SATURDAY, OCT. 27 – CLOSING DAY

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·         YOUNG JOCKEYS IN SPOTLIGHT FRIDAY

·         JUDDMONTE FARMS ON VERGE OF KEENELAND MILESTONE

·         KEENELAND FALL MEET REPRESENTED BY 54 HORSES PRE-ENTERED IN BREEDERS’ CUP

·         OWNER’S EXPERIENCE IS A WINNER FOR KEENELAND TOUR GUESTS

·         FALL MEET LEADERS

 

YOUNG JOCKEYS IN SPOTLIGHT FRIDAY

Two young jockeys – Declan Carroll and Virginia Tormey – had notable performances to begin Friday’s card.

In the second race, Carroll recorded the first victory of his career when he rode 16-1 choice

B Deb’s Fortune for owner Hubert Payton and trainer Daniel Pitts. The win aboard the 3-year-old Awesome Patriot filly came in Carroll’s eighth mount.

“At the seven-eighths (pole) I thought, ‘All right. I think I got this,’ ” Carroll said Saturday morning at Churchill Downs. “She was going easy and that is how she likes to run. I had Chris (Landeros on eventual runner-up Cassidy Ave) on my hip, and I was hoping she would keep going and she did.”

After the race, Keeneland riders met Carroll in the Walking Ring as he returned to the Jockeys Quarters, subjecting him to the customary initiation for a first-time winning jockey that included pouring water on him, spraying him with shaving cream, hitting him with eggs and applauding him for his achievement.

Carroll, 19, is the son of David Carroll, assistant to trainer Mark Casse, and Kim Carroll, an exercise rider for the Casse stable. Click here for more about Carroll, who is well acquainted with many members of Keeneland’s jockey colony.

“It is a dream come true,” he said about winning his first race. “I have known Julien Leparoux since I was 5 years old.” 

Making her riding debut in Friday’s first race was Virginia Tormey, who finished fourth aboard TOLO Thoroughbreds’ Ruthless Child for trainer Tracey Glover.

“It went by so fast,” Tormey said. “I was expecting everything to be normal speed, but everything happens boom, boom, boom. There’s dirt in your face and everyone is all around you, but it was very exciting.”

Tormey, 23, grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she took riding lessons and participated in other equine activities that inspired her to become a jockey. While attending college near Camden, South Carolina, Tormey gravitated toward a job with steeplechase specialist Arch Kingsley Jr.

She honed her skills at Keeneland as an exercise rider before gaining her first afternoon mount.

Tormey first became acquainted with Ruthless Child in training sessions.

“I’d gotten on this horse three times in the mornings, so I got to know her a little bit,” she said. “She’s always worked really nicely for me so I was excited for this race because she usually gives me a lot.”

Tormey said she plans to remain in Kentucky.

“I will be at Churchill Downs in November and then go to Turfway Park for the winter,” she said. “I still exercise ride in the mornings. Riding races is what I’ve been working towards and I finally got here, so I’m gonna do this for as long as I can.”

 

JUDDMONTE FARMS ON VERGE OF KEENELAND MILESTONE



A win by Hofburg in today’s Hagyard Fayette (G2) will mark the 16th graded stakes win at Keeneland for his owner, Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms, and earn for Juddmonte a Keeneland Pitcher.

 

The Keeneland Pitcher is part of the track’s signature Milestone Trophy Program. Only three other owners in Keeneland history have achieved such an accomplishment: Claiborne Farm (Fall 1968), Millard Waldheim’s Bwamazon Farm (Spring 1983) and William S. Farish (Spring 2003). 

 

Juddmonte also bred Hofburg, a stakes-winning 3-year-old son of Tapit who ran in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) and Belmont Presented by NYRA Bets (G1).  

 

On Oct. 6, Juddmonte won the Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) with Golden Mischief.

 

Jose Ortiz will ride Hofburg for trainer Bill Mott in the Hagyard Fayette.

 

 

KEENELAND FALL MEET REPRESENTED BY 54 HORSES

PRE-ENTERED IN BREEDERS’ CUP

Fifty-four horses that raced or trained at Keeneland during the 17-day Fall Meet, which concludes today, have been pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2-3.

They include the winners of Keeneland’s 10 “Win and You’re In” Races, which offered automatic berths to the Breeders’ Cup.

Monday is the entry deadline for the Breeders’ Cup.

Click here for information about the pre-entered horses. Those with Keeneland racing/training connections are:

Nov. 2 races

$2 million Sentient Jet Juvenile (G1)

Horse

Trainer

Keeneland race/latest Keeneland work

Derby Date

D. Wayne Lukas

5th in 10/6 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1)

Knicks Go

Ben Colebrook

Won Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity; worked 10/19

Signalman

Kenny McPeek

2nd in Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity; worked 10/20

Standard Deviation

Chad Brown

3rd in Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity; worked 10/21

 

$2 million Tito’s Handmade Vodka Juvenile Fillies (G1)

Horse

Trainer

Keeneland race/latest Keeneland work

Reflect

Keith Desormeaux

2nd in 10/5 Darley Alcibiades (G1)

Restless Rider

Kenny McPeek

Won Darley Alcibiades; worked 10/25

       



$1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1)

Horse

Trainer

Keeneland race/latest Keeneland work

Belle Laura

Norm Casse

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

Concrete Rose

Rusty Arnold

Won JPMorgan Chase Jessamine; worked 10/25

Pakhet

Todd Pletcher

2nd in JPMorgan Chase Jessamine

Princesa Carolina

Kenny McPeek

5th in JPMorgan Chase Jessamine; worked 10/25

Stellar Agent

Jorge Abreu

Worked 10/20

Winning Envelope

Chris Block

Worked 10/21



$1 million Juvenile Turf (G1)

Horse

Trainer

Keeneland race/latest Keeneland work

Current

Todd Pletcher

Won 10/7 Dixiana Bourbon (G3)

Henley’s Joy

Mike Maker

2nd in Dixiana Bourbon

Pico Entry

Dale Romans

Won 10/5 maiden

Tracksmith

Joe Sharp

6th in Dixiana Bourbon

War of Will

Mark Casse

4th in Dixiana Bourbon; worked 10/25

 

$1 million Juvenile Turf Sprint

Horse

Trainer

Keeneland race/latest Keeneland work

All About It

George Weaver

4th in 10/7 Indian Summer; worked 10/19

Chelsea Cloisters

Wesley Ward

2nd in Indian Summer; worked 10/21

Dragic

Wesley Ward

Worked 10/21

Mae Never No (IRE)

Wesley Ward

Worked 10/21

Moonlight Romance

Wesley Ward

Worked 10/23

Shang Shang Shang

Wesley Ward

Worked 10/13

Stellar Agent

Jorge Abreu

Worked 10/20

Stillwater Cove

Wesley Ward

Worked 10/23

Strike Silver

Mark Casse

Won Indian Summer; worked 10/25

 

Nov. 3 races

$4 million Turf (G1)

Horse

Trainer

Keeneland race/latest Keeneland work

Arklow

Brad Cox

2nd in 10/18 Sycamore (G3)



$2 million Dirt Mile (G1)

Horse

Trainer

Keeneland race/latest Keeneland work

Dak Attack

Dale Romans

2nd in 10/10 allowance

Limousine Liberal

Ben Colebrook

3rd in 10/5 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2); worked 10/20

Promises Fulfilled

Dale Romans

Won Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix

Whitmore

Ron Moquett

2nd in Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix

 

$2 million Distaff (G1)

Horse

Trainer

Keeneland race/latest Keeneland work

Blue Prize (ARG)

Ignacio Correas IV

Won 10/7 Juddmonte Spinster (G1); worked 10/19

Champagne Problems

Ian Wilkes

2nd in Juddmonte Spinster

Fuhriously Kissed

Anthony Quartarolo

4th in Juddmonte Spinster

 

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

Horse

Trainer

Keeneland race/latest Keeneland work

A Raving Beauty (GER)

Chad Brown

Won 10/6 First Lady (G1)

Fuhriously Kissed

Anthony Quartarolo

4th in 10/7 Juddmonte Spinster (G1)

Mom’s On Strike

Joe Sharp

Worked 10/20

 

$2 million Mile (G1)

Horse

Trainer

Keeneland race/latest Keeneland work

Almanaar (GB)

Chad Brown

8th in 10/6 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1)

Analyze It

Chad Brown

4th in Shadwell Turf Mile

A Raving Beauty (GER)

Chad Brown

Won 10/6 First Lady (G1)

Great Wide Open (IRE)

Conor Murphy

2nd in Shadwell Turf Mile

Next Shares

Richard Baltas

Won Shadwell Turf Mile; worked 10/21

Oscar Performance

Brian Lynch

Worked 10/25

Qurbaan

Kiaran McLaughlin

3rd in Shadwell Turf Mile



$2 million TwinSpires Sprint (G1)

Horse

Trainer

Keeneland race/latest Keeneland work

Happy Like a Fool

Wesley Ward

5th in 10/6 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2); worked 10/21

Limousine Liberal

Ben Colebrook

3rd in 10/5 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2); worked 10/20

Mr. Crow

Ben Colebrook

Worked 10/24

Promises Fulfilled

Dale Romans

Won 10/5 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix

Whitmore

Ron Moquett

2nd in Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix

 

$1 million Filly and Mare Sprint (G1)

Horse

Trainer

Keeneland race/latest Keeneland work

Bixby Lou

Tracey Glover

2nd in 10/18 allowance

Chalon

Arnaud Delacour

2nd in 10/6 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2)

Golden Mischief

Brad Cox

Won Thoroughbred Club of America

Happy Like a Fool

Wesley Ward

5th in Thoroughbred Club of America; worked 10/21

Kirby’s Penny

Wesley Ward

Worked 10/23

Miss Sunset

Jeff Bonde

4th in Thoroughbred Club of America

Shamrock Rose

Mark Casse

Won 10/20 Lexus Raven Run (G2)

 

$1 million Turf Sprint (G1)

Horse

Trainer

Keeneland race/latest Keeneland work

Bucchero

Tim Glyshaw

Won 10/6 Woodford (G2) Presented by Keeneland Select

Chanteline

Steve Asmussen

Won 10/12 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3)

Extravagant Kid

Brendan Walsh

3rd in Woodford; worked 10/24

Insta Erma

Richard Baltas

6th in 10/6 First Lady (G1); worked 10/21

Will Call

Brad Cox

2nd in Woodford

 

 

OWNER’S EXPERIENCE IS A WINNER FOR KEENELAND TOUR GUESTS

The debut of Keeneland’s innovative Owner’s Experience Tour during the 2018 Fall Meet was an overwhelming success. All 16 sessions of the 90-minute experience with a 10-person limit were sold out. Guests came from 20 states and Australia.

For the first race on selected days, a Keeneland tour guide accompanied each group into the Saddling Paddock for pre-race activities. Guests saw the Thoroughbreds’ connections and watched trainers saddle horses. They continued to the Walking Ring and saw trainers and jockeys discuss strategy before the call for “Riders Up.” Participants proceeded through the Tunnel and into the Winner’s Circle, where they watched the race and the Winner’s Circle ceremony.

They then conducted their own mock trophy presentation complete with a personal visit from Keeneland Bugler Steve Buttleman.

“We are always looking at new ways that we can engage with our fans and provide unique experiences that they can’t get anywhere else,” Keeneland Director of Employee and Patron Experience Kara Heissenbuttel said. “The average fan will never have the chance to experience Keeneland in a way that owners do with access to the Paddock and Winner’s Circle and the opportunity to see the smallest details executed by Keeneland staff to create an impeccable race day.”

Heissenbuttel said guests had a variety of knowledge about racing. Some were first-time visitors to Keeneland, while others were long-time fans who never had a chance to be so close to racehorses and their owners and trainers.

“Loved the Owner’s Experience Tour and getting to go where only owners can stand to view all the Thoroughbreds,” one participant wrote. “What a thrill.”

“The most common comment I heard from our guests was ‘Wow,’ but my favorite might have been from a California couple celebrating the husband’s birthday,” Keeneland Tour Guide Carol Sue Ray said. “Three different times along the tour they hugged each other and said, ‘Best birthday present ever.’ ”

“Our fans crave these intimate experiences, and we love having the opportunity to provide that for them,” Heissenbuttel said.

Click here for more information about Official Keeneland Tours, which will include Behind-the-Scenes Sales Tours on selected days during Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale.

 


 

FALL MEET LEADERS

Through Oct. 26 (16 days of 17-day season)

 

Jockey

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Tyler Gaffalione

69

13

7

5

$1,283,018

Julien Leparoux

73

12

6

6

$729,212

Jose Ortiz

79

10

13

13

$734,290

Ricardo Santana Jr.

73

9

6

9

$567,093

*Edgar Morales

64

9

5

7

$340,770

Florent Geroux

70

8

10

12

$791,891

Brian Hernandez Jr.

75

8

6

11

$822,151

 



*Apprentice

 

Trainer

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Todd Pletcher

17

8

2

1

$469,036

Mike Maker

43

7

3

5

$332,293

Eddie Kenneally

32

6

7

3

$266,111

Steve Asmussen

38

6

3

5

$311,416

Ian Wilkes

44

5

4

5

$407,964

Joe Sharp

23

5

2

4

$230,779

Ben Colebrook

31

5

1

4

$507,126

 

 

Owner

Wins

Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey

5

Susan and Jim Hill

3

G. Watts Humphrey

3