WISE DAN SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY WORK FOR BREEDERS’ CUP MILE
Trainer Charles Lopresti plans to work Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) winner Wise Dan on the main track Saturday morning.
“I am not sure what time yet, but ideally I would like it to be in the first set around 6 o’clock,” Lopresti said. “I would like to be able to watch him, but if it is foggy when I get here, we’ll wait until first light (around 7:30). His regular exercise rider, Damien Rock, will be up.”
Owned by breeder Morton Fink, Wise Dan looms as the top American hope for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) to be run November 3 at Santa Anita.
Also scheduled to work Saturday for Breeders’ Cup engagements are Magic City Thoroughbred Partners’ Golden Ticket (Classic-G1) and Shortleaf Stable’s Atigun (Marathon-G2) for trainer Ken McPeek.
McKNIGHT MAY BE NEXT FOR SYCAMORE RUNNER-UP IOYA BIGTIME
Trainer Chris Block said Team Block’s Ioya Bigtime came out of his runner-up effort to Kindergarden Kid in Thursday’s Sycamore (G3) in good order after just failing to lead the entire 1½-mile distance on the turf.
“He’s fine this morning and I’ll have a better idea in a few days as to what is next,” Block said. “There are not a lot of races for him, but maybe the (W.L.) McKnight (Handicap) at Calder.”
The W.L. McKnight is a $150,000 Grade 2 race at 1½ miles on the grass on November 24.
Ioya Bigtime has turned into a front-running turf marathon specialist while stablemate Leading Astray, who runs in this afternoon’s second division of the Pin Oak Valley View (G3), tends to rally from off the pace.
Block was asked if it was tougher watching a pacesetter and hoping the horse holds on or a come-from-behind type horse and hoping that horse gets room to run.
“I just like the ones that win,” Block said with a laugh. “You know their respective styles and you get used to it.”
Trainer Mike Maker said Kindergarden Kid, owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, came out of the race fine and plans for a next start are undetermined.
FLORIDA DERBY WINNER TAKE CHARGE INDY TOPS FAYETTE NOMINATIONS
Chuck and Maribeth Sandford’s Take Charge Indy, winner of this spring’s Florida Derby (G1), heads a roster of 28 horses nominated to the 55th running of the $150,000 Fayette (G2), the closing-day feature on October 27.
Unraced since sustaining an ankle injury in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum Brands (G1) in May, Take Charge Indy could give trainer Pat Byrne a second victory in the 1 1/8-mile main track event. Social Charter won the Fayette for Byrne in 1999.
Another 2012 Kentucky Derby alum nominated to the race is John Oxley’s Prospective. Winner of the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) and sixth here in the Toyota Blue Grass (G1), Prospective won the Ohio Derby (G3) in June.
A couple of other horses that have had Polytrack success, G. Watts Humphrey Jr. and St. George Farm Racing’s Middie and James Karp’s Newsdad, are among the nominees.
Trainer Phil Oliver intends to run Middie, winner of the Washington Park Handicap (G3) at Arlington Park on September 1 who won here on October 6. Newsdad, trained by Bill Mott, owns the Keeneland Polytrack record for 1 1/14 miles (2:00.61).
Michael Dilger, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher, said the Fayette is under consideration for Salto (IRE), a nine-length allowance winner here on October 13. Salto covered the 1 1/16 miles on the main track in that victory in 1:42.54, the fastest clocking at the distance for the meet.
Entries will be taken Wednesday for the Fayette, which was won last year by Wise Dan.
Team Valor International showed off a potential turf marathon standout Thursday when Capitan Futuro (GB) won a first-level allowance race by 2½ lengths going 1½ miles on the grass in his U.S. debut.
“That was a nice win for him,” said Dave Rock, assistant to trainer Graham Motion. “We got him in the barn in June or July.”
Named for Italian soccer standout midfielder Daniele De Rossi, Capitan Futuro broke his maiden in his third start in Italy in February at 1 5/16 miles. ...
On Thursday, for the third time during the Fall Meet, Julien Leparoux won three races, and he pushed his meet-leading total to 14 victories. His trio yesterday included the Sycamore (G3) on Kindergarden Kid. Leparoux also rode three winners on October 5 and October 10. He leads all jockeys with three stakes wins during the meet, the others coming in the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G3) on Sum of the Parts on October 5 and the Bourbon (G3) on October 7 on Balance the Books. Leparoux owns eight titles as Keeneland’s leading jockey. ...
Will Take Charge, an Unbridled’s Song colt out of four-time Keeneland stakes winner Take Charge Lady, earned his first victory in two starts when he won the seventh race on Thursday. Trained by D. Wayne Lukas and ridden by Jon Court, the 2-year-old took the seven-furlong maiden race by a length in 1:24.01 at odds of 5-1. Owner Willis D. Horton purchased Will Take Charge for $425,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The colt is a half brother to Grade 1 winner Take Charge Indy, who is nominated to the closing-day Fayette (G2) on October 27. ...
Keeneland’s jockey autograph signing on Thursday raised $2,000 for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, which provides financial assistance to some 60 former jockeys who suffered catastrophic on-track injuries.
Retired jockeys who participated were Racing Hall of Famer Pat Day, Keeneland’s all-time leading rider by wins (918) and stakes wins (95), along with Hall of Famer Chris McCarron, Larry Melancon and Johnny Oldham. The current riding colony was represented by Robby Albarado, Calvin Borel, Jesus Castanon, David Cohen, Jon Court, Borja Fayos, Julio Garcia, James Graham, Corey Lanerie, Julien Leparoux, Paco Lopez, Rosie Napravnik, Marcelino Pedroza Jr., Gabriel Saez, Jeffrey Sanchez and Scott Spieth.
FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS
Saturday, October 20
Sunrise Trackside at Keeneland. Fans can experience the sights and sounds of Keeneland before the gates open for the race day, featuring:
· 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 – Representatives from Old Friends Retirement Facility, including longshot Belmont (G1) winner Sarava, 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.
· 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 – Learn more about your favorite jockeys at 12:05 p.m. in the Paddock.
Clydesdales to Appear on the Track. The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will appear on the main track at Keeneland following the fourth race (approx. 2:50 p.m.).
Sunday, October 21
Military Family Day. All active and inactive members of the military, including family members, with military ID will receive free general admission. The North Terrace will be transformed into Military Family Zone with free food and activities. Keeneland will partner with Operation Military Cheer to collect items for Kentucky National Guard soldiers, airmen and their families. Patrons can bring clothing, non- perishable food items, toys, gift cards or monetary donations to the track on Military Family Day. Service for Peace will collect these items at the tent in the Paddock area.
KEENELAND 2012 FALL MEET LEADERS
(Stats Through Thursday, October 18)