BREEDERS’ CUP REMAINS ON RADAR FOR JPMORGAN CHASE JESSAMINE RUNNER-UP KITTEN’S POINT
Augustin Stable’s Kitten’s Point, who came up a nose short of catching Moonwalk in Thursday’s JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3), came out of the race in good order, according to Dave Rock, assistant to trainer Graham Motion.
The JPMorgan Chase Jessamine was a “Win and You’re In” race for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) to be run November 2 at Santa Anita. That race remains under consideration for Kitten’s Point, a Kitten’s Joy filly who broke her maiden at first asking on September 22 at Presque Isle Downs.
“It (the Breeders’ Cup) is possible,” Rock said. “We will give it a few days, but with another few inches, she would be going for sure.”
James Covello’s Oscar Party was the fourth filly in the four-horse photo at the wire Thursday, finishing a head in back of Moonwalk and a nose out of third behind Summer of Fun.
“I think she was the best horse in the race,” trainer Wayne Catalano said of Oscar Party, a daughter of Dixie Union. Oscar Party ran the final sixteenth of a mile in 5.91 seconds that was a couple hundredths of a second faster than Moonwalk (5.94) or Kitten’s Point (5.94), according to Trakus, which records individual sectional times and distance covered for races at Keeneland.
“We will talk it (the Breeders’ Cup) over, but I don’t know if she could get in,” Catalano said.
“PLEASANT SURPRISE” FOR GAMBOLATI GOES FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY TODAY
One never knows where a good horse will come from, and trainer Cam Gambolati was not sure what he would find when he was asked to look at a couple of fillies last year.
“A friend of mine was having a hard time and he sent me the pedigrees on these two horses,” said Gambolati, who saddled Spend a Buck to win the 1985 Kentucky Derby (G1).
“We drove down to Maryland from Monmouth Park and they were just out in a field and not in good shape.
“The one filly (Footprintinthesand) was kind of flighty and the other one was the follower. We bought them for $2,000 each.”
Madame Giry, who was “the follower,” brings a four-race win streak into this afternoon’s 16th running of the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County at 5 ½ furlongs on the turf.
“She has been a pleasant surprise,” Gambolati said of the 3-year-old filly who has earned $206,280. “She is really 2 just turning 3 because she wasn’t really broken until August of last year.”
Madame Giry did not distinguish herself at first last winter at Gulfstream Park.
“Her first two breezes were mediocre and I was wondering what I had spent the money for,” Gambolati said of Madame Giry, whose first start came April 7. “But her third breeze was like night and day and she had figured it out. I got to work her on turf before we left Gulfstream and the light switch went on.”
A daughter of Castledale (IRE), Madame Giry has run her past seven races on turf with her four victories coming in sprints by a combined 10 lengths.
“I still think she will run long,” Gambolati said. “She galloped well on the main track yesterday. We thought about the (Grade 2 Lexus) Raven Run (to be run at seven furlongs on the main track on October 20), but she has won four in a row so why experiment. There is time for that next winter.”
As for the other filly -- well, that’s another story. Footprintinthesand has made one start, that coming last month at Monmouth, in which she finished fifth to earn $400.
BEAUMONT WINNER GYPSY ROBIN HEADLINES 30
NOMINATIONS TO LEXUS RAVEN RUN
King 9 Stables, Gatewood Bell, Bret Jones and trainer Wesley Ward’s Gypsy Robin, front-running winner of this spring’s Beaumont (G2) here, tops a list of 30 fillies nominated for the 14th running of the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2).
The seven-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds is scheduled for October 20 with entries to be taken on Wednesday.
Undefeated on synthetic surfaces, Gypsy Robin broke her maiden by 7 ½ lengths in her debut here last year as a 2-year-old. She followed her Beaumont victory with a triumph in the Inaugural at Presque Isle Downs and in her most recent start finished second in the Test (G1) at Saratoga going seven furlongs.
LEADING ASTRAY, MISS CATO TOP 42 NOMINEES
TO PIN OAK VALLEY VIEW
Team Block’s Leading Astray and Three Chimneys Racing’s Miss Cato (GB), the 1-2 finishers in the September 15 Pucker Up (G3) at Arlington Park, top a list of 42 3-year-old fillies nominated to next Friday’s 22nd running of the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.
Trained by Chris Block, Leading Astray has won five of six career starts with the most recent being a neck triumph over Miss Cato.
Miss Cato, who is trained by Roger Attfield, has a 7-2-4-0 record on turf with her only off-the-board finish coming in the American Oaks (G1) on July 14 in her U.S. debut.
In addition to Leading Astray, other Grade 3 winners among the nominees are W.S. Farish, George Prussin and Skara Glen Stables’ Colonial Flag, Twin Creeks Racing Stable’s Dancing Solo and Landaluce Educe Stables’ Volcat.
Entries for the Pin Oak Valley View will be taken Tuesday.
TOP FOUR KENTUCKY TURF CUP FINISHERS MARQUEE NOMINEES TO SYCAMORE
Team Block’s Ioya Bigtime, Robert Courtney Jr.’s Rahystrada, Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Kindergarden Kid and Alastar Thoroughbred Company’s Tahoe Lake (BRZ), the top four finishers respectively in the Kentucky Turf Cup (G3) on September 15 at Kentucky Downs, top a list of 33 nominations to Thursday’s 18th running of the $100,000 Sycamore (G3) run at 1 1/2 miles on the turf.
Ioya Bigtime finished second to Wise Dan on the main track here last fall in the Fayette (G2) and won this year’s Stars and Stripes (G3) at 1 ½ miles. Rahystrada won the Arlington Handicap (G3) in July and was third in Arlington Million (G1), and Kindergarden Kid finished third in the Turf Classic Invitational (G1) in his most recent start. Tahoe Lake finished second in the Sycamore last year and was second this spring in the Elkhorn (G2).
Considered likely for the race is Stella Perdomo’s Musketier (GER). The 10-year-old millionaire, trained by Hall of Famer Roger Attfield, has won the Elkhorn twice at the Sycamore distance.
Entries for the Sycamore, won last year by Sanagas (GER), will be taken Sunday.
BIZZY CAROLINE TOPS 24 NOMINEES
FOR ROOD & RIDDLE DOWAGER
Catesby Clay’s Bizzy Caroline, winner of the Mint Julep (G3) this summer at Churchill Downs and most recently sixth in the Flower Bowl Invitational (G1), tops a roster of 24 fillies and mares nominated to the 21st running of the $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager scheduled for October 21 at 1 ½ miles on the turf.
In her most recent start on the Keeneland turf course, Bizzy Caroline finished second to Daisy Devine in last fall’s Pin Oak Valley View (G3).
Among the nominees is Lael Stables’ Senada, winner of the 2011 Dowager. No horse has won the race twice.
Entries for the race will be taken Thursday.
Two horses that ran in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) in April ran 1-2 in Thursday’s seventh race, a seven-furlong allowance race on the main track. The winner was JEOG Racing LLC’s homebred Scatman, who scored a front-running, three-quarter-length victory in 1:22.31. Shaun Bridgmohan rode the 3-year-old Scat Daddy colt, ninth in the Toyota Blue Grass, for trainer Bill Mott. Running second was Augustin Stable’s Ever So Lucky, 10th in the Toyota Blue Grass.
FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS
Saturday, October 13
Sunrise Trackside at Keeneland. Fans can experience the sights and sounds of Keeneland before the gates open for the race day. The morning filled with fun for family or out-of-town guests features:
· Breakfast with the Works Sponsored by Dunkin Donuts and WLEX 18. Watch the horses during their morning works while enjoying a Southern-style breakfast buffet in the trackside Equestrian Dining Room from 7-8:30 a.m. Breakfast is $7; children 3 and under free.
· Kid’s Club – Join us in the Kid’s Club Corner from 7-9 a.m. for free children’s activities, including photos in jockey silks, face painting and more. Sign up for the Keeneland Kid’s Club and meet Kid’s Club mascot Buckles. Enjoy crafts and exhibits from the Explorium of Lexington in the tent adjacent to Equestrian Room.
· Paddock Demonstration – The Asbury University Police Mount training program will be featured in the Paddock at 8:45 a.m.
· Tours – Pick up a walking tour guide in the Paddock between 9:30-10:30 a.m. to learn more about Keeneland’s historic grounds. Guides will be positioned throughout the property to answer questions.
· Photos with Bucky – Have your picture taken with Keeneland’s legendary bugler, George “Bucky” Sallee in the Paddock from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
· Handicapping Seminar – Join us trackside at 11:30 a.m. for a free handicapping seminar.
· Jockey Q&A – With Eclipse Award-winning jockey John
Velazquez at 12:05 p.m. in the Paddock at 12:05 p.m. in the Paddock.
Sunday, October 14
· Chase Bank Customer Day: Patrons can present their JPMorgan/Chase debit or credit card at the South or East Gate entrances to receive free general admission.
· Plum Pretty Parade: Fans will have the opportunity to meet 2011 Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Plum Pretty when she will be paraded in the Paddock before the fifth race.
· Meet Tyson Gay: Keeneland will welcome Olympian and Lexington native Tyson Gay to the races for a special salute.
2012 KEENELAND FALL MEET LEADERS
(Stats Through Thursday, October 11)
Current Meet Leading Jockeys
Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Purses
Julien Leparoux 30 8 3 3 $425,494
Corey Lanerie 24 5 2 2 $219,717
Shaun Bridgmohan 20 4 0 4 $146,653
Javier Castellano 12 3 1 0 $198,889
Jon Court 22 3 1 2 $ 86,841
Current Meet Leading Trainers
Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Purses
Michael Maker 18 4 3 2 $301,875
Todd Pletcher 21 3 1 1 $526,499
Wayne Catalano 16 3 1 2 $119,355
Charles Lopresti 5 2 0 0 $468,327
Dale Romans 14 2 0 0 $317,804
Graham Motion 13 2 2 2 $112,033
Wesley Ward 15 2 4 1 $73,285