Keeneland Barn Notes for Oct. 26

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  • WISE DAN STRETCHES HIS LEGS IN RUN THROUGH THE STRETCH
  • BREEDERS’ CUP HOPEFULS SUM OF THE PARTS, SMARTY’S ECHO WORK
  • KEENELAND TO SIMULCAST BREEDERS’ CUP
  • GALLOPING OUT
  • FALL MEET LEADERS

WISE DAN STRETCHES HIS LEGS IN RUN THROUGH THE STRETCH

Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan put in a strong gallop early Saturday morning on the main track as the Keeneland phase of his preparations for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) began to wind down.

With regular exercise rider Damien Rock up, Wise Dan came on the track shortly before 6:30 on the chilly morning, stood by the finish for about five minutes and then galloped 1½ miles.

“I did not put the watch on him until the eighth pole and I got him in :11 and change to the wire and then another :11 and change to an eighth after the wire,” trainer Charlie LoPresti said. “That was just what I wanted. Damien had him well out in the middle of the track and I told him to ease him down toward the rail at the three-eighths pole and let him run through the lane.”

Owned by Morton Fink, Wise Dan is scheduled to ship to Santa Anita on Tuesday.

Second in the off-the-turf Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) on Oct. 5, Wise Dan returned to the work tab last Saturday with a half-mile work in :47.40.

“We are doing just what we did last year here,” LoPresti said of Breeders’ Cup preparations. “He couldn’t be doing any better.”

BREEDERS’ CUP HOPEFULS SUM OF THE PARTS, SMARTY’S ECHO WORK

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships also mark the next stop for two other horses that worked at Keeneland Saturday, two-time Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G3) winner Sum of the Parts and Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1) runner-up Smarty’s Echo.

With jockey Leandro Goncalves up, Sum of the Parts worked a half-mile in :47 early in the morning on the main track. Keeneland clockers got Sum of the Parts with a :23.40 first quarter-mile and a five-furlong gallop out of 1:00.60.

“I’m very pleased with the work and the strong gallop out,” trainer Tom Amoss said. “He will go to Churchill Downs Sunday or Monday and fly to California on Tuesday.”

Owned by Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence, Sum of the Parts finished fourth in last year’s Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) after winning the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix.

“I had no expectations last year,” Amoss said of the Breeders’ Cup. “It was the end of the year and I was surprised he made the lead.

“This year, he is a fresh, sharp horse. In the Phoenix, he used his speed to control the race. I would love to see it set up like that, but I understand that the Breeders’ Cup horses are a lot quicker.”

A 4-year-old son of Speightstown, Sum of the Parts has compiled a record of 15-6-2-0. Goncalves had been aboard five times and accounted for three of the victories.

After the renovation break, Smarty’s Echo worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 with regular rider E.T. Baird aboard (video). Anne Smith trains the 2-year-old Smarty Jones colt, who is owned by Pete and Scott Reiman’s Windy Hill Farm and was pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) with second preference in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1).

Clockers caught Smarty’s Echo in fractions of :12.80, :24.60, :36.40, 1:00.20 and out in 1:13.80.

“We feel prepared as best as we can be at this point,” Smith said, who watched the work near the finish from atop her pony, Debaser. “Each time, he’s still figuring more and more out, learning more cues from the rider. He worked alone today, so it was just a little bit different. Each time E.T.’s on him, he figures out a little more about him. As far as feeling good physically, (Baird) felt an improvement from last week.”

Last Saturday, Smarty’s Echo worked five furlongs in company in 1:00.80.

Smarty’s Echo has one win in three starts. The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile will mark the colt’s first start on dirt, but Smith said he has experience on the surface.

“We did a lot of training at Arlington on the dirt (training) track there, so he’s been on the dirt quite a bit,” Smith said. “I made sure to get him over that quite a bit this summer. A breeze with dirt in his face and getting all that practice would have been ideal, but we’ll see what we can do out there getting him ready next week.”

Smith said Smarty’s Echo would gallop up to the race, but said, “There might be a day where I sharpen him up a bit.”

Smarty’s Echo, a graduate of the 2011 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, is to fly to California on Sunday morning.

KEENELAND TO SIMULCAST BREEDERS’ CUP

General admission and parking are free on Nov. 1-2 when Keeneland simulcasts the $27 million Breeders’ Cup World Championships from Santa Anita. Simulcast racing begins at 12:30 p.m. (ET) each day.

On Friday, post time for the first race at Santa Anita is 2:15 p.m., with the first Breeders’ Cup race scheduled for 4:45 p.m. Post time for the day’s final Breeders’ Cup race, the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. (All times Eastern)

On Saturday, post time for the first race at Santa Anita is 1:15 p.m., with the first Breeders’ Cup race set for 3:05 p.m. Post time for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) is 8:35 p.m.

Advance wagering will be available on Thursday for Friday’s full Breeders’ Cup card and on Friday for Saturday’s races. For bettors’ convenience, Keeneland’s drive-thru betting windows will be open on Thursday, Oct. 31, during normal hours (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and on Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Grandstand mutuels will open at noon on Friday and Saturday.

The Breeders’ Cup simulcast from Santa Anita will be shown on TV monitors throughout the facility as well as on the infield tote board. Additionally, Keeneland will show NBC Sports Network coverage on monitors throughout the facility beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Dining reservations are available for the Equestrian Room on Friday and Saturday, as well as for the Lexington and Kentucky rooms on Saturday. Reservations can be made by calling (859) 288-4213 or by visiting https://tickets.keeneland.com/breederscup/online/default.asp

On Saturday Keeneland will feature half-price appetizers in the Equestrian Room and $1 hot dogs at all concession areas from 6-8:30 p.m.

GALLOPING OUT

With the first four-win day of the meet Friday, Rosie Napravnik moved closer to her first riding title at Keeneland as she boosted her win total to 16. Joe Rocco Jr., who has 11 victories, and James Graham, with eight wins, both have a chance to catch Napravnik today. Napravnik is named on seven horses; Rocco is named on eight; and Graham is named on nine.

Mike Maker, who has locked up this third Keeneland training title, saddled three winners Friday to boost his total to 15. It was the second three-win day of the meet for Maker, who also saddled three on Oct. 18. …

What difference does 17 months make? When it comes to Coup and Seanchai, not much. On May 18, 2012, Coup got up late to defeat Seanchai by a length to win the Hilltop Stakes at Pimlico. On Friday, it was Coup on the lead to hold off Seanchai by a nose to win the seventh race. …

Four horses have a chance today to join Strong Resolve as a two-time winner at the meet. The four are Bill of Rights in the second, Bay Head in the fifth and Bear On the Run and J.L.’s Princess in the seventh.

FALL MEET LEADERS
Through Oct. 25

Jockey

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Rosie Napravnik

85

16

9

16

$560,151

Joe Rocco Jr.

77

11

13

10

$692,862

Alan Garcia

50

10

4

5

$425,939

James Graham

79

8

9

11

$586,160

Miguel Mena

54

8

8

9

$368,598

Shaun Bridgmohan

74

8

8

5

$462,334

Robby Albarado

68

8

6

4

$785,855

John Velazquez

28

7

8

5

$1,015,731

 

Trainer

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Michael J. Maker

64

15

9

8

$596,665

H. Graham Motion

38

8

7

3

$362,194

Wesley A. Ward

28

7

6

2

$349,822

Wayne Catalano

40

6

2

3

$355,066

Ken McPeek

33

5

5

2

$322,124

Mark E. Casse

21

4

4

1

$444,223

Todd A. Pletcher

14

4

1

2

$374,427

Bill Mott

14

4

0

1

$458,194

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