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Grade 1 winner Joha to be offered at Keeneland January

  • Joha (black silks) led wire to wire in the Breeders' Futurity (Coady Photography)

Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity winner Joha, a Kentucky Derby contender entering 2013, will be offered as a Racing Prospect at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, according to Allen Kershaw. The soon-to-be sophomore will sell the first day of the sale, January 7, and is consigned as Hip No. 381.

Joha established himself as a leading two-year-old after an impressive four-race streak earlier this year. Trained by Mike Maker, the Johar colt broke his maiden at Belmont in late May by nearly three lengths and followed with a head score in the Colin Stakes at Woodbine in July. Sent to Saratoga, Joha was second by only a head in the Grade 2 With Anticipation on turf and then came back to Kentucky to take Keeneland's premier event for juveniles, the Breeders' Futurity, by a length on October 6.

He experienced a rough trip from post 10 when eighth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf next out and exits a ninth in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs on November 24. From eight career starts, Joha has compiled a line of 3-2-1 and earned $427,538.

The dark bay is presently tied for third in the new "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series with 10 points.

Joha was bred and raced by Bluegrass Equine Bloodstock, the entity who also operates Bluegrass Equine Center, a training and rehabilitation facility in Salvisa, Kentucky. According to Kershaw, the BEC general manager, 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 1 winner who is sound and ready to race," Kershaw said. "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."

Joha currently is at Bluegrass Equine Center and is available for inspection under tack. To make an appointment to see him, contact Kershaw at (859) 333-2901.