SATURDAY, OCT. 13

Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet concludes Saturday, Oct. 27, with racing

Wednesdays through Sundays. Post time for the first race each day is 1:05 p.m. ET.

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·         MAKER-TRAINED MILLIONAIRES HEADLINE SYCAMORE FIELD OF 13

·         BUFFALO TRACE FRANKLIN COUNTY RUNNER-UP BELVOIR BAY (GB) POSSIBLE FOR BREEDERS’ CUP

·         PROMINENT 3-YEAR-OLDS TOP 30 HAGYARD FAYETTE NOMINATIONS

·         APPRENTICE MORALES GETS FAST START AT FALL MEET

·         DAY AT THE RACES TAKES ON EXTRA MEANING FOR THE CARROLL CLAN

·         GALLOPING OUT

·         THURSDAY’S MAKE-A-WISH DAY RAISES NEARLY $130,000

·         UPCOMING STAKES PROBABLES

·         FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENT

·         FALL MEET LEADERS

 

MAKER-TRAINED MILLIONAIRES HEADLINE SYCAMORE FIELD OF 13

Three Diamonds Farm’s Bigger Picture and Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Oscar Nominated, earners of more than $1 million each, head a field of 13 entered Saturday for the 24th running of the $100,000 Sycamore (G3) to be run Thursday for 3-year-olds and up going 1½ miles on the turf.

The Sycamore will go as the eighth race on Thursday’s nine-race program with a 4:57 p.m. ET post time. First post time Thursday is 1:05 p.m.

Trained by Mike Maker, both runners come out of last month’s Kentucky Turf Cup (G3) at Kentucky Downs, where they finished second and fifth, respectively, behind fellow Sycamore runner Arklow.

Bigger Picture, who has compiled a record of 35-11-6-4 for earnings of $1,324,135, will be seeking his first Keeneland victory. Winner of the United Nations (G1) at Monmouth in 2017, Bigger Picture finished second in the Sycamore in 2016 and was third in the 2017 Dixiana Elkhorn (G2) here. Tyler Gaffalione will have the mount and break from post position six.

A three-time Grade 3 winner and earner of $1,501,556 with a record of 28-8-6-2, Oscar Nominated was second in this spring’s Dixiana Elkhorn in his lone Keeneland start. He will be ridden Thursday by Jose Ortiz and break from post position four.

Arklow, who is using the Sycamore as a prep for the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) for trainer Brad Cox, brings a two-race win streak into the Sycamore. Owned by the partnership of Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger and Peter Coneway, Arklow won the Kentucky Downs Preview Turf Cup at Ellis Park in August.

A maiden winner in his lone Keeneland start, Arklow will be ridden by Florent Geroux and break from post position five.

The field for the Sycamore, with riders and weights from the inside, is: Some in Tieme (BRZ) (Manny Cruz, 121 pounds), Cooptado (ARG) (J.D. Acosta, 121), Campaign (Ricardo Santana Jr., 118), Oscar Nominated (Ortiz, 123), Arklow (Geroux, 123), Bigger Picture (Gaffalione, 123), Slickly Done (Richard Bracho, 121), Final Copy (John Velazquez, 121), Zulu Alpha (Channing Hill, 121), Nessy (Julien Leparoux, 123), Can’thelpbelieving (IRE) (Joe Bravo, 121), Teodoro (IRE) (Adam Beschizza, 123) and Harlan Strong (ARG) (Robby Albarado, 121).  

 

BUFFALO TRACE FRANKLIN COUNTY RUNNER-UP BELVOIR BAY (GB) POSSIBLE FOR BREEDERS’ CUP

Team Valor International and Gary Barber’s Belvoir Bay (GB) came out of her runner-up effort in Friday’s Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) in good order, according to Amber Chapman, assistant to trainer Peter Miller.

Miller indicated after the race from his home base in Southern California that Belvoir Bay would be staying at Keeneland for a possible Breeders’ Cup start that would be against the boys in the $1 million Turf Sprint (G1) on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs.

Favored in Friday’s 5½-furlong Buffalo Trace Franklin County, Belvoir Bay finished three-quarters of a length behind Ten Broeck Farm’s Chanteline, who was reported to be fine Saturday by Galen Prewitt, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen.

Defending champion Morticia finished third, an effort that pleased trainer Rusty Arnold.

“She ran her butt off yesterday,” Arnold said. “I couldn’t be happier. That was a good group of horses.”

Arnold said Friday’s race was probably the last of 2018 for Morticia, a 4-year-old filly he co-bred with owner G. Watts Humphrey Jr.

“There is nothing around here,” Arnold said. “There is a race at Santa Anita on Breeders’ Cup Day (the $100,000 Sen. Ken Maddy-G3 at 6½ furlongs Nov. 3), but the turnaround would be a little quick. That is likely it for the year.”



PROMINENT 3-YEAR-OLDS TOP 30 HAGYARD FAYETTE NOMINATIONS

Calumet Farm’s Bravazo and Juddmonte Farms’ Hofburg, who spent time this spring chasing Triple Crown winner Justify, head a roster of 30 horses nominated to the 61st running of the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2), the closing-day feature of the 17-day Fall Meet.

Slated to be run at 1 1/8 miles on Oct. 27, the race for 3-year-olds and up has been won 10 times by a 3-year-old, most recently Blame in 2009.

Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, who won the Fayette in 1989 with Drapeau Tricolore, Bravazo ran in all three legs of the Triple Crown with his best finish being a runner-up showing in the Preakness (G1). Winner of the Risen Star (G2), Bravazo also finished second in the Haskell Invitational (G1) and third in the Travers (G1).

Hofburg, trained by two-time Fayette winner Bill Mott, was third in the Belmont (G1) after running a troubled seventh in the Kentucky Derby (G1). Winner of the Curlin at Saratoga, Hofburg ran second in March in the Florida Derby (G1).

Lukas has one other nominee to the race in the Churchill Downs Racing Club’s Warrior’s Club, winner of this spring’s Commonwealth (G3) here.

Two other Keeneland Grade 3 winners are among the nominees: Radar Racing’s Rated R Superstar, winner of this spring’s Ben Ali, and Fern Circle Stables’ Senior Investment, winner of the 2017 Lexington. Both are trained by Kenny McPeek.

Entries for the race will be taken Wednesday, Oct. 24.

APPRENTICE MORALES GETS FAST START AT FALL MEET

Apprentice Edgar Morales has made a quick splash at Keeneland’s 2018 Fall Meet with four winners in the first six days of the 17-day season, a total that is second only to Jose Ortiz, who was the 2017 Eclipse Award-winning jockey, and perennial leading Keeneland rider Julien Leparoux.

“I feel a lot more comfortable this year riding here,” said the 20-year-old Morales, who posted his first career victory here last Oct. 15 on Star Dog for the late Hall of Famer Jack Van Berg.

A native of Puerto Rico, Morales came to the U.S. two years ago to Evangeline Downs in Louisiana, where he started as a hotwalker, then became a groom and later an exercise rider.

Morales’ agent is former jockey Julio Espinoza, who won eight stakes at Keeneland, including the Phoenix five times. Espinoza is the 12th all-time leading rider at Churchill Downs with 642 victories.

“He was a good rider and I have learned a lot from him,” said Morales, who will lose his 5-pound apprentice allowance in November.

Following the Keeneland meet, Morales will ride at Churchill before going to Fair Grounds in New Orleans for the winter.



DAY AT THE RACES TAKES ON EXTRA MEANING FOR THE CARROLL CLAN

With mud on his face and in his teeth, apprentice Declan Carroll was all smiles after riding Christine Hites’ Rilla in the third race at Keeneland on Friday. Rilla ran evenly to finish sixth at 18-1, but Carroll felt like a winner in his Keeneland debut.

“It is an unbelievable experience,” said Carroll, whose initial ride was a fourth at Woodbine on Sept. 30. “Jockeys dream to ride here and I got to do it in my second career ride.”

Carroll’s parents were on hand to see the 19-year-old ride for the first time and greeted him after the race. Both have spent their careers in Thoroughbred racing and currently work for Mark Casse. Kim is an exercise rider, and David, a former trainer, is a key assistant.

“I thought he did well. I am so proud of him,” Kim Carroll said Saturday morning.

“He looked good,” David Carroll said. “I thought (Rilla) was going to be last, but she moved up some in the stretch and finished up for him.”

Plans call for Carroll to ride at Churchill Downs, where he was Saturday morning, in November and relocate to Fair Grounds for its 2018-2019 meet. Before that, he has more work to do at Keeneland, where he is named on two horses Wednesday.

“He needs to ride plenty of races, but not on the fast ones yet,” David Carroll said. “He needs to know how to change gears. Just a lot of little things. Yesterday he thought he should have been a little more aggressive out of the gate.”

Growing up around the race track, Carroll was no stranger to his agent, Joe Paulley, a Louisville native and son of former rider Julio Espinoza.

 

“I have known him since he was 8 or 9 years old running around the backside at Churchill Downs,” said Paulley, who also handles the riding engagements for journeyman Joe Rocco Jr. “He did a good job yesterday. He is very well spoken and I think he will have plenty of opportunities before we get down there (to Fair Grounds).”

 

Declan’s older sister Aisling, 22, is working as an event rider with Olympic equestrian Phillip Dutton.

GALLOPING OUT

Keeneland racing analyst Tom Leach interviewed Julien Leparoux about Capla Temptress (IRE), who is racing in today’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1). …

 

Today handicappers can play the Keeneland/Woodbine All-Turf Pick Four. Wager covers Keeneland’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1) at 5:30 p.m.; Woodbine’s Pattison Canadian International (G1) at 5:41 p.m.; Keeneland’s 10th race at 6:03 p.m. and Woodbine’s E.P. Taylor Stakes (G1) at 6:18 p.m.

THURSDAY’S MAKE-A-WISH DAY RAISES NEARLY $130,000

Thursday’s 11th annual Make-A-Wish Day, which Keeneland presented in partnership with local Thoroughbred farms and organizations, raised nearly $130,000 – an updated amount from what originally was reported – for the organization. The amount was well higher than the goal of $83,000.

During the afternoon, Wish children and their families were treated to a VIP day at the races, complete with lunch, meeting jockeys in the Paddock, watching their sponsor’s race from the Winner’s Circle and presenting a trophy to the winning connections after each of the day’s 10 races.

Make-A-Wish had several sponsors for the day that varied from $500 to $10,000. In addition, all donations made at the Make-A-Wish Wishing Well in the Keeneland Paddock were matched by SF Bloodstock and Starlight Racing. The result was more than $10,000.

Keeneland employees also came together to raise $8,859 for Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana. That amount will enable Make-A-Wish to grant another wish.

 

UPCOMING STAKES PROBABLES

$150,000 PIN OAK VALLEY VIEW (G3) (Entries taken Sunday; race Friday, Oct. 19) – Beach Waltz (trainer Mike Maker), Colonia (FR) (Graham Motion), Daddy Is a Legend (George Weaver), Get Explicit (Barbara Minshall), High Tech (Ian Wilkes), Mighty Scarlett (Chad Brown),  More Fun Again (Tom Proctor), Poetic Charm (GB) (Charles Appleby), Riversethedecision (Brown), Sirenusa (Joe Sharp). Possible: Goodthingstaketime (IRE) (Jorge Abreu).

$250,000 LEXUS RAVEN RUN (G2) (Entries taken Wednesday, Oct. 17; race Saturday, Oct. 20) – Alter Moon (trainer Chad Brown), Amy’s Challenge (Mac Robertson), Blamed (Bill Mott), Bronx Beauty (Anthony Margotta Jr.), Chauncey (Steve Asmussen), Divine Queen (Buff Bradley), Dream Pauline (Kiaran McLaughlin), Everyonelovesjimmy (Ian Wilkes), Kelly’s Humor (Brad Cox), Moonshine Memories (Simon Callaghan), Shamrock Rose (Mark Casse), She’s a Gypsy (Helen Pitts-Blasi), She’s Pretty Lucky (Eddie Kenneally), Take Charge Paula (McLaughlin), True Royalty (John Sadler).

$125,000 ROOD & RIDDLE DOWAGER (G3) (Entries taken Thursday, Oct. 18; race Sunday, Oct. 21) – Daring Duchess (trainer Mike Maker), Res Ipsa (Ian Wilkes), Savannah Belle (Brian Lynch), Vexatious (Neil Drysdale), Viva Vegas (Derek Ryan). Possible: Amboseli (James Cassidy), Beach Flower (Mac Robertson), Coco Channel (Charlie LoPresti).

$200,000 HAGYARD FAYETTE (G2) (Entries taken Wednesday, Oct. 24; race Saturday, Oct. 27) – Guest Suite (trainer Neil Howard), Hence (Steve Asmussen), Leofric (Brad Cox), Name Changer (Alan Goldberg), Nice Not Nice (Buff Bradley), Prime Attraction (James Cassidy) Rated R Superstar (Kenny McPeek).

FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS

Breeders’ Cup VIP Package. The Breeders’ Cup World Championships return to Kentucky Nov. 2-3 at Churchill Downs and 2020 at Keeneland. In celebration, Keeneland fans may enter to win a VIP package to this year’s event. Click here for more information. Enter by 11:59 p.m. ET on Oct. 15, 2018.

Through Spring 2019

Keeneland Library exhibit “From the Vault: Historic Tracks.” This exhibit features 26 select images from the Library’s archive that showcase tracks from the early 20th century. Pioneering Turf photographers John C. Hemment and Charles Christian Cook are featured, with additional representation from Joel Clyne Meadors and Robert Lee McClure, among others. The Library is open to the public Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET.

The online exhibit “Photo Treasures from the Keeneland Library” presents nearly 100 other historic images of U.S. racing facilities in its “Tracks Gallery.”

Saturday, Oct. 13

The Hill. Keeneland’s designated tailgate lot offers fans a jumbo screen TV to watch live racing and football, wagering, live music, local food trucks and free shuttles to the Grandstand.

 

The Keeneland Shop presents a trunk show with Maui Jim and Dorfman Pacific.

 

Keeneland Fall Handicapping Challenge. The handicapping contest has a $400 buy-in with a live bankroll of $250 and $150 prize fund fee. Click here for more information. 

$300,000-guaranteed Pick Four Presented by TVG. Wager on Keeneland races 7-10.

Keeneland/Woodbine All-Turf Pick Four. Wager includes Keeneland’s ninth race, the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1) at 5:30 p.m.; Woodbine’s ninth race, the Pattison Canadian International (G1) at 5:41 p.m.; Keeneland’s 10th race at 6:03 p.m. and Woodbine’s 10th race, the E.P. Taylor Stakes (G1) at 6:18 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 14

Owner’s Experience Tour. Click here for more information about this tour and other Official Keeneland Tours.

 

The Keeneland Shop presents a trunk show with Maui Jim and Dorfman Pacific.

 

Secretariat Festival Meet and Greet. Scenes from the movie “Secretariat” were filmed at Keeneland in 2009, and Keeneland will welcome fans of the legendary horse and those attending the Secretariat Festival. Otto Thorwarth, who portrayed Ron Turcotte in the movie, and Keith Austin, who was Laffit Pincay Jr., will be joined by Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Secretariat’s late owner, Penny Chenery; and Bill Doolittle, author of The Day Time Didn’t Stand Still, for a meet and greet near the Walking Ring from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Kids Club Family Day. The Keeneland Kids Club is the Official Kids Club for fans 12 and younger. On this day, Kids Club members and their families will enjoy a special day at the races with free general admission and access to reserved Grandstand seating. Children’s activities will take place in the North Terrace from noon to 3 p.m.

Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge/National Handicapping Challenge. The prestigious event awards cash prizes and as many as six spots in the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge at Churchill Downs and 10 spots in the National Handicapping Challenge in Las Vegas in February 2019. The entry fee of $3,000 ($2,000 live bankroll and $1,000 prize fund). The Challenge is limited to 200 individual players.


 

FALL MEET LEADERS

Through Oct. 12 (6 days of 17-day season)

Jockey

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Jose Ortiz

32

5

6

4

$426,116

Julien Leparoux

32

5

2

3

$332,927

*Edgar Morales

24

4

1

1

$103,626

Robby Albarado

20

3

3

1

$114,211

John Velazquez

14

3

3

0

$423,840

Ricardo Santana Jr.

32

3

2

4

$304,744

Tyler Gaffalione

28

3

2

3

$749,465

Luis Saez

18

3

2

3

$320,792

Chris Landeros

19

3

2

2

$150,558

Mitchell Murrill

12

3

2

1

$96,053

 



*apprentice

Trainer

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Todd Pletcher

13

5

2

1

$346,406

Mike Maker

22

3

2

3

$173,827

 

 

Owner

Wins

Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey

3

John C. Oxley

2