THURSDAY, APRIL 25

Keeneland’s 16-day Spring Meet runs through Friday. First post is 1:05 p.m. ET.



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·         CHAMPION JAYWALK “LIKE A BEAR” IN FINAL KENTUCKY OAKS WORK

·         YOUTHFUL ICKYMASHO (GB) COULD GIVE ATTFIELD FOURTH BEWITCH WIN

·         CLOSING MEET SPECIAL EVENTS

·         SPRING MEET LEADERS

CHAMPION JAYWALK “LIKE A BEAR” IN FINAL KENTUCKY OAKS WORK

D. J. Stable and Cash is King’s champion Jaywalk, third in the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) here on April 6, tuned up for the May 3 Kentucky Oaks (G1) by working 5 furlongs in :59.20 over a fast main track Thursday morning at Keeneland. The workout, originally targeted for Friday, was moved up a day to avoid the possibility of an off track from the predicted rain.

With regular exercise rider Lucas Berticelli aboard, Jaywalk galloped out 6 furlongs in 1:12.60.

“That was exactly what we wanted,” Tyler Servis, son of trainer John Servis, said. “She left (the 5-furlong marker) like a bear. She left there running. I had her in 11 3/5 for the first eighth. She looked like she wanted to do it. She galloped out really well.”

Jaywalk, a Keeneland sales graduate, earned the 2018 Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old filly with victories in the Frizette (G1) at Belmont Park and Tito’s Handmade Vodka Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Churchill Downs. In her 3-year-old debut, Jaywalk was fourth in the Davona Dale (G2) on March 2 at Gulfstream Park in her only start of 2019 prior to the Central Bank Ashland.



From the first crop of the Unbridled’s Song stallion Cross Traffic, Jaywalk arrived at Keeneland March 26 and has been following a schedule similar to that of 2016 Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia. The two fillies share several similarities: Cathryn Sophia raced for Cash is King, was trained by John Servis, was third in the Central Bank Ashland and resided at Keeneland for several weeks prior to moving to Churchill for the Kentucky Oaks.

“We stuck to the same plan, and it seems to be working,” Tyler Servis said. “This has been very beneficial to get out of that South Florida heat (at Palm Meadows training center.) In the Ashland, she showed a big improvement from how she ran in Florida. She keeps getting better, and this has been our plan all along to have her peak in May.”

Plans call for Jaywalk to train at Keeneland Sunday and ship to Churchill around noon.

She is to be ridden in the Kentucky Oaks by Javier Castellano, who also was aboard Cathryn Sophia for her Oaks win. Post positions for the race will be drawn Monday at 11 a.m.

 

YOUTHFUL ICKYMASHO (GB) COULD GIVE

ATTFIELD FOURTH BEWITCH WIN

Trainer Roger Attfield will be trying for his fourth victory in the $150,000 Bewitch (G3) when he saddles Triton Stable’s Ickymasho (GB) in the feature race on Friday’s closing-day program. He won the race with Sweetest Thing (2002), Noble Stella (GER) (2006) and Lady Shakespeare (2010).

Last year, Ickymasho was third in the Bewitch in her North American debut after 30 starts in Europe. Although she is winless stateside, Ickymasho has banked more than $100,000 since relocating. In 38 career starts, she has an 8-11-4 record for earnings of $193,403.

“She seems like she gets better with age,” Attfield said of the 7-year-old mare. “We (bought) her in England, where she had been running well, but she hadn’t been running against the (upper level) competition like she is now. She is very competitive, so I am very happy with her.”

Ickymasho enters the Bewitch following close runner-up efforts in The Very One (G3) and Orchid (G3) at Gulfstream Park in March.

“She always runs her race even if she gets beaten,” Attfield said. “She looks wonderful and her eyes are always bright and her coat is in great shape. She comes off the track bucking and kicking like she is a youngster again. If they are happy, they usually run their best, which she has been doing for awhile.”

Jose Ortiz will ride Ickymasho in the Bewitch, a 1½-mile turf test that has attracted nine other fillies and mares, and start from post position four.



CLOSING WEEK SPECIAL EVENTS

Celebrating its 80th anniversary, the Keeneland Library is one of the world’s largest repositories of information related to the Thoroughbred. In its exhibit “Herbert Haseltine: The Gold Standard,” visitors will see two prominent works from the latter period of the acclaimed sculptor of the early 20th century: “The Thoroughbred Horse” and “Portrait of the Racehorse Tom Fool.” The exhibit “From the Vault: Jockeys” features 26 images dating from the late 1800s to the mid-20th century from the Library’s archive of more than 1 million negatives and photographic prints. Varied memorabilia from Hall of Fame jockeys Eddie Arcaro, Ted Atkinson and Bill Shoemaker accompany the photographs. The Library is open weekdays at no charge from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Official Keeneland ToursKeeneland offers a selection of year-round, guided racing and sales tours, including Behind-the-Scenes Racing Tours, Owner’s Experience Tours and Backstretch Tours with a Day at the Races.

Thursday, April 25

Horses and Hope Pink Day – Fans are encouraged to wear pink and support Horses and Hope, which works to increase cancer awareness, education, screening and treatment referral among Kentucky’s horse industry workers and special populations across the commonwealth. The event, in its 11th year at Keeneland, features a Horses and Hope race to honor breast cancer survivors.

Jockey Autograph Signing Benefiting Shantel Lanerie Breast Cancer Foundation – In conjunction with Horses and Hope, Keeneland and the Shantel Lanerie Breast Cancer Foundation will host a Jockey Autograph Signing with current and retired riders. All proceeds will go directly to the Lanerie Foundation. Hats may be signed for ($30), posters ($20), jockey goggles ($15) and personal items ($5). The signing is from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Grandstand under the jumbo screen.

The Keeneland Shop Trunk Show – Frederique.



Friday, April 26 – Closing Day

The Hill – Fans who like to tailgate will enjoy the festive atmosphere of The Hill, where they can watch races on a jumbo TV and place wagers. The Hill also features food trucks, The Keeneland Shop kiosk and complimentary shuttles to the track. Live music is presented by The Burl, a popular live music venue in Lexington, from noon to 4 p.m.

 

The Keeneland Shop Trunk Show – Frederique.

 

 

 

SPRING MEET LEADERS

 

Through April 24 (14 days of 16-day season)

 

 

Jockey

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Javier Castellano

33

14

7

4

$1,905,914

Tyler Gaffalione

79

13

5

11

$1,011,055

Florent Geroux

70

13

11

5

$808,517

Joel Rosario

46

12

7

6

$667,845

Luis Saez

62

11

10

7

$700,421

John Velazquez

39

10

8

7

$568,963

 

 

Trainer

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Chad Brown

26

9

8

3

$859,754

Wesley Ward

32

8

6

4

$499,225

Brad Cox

22

8

5

0

$493,477

Ian Wilkes

28

6

2

1

$363,692

Brendan Walsh

24

6

2

4

$237,632

 

 

Owner

Wins

e Five Racing Thoroughbreds (Robert J. Edwards Jr.)

3

Hronis Racing (Kosta Hronis)

3

Juddmonte Farms (Khalid Abdullah)

3