Keeneland Barn Notes for Oct. 24

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  • RACING HALL OF FAME JOCKEY BOREL OUT 3-4 WEEKS
  • POKER PLAYER TUNES UP FOR BREEDERS’ CUP WITH TURF BREEZE
  • WILLCOX INN TO BEGIN JOURNEY TO SECOND MILLION
  • KEENELAND TRIP ON BUCKET LIST FOR 97-YEAR-OLD RACING FAN
  • GALLOPING OUT
  • FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS
  • FALL MEET LEADERS

 

RACING HALL OF FAME JOCKEY BOREL OUT 3-4 WEEKS

Racing Hall of Fame rider Calvin Borel, who was injured in a fall during Wednesday’s sixth race at Keeneland, is expected to be out three to four weeks, according to his agent, Jerry Hissam.

“He has a broken fibula but no concussion,” Hissam said. “He came home last night and is sore this morning, and it looks like he will be out three to four weeks. Hopefully he can make the last three or four days of the Churchill Downs meet that ends Nov. 30.”

Borel was riding Sonic Dancer, who fractured his right front cannon bone shortly after the start of the 1 1/16-mile turf race. Paramedics were not immediately able to remove Borel from the course a little distance after the finish line and the stewards ruled the race a no contest to ensure the safety of the horses and riders.

Sonic Dancer was vanned off the track and later euthanized.
 

POKER PLAYER TUNES UP FOR BREEDERS’ CUP WITH TURF BREEZE

Gary and Mary West’s Poker Player, winner of the Bourbon (G3) here on Oct. 6 and pre-entered in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) on Nov. 1, worked six furlongs on a turf course labeled firm in 1:15.80 Thursday morning with jockey Channing Hill up.

Working on his own and well off the inner rail, Poker Player broke off at the 5½-furlong pole and continued a sixteenth of a mile past the finish line in fractions of :13, :26.80, :39.60 and :53.40.

“He galloped well over it the other day and he finished good today,” trainer Wayne Catalano said of Poker Player’s Tuesday morning activity on the turf course in advance of the work. “A 2-year-old, out there by himself for the first time can get lost out there and that is why I took him out there the other day, to get him used to it.”

Poker Player is scheduled to ship to Santa Anita on Sunday.
 

WILLCOX INN TO BEGIN JOURNEY TO SECOND MILLION

When Willcox Inn made his Keeneland debut in a third-place finish in the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1) during the 2010 fall meet, he was coming off a maiden victory at Arlington Park in his first start. He defeated eventual Kentucky Derby (G1) and Dubai World Cup (G1) winner Animal Kingdom in that race.

In his most recent Keeneland start, Willcox Inn finished third in the off-the-turf Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) to boost his career earnings to $1,014,543.

“The first million was hard; the second million will be easy,” trainer Mike Stidham said with a laugh. “I know I would like to have 10 more like him.”

The 5-year-old horse has run in 17 graded stakes in his 21-race career and placed in the top three in 10 of them. He has a Grade 2 victory, two Grade 3 wins and an ungraded turf stakes victory in which he defeated Fort Larned, winner of last year’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

“He has been very consistent,” Stidham said of Willcox Inn, who will close his 2013 campaign with a start in Saturday’s $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2) at 1 1/8 miles on the main track.

“We experimented in the United Nations (G1) with stretching him out (to 1 3/8 miles),” he continued. “The mile and an eighth is about his max and a mile the shortest. Anything in that range is his game as long as the turf is not too soft and he is good on Polytrack.”

The only extended time Willcox Inn has missed was an eight-month break at the end of his 3-year-old campaign.

“That was at the end of cannon bone remodeling,” Stidham said. “We turned him out and the time off became a little more extended because we waited until he was 100 percent and it has paid off.”

After Saturday, it is break time for the Kentucky-bred son of Harlan’s Holiday.

“He will go to Stone Farm for a couple of months and then come back and get cranked up for his 6-year-old campaign,” Stidham said.

KEENELAND TRIP ON BUCKET LIST FOR 97-YEAR-OLD RACING FAN

Leonard Rosenfeld used to turn business trips to Cincinnati into a reason to make a detour to Keeneland. On Wednesday, Rosenfeld, now 97, returned to the track for the first time in some 50 years to fulfill a wish on his bucket list.

Rosenfeld, a former lawyer who now resides in a suburb of Philadelphia, was able to return to Keeneland thanks to his daughter, Susan Rosenfeld, and friends Jim and Alice Lytle. Wanting to make Rosenfeld’s Keeneland return as memorable as possible, Alice Lytle contacted Keeneland with his story, and the four enjoyed a VIP day at the races.

Lytle secured tickets for the group in Keeneland’s fourth-floor Lexington Room, where their table was next to the window for a clear view of the track. Lytle, who is involved with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park in April, also made custom-designed hats, including a black one with silver horseshoes and “Leonard” on it for Rosenfeld.

After the third race, the four posed in the winner’s circle with the connections of Bob Heyer’s Keri This Day Lori (see photograph above).

“I loved it, just loved it,” Rosenfeld said. “This has just been wonderful.”

Rosenfeld said he planned to bet on Jeff Barkley and Richard W. Smith’s Lady Susan in the fifth race because the mare shared his daughter’s name. A short time later, Lady Susan won the race by seven lengths. She paid $10 to win.
 

GALLOPING OUT

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Fizzano and Lonnie Stokes’ Hokes Hope have a chance this afternoon to become the second two-time winners of the meet. Trained by Mike Maker, Fizzano won a $10,000 claimer on Oct. 6 and is in today’s first race for $16,000 with Rosie Napravnik to ride. Lance Stokes trains Hokes Hope, a winner for a $16,000 tag on Oct. 10 who is in the fifth race for a $25,000 tag with Pablo Morales to ride. Strong Resolve is the meet’s only two-time winner. …

Napravnik picked up her 11th victory of the meet Wednesday to open a two-win margin over Joe Rocco Jr., in the race for leading rider. Napravnik is named on eight mounts this afternoon, and Rocco has three mounts.

Robby Albarado, who has won two spring titles (2002-03) and two fall titles (2008-09), rode two winners Wednesday to move into a tie for third with eight victories with Alan Garcia and Shaun Bridgmohan. Garcia is named on five mounts today, Albarado three and Bridgmohan two. …

Trainer Paul McEntee earned his first Keeneland victory when he sent out Jon Don to win Wednesday’s second race on the main track. E.T. Baird rode the 4-year-old Bandini gelding, a 12-1 shot who scored a neck victory in the six-furlong claiming race in 1:10.54. Jon Don is owned by Ted Randolph’s A La Carte Thoroughbreds.

Trainer Brian D. Michael and jockey Albin Jimenez scored their first Keeneland victory when they teamed to win Wednesday’s fourth race with 19-1 longshot Thatboathassailed. With Alicia Earlywine and Greg W. Earlywine, Michael owns the 4-year-old Where’s the Ring gelding, who won the 1 1/16-mile claiming race on the main track by a nose in 1:42.96. …

The winner of Wednesday’s ninth and final race was 19-1 longshot Tahoe Warrior, a 10-year-old gelding making his 84thcareer start. Wayne W. Ride owns and trains Tahoe Warrior, who was ridden to a three-quarter-length victory by Arienne Cox. Time for the seven-furlong claiming race on the main track was 1:21.83.
 

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. 23

Jockey

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Rosie Napravnik

71

11

8

15

$429,310

Joe Rocco Jr.

67

9

12

9

$619,473

Shaun Bridgmohan

68

8

7

5

$457,731

Robby Albarado

59

8

6

2

$768,402

Alan Garcia

44

8

3

4

$363,343

Miguel Mena

44

7

8

9

$325,112

John Velazquez

28

7

8

5

$1,015,731

James Graham

65

7

5

10

$513,470

 

Trainer

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Michael J. Maker

56

11

8

7

$498,020

H. Graham Motion

30

5

6

2

$259,334

Ken McPeek

29

5

5

2

$318,804

Wesley A. Ward

22

5

5

2

$265,752

Wayne Catalano

32

5

2

3

$314,570

Mark E. Casse

20

4

4

1

$444,060

Todd A. Pletcher

14

4

1

2

$374,427

Bill Mott

13

4

0

1

$457,074

 

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