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Keeneland Sales Alumni Lead Fields for Weekend Kentucky Derby Preps

March 5, 2021

Keeneland sales alumni are the leading contenders in the weekend’s three prep races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1).

Keeneland sales are represented by nine of the 12 sophomores entered in the Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (G2), led by Sam F. Davis (G2) winner Candy Man Rocket, stakes winners Super Strong and Sittin On Go and talented maiden winner Promise Keeper.

Undefeated Life is Good, winner of the Sham (G3), headlines the San Felipe (G2). 

Seven of the eight contenders in the Gotham (G3) at Aqueduct were sold at Keeneland, including Freedom Fighter, second in the San Vicente (G2); Capo Kane, third in the Withers (G3), and Nyquist Stakes winnerHighly Motivated.  

Keeneland sales alumni also are showcased in the two Grade 1 stakes for older horses at Santa Anita on Saturday. Highlighting the field for the Frank E. Kilroe Mile (G1) are Hit the Road, who opened his 4-year-old campaign with a win in the Thunder Road (G3), and Ride a Comet and Casa Creed, first and second, respectively, in the recent Tropical Turf (G3). Graded stakes winner Independence Hall, third in the Pegasus World Cup (G1), and San Pasqual (G2) winner Express Train are among the top contenders in the Santa Anita Handicap (G1).

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 6

FRANK E. KILROE MILE S. (G1), Santa Anita, 1 Mile (T), 4YOs & Up

HIT THE ROAD, 4YO colt by More Than Ready – Highway Mary ($160,000 RNA to Sale, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Radley Equine/Boomer Bloodstock) O- D K Racing, Radley Equine, Taste of Victory Stables, Rick Gold, Tony Maslowski & Dave Odmark; B- Fred W. Hertrich III (KY); T- Dan Blacker

SPIRIT ANIMAL, 5YO horse by Lemon Drop Kid – Iconic Spirit ($120,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Mike Ryan, agent) O- Klaravich Stables; B- Caldara Farm (KY); T- Chad Brown

CASA CREED, 5YO horse by Jimmy Creed – Achalaya ($105,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Kelli Mitchell, agent; Buyer- Kenny McPeek, agent) O- LRE Racing & JEH Racing Stable; B- Silver Springs Stud (KY); T- Bill Mott

RIDE A COMET, 6YO horse by Candy Ride (ARG) – Appealing Zophie ($45,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent) O- John Oxley & My Meadowview Farm; B- My Meadowview (KY); T- Mark Casse

 

SANTA ANITA H. (G1), Santa Anita, 1¼ Miles, 4YOs & Up

INDEPENDENCE HALL, 4YO colt by Constitution – Kalahari Cat ($100,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent; Buyer- Charlestown Investments) O- Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Twin Creeks Racing Stables, Kathleen & Robert Verratti; B- Woodford Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Michael McCarthy

KISS TODAY GOODBYE, 4YO colt by Cairo Prince – Savvy Hester ($150,000, 2018 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Lisa & Tim Turney, agent; Buyer- John Sondereker) O- John Sondereker; B- Debmar Stables (KY); T- J. Eric Kruljac

COASTAL DEFENSE, 5YO horse by Curlin – Trensa ($800,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Albaugh Family Stable) O- Albaugh Family Stables & Helen Groves; B- Helen Groves (KY); T- Dale Romans

EXPRESS TRAIN, 4YO colt by Union Rags – I’m a Flake ($500,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Mayberry Farm) O- C R K Stable; B- Dixiana Farms (KY); T- John Shirreffs

IDOL, 4YO colt by Curlin – Marion Ravenwood ($375,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent; Buyer- John Holmes) O- Calvin Nguyen; B- My Meadowview (KY); T- Richard Baltas

KING GUILLERMO, 4YO colt by Uncle Mo – Slow Sand ($90,000 RNA, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Blandford Stud, agent) O- Victoria’s Ranch; B- Carhue Investments, Grouseridge & Marengo Investments (KY); T- Juan Carlos Avila

 

LAMBHOLM SOUTH TAMPA BAY DERBY (G2), Tampa Bay Downs, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YOs

MY LIBERTY, 3YO colt by Tapizar – Liberty Lunch ($30,000, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Indian Creek, agent, Buyer- Back Straight Farm; $25,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Summerfield, agent, Buyer- Thoroughbred Champion Training Center) O- Thoroughbred Champion Training Center; B- Indian Creek (KY); T- Maria Ines Mejia

SUPER STRONG, 3YO colt by Super Saver – Strikinglybeautiful ($127,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- St. George Sales, agent; Buyer- Owls Bloodstock) O- Sonata Stable; B- Pursuit of Success (KY); T- Saffie Joseph Jr.

CANDY MAN ROCKET, 3YO colt by Candy Ride (ARG) – Kenny Lane ($190,000 RNA, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Timber Town, agent; $70,000 RNA, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Timber Town, agent) O- Frank Fletcher Racing; B- R. S. Evans (KY); T- Bill Mott

KING OF DREAMS, 3YO colt by Air Force Blue – Cabbage Key ($105,000 RNA, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- St. George Sales, agent) O- Victoria’s Ranch; B- Doug & Felicia Branham (KY); T- Juan Carlos Avila  

AWESOME GERRY, 3YO colt by Liam’s Map – Star of Munster $45,000 RNA, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; $37,000 RNA, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- South Point Sales Agency, agent) O- John Fanelli, Cash is King, LC Racing, Paul Braverman & Timothy Pinch; B- John Liviakis (KY); T- Saffie Joseph Jr.

MOONLITE STRIKE, 3YO colt by Liam’s Map – Twinkling ($45,000 RNA, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- South Point Sales Agency, agent; $120,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- South Point Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- Marc Tacher) O- Sonata Stable; B- Brushy Hill (KY); T- Saffie Joseph Jr.

HIDDEN STASH, 3YO colt by Constitution – Making Mark Money ($50,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent; Buyer- BBN II Racing) O- BBN Racing; B- Rhineshire Farm (KY); T- Vicki Oliver

PROMISE KEEPER, 3YO colt by Constitution – Mira Alta ($160,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent; Buyer- Woodford Thoroughbreds) O- Woodford Thoroughbreds, WinStar Farm & Rock Ridge Racing; B- Rock Ridge Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

SITTIN ON GO, 3YO colt by Brody’s Cause – Set’n On Ready ($65,000, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Wynnstay Sales, Buyer- Albaugh Family Stable; $62,000 RNA, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) O- Albaugh Family Stables; B- Wynnstay (KY); T- Dale Romans

 

SAN FELIPE S. (G2), Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YOs

LIFE IS GOOD, 3YO colt by Into Mischief – Beach Walk ($525,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent; Buyer- China Horse Club and Maverick Racing) O- CHC & WinStar Farm; B- Gary & Mary West (KY); T- Bob Baffert

DREAM SHAKE, 3YO colt by Twirling Candy – Even Song ($32,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Blackburn Farm, agent; Buyer- Foxpointe Thoroughbreds) O- Exline-Border Racing, SAF Racing & Richard Hausman; B- Dunwoody Farm (KY); T- Peter Eurton

ROMAN CENTURIAN, 3YO colt by Empire Maker – Spare Change ($550,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent; Buyer- Ben McElroy, agent) O- Don Alberto Stable & Qatar Racing; B- Don Alberto Corp. (KY); T- Simon Callaghan

 

HILLSBOROUGH S. (G2), Tampa Bay Downs, 1 1/8 Miles (T), 4YOs & Up, F&M

MORNING MOLLY, 5YO mare by Morning Line – Honor Your Gift ($45,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent) O/B- Willow Lane Stables; T- Tom Proctor

 

SAN CARLOS S. (G2), Santa Anita, 7 Furlongs, 4YOs & Up

MAJOR CABBIE, 6YO horse by Into Mischief – Love Catcher ($85,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- Gene Recio, agent) O- Sareen Family Trust; B- Cloyce Clark Jr. (LA); T- Peter Miller

MANHATTAN UP, 5YO gelding by Street Boss – In the Frame ($37,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hunter Valley Farm, agent) O- Charles Gust & John Warren; B- Kathleen McIsaac (KY); T- Philip Oviedo

STRONGCONSTITUTION, 4YO colt by Constitution – Earlybird Road ($57,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Stonehaven Steadings; B- Grassroots Training & Sales) O- Roadrunner Racing & Sanjay Racing; B- Stonehaven Steadings (KY); T- Doug O’Neill

EXAULTED, 4YO colt by Twirling Candy – Gilded Miracle ($77,000, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent; Buyer- Emil Spadone, Pictureque Farm & Machmer Hall) O- C R K Stable; B- Jack Swain III (KY); T- Peter Eurton

 

GOTHAM S. (G3), Aqueduct, 1 Mile, 3YOs

ATLANTIC ROAD, 3YO colt by Quality Road – Smart ‘n Special ($185,000 RNA, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent) O- Starlight Racing; B- F. Thomas Conway (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

THE REDS, 3YO colt by Tonalist – Ash Zee ($14,000 RNA, 2019 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Timber Town, agent; $115,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Cross Keys Sales, agent, Buyer- Gold 19/20) O- Flanagan Racing; B- R. S. Evans (KY); T- John Kimmel

HIGHLY MOTIVATED, 3YO colt by Into Mischief – Strong Incentive ($240,000, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Mike Ryan, agent) O/B- Klaravich Stables; T- Chad Brown

WIPE THE SLATE, 3YO colt by Nyquist – Fancy and Flashy ($125,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent; Buyer- Q Bar J) O- Reddam Racing; B- Brookfield Stud (KY); T- Doug O’Neill

CROWDED TRADE, 3YO colt by More Than Ready – Maude S ($185,000, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- deMeric Stables, agent) O- Klaravich Stables; B- Forging Oaks (KY); T- Chad Brown

CAPO KANE, 3YO colt by Street Sense – Twirl Me ($35,000, 2019 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Legacy Bloodstock, agent, Buyer- TIC Stable; $75,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Cross Keys Sales, agent, Buyer- Crow-Sharp Venture) O- Bing Cherry Racing & Leonard Liberto; B- Rising Star Farm (CA); T- Harold Wyner

FREEDOM FIGHTER, 3YO colt by Violence – Canadian Ballet ($120,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- SF/Starlight/Madaket) O- SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Golconda Stables, Siena Farm & Robert Masterson; B- Mr. & Mrs. Troy Reed (KY); T- Bob Baffert

 

HONEYBEE S. (G3), Oaklawn, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YO Fillies

ABSOLUTE ANNA, 3YO filly by Raison d’Etat – Grit and Grace ($1,500, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Buckland Sales, agent; Buyer- Phoenix Farm & Racing) O- Jerry Hollendorfer & Dennis January; B- Calumet Farm (KY); T- Jerry Hollendorfer

OLIVIAOFTHEDESERT, 3YO filly by Bernardini – Queenie’s Song ($320,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Timber Town, agent; Buyer- Kenny McPeek, agent) O- Susan Moulton; B- Timber Town Stable & Jane Winegardner (KY); T- Kenny McPeek

 

TOM FOOL H. (G3), Aqueduct, 6 Furlongs, 4YOs & Up

PETE’S PLAY CALL, 8YO gelding by Munnings – Taft Lil Queen ($90,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent; Buyer- Mark Glatt) O- Michael Dubb; B- Mr. & Mrs. Charles McGinnes (MD); T- Rudy Rodriguez

SHARE THE RIDE, 6YO gelding by Candy Ride (ARG) – Belle of the Hall ($35,000 RNA to Sale, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent; Buyer- Miacomet Bloodstock) O- Silvino Ramirez; B- Dixiana Farms (KY); T- Antonio Arriaga

SPEED PASS, 5YO gelding by Bodemeister – Julie Napp ($150,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent; Buyer- Three Amigos) O- Karl Watson, Mike Pegram & Paul Weitman; B- Colts LLC (KY); T- Bob Baffert

WENDELL FONG, 5YO horse by Flat Out – Augusta Queen ($47,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Shawhan Place, agent, Buyer- Paris Racing Circle; $160,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Shawhan Place, agent, Buyer- Gold Square) O- Gold Square; B- Nicholas Lotz (KY); T- Natalia Lynch

 

FLORIDA OAKS (G3), Tampa Bay Downs, 1 1/16 Miles (T), 3YO Fillies

MIA MARTINA, 3YO filly by Not This Time – Proud and Charming ($2,000 RNA, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent) O- Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners & Gianni Fittipaldi; B- CESA Farm (FL); T- Graham Motion

FLIGHT TO SHANGHAI, 3YO filly by Shanghai Bobby – World Event ($52,000, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent, Buyer- Nils Johnson; $75,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent, Buyer- Goodwood Racing) O- Goodwood Racing; B- Kathie Maybee (KY); T- Jane Cibelli

QUEEN OF THE GREEN, 3YO filly by Summer Front – Heart of Midway ($50,000, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent, Buyer- Five Star Racing Stables; $110,000 RNA, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- VanMeter-Gentry Sales, agent) O- NBS Stable; B- Brereton C. Jones (KY); T- Jon Arnett

HINDSIGHT, 3YO filly by Pioneerof the Nile – Devious Intent ($150,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Elm Tree Farm, agent; Buyer- G. Watts Humphrey Jr.) O- G. Watts Humphrey Jr.; B- Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings (KY); T- Vicki Oliver

DOMAIN EXPERTISE, 3YO filly by Kitten’s Joy – Teroda ($200,000, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services Inc., agent; Buyer- deMeric Stables, agent) O- Klaravich Stables; B- J D Stuart, Mueller Farms & Ken & Sarah Ramsey (KY); T- Chad Brown

 

MICHELOB ULTRA CHALLENGER S. (G3), Tampa Bay Downs, 1 1/16 Miles

WAR STOPPER, 4YO colt by Declaration of War – Mira Alta ($75,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Eisaman Equine) O- Salerno Stables & Madaket Stables; B- Rock Ridge Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

LETMENO, 4YO colt by Twirling Candy – Wicked Mizz ($70,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Six Column Stables) O- Randy Bloch, Six Column Stables, et al; B- Gainesway Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Ian Wilkes

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 7

SANTA YSABEL S. (G3), Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YO Fillies

HEELS UP, 3YO filly by Twirling Candy – Tale Untold ($17,000 RNA, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; $65,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent, Buyer- South Paw) O- Karl Watson, Mike Pegram & Paul Weitman; B- Two Stamps Stables (KY); T- Bob Baffert