Keeneland September Yearling Sale alumni comprise the entire field entered for Sunday’s Santa Ynez (G2) at Santa Anita, a prep for the 2019 Kentucky Oaks (G1). Multiple Grade 1 winner Bellafina headlines the race, which also includes Grade 1-placed contenders Mother Mother and Reflect; Tomlin, winner of the Golden Gate Debutante in her last start; and maiden winner Sold It.
Keeneland sales alumni seek points on the 2019 Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) in Saturday’s Sham (G3) at Santa Anita, led by Grade 1-placed Gunmetal Gray and recent Gold Rush winner Sueno.
On the same race card, November Breeding Stock Sale graduate Next Shares, winner of the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) at Keeneland last fall, makes his season debut in the San Gabriel (G2), where he will meet graded stakes winners Liam the Charmer and Big Bend.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 5
SAN GABRIEL S. (G2), Santa Anita, 1 1/8 Miles (T), 4YOs & Up
LIAM THE CHARMER, 6YO gelding by Smart Strike – Charm the Giant (IRE) ($500,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Winter Quarter Farm, agent, Mike Ryan, agent; $100,000, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- BSW Bloodstock) O- Madaket Stables.; B- Ron & Deborah McAnally (KY); T- Michael McCarthy
NEXT SHARES, 6YO gelding by Archarcharch – Two Dot Slew ($190,000, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- ELiTE; Buyer- David Meah, agent) O- Michael & Jules Iavarone, Jerry McClanahan, Christopher Dunn, William Marasa, Ritchie Robershaw & Mark Taylor; B- Buck Pond Farm (KY); T- Richard Baltas
BIG BEND, 5YO horse by Union Rags – Lenatareese ($105,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Blackburn Farm, agent; Buyer- Union Rags Racing) O- Union Rags Racing; B- Daniel Burke & Kathleen Schweizer (KY); T- Tom Proctor
SHAM S. (G3), Santa Anita, 1 Mile, 3YOs
SUENO, 3YO colt by Atreides – Class Above ($1,500, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- Aidan Jennings; $61,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Dromoland Farm, agent, Buyer- Silverton Hill) O- Silverton Hill; B- Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings (KY); T- Keith Desormeaux
EASY SHOT, 3YO colt by Trappe Shot – Daddy’s Dreamgirl ($80,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hinkle Farms; Buyer- Calumet Farm) O- Calumet Farm; B- Hinkle Farm (KY); T- Keith Desormeaux
GUNMETAL GRAY, 3YO colt by Exchange Rate – Classofsixtythree ($85,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) O- Hollendorfer, Pearl Racing & West Point Thoroughbreds; B- Lee Pokoik (KY); T- Jerry Hollendorfer
MUCH BETTER, 3YO ridgling by Pioneerof the Nile – Dust and Diamonds ($600,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Three Chimneys Farm, agent; Buyer- R. C. Thoroughbreds) O/B- Three Chimneys Farm (KY); T- Bob Baffert
SUNDAY, JANUARY 6
SANTA YNEZ S. (G2), Santa Anita, 7 Furlongs, 3YO Fillies
MOTHER MOTHER, 3YO filly by Pioneerof the Nile – Mother ($450,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- VanMeter-Gentry Sales, agent; Buyer- George Bolton) O- George Bolton, Barry Hall, Barry Lipman, Mark Mathieson & Andrew Molasky; B- T. F. VanMeter (KY); T- Bob Baffert
BELLAFINA, 3YO filly by Quality Road – Akron Moon ($220,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) O- Kaleem Shah; B- JSM Equine (KY); T- Simon Callaghan
SOLD IT, 3YO filly by The Factor – Charade ($80,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Gainesway, agent, Buyer- Stonestreet Stables; $175,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Elm Tree Farm, agent, Buyer- Red Wings) O- Ciaran Dunne & Reddam Racing; B- Jeanne Canty, Judy Hicks, Kathryn Nikkel & Pegasus Stud (KY); T- Doug O’Neill
TOMLIN, 3YO filly by Distorted Humor – Belle of Perintown ($200,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent; Buyer- Fairview) O- Fairview; B- Stonestreet Thoroughbreds Holdings (KY); T- Steven Specht
REFLECT, 3YO filly by Trappe Shot – Scat Patty ($70,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Cross Keys Sales, agent; Buyer- Don’t Tell My Wife Stables) O- Impact Thoroughbreds & Madaket Stables; B- T/C Stable (KY); T- Keith Desormeaux