Keeneland September Yearling Sale Graduate Early Voting Wins Preakness

Klaravich Stables’ Early Voting – purchased for $200,000 at Keeneland’s 2020 September Yearling Sale – led a sweep of September Sale graduates in the 147th running of the $1.5 million Preakness (G1) at Pimlico. Seven of the nine horses entered in the 1 3/16-mile race – including runner-up Epicenter and third-place finisher Creative Minister – are graduates of Keeneland sales.

Early Voting is the 27th Preakness winner produced by Keeneland sales. Twelve of the past 16 Preakness winners are graduates of Keeneland sales: the filly Swiss Skydiver (2020), War of Will (2019), undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify (2018), Cloud Computing (2017), Exaggerator (2016), Oxbow (2013), Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another (2012), Shackleford (2011), Lookin At Lucky (2010), Big Brown (2008) and Curlin (2007).

A colt by Gun Runner bred by Three Chimneys Farm, Early Voting was consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, to the September Sale, where he sold to Triphammer Farm for $200,000. Chad Brown trains Early Voting, who was ridden by Jose Ortiz.

Epicenter races for Winchell Thoroughbreds of Joan Winchell and Ron Winchell, who bought the colt for $260,000 at the September Sale. He is trained by Steve Asmussen.

Trainer Kenny McPeek, agent, purchased Creative Minister at the September Sale for $180,000 from the consignment of St George Sales. The colt is owned by Fern Circle Stables, Back Racing and Magdalena Racing.

Since its first race meet more than 85 years ago, the Keeneland Association has devoted itself to the health and vibrancy of the Thoroughbred industry. The world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house, Keeneland conducts four sales a year, in January, April, September and November. Graduates of Keeneland sales dominate racing across the globe at every level. In April and October, Keeneland offers some of the highest caliber and richest Thoroughbred racing in the world. Keeneland hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in 2015 and 2020 and is holding the event again on Nov. 4-5, 2022. Uniquely structured, Keeneland is a privately held company with a not-for-profit mission that returns its earnings to the industry and the community in the form of higher purses and millions of dollars donated in support of horse industry initiatives and charitable contributions for education, research, and health and human services throughout Central Kentucky. Keeneland also maintains the Keeneland Library, a world-renowned public research institution with the mission of preserving information about the Thoroughbred industry. To learn more, visit

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