Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduates, led by multiple graded stakes winner Swiss Skydiver, comprise five of the seven sophomore fillies entered in Saturday’s Alabama (G1) at Saratoga.
The Alabama is a prep for the Kentucky Oaks (G1) on Sept. 4 at Churchill Downs and a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) on Nov. 7 at Keeneland.
Swiss Skydiver finished second in the Toyota Blue Grass (G2) at Keeneland on July 11 in her last start. Among the other talented contenders are Envoutante, third in the Central Bank Ashland (G1), and Crystal Ball, second in the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1).
September Sale graduates Decorated Invader and Colonel Liam top the field for the Saratoga Derby Invitational, the first leg of the New York Racing Association’s Turf Trinity. A Grade 1 winner, Decorated Invader is undefeated this season, having won the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (G2) and Pennine Ridge (G2) in his last two starts. The Saratoga Derby marks the stakes debut of impressive turf allowance winner Colonel Liam.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15
ALABAMA S. (G1), Saratoga, 1¼ Miles, 3YO Fillies
ENVOUTANTE, 3YO filly by Uncle Mo – Enchante ($250,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Baccari Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- Kenny McPeek) O- Walking L Thoroughbreds & Three Chimneys Farm; B- Jumping Jack Racing (KY); T- Kenny McPeek
SPICE IS NICE, 3YO filly by Curlin – Dame Dorothy ($1.05 Million, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Stone Farm, agent; Buyer- West Bloodstock/Robert & Lawana Low) O- Robert & Lawana Low; B- B. Flay Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Todd Pletcher
CRYSTAL BALL, 3YO filly by Malibu Moon – Déjà vu ($335,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bridie Harrison, agent; Buyer- Spartan Bloodstock) O- WinStar Stablemates Racing; B- Peter Blum Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Bob Baffert
SWISS SKYDIVER, 3YO filly by Daredevil – Expo Gold ($35,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- Kenny McPeek, agent) O- Peter Callahan; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Kenny McPeek
FIRE CORAL, 3YO filly by Curlin – Coral Sun ($420,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Kempton Bloodstock, agent) O- Susan Moulton; B- Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings (KY); T- Steve Asmussen
SARATOGA DERBY INVITATIONAL, Saratoga, 1 3/16 Miles (T), 3YOs
BAMA BREEZE, 3YO gelding by Honor Code – Stella Blue (FR) ($150,000 RNA, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; $80,000 RNA, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent) O- Ashbrook Farm & BBN Racing; B- Fred W. Hertrich III (KY); T- George Arnold II
DECORATED INVADER, 3YO colt by Declaration of War – Gamely Girl ($200,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Indian Creek, agent; Buyer- West Point Thoroughbreds) O- West Point Thoroughbreds, William Freeman, William Sandbrook & Cheryl Manning; B- Redmon Farm (KY); T- Christophe Clement
COLONEL LIAM, 3YO colt by Liam’s Map – Amazement ($50,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Darby Dan Farm, agent; Buyer- Waves Bloodstock) O- Robert & Lawana Low; B- Phillips Racing Partnership (KY); T- Todd Pletcher
BOLD VENTURE S. (G3), Woodbine, 6½ Furlongs, 3YOs & Up
OLYMPIC RUNNER, 4YO gelding by Gio Ponti – Nadadora ($27,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Buyer- Equest Thoroughbreds; $180,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Equest Thoroughbreds, Buyer- Justin Casse) O- Gary Barber; B- Eutophia Farm (KY); T- Mark Casse
SMART REMARK, 5YO gelding by First Defence – Sarcastic ($4,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- G. Watts Humphrey Jr.) O- G. Watts Humphrey Jr., Brendan O’Brien & Brian Klatsky; B- G. Watts Humphrey Jr. & St. George Farm (KY); T- Vicki Oliver
SUNDAY, AUGUST 16
SEAWAY S. (G3), Woodbine, 7 Furlongs, 3YOs & Up, F&M
ANOTHER TIME, 4YO filly by Munnings – Idoitmyway ($110,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- Webb Carroll Training Center for Hoolie Racing) O- Hoolie Racing Stable; B- Machmer Hall (KY); T- Barbara Minshall
SISTER PEACOCK, 4YO filly by Real Solution – Imforeal ($9,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Darby Dan Farm, agent; Buyer- Russ McLellan) O- Brent McLellan, Russell McLellan & Stuart Simon; B- Ken & Sarah Ramsey (KY); T- Stuart Simon
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/T- Michael McDonald; B- Gunpowder Farms (KY)