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Keeneland Sales Graduates War of Will, Serengeti Empress Top Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds Oaks

March 22, 2019

Keeneland sales graduates are favored in each of the four weekend preps for the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1).

Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduate War of Will seeks to become the Kentucky Derby favorite with a win in Saturday’s $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds. War of Will sits atop the Derby leaderboard with 60 points from wins in the Risen Star (G3) and Lecomte (G3). Other prominent Keeneland sales alumni contesting the Louisiana Derby are graded stakes-placed Limonite, Sueno and Hog Creek Hustle.

Serengeti Empress, a graduate of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale and September Sale, headlines the field for the TwinSpires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2). The filly, who won the 2018 Pocahontas (G2) and captured the Rachel Alexandra (G2) in her season debut, is first on the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard.

Keeneland sales alumni also dominate entries for the two classic preps at Sunland Park on Sunday. Robert B. Lewis (G3) winner Mucho Gusto tops entries for the Sunland Park Derby (G3). Multiple Grade 1 winner Bellafina, winner of the Santa Ynez (G2) and Las Virgenes (G2) this year, is favored in the Sunland Park Oaks. 

SATURDAY, MARCH 23

LOUISIANA DERBY (G2), Fair Grounds, 1 1/8 Miles, 3YOs

LIMONITE, 3YO colt by Lemon Drop Kid – Colina Verde (BRZ) ($115,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hidden Brook, agent; Buyer- ECL Gaming) O- Winchell Thoroughbreds & Willis Horton Racing; B- Roberto Mesquita (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

SUENO, 3YO colt by Atreides – Class Above ($1,500, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- Aidan Jennings; $61,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Dromoland Farm, agent, Buyer- Silverton Hill) O- Silverton Hill; B- Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings (KY); T- Keith Desormeaux

WAR OF WILL, 3YO colt by War Front – Visions of Clarity (IRE) (RNA to Sale, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent) O- Gary Barber; B- Flaxman Holdings (KY); T- Mark Casse

MR. MONEY, 3YO colt by Goldencents – Plenty O’Toole ($130,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woods Edge Farm, agent; Buyer- J. Stevens Bloodstock, agent) O- Allied Racing Stable; B- Spruce Lane Farm (KY); T- Bret Calhoun

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

NEW ORLEANS H. (G2), Fair Grounds, 1 1/8 Miles, 4YOs & Up

MO DONT NO, 6YO gelding by Uncle Mo – Lilah ($50,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent; Buyer- Steven W. Young, agent) O- Ron Paolucci Racing; B- Beechwood Racing Stable (OH); T- Tom Amoss

LONE SAILOR, 4YO colt by Majestic Warrior – Ambitious ($120,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- GMB Racing) O- G M B Racing; B- Alexander, Groves, Matz (KY); T- Tom Amoss

NOBLE INDY, 4YO colt by Take Charge Indy – Noble Maz ($45,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent) O- Repole Stable; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

KREWE CHIEF, 6YO gelding by Parading – Antique ($17,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Stone Farm; Buyer- Philip A. Sims) O- Three Diamonds Farm; B- Stone Farm (KY); T- Michael Maker

SILVER DUST, 5YO gelding by Tapit – Filare l’Oro ($270,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- de Meric Stables) O- Tom Durant; B- Don Alberto Corp (KY); T- Bret Calhoun

BANDUA, 4YO colt by The Factor – If Angels Sang ($150,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Calumet) O- Calumet Farm; B- Judy Hicks & Kathryn Nikkel (KY); T- Jack Sisterson

COPPER BULLET, 4YO colt by More Than Ready – Allegory ($200,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Winchell Thoroughbreds) O- Winchell Thoroughbreds & Willis Horton Racing; B- Dell Ridge Farm (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

FAIR GROUNDS OAKS (G2), 1 1/16 Miles, 3YO Fillies

 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

SWEET DIANE, 3YO filly by Will Take Charge – Inside Passage ($130,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Glennwood Farm, agent; Buyer- Stallionaire Enterprises) O- Stallionaire Enterprises; B- Eurowest Bloodstock Services (KY); T- Michael Stidham

LIORA, 3YO filly by Candy Ride (ARG) – Giant Mover ($175,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Coffeepot Stables) O- Coffeepot Stables; B- Dell Ridge Farm (KY); T- Wayne Catalano

MUNIZ MEMORIAL H. (G2), Fair Grounds, 1 1/8 Miles (T), 4YOs & Up

HOT SPRINGS, 4YO colt by Uncle Mo – Magical Victory ($750,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Columbiana Farm, agent; Buyer- Lane’s End) O- Woodford Racing; B- Bo Hirsch (KY); T- Steve Asmussen

DIVISIDERO, 7YO horse by Kitten’s Joy – Madame Du Lac ($250,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hinkle Farms; Buyer- Margaux Farm, agent) O- Gunpowder Farms & Brereton C. Jones; B- Hinkle Farms (KY); T- Kelly Rubley

BANDUA, 4YO colt by The Factor – If Angels Sang ($150,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Calumet) O- Calumet Farm; B- Judy Hicks & Kathryn Nikkel (KY); T- Jack Sisterson

FIRST PREMIO, 5YO horse by Pure Prize – Perils of Pauline ($15,000, 2015 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- BBA Ireland) O- Team Valor International; B- Ronald McPeek (KY); T- Mark Casse

MARKITOFF, 5YO horse by Giant’s Causeway – Myriad ($160,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Mill Ridge Sales, agent; Buyer- Zayat Stables) O- Three Diamonds Farm; B- Alpha Delta Stables (KY); T- Michael Maker

BRICKS AND MORTAR, 5YO horse by Giant’s Causeway – Beyond the Waves ($200,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Stone Farm, agent; Buyer- Oaks Bluff Partners) O- Klaravich Stables & William Lawrence; B- George Strawbridge Jr. (KY); T- Chad Brown

SILVER DUST, 5YO gelding by Tapit – Filare l’Oro ($270,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- de Meric Stables) O- Tom Durant; B- Don Alberto Corp (KY); T- Bret Calhoun

HUTCHESON S. (G3), Gulfstream, 6 Furlongs, 3YOs

 IN THE LOOP, 3YO colt by Super Saver – Jenny’s Rocket ($150,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent; Buyer- Colts Neck Stable) O- Colts Neck Stable; B- Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings (KY); T- Jorge Duarte Jr.

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

GLADIATOR KING, 3YO colt by Curlin – Golden Dawn ($65,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- James M. Herbener Jr., agent) O- Thoroughbred Champions Training Center; B- Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings (KY); T- Jaime Mejia

LUTSKY, 3YO colt by Yes It’s True – Reen ($25,000, 2017 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent; Buyer- Morris Bloodstock Services, agent) O- Down Neck Stables & Jeffrey Lutsky; B- Pine Ridge Stables (NY); T- Dermot Magner

SUNDAY, MARCH 24 

SUNLAND PARK DERBY (G3), Sunland, 1 1/8 Miles, 3YOs

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

CUTTING HUMOR, 3YO colt by First Samurai – Pun ($135,000, 2017 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Claiborne Farm, agent; Buyer- Bloodstock Investments) O- Starlight Racing; B- Dell Hancock & Bernie Sams (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

PASAMONTE MAN, 3YO gelding by Strong Mandate – Sax Appeal ($75,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- James M. Herbener Jr., agent; Buyer- Sam Britt) O- Sam Britt; B- Eaton & Thorne (NY); T- Joel Marr

DIAMOND BLITZ, 3YO colt by Munnings – Morediamondsplease ($20,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Scott Mallory; Buyer- Ron Dart) O- Ron & Gwendolyn Dart; B- BHMFR (KY); T- Keith Desormeaux

SUNLAND PARK OAKS, Sunland, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YO Fillies

VICTIM OF LOVE, 3YO filly by Speightstown – Spacy Tracy ($160,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Blackburn Farm, agent; Buyer- Tommy Town Thoroughbreds) O- Tommy Town Thoroughbreds; B- Daniel Burke (KY); T- Henry Dominguez

PARADE OF ROSES, 3YO filly by New Year’s Day – Rose and Shine ($1,200, 2017 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Paramount Sales, agent; Buyer- Big Oaks Farm) O- Josh Shanahan; B- Gary & Mary West Stables (KY); T- Nate Williams

FIGURE, 3YO filly by Overanalyze – Armathwaite ($27,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Buck Pond Farm, agent; Buyer- McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, agent) O- Cleber Massey; B- Douglas Arnold & Douglas Arnold Jr. (KY); T- Joel Marr

ENLISTING, 3YO filly by Candy Ride (ARG) – Sign Up ($100,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hurstland Farm, agent; Buyer- Greendoor Stables) O- Jeffrey Lambert & Paradise Farms Corp; B- Hurstland Farm & Alfred Nuckols III (KY); T- Robert Hess Jr.

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