11/13/2017 11:50AM

Keeneland November: Racing and stallion prospects spice up Week 2

Barbara D. Livingston
Long On Value, winning the Lucky Coin Stakes last year at Saratoga, is being sold as a racing prospect.

Multiple graded stakes winners Long On Value, Wildcat Red, and Airoforce highlight a group of racing and stallion prospects who add intrigue to the second week of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Racing and stallion prospects or racing prospects (including geldings) make up the final horses on offer in each of the last six sale sessions, with the bulk of those cataloged for Tuesday. Later-developing diamonds in the rough have been found at this sale, with one highlight coming just last year, as the New York-bred gelding Diversify, winner of this year’s Jockey Club Gold Cup, sold for $210,000 to Ralph and Laurie Evans. Graded stakes winner Honorable Duty also was purchased out of that edition, selling for $130,000 to David Ross. A number of domestic and international operations also shop for stallion prospects, with bloodstock agents representing Korea, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Sweden appearing on tickets in recent years.

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Long On Value, offered as a racing prospect only, most recently finished third in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile in September behind World Approval and Lancaster Bomber, who subsequently came back to run one-two in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. That was the latest stop in an ambitious campaign in which the 6-year-old horse finished second in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai and 12th in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. A Value Plus horse, Long On Value won the Grade 2 Twilight Derby in 2014 and Grade 3 Canadian Turf in 2015. His career earnings stand at $981,693.

Wildcat Red, a Florida-bred son of D’wildcat, has banked more than $1.1 million in a career highlighted by the winter and spring of his 3-year-old year. He won the Grade 3 Hutcheson Stakes, then stretched out to win the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth and finished second by a neck to Constitution in the Florida Derby en route to an 18th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

Airoforce won the Grade 3 Bourbon Stakes and was second in the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. He then tried dirt, winning what turned out to be a salty edition of the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes on a wet track, finishing ahead of future Grade 1 winners Mor Spirit and Gun Runner and graded winners Tom’s Ready and Mo Tom. A son of Colonel John, Airoforce was multiple graded placed as a 3-year-old, but has started just once this year.

Other graded stakes winners slated to sell as of Monday morning included Ocean Knight, who won the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes in just his second start in January 2015, and One Go All Go, who won the Grade 2 Commonwealth Derby in 2015. Prospects on offer also include stakes winners Dover Cliffs and Fact Finding, graded-placed Next Shares and You’re To Blame, and stakes-placed Action Everyday, Liam the Charmer, Mawthooq, and Milwaukee Mist.