Keeneland September Yearling Sale alumni Tom’s d’Etat and champion Midnight Bisou secured Breeders’ Cup berths with their respective wins in the Stephen Foster (G2) and Fleur de Lis (G2) on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Tom’s d’Etat established himself among the top older horses in the sport with a 4¼-length win in the Stephen Foster, his fourth consecutive victory, to punch his ticket to the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Keeneland on Nov. 7.
Midnight Bisou returned to her best form with an easy 8¼-length victory in the Fleur de Lis to secure a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1), also on Nov. 7 at Keeneland.
Other notable wins by Keeneland sales alumni include Dean Martini, winner of the Ohio Derby (G3), a prep race on the 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1), and Cazadero, who remained undefeated in capturing the Bashford Manor (G3).
KEENELAND SALES GRADUATES
TOM’S D’ETAT, 7YO horse by Smart Strike – Julia Tuttle ($330,000, 2014 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Hunter Valley Farm, agent; Buyer- GMB Racing) Won Stephen Foster (G2) on 6/27 at Churchill Downs (career 18-11-2-1, $1,627,272) according to Equibase. O- G M B Racing; B- SF Bloodstock (KY); T- Al Stall Jr.
Keeneland sales alumni finished 1-2-3 in the Fleur de Lis H. (G2) on 6/27 at Churchill Downs:
1- MIDNIGHT BISOU, 5YO mare by Midnight Lute – Diva Delite ($19,000 RNA, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent) (career 21-13-5-3, $7,371,520) O- Bloom Racing Stable, Allen Racing & Madaket Stables; B- Woodford Thoroughbreds (KY); T- Steve Asmussen.
2- Motion Emotion, 4YO filly by Take Charge Indy – Golden Motion ($55,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Select Sales, agent; Buyer- Michael Puhich) O- Abbondanza Racing, Mark DeDomenico & Medallion Racing; B- WinStar Farm (KY); T- Richard Baltas.
3- Another Broad, 5YO mare by Include – Dynamic Deputy ($340,000, 2019 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- ELiTE, agent; Buyer- Farfellow Farms) O- Farfellow Farm; B- Fitzhugh (MD); T- Todd Pletcher.
DEAN MARTINI, 3YO gelding by Cairo Prince – Soundwave ($72,000, 2017 Nov Breeding Stock, Consignor- Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent, Buyer- Glencrest Farm; $220,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Four Star Sales, agent, Buyer- Rockingham Ranch) Won Ohio Derby (G3) on 6/27 at Thistledown (career 10-2-4-3, $391,380) O- Raise the BAR Racing; B- Brereton C. Jones & Bret Jones (KY); T- Tom Amoss.
Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduates ran 1-2-3 in the Bashford Manor S. (G3) on 6/27 at Churchill Downs:
1- CAZADERO, 2YO colt by Street Sense – Wild Gams ($120,000 RNA, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Summerfield, agent) (career 2-2-0-0, $106,160) O- Stonestreet Stables; B- Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings (KY); T- Steve Asmussen.
2- County Final, 2YO colt by Oxbow – Tapajo ($9,500, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Ballysax Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- John Ennis) O- John Ennis, Hayden Noriega & 47 Roses; B- Calumet Farm (KY); T- John Ennis.
3- Herd Immunity, 2YO colt by Union Rags – Enhanced ($12,000, 2019 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Legacy Bloodstock, agent; Buyer- Omega Farm, agent) O- Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners; B- Mike Rutherford (KY); T- Peter Miller.
VICTIM OF LOVE, 4YO filly by Speightstown – Spacy Tracy ($160,000, 2017 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Blackburn Farm, agent; Buyer- Tommy Town Thoroughbreds) Won Vagrancy H. (G3) on 6/27 at Belmont (career 15-5-2-2, $279,829) O- Tommy Town Thoroughbreds; B- Daniel Burke (KY); T- Todd Beattie.
FOOL’S PARADISE, 5YO mare by Pioneerof the Nile – Useewhatimsaying ($75,000, 2016 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Darby Dan Farm, agent; Buyer- Hartley/De Renzo) Won $75,000 Lone Star Turf S. on 6/28 at Lone Star (career 21-5-4-0, $207,915) Owner- M and M Racing; B- Calumet Farm (KY); T- Robertino Diodoro.
CELTIC STRIKER, 3YO colt by Congrats – Shylock’s Daughter ($100,000, 2018 Sept Yearling, Consignor- Vinery Sales, agent; Buyer- Oracle Bloodstock, agent) Won $60,000 Easy Goer S. on 6/25 at Belmont (career 7-3-1-0, $121,600) O- Imperial Racing; B- Stoneview Farm & Craig Upham (KY); T- Raymond Handal.
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Photo: Tom’s d’Etat wins the Stephen Foster at Churchill. Credit: Coady Photography