Barn Notes -- Saturday, April 19

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NOTE: Keeneland will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 20. Barn Notes will return on Monday, April 21. Racing resumes Wednesday, April 23, with the first race at 1:05 p.m. ET. The final two days of the Spring Meet are Thursday, April 24, and Friday, April 25.

CENTRAL BANK ASHLAND CO-WINNER ROSALIND WORKS TOWARD KENTUCKY OAKS

Landaluce Educe Stables’ Rosalind, dead-heat winner with Room Service of the Central Bank Ashland (G1) on April 5, worked five furlongs in :58.80 in company with War Dancer after the morning renovation break for trainer Ken McPeek. (Click here for a video of the work.)

With Danny Ramsey up, Rosalind posted fractions of :11.60, :22.60, :34 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:12.40. She started a little behind War Dancer, the winner of the 2013 Virginia Derby (G2), who was working toward Friday’s Dixiana Elkhorn (G2).

“I thought it was a little quick,” McPeek said about the move. “I wanted a maintenance work of a minute, but I thought War Dancer worked really well.”

McPeek said Rosalind would ship to Churchill Downs on Monday and have her final work for the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) “Friday, Saturday or Sunday depending on weather. I want to work on a dry track.”

 

SISTERLY LOVE TO GET A LITTLE BREAK AFTER HILLIARD LYONS DOUBLEDOGDARE VICTORY

Gary Barber’s Sisterly Love became the first two-time winner of the meet Friday when she upset heavily favored Emollient in the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3).

With the $300,000-added La Troienne (G1) scheduled May 2 at Churchill Downs, trainer Mark Casse is not inclined to strike while the iron is hot.

“No, she is going to get a little break,” Casse said about the 6-year-old Bellamy Road mare, who gave him his meet-leading seventh winner.

Sisterly Love dueled with Emollient through most of the 1 1/16-mile race and then held off Moment in Dixie.

“I expected her to run well,” Casse said. “She trained well here and runs well on the Polytrack. What did surprise me was she showed so much gameness.

“She is not an easy horse to ride. As long as she gets settled, she runs well but sometimes she gets flustered. I thought (jockey) Stewart (Elliott) did a good job and didn’t get in a speed duel when Emollient came at her early.”

Moment in Dixie, who finished a neck behind Sisterly Love, came out of the race well, according to her trainer, James Toner.

“She ran really huge and really stepped up,” Toner said. “She can run on anything and I knew she could handle the Polytrack, but it was a question of whether she would be competitive with those horses and we found out she is.”

Toner said Moment in Dixie, a 5-year-old daughter of Dixieland Band, would go to Belmont Park with possibly a trip to Baltimore on Preakness (G1) Day on May 17 for the $150,000 Gallorette (G3) at 1 1/16 miles on the turf next on tap.

Emollient also was fine this morning, said Garrett O’Rourke, manager of U.S. operations for her owner and breeder, Juddmonte Farms.

“When I went back and looked at (the race) last night, I didn’t think she ran that badly,” he said. “She gave away five pounds. She gave away an awful lot of ground, especially on the first turn. Then when she got around the first turn, as any smart jockey will do, Stewart Elliott (on Sisterly Love) said, ‘You’re not getting a breather now. I’m going to make you work for it.’

“She had to stay on the engine all the time; got around the bend and hung on there and just ran out of gas. It was not what we hoped for but not a disaster.”

O’Rourke said the immediate racing future for Emollient, a 4-year-old Empire Maker filly who won the 2013 Central Bank Ashland (G1) and Juddmonte Spinster (G1) at Keeneland, would have to be determined. 

“Long term, if she’s good enough and she’s still on top of her game, I’d love to have her back in the (Breeders’ Cup) Filly and Mare Turf (G1) in the fall,” he said. “But we don’t have a plan between now and then.”

 

GALLOPING OUT

Wesley Ward, trainer and part owner of Pablo Del Monte who finished third in last Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass (G1), remains on the road to the 140th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) for now.

“Keep him on the list, but the way it looks now I’m training for the Preakness,” said Ward, who plans to work Pablo Del Monte here next weekend.

Of horses under consideration for the Kentucky Derby, Pablo Del Monte stands 23rd with 20 points accumulated toward the race. The top 20 point earners that pass the entry box on April 30 get a spot in the starting gate. …

Today is the final Saturday of the 15-day Spring Meet, and more than 1,000 people of all ages attended Sunrise Trackside and the accompanying Easter Egg Hunt, held on the lawn near the North Terrace. Morning activities also included an appearance by University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari, who signed his latest book, Players First, near the Paddock. …

The Spring Meet’s second dead heat for a win occurred in Friday’s fourth race when Pine Lake Bloodstock LLC and Dan Considine’s Electro Peg caught Maggi Moss’ Remembermealways at the finish. Time for the 6½-furlong claiming race was 1:17.65. Electro Peg, a 4-year-old Fusiachi Pegasus filly, was ridden by Francisco Torres for trainer Joan Scott. Tom Amoss trains Remembermealways, a 5-year-old Whywhywhy mare ridden by Rosie Napravnik. On April 5, the Central Bank Ashland (G1) resulted in a dead heat for the victory when Rosalind and Room Service were inseparable at the finish. …

Donver Stable’s Tesseron, who was 11th in last year’s Toyota Blue Grass (G1), made a winning return to Keeneland Friday when he won the 10th race. John Velazquez rode the 4-year-old Tapit colt, who is trained by Josie Carroll, to a half-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile allowance on turf in 1:43.93.

 

SPRING MEET LEADERS

Through April 18 (11 days of racing)

Jockey

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Julien Leparoux

72

15

4

12

$581,455

Stewart Elliott

49

10

3

4

$352,219

Rosie Napravnik

61

7

12

6

$348,615

Joe Rocco Jr.

49

7

9

5

$364,323

Javier Castellano

32

7

6

6

$596,260

Alan Garcia

32

7

3

3

$471,043

Joel Rosario

39

6

6

5

$481,221

Shaun Bridgmohan

33

6

2

2

$410,853

 

Trainer

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Mark Casse

34

7

3

6

$410,169

H. Graham Motion

30

6

3

3

$305,914

Wesley Ward

20

6

3

3

$426,726

Ken McPeek

27

5

1

4

$406,182

Christophe Clement

14

4

2

1

$242,764

Mike Maker

42

3

6

7

$195,304

Bill Mott

25

3

4

5

$182,172

Chad Brown

12

3

2

2

$270,666

Tom Amoss

7

3

0

1

$55,351

 

SPECIAL EVENTS FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 19

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.

The Keeneland Gift Shop Presents a trunk show by Dorfman Pacific from 11 a.m -6 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 20: Keeneland is closed

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