WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24

Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet concludes Saturday.

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

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·         HOFBURG, PRIME ATTRACTION TOP FIELD OF SEVEN FOR CLOSING-DAY HAGYARD FAYETTE

·         BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT HOPEFUL MR. CROW WORKS THREE-EIGHTHS

·         KEENELAND SALES REPRESENTED BY 89 HORSES PRE-ENTERED IN BREEDERS’ CUP

·         BREEDERS’ CUP SIMULCAST AVAILABLE AT RED MILE

·         GALLOPING OUT

·         LIFE IS SWEET FOR CAPT. CANDYMAN CAN IN SECOND CAREER

·         BREEDERS’ CUP CONTENDERS STABLED AT KEENELAND

·         FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS

·         FALL MEET LEADERS

 

 

HOFBURG, PRIME ATTRACTION TOP FIELD OF SEVEN

FOR CLOSING-DAY HAGYARD FAYETTE

Juddmonte Farms’ Hofburg and West Coast invader Prime Attraction headline a field of seven entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 61st running of the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2), the closing-day feature of Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet.

Run at 1 1/8 miles on the main track, the Hagyard Fayette for 3-year-olds and up will go as the ninth race on Saturday’s 10-race program with a 5:30 p.m. ET post time. First post time is 1:05 p.m.

Trained by Bill Mott, Hofburg finished third in the Belmont (G1) behind Triple Crown winner Justify in June and in his most recent start was fourth in the Pennsylvania Derby (G1). Hofburg tuned up for Saturday’s race with a 5-furlong work in 1:00.60 Monday at Churchill Downs.

Jose Ortiz will have the mount on Hofburg, who will break from post position six. Mott has won the Hagyard Fayette twice: Go Between (2007) and Newsdad (2012).

Hofburg is the lone 3-year-old in the race, a race won 10 times by a 3-year-old with the most recent being Blame in 2009.

DP Racing’s Prime Attraction, who arrived at Keeneland Tuesday from his Southern California base and galloped here Wednesday morning, chased likely Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) favorite Accelerate in his past two starts in the Pacific Classic (G1) and Awesome Again (G1).

Trained by James Cassidy, Prime Attraction is graded stakes-placed on turf and dirt in 2018 with his most recent victory coming in last November’s Native Diver (G3) at Del Mar going 1 1/8 miles.

Kent Desormeaux has the mount on Prime Attraction and will break from post position one.

The field for the Hagyard Fayette, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: Prime Attraction (Desormeaux, 121 pounds), Nice Not Nice (Gabriel Saez, 121), Hence (Ricardo Santana Jr., 123), Scuba (Tyler Gaffalione, 121), Leofric (Florent Geroux, 121), Hofburg (Ortiz, 118) and Rated R Superstar (Brian Hernandez Jr., 121).

 

BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT HOPEFUL MR. CROW WORKS THREE-EIGHTHS

KRA Stud Farm’s Mr. Crow completed his major training for the $2 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) by working 3 furlongs in :35.20 over a fast track after the morning renovation break.

Working on his own, Mr. Crow covered the final quarter-mile in :23.60 and galloped out a half-mile in :49.20.

“It was just a maintenance move and it was fine,” trainer Ben Colebrook said.

A Keeneland sales graduate, the 4-year-old son of Tapizar has won one of six starts in 2018 since joining the Colebrook barn. In his two most recent ventures into Grade 1 waters, he chased probable Breeders’ Cup Sprint favorite Imperial Hint in the Vanderbilt at Saratoga and the Vosburgh at Belmont Park.

“I know he is going to be a longshot and we are taking a shot,” Colebrook said of Mr. Crow, who finished second in the Vosburgh beaten 1¼ lengths. “I may put blinkers on him and ideally I would like to see him in the first wave.”

Mr. Crow and Colebrook’s other Breeders’ Cup pre-entrants Knicks Go (Sentient Jet Juvenile) and Limousine Liberal (Sprint or Dirt Mile) are scheduled to ship to Churchill Downs early next week.

 

KEENELAND SALES REPRESENTED BY 89 HORSES

PRE-ENTERED IN BREEDERS’ CUP

Eighty-nine horses that are graduates of Keeneland sales were pre-entered in the 35th Breeders’ Cup World Championships being held Nov. 2-3 at Churchill Downs. They include 13 of the 19 horses pre-entered in the event’s richest event, the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1): Accelerate, Catholic Boy, City of Light, Collected, Gunnevera, Lone Sailor, McKinzie, Mendelssohn, Mind Your Biscuits, Pavel, Roaring Lion, Toast of New York and West Coast.

Entry for the Breeders’ Cup races will be Monday, Oct. 29.

The pre-entered Keeneland sales graduates are:

Nov. 2 races

$2 million Sentient Jet Juvenile (G1): Code of Honor, Complexity, Dueling, Game Winner, Gunmetal Gray, Knicks Go, Mr. Money, Standard Deviation, Trophy Chaser

$2 million Tito’s Handmade Vodka Juvenile Fillies (G1): Bellafina, Cassies Dreamer, Jaywalk, Reflect, Restless Rider, Serengeti Empress, Vibrance

$1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1): Concrete Rose, My Gal Betty, Pakhet, So Perfect, Stellar Agent, Winning Envelope

$1 million Juvenile Turf (G1): Bulletin, Current, Empire of War, King of Speed, Louder Than Bombs, Much Better, Opry, Order of Law, War of Will

$1 million Juvenile Turf Sprint: All About It, Backtohisroots, Bulletin, Dragic, Its Gonna Hurt, Moonlight Romance, Order and Law, Pocket Dynamo, Sergei Prokofiev, So Perfect, Sovereign Impact, Stellar Agent, Stillwater Cove

Nov. 3 races

$6 million Classic (G1): Accelerate, Catholic Boy, City of Light, Collected, Gunnevera, Lone Sailor, McKinzie, Mendelssohn, Mind Your Biscuits, Pavel, Roaring Lion, Toast of New York and West Coast

$4 million Turf (G1): Arklow, Channel Maker, Liam the Charmer, Roaring Lion

$2 million Dirt Mile (G1): Catalina Cruiser, City of Light, Dak Attack, Giant Expectations, Isotherm, Lone Sailor, Promises Fulfilled, Seven Trumpets, Trigger Warning, Warrior’s Club

$2 million Distaff (G1): Abel Tasman, Champagne Problems, Midnight Bisou, Monomoy Girl, Mopotism, Wonder Gadot

$2 million Maker’s Mark Filly and Mare Turf (G1): Paved

$2 million Mile (G1): Analyze It, Catapult, Divisidero, Hembree, Next Shares, Qurbaan, Sharp Samurai

$2 million TwinSpires Sprint (G1): Mind Your Biscuits, Mr. Crow, Promises Fulfilled, Roy H, Seven Trumpets, Warrior’s Club

$1 million Filly and Mare Sprint (G1): Anonymity, Bixby Lou, Dream Tree, Finley’sluckycharm, Kirby’s Penny, Marley’s Freedom, Mia Mischief, Mopotism

$1 million Turf Sprint (G1): Chanteline, Conquest Tsunami, Hembree

BREEDERS’ CUP SIMULCAST AVAILABLE AT RED MILE

Red Mile welcomes racing fans to watch and wager on the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, being held Nov. 2-3 at Churchill Downs.

On Thursday, Nov. 1, advance wagering will begin on the full Friday and Saturday Breeders’ Cup cards.

On Friday, Nov. 2 a number of mutuel windows at Red Mile will open at 8 a.m. ET. Churchill’s program, being called “Future Stars Friday,” begins at 12:55 p.m. with four undercard races.

The Breeders’ Cup races that day are the Juvenile Turf Sprint (3:21 p.m.), Juvenile Fillies Turf (4 p.m.), Tito’s Handmade Vodka Juvenile Fillies (4:40 p.m.), Juvenile Turf (5:22 p.m.) and Sentient Jet Juvenile (6:05 p.m.).

On Saturday, Nov. 3, Red Mile’s clubhouse opens at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $55 per person and include a seat, program and a buffet from 1-5 p.m. Call 859 255-0752 or email mary.white@redmile.biz to make reservations.

Post time for Churchill’s first race is 10:45 a.m. The Breeders’ Cup races are the Filly and Mare Sprint (noon), Turf Sprint (12:38 p.m.), Dirt Mile (1:16 p.m.), Maker’s Mark Filly and Mare Turf (2:04 p.m.), TwinSpires Sprint (2:46 p.m.), Mile (3:36 p.m.), Distaff (4:16 p.m.), Turf (4:56 p.m.) and Classic (5:44 p.m.).

GALLOPING OUT

Trainer Neil Drysdale said Calumet Farm’s Vexatious, winner of Sunday’s Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) via disqualification, would run next in the $100,000 Red Carpet (G3) at Del Mar on Nov. 22. The Red Carpet is contested at 1 3/8 miles on the turf.

 

LIFE IS SWEET FOR CAPT. CANDYMAN CAN IN SECOND CAREER

As a racehorse, Capt. Candyman Can was known for his quickness, but now in his second career the 12-year-old son of Candy Ride (ARG) is valued for his calmness.

A premiere sprinter in his prime and runner-up in the 2009 Phoenix (G3) at Keeneland, Capt. Candyman Can is a stable pony in the barn of his former trainer, Ian Wilkes. In a western saddle, “Captain” is ridden most mornings by Wilkes’ assistant Nicola Ward as they accompany the racehorses to the track.

“He loves his job and loves the attention he gets,” Ward said. “He still has plenty of spirit about him.”

Capt. Candyman Can capitalized on his earnings power in his 22-race career that spanned six years and produced nearly $800,000 with an 8-2-3 record. His resume includes a start in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita and victories in four graded stakes. A Keeneland sales graduate, Capt. Candyman Can campaigned for David Zell, Stephen Zell, Rosemary Rauch and Joseph Rauch.

The gelding made his final start in the spring of 2013 and was sent to the 120-acre farm that Ward and her husband, Jeremy Paul, own in Waddy, Kentucky, about midway between Lexington and Louisville. Ward said he was so timid around his pasture mates that she allowed him to roam on the lawn away from the other horses.

“One time we came home and he was standing on the deck,” she said. “At that point I thought, ‘You’ve got to go back to the field.’ ”

About three years ago, Ward decided to ride Capt. Candyman Can at the farm. All went well so she took him to the Wilkes barn, where the gelding soon realized his speed no longer was required.

“We took it very easy with him,” Ward said. “I just rode him back and forth to the track at first and he took to it right away. Probably a lot of the reason is the amount of time he had away from the track before he came back.”

When the Wilkes stable heads to Florida for the winter, Capt. Candyman Can receives time off with Ward at the farm, where he divides his time between the barn and pasture.

“We thought he would be just a pet for life; we really didn’t think he’d take to this,” Ward said. “He’s a great asset to have at the track.”

 

BREEDERS’ CUP CONTENDERS STABLED AT KEENELAND

 

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

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)

Insta Erma

Turf Sprint

6th in 10/6 First Lady (G1)

10/21: 4f in :51.60

Next Shares

Mile

Won 10/6 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1)

10/21: 5f in 1:04.20

Chris Block (44)

Winning Envelope

Juvenile Fillies Turf

Won 9/29 allowance at CD

10/21: 4f in :48 on dirt

Chad Brown (27)

Standard Deviation

Juvenile

3rd in 10/6 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1)

10/21: 4f in :48.60

Mark Casse (37)

Shamrock Rose

Filly and Mare Sprint

Won 10/20 Lexus Raven Run (G2)

 

Strike Silver

Juvenile Turf Sprint

Won 10/7 Indian Summer

10/19: 4f in :47.20 on dirt

War of Will

Juvenile Turf

4th in 10/7 Dixiana Bourbon (G3)

10/19: 4f in :47.20 on dirt

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)

10/19: 5f in :59.20

Limousine Liberal

Sprint/Dirt Mile

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

10/20: 5f in 1:00.40

Mr. Crow

Sprint

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

10/24: 3f in :35.20

Ignacio Correas IV (70)

Blue Prize (ARG)

Distaff

Won 10/7 Juddmonte Spinster (G1)

10/19: 4f in :47.20

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)

Princesa Carolina

Juvenile Fillies Turf

5th in 10/10 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2)

10/19: 5f in 1:01.40 on dirt

Restless Rider

Juvenile Fillies

Won 10/5 Darley Alcibiades (G1)

10/19: 5f in 1:01.40

Signalman

Juvenile

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

10/20: 5f in 1:00.20

Joe Sharp (46)

Mom’s On Strike

Filly and Mare Turf

2nd in 9/13 Ramsey Farm at KD

10/20: 4f in :49.60 on dirt

Brendan Walsh (24)

Extravagant Kid

Turf Sprint

3rd in 10/6 Woodford (G2) Presented by Keeneland Select

10/24: 4f in :49.20 on dirt

Wesley Ward (41, 47, 68)

Chelsea Cloisters

Juvenile Turf Sprint

2nd in 10/7 Indian Summer

10/21: 5f in 1:04.60

 

Dragic

Juvenile Turf Sprint

3rd in 10/7 Futurity at BEL

10/21: 5f in 1:05

 

Moonlight Romance

Juvenile Turf Sprint

Won 9/8 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint at KD

10/23: 4f in :49.80

 

Happy Like a Fool

Sprint/Filly and Mare Sprint

5th in 10/6 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2)

10/21: 4f in :48.40

 

Kirby’s Penny

Filly and Mare Sprint

3rd in 9/23 Gallant Bloom (G2) at BEL

10/23: 5 f in :59.20

 

Mae Never No (IRE)

Juvenile Turf Sprint

3rd in 10/6 Speakeasy at SA

10/21: 4f in :47.80 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 the 9/16 Natalma (G1) at WO

10/23: 4f in :50

 

 

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 of 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.”

Wednesday, Oct. 24



WINS-Day Challenge Sponsored by Malone’s. An inexpensive way for beginning handicappers to test their skills and give handicapping contests a try, the WINS-Day Challenge has a $2,500 guaranteed pool. Enter for $10 at Wagering Central (first floor of the Grandstand) and place a mythical $2 win and place wager – no actual money required – on Keeneland races 3-8. Winners receive $1,250 with money distributed through 10th place. Limit three entries per person.

 

Thursday, Oct. 25

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.

Kentucky State Parks Foundation 5th Annual Day at the Races. Support the Foundation through “The Works” package, which includes reserved row parking, brunch in the Limestone Café of the Sales Pavilion, silent auction, reserved Grandstand seating and a race-day program. For more information, call 859 351-8430 or click here.

Friday, Oct. 26

Tour Keeneland, Behind-the-Scenes Racing Tour and Owner’s Experience Tour. Click here for more information 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.

 

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.

 

Saturday, Oct. 27

Sunrise Trackside – Halloween Edition. 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 miniature horse from the Kentucky Horse Park (9 a.m.); and Q&A session with a jockey in the Paddock (12:05 p.m.).



The Headless Horseman will appear in the Paddock at 9:15 a.m. and on the track during the afternoon races. That morning, children are encouraged to dress up and participate in the costume contest in the Paddock following the Headless Horseman.

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.

 

 

 

FALL MEET LEADERS

Through Oct. 21 (13 days of 17-day season)

Jockey

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Jose Ortiz

65

10

12

8

$677,214

Julien Leparoux

64

10

5

6

$624,793

Tyler Gaffalione

52

9

5

5

$1,099,852

Florent Geroux

61

7

9

11

$760,462

*Edgar Morales

44

7

1

5

$203,452

 

 

Trainer

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Todd Pletcher

17

8

2

1

$469,036

Eddie Kenneally

24

6

4

1

$206,341

Mike Maker

39

6

3

4

$303,388

Brad Cox

34

4

7

5

$449,023

Ian Wilkes

39

4

4

5

$359,304

Steve Asmussen

33

4

3

4

$256,705

Ben Colebrook

23

4

1

4

$462,022

Joe Sharp

18

4

1

4

$183,821

 

 

Owner

Wins

Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey

4

Calumet Farm (Brad Kelley)

2

Marc Detampel and Sunshine State Racing (Mike Peak)

2

Homewrecker Racing (Ricki and Ron Rashinski)

2

G. Watts Humphrey

2

KRA Stud Farm (Jin Woo Lee)

2

Lothenbach Stables (Robert J. Lothenbach)

2

John C. Oxley

2

Sagamore Farm (Kevin Plank)

2

Marylou Whitney Stables (Marylou Whitney)

2

WinStar Farm (Kenny Trout), China Horse Club (Ah Khing Teo) and SF Racing (Gavin Murphy)

2