Michael Burns

Grade I Winner Joha to be Sold at Keeneland

Son of Johar will be offered as a racing prospect at the Keeneland January sale.

Grade I winner Joha will be offered as a racing prospect at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. The soon-to-be 3-year-old son of Johar will sell the first day of the sale, Jan. 7, and is consigned as Hip No. 381.

Joha established himself as a leading 2-year-old after winning or placing in three stakes earlier this year. The colt broke his maiden at Belmont Park May 24 by nearly three lengths, and then won the July 14 Colin Stakes at Woodbine in July with a late surge at the wire. Sent to Saratoga Race Course, Joha was second by a head in the With Anticipation (gr. IIT), and then came back to Kentucky to take Keeneland's Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) by a length Oct. 6.

Out of the stakes-winning Mujadil mare Mujado, Joha has compiled an overall record of 3-2-1 from eight starts, for earnings of $427,538.

Joha races as a homebred for Bluegrass Equine Bloodstock, the entity that also operates Bluegrass Equine Center, a training and rehabilitation facility near Salvisa, Ky. According to BEC general manager Allen Kershaw, Joha is from the first group of horses bred by the partnership to have been developed at the center.

"This is an excellent opportunity for someone to buy a grade I winner who is sound and ready to race," said Kershaw in a release. "Joha showed us his ability early on, and he has certainly proven it on the racetrack.  I believe he will continue to progress in 2013."