Keeneland Barn Notes for Monday, April 21

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TWELVE FILLIES AND MARES TO CONTEST 1½-MILE BEWITCH

Gallagher’s Stud’s Inimitable Romanee is the 123-pound highweight for Thursday’s $150,000 Bewitch (G3) for fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up, at 1½ miles on turf. She will face 11 rivals in the 53rd running of the Bewitch, which is the eighth race on the nine-race card with a post time of 4:42 p.m. ET.

Graham Motion, who won the Bewitch last year with Strathnaver (GB), trains Inimitable Romanee, a 6-year-old, New York-bred daughter of Maria’s Mon who won the Long Island (G3) in November at Aqueduct and began her 2014 campaign with a win in The Very One (G3) at Gulfstream in February. She is coming off a seventh-place finish in the Orchid (G3) on March 29.

Also coming out of the Orchid, won by Anjaz, are Bewitch starters Viva Rafaela (BRZ), Caroline ThomasStick to Your Guns and Aigue Marine (GB).

The Bewitch marks the 2014 debut for Juddmonte Farms’ Group 1 winner Romantica (GB), who was second in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) in November at Santa Anita.

The race also is the first of the year for Augustin Stable’s Angel Terrace, winner of the 2012 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) here. She was third in Keeneland’s Rood & Riddle Dowager in her final start of 2013.

The field for the Bewitch, from the rail out, is as follows: Always Kitten (Rosie Napravnik, 118 pounds), Left a Message (Jose Lezcano, 118), I Dazzle (Robby Albarado, 118), Street of Gold (Shaun Bridgmohan, 118), Stick to Your Guns (Emma-Jayne Wilson, 118), Viva Rafaela (BRZ) (John Velazquez, 118), Freedom Reigns (IRE) (Corey Lanerie, 118), Angel Terrace (Julien Leparoux, 118), Romantica (GB) (Joel Rosario, 118), Caroline Thomas (Joe Rocco Jr., 118), Aigue Marine (GB) (James Graham, 118) and Inimitable Romanee (Alan Garcia,123).
 

NAPRAVNIK TO PARTICIPATE IN FRIDAY SHOWCASE OF OFF-TRACK THOROUGHBREDS

Jockey Rosie Napravnik will ride her off-the-track Thoroughbred, Sugar, during “Thoroughbreds For All,” an event Friday evening in Central Kentucky at which all-star equestrians will promote the versatility of the Thoroughbred.

Sugar, whose registered name is Old Ironsides, is at Keeneland, where he is a stable pony for trainer Mike Maker. Napravnik’s husband, Joe Sharp, is Maker’s assistant. Click here for more about Napravnik and Sugar, whom Napravnik rode to two victories.

During Thoroughbreds For All, Olympian and respected international dressage judge Linda Zang will lead a session on retraining Thoroughbreds for dressage. Nuno Santos, a former assistant to Racing Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, will ride promising dressage horse Ken’s Kitten, a son of Kitten’s Joy who was winless in five races for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey. Other participants are Pan American Games eventing gold medalist Lynn Symansky and Olympian Boyd Martin.

Sessions will be moderated by Steuart Pittman of the Retired Racehorse Training Project and Anna Ford of New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program.

The event also will include a special presentation by The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program to recognize and award the 17 riders who will be competing on registered Thoroughbreds during this weekend’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Thoroughbreds For All will be held 5:30-9 p.m. ET at New Vocation’s Lexington facility at West Wind Farm, 15 miles west of the Kentucky Horse Park at 4787 Haley Road, and includes a Southern-style dinner and cash bar.

On Sunday at 9 a.m., Racing Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron will give a behind-the-scenes tour of The Thoroughbred Center on Paris Pike. The tour includes visiting the barn area, demonstrations by North American Racing Academy students and discussions on Thoroughbreds and race track life.

Tickets are $35 each and are available at www.eventbrite.com. Proceeds benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and Retired Racehorse Training Project. Both are 501(c) 3 charitable organizations. 
 

GALLOPING OUT

Derby Dreamers Racing Stable’s Big Bazinga, fourth in the Toyota Blue Grass (G1) on April 12, was to leave Keeneland for Churchill Downs late this morning for a possible run in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) on May 3. The Bluegrass Cat gelding is 25th on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The 20 leading point earners at time of entry will run. “We’re still waiting, but we’re getting closer,” said Amber Mayers, assistant to trainer Katerina Vassilieva. …

Phipps Stable’s homebred Mr Speaker, winner of Saturday’s Coolmore Lexington (G3), is to make his next start in the May 26 Pennine Ridge at Belmont, according to trainer Shug McGaughey’s assistant, Robbie Medina. The $200,000 stakes is for 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on turf. …

Jockey Chris Landeros earned his first Keeneland victory Saturday when he rode JMJ Racing Stables LLC’s 40-1 longshot, Hot Hot Heat, to win the sixth race. Al Stall Jr. trains the 3-year-old Pulpit colt, who scored a three-quarter-length victory in the maiden special weight race at about seven furlongs in 1:27.89. …

Danielle Gonzalez, who is in her first year of training, won with her first Keeneland starter when 16-1 longshot Cassie’s Harbor captured Saturday’s 10th race. Ben Creed rode the 4-year-old Rockport Harbor filly to a one-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile claiming race in 1:48.70. Gonzalez owns the winner.

 

SPRING MEET LEADERS

Through April 19 (12 days of racing)

Jockey

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Julien Leparoux

80

17

5

12

$676,805

Stewart Elliott

56

11

6

4

$443,024

Joe Rocco Jr.

58

9

11

7

$460,935

Alan Garcia

39

9

3

3

$602,160

Rosie Napravnik

61

7

12

6

$348,615

Javier Castellano

37

7

7

7

$641,960

Joel Rosario

46

6

7

9

$548,346

Shaun Bridgmohan

37

6

2

2

$412,330

 

Trainer

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Mark Casse

38

8

5

6

$487,916

Ken McPeek

30

7

1

4

$533,575

H. Graham Motion

34

6

3

4

$315,484

Wesley Ward

21

6

3

3

$427,126

Christophe Clement

14

4

2

1

$242,764

Tom Amoss

8

4

0

1

$73,951

 

Owner

Wins

John C. Oxley

4*

Gary Barber

3

Drake Racing Stables (Shirley and Tim Girten and Karol Germany), Muirfield Farm (Doug and Len Labuda) and Mike Lobalzo

2

Gary L. and Mary E. West Stables Inc.

2

JMJ Racing Stables LLC (Dennis Narlinger)

2

Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey

2

Klaravich Stables Inc. (Seth Klaman) and William Lawrence

2

Loooch Racing Stable Inc. (Ron Paolucci)

2

Magdalena Racing (Ken McPeek, et al)

2*

Maggi Moss

2

Phipps Stable

2

Wesley A. Ward

2

 

*Includes partnerships.

 

CLOSING WEEK SPECIAL EVENTS

Wednesday, April 23

WINS-day Challenge, a handicapping contest presented by Malone’s. At Wagering Central, contestants can sign up to play for a $10 entry fee, then they place a mythical $2 win and place wager on Keeneland Races 3 through 8. The contest offers a guaranteed $2,500 pool, and the first 200 participants receive a free Daily Racing Form and a card for an appetizer at Malone’s. The first-, second- and third-place finishers receive cash prizes and a gift card from Malone’s.

TVG Hat Giveaway. The first 1,000 patrons with paid admission through the gates will receive a voucher for a free TVG hat. Fans can redeem their voucher from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at a table located Trackside near Elevator C.

Thursday, April 24

Lexington Herald-Leader Subscriber Appreciation Day. All Herald-Leader subscribers will receive free general admission with the coupon found on the front page of the Thursday, April 24, edition of the newspaper. Herald-Leader  personalities will be available to meet with fans throughout the day.

Friday, April 25 – Closing Day

The Hill. Keeneland’s official tailgate lot, which is adjacent to the Keene Barn, features food trucks, a jumbo television screen, wireless wagering and wagering terminals, race-day programs, a Keeneland Gift Shop kiosk and free shuttles to the track. BETologists, Keeneland’s wagering experts, will be available to answer fans’ questions.

Concert on the Lawn presented by Dixiana Farms will benefit the Markey Cancer Center. The event, to be held on the Clubhouse Lawn beginning at 6 p.m., features a free concert by Lexington’s own Laura Bell Bundy and Sundy Best.

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