Keeneland Barn Notes for Thursday, Oct. 17

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  • RAIN POSTPONES THURSDAY TURF WORK BY HORSE OF THE YEAR WISE DAN
  • ANGEL TERRACE FACES NINE RIVALS IN SUNDAY’S ROOD & RIDDLE DOWAGER
  • PIN OAK VALLY VIEW STARTER NELLIE CASHMAN THRIVES ON GRASS AND DISTANCE
  • TRAINER HENDRICKSON EYES KEENELAND RACING RETURN
  • GALLOPING OUT
  • FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS
  • FALL MEET LEADERS
     

RAIN POSTPONES THURSDAY TURF WORK BY HORSE OF THE YEAR WISE DAN

With nearly a quarter of an inch of rain overnight and a forecast for more that materialized Thursday morning, there were no grass works at Keeneland, which meant reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan had his morning exercise on the training track rather than working toward the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1).

“It will depend on the weather, but I may work him tomorrow or Saturday,” trainer Charlie LoPresti said. “The racing office has said I can work on the turf any day I want, and I have that option to work him on the main track like I did last year before the Breeders’ Cup.”

Wise Dan, a homebred racing for Mort Fink, had his nine-race win streak snapped Oct. 5 in the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), which was moved off the turf because of heavy rain.

“He was just a little mad after that race,” LoPresti said. “But he is doing great and training well and I couldn’t be any happier with him.”
 

ANGEL TERRACE FACES NINE RIVALS IN SUNDAY’S ROOD & RIDDLE DOWAGER

Augustin Stable’s Angel Terrace, winner of last year’s Pin Oak Valley View (G3) here, will take on nine rivals in Sunday’s 22ndrunning of the Rood & Riddle Dowager for fillies and mares going 1½ miles on the turf.

The Rood & Riddle Dowager will go as the eighth race on Sunday’s nine-race program with a 4:49 p.m. (ET) post time.

Trained by Jonathan Sheppard, Angel Terrace enters the Rood & Riddle Dowager off a third-place finish in the Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon on Sept. 7. Rosie Napravnik has the mount on Angel Terrace and will break from post position four.

Among Angel Terrace’s rivals Sunday is Juddmonte Farms’ Preferential (GB), who finished second in the race at Kentucky Downs. Trained by Bill Mott, Preferential began her career in Europe, where she was a stakes winner last year. Leandro Goncalves has the mount and will break from post position two.

The field for the Rood & Riddle Dowager, from the inside out, is as follows: Cash for Clunkers (Joe Rocco Jr.), Preferential (GB) (Goncalves), Janicellaine (IRE) (Javier Castellano), Angel Terrace (Napravnik), I’m Your Luv (Corey Lanerie), Valiant Girl(GB) (Forest Boyce), Sheppard’s Pie (Mario Pino), Kissable (IRE) (Alan Garcia), Beijoca (Shaun Bridgmohan) and Left aMessage (Robby Albarado). All starters will carry 121 pounds.

PIN OAK VALLEY VIEW STARTER NELLIE CASHMAN THRIVES ON GRASS AND DISTANCE

A look at the past performances of Friday’s Pin Oak Valley View (G3) entrant Nellie Cashman shows a dramatic improvement in the filly’s form when she made her first start on grass in her sixth race.

“Instead of what took so long to put her on turf, a better question would be what took you so long to stretch her out,” trainer Francis “Tres” Abbott III said. “She had always run well enough with a couple of seconds that she stayed on the dirt and sprinting.”

In her turf debut Preakness Weekend at Pimlico going 1 1/16 miles, Nellie Cashman finished second in a 14-horse field. She has not finished behind a horse since in three races.

Owned by Sycamore Racing, Nellie Cashman broke her maiden by 5¼ lengths against Pennsylvania-breds and then won the Virginia Oaks (G3). In her most recent start, she was disqualified from a victory in the Woodford Reserve Lake Placid (G2) at Saratoga for drifting out in the stretch.

“She has always been kind of special,” the 30-year-old Abbott said. “When we got her, the people that broke her said she had done everything right.”

She did enough right to be invited to last weekend’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1), an invitation that had to be declined.

“She came down with a little fever and we missed a day of training , but she was fine by Saturday,” said Abbott, who has 16 horses in his stable at Fair Hill, Md. “If it had been a morning ship, she could have run instead of shipping here and missing another day or two. I blew her out three-eighths yesterday morning and she got here last night about 10.”

Nellie Cashman will break from post position one under Forest Boyce in the 1 1/16-mile Pin Oak Valley View.

“I’d like to think she will be as competitive in there as she was at Saratoga,” Abbott said. “I was glad to see Caroline Thomasrun so well here last weekend and the result of the Pebbles at Belmont on Monday.”

Caroline Thomas, who finished third in the QE II, was elevated to the victory in the Woodford Reserve Lake Placid. Tapicat, who was fifth in the Lake Placid behind Nellie Cashman, ran second in the Pebbles behind Discreet Marq, a Grade 1 winner.
 

TRAINER HENDRICKSON EYES KEENELAND RACING RETURN

Lori Hendrickson’s excitement about this year’s Kentucky Derby (G1) helped convince her that she was ready to return to training Thoroughbreds, something she had done for 14 years. She had all but decided to leave the business about seven months earlier, however, when she lost 10 horses and two cats in a fire at a barn she was leasing at a farm in La Grange, Ky. Her heart was broken, and she went to work with her husband in his sports apparel business.

“My mind was starting to get back into it because I started preparing to go to the Derby,” Hendrickson said. “I couldn’t wait to go to the Derby. Normally, I’m not spending two months finding a dress. I got too excited.”

At Keeneland, Hendrickson has three 2-year-old Louisiana-bred colts in training. One of them, Lori’s Darling (with Hendrickson, left), will become her first starter in a year if he makes his career debut here on Oct. 24, five days before the one-year anniversary of the fire.

“He’s not named after me,” Hendrickson said about the Yankee Gentleman colt, whose own story tugs at the heartstrings. He was named for breeder and owner Jeff Jeans’ late wife, Lori, who died of cancer about 1½ years ago. A month after she died, lightning struck and killed the colt’s dam and suckling half-brother at the Louisiana farm where they resided. Then Hendrickson’s barn burned.

“I think we’re due,” Hendrickson said, alluding to a victory by Lori’s Darling after the run of horrible luck. “He’s working awesome, this horse (who has three consecutive bullet works over the Keeneland Polytrack). I think his mommy and Lori are looking down on him. I think all of them are looking down on him.”

Hendrickson understandably tears up when she talks about the animals that died in the fire (a goat survived) and said she heals a little more each day. Remembering the horses and the cats helps, and she included photos of them in the spiral-bound “gallop chart” she uses to record the activities of her current runners.

Following the Keeneland meet, Hendrickson plans to train a small string at Fair Grounds while returning to her Louisville home to continue to work with her husband.

“You wouldn’t be in this business if you weren’t a dreamer,” she said. “It’s a part of my life; it really is. Everybody says you can never walk away from it. I think I really believe it now.”

GALLOPING OUT

Trainer Conor Murphy scored his first Keeneland victory when he sent out 15-1 longshot Bailoutbobby to win Wednesday’s seventh race. Owned by Jack Sisterson’s Three Lions Racing, the 3-year-old Mizzen Mast colt won the 1¼-mile allowance race by two lengths in 2:01.40. James Graham rode the winner. …

Nikki’s Sandcastle, runner-up in last year’s Fayette (G2), worked five furlongs in :59.80 Thursday morning in preparation for this year’s renewal – now sponsored by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute – to be run Oct. 26.

FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS

Friday, Oct. 18

College Scholarship Day. Keeneland and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders hold this popular event, which 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. The 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 also can 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).

Tailgating on The Hill. Located adjacent to the Keene Barn and Entertainment Center, The Hill features a variety of food trucks, a jumbo television screen featuring Keeneland racing, the Keeneland Gift Shop, wireless wagering and wagering terminals, and race-day programs and general admission tickets available for purchase. A complimentary shuttle will take fans to the grandstand. BETologists will be on hand to assist fans.

The Keeneland Gift Shop will feature University of Kentucky merchandise and the Vineyard Vines collection from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Friday Pick 4 Presented by TVG. A $200,000-guaranteed pool will be offered on the last four races of the day.

Craft Beer Tent. A craft beer tent in the North Terrace will feature popular local craft beers.

Saturday, Oct. 19

Sunrise Trackside. Fans can experience the sights and sounds of Keeneland before the gates open for the race day. It’s a morning filled with fun for family or out-of-town guests featuring:

Breakfast With the Works – Sponsored by Dunkin Donuts and WLEX-18. Watch the horses during their morning workouts while enjoying breakfast in the trackside Equestrian Room from 
7-8:30 a.m. Breakfast is $7; children under three eat free.

Children’s Activities – Join us in the Kids Club Corner, adjacent to the Equestrian Room, from 
7-9 a.m. for free children’s activities, including photos in colorful jockey silks and face painting. Sign up for Keeneland Kids Club and meet the Kids Club mascot, Buckles.

Tours – Race fans can take a free tour of Keeneland’s grounds from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Tours will begin at the Welcome Center in the paddock.

Paddock Demonstration – A demonstration by the North American Racing Academy, which is part of the Bluegrass Community and Technical College and trains jockeys and others pursuing careers in the racing industry, will be featured in the paddock at 8:45 a.m.

Handicapping Seminar – Need a little help making your picks for the day? Keeneland offers a free trackside handicapping seminar at 11:30 a.m.

Jockey Q&A – Ever wonder what it feels like to ride a Thoroughbred? Fans can submit questions to Joe Rocco Jr. during a Q&A session at 12:05 p.m. in the walking ring.

Jockey Autograph Book – Patrons may purchase a full-color jockey autograph book featuring riders from Keeneland’s legendary jockey colony at Sunrise Trackside or the Keeneland Gift Shop. The books are $5; proceeds benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

Tailgating on The Hill. Located adjacent to the Keene Barn and Entertainment Center, The Hill will feature a variety of food trucks, a jumbo television screen featuring Keeneland racing and SEC college football, live Bluegrass music on Saturdays, the Keeneland Gift Shop, wireless wagering and wagering terminals, and race-day programs and general admission tickets available for purchase. A complimentary shuttle will take fans to the grandstand. BETologists will be on hand to assist fans.

 

The Keeneland Gift Shop will feature University of Kentucky merchandise and the Vineyard Vines collection from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Craft Beer Tent. A craft beer tent in the North Terrace will feature popular local craft beers.

FALL MEET LEADERS
Through Oct. 16

Jockey

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

John Velazquez

28

7

8

5

$1,015,731

Rosie Napravnik

49

7

6

8

$287,620

Joe Rocco Jr.

42

6

4

8

$313,485

Robby Albarado

39

5

4

1

$629,149

 

 

Trainer

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Michael J. Maker

39

6

3

6

$364,323

Wesley A. Ward

20

4

4

2

$253,752

Todd A. Pletcher

7

4

1

0

$359,071

Mark E. Casse

17

3

2

1

$404,260

Wayne Catalano

20

3

1

2

$218,091

Tom Proctor

16

3

0

2

$101,755

 

 

Jockey Rosie Napravnik on Tricky Hat, her mount in today’s Sycamore (G3): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmWruuSOV5w&feature=youtu.be 
Jockey Joe Rocco Jr. on Summer of Fun in Friday’s Pin Oak Valley View (G3) and Lighthouse Bay in Saturday’s Lexus Raven Run (G2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plTHIqe9nq8&feature=youtu.be
Trainer Dale Romans on Sustained in the Pin Oak Valley View: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViXh0n5nqUU&feature=youtu.be
Trainer Mike Stidham on Every Way in the Pin Oak Valley View: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Pe03A9S5yk&feature=youtu.be

 

 

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