Keeneland Barn Notes for Oct. 22

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  • RAMSEYS SET FALL MEET RECORD ON SUNDAY
  • LOPRESTI TARGETS THIRD FAYETTE VICTORY WITH TWO-PRONGED ATTACK
  • STRONG RESOLVE BECOMES FIRST TWO-TIME WINNER OF THE FALL
  • FALL SPECIAL EVENTS
  • FALL MEET LEADERS

RAMSEYS SET FALL MEET RECORD ON SUNDAY

On Sunday, owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey recorded their 13th victory of the Keeneland fall meet when their homebred Captain Cook scored a front-running four-length victory in the 10th and final race. With the performance, the Ramseys broke the record for most wins by an owner during the fall meet that they reached in 2012 and shared with Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Roberts (1968).

Among the Ramseys’ 13 wins are three stakes: Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1) with Wee Miss Artie; Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) with Kitten’s Dumplings; and JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) with Kitten Kaboodle.

With four days remaining in the season, the Ramseys have multiple chances to extend their lead as leading owner. They have four horses entered Wednesday and six horses entered in five races on Thursday.

The Ramseys’ 25 victories during the 2013 Keeneland spring meet smashed the previous record of 12 wins. They are on pace this fall to win or share the leading owner title at Keeneland for the 13th time, which would put them just one behind T.A. Grissom’s record 14 meet titles.

The Ramseys have won outright or shared six spring meet owner titles (2004, 2006, 2010-13) and six fall meet titles (2000, 2002, 2007-09, 2012).

Two-time Eclipse Award recipients as outstanding owners, the Ramseys are the year’s leading owners by earnings with $10,797,599. They already have won six meet titles nationally this year: Gulfstream (winter, 43 wins), Keeneland (spring, 25), Churchill Downs (spring, 32), Saratoga (summer, 22), Kentucky Downs (September, 9) and Churchill (September, 6).

Meanwhile, the leading trainer title at Keeneland appears to be firmly in the grasp of Mike Maker, who has 11 victories. Graham Motion and Wesley Ward are tied for second with five wins each. Maker won the leading trainer title in the spring with an all-time Keeneland meet record 25 wins. He also was the leading trainer during Keeneland’s 2008 fall meet with nine wins.

The race for leading rider is, well, a horse race.

Rosie Napravnik holds a 10-9 advantage on Joe Rocco Jr., with Alan Garcia lurking in third place with eight victories. Napravnik and Rocco are named on five mounts Wednesday with Garcia named on three. None of the three jockeys has won a Keeneland riding title.

Maker and Napravnik have teamed to win six races from 22 starts.

LOPRESTI TARGETS THIRD FAYETTE VICTORY WITH TWO-PRONGED ATTACK

Before heading to the warmth and sunshine of Southern California next Tuesday with Wise Dan for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), trainer Charlie LoPresti has a little business he would like to take care of here Saturday afternoon.

“If all goes well, both will run,” LoPresti said of Villandry and Set the Sail in regard to the closing-day $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2) at 1 1/8 miles on the main track.

LoPresti won the 2010 Fayette with Successful Dan and repeated in 2011 with Wise Dan.

The Hagyard Fayette will mark the stakes debut for Villandry, a 4-year-old Mr. Greeley gelding who is owned by Antony Beck’s Gainesway Stable.

“We’ve always thought he was a stakes horse and have a lot of hope for him,” LoPresti said. “We tried to get him in the Commonwealth Turf (G3) last year at Churchill Downs, but he did not have enough earnings to get in. We ran him in an allowance a few days after that and he got the same (speed) figure or a point off what Lea got for winning the Commonwealth.”

After getting the winter off, Villandry was all ready to begin his 4-year-old campaign here on April 7.

“He was entered in an allowance where he would have been 3-5,” LoPresti said. “The day of the race, we noticed he was a little off and we took X-rays that showed the start of a condylar fracture. So we had to miss the whole summer with him.”

Villandry finally resurfaced here opening day with a third-place finish going seven furlongs.

“He got in a lot of trouble in that race and probably should have won,” LoPresti said.

Elisabeth Alexander owns Set the Sail, who won a turf allowance race at Churchill Downs on Sept. 14 in his most recent start.

“He has won three of five this year and is doing really well,” LoPresti said of the 4-year-old Mizzen Mast gelding, whose lone race on Polytrack came in his debut in March 2012 at Turfway Park. “He trains on this all the time and that is one of the reasons for running.”
 

STRONG RESOLVE BECOMES FIRST TWO-TIME WINNER OF THE FALL

Barry Schumer and James Brown’s Strong Resolve became the first two-time winner of the meet Sunday when he romped by 4¾ lengths in the second race for a $16,000 claiming tag.

Trained by Michael Rogers, Strong Resolve won for a $10,000 tag on Oct. 4.

“I was surprised nobody took him after the first time he ran,” Rogers said of the 4-year-old Elusive Quality gelding who also went unclaimed Sunday.

Strong Resolve began his racing career in 2011 at Arlington Park, broke his maiden in his fourth start at Remington Park, then ran at Sunland Park in New Mexico before winding up at Penn National, where Rogers claimed him for $25,000 on May 10, 2012.

“I don’t know how he got to Penn National, but I am sure glad he showed up,” Rogers said. “The owner (Schumer) had bid on him at a sale and when he saw he was in he wanted to claim him. I had never met (Schumer) before.”

Strong Resolve will not get a chance at a third victory before the meet ends Saturday.

“He has done his work,” said Rogers, who has seven horses here. “He may get a break now.”

Strong Resolve’s two victories here were his first on Polytrack to go with three grass wins in his career.

“His lineage suggests long on the turf and now I have a Polytrack sprinter,” said Rogers, who will head to Penn National after the meet. “So I will take him to Presque Isle next year which is where I run in the summer.”

 

FALL SPECIAL EVENTS

Wednesday, Oct. 23

“WINS-day” Handicapping Contest presented by Daily Racing Form and Drake’s. Register at Wagering Central. Entry fee is $10; 100% of fees are returned in prizes. Players place a mythical $2 win bet on Keeneland races 3 through 8 with a guaranteed $2,500 pool. First-, second- and third-place finishers also will receive gift cards from Drake’s. The first 200 people who register will receive a Daily Racing Form and a free appetizer from Drake’s.

Friday, Oct. 25

Tailgating on The Hill. Located adjacent to the Keene Barn and Entertainment Center, The Hill features a variety of food trucks, a jumbo television screen featuring Keeneland racing, the Keeneland Gift Shop, wireless wagering and wagering terminals, and race-day programs and general admission tickets available for purchase. A complimentary shuttle will take fans to the grandstand. BETologists will be on hand to assist fans.

The Keeneland Gift Shop will host a Theresa Duke Art Signing and the Keeneland Art exhibit from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Craft Beer Tent. A craft beer tent in the North Terrace will feature local craft beers.

 

FALL MEET LEADERS
Through Oct. 20

Jockey

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Rosie Napravnik

67

10

7

14

$408,590

Joe Rocco Jr.

63

9

12

9

$612,173

Alan Garcia

42

8

3

4

$362,577

John Velazquez

28

7

8

5

$1,015,731

Miguel Mena

40

7

7

8

$319,403

Shaun Bridgmohan

65

7

7

5

$422,659

James Graham

62

7

5

9

$511,368

 

Trainer

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Michael J. Maker

55

11

7

7

$494,620

H. Graham Motion

25

5

6

2

$251,918

Wesley A. Ward

22

5

5

2

$265,752

Ken McPeek

26

4

4

2

$281,238

Mark E. Casse

20

4

4

1

$444,060

Wayne Catalano

29

4

2

3

$279,380

Todd A. Pletcher

14

4

1

2

$374,427

Bill Mott

12

4

0

1

$456,850

SPECIAL: Tom Leach talks to Ken Ramsey about his Keeneland success and his prospects for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships  http://youtu.be/yF8kKF92BkI

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