Keeneland Barn Notes for Sunday, October 20

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  • LA BREA LIKELY NEXT STOP FOR LEXUS RAVEN RUN WINNER MADAME CACTUS
  • JUDY THE BEAUTY WORKS TOWARD BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE SPRINT
  • COLEBROOK SADDLES FIRST WINNER
  • GALLOPING OUT
  • FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS
  • FALL MEET LEADERS

 

LA BREA LIKELY NEXT STOP FOR LEXUS RAVEN RUN WINNER MADAME CACTUS

Trainer Peter Eurton had a quick stop to make Sunday morning at Keeneland before catching a flight to Los Angeles across the road at Blue Grass Airport. He had to check on Madame Cactus, winner of Saturday’s $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2).

“She will go back home Tuesday,” said Eurton, who is based at Santa Anita. “Her next start probably will be the La Brea (G1) at the end of December.”

Owned by Mr. and Mrs. Marc Ferrell, Madame Cactus was an also-eligible for the race, which was limited to 14 starters, and needed two scratches to run Saturday.

“That was a first for me,” Eurton said of drawing in to a graded stakes and then winning the race. “And then, how many times do you see a ‘16’ win?”

Ridden by Joe Rocco Jr., Madame Cactus got up in the final strides to edge Eden Prairie by a neck.

“I thought she would run well,” trainer Neil Pessin said of Eden Prairie. “It was great to be second, but still a little disappointed not to win, especially for her to run as well as she did and not win.”

Pessin said Eden Prairie would be headed to Fair Grounds.

“We had pointed to this race for two months,” Pessin said. “We will look for something on the dirt or turf at Fair Grounds. There is no Polytrack for a while.”

Third-place finisher My Option, who wound up a neck behind Eden Prairie, is scheduled to return to Chicago on Wednesday, according to Drew Coontz, assistant to trainer Chris Block.

“She’s a tough filly,” Coontz said. “She still never has finished off the board in her career.”

Ciao Bella Luna, winner of this spring’s Beaumont (G2) here, finished fourth in her bid to pull off the Beaumont-Raven Run double.

“She’s fine this morning,” trainer Wayne Catalano said of Ciao Bella Luna.

Lighthouse Bay, winner of the Prioress (G1) at Saratoga this summer, was the defection Madame Cactus needed to get in the race.

“She had trained well on the training track yesterday morning,” trainer George Weaver said. “The state vet came by at 11 and said I needed to take a look at something. She had a foot bruise or an abscess in her left front.”

The Lexus Raven Run marked the second consecutive race from which Lighthouse Bay had to be scratched. On Oct. 2, she acted up in the starting gate and sustained a superficial injury.

“I have never had that happen to me two races in a row,” Weaver said. “And then Joe (Rocco) gets on the winner.”

 

JUDY THE BEAUTY WORKS TOWARD BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE SPRINT

Judy the Beauty, winner of the Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) on Oct. 5, worked five furlongs in company in :59 with Dylan Davis aboard on Sunday morning.

Working before the main track closed for training, Judy the Beauty started two lengths in back of Finura, a 3-year-old maiden winner, and finished two lengths in front while posting fractions of :12.20, :23.80, :35.80 and out six furlongs in 1:13.

“That was a nice breeze,” owner-trainer Wesley Ward said. “She will come back next Saturday or Sunday.”

The victory in the TCA earned Judy the Beauty a berth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) to be run Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.

 

COLEBROOK SADDLES FIRST WINNER

Ben Colebrook has been well known at Keeneland as an assistant to trainer Christophe Clement, spending much of the year here with Clement’s young horses and horses coming off a layoff. Now along with handling a few horses for Clement, Colebrook is training 22 horses of his own that are stabled at the Keeneland Training Center on Rice Road. He recorded the first victory of his career Saturday when he sent out Mt Tronador to win the 10th race at Keeneland.

“I was pretty optimistic,” Colebrook, 35, said about winning the race with Mt Tronador, who was his eighth starter since he saddled his first runner at Churchill Downs in November 2012. “I thought he’d run well because he’d run a good race at Kentucky Downs (on Sept. 25), so I thought he’d be tight and fit for this race. He’d been training very well, so I was cautiously optimistic.”

With James Graham aboard, Mt Tronador held off the late-charging Mutasaawy to win the 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight race by a half-length in 1:46.23. The Rock Hard Ten gelding races for Darrell and Lendy Brown and English Estate.

 

GALLOPING OUT

North America’s third-winningest active rider, Mario Pino, scored the first Keeneland victory of his career on Saturday when he rode Jamraa to win the fifth race. The 4-year-old Silver Train filly also was the first Keeneland winner for trainer and co-owner Tim Girten. Jamraa, who races for Drake Racing Stables, Muirfield Farm and Mike Lobalzo, won the about seven-furlong allowance race by a length in 1:25.69. Pino has 6,561 victories, ranking him behind Russell Baze (12,065 wins) and Edgar Prado (6,671). …

When Auriferous ran ninth in her racing debut Saturday, she represented only the second starter in North America in 2013 for trainer Seth Benzel, who has multiple graded stakes wins on his record.

“I took a private training job in Dubai last winter for the Winter Carnival and through the World Cup,” Benzel said. “It was a great experience. I came back with one horse and turned him out and then took a couple of months off for the first time in a long time.”

Now based at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland, Benzel has six horses. …

Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s graded-stakes winner Lea, a nominee to Saturday’s Hagyard Fayette (G2), worked a half-mile in :48 in company with Copse. Fractions on the move after the renovation break were :12.80, :24.40 and out five furlongs in 1:01.

 

FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS

Wednesday, Oct. 23

“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.

 

FALL MEET LEADERS
Through Oct. 19

Jockey

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Rosie Napravnik

61

10

6

12

$380,350

Joe Rocco Jr.

58

8

11

9

$566,493

John Velazquez

28

7

8

5

$1,015,731

Miguel Mena

40

7

7

8

$319,403

James Graham

59

7

3

9

$487,968

Alan Garcia

39

7

3

4

$348,917

Shaun Bridgmohan

59

6

7

5

$377,623

Robby Albarado

51

6

5

2

$700,776

David Flores

35

6

1

7

$190,465

 

Trainer

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Michael J. Maker

52

11

6

7

$477,870

H. Graham Motion

22

4

6

1

$212,218

Wesley A. Ward

21

4

5

2

$257,952

Mark E. Casse

19

4

3

1

$432,860

Wayne Catalano

25

4

2

3

$275,940

Todd A. Pletcher

11

4

1

0

$360,227

 

NOTE: KEENELAND BARN NOTES WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED ON MONDAY, OCT. 21. THEY WILL RESUME ON TUESDAY, OCT. 22.

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