Keeneland Barn Notes -- Saturday, March 30

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Saturday, March 30, 2013


10 Horses Considered Probable for Opening Day Transylvania

Sam-Son Farm’s Up With the Birds, winner of the Black Gold at Fair Grounds on March 2 in his 2013 debut, tops a list of 10 three-year-olds considered as probable starters according to Keeneland Racing Secretary Ben Huffman for Friday’s 25th running of the $100,000 Transylvania (G3).

The Transylvania, the first of 15 graded stakes during the 16-day spring meeting that opens Friday and runs through April 26, is run at 1 1/16 miles on the turf and will go as the ninth race on Friday’s 10-race card.

Trained by Malcolm Pierce, Up With the Birds has won three of four career starts that includes a triumph in the Coronation Futurity in November at Woodbine.

Other probables on Huffman’s list are Admiral Kitten (trained by Mike Maker), Avare (Doug O’Neill), Bambazonki (Chris Block), Channel Isle (D. Wayne Lukas), Draw Two (Michelle Nihei), Fire Guard (Bill Mott), Jack Milton (Todd Pletcher), Rafale (GB) (Dan Blacker) and War Dancer (Ken McPeek).

Entries for the Transylvania will be taken Tuesday.


Alcibiades Heroine Spring in the Air Tops Probables for Grade 1 Ashland

John Oxley’s Spring in the Air, winner of last fall’s Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades, is the marquee name on Racing Secretary Ben Huffman’s list of probable starters for next Saturday’s 76th running of the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland, the first of five Grade 1 stakes to be run during the spring meeting.

Trained by Mark Casse, Spring in the Air made her 2013 debut on March 11 with a runner-up finish to stablemate and Ashland probable Spring Venture in the OBS Championship (Filly Division) Stakes at Ocala, Florida.

The Darley Alcibiades, inaugurated in 1952, is the marquee fall event for 2-year-old fillies at Keeneland. Only Doubledogdare (1995), Optimistic Gal (1975), Silverbulletday (1998) and Take Charge Lady (2001) have come back the following spring after their Alcibiades triumphs to win the Ashland, with Optimistic Gal and Silverbulletday going on to win the Kentucky Oaks (G1) after their Ashland victories.

Also considered as probable for the Ashland by Huffman are Adriani (trained by David Fawkes), Kitten’s Dumplings (Mike Maker), Kyriaki (Peter Eurton), Liberty Girl (Eoin Harty), Magical Moon (Al Stall Jr.), Nipissing (Rachel Halden), Redressthebalance (IRE) (Doug O’Neill), Tapicat (Bill Mott) Tuttipaesi (IRE) Graham Motion) and Wave Theory (Chad Brown).

Deemed as possible for the Ashland are Every Way (Mike Stidham), Finding More (Kellyn Gorder), Kitten’s Point (Motion), Manuka Honey (John Terranova), Miss Lucky Sevens (Wayne Catalano) and Pure Fun (Ken McPeek).

Entries will be taken Wednesday for the Ashland.


2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan Headlines Luminaries Nominated to Grade 1 Stakes

Morton Fink’s Wise Dan, the 2012 Horse of the Year, tops a list of 22 horses nominated for the 25th running of the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) to be run Friday, April 12.

Trained by Charles LoPresti, Wise Dan is expected to make his 2013 debut in the Maker’s 46 Mile that drew among its nominees the race’s defending champion, Data Link, and Kilroe Mile (G1) winner Suggestive Boy (ARG).  Also nominated to the Maker’s 46 Mile are last year’s 2-3 finishers in the race, Turallure and Doubles Partner.

The Maker’s 46 Mile is one of four Grade 1 races during the second weekend of the meet that is highlighted by the 89th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) to be run Saturday, April 13.

Two other Grade 1 races are scheduled on Toyota Blue Grass Day: the 25th running of the $300,000 Jenny Wiley at 1 1/16 miles on the turf and the 12th running of the $300,000 Madison at seven furlongs on the main track.

James Miller’s Daisy Devine tops the list of 28 nominations to the Jenny Wiley that also attracted the top four finishers from last fall’s Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup: Dayatthespa, Centre Court, Better Lucky and Samitar (GB).

The Madison, for fillies and mares, won last year by Eclipse Award winner Groupie Doll, attracted 23 nominations. Heading the list of nominees is Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Holiday for Kitten, a two-time main track stakes winner at Keeneland including the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America in 2011.

Also nominated is Coudelaria Jessica, Inc.’s Great Hot (BRZ), winner of the 2011 Lexus Raven Run (G2) here and the 2013 Santa Maria (G2) at Santa Anita, and Ramona Bass, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Rumor, winner of the Las Flores (G3) in her most recent start at Santa Anita.

Two other graded stakes are on the Toyota Blue Grass Day card, the 27th running of the $175,000 Commonwealth (G3) at seven furlongs on the main track and the 17th running of the $100,000 Shakertown (G3) at 5½ furlongs on the turf.

The Commonwealth drew 33 nominations, headed by Maggi Moss’ Delaunay, a daylight winner of three consecutive stakes at Fair Grounds, and Spendthrift Farm’s Jimmy Creed, winner of the Malibu (G1) at Santa Anita in his most recent start.

Defending champion Perfect Officer, owned by the David Ross Racing Stable, headlines the 27 nominations to the Shakertown. Other proven turf sprinters nominated to the Shakertown include Bridgetown, Chamberlain Bridge and Regally Ready.

The 28th running of the $150,000 Beaumont Presented by Keeneland Select (G2) drew 41 nominations to the Beard Course race of seven furlongs, 184 feet on Sunday April 14 for 3-year-old fillies. Topping the nominees is Spendthrift Farm’s Beholder, the Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old filly champion of 2012.


Work Tab

Columbine Stable’s Magical Moon, third in last fall’s Darley Alcibiades (G1), worked a half-mile in :48 under exercise rider Heather Craig in preparation for a probable run in next Saturday’s $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1). Another possible Ashland runner, Haynes Stables LLC, Steven Perlick, Alan Herman and Richard Dunn’s Every Way worked five furlongs in 1:01.80. Also under consideration for Every Way is the $100,000 Appalachian Presented by the Japan Racing Association (G3) to be run at a mile on the turf on April 18.

A couple of Silverton Hill, LLC runners that are nominated to grass stakes next week worked Saturday morning for trainer Darrin Miller. Big Blue Spirit (GB), nominated to the Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) as well as the Shakertown (G3), worked five furlongs in 1:04.40 and Havelock (Shakertown) worked a half-mile in :50.20.



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