Keeneland Barn Notes for Sunday, October 13

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  • KITTEN’S DUMPLINGS EXITS QUEEN ELIZABETH II CHALLENGE CUP IN GOOD ORDER
  • RAHYSTRADA, TEMERAINE SET FOR REMATCH IN THURSDAY’S SYCAMORE
  • SATURDAY CROWD KEEPS KEENELAND ATTENDANCE ON A ROLL
  • GALLOPING OUT
  • FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS
  • FALL MEET LEADERS

 

KITTEN’S DUMPLINGS EXITS QUEEN ELIZABETH II CHALLENGE CUP IN GOOD ORDER

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Kitten’s Dumplings spent the night at Keeneland Saturday after her neck victory in the $400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1).

“She is going to stay over there a couple days,” trainer Mike Maker said Sunday morning from his home base at Louisville’s Trackside Training Center. “She came out of the race fine.”

Following the race, Ken Ramsey indicated that the three-time graded stakes winner would be pointed to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) at 1¼ miles on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.

“That would be a good option,” said Maker, who has not finalized shipping plans to California. “I am still enjoying yesterday.”

With two wins yesterday, both for the Ramseys, Maker scored his fifth victory of the meet to lead all trainers. He has entries in two races today.

Kitten’s Dumplings is a full sister to the Ramseys’ stakes-winning 2-year-old Granny Mc’s Kitten, who also is headed to the Breeders’ Cup. She is based in New York with trainer Chad Brown.

Brown was at Keeneland Saturday, where he sent out Martin S. Schwartz’s favored Alterite (FR) to run second. The filly came out of the race well, said Brown’s assistant Baldo Hernandez. Winner of the Garden City (G1) in her North American debut and her race prior to the QE II, Alterite is to return to New York today.

Trainer Barclay Tagg was happy with the performance of Caroline Thomas, who closed fast to finish third, beaten a neck and a half-length.

“She’s got a mile and a quarter written all over her, but there are no mile-and-a-quarter races except for the Breeders’ Cup and there are no mile and a quarter preps for that,” Tagg said. “Keeneland has a nice, long stretch that is great for her, but then it was great for the (Ken and Sarah) Ramsey filly (Kitten’s Dumplings), too.”

Tagg said Caroline Thomas would head to Gulfstream Park for the winter.

“If the (Grade 1) Matriarch (Dec. 1 at Betfair Hollywood Park) was a mile and a quarter (rather than a mile), I’d be tempted to ship her out there even though it is against older (horses),” Tagg said.

Josie Carroll, trainer of pace-setter Leigh Court, said the fourth-place finisher would remain at Keeneland for another day.

“I am going to talk it over with Mr. (Eugene) Melnyk, but she will get a little time off after a race like that,” Carroll said of Leigh Court, who was trying a mile and an eighth for the first time. “She ran her heart out. I could see at the eighth pole she was getting tired, but she fought back.”

Carroll is looking forward to 2014 with Leigh Court, who has won on dirt, turf and Polytrack.

“Her versatility is so nice,” Carroll said. “I think you will see a lot more of this filly when she gets older and grows up.”

Carroll indicated an early target in 2014 for Leigh Court could be the Jenny Wiley (G1) or Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3), both at 1 1/16 miles here in April.

Fifth-place finisher Say (IRE) was transported to nearby Ashford Stud after the race, according to farm manager Dermot Ryan. In an e-mail, Ryan said Say would remain at Ashford and be bred next year with the mating to be determined.

Trainer Wayne Catalano said I’m Already Sexy was fine the morning after her sixth-place finish.

“We had a good trip,” he said. “We had everything we needed. She just didn’t fire.”

Catalano said he’d talked to Anna Seitz of owner Hit The Board Stables to determine the filly’s immediate future.

Trainer Wesley Ward said Emotional Kitten, who finished seventh beaten only three lengths, came out of the race well.

“Looking at the odds, maybe we should have waited for the Grade 3 (the Pin Oak Valley View at 1 1/16 miles on Friday), where I don’t think she’d be 11-1,” Ward said. “But that’s after the fact. When you get an opportunity to run in a Grade 1 race when the horse is doing good, you take a shot.”

Also owned by the Ramseys, Emotional Kitten may head to Churchill Downs next with a possible target being the $175,000-added Mrs. Revere (G2) at 1 1/16 miles on Nov. 16, according to Ward.

 

RAHYSTRADA AND TEMERAINE SET FOR REMATCH IN THURSDAY’S SYCAMORE

Robert Courtney Jr.’s Rahystrada and Niall Racing’s Temeraine, the 1-2 finishers in this summer’s Arlington Handicap (G3), head a field of nine entered Sunday for Thursday’s 19th running of the $100,000 Sycamore (G3) at 1½ miles on the turf.

The Sycamore will go as the eighth race on Thursday’s nine-race program with a post time of 4:49 p.m. (ET).

Trained by Byron Hughes, the 9-year-old Rahystrada, who has earned $1,381,750, has not raced since an 11th-place finish in the Arlington Million (G1). Leandro Goncalves will be aboard Thursday and break from post position six.

Temeraine, who is trained by Tom Proctor, finished fifth in the Arlington Million and in his most recent start won the Kentucky Turf Cup (G3) at Kentucky Downs. David Flores will have the mount Thursday and break from post position three.

The field for the Sycamore, from the inside out, is as follows: Eagle Poise (Joe Rocco Jr., 121 pounds), Reflecting (Robby Albarado, 121), Temeraine (Flores, 123), Olympic Thunder (BRZ) (Alan Garcia, 121), Suntracer (Shaun Bridgmohan, 121), Rahystrada (Goncalves, 121), Najjaar (James Graham, 121), Nutello (Mario Pino, 121) and Tricky Hat (CHI) (Rosie Napravnik, 121). 

 

SATURDAY CROWD KEEPS KEENELAND ATTENDANCE ON A ROLL

The 32,717 fans at Keeneland on Saturday marked a single-day attendance record for the fall meet and the seventh-highest single-day attendance ever. It also marked back-to-back days of record attendance. On Friday, 22,807 fans were at Keeneland, the highest attendance for a Friday during the fall meet.

Through the first seven days of the 17-day fall meet, Keeneland has drawn a total of 132,172 fans for an average of 18,882, an increase of 11.3 percent over the same period last fall. On opening Saturday, Oct. 5, 27,849 fans enjoyed a full day of stakes racing despite heavy rains.

Keeneland has posted record total attendance for four consecutive race meets (2011 fall, 2012 spring and fall, 2013 spring).

Yesterday’s 10-race card featured the $400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1), beautiful weather with temperatures in the upper 70s and a legion of football fans credited with enjoying the “Keeneland Double”: Thoroughbred racing in the afternoon and the University of Kentucky home football game in the evening.

Before 69,873 fans at Commonwealth Stadium, the University of Alabama, the two-time national champions and the No.1-ranked team this year, defeated Kentucky, putting a damper on an otherwise perfect day in Central Kentucky.

The Keeneland Double seemed to be especially popular in 2010 when UK hosted two night games against universities whose fans enjoy racing. On Oct. 16, 23,659 fans were at Keeneland, and 67,955 people watched UK upset the University of South Carolina.

On Oct. 23, 2010, the day UK played the University of Georgia, Keeneland recorded 23,318 fans, and 70,884 fans attended the football game at Commonwealth Stadium.

 

Keeneland’s All-Time Highest Single-Day On-Track Attendance

Attendance

Date

Feature Race

40,617

April 14, 2012

Toyota Blue Grass (G1)

37,161

April 13, 2013

Toyota Blue Grass (G1)

33,821

April 21, 2007

Coolmore Lexington (G2)

33,727

April 10, 2010

Toyota Blue Grass (G1)

33,680

April 18, 2009

Coolmore Lexington (G2)

33,621

April 16, 2005

Toyota Blue Grass (G1)

32,717

Oct. 12, 2013

Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1)

 

GALLOPING OUT

Brendan Walsh, former assistant to Eddie Kenneally, earned his first Keeneland victory when he sent out Patinack Farm’s Broadway Missile to win the first race Saturday. Ridden by David Flores, the 2-year-old Heatseeker (IRE) gelding won the 1 1/16-mile maiden claiming race on the main track by a half-length in 1:46.65.

 

FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS

Wednesday, Oct. 16

“WINS-day” Handicapping Contest presented by Daily Racing Form and Drake’s. Register at Wagering Central. Entry fee is $10; 100% of fees are returned in prizes. Players place a mythical $2 win bet on Keeneland races 3 through 8 with a guaranteed $2,500 pool. First-, second- and third-place finishers also will receive gift cards from Drake’s. The first 200 people who register will receive a Daily Racing Form and a free appetizer from Drake’s.

American Heart Association Day. Keeneland teams with the American Heart Association for its Go Red for Women campaign. Fans are encouraged to wear red to raise awareness of the danger of heart disease in women. The first 3,000 fans receive a free red dress pin. Supporters of the American Heart Association can order a special Go Red at Keeneland package for $15, which includes a general admission ticket and a special Go Red for Women gift. A portion of the ticket price will be donated to the American Heart Association by Keeneland. The package can be ordered by calling (859) 977-4601.

 

Thursday, Oct. 17

Jockey Autograph Signing. Meet retired jockeys and current Keeneland riders from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. adjacent to the paddock. Jockeys will sign posters and commemorative autograph books sold for $5 to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

 

Friday, Oct. 18

College Scholarship Day. The popular event attracts thousands of students from colleges and universities in Kentucky and neighboring states. Admission is free for full-time students, who can register in the College Zone in the North Terrace to win a $1,000 scholarship awarded after each of the day’s 10 races. First 1,000 students to register for a scholarship receive a free Keeneland College Scholarship Day T-shirt courtesy of Kennedy’s Wildcat Den and a hat from Vineyard Vines. In the College Zone, students can enjoy music; free snacks from Qdoba, Raising Cane’s, Core Power and Drake’s; photos by LexScene; and prize drawings after each race. Students can also register for the Drake’s Handicapping Challenge; one student will win the opportunity to place a $500 bet on the feature race, the Pin Oak Valley View (G3).

 

FALL MEET LEADERS

Through Oct. 12

Jockey

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

John Velazquez

28

7

8

5

$1,015,731

Rosie Napravnik

35

6

6

4

$260,753

Joe Rocco Jr.

31

4

4

7

$256,593

Julien Leparoux

17

4

0

1

$529,380

Miguel Mena

19

3

4

3

$186,988

Robby Albarado

30

3

4

0

$581,895

Shaun Bridgmohan

34

3

3

4

$230,532

Pablo Morales

13

3

2

0

$ 71,893

Corey Lanerie

37

3

1

6

$115,172

Leandro Goncalves

23

3

1

5

$217,689

Channing Hill

19

3

1

4

$200,940

David Flores

13

3

0

2

$ 68,381

  

Trainer

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Michael J. Maker

30

5

2

4

$336,532

Todd A. Pletcher

7

4

1

0

$359,071

Wesley A. Ward

19

3

4

2

$223,332

Mark E. Casse

16

3

2

1

$404,200

Wayne Catalano

18

3

1

2

$217,779

 

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