PROBABLE FIELDS GROW FOR FALL STARS WEEKEND
A day before entries are taken for the opening day of Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet, potential fields grew for Fall Stars Weekend, Friday through Sunday, October 5-7. On tap are nine graded stakes, including five Grade 1s and seven that are “Win and You’re In” contests for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, to be held November 2-3 at Santa Anita.
Here are the races with probable entrants, according to Keeneland stakes coordinator Allison De Luca:
Darley Alcibiades (Friday, Grade 1, $400,000 2-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles, Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In for the Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies): Almost an Angel, Broken Spell, Daar Zayed, Every Way, Fully Living, Arlington-Washington Lassie (G3) winner Gold Edge, Kitten’s Dumplings, La Song, Magical Moon, Oscar Party, Pappascat, Pure Indy, two-time Calder stakes winner Rose to Gold, Roveing Patrol, Speedinthruthecity, Spring in the Air and Tap Twenty One.
Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (Friday, Grade 3, $175,000, 3-year-olds and up, 6 furlongs, Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In for the Xpressbet Sprint): Aikenite, Doctor Chit, Laurie’s Rocket, Night Party and Sum of the Parts are probables. Possible starters include Console, Delaunay, Hamiltonian, Hammers Terror, Lonesome Street, Noble’s Promise, Upgrade and Will’s Wildcat.
Shadwell Turf Mile (Saturday, Grade 1, $750,000, 3-year-olds and up, Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In for the Mile): Corporate Jungle, Data Link, Dominus, Doubles Partner, Fast Track, Silver Max, Skyring, Swift Warrior, Willcox Inn, Worthadd (IRE) and possibly Humble and Hungry and Wise Dan.
Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (Saturday, Grade 1, $400,000, 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles, Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In for the Grey Goose Juvenile): Are You Kidding Me, Charming Kitten, Craving Carats, Dynamic Sky, He’s Had Enough, Hightail, Joha, Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3) winner Pataky Kid, Positively, Titletown Five, Tizracer, Tree of Life and Tulira Castle. Balance the Books is slated for the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity or the Bourbon (G3) on Sunday.
First Lady (Saturday, Grade 1, $350,000, 3-year-olds and up fillies and mares, 1 mile on the turf): Brilliant Future, 2012 Jenny Wiley (G1) winner Daisy Devine, Hungry Island, Summer Soiree and Tapitsfly. Laughing is considered as possible.
Thoroughbred Club of America (Saturday, Grade 2, $200,000, 3-year-olds and up fillies and mares, 6 furlongs, Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In for the Filly & Mare Sprint): 2012 Vinery Madison (G1) winner Groupie Doll, Mega Dream, Newstouse, Rumor, Sally Sally, Strike the Moon and Third Chance.
Woodford Stakes presented by Keeneland Select (Saturday, Grade 3, $150,000, 3-year-olds and up, 5½ furlongs on the turf): Bridgetown, 2008 Woodford winner Chamberlain Bridge, Credit Report, Great Attack, Great Mills and Icon Ike.
Juddmonte Spinster (Sunday, Grade 1, $500,000, 3-years-old and up fillies and mares, 1 1/8 miles, Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In for the Ladies’ Classic): 2011 Juddmonte Spinster winner Aruna, Cathy’s Crunches, Karlovy Vary, Kitty in a Tizzy, Nefertini, Starformer, Tiz Miz Sue and Upperline. Smart Sting is considered as possible.
Bourbon (Sunday, Grade 3, $150,000, 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles on the turf, Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In for the Juvenile Turf): Brown Almighty, I’mboundtoscore, Ruler of Love and Slamarama.
PATAKY KID TUNES UP FOR DIXIANA BREEDERS’ FUTURITY RUN
Swifty Farms’ Pataky Kid, winner of the Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3) and undefeated in two starts on Polytrack, worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 on Monday in preparation for a run in Saturday’s $400,000 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1), a “Win and You’re In” race for the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) to be run November 3 at Santa Anita.
Working on his own before light rain began to fall, Pataky Kid posted fractions of :12.40, :24.20, :36, :48.40 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:15.20.
“He looked like he had wings out there,” trainer Tom Proctor said with a laugh. “He went really good and Paco Lopez will ride him Saturday.”
An Oklahoma-bred by Rockport Harbor, Pataky Kid debuted at Churchill Downs on July 1 and closed well to finish third in an 11-horse field at 42-1 odds. On August 9, as a 5-2 chance, Pataky Kid surprised no one in breaking his maiden.
“He ran a good race at Churchill and I guess he was bet down at Arlington because of that race,” Proctor said of Pataky Kid, who arrived at Keeneland last Wednesday from Chicago. “I don’t think the surface matters. I think he can run on anything.”
Pataky Kid is a graduate of the 2011 September Yearling Sale.
DARLEY ALCIBIADES NEXT CHALLENGE FOR UNDEFEATED ROSE TO GOLD
Rose to Gold has more than paid back her $1,400 purchase price for owners Alex Centofanti and his wife, Kathy Amaya, and their son Raffaele of Miami Lakes, Florida. Trained by Sal Santoro, who is based at Calder Race Course, the 2-year-old Friends Lake filly opened her career with a 13-length win in the one-mile Lindsey Frolic on August 25 and returned to win the Brave Raj on September 15 over one mile and 70 yards by 13½ lengths.
Now Rose to Gold is taking on Friday’s $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1) at 1 1/16 miles. Santoro is thrilled with how the filly has been training on the Polytrack since she arrived last Wednesday. On Sunday, she did a two-minute lick for a mile and a half.
“She’s the kind of filly that doesn’t really care about anything,” Santoro said. “She’ll train on a muddy track, a fast track, a slow track. Both of her races were on off tracks. It just didn’t faze her. I figured she’s gotta love this Poly and she does. She bounces around out there; she’s happy. We’re pleased that she likes it. We’ll find out on Friday how much she really likes it.”
Santoro, the private trainer for Centofanti and Amaya, is originally from New York and formerly had a breaking and training operation on Long Island. After relocating to Florida several years ago, he met Centofanti about two years ago through their mutual love of Harley-Davidsons. He now has about 20 horses for the owners at Calder.
Among them is Musical Flair, who came to Keeneland a year ago to race in the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1). The colt finished 11th in the race, but was found to have an entrapped epiglottis for which he underwent surgery.
Musical Flair remains at Calder, where he is expected for the Tropical Park Derby on October 13. Santoro’s five horses at Keeneland include More Than Speed, who is being pointed at the Buffalo Trace Franklin County on October 11, and Fine Silver, who is training for the Pin Oak Valley View (G3) on October 19.
Brian Thompson’s Daar Zayed, a maiden winner at Presque Isle Downs in her second start and a candidate for Friday’s $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1), worked five furlongs in 1:01.40. Working on her own for trainer Eoin Harty shortly before the track closed for training, Daar Zayed recorded fractions of :13.40, :25.20, :37.60, :49.60 and out six furlongs in 1:15.
KEENELAND FANS STAY CONNECTED THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA
Keeneland continues to expand its social media presence to enhance the fan experience.
This fall, Keeneland will celebrate “Fall Stars” throughout the month, highlighting a different Fall Stars experience each week. Fans are encouraged to use the #FallStars hashtag to stay on top of all the action.
Keeneland will also offer a Keeneland #FallStars Instagram Contest. To enter, simply take a photo that you feel captures the essence of Keeneland, post to your public Instagram account, and tag with #FallStars to enter.
Keeneland’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/keenelandfan is another source for prerace coverage, jockey interviews, morning works and stakes recaps.
Check out the social media display at Wagering Central, located on the first floor grandstand, for the @keenelandracing Twitter feed and Instagram contest photos.
In keeping with the Fall Stars theme, Keeneland is hosting a Fan of the Week contest in which one “Fall Star” will be chosen each week. Fans are encouraged to nominate someone whose love of Keeneland runs deep. In return, Keeneland will share the weekly winner’s story on Facebook and award him or her with a gift basket. One grand prize winner will be selected to receive a table for four to the 2013 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1). The person who nominates a winner also will earn a Keeneland gift.