Keeneland sales alumni figure prominently in Santa Anita’s trio of Grade 1 stakes slated for Memorial Day.
Keeper ofthe Stars defends her title in the Gamely off a runner-up finish in her last start, the San Francisco Mile (G3). Among her challengers are Charmaine’s Mia, a winner of three starts in 2021, all graded stakes, including the Grade 2 Buena Vista and Royal Heroine, and multiple graded stakes winner Maxim Rate.
Graded stakes winners Country Grammer and Express Train, both graduates of the 2018 September Yearling Sale, highlight the field for the Hollywood Gold Cup. Country Grammer finished second by a neck in the Californian (G2) in his last start. Express Train won the San Pasqual (G2) to open 2021, followed by a second and third, respectively, in the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) and Oaklawn Handicap (G2).
Grade 1 winner Next Shares and graded stakes-placed Restrainedvengence seek an automatic berth in the 2021 FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) with a victory in the Shoemaker Mile (G1).
SHOEMAKER MILE (G1), Santa Anita, 1 Mile (T), 3YOs & Up
NEXT SHARES, 8YO gelding by Archarcharch – Two Dot Slew ($190,000, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- ELiTE; Buyer- David Meah, agent) O- Debby Baltas, Richard Baltas, Michael & Jules Iavarone, Jerry McClanahan, Jeremy Peskoff, Ritchie Robershaw & Mark Taylor; B- Buck Pond Farm (KY); T- Richard Baltas
RESTRAINEDVENGENCE, 6YO gelding by Hold Me Back – Cupids Revenge ($67,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bettersworth Westwind Farms; Buyer- Bobby Grayson) O- Kelly Brinkerhoff & Bob Grayson Jr.; B- Westwind Farms (KY); T- Val Brinkerhoff
HOLLYWOOD GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA (G1), Santa Anita, 1¼ Miles, 3YOs & Up
COUNTRY GRAMMER, 4YO colt by Tonalist – Arabian Song ($60,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Garrencasey Sales, agent, Buyer- Brooke Hubbard, agent; $110,000, 2021 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- WinStar Farm) O- WinStar Farm; B- Scott & Debbie Pierce (KY); T- Bob Baffert
HEYWOODS BEACH, 4YO colt by Speightstown – Unfold the Rose ($150,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Miacomet Bloodstock) O- Hronis Racing; B- SF Bloodstock (KY); T- John Sadler
TWO THIRTY FIVE, 7YO gelding by Stay Thirsty – A Footstep Away ($55,000 RNA, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Romans Racing & Sales, agent) O/T- Doug O’Neill; B- A Footstep Away Syndicate (KY)
EXPRESS TRAIN, 4YO colt by Union Rags – I’m a Flake ($500,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Mayberry Farm) O- C R K Stable; B- Dixiana Farms (KY); T- John Shirreffs
GAMELY S. (G1), Santa Anita, 1 1/8 Miles (T), 3YOs & Up, F&M
CHARMAINE’S MIA, 4YO filly by The Factor – Charming Vixen ($40,000 RNA, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Allied Bloodstock, agent; $4,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Allied Bloodstock, agent, Buyer- Cool Hill Farm) O- Agave Racing Stable, Medallion Racing & Rockin Robin Racing Stables; B- Gunpowder Farms (KY); T- Philip D’Amato
KEEPER OFTHE STARS, 5YO mare by Midnight Lute – Sociable ($60,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- VanMeter-Gentry Sales, agent, Buyer- Zayat Stables; $180,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- Tommy Town Thoroughbreds) O- Tommy Town Thoroughbreds; B- Olin Gentry, Omar Trevino & Anthony Cappola (KY); T- Jonathan Wong
MAXIM RATE, 5YO mare by Exchange Rate – Catch My Eye ($130,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- K. D. Bloodstock; $235,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- St. George Sales, agent, Buyer- A. C. Elliott, agent) O- Slam Dunk Racing, James Branham & Lee Rolfe; B- Fred W. Hertrich III & John Fielding (KY); T- Simon Callaghan
STEVE SEXTON MILE S. (G3), Lone Star, 1 Mile, 3YOs & Up
SILVER PROSPECTOR, 4YO colt by Declaration of War – Tap Softly ($50,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Warrendale Sales, agent; Buyer- Eisaman Equine) O- Ed & Susie Orr; B- Sandra & Hargus Sexton & Silver Fern Farm (KY); T- Steve Asmussen
HUNKA BURNING LOVE, 7YO gelding by Into Mischief – Touch of Fire ($75,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bluewater Sales, agent; Buyer- Ken & Sarah Ramsey) O- End Zone Athletics; B- Morris Floyd & Chuck Givens (KY); T- Karl Broberg
MO MOSA, 3YO colt by Uncle Mo – Roughing ($335,000 RNA, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) O/B- Perry & Denise Martin (KY); T- Mike Maker