Keeneland Barn Notes for Tuesday, April 8

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WISE DAN WORKS TOWARD 2014 DEBUT

Two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan put the finishing touches on his likely 2014 debut with a breeze through the stretch early Tuesday morning at Keeneland.

With regular morning partner Damien Rock aboard, Wise Dan covered the quarter-mile of the stretch in :22.80 and galloped out three furlongs in :35 on his own in preparation for Friday’s Maker’s 46 Mile (G1).

“I told Damien to let him roll at the quarter pole,” trainer Charlie LoPresti said. “I got him in 11s (seconds) at every pole.”

LoPresti used the Maker’s 46 Mile as the launching pad for Wise Dan’s 2013 championship campaign for breeder and owner Morton Fink.

“You have to get started somewhere and you can’t worry about getting beat,” LoPresti said. “In a perfect world, I’d like to have another five-eighths work, but with the weather that we had, that was the hand I was dealt.

“If he is going to be vulnerable, this is it because the others that are in there have been running.”

Weather remains one of the factors for LoPresti regarding Wise Dan’s participation Friday. There was a slight chance of rain in the forecast for later Tuesday and a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms Friday.

“It depends on the weather and I am going to walk the turf course today to see how much grass there is on it and see what I think,” LoPresti said.
 

LOCHTE TUNES UP FOR MAKER’S 46 MILE

Crossed Sabres Farm’s Lochte worked three furlongs in :36 after the renovation break with Jennifer Young, assistant to trainer Marcus Vitali, aboard.

Working on his own, Lochte went through the stretch in :24 and galloped out in :36 to the seven-eighths pole.

“That was good,” Young said. “He had done his major work before he left Calder (a half-mile in :48 on March 30).”

Lochte enters Friday’s Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) off a runner-up effort in the Frank Kilroe Mile (G1) at Santa Anita on March 8.

“He stayed out there maybe three or four days after the race before flying back,” Young said of the winner of the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1). “He was going to get a week off when he got back, but after a few days he let us know he wanted to get back to the track.”

Vitali and jockey Orlando Bocachica were scheduled to leave Calder after training hours Tuesday to drive to Lexington with an early Wednesday arrival anticipated.

Part of the team that arrived with Lochte on April 3 is groom and hot walker Wayne Barnett, who has been with the Vitali barn for a year.

A winner of 918 races in his riding career, Barnett, 47, rode Tong Po to victory in the 1991 Tesio (G3) at Pimlico for his lone graded stakes score and Sparrowvon to an eighth-place finish in the 1985 Preakness, becoming the first African-American jockey since Willie Simms in 1898 to ride in the Preakness.
 

TOYOTA BLUE GRASS CONTENDERS

The maximum number of starters for the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) on Saturday will be limited to 14. In the event that more than 14 pass the entry box, the 14 starters will be determined at that time with preference given to graded stakes winners (in order 1-2-3) then highest earnings.

Post positions for the Toyota Blue Grass will be drawn on Wednesday. TVG will carry live coverage of the draw from 11:30 a.m.-noon. The draw will be hosted by Tom Leach and Todd Schrupp.

For more about the race, including charts of past races, visit Keeneland.com/Bluegrass.

Here are the contenders for this year’s race listed in order of preference:
 

Horse

Jockey

Trainer (Barn)

Last Race

Last Work (@ KEE unless indicated)

Bobby’s Kitten

Javier Castellano

Chad Brown (12)

Won 3/8 allowance @TAM

5f in 1:00.20 on 4/5

Casiguapo

Rajiv Maragh

Mario Morales (22)

5th 2/2 AOC @GP

3f in :34.80 on 4/7

Asserting Bear

Emma-Jayne Wilson

Reade Baker (6)

4th Spiral (G3) @TP on 3/22

4f in :48 on 4/7

Dance With Fate

Corey Nakatani

Peter Eurton (22)

2nd El Camino Real Derby (G3) @GG on 2/15

5f in 1:01.40 @ SA on 4/5

Vinceremos (K)

Edgar Prado

Todd Pletcher (6)

2nd Tampa Bay Derby (G2) on 3/8

4f in :49.25 @Palm Meadows on 4/6

Harry’s Holiday (K)

Rosie Napravnik

Mike Maker (30)

2nd Spiral (G3) @TP on 3/22

5f in 1:01.60 @Trackside on 4/5

Extrasexyhippzster

Julian Pimentel

Michael Trombetta (19)

8th Gotham (G3) @AQU on 3/1

4f in :46 on 4/6

Coastline (K)

Stewart Elliott

Mark Casse (1)

3rd Spiral (G3) @TP on 3/22

5f in 1:00.40 on 4/4

Mr Speaker

Jose Lezcano

Shug McGaughey (33)

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

4f in :46.20 on 4/6

So Lonesome

Joe Rocco Jr.

Tom Bush (35)

9th Palm Beach (G3) @GP on 3/2

5f in :59.50 @Palm Meadows on 4/2

Gala Award (K)

John Velazquez

Todd Pletcher (6)

Won Palm Beach (G3) @GP on 3/2

4f in :49.25 @Palm Meadows on 4/6

Medal Count (K)

Robby Albarado

Dale Romans (CD)

Won Transylvania (G3) @KEE on 4/4

 

Big Bazinga (K)

Brian Hernandez Jr.

Katerina Vassilieva (22)

5th Spiral (G3) @TP on 3/22

4f in :47.60 on 4/6

Scotland* (K)

 

Anthony Dutrow

Won maiden @PARX on 3/22

5f in 1:01 @Fair Hill on 4/5

Pablo Del Monte

Victor Espinoza

Wesley Ward (47)

3rd Hutcheson (G3) @GP on 2/1

6f in 1:13 on 4/4

Coltimus Prime

Alan Garcia

Justin Nixon (23)

9th Tampa Bay Derby (G2) on 3/8

5f in 1:01.20 on 4/7

Divine Oath (K)

Julien Leparoux

Todd Pletcher (6)

Won AOC @GP on 2/22

4f in :50.60 @Palm Meadows on 4/6

 

(K) = Keeneland sale graduate

* Possible

FRANKEL’S HALF-BROTHER ENTERED THURSDAY

Morpheus, a 4-year-old half-brother to British superstar Frankel, makes his North American debut here in Thursday’s eighth race, a 6½-furlong allowance optional claiming race on the main track. The son of Oasis Dream (GB) is a homebred racing for Khaled Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms and is trained by Racing Hall of Famer Bill Mott.

Morpheus began his career in England and won three races in eight starts. He was sent to Mott at the end of last year and most recently has trained at Palm Meadows in Florida.

Frankel, considered one of the finest horses to race in Britain in recent years, at 6 is in his first season at stud at Abdullah’s Banstead Manor Farm in Newmarket, England.

SPRING MEET LEADERS

Through April 6 (3 days of racing)

Jockey

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Julien Leparoux

19

6

0

4

$224,433

Stewart Elliott

14

5

1

2

$152,472

Joe Rocco Jr.

12

4

1

0

$162,740

Joel Rosario

11

2

1

2

$271,843

Alan Garcia

4

2

1

1

$83,700

 

11 jockeys with one win each.

Trainer

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Mark Casse

13

4

2

4

$178,467

Ken McPeek

7

3

0

2

$237,195

H. Graham Motion

9

2

2

2

$101,857

21 trainers with one win each.
 

HALF-BROTHER TO TAPIT BRINGS $1 MILLION 
TO TOP KEENELAND APRIL SALE

The Malibu Moon colt who is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner and leading sire Tapit brought $1 million Monday during the 22ndannual Keeneland April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. He was purchased by the partnership of Gainesway, Greg Goodman’s Mt. Brilliant Farm and Robert LaPenta.

The price marked the first time since 2009 that the sale’s highest-priced horse reached $1 million.

“We sold the first horse for $1 million in many years and the second-highest price ($770,000) was higher than last year,”Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell said. “There was a large number of trainers and a healthy pool of buyers here, underlining the fact that Keeneland is a great place to sell 2-year-olds.”

For more information about the April Sale, click here.

TOYOTA BLUE GRASS WEEK SPECIAL EVENTS

Wednesday, April 9

WINS-day Challenge handicapping contest presented by Malone’s. At Wagering Central, fans can sign up to play for a $10 entry fee then place a mythical $2 win and place wager on Keeneland Races 3 through 8. The contest offers a guaranteed $2,500 pool, and the first 200 participants receive a free Daily Racing Form and a card for an appetizer at Malone’s. The first-, second- and third-place finishers receive cash prizes and a gift card from Malone’s.

Thursday, April 10, through Sunday, April 13

The Keeneland Gift Shop Presents a meet and greet with hat milliner Christine A. Moore from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

Friday, April 11

Maker’s Mark Commemorative Bottle signing. The bottle, which features University of Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops, benefits UKs HealthCare’s Gill Heart Institute. The bottle signing is from 6:30-9 a.m. ET. Click here for more information.

The Hill. Keeneland’s official tailgate lot, which is adjacent to the Keene Barn, features food trucks, a jumbo television screen, wireless wagering and wagering terminals, race-day programs, a Keeneland Gift Shop kiosk and free shuttles to the track. BETologists, Keeneland’s wagering experts, will be available to answer fans’ questions.

Craft Beer Tent. A special selection of craft beers is available on the North Terrace patio and includes Country Boy, Kentucky Ale Kolsch, Land Shark, Shock Top, Sierra Nevada and Sweetwater.

Friday Pick 4 Presented by TVG. A $200,000-guaranteed pool will be offered on Races 6-9. Race 9 is the Maker’s 46 Mile (G1).

Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12

The Keeneland Gift Shop Presents the Bosom Buddy Bags trunk show from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
 

Saturday, April 12

Sunrise Trackside sponsored by LEX18, the Lexington Herald-Leader and Dunkin’ Donuts offers activities for all ages beginning at 7 a.m. ET.  Fans can enjoy Breakfast With the Works, a Southern-style breakfast and trackside commentary during the morning workouts (until 8:30 a.m.); children’s activities in the Kids Club Corner (7-9 a.m.); a show-and-tell with Old Friends; a demonstration by the Kentucky Horse Park ponies in the Paddock (9 a.m.); guided walking tours of Keeneland (8-10 a.m.); trackside handicapping seminar (11:30 a.m.); and a Q&A session with a jockey Javier Castellano in the Paddock (12:05 p.m.). Keeneland Bugler Steve Buttleman will also be on hand to take photos with fans.

The Hill. Keeneland’s official tailgate lot located adjacent to the Keene Barn, will feature food trucks, a jumbo television screen, wireless wagering and wagering terminals, race-day programs, a Keeneland Gift Shop kiosk, free shuttles to the track and live bluegrass music. BETologists will be available to answer fans’ questions.

Craft Beer Tent. A special selection of craft beers is available on the North Terrace patio and includes Country Boy, Kentucky Ale Kolsch, Land Shark, Shock Top, Sierra Nevada and Sweetwater.

All-Stakes Pick 4 presented by TVG. The $300,000 guaranteed Pick Four features Races 8-11, the Shakertown (G3), Madison (G1), Jenny Wiley (G1) and Toyota Blue Grass (G1).

All-Stakes Pick 5 presented by TVG. The $300,000 guaranteed Pick Five features Races 7-11, the Commonwealth (G3), Shakertown (G3), Madison (G1), Jenny Wiley (G1), and Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1).

Sunday, April 13

Horses and Hope Pink Day. Horses and Hope is First Lady Jane Beshear’s initiative to reach women working in Kentucky’s horse industry with education about breast cancer and mammography screening. In conjunction with the day’s festivities, Keeneland will honor “Ladies of the Turf,” nearly 30 retired and active female jockeys, including those who were first allowed to ride in 1969 and some of the most accomplished members of their profession. The women also will sign a commemorative fundraising poster created by horse racing cartoonist Peb. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the track to raise breast cancer awareness and interact with the jockeys during the day’s events.

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