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Keeneland Sales Graduate Cutting Humor Races into Classic Contention with Sunland Derby Win

March 25, 2019

Cutting Humor, a graduate of Keeneland’s 2017 January Horses of All Ages Sale, vaulted to fifth place on the Kentucky Derby (G1) leaderboard with his track record-setting win in the Sunland Derby (G3) on Sunday.  

Gladiator King, a graduate of the 2017 September Yearling Sale, won the Hutcheson (G3) on Saturday at Gulfstream to earn a $5,000 September Sale Seller Bonus for Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, the colt’s owner at the time of sale.

The September Sale Seller Bonus Program, initiated by Keeneland in 2017, offers cash rewards to sellers (owners at the time of sale) of horses sold at the September Sale that win Grade/Group 1, 2 or 3 stakes as a 2- or 3-year-old. Sellers receive cash rewards based on the following criteria: $10,000 Seller Bonus for your first Grade/Group 1 stakes win; $7,500 for your first Grade/Group 2 win; and $5,000 for your first Grade/Group 3 victory. 

Mr Melody, offered as a weanling at Keeneland’s 2015 November Breeding Stock Sale and sold at the following year’s September Sale, captured the Takamatsunomiya Kinen (G1) at Japan’s Chukyo Racecourse on Sunday.



MR MELODY, 4YO colt by Scat Daddy – Trusty Lady ($75,000 RNA, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- VanMeter-Gentry Sales, agent; $100,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- VanMeter-Gentry Sales, agent, Buyer- David Meah, agent) Won Takamatsunomiya Kinen (G1) on 3/24 at Chukyo (JAPAN) (career 10-4-3-0) O- Green Fields; B- Bell Tower Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Hideaki Fujiwara


Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduates finished 1-2 in the Muniz Memorial H. (G2) on 3/23 at Fair Grounds: 

1- BRICKS AND MORTAR, 5YO horse by Giant’s Causeway – Beyond the Waves ($200,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Stone Farm, agent; Buyer- Oaks Bluff Partners) (career 9-7-0-2, $3,198,250) O- Klaravich Stables & William Lawrence; B- George Strawbridge Jr. (KY); T- Chad Brown

2- Markitoff, 5YO horse by Giant’s Causeway – Myriad ($160,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Mill Ridge Sales, agent; Buyer- Zayat Stables) O- Three Diamonds Farm; B- Alpha Delta Stables (KY); T- Michael Maker

CUTTING HUMOR, 3YO colt by First Samurai – Pun ($135,000, 2017 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Claiborne Farm, agent; Buyer- Bloodstock Investments) Won Sunland Park Derby (G3) on 3/24 at Sunland (career 6-2-2-1, $516,967) O- Starlight Racing; B- Dell Hancock & Bernie Sams (KY); T- Todd Pletcher


Keeneland September Sale alumni ran 1-2 in the Hutcheson (G3) on 3/23 at Gulfstream: 

1- GLADIATOR KING, 3YO colt by Curlin – Golden Dawn (RNA to Sale, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- James M. Herbener Jr., agent) (career 12-4-1-1, $170,500) O- Thoroughbred Champions Training Center; B- Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings (KY); T- Jaime Mejia

2- Federal Case, 3YO colt by Gemologist – Delilahjane ($180,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Serendipity Farm, agent, Buyer- Maverick Racing & China Horse Club; $650,000, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- WinStar Racing, agent, Buyer- West Bloodstock, agent) O- Robert & Lawana Low; B- Kings Way Farm (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

GRAY ATTEMPT, 3YO colt by Graydar – Attempt to Name ($47,000 RNA, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) Won $125,000 Gazebo S. on 3/23 at Oaklawn (career 6-4-0-0, $261,366) O- Dwight Pruett; B- Wynnstay, Donna Moore & Jim Richardson (KY); T- William H. Fires

WORKAHOLIC, 3YO filly by Sky Mesa – Allez Marie ($50,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Jim McIngvale) Won $100,300 Cicada S. on 3/23 at Aqueduct (career 10-3-4-1, $142,668) O- James McIngvale; B- Stud TNT (KY); T- Laura Wohlers


Keeneland September Sale alumni finished in a dead heat in the $75,000 Any Limit S. on 3/23 at Gulfstream:  

(DH) 1- MISS MARCELA, 3YO filly by Bodemeister – Back Bay Dixie ($47,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) (career 7-2-1-1, $64,722) O- Paumar Racing Stable & Margoth; B- Siena Farms (KY); T- Antonio Sano

(DH) 1- BRUNETTE PRINCESS, 3YO filly by Bodemeister – Giant’s Princess ($25,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Summerfield, agent, Buyer- Atlantic Stable) (career 7-2-3-1, $95,105) O- OGMA Investments; B- John David Zuidema (FL); T- Gustavo Delgado

BEAU RECALL (IRE), 5YO mare by Sir Prancealot (IRE) – Greta d’Argent (IRE) ($385,000 RNA, 2019 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) Won $74,250 New Orleans Ladies S. on 3/23 at Fair Grounds (career 21-5-5-0, $504,912) O- Slam Dunk Racing & Medallion Racing; B- Tom Wallace (IRE); T- Brad Cox