THURSDAY, OCT. 18

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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·         DARING DUCHESS HEADS FIELD OF 10 FOR SUNDAY’S ROOD & RIDDLE DOWAGER

·         MOONSHINE MEMORIES TO MAKE KEENELAND DEBUT IN SATURDAY’S LEXUS RAVEN RUN

·         GALLOPING OUT

·         BREEDERS’ CUP CONTENDERS STABLED AT KEENELAND

·         KEENELAND HOSTS seeblue. DAY AT THE RACES FRIDAY

·         FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS

·         FALL MEET LEADERS

 

DARING DUCHESS HEADS FIELD OF 10

FOR SUNDAY’S ROOD & RIDDLE DOWAGER

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s multiple graded stakes-placed Daring Duchess heads a field of 10 entered Thursday for Sunday’s 27th running of the $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) for fillies and mares going 1½ miles on the grass.

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

Trained by Mike Maker, Daring Duchess won the Flaming Page at Woodbine in August in her most recent start at the Rood & Riddle Dowager distance. Seventh in this race last year, Daring Duchess will be ridden Sunday by Jose Ortiz and break from post position five.

Maker has two other entrants in the race: Rahway and Shezaprado who are both owned by Out Of This World Racing. Corey Lanerie will ride Rahway from post position nine, and Gabriel Saez has the call on Shezaprado from post position four.

The field for the Rood & Riddle Dowager, with riders and weights from the inside, is: Viva Vegas (Tyler Gaffalione, 121 pounds), English Affair (Brian Hernandez Jr., 121), Savannah Belle (Ricardo Santana Jr., 121), Shezaprado (Saez, 121), Daring Duchess (Ortiz, 121), Amboseli (Mike Smith, 121), Beach Flower (Chris Landeros, 121), Res Ipsa (Julien Leparoux, 121), Rahway (Lanerie, 118) and Vexatious (Florent Geroux, 121).

 

MOONSHINE MEMORIES TO MAKE KEENELAND DEBUT

IN SATURDAY’S LEXUS RAVEN RUN

Michael Tabor, Bridlewood Farm, Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith’s two-time Grade 1 winner Moonshine Memories has made three trips east of the Mississippi River from her Southern California base, but she has made her first stop in Kentucky for Saturday’s 20th running of the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2).

“This is the coldest weather she’s been in,” said Jerry Quinn, who is overseeing the 3-year-old filly’s preparation for trainer Simon Callaghan. “But she loves it. She travels well. She has the perfect temperament. You can’t find a fault in her.”

On a brisk Thursday morning, Moonshine Memories galloped on the main track, a day after a 2-mile jog, also on the main track.

Moonshine Memories won the Chandelier (G1) at Santa Anita and the Del Mar Debutante (G1) last year before finishing seventh as the favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1).

After the Breeders’ Cup, she got a six-month break from racing, “just for some R and R,” Quinn said.

Fourth in the Acorn (G1) at Belmont in June, Moonshine Memories was a troubled third in the Prioress (G2) Sept. 2 at Saratoga in her most recent start.

“She got absolutely destroyed at the break by (winner) Dream Tree and was pinched back to last,” Quinn said of the race in which Moonshine Memories dropped nearly 10 lengths off the pace after the start. “She put in a big run and only got beat a head for second by one of the best fillies around (Mia Mischief).”

Callaghan has another 2-year-old filly following in the footsteps of Moonshine Memories in Bellafina. Owned by Kaleem Shah, Bellafina has won the same Grade 1s Moonshine Memories did in 2017 as well as the Sorrento (G2) at Del Mar.

“She’s a very good filly,” Quinn said of Bellafina, who figures to be one of the favorites for the $2 million Tito’s Handmade Vodka Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2. Bellafina is scheduled to ship from California to Louisville Oct. 26.

 

 

GALLOPING OUT

Trainer Ben Colebrook said Thursday morning that KRA Stud Farm’s Mr. Crow would be pre-entered in the $2 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) to be run Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs.

“That was the plan since July to get him to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint,” said Colebrook, who took over the training of the 4-year-old son of Tapizar this year. “He will have one work here next week.”

Mr. Crow finished second to likely Breeders’ Cup Sprint favorite Imperial Hint in the Vosburgh (G1) Sept. 29 at Belmont Park in his most recent start. …

Lothenbach Stables’ Bell’s the One, now undefeated in two starts following Wednesday’s 3-length allowance victory, is headed to Fair Grounds to make her stakes debut, according to trainer Neil Pessin.

“There is nothing at Churchill Downs for her,” Pessin said of the 2-year-old daughter of Majesticperfection. “The ($100,000-added) Rags to Riches (going a mile on Oct. 28) is too quick. I am looking at the ($75,000) Letellier Memorial (on Dec. 22 going 6 furlongs).”

Bell’s the One has won both of her starts going 6 furlongs and triumphed by open lengths. …

Keeneland racing analyst Tom Leach interviewed Jose Ortiz on Mighty Scarlett, his mount in Friday’s Pin Oak Valley View (G3).



BREEDERS’ CUP CONTENDERS STABLED AT KEENELAND

 

Keeneland is home to several potential contenders for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2-3.

Pre-entries for the Breeders’ Cup will be announced Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Here are the trainers and their possible Breeders’ Cup runners:

Trainer (Barn)

Horse

Breeders’ Cup Race

Last Race (at KEE unless indicated)

Most Recent Work Since Last Race

Rusty Arnold (60)

Concrete Rose

Juvenile Fillies Turf

Won 10/10 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2)

 

Richard Baltas (41)

Next Shares

Mile

Won 10/6 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1)

 

Mark Casse (37)

Strike Silver

Juvenile Turf Sprint

Won 10/7 Indian Summer

 

War of Will

Juvenile Turf

4th in 10/7 Dixiana Bourbon (G3)

 

Norm Casse (33)

Belle Laura

Juvenile Fillies Turf

3rd in 10/10 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2)

 

Ben Colebrook (66)

Knicks Go

Juvenile

Won 10/6 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1)

 

Limousine Liberal

Sprint/Dirt Mile

3rd in 10/5 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2)

 

Mr. Crow

Sprint

2nd in 9/29 Vosburgh (G1) at BEL

 

Ignacio Correas IV (41, 70)

Blue Prize (ARG)

Distaff

Won 10/7 Juddmonte Spinster (G1)

 

Brian Lynch (40)

Oscar Performance

Mile

Won 9/15 Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1)

at WO

10/17: 5f in 1:01 on dirt

Kenny McPeek (34, 70)

Restless Rider

Juvenile Fillies

Won 10/5 Darley Alcibiades (G1)

 

Signalman

Juvenile

2nd in 10/6 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1)

 

Joe Sharp (46)

Mom’s On Strike

Filly and Mare Turf

2nd in 9/13 Ramsey Farm at KD

10/13: 5f in 1:02 on dirt

Wesley Ward (41, 47, 68)

Chelsea Cloisters

Juvenile Turf Sprint

2nd in 10/7 Indian Summer

 

 

Moonlight Romance

Juvenile Turf Sprint

Won 9/8 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint at KD

10/17: 4f in :50 on dirt

 

Shang Shang Shang

Juvenile Turf Sprint

Won 6/21 Norfolk (G2) at Royal Ascot

10/13: 5f in 1:02 on dirt

 

Stillwater Cove

Juvenile Turf Sprint

5th in 9/16 Natalma (G1) at WO

10/17: 4f in :49 on dirt

 

Two Shakes

Juvenile Turf Sprint

7th in 9/1 Exacta Systems Juvenile Fillies at KD

9/16 4f in :51 on dirt

 

UPCOMING STAKES PROBABLES

$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). Possible: Hofburg (Bill Mott), Honorable Duty (Brendan Walsh), Scuba (Walsh).

KEENELAND HOSTS seeblue. DAY AT THE RACES FRIDAY

Tomorrow is the day before the 14th-ranked University of Kentucky football team plays Vanderbilt, and Keeneland will become the center of Big Blue Nation for seeblue. Day at the Races.

UK students, alumni, faculty and staff with valid UK IDs will receive free general admission and access to reserved Grandstand seating. Fans will enjoy a number of special activities tailored to Big Blue Nation.

At 11:30 a.m., the Wildcat mascot, UK marching band, cheerleaders and dance team will lead a Catwalk from the Sales Pavilion to the South Gate entrance to the Paddock. The band will play in the Walking Ring as patrons arrive.

At noon, UK graduate Darian Sanders will sing the National Anthem.

 

From noon to 2 p.m., former UK football captain Courtney Love will sign hats and pictures in the Paddock with a suggested donation of $5 for other items. Proceeds will go to DanceBlue (The student-run organization benefits the Golden Matrix Fund, which supports the Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic and research at the UK Markey Cancer Center). Information tables will be outside The Keeneland Shop.

During the afternoon, a number of UK organizations will be recognized in the Winner’s Circle:

1:30 p.m. (Race 2 post parade) – UK band, cheer team, dance team

2:25 p.m. (After Race 3 trophy presentation) – Courtney Love

3:05 p.m. (Race 5 post parade) – UK homecoming court, Golden Wildcat Society

3:25 p.m. (After Race 5 trophy presentation) – DanceBlue

3:40 p.m. (Race 6 post parade) – UK agriculture students (Saddle Seat Team and Rodeo Team)

 

Keeneland will sell a special Big Blue Mocktail in partnership with The Mocktail Project, a grassroots movement designed to create a safer, more inclusive drinking culture.

On Saturday, Keeneland’s 10-race card begins at 1:05. The UK-Vandy game kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

Lextran will offer a Keeneland shuttle to Kroger Field, enabling fans to enjoy the Bluegrass Double. Click here for more information about the shuttle.

 

FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS

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.”

Friday, Oct. 19

Tour Keeneland, Behind-the-Scenes Racing Tour and Owner’s Experience Tour. Click here for more information about these tours and other Official Keeneland Tours.

 

Racing from the Top: Behind the Scenes at Keeneland with Chris McCarron. Tour offered by Horse Country includes reserved Grandstand seating, program and food voucher. Portion of proceeds benefit Old Friends Equine. Click here for more information and to reserve through Horse Country.

 

seeblue. Day at the Races. The day before the University of Kentucky football team plays Vanderbilt, Keeneland is the center of Big Blue Nation. UK students, alumni, faculty and staff with valid UK IDs will receive free general admission and access to reserved Grandstand seating. Fans will enjoy special activities tailored to Big Blue Nation.

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

 

Bluegrass Experience Sweepstakes. Sign up to win a Horse Country VIP tour at Pin Oak Stud along with a Keeneland experience and gift basket from noon to 2:30 p.m. Also learn more about the Woodford Humane Society and sign up to win a Keeneland gift basket.

The Keeneland Shop presents a trunk show with Frederiquec.

 

$200,000-guaranteed Friday Pick Four Presented by TVG. Races 7-10, including the Pin Oak Valley View (G3).

 

Saturday, Oct. 20

Sunrise Trackside. Thoroughbreds and their human connections begin the day well before sunrise. See what they’re up to during Sunrise Trackside, a free, family-friendly event with activities for all ages: Breakfast With the Works features breakfast for purchase and trackside commentary (7-8:30 a.m.) while racehorses train on the main track; children’s activities in the Kids Club Corner (7:30-9:30 a.m.); free guided Keeneland tours (7:30-10 a.m.); Paddock demonstration with a blood donor horse from Hagyard Equine Medical Institute (9 a.m.); and Q&A session with a jockey in the Paddock (12:05 p.m.).

The Hill (weather permitting). 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 Frederique.

 

$300,000-guaranteed Pick Four. Races 7-10, including the Lexus Raven Run (G2).

 

Sunday, Oct. 21

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

 

Heroes Day Presented by City Barbecue. Heroes Day honors members of the military (active duty and veterans), first responders – law enforcement, firefighters and EMTs – and their families with free general admission and access to reserved Grandstand seats. The Family Zone will offer free lunch and children’s activities for those families in the North Terrace from noon to 4 p.m.

Other special activities include a flag unfurling on the main track between races and recognition of local heroes in the Winner’s Circle throughout the afternoon.

The Keeneland Shop presents a trunk show with Frederique.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 23

 

Tour Keeneland and Behind-the-Scenes Racing Tour. aClick here for more information about these tours and other Official Keeneland Tours.

 

Keeneland Library Lecture Series presents Milt C. Toby, author of Taking Shergar: Thoroughbred Racing’s Most Famous Cold Case, at 6:30 p.m. Following Toby’s presentation, the Library will host a reception and book signing. A limited number of Taking Shergar will be available for purchase. Event is free and open to the public.

 


 

FALL MEET LEADERS

Through Oct. 17 (9 days of 17-day season)

Jockey

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Jose Ortiz

39

6

7

4

$458,530

Tyler Gaffalione

35

6

4

3

$873,834

Julien Leparoux

44

6

3

4

$391,595

*Edgar Morales

31

6

1

2

$140,990

Ricardo Santana Jr.

47

5

3

5

$394,553

 



*apprentice

Trainer

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Todd Pletcher

15

6

2

1

$392,356

Mike Maker

29

5

2

3

$236,715

Brad Cox

24

4

4

3

$374,922

Steve Asmussen

24

4

1

4

$229,771

Ian Wilkes

25

3

4

5

$289,693

Eddie Kenneally

17

3

4

0

$147,207

Joe Sharp

14

3

1

2

$156,593

 

 

Owner

Wins

Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey

3

John C. Oxley

2

Lothenbach Stables (Robert J. Lothenbach)

2