Champion Unique Bella and Mozu Ascot, both alumni of Keeneland’s 2015 September Yearling Sale, accounted for Grade/Group 1 wins in the U.S. and Japan, respectively, this weekend.
Unique Bella turned in a powerful performance to defeat several of the nation’s top older fillies and mares in the Beholder (G1) on Saturday at Santa Anita. With her victory, the reigning champion female sprinter pushed her earnings total to more than $1 million.
Mozu Ascot earned a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) at Churchill Downs in November with his gritty win in the Yasuda Kinen (G1) at Tokyo on Sunday. Mozu Ascot is a 4-year-old son of Frankel (GB).
KEENELAND SALES GRADUATES
UNIQUE BELLA, 4YO filly by Tapit – Unrivaled Belle ($400,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- Don Alberto Corporation) Won Beholder Mile (G1) on 6/2 at Santa Anita (career 11-8-2-0, $1,092,400) O- Don Alberto Stable; B- Brushwood Stable (PA); T- Jerry Hollendorfer
MOZU ASCOT, 4YO colt by Frankel (GB) – India ($275,000 RNA, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent) Won Yasuda Kinen (G1) on 6/3 at Toyko (career 11-5-3-0) O- Capital System; B- Summer Wind Farm (KY); T- Yoshito Yahagi
Keeneland sales alumni finished 1-2 in the Pennine Ridge S. (G3) on 6/2 at Belmont:
1- CATHOLIC BOY, 3YO colt by More Than Ready – Song of Bernadette ($170,000 RNA to Sale, 2016 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Jonathan Thomas, agent for Whitehorse Stables) (career 7-4-1-0, $522,000) O- Robert LaPenta, Madaket Stables & Siena Farm; B- Fred W. Hertrich III & John D. Fielding (KY); T- Jonathan Thomas
2- Analyze It, 3YO colt by Point of Entry – Sweet Assay ($130,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Mill Ridge Sales, agent; Buyer- Patrick Hoppel, agent) O- William H. Lawrence; B- P. Headley Bell, Nancy Bell & NATO (KY); T- Chad Brown
GOT STORMY, 3YO filly by Get Stormy – Super Phoebe ($23,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Pope McLean [Crestwood Farm] agent; Buyer- Equine Invest) Won $200,000 Penn Oaks on 6/2 at Penn National (career 6-2-0-2, $166,925) O- Gary Barber; B- Mt. Joy Stables, Pope McLean, Marc McLean & Pope McLean Jr. (KY); T- Mark Casse
CAUSEFORCOMMOTION, 4YO filly by Americain – Causey ($40,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent; Buyer- Sondereker & Kruljac Partners) Won $82,635 Possibly Perfect S. on 6/3 at Santa Anita (career 14-3-5-2, $196,230) O- E. Dunham, J. Kruljac, Jim Reed, J. Sondereker & S. and D. Yip; B- Calumet Farm (KY); T- J. Eric Kruljac
LIPSTICK CITY, 4YO filly by City Zip – Star Torina ($75,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Cobra Farm) Won $75,000 Christmas Past S. on 5/31 at Gulfstream (career 10-3-1-1, $154,699) O- Steve Laymon, William G. Robbins, Richard Broadbent IV & William L. Robbins; B- Courtlandt Farm (KY); T- David Fawkes
LONG ON VALUE, 7YO horse by Value Plus – Long Message ($100,000, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- ELiTE; Buyer- Brad Cox, agent) Won $69,711 Mighty Beau S. on 6/2 at Churchill Downs (career 31-8-5-5, $1,022,073) O- Madaket Stables, Ten Strike Racing & Steve Laymon; B- Snow Lantern Thoroughbreds (VA); T- Brad Cox