms (KY); T- Chad Brown

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 

PETER PAN S. (G3), Belmont, 1 1/8 Miles, 3YOs

FEDERAL CASE, 3YO colt by Gemologist – Delilahjane ($180,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Serendipity Farm, agent, Buyer- Maverick Racing & China Horse Club; $650,000, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- WinStar Racing, agent, Buyer- West Bloodstock, agent) O- Robert & Lawana Low; B- Kings Way Farm (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

GLOBAL CAMPAIGN, 3YO colt by Curlin – Globe Trot ($250,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- Sagamore Farm) O- Sagamore Farm & WinStar Farm; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Stanley Hough

SIR WINSTON, 3YO colt by Awesome Again – La Gran Bailadora ($50,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent) O/B- Tracy Farmer (KY); T- Mark Casse

FINAL JEOPARDY, 3YO colt by Street Sense – Addison Run ($110,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Ben Glass, agent) O- Gary & Mary West; B- Bloodstock Investment (KY); T- Jason Servis

VAGRANCY H. (G3), Belmont, 6½ Furlongs, 4YOs & Up, F&M

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

SEPARATIONOFPOWERS, 4YO filly by Candy Ride (ARG) – Shehadmefromhello ($190,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Greenfield Farm, agent; Buyer- de Meric Stables, agent) O- Klaravich Stables; B- Northwest Farms (KY); T- Chad Brown

HOLIDAY DISGUISE, 5YO mare by Harlan’s Holiday – Thin Disguise ($70,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent; Buyer- John Greathouse, agent) O- Lady Sheila Stable; B- Dr. William Wilmot & Dr. Joan Taylor (NY); T- Linda Rice 

BEAUGAY S. (G3), Belmont, 1 1/16 Miles (T), 4YOs & Up, F&M

COMPETITIONOFIDEAS, 4YO filly by Speightstown – Devil by Design ($325,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Glennwood Farm, agent; Buyer- Mike Ryan, agent) O- Klaravich Stables; B- John D. Gunther, Tony Chedraoui & Eurowest Bloodstock Services (KY); T- Chad Brown

HOMERIQUE, 4YO filly by Exchange Rate – Chiquita Picosa ($34,000 RNA, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Indian Creek, agent) O- Peter Brant; B- Nicky & Francois Drion (KY); T- Chad Brown 

SANTA BARBARA S. (G3), 1½ Miles (T), 3YOs & Up, F&M

 ANIMOSITY, 4YO filly by Animal Kingdom – Coup de Coeur ($30,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brandywine Farm, agent) O- Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners; B- Spendthrift Farm (KY); T- Patrick Gallagher

CAUSEFORCOMMOTION, 5YO mare by Americain – Causey ($40,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent; Buyer- Sondereker & Kruljac Partners) O- E. Dunham, J. Kruljac, Jim Reed, J. Sondereker and S. & D. Yip; B- Calumet Farm (KY); T- J. Eric Kruljac

HANSHIN CUP S. (G3), Arlington, 1 Mile, 3YOs & Up

NUN THE LESS, 7YO gelding by Candy Ride (ARG) – Nunnery ($140,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Claiborne Farm, agent; Buyer- Lothenbach Stables) O- Crystal Racing Enterprises & Contreras Stable; B- Claiborne Farm (KY); T- Cipriano Contreras

ECKERSLEY, 7YO horse by Congrats – Aristocratic Lady ($140,000 RNA, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent) O- Gary Broad; B- Grapestock (KY); T- Christopher Davis

MACHTREE, 4YO gelding by Kitten’s Joy – Lady Lumberjack ($450,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Clearsky Farms; Buyer- Bluesky Bloodstock, Aquis Farm & Stonestreet Stables) O- Stonestreet Stables & Aquis Farm; B- Clearsky Farms (KY); T- Mark Casse