Keeneland Barn Notes for Oct. 25

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  • SOME COLD CASH WOULD WARM YOU KNOW I KNOW’S OWNERS
  • EXOTHERMIC ON COMEBACK TRAIL AGAIN FOR ARNOLD
  • BUTTLEMAN AT HOME AS KEENELAND BUGLER
  • KEENELAND SALES ALUMNI PROMINENT AMONG BREEDERS’ CUP PRE-ENTRIES
  • GALLOPING OUT
  • SATURDAY CLOSING-DAY SPECIAL EVENTS
  • FALL MEET LEADERS

SOME COLD CASH WOULD WARM YOU KNOW I KNOW’S OWNERS

On a brisk Friday morning at Keeneland, Southern Californians Anthony Chacon and Paul Mangini Jr. wondered who left the freezer door open as the temperature rested in the low 30s.

“Maybe we can get some cold cash to take back to warm California,” Chacon said as Hagyard Fayette (G2) hopeful You Know I Know walked back to Barn 48 after his second morning of activity on the main track.

Should they get the bulk of the money from the $200,000 purse, the owners will be able to say they had the perfect first trip to Keeneland.

“We’ve never been here for sales or the races,” Mangini said.

The reason for leaving the sunny climes of Los Angeles to come here was simple: “The Polytrack,” Chacon said. “He really took to it at Del Mar. That was his first time on Polytrack, and he does not like the track at Santa Anita.”

After moderate success on the all-weather surface at Betfair Hollywood Park after racing primarily on turf, You Know I Know won an allowance race at Del Mar and finished third in his first stakes effort, the Grade 1 Pacific Classic.

Trainer John Sadler claimed You Know I Know for $50,000 for the owners in the Simon Pure gelding’s first start on Feb. 24, 2012.

“He was a big horse and he had been working well,” Chacon said of why they were attracted to the gelding.

You Know I Know will break from post position two under Eddie Castro in the Hagyard Fayette. In his previous start, You Know I Know was eighth in the Awesome Again (G1) on the dirt at Santa Anita.

EXOTHERMIC ON COMEBACK TRAIL AGAIN FOR ARNOLD

Green Lantern Stables’ homebred Exothermic, a 4-year-old son of Empire Maker, got the pulses racing when he won his first two career starts in turf route races at Gulfstream Park.

“We were thinking (Grade 1 Toyota) Blue Grass, because obviously he showed a lot of talent,” trainer Rusty Arnold said.

However, it wasn’t to be, as Exothermic sustained a stress fracture and was away from the races for eight months.

“That’s what horses do and you have to be patient with them,” Arnold said of Exothermic, who ran a sharp second in his initial return to the races at Keeneland last fall when he beat the likes of Temeraine, who won last month’s Kentucky Turf Cup (G3) at Kentucky Downs.

Two races followed the Keeneland effort when Exothermic was sidelined again with another stress fracture, this one keeping him away from the races for 8 1/2 months.

“We haven’t given up on him. Hopefully he can come back and be what we expected,” Arnold said of Exothermic, who is entered in Saturday’s eighth race, a one-mile grass allowance test. “His comeback race last month at Churchill (a fast-closing, third-place finish) was very good.”

BUTTLEMAN AT HOME AS KEENELAND BUGLER

When Steve Buttleman was introduced as Keeneland’s new bugler after the retirement of bugler emeritus Bucky Sallee on Oct. 4, opening day of the fall meet, he acknowledged being nervous about following his legendary predecessor. As the season comes to a close, Buttleman feels like he’s found a home.

“I’ve just had a great time,” Buttleman said. “I’m grateful to be here. It’s such a great experience, and I’m honored to be the person that was chosen to follow in Bucky’s footsteps.”

Buttleman has proven to be a perfect fit for Keeneland. He’s made a point to get to know fans, particularly children who light up at his presence. It’s become a common scene to see Buttleman quietly playing children’s songs to kids lined up along the edge of the track.

“I love being able to go up along the rail, see the fans and talk to them,” Buttleman said. “I especially love the kids and the family atmosphere. It’s really fun. It’s been fun with people who have had birthdays, playing ‘Happy Birthday’ for them and giving them a horseshoe with ‘Happy Birthday’ on it.”

A self-professed University of Kentucky fan, Buttleman wore a blue coat on Keeneland’s See Blue Day and thrilled fans by playing Kentucky’s fight song, “On, On U of K.” The performance was an immediate hit with fans, and those who knew the words began to sing. Buttleman played “God Bless America” on Heroes Day and fans sang along in a moving tribute to members of the military and first responders who were in attendance.

KEENELAND SALES ALUMNI PROMINENT AMONG BREEDERS’ CUP PRE-ENTRIES

Multiple champion Royal Delta and 2013 Belmont (G1) winner Palace Malice are among the 64 Keeneland sales alumni who were pre-entered for the 2013 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.

Other notable Keeneland sales alumni are champion Beholder and additional 2013 Grade 1 winners Bond Holder, Capo Bastone, Centralintelligence, Game On Dude, Graydar, Justin Phillip, Marketing Mix, My Conquestadory, Private Zone, Secret Compass, She’s a Tiger, Starship Truffles, Strong Mandate, Sweet Lulu, Sweet Reason, Verrazano, We Miss Artie and Will Take Charge.

Pre-entered horses that were sold at Keeneland (and are listed by first preference) are:

Nov. 1 races

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1): Authenticity, Beholder, Royal Delta

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1): Centralinteligence, Easter Gift, Fed Biz, Golden Ticket, Holy Lute, Laugh Track, Verrazano

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1): Bashart, Bon Accord, Giovanni Boldini, Got Shades, Ontology, Poker Player

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1): My Conquestadory, Ready to Act

$500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon (G2): Blueskiesnrainbows, Commander, Indian Jones, London Bridge, Pool Play, Suns Out Guns Out

Nov. 2 races

$5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1): Game On Dude, Graydar, Palace Malice, Paynter, Will Take Charge

$3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1): Tale of a Champion, Twilight Eclipse

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1): Mshawish

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1): Lady of Shamrock, Marketing Mix

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1): Bond Holder, Cleburne, Conquest Titan, Diamond Bachelor, Medal Count, New Year’s Day, Rum Point, Smarty’s Echo, Strong Mandate, Tap It Rich, We Miss Artie

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1): Concave, Fascinating, Secret Compass, She’s a Tiger, Sweet Reason

$1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1): Fast Bullet, Justin Phillip, Private Zone, Secret Circle, Wine Police

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1): Boat Trip, Capo Bastone, Chips All In, Mizdirection, Unbridled’s Note

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1): Dance Card, Judy the Beauty, Starship Truffles, Sweet Lulu

GALLOPING OUT

Street Sailing, a 6¼-length allowance winner on turf here Oct. 9 who was pre-entered in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) next Friday at Santa Anita, worked three furlongs in :36.20 on the main track this morning. Street Sailing, a Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Street Boss, is owned in partnership by Team Valor International and Destiny Oaks of Ocala.

Trainer Wesley Ward unveiled another promising 2-year-old Thursday when Green Mask won the seventh race by 5¼ lengths while under wraps from jockey Kent Desormeaux. A son of Mizzen Mast, Green Mask is owned by Abdullah Saeed Almaddah. He ran the six furlongs in 1:09.92, the fastest clocking for a 2-year-old at the distance for the meet. …

Trainer Ken McPeek said Rosalind, runner-up in the opening-day Darley Alcibiades (G1), would work Saturday morning at Churchill Downs and ship Sunday to Santa Anita for a run in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). McPeek’s other Breeders’ Cup pre-entrant, Golden Ticket, also is slated to work Saturday at Churchill Downs for the Dirt Mile (G1) and ship Sunday. …

Twin Creeks Racing Stable’s Brown Eyes Blue has a chance this afternoon to become the second two-time winner of the meet. Trained by Mike Stidham, Brown Eyes Blue won an allowance race on the main track on Oct. 9. She is in today’s ninth race, a 5½-furlong grass sprint, with Robby Albarado aboard. Strong Resolve is the meet’s only two-time winner. …

With two days remaining in the 17-day meet, Rosie Napravnik holds a two-win advantage over Alan Garcia in the race for leading rider. Napravnik, who has ridden 12 winners, is named on six mounts this afternoon. Garcia, who posted a riding double Thursday, is named on one mount. Joe Rocco Jr., who is third with nine victories, has seven mounts today.

CLOSING-DAY EVENTS

Saturday, Oct. 26

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 local craft beers.

FALL MEET LEADERS
Through Oct. 24

Jockey

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Rosie Napravnik

79

12

9

16

$454,140

Alan Garcia

49

10

3

5

$413,939

Joe Rocco Jr.

70

9

13

9

$634,908

Miguel Mena

50

8

8

9

$366,152

Shaun Bridgmohan

70

8

8

5

$461,697

Robby Albarado

62

8

6

2

$769,701

John Velazquez

28

7

8

5

$1,015,731

James Graham

70

7

7

10

$540,406

 

 

Trainer

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Michael J. Maker

61

12

9

8

$521,665

H. Graham Motion

34

7

6

3

$312,574

Wesley A. Ward

24

6

5

2

$300,702

Ken McPeek

31

5

5

2

$319,564

Wayne Catalano

35

5

2

3

$315,035

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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