Keeneland Barn Notes for Oct. 23

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  • CLOSING-DAY HAGYARD FAYETTE ATTRACTS FIELD OF NINE
  • KEENELAND FALL MEET REPRESENTED BY 30 BREEDERS’ CUP PRE-ENTERED HORSES
  • UPON FURTHER REVIEW, POKER PLAYER LOOKS GOOD TO HILL
  • GALLOPING OUT
  • FALL MEET LEADERS
  • FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS

 

CLOSING-DAY HAGYARD FAYETTE ATTRACTS FIELD OF NINE

Millionaire Willcox Inn and Coolmore Lexington (G3) winner Winning Cause headline a field of nine horses entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 56th running of the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2) at 1 1/8 miles on the main track.

The Hagyard Fayette will go as the ninth race on Saturday’s 10-race program with a 5:21 p.m. (ET) post time.

Owned by Lael Stables and All In Stable, Willcox Inn topped the $1 million mark with his third-place finish behind Silver Max and Wise Dan in the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) that was moved to the main track on Oct. 5. Trained by Mike Stidham, Willcox Inn won the Washington Park Handicap (G3) on Polytrack at Arlington Park in his start prior to the Shadwell.

Regular rider James Graham has the call Saturday on Willcox Inn, who will break from post position seven.

Alto Racing’s Winning Cause has won three of four starts on the main track at Keeneland with his lone setback coming in the six-furlong Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G3) when he broke from post position 12.

The only 3-year-old in the field, Winning Cause will be trying to become the 11th 3-year-old to win the Fayette, which was inaugurated in 1959. The most recent 3-year-old to win the race was Blame in 2009.

Joe Rocco Jr. has the mount on Winning Cause, who will break from post position nine.

The field for the Hagyard Fayette, from the rail out, is as follows: Villandry (Jesus Castanon, 121 pounds), You Know I Know (Eddie Castro, 121), Set the Sail (Shaun Bridgmohan, 121), Nikki’s Sandcastle (Leandro Goncalves, 121), Ol Army (Miguel Mena, 121), Finnegans Wake (Robby Albarado, 121), Willcox Inn (Graham, 121), Lea (Brian Hernandez Jr., 121), Winning Cause (Rocco Jr., 118).

 

KEENELAND FALL MEET REPRESENTED BY 30 BREEDERS’ CUP PRE-ENTERED HORSES

A total of 30 horses that raced at Keeneland during the fall meet were pre-entered in the 30th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita. The event, which consists of 14 races worth a total of $27 million, drew a total of 172 pre-entered horses.

Among the pre-entered horses that were successful at Keeneland in October are Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) winner Silver Max; Juddmonte Spinster (G1) winner Emollient; Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) winner Kitten’s Dumplings; Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1) winner We Miss Artie; Darley Alcibiades (G1) winner My Conquestadory; Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) winner Judy the Beauty; Stoll Keenon Ogden (G3) winner Sum of the Parts; Woodford (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select winner Havelock; JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) winner Kitten Kaboodle; and Bourbon (G3) winner Poker Player.

Second in the Shadwell Turf Mile was 2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who will face Silver Max in his bid for a second consecutive victory in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1). The gelding, who is based year-round at Keeneland, leads the list of Breeders’ Cup pre-entrants that continue to train here. He is joined by Judy the Beauty, Poker Player, Smarty’s Echo and Sum of the Parts.

Judy the Beauty will attempt to become the fifth consecutive winner of the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) to come out of the Thoroughbred Club of America. The other winners are Groupie Doll, the 2012 TCA winner; Musical Romance, second in 2011; Dubai Majesty, the 2010 winner; and Informed Decision, the 2009 winner.

The 30 Breeders’ Cup pre-entered horses that raced at Keeneland in October (and are listed by first preference) are:

 

Nov. 1 races

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1): Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix runner-up Laugh Track.

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1): Bourbon winner Poker Player, runner-up Bashart, third-place finisher Bon Accord, fourth-place finisher All Cash.

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1): Darley Alcibiades winner My Conquestadory, runner-up Rosalind; JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) winner Kitten Kaboodle; allowance winner Street Sailing.

 

Nov. 2 races

$3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1): Shadwell Turf Mile sixth-place finisher Skyring.

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1): Shadwell Turf Mile winner Silver Max, runner-up Wise Dan.

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1): Juddmonte Spinster winner Emollient; Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup winner Kitten’s Dumplings and runner-up Alterite (FR) .

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1): Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity winner We Miss Artie, runner-up Smarty’s Echo, fourth-place finisher Rum Point, fifth-place finisher Conquest Titan; Bourbon fifth-place finisher Medal Count.

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1): Darley Alcibiades sixth-place finisher Designer Legs.

$1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1): Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix winner Sum of the Parts, fourth-place finisher Gentlemen’s Bet.

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint: Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select winner Havelock and third-place finisher Spring to the Sky, sixth-place finisher Tour Guide; Shadwell Turf Mile 10th-place finisher Handsome Mike.

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1): Thoroughbred Club of America winner Judy the Beauty, third-place finisher Groupie Doll; Juddmonte Spinster runner-up Summer Applause.

Fans are invited to watch and wager on the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland. For information about tickets for dining areas at the track, visit https://tickets.keeneland.com/breederscup/Online/default.asp

 

UPON FURTHER REVIEW, POKER PLAYER LOOKS GOOD TO HILL

When Gary and Mary West’s Poker Player finished fourth in his racing debut Aug. 22 at Arlington Park, jockey Channing Hill did not have much time to form an opinion of the Harlan’s Holiday colt.

“I was in the same race,” Hill said. “Florent (Geroux) rode him and said he was lugging in a bit and a little green, so my first impression was not too favorable.”

Fast forward three weeks, and in one race initial impressions changed.

“When I rode him at Kentucky Downs, I let him fall away from the gate and let him settle,” Hill said. “I thought I had left him too much to do. But when we kicked for home, he made up a lot of ground and it was unbelievable that he did it as easy as he did even though he was still a little green.”

Poker Player used a similar, late-running style to win the Bourbon (G3) by a length on Oct. 6 to merit a spot in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.

“When he won here, he was much more professional, especially going back to a two-turn race as compared with the course at Kentucky Downs,” Hill said.

Trainer Wayne Catalano said Poker Player is scheduled to breeze on the turf Thursday morning and would leave for California on Sunday.

Hill will follow a few days after and hopes to ride a few races at Santa Anita before the Juvenile Turf that will go as the second of five Breeders’ Cup races on Nov. 1.

“This is what you come in the game for, to go to events like the Breeders’ Cup,” Hill said. “It is nice to have one that is good enough to go. It is an exciting time and one to relish.”

The post position draw for all 14 Breeders’ Cup races will be Monday.

“I hope to get a good trip,” said Hill, who never has ridden in the Breeders’ Cup. “In a couple of weeks, I could be real famous.”

 

GALLOPING OUT

Richard Sherman’s Nikki’s Sandcastle, runner-up to Newsdad in last year’s Fayette (G2), worked three furlongs in :37.20 after the morning renovation break in preparation for Saturday’s race. …

Daniel Levesque’s La Stupenda will have a chance in this afternoon’s fifth race to become the second two-time winner of the meet. Trained by George Bush, La Stupenda won a $10,000 claimer on Oct. 11 by 3½ lengths under Rosie Napravnik, who will be back aboard today. On Sunday, Strong Resolve became the initial two-time winner of the meet.

 

FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS

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 Teresa 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.

 

Saturday, Oct. 26: Closing day of the fall meet

Sunrise Trackside. Fans can experience the sights and sounds of Keeneland before the gates open for the race day. It’s a morning filled with fun for family or out-of-town guests featuring:

Breakfast With the Works – Sponsored by Dunkin Donuts and WLEX-18. Watch Thoroughbreds during their morning workouts while enjoying breakfast in the trackside Equestrian Room from
7-8:30 a.m. Breakfast is $7; children under three eat free. Representatives from Locust Trace AgriScience Farm will conduct a show and tell.

Children’s Activities – Join us in the Kids Club Corner, adjacent to the Equestrian Room, from
7-9 a.m. for free children’s activities, including a costume contest at 8:30 a.m.; a trick or treat bag with candy; Halloween crafts; and Halloween photos with Kids Club mascot Buckles.

Tours – Race fans can take a free tour of Keeneland’s grounds from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Tours will begin at the Welcome Center in the paddock.

Paddock Demonstration – The Asbury University Police Horse Training will be featured in the paddock at 8:45 a.m. The Headless Horseman will appear at 9 a.m.

Handicapping Seminar – Need a little help making your picks for the day? Keeneland offers a free trackside handicapping seminar at 11:30 a.m.

Jockey Q&A – Ever wonder what it feels like to ride a Thoroughbred? Fans can submit questions to James Graham during a Q&A session at 12:05 p.m. in the walking ring.

Jockey Autograph Book – Patrons may purchase a full-color jockey autograph book featuring riders from Keeneland’s legendary jockey colony at Sunrise Trackside or the Keeneland Gift Shop. The books are $5; proceeds benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

Tailgating on The Hill. Located adjacent to the Keene Barn and Entertainment Center, The Hill will feature a variety of food trucks, a jumbo television screen featuring Keeneland racing and SEC college football, live Bluegrass music, 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.

Fan Appreciation Day. Racing fans have been at Keeneland in record numbers during the fall meet. To show its gratitude, Keeneland will have special giveaways and activities, including a sampling of bread pudding, in the North Terrace from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Keeneland Gift Shop will host a Teresa 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 popular 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

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