FLEUR DE LIS NEXT TARGET FOR DOUBLEDOGDARE WINNER ICE CREAM SILENCE
The promise that Ice Cream Silence showed last spring re-emerged at Keeneland on Friday with her front-running triumph in the Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (G3).
“That was a tough field she beat yesterday with Inglorious in there and Mystical Star, who was second in the (Juddmonte) Spinster Stakes-G1) last year,” trainer Rusty Arnold said Saturday morning. “The ($175,000-added) Fleur de Lis Stakes (G2 on June 15 at Churchill Downs) is where she will go next.”
Bred and owned by G. Watts Humphrey Jr., Ice Cream Silence provided Humphrey and Arnold with their second graded stakes winner of the meet to go with Centre Court’s victory in the Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1) on April 13.
“We thought she was our best filly last year,” Arnold said about Ice Cream Silence. “She won three in a row and then we took her to Prairie Meadows and she came out of the race (Grade 3 Iowa Oaks on June 30) with a chip and we lost the rest of the year. We couldn’t get a race to fill at Gulfstream this winter for her. I did not want to run her two turns to start out and finally wound up running her in a stakes (the Grade 2 Inside Information Stakes at seven furlongs).”
Arnold, who also won the 1998 Doubledogdare with Top Secret, thinks Ice Cream Silence could have the makings of a top filly.
“She is not brilliant like Victory Ride (a Grade 1 winner) or One Caroline,” Arnold said. “One Caroline is the best horse I have trained even though she did not win a Grade 1. This filly is very workmanlike and gives you all that she's got. She is very honest.”
Among the works of note on a cold and clear Saturday morning were Merit Man, third-place finisher in the Besilu Stables’ Florida Derby (G1), going a half-mile in :47.80. … Two-time graded stakes winner Endorsement worked five furlongs in 1:00.40. … Two-time graded stakes winner and 2012 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) runner-up Willcox Inn worked a half-mile in :47.60. … Fourth-place Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1) finisher Wave Theory worked a half-mile in :49. … Stephanie’s Kitten, winner of the 2011 Darley Alcibiades Stakes (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G2), worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 … Sum of the Parts, winner of last fall’s Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes (G3), worked five furlongs in :59.
Uncaptured, who finished 10th in last weekend’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1), was voted Canada’s Horse of the Year for 2012, becoming the first two-year-old to win Canada’s top honor since Ruling Angel in 1986.
Trained by Mark Casse for owner John Oxley, Uncaptured won six of seven starts in 2012. Casse, who picked up his fourth Sovereign Award, trained the winners of three other Sovereign Awards in Spring in the Air (two-year-old filly) and Roxy Gap (older female and female sprinter). Spring in the Air won the Darley Alcibiades Stakes (G1) here last fall.
Oxley, who owns Uncaptured and Spring in the Air, received the Sovereign Award as outstanding owner. ...
Apprentice Dylan Davis recorded his first Keeneland victory on Friday when he rode Ice Wine Stable’s Skylander to win the second race. A three-year-old Bring the Heat gelding trained by Wesley Ward, Skylander won the six-furlong claiming race by 2¼ lengths in 1:05.72. Davis, who made his Keeneland debut in the first race, is the 19-year-old son of former jockey Robbie Davis, who rode more than 3,300 winners. His sister is New York-based jockey Jacqueline Davis.
Glenn Brookfield, who served five years as assistant to trainer Al Stall Jr., has gone out on his own as a trainer. He has eight stalls at Keeneland.
VIDEO INTERVIEWS WITH TRAINERS RUSTY ARNOLD, TOM PROCTOR, KEN McPEEK
ON SATURDAY STAKES ENTRIES
Video interviews conducted by sports broadcaster Tom Leach with trainers Rusty Arnold, Tom Proctor and Ken McPeek are available by clicking the following links:
BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES CELEBRATE 80th ANNIVERSARY
Among the most popular guests at Keeneland since they first appeared here in the late 1990s are the Budweiser Clydesdales, who will perform on the main track after today’s third race at approximately 2:07 p.m. This is a special year for the iconic team, which is celebrating 80 years of being associated with Anheuser-Busch.
According to Budweiser.com, in April 1933, brothers August A. Busch Jr. and Adolphus Busch III surprised their father, August A. Busch Sr., with the gift of a six-horse Clydesdale hitch to commemorate the repeal of Prohibition.
Realizing the marketing potential of a horse-drawn beer wagon, the St. Louis-based company sent a second hitch to New York to mark the event. This hitch toured New England and the Mid-Atlantic and made a stop in Washington, D.C., to reenact the delivery of one of the first cases of Budweiser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The St. Louis hitch also toured in celebration, stopping in Chicago and other Midwestern cities.
On March 30, 1950, a Dalmatian was introduced as the Budweiser Clydesdales’ mascot. A Dalmatian travels with each of the hitches, which now have eight horses. Brewer is the name of the Dalmation who is with the team at Keeneland.
Anheuser-Busch owns approximately 250 Clydesdales and has a state-of-the-art breeding facility at Warm Springs Ranch near Boonville, Missouri.
UPCOMING SPRING MEET SPECIAL EVENTS
Saturday, April 20 - Sunday, April 21
The Keeneland Gift Shop Presents a trunk show by Dorfman Pacific from 11 a.m –6 p.m.
Sunday, April 21
Military Appreciation Day Presented by Windstream. Active and inactive members of the military and their families receive free general admission with a military ID at any pass gate. The North Terrace will be transformed into the Military Family Zone with free food, live music and activities. Because April is the Month of the Military Child, Keeneland will have special giveaways and activities for children in the Military Family Zone from noon-4 p.m.
KEENELAND 2013 SPRING MEET LEADERS
(Stats Through Friday, April 19)
Current Meet Leading Jockeys
Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Purses
Joel Rosario 65 22 6 7 $789,444
Julien Leparoux 60 11 9 8 $1,160,684
Rosie Napravnik 52 8 12 7 $494,149
Alan Garcia 34 7 3 2 $393,860
Javier Castellano 26 6 3 3 $344,056
Edgar Prado 23 5 3 2 $285,933
Shaun Bridgmohan 49 4 5 8 $235,788
Jesus Castanon 25 4 3 2 $115,076
Corey Lanerie 68 3 12 12 $277,641
Roberto Morales 26 3 2 1 $ 77,378
Robby Albarado 22 2 4 1 $113,345
Miguel Mena 30 2 3 3 $116,660
Francisco Torres 29 2 3 2 $ 95,885
Joseph Rocco Jr. 29 2 1 3 $ 83,779
Gary Stevens 18 2 1 2 $ 80,991
Leandro Goncalves 15 2 0 1 $ 27,804
Jose Lezcano 7 2 0 0 $207,622
John Velazquez 4 2 0 0 $ 93,248
Current Meet Leading Trainers
Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Purses
Michael Maker 49 12 8 4 $396,542
Wesley Ward 30 8 3 3 $268,027
Ken McPeek 27 6 3 1 $665,702
H. Graham Motion 21 5 4 3 $348,919
Shug McGaughey 12 4 2 2 $245,222
Mark Casse 28 4 2 1 $173,640
Jonathan Sheppard 8 4 1 0 $140,909
George Arnold II 16 3 1 2 $312,659
Todd Pletcher 8 3 1 2 $364,948
Wayne Catalano 16 2 1 4 $ 93,042
Philip A. Sims 12 2 1 1 $ 72,630
Eddie Kenneally 9 2 1 1 $ 69,545
Charlie LoPresti 10 2 1 0 $238,538
Doug O’Neill 6 2 1 0 $157,430
Robert B. Hess Jr. 5 2 1 0 $ 31,203
James Baker 4 2 1 0 $ 57,884
George Leonard III 5 2 0 0 $ 26,010
Joan S. Scott 4 2 0 0 $ 79,291
Tevis Q. McCauley 3 2 0 0 $ 34,800
Current Meet Leading Owners
Ken and Sarah Ramsey 12
Augustin Stable (George Strawbridge Jr.) 6
Phipps Stable (O.M. Phipps, et al) 3
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners* 2
G. Watts Humphrey Jr. 2
Gary Barber* 2
Ice Wine Stable (David Reid) 2
Magdalena Racing (Susan McPeek, et al) 2
Team Valor International (Barry Irwin) 2