September Sale Grads Shine at Saratoga, Del Mar

September Sale Grads Shine at Saratoga, Del Mar

Graduates of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale were in the spotlight the last weekend of July, sweeping the top stakes at the prestigious race meets at Saratoga in upstate New York and Del Mar, California’s seaside racing oval.

Leading the charge was a historic performance by champion Jackie’s Warrior to win the Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. (G1) at Saratoga for trainer Steve Asmussen, who also found himself in the Spa winner’s circle following an impressive victory by Epicenter in the Jim Dandy S. (G2). On the West Coast, September Sale grad American Theorem stamped himself as one of the country’s top sprinters by taking Bing Crosby S. (G1) at Del Mar.

Historic Win for Jackie’s Warrior

With his Alfred G. Vanderbilt victory – the colt’s 12th win 16 starts – Jackie’s Warrior became the first racehorse to win Grade 1 stakes at Saratoga in three consecutive years and showed he is among the top candidates for an Eclipse Award as outstanding male sprinter, an accolade he earned in 2021. Jackie’s Warrior has earned $2.6 million, representing a healthy return on the $95,000 owners Kirk and Judy Robison paid when they purchased the colt for $95,000 from Taylor Made Sales Agency at the 2019 September Sale. The colt was bred in Kentucky by J and J Stables.

He's the whole package. He just has a tremendous amount of ability and confidence in himself. It's as simple as he's very fast. It's a race and he's a very fast horse that has a tremendous amount of poise and confidence about himself.
-Trainer Steve Asmussen
He was a very nice Maclean’s Music and I believe he was in Book 4. He went to Kirk and Judy Robison and the rest is history. He has turned out to be one of the best sprinters we have ever sold.
-Mark Taylor, Taylor Made Sales

Epicenter’s Win is Jim Dandy

The Jim Dandy S. (G2) was a defining moment for Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Epicenter, who had finished second in both the Kentucky Derby (G1) and the Preakness S. (G1). The $260,000 Keeneland September yearling has won five of nine career starts and already earned $2,270,639, stamping himself as one of the leading contenders for Saratoga’s Travers S. (G1). Winchell Thoroughbreds purchased the Not This Time colt from breeder Bettersworth Westwind Farms at the 2020 September Sale.

Epicenter-Jim Dandy
He came out of Book 3 and was one Steve had seen. We were just about done with the sale at that point. We had bought several in the first two books, but Steve really liked him so we went and looked at him. Steve's rarely wrong about these kinds of things.
-Winchell Thoroughbreds Racing Manager David Fiske (via Thoroughbred Daily News)

A Breeders’ Cup Ticket for Bing Crosby Winner

Kretz Racing’s American Theorem earned an automatic entry into the Qatar Racing Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Keeneland on Nov. 5 when the son of American Pharoah trained by George Papaprodromou swung wide on the turn and drew off to win the 6-furlong Bing Crosby S. (G1). Bred in Kentucky by Sierra Farm, American Theorem was a $200,000 private sale at the 2018 September Sale when acquired by Gayle Van Leer. The Bing Crosby was a qualifying race for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

American Theorem