Stonestreet's September Sale Legacy Grows
Victory by Malathaat in the Kentucky Oaks not only stamped the 3-year-old filly as the leader of her division, but she joined a growing list of top-class winners bred by Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet operation and sold at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale.
Barbara Banke Continues Stonestreet Success
Founded by the late Jess Jackson, Stonestreet has been known for its racing success, most notably with two-time Horse of the Year Curlin and Rachel Alexandra, who was also rewarded with racing’s highest honor.
Jackson’s wife, Banke, has continued the tradition of Stonestreet excellence, both with homebreds and horses sold at auction. Using a handful of prominent consignors to sell on its behalf, Stonestreet-breds sold at the Keeneland September Sale have included champion Good Magic and Grade 1 winners Charlatan, Complexity and Restless Rider.
Patience Pays Off
The confidence shown by Winchell Thoroughbreds and Willis Horton Racing when they purchased Silver State for $450,000 from Eaton Sales, as agent for Stonestreet, at the 2018 September Sale has been repaid in dividends as the Hard Spun colt has reeled off six consecutive wins and earned more than $1.7 million. The streak began with an allowance triumph at Keeneland last fall and culminated with an impressive victory in the Hill ‘N’ Dale Metropolitan (G1), a one-turn mile test on the June 5 Belmont Stakes undercard.
“He Loved Her”
Shadwell Estate Co., the racing and breeding entity of the late Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, bought Malathaat from Denali Stud in Week 1 of the 2019 September Sale for $1.05 million. The Oaks winner was produced from Stonestreet’s Grade 1-winning mare Dreaming of Julia and the buyer’s connections were delighted to get the filly, even at that lofty price tag.
Midnight Bourbon Another 2019 September Sale Find
Another Stonestreet-bred 2019 September graduate, Midnight Bourbon, has been competitive on the 2021 Triple Crown Trail for Winchell Thoroughbreds, which paid $525,000 for the Tiznow colt consigned Warrendale Sales. After winning the Lecomte (G3) and finishing second in the Louisiana Derby (G2) en route to a closing sixth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby (G1), the colt rebounded for a second in the Preakness (G1).
Aptly Named Good Magic
One of the first horses purchased by the Edwards family’s e Five Racing was aptly named Good Magic, a Curlin colt who took the family on a great ride after being bought for $1 million from Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency at the 2016 renewal of the September Sale. With breeder Stonestreet retaining part ownership, Good Magic was champion 2-year-old male of 2017, won Keeneland’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2), was runner-up in the 2018 Kentucky Derby for trainer Chad Brown and entered stud at Hill ‘n’ Dale upon retirement.
Charlatan Produces Healthy Return
Globetrotting Charlatan has produced a healthy return on his $700,000 September Sale purchase price when sold by Denali Stud, having bankrolled 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 S. (G1) in 2020 and this year’s Runhappy Malibu S. (G1) before finishing second in the $20 million Saudi Cup in Saudi Arabia.
“An Exceptional Horse”
Another Stonestreet-bred purchased by agent Mike Ryan, who had selected Good Magic for e Five Racing, is Complexity, a Maclean’s Music colt bought from Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency for $375,000. Trained by Chad Brown for Klaravich Stables, Complexity annexed the Champagne S. (G1) at age 2 and the Kelso S. (G2) in 2020.
Other Graded Success
Other graded stakes winners from 2018 to present bred by Stonestreet that are September Sale graduates include Aster Pegasus, Cazadero, Champagne Anyone, Champagne Problems, Gladiator King, Great Stuff, Madison’s Luna, Marzo, Owendale, Pirate’s Punch, Silver State and Uncle Chuck.
Gamine Scores for Banke
In addition to Stonestreet’s September Sale successes, Banke’s Grace Thoroughbred Holdings bred 2020 champion female sprinter Gamine, who was sold by Summerfield for $220,000 at Keeneland in September and was subsequently bought by owner Michael Lund Petersen for $1.8 million as a 2-year-old. Trained by Bob Baffert, the Into Mischief filly displayed her brilliance when setting a Keeneland track record 1:20.20 for 7 furlongs when winning the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.