2019 Breeders’ Cup weekend at Santa Anita marked more than one milestone in the history of South Point Sales and Rockbridge Bloodstock.
Deviant was purchased from South Point Sales at the 2018 Keeneland September sale for $150,000. Bloodstock agent Frank Alosa picked out the son of Daredevil for Red Lane Thoroughbreds and enjoyed a stellar juvenile campaign in 2019.
On August 14, he broke his maiden in the El Joven Stakes and backed up that victory with a score in the Sunday Silence Stakes on September 9. Despite his status as a multiple stakes winner he was designated first also-eligible for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1).
Word came on Breeders’ Cup Friday morning that Vitalogy had been scratched and that Deviant would run. When he broke from gate 14, he became the first South Point Sales grad to compete in a Breeders’ Cup race.
Deviant is also a successful pinhook for South Point Sales & Rockbridge Bloodstock client Beckie Cantrell (Nature Coast Thoroughbreds). She purchased Deviant as a weanling for $82,000 before reselling with South Point.
The following day things got even more exciting as a pair of South Point Sales grads – Saratoga stakes winner Shekky Shebaz and record-setting Woodford Stakes (G2) hero Stubbins – squared off in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1). Stubbins was also mated on advice of Rockbridge Bloodstock.
Shekky Shebaz broke well from post 4 and sat just off of the lightning quick fractions set by eventual winner Belvoir Bay – :21.47, :43.43. The 4-year-old gelding by Cape Blanco held on for a brave 3rd, just a head of the hard-charging Stubbins. The final time of the race was :54.83, the fastest 5 furlongs ever run on the Santa Anita turf course.