Keeneland Barn Notes, Wed., Oct. 24

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· CLOSING-DAY FAYETTE ATTRACTS FIELD OF 11
· TAKE CHARGE INDY READY FOR COMEBACK IN FAYETTE
· A DIFFERENT WISE DAN READY FOR SECOND BREEDERS’ CUP TRY
· FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS
· 2012 FALL MEET LEADERS

 

 CLOSING-DAY FAYETTE ATTRACTS FIELD OF 11

Florida Derby (G1) winner Take Charge Indy plus Keeneland track record-holder Newsdad, top a field of 11 runners entered Wednesday morning for Saturday’s 55th running of the $150,000 Fayette (G2).

The Fayette, contested at 1 1/8 miles on the main track, will go as the ninth race on Saturday’s 10-race program with a 5:21 p.m. (ET) post time. First post time is 1:05 p.m.

Chuck and Maribeth Sandford’s Take Charge Indy, making his first start against older horses, has not run since being injured in the Kentucky Derby (G1) on May 5. Trained by Pat Byrne, the A.P. Indy colt won the Florida Derby in his start before the Kentucky Derby. Calvin Borel has the mount on Take Charge Indy, who will break from post position five.

James Karp’s Newsdad, owner of the Keeneland Polytrack record for 1 ¼ miles (2:00.61), won the Pan American (G2) on turf in March at Gulfstream Park. Trained by Bill Mott, who saddled Go Between to win the Fayette in 2007, Newsdad will break from post position four and be ridden by Julien Leparoux.

The field for the Fayette, from the rail out, is as follows: Guys Reward (Corey Lanerie, 121 pounds), Photo Shoot (Scott Spieth, 121), Nikki’s Sandcastle (Leandro Goncalves, 121), Newsdad (Julien Leparoux, 123), Take Charge Indy (Calvin Borel, 122), Salto (IRE) (Rosie Napravnik, 121), Golden Yank (Shaun Bridgmohan, 121), Middie (Jon Court, 121), Vertiformer (James Graham, 121), Eye of the Leopard (Joe Rocco Jr., 121) and Twinspired (Victor Lebron, 121).

 

TAKE CHARGE INDY READY FOR COMEBACK IN FAYETTE

The big year trainer Pat Byrne envisioned for Take Charge Indy came to a crashing halt on Kentucky Derby (G1) day when the regally bred colt exited the race with a left ankle injury.

Come Saturday, phase two starts for Take Charge Indy as he will face older horses for the first time in the Fayette (G2) at 1 1/8 miles on the main track.

“He came back to the barn August 2,” Byrne said Wednesday morning from Louisville. “He’s had three three-quarter-mile works and has a lot of miles under him. (Jockey) Calvin (Borel) worked him three works back and he went 1:13 and 1 and Calvin said he’s ready.”

Owned by Chuck and Maribeth Sandford, the son of A.P. Indy out of four-time Keeneland graded stakes winner Take Charge Lady burst onto the Triple Crown scene with a victory in the Florida Derby (G1) in which he defeated eventual Belmont (G1) winner Union Rags. Then came the disappointment of the Kentucky Derby.

“This is a good place to get started back and I can do it without shipping all over the country,” Byrne said. “He has run OK on Polytrack and he did not get beat that far last year by Dullahan (in the Grade 1 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity). I had considered the Barbaro (last Saturday) at Delaware Park.

“He’s ready to go. Ideally, I’d like a mile and a sixteenth, but there are not too many places to go. The Clark Handicap (G1 on November 23 at Churchill Downs) is the main objective and I’ve got the Dubai World Cup (G1) in the back of my mind.”

 

A DIFFERENT WISE DAN READY FOR SECOND BREEDERS’ CUP TRY

The Wise Dan that leaves Tuesday for Santa Anita and the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) on November 3 is a different animal than the Wise Dan that made his Breeders’ Cup debut in the Sprint (G1) two years ago at Churchill Downs.

“It’s like night and day. He’s bigger and stronger now and I always thought he was a better two-turn horse,” trainer Charles Lopresti said Wednesday morning as he watched Wise Dan gallop under exercise rider Damien Rock on the training track.

“He was just a 3-year-old and he jumped up and won the Phoenix (G3), which was a Win and You’re In for the Breeders’ Cup. He didn’t run a bad race; he only got beat 2 ½ lengths and was stuck down on the inside.”

Owned by breeder Morton Fink, Wise Dan did not make his grass debut until the Firecracker (G2) in July 2011.

“I was actually hoping to get him in an allowance race, but it didn’t fill,” Lopresti said. “I worked him on grass for the first time two weeks before the Firecracker. I was on the backside and did not see it all but the folks on the front side said he came home in :23 and they saw what we see when he works here.”

Wise Dan, by Wiseman’s Ferry, has won four of five races on the turf at a mile and Lopresti can’t think of a better horse to take with him for his first trip to Santa Anita.

“Win, lose or draw, I know I have a good horse,” Lopresti said. “They are the best horses in the world, but this horse has done nothing wrong and I know he is fit.”                                                     

 

FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS

 Friday, October 26

Fan Appreciation Day. Patrons will be treated to a sample of Keeneland’s famous bread pudding in the North Terrace from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Friday Pick 4, presented by TVG. Guaranteed pool of $200,000.

Friday Happy Hour. Live music and simulcast wagering in the Paddock immediately after Keeneland’s final live race at 5:53 p.m. (ET).

  

KEENELAND 2012 FALL MEET LEADERS

(Stats Through Sunday, October 21)

Current Meet Leading Jockeys

Name                         Sts       1st        2nd      3rd      Purses

Julien Leparoux           82        18        9          8          $846,226

Corey Lanerie              74        11        5          9          $450,606

Shaun Bridgmohan      62        9          7          8          $472,206

James Graham             82        8          9          18        $694,628

Jon Court                     57        7          4          6          $270,827

Victor Lebron              46        6          4          1          $162,956

Rosie Napravnik          57        5          8          5          $243,575

John Velazquez           29        5          5          2          $656,877

Gabriel Saez                38        5          2          3          $167,025

Javier Castellano          21        5          1          1          $486,365

Marcelino Pedroza Jr.  34        4          9          3          $153,099

Jesus Castanon            31        4          6          3          $140,056

Brian Hernandez Jr.     54        4          5          2          $137,865

Julio Garcia                 12        4          5          0          $129,730

 

Current Meet Leading Trainers

Name                         Sts       1st        2nd      3rd      Purses

Michael Maker             43        9          8          3          $453,841

Todd Pletcher              37        7          2          1          $683,242

Wesley Ward               25        6          6          3          $305,015

Wayne Catalano          33        4          2          3          $211,017

H. Graham Motion      24        3          3          3          $159,375

Bill Mott                      14        3          1          1          $149,269

Charles Lopresti          9          3          0          2          $509,870

Tevis Q. McCauley      9          3          0          1          $  60,367

George R. Arnold II    23        2          9          4          $228,212

Timothy Hamm           14        2          3          0          $  59,289

Eddie Kenneally          11        2          2          1          $  87,452

Michael Stidham          8          2          1          6          $301,127

Merrill Scherer             12        2          1          3          $  53,253

Steve Margolis             9          2          1          2          $129,189

Jonathan Sheppard      9          2          1          1          $129,636

Shug McGaughey        8          2          1          1          $132,531

Eduardo Caramori       8          2          1          1          $  60,854

Chris Block                  5          2          1          1          $  86,514

Mark Casse                  4          2          1          1          $352,500

Philip Oliver                5          2          1          0          $  77,864

Philip Sims                  15        2          0          2          $  66,782

Dale Romans               23        2          0          0          $323,445

Tim Richardson           8          2          0          0          $  41,843

Chad Brown                6          2          0          0          $358,510

Michael Ann Ewing     3          2          0          0          $  27,660

 

Current Meet Leading Owners

Name                                                                                     Wins

Ken and Sarah Ramsey                                                               7

Klaravich Stables (Seth Klarman) & William H. Lawrence        3

Augustin Stable (George Strawbridge Jr.)                                  2

E. Paul Robsham Stable (Mrs. E. Paul Robsham)                      2

G. Watts Humphrey Jr. & St. George Farm (Ian Banwell)         2

John Chandler                                                                            2

John C. Oxley                                                                             2

Lothenbach Stables Inc. (Robert J. Lothenbach)                        2

Richard, Elaine & Bertram Klein                                               2

Ripplewood Farm (Chris Duff)                                                   2

Wesley Ward                                                                              2

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