A Thread of Blue and Concrete Rose win Saratoga Derby, Oaks
Keeneland sales graduates, headlined by Whitney (G1) winner McKinzie and Test (G1) winner Covfefe, accounted for nine major stakes at Saratoga, Del Mar and Mountaineer this weekend.
With his Whitney victory, McKinzie secured a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.
For her win in the Test, Covfefe earns a $5,000 September Sale Seller Bonus for Alexander Groves Thoroughbreds, her owner at the time of sale. (Covfefe won a $5,000 Seller Bonus for her track record-setting victory in the Adena Springs Miss Preakness (G3) toward the maximum $10,000 Seller Bonus.)
Amalfi Sunrise and Casa Creed each secured a $7,500 September Sale Seller Bonus for their weekend Grade 2 wins. Amalfi Sunrise won the Sorrento (G2) to earn a Seller Bonus for Jack Mandato. Keeneland will pay a Seller Bonus to Amolio Ruiz for Casa Creed’s victory in the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (G2).
Other graded stakes-winning Keeneland sales graduates were Beau Recall (IRE) (Yellow Ribbon-G2); Mr. Money (West Virginia Derby-G3) and Silver Dust (West Virginia Governor’s-G3).
A Thread of Blue captured the $1 million Saratoga Derby Invitational. Concrete Rose, winner of the Belmont Oaks Invitational, took the Saratoga Oaks Invitational to sweep the first two legs of the inaugural Turf Tiara.
KEENELAND SALES GRADUATES
MCKINZIE, 4YO colt by Street Sense – Runway Model ($170,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Three Amigos) Won Whitney S. (G1) on 8/3 at Saratoga (career 12-7-4-0, $2,238,560) O- Karl Watson, Mike Pegram & Paul Weitman; B- Summer Wind Farm (KY); T- Bob Baffert
Keeneland sale graduates ran 1-2-3 in the Test S. (G1) on 8/3 at Saratoga:
1- COVFEFE, 3YO filly by Into Mischief – Antics ($250,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Solis/Litt) (career 6-4-0-1, $483,300) O- LNJ Foxwoods; B- Alexander-Groves (KY); T- Brad Cox
2- Serengeti Empress, 3YO filly by Alternation – Havisham ($25,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- Dixon Enterprises; $70,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent, Buyer- Joel Politi) O- Joel Politi; B- Tri Eques Bloodstock (KY); T- Tom Amoss
3- Bellafina, 3YO filly by Quality Road – Akron Moon ($220,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) O- Kaleem Shah; B- JSM Equine (KY); T- Simon Callaghan
Keeneland sales graduates finished 1-2-3 in the Sorrento S. (G2) on 8/3 at Del Mar:
1- AMALFI SUNRISE, 2YO filly by Constitution – Soot Z ($40,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hidden Brook, agent; Buyer- Royal Colors Racing) (career 2-2-0-0, $159,000) O- Doug Branham & Marsha Naify; B- Jack Mandato (KY); T- Simon Callaghan
2- Powerfulattraction, 2YO filly by Commissioner – Magnet ($32,000, 2018 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Woodford Thoroughbreds agent, Buyer- Tollgate Farm; $102,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent, Buyer- Red Wings) O- Exline-Border Racing, Robin Christensen, Steve Dorfman, Dan Hudock & Susanna Wilson; B- McDowell Farm (AR); T- Peter Eurton
3- Shedaresthedevil, 2YO filly by Daredevil – Starship Warpspeed ($100,000, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- Big Cuse Bloodstock; $20,000 RNA, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent) O- Glencrest Farm & Qatar Racing; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Simon Callaghan
Keeneland sales graduates ran 1-2 in the Yellow Ribbon H. (G2) on 8/3 at Del Mar:
1- BEAU RECALL (IRE), 5YO mare by Sir Prancealot (IRE) – Greta d’Argent (IRE) ($385,000 RNA, 2019 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) (career 24-7-6-0, $990,512) O- Slam Dunk Racing & Medallion Racing; B- Tom Wallace (IRE); T- Brad Cox
2- Storm the Hill, 5YO mare by Get Stormy – Thornhill ($275,000, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Bluewater Sales, agent; Buyer- Alastar Thoroughbreds) O- Alastar Thoroughbreds & Michael Valdes; B- Kimberly & William Bradley (KY); T- Philip D’Amato
MR. MONEY, 3YO colt by Goldencents – Plenty O’Toole ($130,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woods Edge Farm, agent; Buyer- J. Stevens Bloodstock, agent) Won West Virginia Derby (G3) on 8/3 at Mountaineer (career 10-5-2-0, $1,074,220) O- Allied Racing Stable; B- Spruce Lane Farm (KY); T- Bret Calhoun
SILVER DUST, 5YO gelding by Tapit – Filare l’Oro ($270,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- de Meric Stables) Won West Virginia Governor’s S. (G3) on 8/3 at Mountaineer (career 23-5-6-2, $594,777) O- Tom Durant; B- Don Alberto Corp (KY); T- Bret Calhoun
Keeneland sales graduates finished 1-2 in the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame S. (G2) on 8/2 at Saratoga:
1- CASA CREED, 3YO colt by Jimmy Creed – Achalaya ($105,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Kelli Mitchell, agent; Buyer- Kenny McPeek, agent) (career 11-3-2-1, $364,508) O- LRE Racing & JEH Racing Stable; B- Silver Springs Stud (KY); T- Bill Mott
2- Sombeyay, 3YO colt by Into Mischief – Teroda ($125,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent, Buyer- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; $230,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- Starlight) O- Starlight Racing; B- J. D. Stuart & Mueller Farms (KY); T- Todd Pletcher
A THREAD OF BLUE, 3YO colt by Hard Spun – Enthused ($150,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Merites Stable) Won $1 Million Saratoga Derby Invitational S. on 8/4 at Saratoga (career 10-5-2-1, $879,290) O- Leonard C. Green; B- Flaxman Holdings Ltd. (KY); T- Kiaran McLaughlin
CONCRETE ROSE, 3YO filly by Twirling Candy – Solerina ($19,000 RNA, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; $20,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- J. W. Bloodstock) Won $695,000 Saratoga Oaks Invitational H. on 8/2 at Saratoga (career 7-6-0-0, $1,218,7650) O- Ashbrook Farm & BBN Racing; B- Ron Patterson (KY); T- George Arnold II
LOOKIN AT LEE, 5YO horse by Lookin At Lucky – Langara Lass ($70,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Penn Sales, agent; Buyer- L & N Racing) Won $200,000 Downs at Albuquerque H. on 8/3 at Albuquerque (career 25-4-6-3, $1,327,945) O- L & N Racing; B- Ray Hanson (KY); T- Steve Asmussen
AFLEET TIZZY, 5YO mare by Tizway – Nec Metu ($45,000 RNA, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent) Won $107,800 Dr. Teresa Garofalo Memorial S. on 8/3 at Parx Racing (career 25-6-10-6, $374,646) O- Marvin Delfiner & George Krall; B- Blackstone Farm (PA); T- John Tyler Servis
TOM’S D’ETAT, 6YO horse by Smart Strike – Julia Tuttle ($330,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hunter Valley Farm, agent; Buyer- G M B Racing) Won $100,000 Alydar S. on 8/2 at Saratoga (career 13-7-2-1, $716,892) O- G M B Racing; B- SF Bloodstock (KY); T- Al Stall Jr.
KING ZACHARY, 4YO colt by Curlin – On My Way ($550,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- Tom Conway) Won $100,000 Birdstone S. on 8/1 at Saratoga (career 13-4-0-3, $366,120) O- Thomas Conway; B- Waymore (KY); T- Graham Motion
MR. CUB, 5YO gelding by Artie Schiller – Fine Line ($40,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Turf Stable) Won $99,800 Kentucky Downs Preview Tourist Mile S. on 8/4 at Ellis Park (career 19-5-3-2, $348,432) O- Turf Stable Racing; B- G. Watts Humphrey Jr. (KY); T- Ian Wilkes
TOTALLY BOSS, 4YO gelding by Street Boss – Totally Tucker ($180,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Jim & Susan Hill) Won $99,750 Kentucky Downs Preview Turf Sprint S. on 8/4 at Ellis Park (career 14-5-1-1, $253,118) O- Jim & Susan Hill; B- Mike Pressley (KY); T- George Arnold II
KALLIO, 4YO filly by Scat Daddy – Smokey Diplomacy ($100,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hidden Brook, agent; Buyer- Cobble View Stable) Won $98,625 Kentucky Downs Preview Ladies Turf S. on 8/4 at Ellis Park (career 13-3-2-3, $219,335) O- Madaket Stables, Tim & Anna Cambron & Bradley Thoroughbreds; B- Nolan Creek Farm (KY); T- Brendan Walsh
FACTOR THIS, 4YO colt by The Factor – Capricious Miss (GB) ($2,700, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Maccabee Farm; Buyer- Captain America Racing) Won $98,550 Kentucky Downs Preview Kentucky Turf Cup S. on 8/4 at Ellis Park (career 21-7-2-2, $364,630) O- Gaining Ground Racing; B- Maccabee Farm (KY); T- Brad Cox
GOT STORMY, 4YO filly by Get Stormy – Super Phoebe ($23,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Pope McLean, agent; Buyer- Equine Invest) Won $97,000 De La Rose S. on 8/3 at Saratoga (career 14-6-1-3, $485,078) O- Gary Barber & Southern Equine Stable; B- Mt. Joy Stables, Pope McLean, Marc McLean & Pope McLean Jr. (KY); T- Mark Casse
KARAK, 2YO filly by Karakontie (JPN) – Down the Well (IRE) ($22,000, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Summerfield, agent, Buyer- J. C. Corporation; $30,000 RNA, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent) Won $78,000 Tyro S. on 8/3 at Monmouth (career 3-2-0-0, $95,000) O- Breeze Easy; B- Parrish Hill Farm, Amanda Roach Cole & Karakontie Syndicate (KY); T- Wesley Ward
ZIPP ON BY, 5YO gelding by City Zip – Cape Cod Girl ($105,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Shawhan Place, agent; Buyer- Ed & Susie Orr) Won $75,000 West Virginia Legislature Chairman’s Cup on 8/3 at Mountaineer (career 21-5-3-5, $207,579) O- Ed & Susie Orr; B- Mike & Pat Freeny (KY); T- Rey Hernandez
LEADER OF MEN, 3YO gelding by War Front – Refugee ($450,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent) Won $60,000 Super Derby Prelude S. on 8/3 at Louisiana Downs (career 10-4-0-0, $76,521) O- Walpole Racing; B- Barronstown Stud (KY); T- Jodie Hodges