Keeneland Barn Notes - Thursday, April 11

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Palm Beach Stakes (G3) winner Rydilluc completed his major preparations for Saturday’s $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) by breezing through the stretch Thursday morning at Keeneland.

With exercise rider Ricardo Orantes up, Keeneland clockers began timing Rydilluc at the three-eighths pole for the move that produced fractions of :13, :24.60 and three furlongs in :37.40. Rydilluc galloped out a half-mile in :51.60.

“That was just a walk in the park for him,” trainer Gary Contessa said. “He will have an easy jog tomorrow morning and that will be it.”

A winner of his past three races on grass, Rydilluc never has raced on Polytrack. Today’s blowout was his second work here following a seven-furlong move in 1:28.60 last Saturday.

“He gets over it well and I like what I have seen,” Contessa said. “But confident? I feel the same about whether it is first-time dirt, first-time turf or first-time Polytrack. When he has six or eight horses behind him and another three or four in front, it puts a horse under a lot of stress when he steps up into races that separate the men from the boys.”




Godolphin Racing’s Footbridge, who arrived at Keeneland from his home base in Southern California on Wednesday afternoon, had his first taste of Keeneland’s Polytrack surface Thursday morning as he galloped 1½ miles under exercise rider Tim Neal.

“This is the first time I have seen him and he is pretty impressive,” said Brian Ange, assistant to trainer Eoin Harty. “He has a nice way of going and he looks like the kind of horse you can do anything with.”

Footbridge broke his maiden in his most recent start on March 17 at Santa Anita after being defeated in his previous start by a neck by Govenor Charlie. Govenor Charlie went on to win the Sunland Derby (G3) in his next start in track-record time to punch his ticket to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).

In other Toyota Blue Grass activity at Keeneland on Thursday morning, West Hills Giant had his first gallop over the track after having jogged on the surface the morning before.

“It looks like he is getting over it good,” trainer John Terranova said after the colt’s 1½-mile exercise under Leo Garcia. “This is the first time he has been on the synthetic since we got him, but we started him on grass. The Giant’s Causeways (grandsire of West Hills Giant) love this stuff.” …

Morning-line favorite Uncaptured and stablemate Dynamic Sky galloped 1½ miles after the break for trainer Mark Casse. Wayne Brown was aboard Uncaptured and Juan Bernardini was on Dynamic Sky. …

Java’s War galloped 1½ miles under exercise rider Danny Ramsey for trainer Ken McPeek….

With exercise rider Miguel Perez aboard for trainer Wesley Ward, Undrafted galloped 1½ miles. …

My Name Is Michael galloped 1¼ miles with Marnie Pacheco aboard for Rodolphe Brisset, assistant to trainer Bill Mott. At Keeneland to watch the colt was Jan Butzer, who with her husband, Barry, owns Sun Valley Farm in nearby Versailles. Sun Valley bred the Macho Uno colt and co-owns him with Adam Wachtel’s Wachtel Stable.

Trained by Chad Brown, Balance the Books galloped 1¾ miles under exercise rider Kriss Bon. …

Ruth Schmidt, assistant to trainer Josie Carroll, was aboard Tesseron, who jogged a mile and galloped a mile.




Zillah Reddam’s Renee’s Titan, winner of the Santa Ynez Stakes (G2) in which she defeated Eclipse Award winner Beholder, tops a field of 11 three-year-old fillies entered Thursday for Sunday’s 28th running of the $150,000 Beaumont Presented by Keeneland Select Stakes (G2) to be contested over the Beard Course of seven furlongs, 184 feet.

The Beaumont, which carries 34 qualifying points to the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) with 20 going to the winner, will go as the eighth race on Sunday’s nine-race program with a 4:42 p.m. (ET) post time. First post time Sunday is 1:05 p.m.

Trained by Doug O’Neill, Renee’s Titan will break from post position 11 and be ridden by Mario Gutierrez.

Other top contenders for the Beaumont include Swift Thoroughbreds, Vintage Thoroughbreds and Michael Kisber’s Premier Steps (IRE) and Columbine Stable’s Magical Moon.

Trained by Chad Brown and to be ridden by Javier Castellano, Premier Steps was group stakes-placed last year in Europe and in her lone start of 2013 won the Sweetest Chant at Gulfstream Park. Premier Steps will break from post position two.

Magical Moon finished third in last fall’s Darley Alcibiades Stakes (G1) in her lone start over Keeneland’s main track. Trained by Al Stall Jr., Magical Moon will break from post position six and be ridden by Rosie Napravnik.

The field for the Beaumont, from the rail out, is as follows: Cash Is Queen (Robby Albarado, 118 pounds), Premier Steps (IRE) (Castellano, 118), My Special J’s (Shaun Bridgmohan, 120), Judy In Disguise (GB) (Mike Smith, 118), Lady Banks (Joe Rocco Jr., 118), Magical Moon (Napravnik, 118), Irish Presence (Gary Stevens, 118), Allaboutcaroline (Julien Leparoux, 118), Fearless Jacq (IRE) (Alan Garcia, 118), Ciao Bella Luna (Joel Rosario, 118) and Renee’s Titan (Gutierrez, 120).



Trainer John Terranova was happy with the runner-up performance of Curragh Stables’ Manuka Honey in Wednesday’s Fantasy Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park. Manuka Honey picked up 40 points toward the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) to be run May 3 at Churchill Downs.

“She is going to hang out with the boys down there until Sunday,” said Terranova, who has two starters on Saturday’s Oaklawn program, including Falling Sky in the Arkansas Derby (G1). “They will ship to Churchill Downs on Sunday. We will see how she comes out of the race and we will let her tell us (about the Oaks).” …

And the streak goes on … Tap Twenty One’s maiden victory in Wednesday’s sixth race kept trainer Rusty Arnold’s four-decade run of saddling a Keeneland winner intact. Arnold, who ranks third all time at Keeneland with 246 victories, has saddled at least one winner at every Keeneland meeting since the spring of 1986 except for one meeting in the late 1980s when he did not saddle a starter. …

Jockey Joel Rosario hasn’t needed long to make an impact in the Keeneland riding colony. Riding his first full meet here, Rosario won three races Wednesday to go with a four-win day on Sunday and opened an 8-5 lead over Alan Garcia in the rider standings. …

Riding in his first race at Keeneland since October 2005, Racing Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens finished fifth aboard Glen Hill Farm’s Beyond Compare in the seventh race on Wednesday.

Stevens first rode at Keeneland in 1986 and has 24 wins in 130 starts through 2005, his final season of competition before he retired. The first of his eight stakes wins here came in 1988 when he rode Wonders Delight to win the Alcibiades Stakes (G2). Others include the 1998 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (then a Grade 2 race) aboard Halory Hunter. Stevens’ most recent stakes win at the track came on October 21, 2005, when he rode Asi Siempre to win the Valley View Stakes (G3).




Video interviews conducted by sports broadcaster Tom Leach with trainers John Terranova, Bret Calhoun and Rusty Arnold area available by clicking the following links:

John Terranova on Toyota Blue Grass (G1) entrant West Hills Giant and Fearless Jacq (IRE), entered in the Beaumont (G2);

Bret Calhoun on his Shakertown (G3) entry Canuletmedowneasy; and

Rusty Arnold on Centre Court, entered in the Jenny Wiley (G1).





Officials from Maker’s Mark and Keeneland will conduct a ceremonial dipping of the 2013 edition of the Maker’s 46 Mile Trophy at 12:30 p.m. ET in the Keeneland winner’s circle.

This is the second year that Louisville-based artist Raymond Graf has designed a trophy especially for the Maker’s 46 Mile.




Thursday, April 11 - Sunday, April 14

The Keeneland Gift Shop Presents a trunk show with hat milliner Christine A. Moore and Elizabeth McKay. Fans can meet these celebrity designers from 9 a.m.– 6 p.m. ET.


Friday, April 12

Tailgating on “The Hill.” Owing to its popularity, Keeneland will open “The Hill” for Friday tailgating fun. Located adjacent to the Keene Barn and Entertainment Center, The Hill features food trucks, a jumbo television screen, wireless wagering and wagering terminals, and programs and general admission tickets available for purchase.

Maker’s Mark bottle signing will begin at 6:30 a.m. The 2013 commemorative bottle celebrates University of Kentucky basketball great Dan Issel. Proceeds from sales of the bottle will benefit UK HealthCare’s Gill Heart Institute. The Keeneland Gift Shop will host a Maker’s Mark Dipping Station on the first floor grandstand for fans to have special Keeneland and Maker’s Mark merchandise dipped from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Friday Pick 4 Presented by TVG. A $200,000-guaranteed pool will be offered on races 7-10.

Friday Happy Hour. Fans are encouraged to stick around after the final race to enjoy live music and simulcast wagering at Happy Hour in the Mezzanine Bar.


Friday, April 12 - Saturday, April 13

The Keeneland Gift Shop Presents a book signing with internationally acclaimed artist Peter Williams, author of Peter Williams Retrospective: Paintings and People Dear to Me, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.


Saturday, April 13

Sunrise Trackside offers activities for the entire family beginning at 7 a.m. with Breakfast With the Works, featuring a Southern-style breakfast and trackside commentary on Thoroughbreds as they train until 8:30 a.m.); children’s activities in the Kids Club Corner (7-9 a.m.); a demonstration in the paddock with Justin the Artistic Horse (8:45 a.m.); walking tours of Keeneland (8:30-10:30 a.m.); photos with legendary bugler George “Bucky” Sallee in the paddock (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.); a trackside handicapping seminar (11:30 a.m.); and a Q&A session with a Keeneland jockey in the paddock (12:05 p.m.).

Tailgating on “The Hill.” Watch and wager on Keeneland’s live racing from the tailgate lot. Located adjacent to the Keene Barn and Entertainment Center, The Hill features a variety of food trucks, a jumbo television screen, wireless wagering and wagering terminals, and race-day programs and general admission tickets available for purchase. A concert series, held in conjunction with Best of Bluegrass, will feature Laurel River Line (April 13) and Town Mountain (April 20).

“ABRV at The Hill.” The interactive fan experience is the latest initiative from The Jockey Club’s new cross-country fan development initiative, America’s Best Racing (ABR). The ABR tour bus, dubbed the ABRV, and six brand ambassadors will bring the popular Racing 101 program to the tailgate lot.

Keeneland Double. A day at the races features the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) and is followed by the University of Kentucky’s Blue-White scrimmage football game at Commonwealth Stadium. Fans can park early in the day at Commonwealth Stadium, take a Lextran bus or trolley for $1 each way to Keeneland for a day at the races and return to Commonwealth for the 7 p.m. kickoff. Lextran will have dedicated shuttles from 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 4:25 – 6:45 p.m.

All Stakes Pick 4 presented by TVG. A $250,000 guaranteed All-Stakes Pick Four Presented by TVG features races 7-10, the Shakertown (G3), Madison (G1), Jenny Wiley (G1) and Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1). Two Pick Five wagers will be offered: Early Pick Five on races 3-7 and a Late Pick Five on races 8-12.


Sunday, April 14

Horses and Hope Pink Day. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to raise breast cancer awareness. Keeneland co-hosts Pink Day with Horses and Hope, First Lady Jane Beshear’s initiative to reach women working in Kentucky’s horse industry with education and mammography screening. Join survivors and supporters in the North Terrace for live music, a ladies-only handicapping contest, prize drawings and unique Pink Day activities. Prior to the races, a special luncheon sponsored by the First Lady, Kentucky Cancer Program, embry’s and WKYT-TV will be held in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion.






HORSE                                  JOCKEY                     TRAINER/BARN


DYNAMIC SKY                     J. Rosario                    M. Casse/KEE 1

Last race:                                  4th Tampa Bay Derby (G2) on 3/9

Last work:                                 5F in 1:01.40 on 4/6 @ CD


MY NAME IS MICHAEL*   S. Bridgmohan               B. Mott/KEE 25

Last race:                                  8th Spiral (G3) on 3/23 @ TP

Last work:                                 4F in :49 on 4/7 @ KEE


UNDRAFTED*                      C. Nakatani                 W. Ward/KEE 47

Last race:                                  3rd Swale (G3) on 3/2 @ GP

Last work:                                 5F in 1:01.60 on 4/6 @ KEE  


JAVA’S WAR                           J. Leparoux                 K. McPeek/KEE 32

Last race:                                  2nd Tampa Bay Derby (G2) on 3/9

Last work:                                 5F in 1:00.56 on 4/7 @ GP


PALACE MALICE*               G. Gomez                    T. Pletcher/CD

Last race:                                  7th LA Derby (G2) on 3/30 @ FG

Last work:                                 5F in 1:00.82 on 3/24 @ PM


CHANNEL ISLE                  J. Rocco Jr.                  D. Wayne Lukas/CD

Last race:                                  7th Spiral (G3) on 3/23 @ TP

Last work:                                 5F in 1:00.60 on 4/4/@ CD


UNCAPTURED*                   M. Mena                      M. Casse/KEE 1

Last race:                                  2nd Spiral (G3) on 3/23 @ TP

Last work:                                 5F in 1:01.40 on 4/6 @ KEE


CHARMING KITTEN          J. Bravo                       T. Pletcher/CD

Last race:                                  2nd Palm Beach (G3) on 3/3 @ GP

Last work:                                 4F in :50.08 @ Palm Meadows


TESSERON                           A. Garcia                     J. Carroll/KEE 7

Last race:                                  4th OC on 2/23 @ GP

Last work:                                 6F in 1:16.20 on 4/3 @ KEE


FOOTBRIDGE                      C. Lanerie                    E. Harty/40      

Last race:                                  Won maiden on 3/17 @ SA

Last work:                                 5F in 1:00.40 on 4/8 @ BHP


BALANCE THE BOOKS*    J. Castellano                C. Brown/KEE 12

Last race:                                  11th Spiral (G3) on 3/23 @ TP

Last work:                                 4F in :48.20 on 4/7 @ KEE


WEST HILLS GIANT           J. Espinoza                  J. Terranova/KEE 23

Last race:                                  2nd Gotham (G3) on 3/2 @ Aqu

Last work:                                 5F in 1:00.47 on 4/8 @ BEL  


RYDILLUC*                          E. Prado                      G. Contessa/KEE 30

Last race:                                  Won Palm Beach (G3) on 3/3 @ GP

Last work:                                 7F in 1:28.60 on 4/6 @ KEE


FEAR THE KITTEN            R. Napravnik               M. Maker/CDT

Last race:                                  5th Spiral (G3) on 3/23 @ TP 

Last work:                                 5F in 1:02.20 on 4/6 @ Trackside



ALSO ELIGIBLE:              


DIVINE AMBITION*        J. Graham                  D. Miller/KEE 30

Last race:                                 2nd Rushaway on 3/23 @ TP

Last work:                               4F in :47.60 on 4/8 @ KEE


*Indicates Keeneland sales graduates




(Stats Through Wednesday, April 10)


Current Meet Leading Jockeys

Name                         Sts       1st        2nd      3rd      Purses

Joel Rosario                 21        8          1          2          $183,386

Alan Garcia                 13        5          3          0          $297,942

Julien Leparoux           20        4          2          3          $216,560

Jesus Castanon            13        3          1          1          $  62,632

Corey Lanerie              28        2          6          5          $146,960

Rosie Napravnik          22        2          3          3          $114,987

Shaun Bridgmohan      21        2          3          1          $114,357

Javier Castellano            4        2          0          1          $  79,988

John Velazquez             4        2          0          0          $  93,248

Edgar Prado                12        1          2          2          $113,674

Francisco Torres          11        1          2          2          $  46,227

Miguel Mena                12        1          1          2          $  57,706

Roberto Morales            8        1          1          0          $  20,659

Joseph Rocco Jr.            8        1          0          2          $  22,680

Mike Smith                    3        1          0          0          $302,453

Gary Boulanger             3        1          0          0          $  21,867


Current Meet Leading Trainers

Name                         Sts       1st        2nd      3rd      Purses

Michael Maker             18        7          1          1          $168,360

Wesley Ward               14        4          1          2          $126,085

H. Graham Motion      12        3          3          3          $265,194

Ken McPeek                10        2          2          1          $  89,801

Mark Casse                  15        2          1          0          $  91,345

Todd Pletcher                4        2          0          1          $102,448

17 trainers tied with 1 win each.



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