ANIMAL KINGDOM WORKS FIVE FURLONGS IN 1:02.60 FOR BREEDERS’ CUP MILE
Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom completed his major training for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) by working five furlongs in 1:02.60 around the dogs on a firm turf course Friday morning at Keeneland (click here for work video).
With exercise rider David Nava up and working in company with 4-year-old stablemate Badleroibrown, Animal Kingdom began the work about three lengths in back of his workmate, closed to within a length at the three-eighths pole, drew even at the quarter pole and finished about a length in front. Fractions were :12, :25.20, :38.60, :50.80 and out six furlongs in 1:16.20.
Trainer Graham Motion was pleased with the work by the 2011 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner, who will leave for Southern California on Saturday.
“I thought it was a sensible work and he galloped out strong,” Motion said. “I did not want a hard work today as he had his serious work last week (six furlongs in 1:13 on October 18 at Fair Hill, Md.).”
Rafael Bejarano will ride Animal Kingdom for the first time in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, scheduled for November 3.
“He will gallop up to the race and we may school him one day,” Motion said, noting that Bejarano would not be aboard any morning prior to the race.
Motion also will send Augustin Stables’ Kitten’s Point to Santa Anita for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) on November 2. Second in the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) on October 11 in her most recent start, Kitten’s Point schooled at the gate this morning as part of her morning activity.
Bejarano will have the mount on Kitten’s Point, by Kitten’s Joy.
FIVE OTHER BREEDERS’ CUP PRE-ENTRIES WORK FRIDAY
Friday morning was busy at Keeneland with works by five other horses pointed at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on November 2-3 at Santa Anita.
Working on the main track was Shortleaf Stable’s Atigun. With exercise rider Danny Ramsey up, the Istan colt worked five furlongs on his own in :59.40 with fractions of :12, :23.60, :35.20, :47.20 and out six furlongs in 1:12.80.
“I thought he worked good,” trainer Ken McPeek said of the move that was fastest of eight at the distance. “He will ship Sunday and Mike Smith will ride him.”
Atigun, third in the Belmont (G1) at 1½ miles, is pre-entered in the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon (G2) at 1¾ miles on November 2.
“We felt that he was not ready for the (Breeders’ Cup) Classic (G1),” McPeek said of choosing the Marathon. “He can run all day. He likes every bit of a mile and a half and I think he needs more than a mile and a quarter. The Travers (G1) and the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) were both good races.”
Smith was aboard Atigun in those past two starts in which he finished fourth going 1¼ miles.
For trainer Wesley Ward, Houyhnhnm Farm’s Great Attack, a 5-year-old Grade 3-winning son of Greatness, worked five furlongs with Ice Wine Stable’s Almost an Angel, a 2-year-old Artie Schiller filly who was sixth in the Darley Alcibiades (G1) on October 5. Great Attack, ridden by Paco Lopez, started five lengths behind the filly and was five lengths in front of her at the finish (click here for work video).
Great Attack’s time was 1:02.40, and Almost an Angel’s time was 1:04.40.
“Both of them get a lot out of their works,” Ward said. “She’s a good work horse, and he’s kind of an older, seasoned veteran, a little lazy, so that’s why I try to put them together.”
Clockers caught Great Attack in fractions of :12.60, :26.20, :39.40, :51.20, 1:02.40 and out in 1:15.80.
“Great Attack looks like he’s coming into the race in perfect fashion,” Ward said about the horse, who was pre-entered in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) on November 3. He has not raced since winning the Twin Spires Turf Sprint (G3) on May 5.
Almost an Angel, who was ridden by Julio Garcia, was pre-entered in the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint and the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). Both races are on November 2.
“I’m going to see how the races are setting up – what everybody else is thinking – before I make a decision,” Ward said. “She can do either; she can sprint because she broke her maiden going short on the grass at Belmont. I really believe (dirt) is her best surface. She worked on the dirt at Palm Meadows (in Florida) before her career began and worked on the dirt at Saratoga. She works far better on it than she does on the grass or the Polytrack.”
Almost an Angel and Great Attack are scheduled to ship to California on Sunday.
Brown Almighty worked for the second time at Keeneland since his second-place finish to Balance the Books in the Bourbon (G3) on October 7. The 2-year-old Big Brown colt, owned by Tri-Star Racing LLC, Joe Denson and Brent Gasaway, was pre-entered in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) on November 3.
With Kent Desormeaux aboard, Brown Almighty worked five furlongs in 1:02.60 with fractions of :12.20, :25, :39, :51.40, 1:02.60 and out in 1:15.60 (click here for work video).
“He looked like he worked good,” trainer Tim Ice said. “He finished up really nice; come home the last quarter in :23 and change. So I’m very excited. It’s just a matter of seeing how he comes back and off to Santa Anita.”
Brown Almighty will be the second Breeders’ Cup starter for Ice. In 2009, he sent out eventual champion Summer Bird, with Desormeaux up, to finish fourth behind Zenyatta in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) in the final race of the colt’s career.
Brown Almighty is to travel to California on Sunday.
Also working on the grass was Bona Venture Stables’ Summer of Fun for trainer George Weaver. With exercise rider Kim Brooking up, Summer of Fun worked five furlongs in 1:02.20 on her own. Fractions for the move, which was the fastest of six for the morning, were :25.20, :38.40, :50 and out six furlongs in 1:15.60 (click here for work video).
Third in the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine in her most recent start, Summer of Fun is scheduled to ship Saturday to Santa Anita for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on November 2.
Magic City Thoroughbred Partners’ Golden Ticket, dead-heat winner of the Travers (G1) with Alpha in August, is rebounding from a lung infection that knocked him out of a possible start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). Trainer Ken McPeek said Golden Ticket was being pointed to the $250,000 Hollywood Derby (G1) at 1¼ miles on the turf at Hollywood Park on November 25. …
Mike Maker maintained a two-win lead (10-8) over Wesley Ward in the race for leading trainer of the Fall Meet as each saddled a winner on Thursday’s card. Maker sent out Bernie the Maestro to win the second race and Ward kept pace with Gentlemans Code’s victory in the fourth.
Maker, who won the 2008 Fall title with nine winners, has three horses entered today and seven on closing day Saturday. Ward, who won his first Keeneland title this Spring with nine winners, has one entrant today and five Saturday.
CLOSING DAY SPECIAL EVENTS
Saturday, October 27
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.
· Special Halloween edition of the Kid’s Club – Buckles, the Keeneland Kid’s Club mascot, will award Kid’s Club prize packages to some of the best costumes. Kids can have Halloween photos taken with Buckles. An appearance by the Headless Horseman will occur in the Paddock at 9 a.m. and on the track during the race day.
· Paddock Demonstration – The Kentucky Horse Park Mustang Troop 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.
Fashions on the Field. Finalists in the Fashions on the Field competition will strut their stuff in their race-day outfits before a panel of celebrity judges. The competition will begin in a heat format with a final competition to name the top dressed male and female.
KEENELAND 2012 FALL MEET LEADERS
(Stats Through Thursday, October 25)
Current Meet Leading Jockeys
Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Purses
Julien Leparoux 98 24 11 9 $968,221
Corey Lanerie 86 11 7 10 $473,688
James Graham 95 10 10 21 $733,599
Shaun Bridgmohan 71 9 8 10 $495,169
Jon Court 65 7 5 7 $282,759
Gabriel Saez 49 7 2 6 $223,832
Rosie Napravnik 65 6 8 7 $281,068
Victor Lebron 52 6 6 1 $171,247
Brian Hernandez Jr. 61 6 5 2 $202,080
Jesus Castanon 34 5 7 3 $154,623
John Velazquez 29 5 5 2 $656,877
Julio Garcia 15 5 5 0 $160,200
Javier Castellano 21 5 1 1 $486,365
Current Meet Leading Trainers
Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Purses
Michael Maker 50 10 8 3 $475,318
Wesley Ward 29 8 6 3 $347,485
Todd Pletcher 39 7 2 2 $685,332
Wayne Catalano 41 5 2 3 $226,615
H. Graham Motion 26 4 3 3 $169,051
Jonathan Sheppard 13 4 1 1 $182,590
Bill Mott 16 3 3 1 $154,069
Michael Stidham 22 3 1 6 $314,294
Charles Lopresti 11 3 0 3 $515,236
Tevis Q. McCauley 10 3 0 1 $ 60,542
Ken McPeek 46 2 11 7 $255,607
George R. Arnold II 25 2 9 5 $231,772
Timothy Hamm 17 2 4 0 $ 69,122
Eddie Kenneally 11 2 2 1 $ 87,452
Merrill Scherer 13 2 1 3 $ 55,853
Philip Sims 20 2 1 2 $ 71,817
Al Stall Jr. 10 2 1 2 $125,943
Steve Margolis 9 2 1 2 $129,189
Eduardo Caramori 9 2 1 1 $ 60,911
Shug McGaughey 8 2 1 1 $132,531
Chris Block 6 2 1 1 $ 86,993
Mark Casse 4 2 1 1 $352,500
Dale Romans 25 2 1 0 $334,020
William Severs 10 2 1 0 $ 73,609
Philip Oliver 7 2 1 0 $ 78,121
Tim Richardson 8 2 0 0 $ 41,843
Eoin Harty 7 2 0 0 $ 41,894
Chad Brown 6 2 0 0 $358,510
Michael Ann Ewing 3 2 0 0 $ 27,660
Current Meet Leading Owners
Ken and Sarah Ramsey 10
Klaravich Stables (Seth Klarman) & William H. Lawrence 3
Adele Dilschneider 2
With Claiborne Farm (Seth Hancock)
Augustin Stable (George Strawbridge Jr.) 2
E. Paul Robsham Stable (Mrs. E. Paul Robsham) 2
G. Watts Humphrey Jr. & St. George Farm (Ian Banwell) 2
Ice Wine Stable (Dave Reid) 2
John Chandler 2
John C. Oxley 2
Lothenbach Stables Inc. (Robert J. Lothenbach) 2
Namcock Stables (Terrance Murray) 2
Richard, Elaine & Bertram Klein 2
Ripplewood Farm (Chris Duff) 2
Wesley Ward 2
Image of Animal Kingdom. Photo by Coady.