IN LINGERIE EXITS JUDDMONTE SPINSTER WIN IN GOOD ORDER; BREEDERS’ CUP DECISION TODAY
Gary Barber and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ In Lingerie came out of her two-length victory in Sunday’s $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) in good order, according to Michael Dilger, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher.
“She’s fine this morning,” Dilger said of In Lingerie, who gave the Pletcher barn its meet co-leading third victory, which includes two stakes wins. “They are going to make a decision today on whether to stay here or go to California (for the November 2-3 Breeders’ Cup).”
The victory in the Juddmonte Spinster earned In Lingerie a berth in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1) to be run November 2 on dirt.
In Lingerie has won all three of her starts on Polytrack. She has won the Black-Eyed Susan (G2) on dirt at Pimlico and placed in two Grade 1s this summer on the dirt at Saratoga.
“There is a plane leaving Louisville Tuesday for California,” Dilger said. “We already have Love and Pride (Ladies’ Classic) and Turbo Compressor (Breeders’ Cup Turf-G1) at Santa Anita with (assistant) Michael McCarthy.
Left in In Lingerie’s wake Sunday was defending race champion Aruna, who finished sixth, beaten 6¾ lengths.
“She came back fine and didn’t have any excuses,” said Heather Craig, assistant to trainer Graham Motion. “She will stay here for a while.”
Ben Colebrook, assistant to trainer Christophe Clement, said Juddmonte Spinster runner-up Mystical Star came out of the race fine and that future plans were undetermined for the filly, who is owned by Cheyenne Stables. Prior to the Juddmonte Spinster, Mystical Star had won her two starts at Keeneland.
Third-place finisher Upperline also exited the race well, according to Hilary Pridham, assistant to trainer Mike Stidham. Upperline gave the Stidham barn a second Grade 1 placing over the weekend, coming on the heels of Willcox Inn’s runner-up finish to Wise Dan in Saturday’s $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1).
NOMINATIONS TO FOUR STAKES CLOSE WEDNESDAY
Nominations to stakes scheduled to be run October 18-21, highlighted by the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2) on October 20, close Wednesday.
The Lexus Raven Run, for 3-year-old fillies going seven furlongs on the main track, was won last year by Great Hot (BRZ), who prevailed by a head over future multiple Grade 1 winner Groupie Doll.
Other stakes closing are the $100,000 Sycamore (G3) for 3-year-olds and up going 1½ miles on the turf on October 18, the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the turf on October 19 and the $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager for fillies and mares going 1½ miles on the turf on October 21.
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s Balance the Books, last-to-first winner of Sunday’s Bourbon (G3), was doing well Monday morning, according to Sean Ryan, assistant to trainer Chad Brown. The victory earned Balance the Books a spot in the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) to be run November 3 at Santa Anita. …
Trainer Al Stall Jr. said that Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm’s Cease, second in Saturday’s Hawthorne Gold Cup (G2), would be pointed to the $400,000-added Clark (G1) at Churchill Downs to be run November 23. “He came back very good off that very deep track,” Stall said of Cease, who endured a wide trip in the six-horse field. …
Trainer Wesley Ward said that plans for Ice Wine Stable’s Sweet Shirley Mae are not set after the filly was scratched from Saturday’s Frizette (G1) at Belmont Park. “The filly next to her (Carameaway) in the gate flipped and scraped her above the knee,” Ward said. “She’s OK and we live to fight another day.”
Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm’s Lea worked a half-mile in :52.20 for trainer Al Stall Jr. in preparation for a start in Saturday’s $200,000 Hawthorne Derby (G3) at 1 1/8 miles on the turf.
FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS
Community stars are honored during the meet’s second week, which opens with Make-A-Wish Day on Wednesday, October 10, when local Thoroughbred farms team up with Keeneland to grant wishes for nine deserving children... Full-time college students receive free general admission and the chance to win one of ten $1,000 scholarships during the track’s popular College Scholarship Day on Friday, October 12... Keeneland salutes one of the community’s popular figures, bugler Bucky Sallee, on Saturday, October 13.
Wednesday Oct. 10
Keeneland Handicapping Contest. Place a mythical $2 win and place wager on Keeneland races 3-9. Entry fee is $10 with a guaranteed $2,500 pool. Limit three entries per person. First 200 participants receive a free Daily Racing Form.
Make-A-Wish Day. Local Thoroughbred farms team up with Keeneland to grant wishes for nine area children. Children and their families are treated to a VIP afternoon at the races, and will make a trophy presentation following each of the day’s races.
Friday, October 12
College Scholarship Day. Full-time college students receive free general admission and the chance to win one of ten $1,000 scholarships awarded after each race. Registration will take place in Keeneland’s College Zone in the North Terrace, which features music, free snacks and prize drawings. The first 1,000 students to register for a scholarship receive a Keeneland College Scholarship Day T-shirt courtesy of Kennedy Book Store and a hat from Vineyard Vines.
Buffalo Trace Distillery Sweepstakes. Enter to win a VIP Distillery Experience. The first 1,500 fans who register will receive a Buffalo Trace Distillery drawstring backpack.
Friday Pick 4, presented by TVG. Guaranteed pool of $200,000.
Friday Happy Hour. Start the weekend with live music and simulcast wagering in the Paddock.
2012 KEENELAND FALL MEET LEADERS
(Stats Through Sunday, October 7)
Current Meet Leading Jockeys
Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Purses
Julien Leparoux 19 5 3 2 $364,233
Javier Castellano 12 3 1 0 $198,889
Jose Lezcano 9 2 2 1 $814,272
Rajiv Maragh 11 2 1 1 $469,461
John Velazquez 11 2 1 0 $353,628
Shaun Bridgmohan 9 2 0 2 $ 80,083
Corey Lanerie 12 2 0 0 $ 52,967
11 jockeys are tied with 1 win each.
Current Meet Leading Trainers
Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Purses
Michael Maker 11 3 1 0 $274,605
Todd Pletcher 19 3 0 0 $514,099
Charles Lopresti 3 2 0 0 $465,767
21 trainers are tied with 1 win each.