Race scheduled for Saturday
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 8, 2016) — Xpressbet.com Preakness (G1) winner and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) runner-up Exaggerator leads the eight Keeneland sales graduates among the 13 horses entered today in the 148th running of the $1 million Belmont (G1) on Saturday at Belmont Park.
Exaggerator is the 9-5 morning-line favorite for the Belmont. Post time for the 1 1/2-mile race for 3-year-olds is 6:32 p.m.
Keeneland has sold 18 Belmont winners, most recently 2013 winner Palace Malice. In overall Triple Crown competition, Keeneland sales graduates have won 20 runnings of the Kentucky Derby and 22 editions of the Preakness.
The Keeneland sales graduates entered in the 2016 Belmont are:
Brody’s Cause (Giant’s Causeway-Sweet Breanna) – Paramount Sales, agent, consigned the winner of Keeneland’s Toyota Blue Grass (G1) and Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) to Keeneland’s 2014 September Yearling Sale. Bred by Gabriel Duignan, William Arvin Jr. and Petaluma Bloodstock, he was purchased for $350,000 by owner Albaugh Family Stable. Dale Romans trains the colt.
Creator (Tapit-Morena [PER]) – WinStar Farm and Bobby Flay own the Arkansas Derby (G1) winner. Gainesway, agent for breeder Mt. Brilliant Farm, consigned Creator to the 2014 September Sale, where he was purchased for $440,000 by Maverick Racing. He is trained by Steve Asmussen.
Destin (Giant’s Causeway-Dream of Summer) – Twin Creeks Racing Stable acquired the winner of the Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (G2) and Sam F. Davis (G3) for $400,000 at the 2014 September Sale. Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned Destin, who was bred by James C. Weigel and Taylor Made Stallions. Todd Pletcher trains the colt for Twin Creeks and partner Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners.
Exaggerator (Curlin-Dawn Raid) – Warrendale Sales, agent, consigned the Preakness winner and Kentucky Derby runner-up to the 2014 September Sale, where Big Chief Racing purchased him for $110,000. Big Chief races the colt, who also won the Santa Anita Derby (G1), with Head of Plains Partners and Rocker O Ranch et al. Bred by Joseph B. Murphy, he is trained by Keith Desormeaux.
Gettysburg (Pioneerof the Nile-L. A. Devine) – WinStar Farm owns Gettysburg, consigned by Sweezey & Partners, agent, to the 2014 September Sale. Maverick Racing purchased him for $425,000. Asmussen trains the colt, bred by Whisper Hill Farm.
Governor Malibu (Malibu Moon-Akilina) – Winter Quarter Farm, agent, consigned the stakes winner and Peter Pan (G2) runner-up to the 2014 September Sale, where he sold to Redwings for $175,000. Christophe Clement trains Governor Malibu, who was bred by Richard Leahy’s Oak Bluff Stables.
Stradivari (Medaglia d’Oro-Bending Strings) – Todd Pletcher trains the Preakness fourth-place finisher for breeder John D. Gunther and partners Michael B. Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John Magnier. Glennwood Farm offered the colt at the 2014 September Sale.
Suddenbreakingnews (Mineshaft-Uchitel) – Warrendale Sales, agent, consigned the Southwest (G3) winner to the 2014 September Sale, where owner S.F. “Sonny” Henderson purchased him for $72,000. Donnie Von Hemel trains the gelding, bred by Branch Equine.