"The most famous public auction in the Thoroughbred world, the Keeneland September Yearling Sale can easily be compared to a marathon. With nearly two weeks to search for a potential champion, hopeful buyers have thousands of yearlings to analyze with hopes of finding that one special prospect. The large size of the sale is not the only reason its name is so well-known in the Thoroughbred industry; it also frequently proves to be a quality source for finding a successful racehorse, having offered two of the past five Kentucky Derby winners, four of the past five Preakness Stakes winners, three of the past five Belmont Stakes winners, and two of the past five Breeders’ Cup Classic winners. In 2013 alone, the sale has produced 29 grade/group one winners to date.
As if an endorsement for the upcoming Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Strong Mandate romped in the Hopeful Stakes (GI) at the most prestigious meet in the United States: Saratoga. Sold as hip 69 at last year’s September auction, Strong Mandate was purchased for $200,000 by Robert Baker and William Mack, who have campaigned the likes of the grade one winners Dublin, Grand Slam, and Scorpion – all trained by Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas..."
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