Strong Commerce Yields Sizable Gains as Keeneland January Sale Concludes

Auction headlined by sale of champion Abel Tasman for record $5 million

Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale closed Thursday with robust results – the highest gross since 2008, a record average and a record-equaling median – produced by vibrant trade that reflected the continued buyer confidence and demand for quality Thoroughbreds seen during last fall’s September Yearling Sale and November Breeding Stock Sale. Highlighting the auction was the sale of champion Abel Tasman to Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier for $5 million, which established a record price for a broodmare prospect at the January Sale and equaled the highest price paid for a horse at the auction.

Total sales of $46,759,600 for the four-day auction, held Jan. 7-10, were the highest since the 2008 January Sale and increased 33.61 percent when compared with $34,996,000 recorded for last year’s four-day sale. In all, 916 horses sold versus 909 in 2018.

Cumulative average established a January Sale record. Average price of $51,048 exceeded the previous record of $50,182 set in 1988, and rose 32.60 percent over $38,499 in 2018. The median of $20,000 equaled the record of $20,000 established in 2014 and was up 66.67 percent from $12,000 in 2018.

“This sale exceeded our expectations,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “The desire of buyers to compete at the highest levels and their commitment to invest in breeding and racing stock continue to create the momentum that flows through these sales. It’s exciting for the entire industry.”

In addition to the healthy sale returns, other positive indicators include the steady increase in the number of horses sold for $200,000 or more, which grew from 17 in 2017 to 28 last year and 47 in 2019. Additionally, the clearance rate for the January Sale improved from 74 percent last year to 78 percent this year.

“It’s a very good market at the moment, and the depth of quality in this January Sale catalog generated brisk trade well into the final day of the sale,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “In particular, we saw an exceptional group of yearlings and fillies off the track, led by Abel Tasman, whose sale created early energy. Credit goes to our consignors for bringing these outstanding individuals to market and for setting realistic reserves on their offerings.”

Mark Taylor, Vice President of Marketing and Sales Operations for Taylor Made Sales Agency, the January Sale’s leading consignor for the 17th time since 2000 and consignor of sale topper Abel Tasman, echoed those sentiments. Taylor Made sold 116 horses for $10,832,400.

“We continue to see a trend where the very top of the market is healthy, and anything with quality – if there’s blue sky on the horizon that a mare or the foal she’s carrying can even have the possibility of being a six-figure horse – people really embrace that,” Taylor said. “When you get down to the ones in the bottom quarter to third of the market, you have to be very conservative with your reserves and you’ve got to know your product. Today (at this point on Wednesday) we’ve put through roughly 50 horses and only bought five back. We’re being realistic.”

Taylor Made consigned the sale-topping Abel Tasman, a 5-year-old daughter of Quality Road, for owners China Horse Club International and Clearsky Farms. Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Abel Tasman proved herself one of the best distaffers of her generation, recording six Grade 1 wins and earnings of nearly $2.8 million during her racing career. She was the 2017 champion 3-year-old filly and is a finalist for the 2018 Eclipse as champion older mare.

Abel Tasman’s $5 million purchase price made her the most expensive broodmare prospect in January Sale history, while the figure tied her with Mackie as the most expensive horse ever sold at the auction. In 2000, Britton House Stud paid $5 million for Mackie, a Grade 3-winning Summer Squall mare out of Broodmare of the Year Glowing Tribute, sold in foal to Mr. Prospector and consigned by Eaton Sales, agent.

Buyers of top-priced broodmares and broodmare prospects at this year’s January Sale represented the world’s major breeding operations, led by Ireland’s Coolmore and Shadai Farm of Japan, and Summer Wind Farm, WinStar Farm, Three Chimneys Farm, Springhouse Farm and Eaton Sales, all based in Kentucky.

With the purchase of Abel Tasman, Coolmore’s Magnier was the January Sale’s leading buyer. Other buyers spending seven figures were Calumet Farm, which acquired 12 horses for $1,162,000, and WinStar Farm, which purchased two horses for $1,085,000, led by multiple Grade 3 winner House Rules in foal to Quality Road for $750,000.

Also bringing $750,000 from buyer Summer Wind Equine was the Galileo (IRE) mare A Star Is Born (IRE), sold in foal to leading sire War Front.

Two of the sale’s top-priced horses were cataloged as part of a 20-horse supplemental catalog that spanned the opening two days of the January Sale.

Commanding $700,000 from Shadai Farm was Fatale Bere (FR), winner of the 2018 Del Mar Oaks Presented by The Jockey Club (G1). ELiTE consigned Fatale Bere, a 4-year-old filly by Pedro the Great.

“Her owners are delighted that they were able to turn their horse into serious money,” ELiTE founder and President Bradley Weisbord said. “We found out about two weeks ago that (they) were thinking of selling her with us, and about 10 days ago we found out she would be a supplement. We got lucky a few years ago when we sold (future Grade 1 winner) Long On Value (as a supplement to Keeneland’s 2017 November Breeding Stock Sale for $100,000).”

Best Performance, runner-up in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), brought a final bid of $560,000 from Three Chimneys Farm. The 4-year-old daughter of Broken Vow was consigned by Lane’s End, agent.

“We’ve always been happy to accept supplemental entries to our breeding stock sales, and we look forward to expanding this aspect of the sale in the future,” Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell said. “This offers flexibility and opportunity to owners and consignors.”

A colt by Union Rags sold to Albert Racing for $390,000 to be the January Sale’s top-priced yearling.  Consigned by Indian Creek, agent, he is the first foal out of the Bernardini mare Zondaq, a half-sister to Grade 2 winners Discreet Dancer and Travelin Man and stakes winner Sweet N Discreet.

“Everyone is looking for a ‘Saturday horse,’ which spurred the strong demand for yearlings,” Russell said. “Pinhookers were especially active during the January Sale, having been outbid on weanlings at the November Sale.”

“The yearling market is crazy. I mean it’s incredible,” Mark Taylor said. “We sold a Midnight Lute for ($120,000) and a Mshawish for ($100,000). It was twice my appraisals for those horses. That’s what the market says those horses are worth, so I think those buyers probably will make money (if they resell their purchases later this year). They were really good horses, but I thought, Book 2, January, maybe we won’t get anywhere close to six figures, but we got there.”

“The yearling market through this whole sale has been very strong,” Hunter Valley Farm Manager Adrian Regan said. “We tried to buy plenty and got outbid a lot. When you bring up a nice foal, there is plenty of competition.”

On Thursday, Douglas Scharbauer bought the session’s highest-priced horse to add to his Valor Farm broodmare band. He paid $230,000 for Classy Tune, a 5-year-old winning daughter of Maclean’s Music consigned by Eaton Sales, agent. Out of Southern Swing, by Dixieland Band, she is a half-sister to stakes winner Mr. Pee Vee and Grade 1-placed Erinsouthernman.

Keeneland sold 213 horses for $3,828,000 during the final session, for an average of $17,972 and a median of $8,000. At the concluding session in 2018, 258 horses grossed $3,251,300, for an average of $12,602 and a median of $6,000.

Keeneland will resume its April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale on Tuesday, April 9. The sale’s Preview Day, which will present works on dirt and turf, will be held Monday, April 8. The nomination deadline is Feb. 1.

$50,000 Midshipman Filly Leads Penultimate Session of Keeneland November Sale

Blue Sky Stables paid $50,000 for a weanling filly by Midshipman for the top price from Thursday’s 11th session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

Keeneland sold 134 horses for $775,500 for an average of $5,787 and a median of $3,000. There are no comparable figures from 2017.

Cumulatively through 11 sessions of the 12-day sale, 2,420 horses have grossed $187,966,900 for an average of $77,672 and a median of $30,000.

Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned the session topper, who is out of the winning Wildcat Heir mare Dancing My Way and from the family of Grade 3 winner Marshua’s Echelon.

With the purchase of the filly, Blue Sky Stables is the session’s leading buyer.

Two horses sold for $45,000 apiece.

Levy Bloodstock purchased the first, Fantastic Girl, a 3-year-old daughter of Pioneerof the Nile cataloged as a racing or broodmare prospect. Consigned by Paramount Sales, agent, she is out of stakes winner Ayla Bella, by Touch Gold, and is a half-sister to stakes-placed Lucky for You.

Also bringing $45,000 was a weanling filly by Point of Entry sold to Renee Dailey, agent. Gainesway, agent, consigned the daughter of the winning Grand Slam mare Grand Finesse who is from the family of Grade 1 winner Brocco.

Paramount Sales was the session’s leading consignor with sales of $165,000 for 20 horses.

Friday’s closing session of the November Sale begins at 10 a.m. The sale is streamed live on

Keeneland Closes Fall Meet with Record All-Sources Wagering

Keeneland successfully concluded its 2018 Fall Meet on Saturday with Fall Meet record all-sources wagering of more than $144 million, driven by Fall Meet records for single-day all-sources, Pick Four and Pick Five handle.

All-sources wagering on live racing at Keeneland (not including whole-card simulcasting at Keeneland) totaled $144,309,944 for the 17-day Fall Meet, held Oct. 5-27. The figure surpassed the previous record of $139,660,204 set during the 17-day 2013 Fall Meet. The total increased 18.57 percent from the $121,712,702 posted for last year’s 17-day Fall Meet. Average daily all-sources wagering of $8,488,820 rose 18.57 percent from $7,159,571 in 2017.

“The quality of Keeneland’s racing program is reflected in the record wagering we experienced this Fall,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “Full, competitive race fields representing the nation’s top owners, trainers and jockeys attracted the support of fans across the country. We thank the Central Kentucky community, our horsemen and corporate partners for a very gratifying racing season.”

Keeneland set Fall Meet wagering records for single-day all-sources handle and Pick Four and Pick Five pools on Fall Stars Saturday, Oct. 6. Total all-sources handle of $17,122,465 exceeded the previous Fall Meet single-day record of $15,926,396 set Oct. 8, 2016.

Keeneland smashed its Fall Meet Pick Four and Pick Five wagering records, both also from Oct. 8, 2016. The All-Stakes Pick Four handle of $737,408 broke the previous record of $479,166. Wagering on the All-Stakes Pick Five totaled $619,106 to best the former record of $496,723.

On-track attendance and wagering were down slightly when compared to the 2017 Fall Meet, due in part to unseasonably hot weather during opening Fall Stars Weekend. On-track attendance of 241,806 dipped 10.63 percent from last fall’s near-record 270,555. Average daily attendance was 14,224 versus 15,915 in 2017.

On-track wagering totaled $16,419,870, a decrease of 6.69 percent from last year’s $17,597,035. Average daily on-track handle was $965,874 compared to last fall’s $1,035,120.

Fall Meet Racing 

Fall Meet average daily purse money increased 4.7 percent to a Fall Meet record $730,873, ranking the season among the richest racing programs in the country. Average starters per race increased 2.17 percent from 9.2 last fall to 9.4.

Fifty-four horses that raced or trained at Keeneland in October were pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, to be held Nov. 2-3 at Churchill Downs.

Ten of those horses secured a berth in the Breeders’ Cup via Breeders’ Cup Challenge races held during the Fall Meet. Nine “Win & You’re In” stakes headlined Keeneland’s blockbuster Fall Stars Weekend, Oct. 5-7.

Horses earning an automatic spot were: Darley Alcibiades (G1) winner Restless Rider (Tito’s Handmade Vodka Juvenile Fillies-G1), Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) winner Next Shares (Mile-G1), Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) winner Knicks Go (Sentient Jet Juvenile-G1), First Lady (G1) winner A Raving Beauty (GER) (Maker’s Mark Filly and Mare Turf-G1), Juddmonte Spinster (G1) winner Blue Prize (ARG) (Distaff-G1), Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) winner Promises Fulfilled (TwinSpires Sprint-G1), Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) winner Golden Mischief (Filly and Mare Sprint-G1), Dixiana Bourbon (G3) winner Current (Juvenile Turf-G1) and inaugural Indian Summer winner Strike Silver (Juvenile Turf Sprint).

Concrete Rose won Keeneland’s 10th Breeders’ Cup Challenge race, the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2) on Oct. 10 to earn a position in the Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).

The competition wasn’t limited to racing’s equine stars. Keeneland welcomed many of North America’s most talented riders, which featured such national leaders as Jose Ortiz, Javier Castellano, Mike Smith, Tyler Gaffalione, Julien Leparoux, Florent Geroux, John Velazquez, Luis Saez, Irad Ortiz Jr., Robby Albarado, Shug McGaughey, Corey Lanerie, Drayden Van Dyke, Gabriel Saez, Ricardo Santana Jr., Joe Bravo, Manny Franco and Brian Hernandez Jr.

Many of the sport’s top trainers also participated, among them Todd Pletcher, Steve Asmussen, Chad Brown, Mike Maker, Mark Casse, Graham Motion, Brad Cox, Wesley Ward, Kenny McPeek, Dale Romans, Rusty Arnold, Jim Cassidy, Eddie Kenneally, Richard Baltas, Neil Drysdale, Ian Wilkes, Joe Sharp, Ignacio Correas IV, D. Wayne Lukas and Nick Zito.

“Thanks to our horsemen for giving fans so many memorable racing moments this fall,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “It was exceptionally fun to watch the next generation – trainers like John Ortiz and Norm Casse and riders like Edgar Morales – enjoy success during the race meet.”

John Ortiz captured the first graded stakes win of his career when Zulu Alpha won Keeneland’s Sycamore (G3). Norm Casse, who recently began training on his own after working as an assistant to his father, Canadian Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse, won three races at Keeneland this fall. Apprentice jockey Edgar Morales accumulated nine wins to rank among the Fall Meet’s leading riders. Jockeys Jarred Journet and C. J. McMahon earned their first Keeneland victories and apprentice Declan Carroll celebrated his first career win during the meet.

Fall Meet Special Events Offer Fun and Philanthropy

In keeping with its mission to support the Central Kentucky community, Keeneland hosted a number of special events during the meet that exemplified its philanthropic goals.

Keeneland raised more than $130,000 during Make-A-Wish Day on Oct. 11, teaming with local Thoroughbred farms and organizations to grant wishes for 10 deserving children who, along with their families, enjoyed a VIP day at the races. The following day, Keeneland, in partnership with the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, hosted College Scholarship Day, which attracted thousands of students and gave away $30,000 in scholarship money, including two $10,000 Runhappy Scholarships. Jim and Linda McIngvale, owners of champion Runhappy, who stands at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky, presented the Runhappy Scholarships.

On opening Saturday, Oct. 6, Keeneland donated $25,000 to Parkinson’s disease research in honor of Ann Hanley, wife of WinStar Farm General Manager David Hanley. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 49, she founded the Ann Hanley Parkinson’s Research Fund in 2016 to underwrite research into an experimental treatment available only at the University of Kentucky.

Current members of the Keeneland jockey colony joined retired riders for an autograph session on Oct. 7 that raised $6,582 for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

Heroes Day Presented by City Barbeque on Oct. 21 recognized the men and women who serve our community. All active-duty and veteran military, first responders and their families received free general admission and lunch courtesy of City Barbeque. A spectacular flag unfurling on the main track by Henry Clay High School’s JROTC followed the day’s third race. Keeneland and City Barbeque partnered to donate $6,000 to benefit the Kentucky State Police Foundation.

Keeneland raised $3,400 this fall in support of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance via the Handicapper of the Day series on its @BetKeeneland Twitter handle. The Handicapper of the Day feature challenges nationally prominent horseplayers to wager over the course of a race day with a bankroll to benefit the organization. The TAA accredits, inspects and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retire, retrain and rehome Thoroughbreds.

Fall Meet Leaders

The race for Fall Meet leading owner, trainer and jockey honors went down to closing day.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey won their 21st leading owner title at Keeneland with six wins during the Fall Meet. Eclipse Award winners, the Ramseys are the all-time leading owners at Keeneland by number of races won and meet titles won.

G. Watts Humphrey Jr. and Susan and Jim Hill tied for second in the owner standings with three wins each.

Seven-time Eclipse Award winner Todd Pletcher closed the meet with nine wins to claim his fifth leading trainer title at Keeneland. Pletcher won three races on opening Sunday, led by the Dixiana Bourbon (G3) with Current.

Mike Maker was second with eight wins. Steve Asmussen won seven races to finish third.

Chad Brown won two Grade 1 stakes during the fall: First Lady with A Raving Beauty (GER) and Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End with Rushing Fall.

Eclipse Award-winning jockeys finished 1-2 in the rider standings. Tyler Gaffalione recorded 15 wins during his first full meet of riding at Keeneland to earn leading rider honors. Gaffalione captured two stakes wins: the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) with Next Shares and the Lexus Raven Run (G2) with Shamrock Rose.

Finishing second with 12 victories was Julien Leparoux, who won the Indian Summer with Strike Silver.

Three riders – Jose Ortiz, Ricardo Santana Jr. and Brian Hernandez Jr. – tied for third place with 10 wins each.

2018 Fall Meet at a Glance (Oct. 5-27)

  Fall 2018 Fall 2017 %  Change
All-Sources Handle on Keeneland $144,309,944 $121,712,702 +18.57%
Avg. Daily All-Sources Handle on Keeneland $8,488,820 $7,159,571 +18.57%
Total On-Track Handle $16,419,870 $17,597,035 -6.69%
Avg. Daily On-Track Handle $965,874 $1,035,120 -6.69%
Total Attendance 241,806 270,555 -10.63%
Avg. Daily Attendance 14,224 15,915 -10.63%

Leofric Outduels Prime Attraction to Win Closing-Day Hagyard Fayette

Steve Landers Racing’s 8-5 second choice Leofric outbattled Southern California invader Prime Attraction to prevail by a head and win the 61st running of the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2) on closing day of Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet before a crowd of 14,927.

Trained by Brad Cox and ridden by Florent Geroux, Leofric tracked pace-setting Prime Attraction through fractions of :24.80, :48.97 and 1:12.74. Geroux shifted Leofric into the three path in the far turn and dueled with Prime Attraction and jockey Kent Desormeaux down the lane before pushing his head in front of that rival at the finish.

Leofric covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.87 and earned $120,000 to increase his bankroll to $650,340 with his seventh victory in 13 starts. The Hagyard Fayette win marked Leofric’s fourth victory in six starts this year. He has competed at five race tracks in 2018, scoring his first stakes victory two races ago in the Aug. 4 West Virginia Governor’s (G3) at Mountaineer.

A graduate of two Keeneland sales, Leofric is a 5-year-old son of Candy Ride (ARG) out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Lady Godiva.

Leofric returned $5.40, $2.80 and $2.40. Prime Attraction paid $4.20 and $3.60. Finishing four lengths behind in third was 18-1 choice Nice Not Nice, who paid $5.40 to show under Gabriel Saez.

Hence ran fourth and was followed in order by Rated R Superstar, favored Hofburg and Scuba.

Keeneland Daily Results and Activity


Saturday, October 27
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $20,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $21,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $30,000 $24,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $67,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $67,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $20,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Allowance $69,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance $69,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Hagyard Fayette S. $200,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Allowance $71,000 Overnight Overnight


California Invader Prime Attraction Ready for Closing-Day Hagyard Fayette

The 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2), the closing-day feature of Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet, is D P Racing’s Prime Attraction, who has been chasing the likes of Accelerate and Catapult back home in Southern California.

Those two are expected to compete Nov. 3 in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs with Accelerate in the $6 million Classic (G1) and Catapult in the $2 million Mile (G1).

Meanwhile, the 1 1/8-mile Hagyard Fayette made sense for Prime Attraction’s next race, his first outside California, said trainer Jim Cassidy.

“It was a good spot,” Cassidy said. “The distance is right. He’s doing well. We had nothing out there (in California) for him.”

“We’d have loved to be in the Breeders’ Cup,” owner Deron Pearson said, “but we didn’t have enough luck to beat a couple of those horses along the way to get there. The plan is to run him here and run him in the Clark (G1 at Churchill Nov. 23) if he does well here.”

In 2014, D P Racing paid $335,000 for Prime Attraction, a son of Unbridled’s Song, at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale. The colt’s dam, the A.P. Indy mare Strawberry Sense, is a half-sister to champion Vindication.

“He was the best-looking horse I saw in the sale – that’s why I called him Prime Attraction,” Pearson said.

Prime Attraction, now 5, has four wins, including the 2017 Native Diver (G3), in 18 starts with earnings of $459,545. He was second to Accelerate in this year’s San Pasqual (G2) and third to that rival in the TVG Pacific Classic (G1).

In the Hagyard Fayette, Prime Attraction will start from the 1 post with Kent Desormeaux aboard.

Leading Pearson’s success at Keeneland is 2004 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) winner Ticker Tape (GB), owned in partnership with Jim Ford and Jack Sweesy. His Yahilwa was third in the 2015 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) and in her next start ran at Keeneland in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1).

Ticker Tape and Yahilwa both were trained by Cassidy, who also won the 2010 Central Bank Ashland (G1) with Evening Jewel.

The Hagyard Fayette marks the start of a week of notable racing action for Pearson. His Grade 3 winnerPricedtoperfection, also at Keeneland with Cassidy, is expected to run in Churchill’s Chilukki (G2) on the Nov. 3 Breeders’ Cup undercard.

That same afternoon, Santa Monica (GB) – owned by Mrs. John Magnier, Madaket Stables and
D P Racing – is to compete in the $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1). Chad Brown trains Santa Monica.

Princess Causeway Captures Friday’s Featured Heaven Trees Purse

Winchester Place Thoroughbreds’ 7-2 favorite Princess Causeway edged Boxwood in deep stretch to score a half-length victory in Friday’s featured $69,000 Heaven Trees Purse before a crowd of 10,593. (Click here for a replay of the race.)

The 1-mile race, originally scheduled for the turf, was moved to the sloppy main track. Princess Causeway’s time was 1:38.62.

Ridden by Chris Landeros for trainer Ian Wilkes, Princess Causeway is a 2-year-old daughter of Giant’s Causeway out of the A.P. Indy mare A. P. Investment. Bred by Calumet Farm, she earned $41,400 for Friday’s victory and increased her earnings to $130,350. In winning her second consecutive race, she improved her record to 4-2-1-0.

Princess Causeway paid $9.40,  $6.40 and $4.20. Boxwood, ridden by Jose Ortiz, returned $6.40 and $4.20. Finishing third was Lightscameraaction, who paid $4.80 under Brian Hernandez Jr.

Saturday is closing day of Keeneland’s 2018 Fall Meet. The 10-race program begins at 1:05 p.m. ET. The featured event is the 61st running of the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2), the ninth race with a post time of 5:30 p.m.

Keeneland Daily Results and Activity


Friday, October 26
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $21,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $15,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $50,000 $36,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $67,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $21,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $20,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Allowance $71,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance $69,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Allowance $69,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $67,000 Overnight Overnight


Annathela Prevails in Thursday’s Featured Siena Purse

Michael and Reiko Baum’s 18-1 shot Annathela withstood a challenge from Mines and Magic to score a neck victory in Thursday’s featured $72,212 Siena Purse before a crowd of 9,068. (Click here for a replay of the race.)

Trained by Rusty Arnold and ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., Annathela covered 6½ furlongs on the fast main track in 1:16.18.

Annathela, a Keeneland sales graduate, is a 5-year-old daughter of Elusive Quality out of the Storm Cat mare Ethel Anna. She earned $43,800 for the victory, increasing her career earnings to $246,587 with a 20-4-7-2 record.

Annathela paid $39.20, $13.40 and $9.40 for the win. Mines and Magic, ridden by Edgar Morales, returned $5.60 and $4.20. Finishing third was Sister Nation, who paid $4.80 under Ricardo Santana Jr.

Friday is the penultimate day of Keeneland’s 2018 Fall Meet. The 10-race program begins at 1:05 p.m. ET.

Keeneland Daily Results and Activity


Thursday, October 25
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $16,000 $23,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $20,000 $24,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $67,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $7,500 $18,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $23,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $67,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Allowance $69,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $73,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Maiden Special Weight $67,000 Overnight Overnight

Final Entries

Saturday, October 27
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $20,000 $20,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $21,000
Race 3 Claiming – $30,000 $24,000
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $67,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $67,000
Race 6 Claiming – $20,000 $20,000
Race 7 Allowance $69,000
Race 8 Allowance $69,000
Race 9 Hagyard Fayette S. $200,000
Race 10 Allowance $71,000