Keeneland Fall Meet Opens With Impressive Stakes Performances

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My Conquestadory and Sum of the Parts Punch Breeders’ Cup Tickets With Darley Alcibiades, Stoll Ogden Keenon Phoenix Victories

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 4, 2013) – Conquest Stables’ My Conquestadory overcame a troubled trip to win the 62nd running of the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1) for 2-year-old fillies by 1 ¾ lengths over Rosalind before a fall meet-opening crowd of 15,391 at Keeneland on Friday.

The victory earned My Conquestadory a berth in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) to be run Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.

In the race preceding the Darley Alcibiades, Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s Sum of the Parts earned a spot in the starting gate for the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Xpressbet Sprint (G1) with a repeat victory in the $200,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G3).

In the Darley Alcibiades, My Conquestadory was trapped behind horses on the inside in the run down the backstretch. Approaching the far turn, jockey Eurico Da Silva was able to move off the rail and began picking off rivals to move into contention.

Moving into the short stretch run, My Conquestadory tackled longshot Battlefield Angel, disposed of that rival and had more than enough to hold off Rosalind, who closed from far back to get second.

The victory gave trainer Mark Casse his second consecutive victory in the race coming on the heels of a victory by Spring in the Air in 2012. Casse is the third trainer to win the Darley Alcibiades in consecutive years, joining D. Wayne Lukas in 1988-89 and Ken McPeek in 2000-01.

A 2012 Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduate, My Conquestadory covered the 1 1/16 miles on the main track in 1:45.61. The victory was worth $240,000 and increased My Conquestadory’s earnings to $355,908.

A winner of the TVG Summer Stakes (G2) against the boys in her only other start, My Conquestadory is a Kentucky-bred daughter of Artie Schiller out of the Malibu Moon mare Golden Artemis.

Favored in the field of 12, My Conquestadory returned $4.40, $3.40 and $3. Rosalind, ridden by Victor Lebron, returned $4.80 and $3.80 with Battlefield Angel, ridden by Channing Hill, finishing a half-length back in third and paying $9.20 to show.

Who’s in Town finished 2½ lengths back in fourth and was followed in order by Harlan’s Special, Designer Legs, Personal Diary, Sweetsoutherndame, Russian Night, Maria Maria, Lil Honey Badger and She’s Offlee Good.

In the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix, Sum of the Parts became the first horse since Zuppardo’s Prince (1980-81) to win the race in consecutive years and sixth in the history of the race at Keeneland.

Trained by Tom Amoss and ridden by Leandro Goncalves, Sum of the Parts held off Laugh Track by 1¼ lengths and covered the six furlongs on the main track in 1:09.56. The victory was worth $120,000 and increased Sum of the Part’s earnings to $716,513 with a record of 15-6-2-0. Sum of the Parts is undefeated in three starts on Keeneland’s main track.

Sum of the Parts was first out of the gate in the field of 12 and was pressured early by Jasizzle through a first quarter-mile in :22.51. Go Blue Or Go Home took up the chase on the far turn but never could get by the leader who held off the late charge of Laugh Track to prevail.

Sum of the Parts is a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Speightstown out of the Slew’s Royalty mare Enjoy the Moment.

Sum of the Parts returned $27.20, $12.60 and $6.80. Laugh Track, ridden by Miguel Mena, returned $10.80 and $6.80 with Go Blue Or Go Home, ridden by Paco Lopez, finishing a head back in third and returning $5.40 to show.

Favored Gentlemen’s Bet finished a half-length back in fourth and was followed in order by Occasional View, Marchman, Laurie’s Rocket, Reload, Hoofit (NZ), Winning Cause, Ghost Is Clear and Jasizzle.

Racing continues Saturday with a 10-race program beginning at 1:05 p.m. (ET) with five stakes races, three of them Grade 1s. The centerpiece of Saturday’s racing feast is the appearance of reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan when he takes on nine rivals in the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) that goes as the ninth race with a 5:30 p.m. post time.

Video clip of the Darley Alcibiades (G1)

Video clip of the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G3)

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