Keeneland Barn Notes for Tuesday, Oct. 8

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  • DEFENDING CHAMPION MADAME GIRY TOPS FIELD OF 12 FOR BUFFALO TRACE FRANKLIN COUNTY
  • ARNOLD HAS DOUBLE-BARRELED ASSAULT SET FOR WEDNESDAY’S JP MORGAN CHASE JESSAMINE
  • PROSPECTIVE FIELDS FOR THIRD-WEEK STAKES
  • LOCAL FARMS HELP KIDS’ WISHES COME TRUE
  • UK AND ALABAMA FOOTBALL FANS INVITED TO SEE BLUE DAY
  • FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS
  • FALL MEET LEADERS

 

DEFENDING CHAMPION MADAME GIRY TOPS FIELD OF 12 FOR BUFFALO TRACE FRANKLIN COUNTY

Nutmeg Stable’s Madame Giry, whose 2½-length victory in the 2012 Buffalo Trace Franklin County capped a five-race win streak, heads a field of 12 fillies and mares and two also-eligibles entered Tuesday for this year’s renewal of the 5½-furlong grass sprint.

The $100,000 race will go as the ninth race on Friday’s 10-race program with a 5:21 p.m. (ET) post time.

Trained by Cam Gambolati, Madame Giry will attempt to become the second horse to win the race or its equivalent in consecutive years, joining Ayrial Delight, who won in 1998-99 when the race was called the A.P. Indy.

Eddie Castro, who was aboard Madame Giry in her victory here last year, has the mount Friday and will break from post position eight.

Madame Giry will carry 122 pounds, as will Paul Pompa Jr.’s Silverette, winner of the Turf Amazon at Parx in her most recent start. Undefeated in her only two starts on grass, Silverette is trained by Dale Romans and will be ridden by Robby Albarado, breaking from post position seven.

Also seeking a second Keeneland stakes win is Don Considine and Steve Snowden’s Sweet Cassiopeia, who capped off a five-race win streak with a triumph in this spring’s Giant’s Causeway, also at 5½ furlongs. Trained by Bill Connelly, Sweet Cassiopeia returns to the grass Friday after finishing second on the dirt at Churchill Downs last month in the Open Mind.

A victory Friday would make Sweet Cassiopeia the fourth horse to sweep Keeneland’s turf sprint stakes for fillies and mares in the same year, joining Dyna Da Wyna (2004), Confessional (2001) and Ayrial Delight (1999).

Sweet Cassiopeia will be ridden by Joe Rocco Jr., and break from post position two.

The field for the Buffalo Trace Franklin County, from the inside out, is as follows: Magical Moon (Brian Hernandez Jr., 118 pounds), Sweet Cassiopeia (Rocco Jr., 120), Making Waves (Kendrick Carmouche, 120), Ms Anna Destiny (Shaun Bridgmohan, 120), Lignite (John Velazquez, 118), Facey’s Spirit (James Graham, 120), Silverette (Albarado, 122), Madame Giry, (Castro, 122), Bounding Bi (Calvin Borel, 120), Dene Court (Gary Boulanger, 120), Queen’s Award (Kent Desormeaux, 120) and Jan’s Perfect Star (Ricardo Santana Jr., 120). Also-eligibles: Trippin’ Along (Channing Hill, 120) andMosaicist (IRE) (Rosie Napravnik, 120).

ARNOLD HAS DOUBLE-BARRELED ASSAULT SET FOR WEDNESDAY’S JPMORGAN CHASE JESSAMINE

Wednesday’s 23rd running of the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) for 2-year-old fillies is the final “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup. Trainer Rusty Arnold is taking two shots at the 1 1/16-mile contest that will earn the winner a spot in the $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.

Arnold has Regis Racing’s Zinzay, who broke her maiden at first asking at the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine distance on the grass at Saratoga, and G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Pretty Fancy, a maiden winner in her second start on grass at Kentucky Downs.

Zinzay rewarded her backers with a $41.80 mutuel when she won her debut, but she was not a surprise to Arnold.

“They paid a lot of money for her ($700,000) and when we got her, she had already been working halves in Florida for Niall Brennan and she is bred for grass,” Arnold said of the daughter of Smart Strike out of an Unbridled’s Song mare. “It is tough to win going a mile and sixteenth first out, but she did everything right. We have given her plenty of time and she has had two good works here.”

Joe Rocco Jr., who was aboard for the victory at Saratoga, retains the mount Wednesday.

“Pretty Fancy is just the opposite of Zinzay,” Arnold said. “She’s an improving filly. She was very green in her first start at Ellis Park and she ran in spurts. When we took her to Kentucky Downs, she had another horse pass her and she came back on to win. I tried to get her in three races here and none of them went, so I guess maybe they were trying to tell me something and I put her in the stakes.”

Victor Lebron will have the mount Wednesday.

PROSPECTIVE FIELDS FOR THIRD-WEEK STAKES

Richlyn Farm’s Lighthouse Bay, winner of the Prioress (G1) at Saratoga in July, headlines the prospective field for the 15thrunning of the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2) at seven furlongs for 3-year-old fillies on the main track scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19.

Trained by George Weaver, Lighthouse Bay has won two other stakes and was fifth in the Test (G1) in her most recent start.

Among the other probables for the race, according to Keeneland stakes coordinator Allison DeLuca, is Ciao Bella Luna, winner of this spring’s Beaumont (G2) here, and Silsita, winner of the Bourbonette Oaks (G3) at Turfway Park this spring. Also considered probable are Eden PrairieFully Living and Jewel of a Cat. …

The 1-2 finishers from this spring’s Appalachian (G3), Sure Thing Stables’ Unbelievable Dream and Pin Oak Stable’sOverheard, top the probables for the 23rd running of the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) at 1 1/16 miles on the turf for 3-year-old fillies scheduled for Friday, Oct. 18.

Other probables, according to DeLuca, are She’s PopularStormin Elle and Sustained. …

Among the possible starters for next Thursday’s 19th running of the $100,000 Sycamore (G3) at 1½ miles on the turf are the 1-2 finishers from the Arlington Handicap (G3), Rahystrada and Temeraine.

Owned by Robert Courtney Jr., the 9-year-old Rahystrada has earned more than $1.3 million and has won the Arlington Handicap three times. Niall Racing’s Temeraine won the Kentucky Turf Cup (G3) at Kentucky Downs at the Sycamore distance in his most recent start.

Also under consideration for the Sycamore are NutelloSky Blazer and Tricky Hat (CHI). …

Augustin Stable’s Angel Terrace, winner of the 2012 Pin Oak Valley View, headlines the list of probables for the 22nd running of the $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager at 1½ miles on the turf for fillies and mares that is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 20.

Others considered as probable are Left a MessagePreferential (GB) and Valiant Girl (GB).

 

LOCAL FARMS HELP KIDS’ WISHES COME TRUE

Keeneland and nine local Thoroughbred farms are partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the nation’s largest wish-granting charity, to host Make-A-Wish Day on Thursday. That day nine Kentucky children with life-threatening medical conditions and their families will be treated to a VIP afternoon at Keeneland. Each child will present the winning trophy for the race named for his/her sponsor.

The participating farms and organizations are Ashford Stud, Darley, Gainesway, The Frizzy Foundation, Lane’s End Farm, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Shadwell Farm, Stonestreet Farm and Three Chimneys Farm.
 

UK AND ALABAMA FOOTBALL FANS INVITED TO SEE BLUE DAY

Kick off the University of Kentucky’s home football weekend versus two-time defending national champion University of Alabama by tailgating on The Hill for Friday’s racing action.

That day will be See Blue Day, and Keeneland welcomes fans from both schools. The Hill will have dedicated fan zones for Kentucky and Alabama, appearances by the UK cheerleaders, live music and a handicapping challenge between Tom Leach and Alabama radio announcer Eli Gold. Proceeds from the handicapping challenge will benefit Kentucky’s DanceBlue and the University of Alabama Dance Marathon.

With kickoff Saturday set for 7 p.m., fans also can enjoy The Hill on Saturday, where big-screen televisions will show earlier Southeastern Conference football games. LexTran will have a shuttle available to take fans back and forth between Keeneland and Commonwealth Stadium.

FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS

Wednesday, Oct. 9: “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.

Wednesday, Oct. 9: Library Lecture Series: Racecourse Architecture. The Keeneland Library Lecture Series presents “Racecourse Architecture” by Paul Roberts from 7:30-9:30 p.m. (ET) in the Keeneland Library.

Thursday, Oct. 10: Make-A-Wish Day. Local Thoroughbred farms have teamed with Keeneland to grant wishes for nine deserving children. Fans are invited to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation and cheer on these children as they present the trophies for all nine races. The children and their families will be treated to a VIP day at the races.

Friday, Oct. 11: See Blue Day. Kick off the University of Kentucky’s home football weekend versus two-time defending national champion University of Alabama by tailgating on The Hill for Friday’s racing action. The Hill will have dedicated fan zones for Kentucky and Alabama fans, appearances by the UK cheerleaders, live music and a handicapping challenge between Tom Leach and Alabama radio announcer Eli Gold. Proceeds will benefit Kentucky’s DanceBlue and the University of Alabama Dance Marathon.

FALL MEET LEADERS

Through Oct. 6

Jockey

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

John Velazquez

18

4

6

4

$812,768

Rosie Napravnik

15

3

2

2

$119,393

Robby Albarado

12

2

3

0

$532,387

Garrett Gomez

8

2

1

0

$220,094

Miguel Mena

4

2

1

0

$108,740

Shaun Bridgmohan

18

2

0

4

$164,103

Julien Leparoux

12

2

0

0

$273,269

Mike Smith

3

2

0

0

$344,800

 

10 riders with one win.

 

Trainer

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Mark E. Casse

9

3

2

1

$400,460

Todd A. Pletcher

5

3

1

0

$316,771

Wesley A. Ward

6

2

1

1

$159,536

Michael J. Maker

14

2

0

1

$ 42,446

William I. Mott

5

2

0

1

$341,540

Dale L. Romans

8

2

0

0

$491,506

Kellyn Gorder

3

2

0

0

$ 67,445

 

13 trainers with one win.

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