Buy Sell Hold Romps At Keeneland, Giving Violence Initial Winner From First Crop

by | 04.20.2017 | 9:49pm
Buy Sell Hold and Florent Geroux cruise to the wire in front by 4 1/2 lengths

Freshman sire Violence, a son of Medaglia d'Oro standing at Hill ‘n' Dale Farms in Lexington, was represented by his first starter and winner on Thursday when the 2-year-old filly Buy Sell Hold made every call a winning one in a 4 ½-furlong maiden sprint at Keeneland in her career debut.

Ridden by Florent Geroux, Buy Sell Hold broke like a bullet from the inside post, shrugged off a challenge from Vida Leva Eu, then drew off to win by 4 ½ lengths. She covered the distance in :51.84 after an opening quarter mile in :22.57 and a half in :45.68.

Buy Sell Hold carried the lime green and blue silks of Kirk and Judy Robison and is trained by Steve Asmussen.

Out of the Unbridled's Song mare Melody Lady, Buy Sell Hold was bred in Kentucky by Hill ‘n' Dale Equine Holdings and Stretch Run V. She was purchased by the Robisons for $67,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling Sale from Hill ‘n Dale Sales Agency.

Violence, unbeaten in three starts at 2, won the Grade 2 Nashua Stakes at Aqueduct and the G1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park. He finished a close second to eventual G1 Kentucky Derby winner Orb in his 3-year-old debut in the G2 Fountain of Youth, but came out of the race with a sesamoid injury and was retired for the 2014 breeding season.

A $600,000 purchase at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Violence is out of the Gone West mare Violent Beauty, whose grandam is champion Sky Beauty, herself produced by G1 Alabama winner Maplejinsky, a daughter of champion sprinter Gold Beauty.

Violence raced for Black Rock Stables and was trained by Todd Pletcher. He entered the 2017 breeding season with a $15,000 stud fee, stands and nurses.

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