INGLORIOUS, MYSTICAL STAR TOP FIELD OF EIGHT FOR HILLIARD LYONS DOUBLEDOGDARE
Donver Stable’s Inglorious, winner of the 2011 Queens Plate against males, heads a field of eight entered Tuesday for Friday’s 19th running of the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (G3) for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
The Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare will go as the ninth race on Friday’s 10-race program with a 5:13 p.m. (ET) post time. First post time is 1:05 p.m.
Trained by Josie Carroll, Inglorious enters Friday’s race off a third-place finish in the Suwannee River Stakes (G3) on turf at Gulfstream Park on February 9. In her most recent start on an all weather surface, Inglorious finished third as the favorite in the Bayakoa Handicap (G2) at Betfair Hollywood Park on December 12.
Julien Leparoux will have the mount Friday on Inglorious, who will break from post position three.
Figuring to vie with Inglorious for favoritism is Cheyenne Stables’ Mystical Star, runner-up in the Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (G1) here last fall. Trained by Christophe Clement, Mystical Star won the New York Stakes (G2) on turf last June at Belmont Park and enters Friday’s race off a third-place finish in the Hillsborough Stakes (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs in her 2013 debut.
Jose Lezcano will have the mount on Mystical Star, who will break from post position five.
The field for the Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare, from the rail out, is as follows: Artemus Kitten (Gary Stevens), Ice Cream Silence (Rosie Napravnik), Inglorious (Leparoux), Alaura Michele (Corey Lanerie), Mystical Star (Lezcano), Sisterhood (Joel Rosario), Lotta Lovin (Alan Garcia) and Minakshi (FR) (Joe Rocco Jr.). All starters will carry 118 pounds.
COOLMORE LEXINGTON WINNER COULD MOVE INTO KENTUCKY DERBY CONTENTION
With 20 points available toward the 139th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) for the winner of Saturday’s $200,000 Coolmore Lexington (G3), a spot in the Churchill Downs starting gate on May 4 might be within reach.
The Derby is limited to the top 20 point earners that pass the entry box and with only the Coolmore Lexington and Derby Trial (G3) on April 27 left to run, the cutoff point stands at 20. The first tiebreaker is earnings in non-restricted stakes and the Coolmore Lexington is worth $120,000 to the winner.
The three horses with 20 points are third-place Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) finisher Charming Kitten ($206,000), Code West ($90,000) and Tiz a Minister ($81,000).
Keeneland officials have nine horses confirmed as likely to pass the entry box Wednesday, including the filly Pure Fun. Any Coolmore Lexington points accrued by Pure Fun would be applied to the Kentucky Oaks (G1), which is limited to 14 starters. Pure Fun has 20 points toward the Oaks with the current cut line at 34. A victory would move her to No. 13.
Others considered as probable for the Coolmore Lexington are Cerro (IRE), Examen, Hip Four Sixtynine, Johnny Handsome, Pick of the Litter, Title Contender, Where’s Dominic and Winning Cause. None of these horses has any Kentucky Derby points.
FIELD FOR SUNDAY’S BEN ALI TAKING SHAPE
Grade 1 winners Golden Ticket and Richard’s Kid, plus the possible return of Successful Dan, make for an intriguing list of competitors for Sunday’s 83rd running of the $150,000 Ben Ali (G3) at 1 1/8 miles on the main track.
Golden Ticket dead-heated for the victory in the Travers Stakes (G1) last August and Richard’s Kid is a two-time winner of the Pacific Classic Stakes (G1) on Polytrack at Del Mar. Successful Dan, undefeated in four starts on the Keeneland main track, is scheduled to make his return to the races in the Ben Ali or the Alysheba Presented by Besilu Stables (G2) at Churchill Downs on May 3.
Other graded stakes winners expected to pass the entry box Thursday are Big Blue Kitten, Newsdad, Middie and Prospective. Big Blue Kitten was second to Horse of the Year Wise Dan in last year’s Ben Ali and Newsdad won the Fayette Stakes (G2) here last fall.
Other probable starters are Regulus and Stephanoatsee.
A total of seven fillies and mares are considered probable starters for Saturday’s 17th running of the $100,000 Giant’s Causeway Stakes at 5½ furlongs on the turf.
Topping the probable list is Stone Farm’s Extravaganza, who is two-for-two on the grass in 2013. Trained by Mike Stidham, Extravaganza won the Happy Ticket Stakes at Fair Grounds in her most recent start.
Other likely starters include Kiss in the Forest, Sally Sally, Sensible Lady, Spun Cap, Sweet Cassiopeia and The Cat’s All That.
Team Block’s multiple graded stakes winner Ioya Bigtime worked six furlongs on the turf in 1:19 with regular rider Jeffrey Sanchez up. Prepping for a likely start in the Elkhorn Stakes (G2) on April 26, Ioya Bigtime posted fractions of :14.40, :27.40, :40.60, :54.40 and 1:07.40 with a gallop-out time of 1:33.80 for seven furlongs around the dogs for trainer Chris Block. …
Trainer Roger Attfield, whose runners have won the Bewitch Stakes (G3) three times and the Elkhorn Stakes (G2) four times, sent out possibles for this year’s renewals with Kissable (IRE) (Bewitch) and Forte Dei Marmi (GB) (Elkhorn) working five furlongs in company. Forte Dei Marmi began about a length back and finished near even terms with fractions of :13.20, :26.20, :39.80, :51.80 and 1:02.60. Kissable was clocked in 1:02.80.
Also working toward the Elkhorn was Sky Blazer, who worked a half-mile in :52.60 for trainer Barclay Tagg.
Fadeintoinfinity (GB), working toward a start in Thursday’s Appalachian Stakes (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association, breezed a half-mile in :49.
Trainer Phil Sims was at Keeneland Tuesday morning after spending the winter and early spring at Oaklawn Park, where he had a 25 percent win rate. Also back at Keeneland was stable star Don’t Tell Sophia, who finished third in last Friday’s Apple Blossom Handicap (G1).
“She did great down there,” Sims said of Don’t Tell Sophia, who he owns with Jerry Namy. “She won two stakes, was second in the Azeri (G3) and third in the Apple Blossom.”
Sims indicated the $175,000-added Fleur de Lis (G2) at Churchill Downs on June 15 is a possibility for Don’t Tell Sophia’s next start.
UPCOMING SPRING MEET SPECIAL EVENTS
Wednesday, April 17
Keeneland Handicapping Contest presented by Daily Racing Form. Register at Wagering Central. Entry fee is $10; 100% of fees are returned in prizes, with the top 10 handicappers qualifying to
Keeneland’s Tournament of Champions in November. Winners of the Tournament of Champions receive an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas to compete in the 2014 Coast Casinos Horseplayer World Series.
Wednesday, April 17 - Saturday, April 20
Budweiser Clydesdales. On Wednesday through Friday, fans can have their photo taken with a member of the world-famous team from noon – 1 p.m. at the South Grandstand entrance (weather permitting). On April 20, the Budweiser Clydesdales will appear on Keeneland’s main track between races.
Friday, April 19
Jockey Autograph Signing. Meet retired jockeys, including Pat Day, Jean Cruguet, John Oldham and Patti Cooksey, and current Keeneland riders from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. adjacent to the paddock. Jockeys will sign photos of the current jockey colony, posters and hats to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
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 19 - Sunday, April 21
The Keeneland Gift Shop Presents a trunk show by Dorfman Pacific from 11 a.m –6 p.m.
Saturday, April 20
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 Old Friends equine retirement farm (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 by the Bluegrass band Town Mountain will be featured.
Sunday, April 21
Military Appreciation Day Presented by Windstream. Active and inactive members of the military and their families receive free general admission with a military ID at any pass gate. The North Terrace will be transformed into the Military Family Zone with free food, live music and activities. Because April is the Month of the Military Child, Keeneland will have special giveaways and activities for children in the Military Family Zone from noon-4 p.m.
KEENELAND 2013 SPRING MEET LEADERS
(Stats Through Sunday, April 14)
Current Meet Leading Jockeys
Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Purses
Joel Rosario 46 14 3 5 $516,370
Julien Leparoux 41 8 8 7 $1,049,776
Alan Garcia 28 7 3 1 $381,963
Javier Castellano 22 5 3 3 $324,484
Edgar Prado 19 5 3 2 $282,046
Rosie Napravnik 39 4 7 7 $277,689
Corey Lanerie 53 3 10 8 $234,763
Jesus Castanon 19 3 3 1 $ 94,494
Shaun Bridgmohan 37 2 3 6 $160,586
Miguel Mena 22 2 2 2 $ 99,225
Roberto Morales 15 2 2 0 $ 60,885
Joseph Rocco Jr. 22 2 1 3 $ 80,646
Gary Stevens 10 2 0 1 $ 56,563
John Velazquez 4 2 0 0 $ 93,248
16 jockeys tied with 1 win each.
Current Meet Leading Trainers
Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Purses
Michael Maker 37 9 6 2 $292,642
H. Graham Motion 17 5 4 3 $344,966
Ken McPeek 22 5 3 1 $627,200
Wesley Ward 22 5 1 3 $172,357
Mark Casse 27 4 2 0 $170,640
Shug McGaughey 11 4 2 1 $239,422
Todd Pletcher 8 3 1 2 $364,948
Jonathan Sheppard 4 3 0 0 $105,923
George Arnold II 10 2 1 2 $245,344
Charlie LoPresti 8 2 1 0 $238,187
Eddie Kenneally 6 2 0 1 $ 61,545
33 trainers tied with 1 win each.