Book 1 to Grade 1 Success
Buyers of yearlings offered in Book 1 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale – those future athletes with physical and genetic attributes that best position them for future success – aspire to be in the winner’s circle at the highest level of Thoroughbred racing. Notable Book 1 graduates that starred in Grade/Group 1 company recently include Charlatan, Improbable, Kameko, Malathaat, Mozu Ascot, Mozu Superflare, Silver State, Vekoma, War of Will and more.
Epitome of a Book 1 Yearling
Consigned by Denali Stud, agent for breeder Stonestreet Bred and Raised, Malathaat was the epitome of a Book 1 offering, with Shadwell Estate Co. Ltd., purchasing the daughter of top-class sire Curlin produced from Grade 1 winner Dreaming of Julia for $1.05 million. To date, the filly trained by Todd Pletcher has run to expectations, with the Kentucky Oaks (G1) among her five wins from six starts.
A Met Mile Winner
Purchased by Winchell Thoroughbreds for $450,000 from Eaton Sales, as agent for breeder Stonestreet, from Book 1 at the 2018 September Sale, Silver State has emerged as one of the top handicap horses of 2021 for Winchell and co-owner Willis Horton Racing. The Hard Spun colt trained by Steve Asmussen has been on a tear, including the Hill ‘N’ Dale Metropolitan (G1), to increase his bankroll to more than $1.8 million.
“He’s A Machine”
British trainer Andrew Balding is an excellent judge of equine athletes, and he held Two Thousand Guineas (G1) winner Kameko in the highest esteem. Bred by Calumet Farm, the son of Kitten’s Joy was bought by agent David Redvers on behalf of Qatar Racing for $90,000 from Paramount Sales’ Book 1 offerings at the 2018 September Sale. The Two Thousand Guineas was one of two Group 1 wins among the colt’s four victories.
“An Outstanding Talent”
A speedy son of Speightstown and Grade 1 winner Mona de Momma, Vekoma was a $135,000 purchase from the consignment of Lane’s End, agent for Alpha Delta Stables, to the 2017 September Sale. Trained by George Weaver for R.A. Hill Stable and Gatsas Stable, Vekoma was a contender on the 2020 Triple Crown trail after winning the Toyota Blue Grass (G2) at Keeneland. Vekoma went on to win the Carter (G1) and Metropolitan (G1) before being retired with six wins from eight starts and earnings of more than $1.2 million.
A son of prominent sire War Front, War of Will enhanced an already spectacular female family when the colt won the Preakness (G1) for owner Gary Barber and trainer Mark Casse. Bred by Flaxman Holdings Limited, the half-brother to Irish champion Pathfork was an RNA to Sale when consigned by Lane’s End in Book 1 at the 2017 September Sale. Represented by agent Justin Casse, Barber purchased War of Will at the Arqana 2-year-old sale in France.
Charlatan Produces Healthy Return
Globe-trotting Charlatan produced a healthy return on his $700,000 September Sale purchase price when sold by Denali Stud by bankrolling more than $4 million for an extended ownership group that includes initial purchasers SF Bloodstock and Starlight West. Trained by Bob Baffert, Charlatan won a division of the rescheduled Arkansas Derby (G1) in 2020 and this year’s Runhappy Malibu (G1) before finishing second in the $20 million Saudi Cup in Saudi Arabia.
Book 1 Champion
A Book 1 graduate that outran his $200,000 price tag, WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing’s Improbable was honored with an Eclipse Award as champion older male of 2020 after three Grade 1 victories and a second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Keeneland to conclude his career. The son of City Zip bred by St. George Farm and G. Watts Humphrey Jr. was purchased from Taylor Made Sales Agency for $200,000 at the 2017 September Sale.
Dual Surface Group 1 Winner
When Mozu Ascot won the 2020 February Stakes (G1) at Tokyo Racecourse, the son of Frankel joined elite company as a winner at the highest level in Japan on both dirt and grass. Two years earlier, he won the Yasuda Kinen (G1) on turf. Bred by Summer Wind Farm, Mozu Ascot was an RNA to sale when offered by Lane’s End at the 2015 September Sale and went on to amass earnings of $3.9 million. He was one of two Japanese Grade 1 winners out of Book 1 for owner Masaji Kitagawa’s Capital System, which also campaigned Mozu Superflare, a daughter of Speightstown bred by Alpha Delta Stables and purchased for $125,000 from Lane’s End who won the Takamatsunomiya Kinen (G1).