Keeneland September Yearling Sale alumni are accumulating early successes on the global stage that signal the promise of exciting summer campaigns.
Multiple Group 1 winner and Irish and English highweight Order of St George (IRE) won the Saval Beg Levmoss Stakes at Leopardstown on May 25 as a prep for his anticipated start in the Gold Cup (G1) at Royal Ascot on June 21. Order of St George won the Gold Cup in Honour of The Queens 90th Birthday in 2016.
Mozu Ascot, a 4-year-old son of Frankel, earned a berth in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) at Churchill Downs in November with his gritty win in the Yasuda Kinen (G1) at Tokyo on June 3.
Roaring Lion followed his brilliant win in the Betfred Dante (G2) at York on May 17 with a close third in the Ivestec Derby (G1) at Epsom on June 2.
Sergei Prokofiev, a son of Scat Daddy, established himself as an exciting 2-year-old prospect with his victory in the Coolmore War Command Rochestown (L) at Naas on May 20. The colt was a $1.1 million purchase at the 2017 September Sale.
September Sale graduates also headline the powerful contingent of Keeneland-based runners pointed for Royal Ascot by trainer Wesley Ward.
European champion Lady Aurelia is to defend her title in the King’s Stand (G1) on opening day of the prestigious meeting, June 19. The Scat Daddy filly won the Queen Mary (G2) at Royal Ascot and Darley Prix Morny at Deauville in 2016.
Bound for Nowhere, winner of Keeneland’s Shakertown (G2) in April, is anticipated to start in the Diamond Jubilee (G1), while Undrafted, winner of the 2015 Diamond Jubilee, will make his next start in the June 23 Wokingham Stakes, both on June 23.
Keeneland is the world’s leading Thoroughbred auction house. Buyers travel to the September Sale in search of future racing success because more graded stakes winners are sold here than all other North American sales companies combined. From Royal Ascot to the Triple Crown and from Dubai’s Racing Festival to the Breeders’ Cup, Grade 1 success begins at the Keeneland September Sale.