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Keeneland September Sale Graduates Arklow, Spanish Mission Headline Kentucky Turf Cup, Jockey Club Derby

September 6, 2019

Keeneland September Yearling Sales graduates are in the national spotlight Saturday, led Arklow in the Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup (G3) and Spanish Mission in the Jockey Club Derby Invitational, both $1 million events.

Arklow seeks to defend his title in the Kentucky Turf Cup, where he will meet Campaign, winner of the Tokyo City Cup (G3) and Cougar II (G3) this season; multiple Grade 3 winners My Boy Jack and Blended Citizen; and Factor This, winner of the Kentucky Downs Preview Kentucky Turf Cup on Aug. 4. 

Spanish Mission, a Group 3 winner in England, makes his U.S. debut in the Jockey Club Derby, the third leg of NYRA’s new Turf Trinity series and a “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1). September Sale graduates A Thread of Blue, winner of the Saratoga Derby Invitational; Tone Broke, winner of the Prince of Wales at Fort Erie and Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine; and graded stakes winner Current are among the contenders. 

Keeneland sales graduates also figure prominently in other stakes on a blockbuster card at Kentucky Downs on Saturday. Wet Your Whistle, a winner in four of his last five starts, including the Highlander (G1) at Woodbine, seeks a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) with a win in the Runhappy Turf Sprint (G3). Others in the field include graded stakes winner Undrafted along with Totally Boss and Jazzy Times, 1-2 in the Kentucky Downs Preview Turf Sprint. All are September Sale graduates.

Multiple Grade 3 winner Storm the Hill, recently second in the Yellow Ribbon (G2), heads the field for the Three Chimneys Ladies Turf (G3). KallioViva Vegas and Sensitive, all stakes winners in their last starts, also are set to compete.



CALUMET FARM KENTUCKY TURF CUP S. (G3), Kentucky Downs, 1½ Miles (T), 3YOs & Up

MY BOY JACK, 4YO colt by Creative Cause – Gold N Shaft ($14,000 RNA, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent; $20,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Legacy Bloodstock, agent, Buyer- Don’t Tell My Wife Stable) O- Don’t Tell My Wife Stables,  Monomoy Stables & West Point Thoroughbreds; B- Brereton C. Jones (KY); T- Keith Desormeaux

BLENDED CITIZEN, 4YO colt by Proud Citizen – Langara Lass ($57,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Penn Sales, agent) O- Greg Hall, SAYJAY Racing & Brooke Hubbard; B- Ray Hanson (KY); T- Doug O’Neill

FACTOR THIS, 4YO colt by The Factor – Capricious Miss (GB) ($2,700, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Maccabee Farm; Buyer- Captain America Racing) O- Gaining Ground Farm; B- Maccabee Farm (KY); T- Brad Cox

HELLO DON JULIO, 7YO gelding by Afleet Alex – Faithful ($65,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Dromoland Farm, agent; Buyer- MN DRS) O/T- Michael Dilger; B- Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds (KY)

ARKLOW, 5YO horse by Arch – Unbridled Empire ($160,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Penn Sales, agent; Buyer- Donegal Racing) O- Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger & Peter Coneway; B- John & Frank Penn (KY); T- Brad Cox

CAMPAIGN, 4YO colt by Curlin – Arania ($675,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Lane’s End) O- Woodford Racing; B- Alexander-Groves Thoroughbreds (KY); T- John Sadler

ZERO GRAVITY, 4YO gelding by Orb – Freedom Rings ($65,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- Govenor Stable; $125,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Dromoland Farm, agent, Buyer- Barry & Joni Butzow) O- Barry & Joni Butzow; B- Peter Berglar (FL); T- Joe Sharp


RUNHAPPY TURF SPRINT S. (G3), Kentucky Downs, 6 Furlongs (T), 3YOs & Up

WET YOUR WHISTLE, 4YO gelding by Stroll – Winlocs Glory Days ($17,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Beau Lane Bloodstock; Buyer- Morris Bloodstock Services, agent) O- David Palmer; B- E.H. Lane III (KY); T- Michael Trombetta

CAUTIOUS GIANT, 8YO gelding by Giant’s Causeway – Dangerous Diva ($220,000, 2011 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent; Buyer- Ray Bell) O- Below the Rim Stables & David Staudacher; B- Grousemont Farm (KY); T- Michael Maker

SMART REMARK, 4YO 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

UNDRAFTED, 9YO gelding by Purim – French Jeannette ($50,000, 2011 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Runnymede Farm, agent; Buyer- Cromwell Bloodstock, agent) O- Wes Welker & Elizabeth Kumin; B- Catesby Clay Investment (KY); T- Wesley Ward

JAZZY TIMES, 6YO gelding by Discreetly Mine – Jazzy Melissa ($45,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Pope McLean, agent; Buyer- Win Some Racing) O/T- Wesley Hawley; B- RDurham Racing (KY)

TOTALLY BOSS, 4YO gelding by Street Boss – Totally Tucker ($180,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Jim & Susan Hill) O- Jim & Susan Hill; B- Mike Pressley (KY); T- George Arnold II


THREE CHIMNEYS LADIES TURF S. (G3), Kentucky Downs, 1 Mile (T), 3YOs & Up, F&M

KALLIO, 4YO filly by Scat Daddy – Smokey Diplomacy ($100,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hidden Brook, agent; Buyer- Cobble View Stable) O- Madaket Stables, Tim & Anna Cambron and Bradley Thoroughbreds; B- Nolan Creek Farm (KY); T- Brendan Walsh

VIVA VEGAS, 5YO mare by The Factor – Viva Vega ($180,000, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Summerfield, agent; Buyer- Merriebelle Stable) O- Merriebelle Stable; B- Summer Grove Farm  & Terry Gabriel (LA); T- Ignacio Correas IV

STORM THE HILL, 5YO mare by Get Stormy – Thornhill ($275,000, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Bluewater Sales, agent; Buyer- Alastar Thoroughbreds) O- Alastar Thoroughbred Company & Michael Valdes; B- Kimberly & William Bradley (KY); T- Philip D’Amato

SENSITIVE, 5YO mare by Divine Park – Kittery Point ($475,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent; Buyer- Solis/Litt) O- LNJ Foxwoods; B- Brereton Jones (KY); T- Brad Cox

MS BAD BEHAVIOR, 4YO filly by Blame – Cumulonimble ($75,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Castle Park Farm, agent; Buyer- Brooke Hubbard, agent) O- SAYJAY Racing, Greg Hall & Brooke Hubbard; B- Ron Clarkson (ON); T- Richard Baltas


SPENDTHRIFT FARM LADIES SPRINT S. (G3), Kentucky Downs, 6½ Furlongs (T), 3YOs & Up, F&M

COEXISTENCE, 4YO filly by Violence – Queen of Empire ($310,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Ashview Farm, agent; Buyer- Mike Ryan, agent) O- Highlander Training Center; B- Wayne Lyster, Gray Lyster & Bryan Lyster (KY); T- Joe Sharp

COOL BEANS, 4YO filly by Candy Ride (ARG) – Win McCool ($110,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Miacomet Bloodstock) O- Magic Cap Stables; B- Alpha Delta Stables (KY); T- Brad Cox

STILLWATER COVE, 3YO filly by Quality Road – Celibataire ($45,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent) O- Marcus Stables; B- Lofts Hall Stud & Ben Sangster (KY); T- Wesley Ward

THERIGHTTOBEARARMS, 4YO filly by Fast Bullet – Ten Out of a Ten ($14,000 RNA, 2016 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent; $6,500, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent) O- Jon & Patience Jazdzewski; B- A R Enterprises (KY); T- William Helmbrecht


SUPER DERBY (G3), Louisiana Downs, 1 1/16 Miles, 3YOs

CABOT, 3YO colt by Will Take Charge – Mystic Mama ($160,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Elm Tree Farm, agent; Buyer- Brookstone Farm) O- Alex & JoAnn Lieblong; B- Nancy Shuford (KY); T- Ron Moquett

PIRATE’S PUNCH, 3YO gelding by Shanghai Bobby – Catch the Moon ($90,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Summerfield, agent; Buyer- Gulliver Racing) O- Gulliver Racing, Craig Drager & Dan Legan; B- Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings (KY); T- Grant Forster

FREDONIAN, 3YO colt by The Factor – Breathtaking ($30,000 RNA, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- William Harrigan, agent; $30,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent, Buyer- Golden Tooth Ranch) O- Golden Tooth Ranch; B- William B. Harrigan (KY); T- Jason Meaux

KNICKS GO, 3YO colt by Paynter – Kosmo’s Buddy ($40,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Bill Reightler, Buyer- Northface Bloodstock; $87,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woods Edge Farm, agent, Buyer- Korea Racing Authority) O- KRA Stud Farm; B- Angie Moore (MD); T- Ben Colebrook

LEADER OF MEN, 3YO gelding by War Front – Refugee ($450,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Eaton Sales, agent) O- Walpole Racing; B- Barronstown Stud (KY); T- Jodie Hodges

PAYNT BATTLE, 3YO colt by Paynter – Ziptomylu ($11,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Triple N Racing) O- Norman Stables; B- Fred W. Hertrich III (KY); T- Lonnie Briley


BRITISH COLUMBIA DERBY (G3), Hastings, 1 1/8 Miles, 3YOs

EXPLODE, 3YO gelding by Trappe Shot – Light Blow ($2,500, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Ole A. Nielsen) O- Canmor Farms; B- Flaxman Holdings (KY); T- Mark Cloutier

FINAL JEOPARDY, 3YO colt by Street Sense – Addison Run ($110,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- Ben Glass, agent) O- Peter Redekop B. C. Ltd & James Redekop; B- Bloodstock Investment (KY); T- Philip Hall

FLATOUT WINNER, 3YO colt by Flat Out – Walkinforkisses ($82,000, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Kaizen Sales; Buyer- RQH) O- Westana Ranches, Debra McComas, Jill Lindell, Don Danard & Blue Willow Dairy; B- Dorothy Raffa (KY); T- Greg Tracy

FIVE STAR GENERAL, 3YO colt by Distorted Humor – Party of Interest ($235,000 RNA, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- VanMeter-Gentry Sales, agent) O- North American Thoroughbred Horse Company; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Glen Todd

WHISKEY BOUND, 3YO gelding by Afleet Alex – La Grange ($9,000 RNA, 2016 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Timber Town, agent) O- Kim Peacock & Lance Giesbrecht; B- R. S. Evans (KY); T- Keith Pedersen



A THREAD OF BLUE, 3YO colt by Hard Spun – Enthused ($150,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Merites Stable) O- Leonard C. Green; B- Flaxman Holdings Ltd. (KY); T- Kiaran McLaughlin

CURRENT, 3YO colt by Curlin – Crosswinds ($725,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hinkle Farms; Buyer- Whitehorse Stables & Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners) O- Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Robert LaPenta & Dixiana Farms; B- Hinkle Farms (KY); T- Todd Pletcher

TONE BROKE, 3YO colt by Broken Vow – Mendocino Beano ($40,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Keith Lancaster, agent; Buyer- L&N Racing) O- L and N Racing; B- Sean Fitzhenry (ON); T- Steve Asmussen

SPANISH MISSION, 3YO colt by Noble Mission (GB) – Limonar (IRE) ($125,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- Lynch Bloodstock) O- Team Valor & Earle Mack; B- St. Elias Stables (KY); T- David Simcock


KENTUCKY DOWNS JUVENILE TURF SPRINT, Kentucky Downs, 6½ Furlongs (T), 2YOs

SILVER PROSPECTOR, 2YO 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

JOHNNY UNLEASHED, 2YO gelding by Colonel John – Ready to Unleash ($10,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- Eric Foster) O- Foster Family Racing, Lonnie Reynolds H&H Horses & Joseph Mills; B- St. Simon Place, Scott Stephens & Betsy Wells (KY); T- Eric Foster

CAMBRIA, 2YO filly by Speightstown – Teen Pauline ($120,000 RNA, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Summerfield, agent) O/B- Stonestreet; T- Wesley Ward

INVADER, 2YO colt by War Front – Say (IRE) ($500,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Cromwell Bloodstock) O- Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stables & LNJ Foxwoods (KY); T- Orpendale, Chelston & Wynatt (KY); T- Welsey Ward