Barn Notes -- Friday, April 11

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TOYOTA BLUE GRASS INFORMATION

EARLY POST: On Saturday, April 12, Keeneland will offer 12 races. Post time for the first race is 12:35 p.m. ET. The $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) is the 11th race with a 5:45 p.m. post. Click here for the day’s card.

Click here for information about the Toyota Blue Grass (G1), including details about the contenders and footage of past runnings of the race. Click here for the 2014 Toyota Blue Grass Media Guide.

 

TOM LEACH INTERVIEWS CONNECTIONS OF CONTENDERS IN WEEKEND STAKES

Keeneland racing analyst Tom Leach interviews several jockeys and trainers on their horses racing in graded stakes this weekend:

Jockey Javier Castellano on Toyota Blue Grass (G1) 3-1 morning-line favorite Bobby’s Kitten.

Jockey Robby Albarado on Toyota Blue Grass 9-2 second choice Medal Count.

Jockey Stewart Elliott on Toyota Blue Grass 8-1 choice Coastline.

Trainer Neil Pessin on Madison (G1) starter Eden Prairie.

Trainer Mark Casse on Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) starter Kaigan and Commonwealth (G3) starter Laugh Track.

Trainer Al Stall Jr. on Madison (G1) starter Apropos and Shakertown (G3) starter Channel Marker.

 

PRADO OUT FOR 30 DAYS AFTER TRAINING ACCIDENT

Racing Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado was injured in a training accident at Keeneland Thursday morning and will be out of action for at least 30 days.

“He is doing fine this (Friday) morning. He has a hairline fracture of the C-7, which is at the base of his neck,” said Prado’s agent, Bob Klesaris. “The horse he was on hit him in the face with his head and Edgar was knocked out when he fell.”

Prado, a three-time winner of the Toyota Blue Grass (G1), was scheduled to ride Vinceremos in Saturday’s 90th running of the $750,000 race.

In the same incident, jockey Jose Lezcano bruised his shoulder.

“He is sore and will be off all of his mounts today but plans to ride Saturday and Sunday,” Keeneland Clerk of Scales Javier Torres said of Lezcano.

Lezcano was named to ride Alkazan Alakazan (BRZ) in today’s Maker’s 46 Mile (G1). Corey Lanerie will now ride the horse.

 

CLEMENT WANTS FIRM COURSE FOR ZA APPROVAL IN MAKER’S 46 MILE

Scattered rain is forecast today for Central Kentucky, and the amount the Keeneland turf course receives will determine whether Live Oak Plantation’s homebred Za Approval runs in the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1). The Maker’s 46 Mile is the ninth race with a 5:13 p.m. ET post time.

“If I don’t think it’s firm then I will not run him,” trainer Christophe Clement said.

The Maker’s 46 Mile will mark the 2014 debut for two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who won the race last year. Za Approval faced Wise Dan twice at the end of last year, finishing second to him in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1) and second to him in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) when he was passed late in the stretch.

A 6-year-old Ghostzapper gelding, Za Approval enters today’s race after a fourth-place finish in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile (G1) on March 8 at Santa Anita. Running second in that race was Lochte, who runs in the Maker’s 46 Mile.

“It’s a very good race. It’s very competitive,” Clement said. “Wise Dan has been Horse of the Year for the last two years – there’s a reason for that. It’ll be tough, but we’ll try and see what happens.”

Za Approval is a half-brother to champion Miesque’s Approval, winner of the 2006 Maker’s Mark Mile (G2) and second in the race in 2003. By Miesque’s Son, Miesque’s Approval won 12 races, including the 2006 NetJets Breeders’ Cup Mile, and earned $2,648,879 from 2001-2007. 

On Saturday, Clement will send out Patricia Generazio’s homebred Grade 1 winner Discreet Marq in the $300,000 Jenny Wiley (G1). The 1 1/16-mile grass race will mark the 2014 debut for the New York-bred, 4-year-old daughter of Discreet Cat, who last year won the Del Mar Oaks (G1) and was second in the Garden City (G1) and Matriarch (G1).

Discreet Marq will face a field that includes Grade 1 winners Centre Court and Stephanie’s Kitten in the Jenny Wiley. Clement said her future targets are the Beaugay (G3) on May 3 and the Longines Just a Game (G1) on June 7.

 

HAVELOCK APPROACHING EXCLUSIVE PLATEAU AT KEENELAND

When Silverton Hill’s homebred Havelock goes postward in Saturday’s $100,000 Shakertown (G3), he will be attempting to join an exclusive club at Keeneland: the four graded-stakes win club.

Presently, the club has two members in Take Charge Lady and Wise Dan, whose total stands at five and counting.

“That’s a pretty good group,” trainer Darrin Miller said on the eve of the 7-year-old Havelock’s 2014 debut. Havelock is one of 24 horses to have won three graded stakes here.

Havelock is the defending champion in the Shakertown and also has won the Woodford (G3) in 2011 and 2013. On Saturday, he will attempt to join Soaring Free (2004-2005) as the only two-time winner of the Shakertown.

His Shakertown-Woodford sweep last year marked only the second time that had been accomplished, joining Silver Timber in 2010.

Havelock’s success has been a pleasant story for Miller.

“When I first got him, I thought he would be a good, honest horse,” Miller said. “He has been a great ambassador for the barn and a good baby-sitter for the horses coming into the barn.”

Havelock has not run since finishing 10th, beaten four lengths in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita in November.

“He seems to be doing good and I was very happy with his last work (1:02 for five furlongs on Monday),” Miller said. “I think he is close to the same as he was starting off last year.”

 

SPRING MEET LEADERS

Through April 10 (5 days of racing)

Jockey

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Julien Leparoux

31

9

3

5

$334,233

Stewart Elliott

20

6

1

3

$169,111

Joe Rocco Jr.

21

4

4

2

$203,955

Joel Rosario

22

4

3

3

$340,909

Javier Castellano

15

3

3

3

$128,336

Dylan Davis

13

3

1

3

$81,535

Alan Garcia

9

3

1

2

$120,652

Shaun Bridgmohan

13

3

0

1

$264,033

Rosie Napravnik

23

2

4

2

$87,913

Robby Albarado

20

2

3

0

$94,123

Marcelino Pedroza Jr.

10

2

1

0

$37,592

6 jockeys with one win each.

 

Trainer

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Mark Casse

17

4

2

4

$180,658

H. Graham Motion

13

3

2

2

$137,224

Ken McPeek

10

3

0

2

$238,501

Mike Maker

22

2

4

3

$125,125

Wesley Ward

9

2

2

2

$57,290

Bill Mott

13

2

1

3

$88,163

Neil Pessin

3

2

0

0

$45,651

Tom Amoss

2

2

0

0

$35,400

27 trainers with one win each.

 

TOYOTA BLUE GRASS WEEK SPECIAL EVENTS

Through Sunday, April 13

The Keeneland Gift Shop Presents a meet and greet with hat milliner Christine A. Moore from
9 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

Friday, April 11

The Hill. Keeneland’s official tailgate lot, which is adjacent to the Keene Barn, features food trucks, a jumbo television screen, wireless wagering and wagering terminals, race-day programs, a Keeneland Gift Shop kiosk and free shuttles to the track. BETologists, Keeneland’s wagering experts, will be available to answer fans’ questions.

Craft Beer Tent. A special selection of craft beers is available on the North Terrace patio and includes Country Boy, Kentucky Ale Kolsch, Land Shark, Shock Top, Sierra Nevada and Sweetwater.

Friday Pick 4 Presented by TVG. A $200,000-guaranteed pool will be offered on Races 6-9. Race 9 is the Maker’s 46 Mile (G1).

 

Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12

The Keeneland Gift Shop Presents the Bosom Buddy Bags trunk show from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

Saturday, April 12

Sunrise Trackside sponsored by LEX18, the Lexington Herald-Leader and Dunkin’ Donuts offers activities for all ages beginning at 7 a.m. ET.  Fans can enjoy Breakfast With the Works, a Southern-style breakfast and trackside commentary during the morning workouts (until 8:30 a.m.); children’s activities in the Kids Club Corner (7-9 a.m.); a show-and-tell with Michael Blowen of Old Friends; a demonstration by the Irish-bred Gypsy Vanner trick horse Odd Bob Job in the Paddock (9 a.m.); guided walking tours of Keeneland (8-10 a.m.); trackside handicapping seminar (11 a.m.); and a Q&A session with 2013 Eclipse Award-winning jockey Javier Castellano in the Paddock (11:35 a.m.). Keeneland Bugler Steve Buttleman also will be on hand to take photos with fans.

Early Post. Keeneland will offer 12 races, and the post time of the first race is 12:35 p.m. The Toyota Blue Grass (G1) is the 11th race with a 5:45 p.m. post.

The Hill. Keeneland’s official tailgate lot located adjacent to the Keene Barn, will feature food trucks, a jumbo television screen, wireless wagering and wagering terminals, race-day programs, a Keeneland Gift Shop kiosk, free shuttles to the track and live bluegrass music. BETologists will be available to answer fans’ questions.

Craft Beer Tent. A special selection of craft beers is available on the North Terrace patio and includes Country Boy, Kentucky Ale Kolsch, Land Shark, Shock Top, Sierra Nevada and Sweetwater.

All-Stakes Pick 4 presented by TVG. The $300,000 guaranteed Pick Four features Races 8-11, the Shakertown (G3), Madison (G1), Jenny Wiley (G1) and Toyota Blue Grass (G1).

All-Stakes Pick 5 presented by TVG. The $300,000 guaranteed Pick Five features Races 7-11, the Commonwealth (G3), Shakertown (G3), Madison (G1), Jenny Wiley (G1), and Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1).

 

Sunday, April 13

Horses and Hope Pink Day. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to Keeneland. Horses and Hope is First Lady Jane Beshear’s initiative to reach women working in Kentucky’s horse industry with education about breast cancer and mammography screening. In conjunction with the day’s festivities, Keeneland will honor “Ladies of the Turf,” nearly 30 retired and active female jockeys, including those who were first allowed to ride in 1969 and some of the most accomplished members of their profession. The women also will sign a commemorative fundraising poster created by horse racing cartoonist Peb. Fans can purchase the poster for $10. The signing will be along the sidewalk between the Administrative Office and the Walking Ring starting around 1:45 p.m. Posters will be sold in that area starting at noon. Proceeds will benefit Horses and Hope and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

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