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Keeneland September Sale Graduates Venetian Harbor, Nadal, Sole Volante Enhance Oaks, Derby Credentials

February 10, 2020

September Sale alumni also run 1-2-3 in the UAE 2000 Guineas at Meydan

Graduates of Keeneland’s 2018 September Yearling Sale excelled on the world stage last week, finishing 1-2 in the Las Virgenes (G2), San Vicente (G2) and Sam F. Davis (G3), and 1-2-3 in the UAE 2000 Guineas (G3) at Meydan. 

With their impressive performances, Venetian HarborNadal and Sole Volante established themselves as rising stars on the U.S. classic trail.

Venetian Harbor cruised to a 9¼-length victory in the Las Virgenes, her first race around two turns, to earn 10 points on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks (G1). Gingham finished second. 

The talented Nadal won the San Vicente over Ginobili in only his second career start to become an exciting addition to the Triple Crown trail. Sole Volante captured the Sam F. Davis over favored Independence Hall to secure a spot on the Kentucky Derby (G1) leaderboard. 

September Sale alumni, led by winner Fore Left, ran 1-2-3 in the UAE 2000 Guineas Sponsored by Masdar at Meydan.

At Gulfstream, two-time Canadian champion Starship Jubilee recorded her sixth graded stakes win with a romp in the Suwannee River (G3).



Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduates ran 1-2 in the Las Virgenes S. (G2) on 2/8 at Santa Anita:

1- VENETIAN HARBOR, 3YO filly by Munnings – Sounds of the City ($110,000, 2018 Sept Yearling Consignor- Ashview Farm, agent; Buyer- Jesse Hoppel, agent) (career 3-2-1-0, $163,400) O- Ciaglia Racing, River Oak Farm & Dominic Savides; B- Colts Neck Stables (KY); T- Richard Baltas

2- Gingham, 3YO filly by Quality Road – Chapel ($420,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Stone Farm; Buyer- Jamie McCalmont, agent) O- Sarah Kelly & Jane Wiltz; B- Stone Farm (KY); T- Bob Baffert


Keeneland September Sale graduates finished 1-2 in the San Vicente S. (G2) on 2/9 at Santa Anita:

1- NADAL, 3YO colt by Blame – Ascending Angel ($25,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Sierra Farm; Buyer- Randy Bradshaw, agent) (career 2-2-0-0, $153,000) O- George Bolton, Arthur Hoyeau, Barry Lipman & Mark Mathiesen; B- Sierra Farm (KY); T- Bob Baffert

2- Ginobili, 3YO colt by Munnings – Find the Humor ($35,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hinkle Farms, Buyer- Richard Baltas) O- Slam Dunk Racing, Richard Baltas, Jerry McClanahan & Michael Nentwig; B- Hinkle Farms (KY); T- Richard Baltas


Keeneland September Sale graduates ran 1-2 in the Sam F. Davis S. (G3) on 2/8 at Tampa Bay Downs:

1- SOLE VOLANTE, 3YO colt by Karakontie (JPN) – Light Blow ($6,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- New Hope) (career 4-3-0-1, $196,310) O- Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Andie Biancone & Limelight Stables; B- Flaxman Holdings (KY); T- Patrick Biancone

2- Independence Hall, 3YO colt by Constitution – Kalahari Cat ($100,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent; Buyer- Charlestown Investments) O- Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Twin Creeks Racing Stables, Kathleen & Robert Verratti; B- Woodford Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Michael Trombetta


Keeneland sales alumni finished 1-2 in the Suwannee River S. (G3) on 2/8 at Gulfstream:

1- STARSHIP JUBILEE, 7YO mare by Indy Wind – Perfectly Wild ($425,000 RNA, 2018 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Brookdale Sales, agent) (career 34-16-5-3, $1,353,667) O- Blue Heaven Farm; B- William Sorren (FL); T- Kevin Attard

2- Magic Star, 4YO filly by Scat Daddy – Meadow Breeze ($500,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Betz Thoroughbreds, agent; Buyer- Don Alberto Corp.) O- Don Alberto Stable; B- Betz, D J Stables, CoCo, Burns & Mager (KY); T- Chad Brown


Keeneland September Yearling Sales graduates ran 1-2-3 in the UAE 2000 Guineas Sponsored by Masdar (G3) on 2/6 at Meydan:

1- FORE LEFT, 3YO colt by Twirling Candy – Simply Sunny ($97,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- Red Wings) (career 9-4-0-2, $355,902) O- Reddam Racing; B- Machmer Hall (KY); T- Doug O’Neill

2- Zabardast, 3YO colt by Carpe Diem – Sweet Maya ($35,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Elm Tree Farm, agent; Buyer- Lock 17 Bloodstock) O- Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum; B- Popatop (KY); T- Salem bin Ghadayer

3- Emblem Storm, 3YO colt by English Channel – American Girl (IRE) ($45,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Mill Ridge Sales, agent; Buyer- Grassroots Training & Sales) O- Al Bayraq Stable; B- Colts Neck Stables (KY); T- Satish Seemar

SHARE THE UPSIDE, 5YO gelding by Maclean’s Music – Mystic Silver ($75,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent) Won $125,000 King Cotton S. on 2/8 at Oaklawn (career 13-5-4-1, $345,097) O- Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings & Windsor Boys Racing; B- Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings (ON); T- Steve Asmussen

MORE MISCHIEF, 4YO filly by Into Mischief – Gracilia ($185,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent; Buyer- J. J. Crupi, agent) Won $104,850 Biogio’s Rose S. on 2/9 at Aqueduct (career 9-4-2-1, $240,493) O- Wise Racing; B- Anlyn Farms (NY); T- Chad Brown

NO PAROLE, 3YO colt by Violence – Plus One ($75,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- Maggi Moss) Won $100,000 LA Bred Premier Night Prince S. on 2/8 at Delta Downs (career 3-3-0-0, $114,600) O- Maggie Moss; B- Coteau Grove Farms (LA); T- Tom Amoss

BILLY BATTS, 3YO ridgling by City Zip – Down to Hearth ($75,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hunter Valley Farm, agent; Buyer- JSM Equine) Won $84,750 Baffle S. on 2/7 at Santa Anita (career 8-2-3-1, $302,560) O- Rockingham Ranch; B- China Horse Club International (KY); T- Peter Miller