Success Breeds Success
Success Breeds Success
Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduates dominated the world racing circuit in 2021, and the connections of those international champions return to the world’s major source of equine talent seeking to replicate those successes.
In 2021, September Sale graduates won 48 Grade 1 or Group 1 stakes worldwide, including six winners of Breeders Cup World Championship races. Those on-track achievements resulted in year-end Eclipse Award honors for five performers that had gone through the sales ring in September, including Horse of the Year Knicks Go, the fourth-consecutive September Sale graduate honored with racing’s highest award.
Winchell Stable On a Roll
Few North American racing stables can match the recent success of Winchell Thoroughbreds, fueled by purchases out of the September Sale. Heading the cast is Echo Zulu, a filly from the first crop of Winchell’s Horse of the Year Gun Runner. Echo Zulu, purchased for $300,000, parlayed a victory in the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) into an Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old filly for Winchell and co-owner L and N Racing.
Winchell also achieved Grade 1 success with Midnight Bourbon, a $525,000 September Sale purchase who has earned more than $3.5 million, and Silver State, the Metropolitan (G1) winner who cost $450,000 as a Keeneland yearling. More recently, Asmussen and Winchell were victorious in the Louisiana Derby (G2) with Epicenter, a $260,000 September Sale acquisition now on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1). Winchell returned to the source of its top stable participants in 2021, purchasing 10 yearlings for $4.4 million in September.
Another Horse of the Year Honor
Not only did Knicks Go’s year-end Eclipse Awards continue the September Sale’s run of four consecutive Horse of the Year honorees, but it underscored the international appeal of the sale. Bred by Angie Moore, Knicks Go was initially sold at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale and then purchased by the Korea Racing Authority for $87,000 from Pete O’Callaghan’s Woods Edge Farm at the 2017 September Sale.
Knicks Go began his championship season with a victory in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) in January and concluded with a Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) win to conclude his career.
‘Did Show Like a Beast’
Another 2021 Eclipse Award winner that graduated from the September Sale, Corniche has improved on his juvenile form that earned him champion 2-year-old male honors and has emerged as one of the leading contenders for the Kentucky Derby (G1). Consigned by co-breeder Stonehaven Steadings to the 2020 September Sale, the unbeaten son of Quality Road won last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1).