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Keeneland Sales Alumni in the Spotlight on Travers Day at Saratoga

August 23, 2019

Keeneland sales alumni headline the graded stakes contenders entered on a blockbuster day of racing in celebration of the $1.25 million Runhappy Travers (G1) at Saratoga on Saturday. 

Chief among the talented sophomores competing in the Travers are 2017 September Yearling Sale alumni Code of Honor, winner of the Dwyer (G3); Mucho Gusto, winner of the Affirmed (G3), Lazaro Barrera (G3) and Robert B. Lewis (G3); and Owendale, winner of Keeneland’s Stonestreet Lexington (G3) and the Ohio Derby (G3). 

Keeneland sales alumni also highlight the five other Grade 1 stakes on the Travers Day card:

  • Man o’ War (G1) winner Channel Maker and allowance winner Proven Reserves seek an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) with a victory in the Sword Dancer (G1);
  • Multimillionaire Midnight Bisou puts her undefeated season on the line in the Personal Ensign Presented by Lia Infiniti (G1), a “Win and You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1). Midnight Bisou has won five graded stakes, including two Grade 1 events, in 2019, most recently the Molly Pitcher (G3). Also in the field is La Troienne Presented by Inside Access from Chase (G1) winner She’s a Julie
  • Top sprinters Promises Fulfilled and Mitole meet in the Forego Presented by Encore Boston Harbor (G1). Promises Fulfilled, a two-time graded stakes winner at Saratoga, enters the Forego off a win in the John A. Nerud (G2). Mitole seeks his third Grade 1 win this year following the Churchill Downs Presented by TwinSpires and Runhappy Metropolitan;
  • Grade 1 winner Separationofpowers, who captured the Bed o’ Roses Invitational (G3) in her last start, leads the field in the Ketel One Ballerina (G1), a “Win and You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1). Among the other contenders is Humana Distaff (G1) winner Mia Mischief; and
  • Hog Creek Hustle and Borracho, first and third, respectively, in the recent Woody Stephens (G1), go postward in the H. Allen Jerkens Presented by Runhappy (G1). 

Catalina Cruiser defends his title in the Pat O’Brien (G2) at Del Mar on Saturday, a “Win and You’re In” event for the Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1). Catalina Cruiser is undefeated in 2019, with wins in the True North (G2) and San Diego (G2).



RUNHAPPY TRAVERS S. (G1), Saratoga, 1¼ Miles, 3YOs

OWENDALE, 3YO colt by Into Mischief – Aspen Light ($200,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- John Wentworth) O- Rupp Racing; B- Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings (KY); T- Brad Cox

CODE OF HONOR, 3YO colt Noble Mission (GB) – Reunited ($70,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent) O/B- W.S. Farish (KY); T- Shug McGaughey

LAUGHING FOX, 3YO colt by Union Rags – Saskawea ($120,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Baccari Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- George Yager) O- Alex & JoAnn Lieblong; B- Chester & Anne Prince (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

EVERFAST, 3YO colt by Take Charge Indy – Awesome Surprise ($47,000, 2017 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Frankfort Park Farm, agent; Buyer- Calumet Farm) O- Calumet Farm; B- Extern Developments (KY); T- Dale Romans

MUCHO GUSTO, 3YO colt by Mucho Macho Man – Itsagiantcauseway ($14,000, 2017 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Shawhan Place, agent, Buyer- Kelly Lively; $95,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent, Buyer- S. R. Schwartz, agent) O- Michael Lund Peterson; B- Teneri Farm & Bernardo Alvarez Calderon (KY); T- Bob Baffert

LOOKING AT BIKINIS, 3YO colt by Lookin At Lucky – Bikini Beauty ($45,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Indian Creek, agent; Buyer- Dennis Miller) O- Long Lake Stable, Madaket Stables, Thomas Coleman & Doheny Racing Stable; B- Neil Jones (KY); T- Chad Brown

SWORD DANCER S. (G1), Saratoga, 1½ Miles (T), 4YOs & Up

PROVEN RESERVES, 4YO colt by Flatter – Oil Empress ($150,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Greenwood Lodge Farm, Buyer- Jax Teller; $350,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- Mike Ryan, agent) O- Klaravich Stables; B- Greenwood Lodge Farm (KY); T- Chad Brown

TIZ MORNING, 4YO gelding by Morning Line – Lights Out (AUS) ($5,500, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Moonestone Sales, agent; Buyer- F 5 Ranch) O- John McAllen & James Higgins; B- John Elder (KY); T- Edmund Davis

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



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

SHE’S A JULIE, 4YO filly by Elusive Quality – Kydd Gloves ($160,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Blandford Stud, agent; Buyer- Whispering Oaks) O- Whispering Oaks Farm, Bradley Thoroughbreds, Madaket Stables, Tim & Anna Cambron; B- Godolphin (KY); T- Steve Asmussen



PROMISES FULFILLED, 4YO colt by Shackleford – Marquee Delivery ($37,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- Dale Romans, agent) O- Robert Baron & WinStar Farm; B- David Jacobs (KY); T- Dale Romans

MITOLE, 4YO colt by Eskendereya – Indian Miss ($20,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- Chestnut Valley Farm) O- William & Corinne Heiligbrodt; B- Edward A. Cox Jr. (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

KILLYBEGS CAPTAIN, 5YO horse by Mizzen Mast – Al Maha ($20,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Legacy Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- H. Allen Poindexter) O- Curragh Stables; B- H. Allen Poindexter (KY); T- John Terranova II


KETEL ONE BALLERINA S. (G1), Saratoga, 7 Furlongs, 3YOs & 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

MIA MISCHIEF, 4YO filly by Into Mischief – Greer Lynn ($135,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent; Buyer- McKathan Bros.) O- Heiligbrodt, Heiligbrodt, Heider Family Stables & Madaket Stables; B- Spendthrift Farm (KY); T- Steve Asmussen



TWELFTH LABOUR, 3YO colt by Quality Road – Kitty Wine ($360,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Stone Farm, agent; Buyer- G M B/West Point) O- G M B Racing, West Point Thoroughbreds & Stone Farm; B- Stone Farm & Joseph Sutton (KY); T- Dallas Stewart

BORRACHO, 3YO colt by Uncle Mo – Pantanal ($100,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent, Buyer- Preston Madden; $65,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Claiborne Farm, agent) O- Preston Madden; B- Haymarket Farm (KY); T- George Arnold II

THE BIG S, 3YO colt by Jimmy Creed – Promise to Peg ($5,000, 2017 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- VanMeter-Gentry Sales, agent; Buyer- Strong Racing) O- Madaket Stables, Cutair Racing, Dark Horse Racing Stable & Randall Manor Racing; B- Rick Rader (KY); T- Raymond Handal

HOG CREEK HUSTLE, 3YO colt by Overanalyze – Candy Fortune ($150,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent; Buyer- Stewart Smith) O- Something Special Racing; B- Hargus & Sandra Sexton and Silver Fern Farm (KY); T- Vickie Foley


WOODFORD RESERVE BALLSTON SPA S. (G2), Saratoga, 1 1/16 Miles (T), 3YOs & Up, F&M

HOGANS HOLIDAY, 4YO filly by The Factor – Hogan Beach ($40,000, 2016 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Hunter Valley Farm, agent; Buyer- Long Acres Farm) O- John Grossi’s Racing Corp; B- Hunter Valley Farm (KY); T- Robert Falcone Jr.

CONQUEST HARDCANDY, 5YO mare by Candy Ride (ARG) – Dade Babe ($40,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Antonio Sano, agent) O- Alfonso Cammarota; B- New Hill Farm (NY); T- James Ryerson

STARSHIP JUBILEE, 6YO mare by Indy Wind – Perfectly Wild ($425,000 RNA, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent) O- Blue Heaven Farm; B- William Sorren (FL); T- Kevin Attard


PAT O’BRIEN S. (G2), Del Mar, 7 Furlongs, 3YOs & Up

GIANT EXPECTATIONS, 6YO horse by Frost Giant – Sarahisittrue ($85,000, 2014 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Brandywine Farm, agent, Buyer- Is It Real Stables; $70,000 RNA, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woods Edge Farm, agent) O- Exline-Border Racing, Gatto Racing & Garrett Zubok; B- Sunrise Stables (NY); T- Peter Eurton

SEVEN TRUMPETS, 4YO colt by Morning Line – Angel Trumpet ($45,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Royal Flush Racing) O- West Point Thoroughbreds; B- St. George Farm (KY); T- Dale Romans

AMERICAN ANTHEM, 5YO horse by Bodemeister – Indy’s Windy ($180,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- E.J. Stable) O- WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International & Head of Plains Partners; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Bob Baffert

CATALINA CRUISER, 5YO horse by Union Rags – Sea Gull ($370,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Martin Anthony) O- Hronis Racing; B- W. S. Farish (KY); T- John Sadler



SEAWAY S. (G3), Woodbine, 7 Furlongs, 3YOs & Up, F&M

NOW PLAY NICE, 5YO mare by Roman Ruler – High Style ($50,000, 2019 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- James B. Keogh, agent; Buyer- Colebrook Farms) O- Colebrook Farms; B- Sun Valley Farm (KY); T- Ashlee Brnjas