So Perfect earns September Sale Bonus with win in Group 3 Grangecon Stud (Balanchine)
Keeneland sales alumni won impressively in stakes company this weekend, recording victories in the U.S., Canada, Ireland and South Korea.
Fillies captured the headlines with breathtaking performances. Canadian champion Wonder Gadot defeated males in the $1 million Queen’s Plate at Woodbine. At Belmont, Midnight Bisou romped to a six-length win in the Mother Goose (G2).
So Perfect won the Grangecon Stud (Balanchine) (G3) at The Curragh to become the first September Yearling Sale graduate to earn a reward as part of Keeneland’s September Sale Bonus Program. The Bonus Program, initiated last year, rewards the owner (at the time of sale) of a horse sold at the September Sale that wins a Grade/Group 1, 2 or 3 stakes as a 2- or 3-year-old. Keeneland will pay Machmer Hall, owner of So Perfect when she sold at the 2017 September Sale, a $5,000 bonus for the win.
At Woodbine, Long On Value earned an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs in November with his gritty win over Lady Alexandra in the Highlander (G1) at Woodbine. At Monmouth, Harlan Punch was a clear winner of the Philip H. Iselin (G3).
South Korean champion and September Sale graduate Cheongdam Dokki won the Busan Mayor’s Cup as a prep for his anticipated start in the Keeneland Korea Cup in September.
KEENELAND SALES GRADUATES
Keeneland sales graduates finished 1-2 in the Highlander S. (G1) on 6/30 at Woodbine:
1- LONG ON VALUE, 7YO horse by Value Plus – Long Message ($100,000, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- ELiTE; Buyer- Brad Cox, agent) (career 32-9-5-5, $1,136,253) O- Madaket Stables, Ten Strike Racing & Steve Laymon; B- Snow Lantern Thoroughbreds (VA); T- Brad Cox
2- Lady Alexandra, 4YO filly by More Than Ready – Lophorina (GB) ($150,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent; Buyer- Inlander) O- Heider Family Stables; B- Brookdale, Jack Swain III & Double K (KY); T- H. Graham Motion
Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduates ran 1-2-3 in the Mother Goose S. (G2) on 6/30 at Belmont:
1- MIDNIGHT BISOU, 3YO filly by Midnight Lute – Diva Delite ($19,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent) (career 7-4-2-1, $691,000) O- Bloom Racing Stable, Allen Racing & Madaket Stables; B- Woodford Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Steve Asmussen
2- Road to Victory, 3YO filly by Quality Road – Favoritism ($25,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Secure Investments) O- Gary Barber & John C. Oxley; B- George Bolton & David DiPietro (KY); T- Mark Casse
3- My Miss Lilly, 3YO filly by Tapit – Wicked Deed ($670,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Courtlandt Farm) O- Courtlandt Farms; B- Winchell Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Mark Hennig
SO PERFECT, 2YO filly by Scat Daddy – Hopeoverexperience ($400,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent for Machmer Hall; Buyer- M. V. Magnier) Won Grangecon Stud S. (Balanchine S.) G3 on 7/1 at The Curragh (career 4-2-0-0, $68,122) O- Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier & Michael Tabor; B- Machmer Hall (KY); T- Aidan O’Brien
HARLAN PUNCH, 5YO gelding by Harlan’s Holiday – Indy Punch ($170,000 RNA, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) Won Philip H. Iselin S. (G3) on 6/30 at Monmouth (career 31-8-8-5, $653,993) O/T- David Jacobson; B- Rosemont (KY)
WONDER GADOT, 3YO filly by Medaglia d’Oro – Loving Vindication ($80,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Anderson Farms, agent; Buyer- Eisaman Equine) Won Queen’s Plate S. on 6/30 at Woodbine (career 12-4-4-3, $1,199,053) O- Gary Barber; B- Anderson Farms (ON); T- Mark Casse
CHEONGDAM DOKKI, 4YO gelding by To Honor and Serve – Elusive Gold ($20,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- K.O.I.D.) Won ($448,869) Busan Mayor’s Cup on 7/1 at Busan (South Korea) (career 16-11-3-0) O- Kimbyeongjin; B- Blue Heaven Farm (KY); T- Park Jong Kon
RIDE A COMET, 3YO colt by Candy Ride (ARG) – Appealing Zophie ($45,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent) Won $105,200 Charlie Barley S. on 6/30 at Woodbine (career 8-4-0-0, $131,856) O- John Oxley & My Meadowview Farm; B- My Meadowview (KY); T- Mark Casse
RESTLESS RIDER, 2YO filly by Distorted Humor – Silky Serenade ($150,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent; Buyer- Kenny McPeek, agent) Won $100,000 Debutante S. on 6/30 at Churchill Downs (career 2-2-0-0, $91,360) O- Fern Circle Stables & Three Chimneys Farm; B- Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings (KY); T- Kenny McPeek
DIVINE MISS GREY, 4YO filly by Divine Park – Seattle Grey ($100,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent; Buyer- Jim & Susan Hill) Won $78,000 Lady’s Secret S. on 6/30 at Monmouth (career 18-9-4-0, $473,672) O- Corms Racing Stable & R. A. Hill Stable; B- Brereton C. Jones (KY); T- Danny Gargan
WAR GIANT, 3YO colt by Data Link – Robust ($25,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Castle Park Farm, agent; Buyer- Eduardo Azpurua Sr.) Won $75,000 Carry Back S. on 6/30 at Gulfstream (career 5-3-0-0, $87,790) O- Wilfredo Agusti Jr.; B- Breffni Farm & Castle Park Farm (KY); T- Oscar Gonzalez
FOREWARNED, 3YO colt by Flat Out – Fortune Play ($65,000 RNA, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) Won $75,000 Daniel Stearns Cleveland Gold Cup on 6/30 at Thistledown (career 6-2-2-0, $78,703) O/B- Preston Stables (OH); T- Pavel Matejka
DIAMONDS R, 3YO filly by Alternation – Epitome of a Lady ($47,000 RNA, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Shawhan Place, agent; $15,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Shawhan Place, agent, Buyer- Bob Cappelletti, agent) Won $50,000 Irish Day S. on 7/1 at Emerald Downs (career 8-3-0-0, $62,288) O- George Todaro; B- Nicholas Lotz (KY); T- Tom Wenzel