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Keeneland September Sale Alumni Instilled Regard, Mourinho Establish Classic Credentials with Electrifying Season Debuts

January 16, 2018

LEXINGTON, KY (Jan. 16, 2018) – Keeneland September Yearling Sale alumni Instilled Regard and Mourinho, both California invaders, opened their sophomore seasons with clear wins at Fair Grounds and Oaklawn Park, respectively, to earn points on the 2018 Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1). Instilled Regard took command in midstretch and pulled away to a 3¾-length victory over a strong field in the Lecomte (G3) at Fair Grounds on Saturday. At Oaklawn on Monday, Mourinho swept to a front-running, 3¼-length win in the Smarty Jones, his first two-turn test.

A neck separated Keeneland sales graduates Stronger Than Ever and Wonder Gadot in the Silverbulletday at Fair Grounds on Saturday, with each filly earning points on the 2018 Road to the Kentucky Oaks (G1).

The La Canada (G2) on Saturday at Santa Anita came down to a stretch battle between Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale graduates Mopotism and Mended, with the former prevailing by a head at the wire.


Keeneland sales graduates finished 1-2 in the La Canada S. (G2) on 1/13 at Santa Anita:

1- MOPOTISM, 4YO filly by Uncle Mo – Peppy Rafaela ($135,000, 2014 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Blandford Stud, agent; Buyer- McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, agent) (career 15-3-4-2, $561,200) O- Reddam Racing; B- Frank Batten (KY); T- Doug O’Neill

2- Mended, 5YO mare by Broken Vow – Fair and Square ($45,000, 2013 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent; Buyer- Islewood Ranch) O- Troy & Maritza Onorata; B- Sheltowee Farm, Mariah Thoroughbreds & Pin Oak Stud (KY); T- John Martin

INSTILLED REGARD, 3YO colt by Arch – Enhancing ($110,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- KatieRich Farms) Won Lecomte S. (G3) on 1/13 at Fair Grounds (career 5-2-2-1, $228,000) O- OXO Equine; B- KatieRich Farms (KY); T- Jerry Hollendorfer

Keeneland sales graduates ran 1-2 in the Silverbulletday S. (L) on 1/13 at Fair Grounds: 

1- STRONGER THAN EVER, 3YO filly by Congrats – Broken Silence ($150,000, 2015 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent, Buyer- Cavalier Bloodstock; $310,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woods Edge Farm, agent, Buyer- Fern Circle Stable) (career 5-3-0-1, $174,846) O- Fern Circle Stables; B- J. Stuart, P. Bance, J. Amling & C. Noell (K); T- Kenny McPeek

2- Wonder Gadot, 3YO filly by Medaglia d’Oro – Loving Vindication ($80,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Anderson Farms, agent; Buyer- Eisaman Equine) O- Gary Barber; B- Anderson Farms (ON); T- Mark Casse

MOURINHO, 3YO colt by Super Saver – Sandi’s Ready ($30,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- William Danny Pate) Won $147,000 Smarty Jones S. on 1/15 at Oaklawn (career 4-2-2-0, $154,360) O- Phoenix Thoroughbred III; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Bob Baffert

TOWER OF TEXAS, 7YO gelding by Street Sense – Rare Opportunity ($195,000, 2012 Jan Horses of All Ages, Consignor- Anderson Farms, agent; Buyer- Scott & Evan Dilworth) Won $125,000 Colonel E. R. Bradley H. on 1/13 at Fair Grounds (career 28-7-8-5, $890,989) O- Tom VanMeter II & Scott Dilworth; B- Anderson Farms & Rod Ferguson (ON); T- Roger Attfield

DIVINE MISS GREY, 4YO filly by Divine Park – Seattle Grey ($100,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent; Buyer- Jim & Susan Hill) Won $100,000 Interborough S. on 1/15 at Aqueduct (career 14-7-3-0, $293,672) O- Corms Racing Stable; B- Brereton C. Jones (KY); T- Danny Gargan

CEDARTOWN, 4YO colt by Candy Ride (ARG) – Talkin and Singing ($50,000, 2015 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Lane’s End, agent; Buyer- William Harrigan) Won $75,000 Louisiana S. on 1/13 at Fair Grounds (career 7-4-3-0, $249,200) O- Godolphin; B- Halo Farms (KY); T- Michael Stidham

INSIDE STRAIGHT, 5YO gelding by Super Saver – Dance Alexa ($160,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Bedouin Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- Maverick Racing) Won $75,000 Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile H. on 1/13 at Turf Paradise (career 23-8-2-4, $797,064) O- Randy Howg; B- SF Bloodstock (NY); T- Robertino Diodoro

YOCKEY’S WARRIOR, 6YO horse by Warrior’s Reward – Silla ($140,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Gainesway, agent; Buyer- Stewart Madison) Won $72,000 Duncan F. Kenner S. on 1/13 at Fair Grounds (career 15-8-1-2, $360,270) O- S. Madison, S. Landry, M. Bernard, J. Broussard & Al Stall Jr.; B- Glen Oak Farm & Gerry Brodsky (KY); T- Al Stall Jr.

SUMMER HOUSE, 6YO mare by Tiznow – Mimi’s Bling ($175,000 RNA, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Denali Stud, agent) Won $50,000 Eldorado S. on 1/12 at Delta Downs (career 23-7-4-3, $321,556) O- M & M Racing; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Robertino Diodoro

MEDAL OF COURAGE, 6YO gelding by Warrior’s Reward – Dance Hall Girl ($40,000, 2013 Sept Yearling, Consignor- James M. Herbener Jr., agent; Buyer-Royal Colors Racing) Won $50,000 Fremont S. on 1/13 at Delta Downs (career 46-12-10-9, $299,547) O- Maury & Christopher Harrington; B- J. M. Herbener Jr. and Dr. & Mrs. Patrick Ford (KY); T- Eduardo Ramirez