FRIDAY, OCT. 6
Owner Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak Plantation and jockey Robby Albarado both are one win away from milestone victories at Keeneland and could score them today, opening day of the Fall Meet.
A win by Dancing in today’s ninth race, the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1), will be Live Oak’s eighth graded stakes win here, earning the Keeneland Tray. Dancing, a 2-year-old filly by Bernardini, is trained by Mark Casse.
The Keeneland Tray is part of Keeneland’s signature Milestone Trophy Program, which recognizes owners for their stakes success here. Only 20 other owners in Keeneland history have achieved such an accomplishment.
Live Oak’s other graded stakes wins at Keeneland are 2005 Stonerside Beaumont (G2) with In the Gold; 2006 Maker’s Mark Mile (G2) with Miesque’s Approval and Sycamore Breeders’ Cup (G3) with Revved Up; 2007 Jenny Wiley (G3) with My Typhoon (IRE); 2011 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) with Brilliant Speed; and two during the 2017 Spring Meet: Shakertown (G2) with Holding Gold and Commonwealth (G3) with Awesome Slew.
Albarado needs one more win for his 500th victory at Keeneland. He has mounts in the first, third, fifth, seventh, ninth and 10th races today.
Albarado, who scored his first Keeneland win during the 1996 Fall Meet, is the third-leading rider here by wins behind Pat Day (918) and Don Brumfield (716).
His first Keeneland stakes win was the 1996 Sycamore on Gleaming Key. Now with 52 Keeneland stakes wins, ranking him fifth on the list of the track’s leading jockeys by stakes victories, he has won three runnings of the Shadwell Turf Mile: Thorn Song (2008), Court Vision (2009) and Silver Max (2013).
Albarado has been the leading rider four times (Spring 2002, Spring 2003, Fall 2008, Fall 2009).