Keeneland Barn Notes for Saturday, October 19

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  • SUM OF THE PARTS WORKS HALF-MILE FOR BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT
  • SMARTY’S ECHO BREEZES FOR BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE
  • RAMSEYS CONTINUE TORRID 2013, NEED ONE WIN TO SET FALL MEET RECORD
  • PIN OAK VALLEY VIEW WINNER OVERHEARD TO GET SOME R & R
  • CLOSING-DAY HAGYARD FAYETTE MAY ATTRACT DOZEN RUNNERS
  • BOISTEROUS IN TRAINING AT KEENELAND
  • COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP DAY DRAWS A CROWD
  • GALLOPING OUT
  • FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS
  • FALL MEET LEADERS

 

SUM OF THE PARTS WORKS HALF-MILE FOR BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT

Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s two-time Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G3) winner, Sum of the Parts, worked a half-mile in :50.60 under jockey Leandro Goncalves shortly after 6 a.m.  Saturday on the main track at Keeneland.

“He did it well and in hand,” trainer Tom Amoss said. “He worked a little quicker than he did before the Phoenix (:51.40) and he’ll have one more easy work like this next Saturday or Sunday.”

Fractions for the work from Keeneland clockers were :13 and :26.20 with a 1:04.20 gallop out for five furlongs.

Sum of the Parts had three works here after his Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix victory last year prior to running fourth in the $1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). He will have only two works this time prior to leaving for Santa Anita on Oct. 29.

“We are going to change up the game plan this time,” Amoss said. “The best is yet to come with him. His race in the Phoenix was not his 100 percent best race. He is the quickest horse in the first 10 steps out of the gate I have ever had.”

Goncalves will have the mount in the Breeders’ Cup.

 

SMARTY’S ECHO BREEZES FOR BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE

Another contender for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships was in action Saturday morning at Keeneland. The horse was Windy Hill Farm’s Smarty’s Echo, runner-up in the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1) on Oct. 5.

With E.T. Baird, who rode Smarty’s Echo in the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity, aboard, the colt worked five furlongs in 1:00.80. Clockers caught the colt in splits of :12.20, :24.60, :37.20, 1:00.80 and out six furlongs in 1:14.40.

Anne P. Smith trains Smarty’s Echo, a son of Smarty Jones who is scheduled to make his next start in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.

The Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity marked the third start for Smarty’s Echo, who began his career at Arlington Park with a third and a win. He took the lead entering the stretch of the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity and was passed by eventual winner We Miss Artie, who won by 2¾ lengths.

“Every race he’s learning, learning, learning,” Smith said about Smarty’s Echo. “The owners have goals to try to get a horse there (to the Breeders’ Cup), and I think this horse can compete.”

Smith, who is in her second year of training, has horses at Keeneland for the first time. Her eight runners include Windy Hill’s Grade 2 winner Nate’s Mineshaft.

Smith said Smarty’s Echo, a graduate of the 2011 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, is scheduled to work again next Saturday and travel to California the following day.

 

RAMSEYS CONTINUE TORRID 2013, NEED ONE WIN TO SET FALL MEET RECORD

Ken and Sarah Ramsey continued their remarkable run of success with two more victories on Friday, bringing their total number of wins during the fall meet to 12. The dozen wins equal the record for a fall meet, which the Ramseys also reached in 2012 and share with Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Roberts (1968).

They have three horses entered Saturday.

The Ramseys’ 25 victories during the 2013 Keeneland spring meet obliterated the previous record of 12 wins. They are on pace this fall to win or share the leading owner title at Keeneland for the 13th time, which would put them just one behind T.A. Grissom’s record 14 meet titles.

The Ramseys have won outright or shared six spring meet owner titles (2004, 2006, 2010-2013) and six fall meet titles (2000, 2002, 2007-2009, 2012).

Two-time Eclipse Award recipients as outstanding owners, the Ramseys are the year’s leading owners by earnings with $10,777,301. They already have won six meet titles nationally this year: Gulfstream (winter, 43 wins), Keeneland (spring, 25), Churchill Downs (spring, 32), Saratoga (summer, 22), Kentucky Downs (September, 9) and Churchill (September, 6).

 

PIN OAK VALLEY VIEW WINNER OVERHEARD TO GET SOME R & R

Trainer Malcolm Pierce said Friday afternoon that Overheard, the one-length winner of Friday’s Pin Oak Valley View (G3), is scheduled for a break at owner Josephine Abercrombie’s nearby Pin Oak Farm before rejoining the barn at Fair Grounds.

A break also is in order for a couple of fillies that finished behind Overheard.

Summer of Fun, who finished third as the favorite in the field of 12, “came out of the race fine and will get a little break,” trainer George Weaver said. “This was a nice spot to try her against 3-year-olds. She has taken us to a lot of places and we’ve had a lot of fun with her. She was going to get some time off at some point and this will set her up for a 4-year-old campaign.”

Unbelievable Dream, who defeated Overheard in April’s Appalachian (G3) here, came out of her fifth-place finish in good order, according to trainer Barclay Tagg.

“She is going to get a break and then maybe look at a couple of races in Florida and point for the spring,” Tagg said. “I love to come back here.”

 

CLOSING-DAY HAGYARD FAYETTE MAY ATTRACT DOZEN RUNNERS

Headed by millionaire Willcox Inn, next Saturday’s 56th running of the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2) might attract a field of a dozen runners to bring down the curtain on the 2013 fall meet.

Owned by Lael Stables and All In Stable, Willcox Inn surpassed the $1 million mark with a third-place finish in the Oct. 5 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) that was rained off the grass. In his start prior to the Shadwell, Willcox Inn won the Washington Park Handicap (G3) at Arlington Park.

According to Keeneland stakes coordinator Allison DeLuca, 11 other horses are considered as probable starters in the 1 1/8-mile test on the main track.

Of the probables, all have racing experience on an all-weather surface except for Donegal Racing’s Finnegans Wake. Trained by Dale Romans, Finnegans Wake finished second in the Bowling Green Handicap (G2) in his most recent start and was fourth in three Grade 1 grass stakes prior to the Bowling Green.

Other horses considered as probable for the Hagyard Fayette are Braveman, Hattaash, Major Marvel, Mezzano, Nikki’s Sandcastle, Ol Army, Perfect Afleet, Set the Sail, Villandry and Winning Cause.

Entries for the Hagyard Fayette will be taken Wednesday.

 

BOISTEROUS IN TRAINING AT KEENELAND

Phipps Stable’s Grade 1 winner and millionaire Boisterous, who is cataloged to the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale as a racing or stallion prospect, has arrived at Keeneland and remains in training. The 6-year-old son of Distorted Humor is here with trainer Shug McGaughey’s assistant Robbie Medina.

Boisterous, who is hip No. 197 in the November Sale, is scheduled to sell on opening day of the sale, which runs Nov. 5-14.

In four campaigns, Boisterous has won 11 races in 28 starts and earned $1,325,959. In consecutive turf races this summer, he won the Monmouth (G2) at Monmouth Park and the Man o’ War (G1) at Belmont Park. Boisterous has eight career stakes victories on turf.

Bred by Cynthia Phipps, Boisterous is out of the stakes-winning Cox’s Ridge mare Emanating, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Gold Fever.

One can learn more about notable horses in the November Sale on Keeneland.com at http://www.keeneland.com/sales/featured-november-offerings/ Features include photos, videos, pedigree information and more.

 

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP DAY DRAWS A CROWD

Friday was College Scholarship Day, and 3,409 college students received free admission as part of activities during the afternoon.

Students who were able to register to win a $1,000 scholarship awarded after each of the day’s 10 races. Scholarship winners represented the University of Kentucky (Makenzie Barbee, Emily Fairchild, Ellie Gray, Blake Meade, Lauren Payne); Campbellsville University (Mollie Williams); Transylvania University (Michael Martin, Dakota Porter); Cedarville University (Sarah Miller) and Indiana University (Kenya Morrow).

Keeneland holds College Scholarship Day in conjunction with the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders.

Yesterday’s total attendance reached 19,568.

GALLOPING OUT

Trainer Charlie LoPresti said Morton Fink’s Wise Dan jogged twice around the Keeneland training track early Saturday morning under exercise rider Damien Rock.

“Damien said he was full of himself this morning,” LoPresti said. “That was a good work for him yesterday (a half-mile in :47.40) and that will be it for him (as far as works).”

Wise Dan is scheduled to ship to Santa Anita on Oct. 29. …

Vinery Stables LLC’s Regally Ready returned to the winner’s circle for the first time since winning the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G2) when he captured the seventh race Friday. David Flores rode the 6-year-old More Than Ready gelding, an 11-1 choice, to a 1 1/4-length victory in the 1 mile allowance race on turf. Regally Ready has won 10 races from 27 starts and earned $1,283,358. …

Mike Maker saddled three winners Friday to extend his meet total to 10 to lead all trainers. He won the second race with Just Racing Stables LLC’s Horned Frog, the fourth with Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Regal Joanne and the sixth with J. Armando Rodriguez’s General a Rod. …

Javier Castellano, the year’s leading rider by wins and earnings, will ride for the first time during the Keeneland fall meet on Sunday. He is named on seven mounts, including Janicellaine (IRE) in the Rood & Riddle Dowager. Castellano will be available to sign autographs for fans outside the jockeys quarters from 1:15-2 p.m. …

Breeders’ Cup pre-entries will be taken Monday and as of today, leading Keeneland rider Rosie Napravnik was booked on one mount, the undefeated Pocahontas (G2) winner Untapable in the Juvenile Fillies (G1), according to her agent, Steve Bass.

Bass also has the book for Alan Garcia, who has five wins here. Garcia has the call on Brujo de Olleros in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1). …

On a busy Saturday morning, Hagyard Fayette (G2) probable starter Willcox Inn worked a half-mile in :47.40 with an initial quarter-mile in :24.40 and a five-eighths gallop out in :59.80. Niall Racing’s Temeraine, who was scratched out of Thursday’s off-the-turf Sycamore, worked six furlongs in 1:13 with splits of :13.60, :26.60, :38.40, :49.60 and a seven-eighths gallop out of 1:26.20.

 

FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS

Sunday, Oct. 20

Heroes Day. Keeneland recognizes the men and women who serve our community. All military (active duty and veterans), first responders – police officers, firefighters, EMTs – and their families will receive free general admission and access to reserved grandstand seating.

 

FALL MEET LEADERS
Through Oct. 18

Jockey

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Rosie Napravnik

61

10

6

12

$380,350

John Velazquez

28

7

8

5

$1,015,731

Miguel Mena

40

7

7

8

$319,403

Joe Rocco Jr.

51

6

7

9

$366,963

Robby Albarado

47

6

4

2

$650,427

David Flores

29

6

1

6

$186,186

Shaun Bridgmohan

53

5

6

5

$341,463

James Graham

51

5

3

8

$407,227

Alan Garcia

34

5

3

4

$280,636

 

Trainer

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Michael J. Maker

47

10

4

7

$449,120

Wesley A. Ward

21

4

5

2

$257,952

Wayne Catalano

22

4

1

2

$248,940

Todd A. Pletcher

9

4

1

0

$359,511

H. Graham Motion

21

3

6

1

$178,618

Mark E. Casse

18

3

3

1

$415,460

Tom Proctor

18

3

1

2

$115,435

Bill Mott

8

3

0

1

$379,624

 

 

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