Keeneland sales graduates are in the spotlight in the $1 million Belmont Derby Invitational (G1) and $700,000 Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1), the first legs of NYRA’s Triple Turf Series to be held Saturday at Belmont.
Keeneland sales graduates represent six of the nine contenders in the Belmont Derby, led by Pennine Ridge (G3) winner Sainthood, who is making his turf debut; Hard Love, a winner in his last two starts, including the Woodhaven Stakes at Aqueduct; American Turf (G2) Presented by Derby City Gaming winner Du Jour and multiple graded stakes-placed Palazzi.
Graded stakes winners Con Lima and Plum Ali, 1-2 finishers in the Wonder Again (G3), meet again in the Belmont Oaks. Also in the field is multiple graded stakes-placed Spanish Loveaffair, second in the Regret (G3) in May at Churchill Downs.
September Yearling Sale graduates Australasia and Inject, stablemates from the barn of Eclipse Award-winning trainer Brad Cox, headline the Victory Ride (G3), also at Belmont on Saturday. Undefeated multiple stakes winner Australasia enters the Victory Ride following a win in the Jersey Girl Stakes in June at Belmont. Inject won the Goldfinch Stakes in May at Prairie Meadows.
SATURDAY, JULY 10
BELMONT DERBY INVITATIONAL (G1), Belmont, 1¼ Miles (T), 3YOs
PALAZZI, 3YO colt by Pioneerof the Nile – Kindle ($375,000, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Ballysax Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- HnR Nothhaft Horse Racing) O- John C. Oxley; B- HnR Nothhaft Horseracing & Pioneerof the Nile Syndicate (KY); T- Mark Casse
SAFE CONDUCT, 3YO colt by Bodemeister – Duchess Dancer ($45,000, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Cara Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- Wellspring Stables) O- WellSpring Stables; B- Mitchell Kursner (ON); T- Philip Serpe
SAINTHOOD, 3YO colt by Mshawish – Lemon Hero ($100,000, 2019 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- The Legend Sables; $90,000 RNA, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) O- WinStar Farm & CHC; B- Edward Taylor & Springland Farm (KY); T- Todd Pletcher
DU JOUR, 3YO colt by Temple City – Guiltless ($19,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woods Edge Farm, agent; Buyer- V. C. Corporation) O- Natalie Baffert & Debbie Lanni; B- Woods Edge Farm (KY); T- Bill Mott
HARD LOVE, 3YO ridgling by Kitten’s Joy – Hard Lovin Woman ($80,000 RNA, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) O- Robert LaPenta, Augustin Stable & Madaket Stables; B- Ken & Sarah Ramsey (KY); T- Jonathan Thomas
HIDDEN ENEMY (IRE), 3YO colt by Galileo (IRE) – Acoma ($150,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- L & N Racing) O- L & N Racing; B- Alexander/Grove Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Steve Asmussen
BELMONT OAKS INVITATIONAL (G1), Belmont, 1¼ Miles (T), 3YO Fillies
CON LIMA, 3YO filly by Commissioner – Second Street City ($15,000, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent, Buyer- V. C. Corp.; $19,000 RNA, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent) O- Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Jospeh Graffeo, Eric Nikolaus Del Toro & Troy Johnson; B- Lisa Kuhlmann (TX); T- Todd Pletcher
SPANISH LOVEAFFAIR, 3YO filly by Karakontie (JPN) – Spanish Bunny ($35,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Delray Investments) O- Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Michael Hernon & Gary Barber; B- Gainesway (KY); T- Mark Casse
PLUM ALI, 3YO filly by First Samurai – Skipping ($65,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Stone Farm; Buyer- Cromwell Bloodstock) O- Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables & Michael Caruso; B- Stone Farm (KY); T- Christophe Clement
DELAWARE H. (G2), Delaware, 1¼ Miles, 3YOs & Up, F&M
GIBBERISH, 4YO filly by Lea – Nippy ($230,000, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock Consignor- St. George Sales, agent; Buyer- Mike Ryan, agent) O- e Five Racing; B- Dell Ridge Farm (KY); T- Saffie Joseph Jr.
SARACOSA, 6YO mare by Bernardini – Homeschooling ($85,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Patricia Clark, agent) O- Chad Schumer; B- Meritage Ventures (KY); T- Cipriano Contreras
ROBERT G. DICK MEMORIAL S. (G3), Delaware, 1 3/8 Miles (T), 3YOs & Up, F&M
HOTSY TOTSY (IRE), 5YO mare by Casamento (IRE) – Siphon Melody ($72,000 RNA, 2021 April, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) O- Reeves Thoroughbred Racing & R. A. Hill Stable; B- Ringfort Stud (IRE); T- Amber Cobb
BLAME DEBBIE, 4YO filly by Blame – Jadwa ($65,000 RNA, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Threave Main Stud, agent) O- Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Michael Cloonan & Timothy Thornton; B- Tim Thornton & Tony Holmes (KY); T- Graham Motion
TEMPLE CITY TERROR, 5YO mare by Temple City – It Takes Two ($22,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Upson Downs Farm, agent; Buyer- Marc Wampler, agent) O- Pocket Aces Racing; B- Upson Downs Farm (KY); T- Brendan Walsh
TONAL VERSE, 4YO filly by Tonalist – Helen Kathleen ($120,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bluewater Sales, agent; Buyer- VanMeter Racing) O- Heights Stable; B- Cobra Farm & MRJ Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Graham Motion
VICTORY RIDE S. (G3), Belmont, 6½ Furlongs, 3YO Fillies
INJECT, 3YO filly by Frosted – Appealing Zophie ($390,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent; Buyer- Hunter Rankin, agent) O- Louis Wright; B- My Meadowview (KY); T- Brad Cox
MISS BRAZIL, 3YO filly by Palace Malice – Baytree ($170,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent; Buyer- Team D) O- Team D & Madaket Stables; B- Haymarket Farm (KY); T- Anthony Dutrow
AUSTRALASIA, 3YO filly by Sky Kingdom – Ayala Strand ($13,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Shawhan Place, agent; Buyer- Bryan Rice) O- Magnifico Stable & Hubert Guy; B- J. Adcock & Hume Wornall (LA); T- Brad Cox
SHOP GIRL, 3YO filly by Constitution – Flaming Slew ($55,000, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent, Buyer- Paradise Racing; $70,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent, Buyer- Kinsman) O- Kinsman Stable; B- Dennis O’Neill (KY); T- Christophe Clement
SELENE S. (G3), Woodbine, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YO Fillies
DANGER, 3YO filly by Flatter – Sweet Carrie ($57,000, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Hunter Valley Farm, agent, Buyer- First Finds; $125,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent, Buyer- Kathryn Martin) O- D. J. Stable; B- China Horse Club International (KY); T- Mark Casse
MUNNYFOR RO, 3YO filly by Munnings – Repartee ($65,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woods Edge Farm, agent; Buyer- Raroma Stables) O- Raroma Stable; B- Daybar (ON); T- Sid Attard
SUNDAY, JULY 11
MARINE S. (G3), Woodbine, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YOs
TIDAL FORCES, 3YO colt by Malibu Moon – Ain’t No Tellin’ ($140,000 RNA, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Sam-Son Farm) O/B- Sam-Son Farm (ON); T- Gail Cox
EASY TIME, 3YO colt by Not This Time – Running Creek ($62,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woods Edge Farm, agent; Buyer- Lori & Mark Collinsworth) O- Breeze Easy; B- Woods Edge Farm (KY); T- Mark Casse