a 4-year-old colt by Curlin purchased at the 2011 Keeneland September
Yearling Sale, won Russia’s richest race, the President of the Russian
Federation Stakes, in impressive fashion on June 11 at the Central
as the President’s Cup, the stakes is a Russian Group 1 event for
horses 4-year-olds and older and is run over 2,400 meters (approximately
1½ miles). It carries a purse
of 10 million (RUB), or $291,000. Lucky First’s victory marks the sixth
time in the past seven years that a Keeneland sales graduate has won
Russia’s most prestigious race.
Lucky First, who is out of the Sadler’s Wells mare
Dragon Fly (FR), was bred in Kentucky by Becky Winemiller and
consigned to the September Sale by Brookdale Sales, agent. The colt was
purchased by John Black for $19,000. Lucky First races for Sergey
Bondarenko and A.M. Uzdenov.
Gold Dream, another 2011 September Sale graduate, finished third in this year’s race. By Afleet Alex
out of Clary Sage, by Shadeed, God Dream was consigned by St. George Sales, agent, and purchased by Jaguar Racing for $70,000.
Keeneland sales graduates also captured the three major undercard races on President’s Cup Day.
Yulian, winner of the $87,512 Central Moscow Hippodrome Stakes, a
2,000-meter (approximately 1¼ miles) race for 3-year-olds and up, is a
graduate of the 2012 September Sale. The 3-year-old Dixie Union colt out
of Youre So Sweet, by Storm Cat, who consigned
by Lane’s End, agent, and was purchased by Stone Bridge Bloodstock for
$50,000. Yulian was bred in Kentucky by Flaxman Holdings Limited.
Ready Vicontesse finished 1-2 in the $87,512 Hero City of Moscow
Stakes, a 2,400-meter race for 4-year-olds and up. Bremen, a 5-year-old
son of Lemon Drop Kid out of Broad Picture, by Broad Brush, was
purchased by Raut LLC for $55,000 at the 2010 September
Sale from the consignment of breeder Clovelly Farms.
Vicontesse is a 4-year-old daughter of More Than Ready out of Camas
Creek, by Fusaichi Pegasus. She was purchased at the 2011 September Sale
for $24,000 by John Black from
the consignment of Gainesway, agent.
Curlin was responsible for another winner on the President’s Cup Day card when his son
Chekist won the $29,172 Jockey Club Stakes for 2-year-olds racing
1,200 meters (six furlongs). The colt out of the A.P. Indy mare Koko
Pop was purchased for $47,000 at the 2013 September Sale by M.A.B.
Agency for Edward Mordukhovich and Vartan Vartanov.
He was consigned by Warrendale Sales, agent for his breeder,
Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC.