OPENING-DAY DARLEY ALCIBIADES MAY ATTRACT A DOZEN
ConquestStables’ My Conquestadory, who defeated males in her first start that came in the Grade 2 Summer Stakes at Woodbine, is expected to be the marquee name of up to a dozen 2-year-old fillies to pass the entry box Tuesday for Friday’s 62nd running of the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1).
The 1 1/16-mile race on the main track is the first of five Grade 1 events for Fall Stars Weekend and serves as the centerpiece for opening day of the 17-day fall meet that runs through Oct. 26. The Darley Alcibiades is also a “Win and You’re In” race for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) to be run Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.
Trained by Mark Casse, who won last year’s Darley Alcibiades with Spring in the Air, My Conquestadory won the Summer by 3 1/4 lengths in the 1-mile grass test.
According to stakes coordinator Allison DeLuca, eight other fillies are considered as likely starters with three others deemed as possible.
Likely starters are Designer Legs, Maria Maria, Richies Party Girl, Rosalind, She’s Offlee Good, Sweetsoutherndame, Tamazula and Thank You Marylou. Possible participants include Battlefield Angel, Granny Mc’s Kitten and Lien On Kitten.
GENTLEMEN’S BET TOPS LIST OF PROBABLES FOR FRIDAY’S STOLL KEENON OGDEN PHOENIX
Harry Rosenblum’s Gentlemen’s Bet, winner of the Iowa Sprint and third-place finisher in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (G1), is expected to be the most prominent name to pass the entry box Tuesday for Friday’s 161st running of the $200,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G3) at six furlongs on the main track.
The Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix is a “Win and You’re In” race for the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Xpressbet Sprint (G1) to be run Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.
According to stakes coordinator Allison DeLuca, names considered likely to be entered Tuesday are Ghost Is Clear, Go Blue Or Go Home, Laugh Track, Laurie’s Rocket, Marchman, Occasional View, Winning Cause and Xbalanque. Considered as possible are Central Banker, Console and Sum of the Parts.
FALL STARS WEEKEND PROBABLE STAKES FIELDS
Five graded stakes are scheduled for Saturday with two more slated Sunday to complete Fall Stars Weekend. Entries for Saturday will be taken Wednesday with Sunday’s card being drawn Thursday.
Three Saturday stakes are “Win and You’re In” races for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships to be run Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita. The Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1) winner qualifies for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1); the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) victor gets a ticket to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1); and the Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) winner qualifies for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1).
Sunday’s Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In races are the Grade 1 Juddmonte Spinster ($2 million Distaff-G1) and the Grade 3 Bourbon ($1 million Juvenile Turf-G1).
The following list of likely entrants was compiled by stakes coordinator Allison DeLuca.
Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) – Likely: Silver Max, Skyring, SummerFront, Willcox Inn, Wise Dan. Possible:Handsome Mike, Nikki’s Sandcastle, Turallure, Whatthecatdrugin.
Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity(G1) – Likely: Arctic Slope, Conquest Titan, General Jack, Laddie Boy, Lunarwarfare, Oogeley Eye, Solitary Ranger, Tiznowforamerica, We Miss Artie. Possible: Bro Rodrigeaux, Give No Quarter, Kendall’s Boy.
First Lady (G1) – Likely: Better Lucky, Daisy Devine, Dayatthespa, Hungry Island, Miz Ida, Say (IRE), Solid Appeal. Possible: Assateague, Samitar (GB), Unavailable.
Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) – Likely: Groupie Doll, Gypsy Robin, Judythe Beauty, Livi Makenzie, Purely Hot, Tanglewood Tale.
Woodford (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select – Likely: Global Power, Great Mills, Stormofthecentury.
Juddmonte Spinster (G1) – Likely: Amazonas (IRE), Byrama (GB), Closing Range, Emollient, Hard Not to Like, Hard to Resist, On Fire Baby, Open Water, Sisterhood, Sisterly Love, Summer Applause, Wine Princess. Possible: Discreet Marq.
Bourbon (G3) – Likely: All Cash, Bashart, Boji Moon, Here’sJohnny, Poker Player, Solar Flair.
The final “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup is the 23rd running of the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) for 2-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the grass. On DeLuca’s list of probables for the race scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 9 are Bern Legacy, Courtesan, La Mejor Fiesta, Lien On Kitten, Runway Giant and Zinzay.
KENDALL’S BOY ENTRY-DAY DECISION FOR DIXIANA BREEDERS’ FUTURITY
JerryNamy’s Kendall’s Boy had the misfortune of running into what was likely the most ballyhooed juvenile at Saratoga in August when he chased Havana, trained by Todd Pletcher.
Off that runner-up finish, Kendall’s Boy delivered as the 1-5 favorite when he broke his maiden three weeks later at Churchill Downs, winning by 5 1/4 lengths.
Nominated to Saturday’s Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1), Kendall’s Boy got a taste of Keeneland’s Polytrack surface Monday morning, working five furlongs in company in 1:00.80. Fractions for the work were :13.20, :25.60, :37.60 with gallop-out times of 1:13.20 for six furlongs and 1:27.60 for seven-eighths.
“He ran a good race in his debut,” trainer Tom Amoss said, hedging on a possible run here Saturday. “I think I may be throwing a lot at him too fast. He will be an entry-day decision (for the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity).”
Also working Monday morning for Amoss was Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s Sum of the Parts, who covered a half-mile in :51.40 under jockey Leandro Goncalves.
Amoss said it is possible that Sum of the Parts could come back Friday to defend his title in the Stoll Ogden Keenon Phoenix (G3). The most recent horse to win the Phoenix in consecutive years was Zuppardo’s Prince (1980-81).
KEENELAND RACE DAY APP LEADS NEW FAN-FRIENDLY TECHNOLOGY
Keeneland is an industry leader in employing social media and advanced technology to interact with its fan base, attract new fans and deliver the latest news and information directly to its customers. In keeping with that commitment, Keeneland has launched the free Keeneland Race Day App and Fall Stars microsite to put fans closer to the action.
Novice and seasoned fans alike can connect to helpful and fun tools like a betting calculator, expert tips, entries and more with the Race Day App. A Fall Stars microsite delivers an extraordinary amount of information for the opening Fall Stars Weekend, including entries for each of the nine graded stakes, photos and video interviews with trainers and owners.
· Keeneland Race Day App: Keeneland fans now have information directly at their fingertips in a newly developed app for mobile devices, including iPads, iPhones and Android. Entries, real-time results, expert tips, a betting calculator and events calendar are easily accessible. Fans can use the interactive map with search and filter capabilities to navigate their way through Keeneland and notify friends of their location. Download the free app in iTunes or Google.
· Fall Stars Website: Opening weekend features nine graded stakes, including seven Breeders’ Cup “‘Win and You’re In” races. The new Fall Stars microsite (http://www.keeneland.com/fallstars) allows fans to track workouts, probable fields, official entries and watch video interviews with horsemen. The site will continue to track Keeneland’s Breeders’ Cup-bound horses through the event on Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita.