September Sale Grads Sweep Belmont Stakes

September Sale Grads Sweep Belmont Stakes

With a sweep of the top three positions in the 154th edition of the Belmont (G1), Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduates reinforced what astute Thoroughbred owners and trainers have long known: the world’s largest yearling sale is the premier source of bloodstock that succeed at the classic level.

Leading the way to the Belmont winner’s circle June 11 was Mo Donegal, who was followed across the finish line by the filly Nest and Skippylongstocking to complete the September Sale trifecta. Ten of the past 17 Belmont winners have come from Keeneland sales, nine of which were purchased at the September Sale. Another September Sale graduate, Early Voting, won this year’s Preakness (G1).

‘A Feel-Good Story’

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Mo Donegal races for Donegal Racing, which consists of a partnership headed by CEO Jerry Crawford, and Mike Repole’s Repole Stable. Donegal Racing purchased Mo Donegal for $250,000 from the Ashview Farm consignment to the 2020 September Sale.

I want to thank all the partners for Donegal Racing. They’ve believed and today they’ve been rewarded. I think this victory today shows that the sport is more accessible than they may realize.
Jerry Crawford
To win a race like that for the ownership group with all the Donegal team, Repole family … That’s the most gratifying part of my job; to win races like that and see the enjoyment and excitement people get from it.
Todd Pletcher

‘Meant To Be’

Repole, a native New Yorker who has had long coveted a Belmont victory, bought a 25% interest in Mo Donegal previous to this year’s Kentucky Derby (G1), in which the 3-year-old colt finished fifth. Repole owned and Pletcher trained Uncle Mo, the champion colt who sired Mo Donegal and 10 other Grade 1 winners.

He's a son of Uncle Mo. His name is Mo Donegal. This horse was meant to be. To have this horse in my silks, named 'Mo,' by Uncle Mo, it's pretty special.
Mike Repole

It’s remarkable when you go to the sales, you don’t need your catalog page in most cases. You can tell when you see an Uncle Mo (yearling). A lot of people say that’s a sign of a great stallion when they really stamp their progeny. I consider him (Uncle Mo) to be the best of all time so that’s pretty cool.
Todd Pletcher

Filly Nest Places for Repole, Pletcher

In addition to the Belmont winner, Pletcher also sent out the filly Nest to finish second for Repole, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Michael House. After stumbling at the start, Nest came on to display the same form she showed in an impressive victory in Keeneland’s Central Bank Ashland (G1). Eclipse and Repole had purchased the Curlin filly, who ran second in the Kentucky Oaks (G1), for $350,000 from Ashview at the same 2020 September Sale.

Nest

I thought she ran great. I think she solidified what we already felt going into the Kentucky Oaks. Everyone talked about it being one of the deeper Oaks in a while. I think that Nest showed that to be the case yesterday.
Todd Pletcher

Belmont Boost for Breeders

Both Mo Donegal and Nest were bred by the Lyster family’s Ashview Farm and Richard Santulli’s Colts Neck Stables and joined the Ashview offerings in September. Mo Donegal was produced from the winning Pulpit daughter Callingmissbrown and Nest is a daughter of the stakes-winning A.P. Indy mare Marion Ravenwood.

They were in the shedrow together, and Mo Donegal was a really good Book 2 (horse). If I could say one thing about him, it's his athleticism. His front end wasn't perfect, but he was athletic and he really stood out.
Bryan Lyster (BloodHorse)

‘Skippy’ Completes September Sale Trifecta

With a game third in the Belmont Stakes, Daniel Alonso’s Skippylongstocking improved off a fifth-place effort in the Preakness (G1) and justified the confidence shown by his trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. Bred by Brushy Hill LLC, the Exaggerator colt was purchased in the name of Doble Jak Investments for $15,000 from South Point Sales Agency at Keeneland September and bought by Alonso as a 2-year-od.

It’s great. Those are the kinds of races that most people buy horses for.
Saffie Joseph, Jr.