NINE PROBABLES LINED UP FOR CLOSING-DAY FAYETTE
Keeneland stakes coordinator Allison De Luca has nine horses on her list of probable starters for Saturday’s 55th running of the $150,000 Fayette (G2), the closing-day feature of the 17-day Fall Meet.
The biggest name among the group is Chuck and Maribeth Sandford’s Take Charge Indy, winner of this spring’s Florida Derby (G1). Son of four-time Keeneland graded stakes winner Take Charge Lady, Take Charge Indy will be attempting to become the 11th 3-year-old to win the race and first since Blame in 2009.
Also considered probable for the Fayette, that was won last year by Wise Dan, are Sam-Son Farm’s Eye of the Leopard, the Millard R. Seldin Revocable Trust’s Golden Yank, Michael Bruder’s Guys Reward, G. Watts Humphrey Jr. and St. George Farm Racing’s Middie, James Karp’s Newsdad, Richard Sherman’s Nikki’s Sandcastle, and Wertheimer and Frere’s Salto (IRE) and Ashbrook Farm’s San Antone.
Considered as possible for the 1 1/8-mile main-track test is John Oxley’s Prospective.
Entries for the Fayette will be taken Wednesday.
MELBOURNE CUP-WINNING JOCKEY MAKES KEENELAND STOP
After his Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) hopeful, Great Attack, breezed over the Keeneland turf course on Thursday, trainer Wesley Ward was asked about the performance. Ward said he was pleased and that he “wanted to talk to his Melbourne Cup-winning rider.”
Aboard Great Attack was Blake Shinn, who rode Viewed to win the 2008 Emirates Melbourne Cup (G1), Australia’s greatest horse race and one of the world’s most prestigious racing events. Shinn, 25, has been at Keeneland since October 10, exercising horses for Ward during the first part of his United States visit.
The connection between the Australian jockey and the U.S. trainer is prominent Australian trainer Gai Waterhouse. Ward met Waterhouse in 2009 in England at Royal Ascot, where he saddled two winners. Another meeting came in January 2010 when Ward was in Australia to run Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Cannonball in a Group 1 race. Waterhouse later visited Ward in Florida to learn how he trains young horses.
Waterhouse emailed Ward about hosting Shinn, who is serving a riding suspension in Australia.
“It’s the best thing to be out of one’s comfort zone, to see something different and experience new racing delights,” Waterhouse wrote on her website, www.gaiwaterhouse.com.au. “ … I am sure this trip to Kentucky will mature Blake enormously and enhance his racing skills. Good on you, Blake.”
Shinn said he has been exercising about five horses every morning for Ward, and he has worked several horses for Jonathan Sheppard, including Angel Terrace, upset winner of the first division of the Pin Oak Valley View (G3) on Friday. He said jockey Julio Garcia, who often rides for Ward, “has sort of taken me under his wing,” taking him to the Jockeys Quarters and introducing him to other riders while showing him “some little pointers towards riding, which is certainly going to help me moving forward.”
Shinn is leaving Keeneland for California on Monday. He will be at Santa Anita with trainer Mike Mitchell until October 28, when he returns home. Shinn will resume riding in Australia on November 1. The Melbourne Cup will be run five days later.
“It’s been unbelievable,” Shinn said of his Keeneland stay. “I’ve learned so much. Wesley has given me such a great opportunity to come over here and experience a different side of racing, a different side of training the racehorses. It’s been an unbelievable experience. I can’t thank him enough.”
An afternoon assignment from Ward at Keeneland might be in Shinn’s future.
“Hopefully next year I’ll be able to come back and ride for him,” he said.
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s Sum of the Parts, winner of the opening-day Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G3), on Sunday worked a half-mile in :48 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:00. Trainer Tom Amoss said the 3-year-old Speightstown colt would work again here next Sunday and fly to California on Monday, October 29, for the $1.5 million XpressBet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) to be run November 3.
Trainer Wayne Catalano said Peachtree Stable’s Sacristy was fine the morning after she finished second to Gypsy Robin in Saturday’s Lexus Raven Run (G2) but that no decision had been made on her next race. Vicki Oliver, trainer of third-place finisher Drama Drama, said the filly exited the race in good order with no immediate plans for a next race. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said second choice Via Villaggio, who dead-heated for 11th, did not handle the track and would be headed back to California on Monday. …
Julien Leparoux, who is well on his way to a fifth consecutive riding title and ninth overall, won two races Saturday to boost his career Keeneland total to 297. Leparoux is named on seven mounts today as he seeks to become the fifth rider to have 300 victories at Keeneland. …
Mike Maker, who won the 2008 Fall Meet training title, picked up his ninth winner of the current meet Saturday to open a 9-7 lead on Todd Pletcher in the race for leading conditioner at the meet that has five racing days left. Two of Maker’s victories have come in stakes and five have come in the first race on the six days he has had entrants in the opener.
Maker has one horse entered today and two on Wednesday. Pletcher, who won Spring training titles in 2005 and 2008, has two entrants today and one Wednesday. Wesley Ward, who won the 2012 Spring training title, is third with six winners this meet. Ward has no entrants today and two on Wednesday. …
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Stephanie’s Kitten, sixth in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) on October 13, could make her next start in the Mrs. Revere (G2), a 1 1/16-mile mile race on the turf at Churchill Downs on November 17, according to trainer Wayne Catalano.
Bona Venture Stables’ Summer of Fun, who finished third beaten a head in the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) on October 11, is scheduled to work on the grass this week and then ship to California on Saturday for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) to be run November 2. “It did not make any sense to ship back to Saratoga and then go to California,” said Kim Brooking, assistant to trainer George Weaver.
I O Ireland, a half-sister to Sycamore (G2) runner-up Ioya Bigtime, won the fifth race Saturday for breeder-owner Team Block. Trained by Chris Block and ridden by Julien Leparoux, the 2-year-old Giant’s Causeway filly won the 1 1/16-mile allowance race on the turf course by a half-length in 1:45.70.
Trainer John W. Bourke recorded his first Keeneland victory when John R. Wright’s Eddie Set Go won the 10th race on Saturday. Ridden by Jesus Castanon, the 5-year-old Eddington gelding won the 1 1/16-mile claiming race by 1¼ lengths in 1:44.56.
KEENELAND 2012 FALL MEET LEADERS
(Stats Through Saturday, October 20)
Current Meet Leading Jockeys
Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Purses
Julien Leparoux 75 18 8 6 $821,350
Corey Lanerie 67 10 5 8 $419,465
Shaun Bridgmohan 57 8 5 8 $429,289
Jon Court 54 7 4 6 $269,717
James Graham 75 6 9 16 $577,988
Victor Lebron 42 6 4 1 $160,209
Rosie Napravnik 52 5 8 3 $233,922
John Velazquez 27 5 4 2 $631,677
Javier Castellano 21 5 1 1 $486,365
Marcelino Pedroza Jr. 33 4 8 3 $143,099
Julio Garcia 12 4 5 0 $129,730
Brian Hernandez Jr. 50 4 4 1 $126,699
Gabriel Saez 33 4 1 3 $150,358
Current Meet Leading Trainers
Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Purses
Michael Maker 42 9 8 3 $453,789
Todd Pletcher 35 7 1 1 $654,492
Wesley Ward 25 6 6 3 $305,015
Wayne Catalano 33 4 2 3 $211,017
H. Graham Motion 22 3 3 3 $157,675
Bill Mott 13 3 1 1 $146,769
Charles Lopresti 8 3 0 1 $504,870
Tevis Q. McCauley 8 3 0 1 $ 59,993
George R. Arnold II 21 2 9 3 $222,412
Timothy Hamm 12 2 3 0 $ 55,949
Eddie Kenneally 11 2 2 1 $ 87,452
Steve Margolis 9 2 1 2 $129,189
Shug McGaughey 8 2 1 1 $132,531
Eduardo Caramori 8 2 1 1 $ 60,854
Mark Casse 4 2 1 1 $352,500
Chris Block 4 2 1 1 $ 86,140
Jonathan Sheppard 6 2 1 0 $116,949
Philip Oliver 5 2 1 0 $ 77,864
Philip Sims 15 2 0 2 $ 66,782
Dale Romans 23 2 0 0 $323,445
Tim Richardson 8 2 0 0 $ 41,843
Chad Brown 6 2 0 0 $358,510
Current Meet Leading Owners
Ken and Sarah Ramsey 7
Klaravich Stables (Seth Klarman) & William H. Lawrence 3
Augustin Stable (George Strawbridge Jr.) 2
E. Paul Robsham Stable (Mrs. E. Paul Robsham) 2
G. Watts Humphrey Jr. & St. George Farm (Ian Banwell) 2
John Chandler 2
John C. Oxley 2
Lothenbach Stables Inc. (Robert J. Lothenbach) 2
Richard, Elaine & Bertram Klein 2
Ripplewood Farm (Chris Duff) 2
Wesley Ward 2