Eye Witness sells for $205,000 at Keeneland

Saturday, April 27th, 2024

Multiple stakes winner Eye Witness sold for $205,000 at Friday’s Keeneland April horses of racing age sale. Photo courtesy of ELiTE.

Multiple stakes winner Eye Witness, runner-up in a strong 7-furlong open allowance-optional claimer the day before, sold for $205,000 at Friday’s Keeneland April horses of racing age sale.

Equinox Inc., agent for George Sharp, signed for the 4-year-old son of City of Light offered as Hip 106. Previously campaigned by Westerberg, Mrs. John Magnier, Jonathan Poulin, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor and trained by Wesley Ward, Eye Witness was bred by Anlyn Farms and is out of the Mr. Greeley mare Gracilia.

Consigned by ELiTE, agent, Eye Witness went through the ring with a record of 3-1-2 from eight starts, including his second to Bourbon Heist in the $121,400 race Thursday, and earnings of $245,690.

A $230,000 weanling at the 2020 Keeneland November breeding stock sale who later brought $650,000 at the 2021 Keeneland September yearling sale, Eye Witness finished third in his debut at 2 before rattling off three straight wins to start his 3-year-old campaign in 2023. The wins included the Animal Kingdom Stakes at Turfway Park and the Paradise Creek Stakes at Belmont Park. Eye Witness also finished third in last year’s Mahony Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

A half-brother to New York-bred stakes winner More Mischief and stakes-placed winner Myawaya, Eye Witness is the eighth foal out of the Mr. Greeley mare Gracilia. A half-sister to New York-bred champion 2-year-old and 3-year-old and Grade 2 winner Sharp Humor, Gracilia is also the dam of New York-bred winners Scalpeen, Decorator Jenn and Killala Bay.

Gracilia’s 3-year-old New York-bred daughter of Practical Joke sold for $190,000 at the 2023 OBS March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training. She’s made two starts, including a runner-up in an Aqueduct maiden April 6. Gracilia is also the dam of an unnamed 2-year-old New York-bred filly by Game Winner.

The other four New York-breds cataloged for the Keeneland April sale were scratched.

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