SATURDAY, OCT. 19

Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet concludes Saturday, Oct. 26, with no racing

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



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·         LEXITONIAN WORKS EASY HALF-MILE FOR BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT

·         PIN OAK VALLEY VIEW WINNER LADY PRANCEALOT (IRE) HEADING BACK TO CALIFORNIA

·         GALLOPING OUT

·         CLOSING-DAY STAKES PROBABLES

·         BREEDERS’ CUP CANDIDATES STABLED AT KEENELAND

·         FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS

·         FALL MEET LEADERS

 

LEXITONIAN WORKS EASY HALF-MILE FOR BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT

Calumet Farm’s homebred Lexitonian had a get-acquainted session Saturday morning with jockey Tyler Gaffalione by working a half-mile in :49.60 for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) to be run Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.

Working shortly after the track opened for training at 5:30 a.m. and in company with graded stakes-placed Pony Up, Lexitonian posted fractions of :13.40, :26, :49.60 and out 5 furlongs in 1:02.20.

“Tyler liked him,” trainer Jack Sisterson said, noting that Gaffalione would replace the injured Adam Beschizza aboard Lexitonian for the 6-furlong Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

A son of Speightstown, Lexitonian returned to the dirt here opening day and finished third, beaten a half-length at 46-1, in the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2). Prior to that race, Lexitonian finished third going a mile at Arlington Park on the all-weather track and seventh in the $500,000-added Nevada State Bank Franklin-Simpson (G3) on turf at Kentucky Downs.

“He is better on the dirt and it was a timing thing for him,” Sisterson said of the non-dirt races. “We had Bandua going to the Arlington Million (G1) and we were thinking of maybe stretching Lexitonian out two turns with the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) in mind.

“After that, there was all that money at Kentucky Downs and we used that as a prep to run against older horses for the first time in the Phoenix.”

Sisterson said Lexitonian would have one more work here before the Breeders’ Cup and ship to California on Oct. 29.

As for Bandua, Sisterson may work him on the grass Sunday in preparation for the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) on Nov. 2. Gaffalione, who rode Bandua to a sixth-place finish in the Manhattan (G1), would have the mount in the Breeders’ Cup.

“We will see how the grass is in the morning and if it is still a little soft we can wait until Monday and work on the dirt,” Sisterson said. “He doesn’t have to work on the grass.”

 

PIN OAK VALLEY VIEW WINNER LADY PRANCEALOT (IRE)

HEADING BACK TO CALIFORNIA

Jules Iavarone, Michael Iavarone and Jerry McClanahan’s Lady Prancealot (IRE) came out of her victory over favored Blowout (GB) in Friday’s Pin Oak Valley View (G3) by three-quarters of a length in good order, according to trainer Richard Baltas.

“She came back good and now we’ll go home and regroup,” Baltas said. “We may look at the American Oaks (G1). That would be a nice race to try to win.”

The American Oaks, run at 1¼ miles, is scheduled at Santa Anita in late December.

Friday’s victory was the second Grade 3 win for Lady Prancealot, who has finished in the top three in three other graded tests.

“Yesterday was more like a Grade 2 than a Grade 3,” Baltas said. “She’s pretty honest and shows up every time except for Belmont (when she was sixth in the $750,000 Jockey Club Oaks Invitational) when there was no pace.”

Whit Beckman, assistant to Chad Brown, said Peter Brant’s Blowout as well as Brown’s other runners, Catch a Bid (fourth) and Turf War (12th), came out of the race fine.

The day was not a total bust for the barn as Klaravich Stables’ The Path Not Taken (GB) rallied for a 1¼-length victory in her debut effort in Friday’s second race going 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

“She was very impressive,” Beckman said of the filly, who delivered the barn’s meet-leading seventh win. “We’ll continue down the road with her and go to Florida.”

GALLOPING OUT

Julien Leparoux moved into first place on the list of the Fall Meet’s leading jockeys by victories thanks to six wins in the past three days. Leparoux, who won three races Friday, has 13 wins – one more than runner-up Javier Castellano. Leparoux has 11 meet titles at Keeneland: six during the Spring (including a tie with Rafael Bejarano when he was an apprentice in 2006) and five during the Fall. He has won a total of 486 races at Keeneland, good for fourth on the list of all-time winningest jockeys here. …

Trainers Cherie DeVaux and Luis Ramirez earned their first Keeneland wins Friday. DeVaux sent out Belladonna Racing’s Bayerness, a 2-year-old Bayern filly, to win the sixth race by 4¼ lengths. With Tyler Gaffalione aboard, Bayerness covered 6 furlongs in 1:10.91. Ramirez won the 10th race with Smith Ranch Stables’ Come On Venezuela, a 3-year-old Kantharos colt who won the 1 1/16-mile race by a neck in 1:45.65.

CLOSING-DAY STAKES PROBABLES

$200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2) (Entries taken Wednesday, Oct. 23; race Saturday, Oct. 26) – Bal Harbour (trainer Todd Pletcher), Big Dollar Bill (Ian Wilkes), Blueridge Traveler (Kenny McPeek), Core Beliefs (Peter Eurton), Everfast (Dale Romans), Mocito Rojo (Shane Wilson), The Great Day (ARG) (Arnaud Delacour), Tom’s d’Etat (Al Stall Jr.). Possible: Firey Speech (Brian House), Major Cabbie (Peter Miller), Mr Darcy (Angel Montano).

 

                                                                                   BREEDERS’ CUP CANDIDATES STABLED AT KEENELAND



Keeneland is home to several possible contenders for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita on Nov. 1-2.

Pre-entry deadline for the Breeders’ Cup is noon on Monday, Oct. 21. Pre-entries will be announced Wednesday, Oct. 23.

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

Trainer (Barn)

Horse

BC Race

Last Race

Latest Work

Rusty Arnold (60)

Leinster

Turf Sprint (G1)

2nd 10/5 Woodford (G2) at KEE

 

Totally Boss

Turf Sprint

Won 9/7 Runhappy Turf Sprint (G3) at KD

10/13: 4f in :48.80 (dirt)

Mark Casse (37)

Perfect Alibi

Juvenile Fillies (G1)

2nd 10/4 Darley Alcibiades (G1) at KEE

10/18: 5f in 1:02.60

Ignacio Correas IV (41, 70)

Blue Prize (ARG)

Distaff (G1)

Won 10/6 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) at KEE

10/18: 4f in :49.40

Walk In Marrakesh (IRE)

Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1)

2nd 9/15 Natalma (G1) at WO

10/13: 4f in :52 (turf)

Bob Hess (1)

Heavenhasmynikki

Filly and Mare Sprint (G1)

Won 10/5 Diana at TDN

10/17: 5f in 1:00.20

Eddie Kenneally (72)

Abscond

Juvenile Fillies Turf

Won 9/15 Natalma at WO

10/18: 4f in :48.80

Kiaran McLaughlin (33)

Dawn the Destroyer

Filly and Mare Sprint

2nd 10/5 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) at KEE

10/18: 4f in :48.20

Henri-Alex Pantall (quarantine barn)

Castle Lady (IRE)

Filly and Mare Turf (G1)

2nd 10/12 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1)

 

Todd Pletcher (6)

Sweet Melania

Juvenile Fillies Turf

Won 10/9 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2) at KEE

 

Jack Sisterson (Calumet Farm barn on Rice Road)

Bandua

Turf (G1)

8th 10/5 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) at KEE

 

Lexitonian

Sprint (G1)

3rd 10/4 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) at KEE

10/19: 4f in :49.60

Brendan Walsh (24)

Maxfield

TVG Juvenile (G1)

Won 10/5 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at KEE

10/18: 4f in :48.60

Vitalogy (GB)

Juvenile Turf (G1)

2nd 10/6 Dixiana Bourbon (G3) at KEE

 

Wesley Ward (47, 68)

Cambria

Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2)

Won 9/7 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Sprint at KD

10/13: 5f in 1:03.60 (turf)

Four Wheel Drive

Juvenile Turf Sprint

Won 10/6 Futurity (G3) at BEL

 

Kimari

Juvenile Turf Sprint

Won 10/6 Indian Summer at KEE

 

 

 

FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS

All Year

Official Keeneland Tours – A variety of guided walking tours showcase Keeneland’s racing and sales operations. Click here for more information.

Through March 2020

The Keeneland Library Presents “A Day in the Life: Volume I” – This new exhibit features the work of early Turf photographer John C. Hemment. The Keeneland Library is home to the largest known surviving body of work of Hemment, a photographer during the late 19th and early 20th century. A virtual counterpart of the Hemment exhibit is at keenelandlibrary.omeka.net/exhibits. Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, the Library is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET.

Saturday, Oct. 19

 

Jockey Q&A with Chantal Sutherland in the Paddock at 12:05 p.m.

 

The Hill – Keeneland’s official tailgate lot features a jumbo screen to watch live racing and football, wagering booths, live music, local food trucks and free shuttles to the Grandstand.

The Keeneland Shop presents a trunk show with Frederique.

 

Budweiser Clydesdales at Keeneland. The famous hitch will appear after Race 3 (post time 2:12 p.m.).

$300,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 Presented by TVG

Sunday, Oct. 20

Heroes Day Presented by City BBQ – Keeneland will recognize the men and women who serve our community. All military (active duty and veterans), first responders – law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs – and their families will receive free general admission, access to reserved Grandstand seating, free lunch and be able to take part in children’s activities. The day will include a flag unfurling on the main track between races and recognition of local heroes in the Winner’s Circle. 

 

Budweiser Clydesdales at Keeneland. A single Clydesdale will be available for photo opportunities at the East Gate entrance from noon to 1 p.m.

The Keeneland Shop presents Milliners Corner with Dorfman.

Tuesday, Oct. 22

Library Lecture Series – The Keeneland Library, which is celebrating its 80th birthday, will present Brien Bouyea, who will discuss his new book, The Travers: 150 Years of Saratoga’s Greatest Race, which he co-wrote with Michael Veitch. The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

FALL MEET LEADERS

 

Through Oct. 18 (11 days of 17-day season)

 

 

Jockey

 

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Julien Leparoux

 

61

13

6

8

$783,207

Javier Castellano

 

49

12

10

6

$1,260,687

Jose Ortiz

 

74

11

11

8

$1,328,113

Corey Lanerie

 

64

6

9

9

$368,782

Tyler Gaffalione

 

55

6

8

11

$541,763

Florent Geroux

 

44

6

8

3

$465,168

 

 

Trainer

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Chad Brown

26

7

4

1

$935,708

Mike Maker

35

5

6

5

$392,799

Brad Cox

28

4

4

5

$510,740

Brendan Walsh

27

4

4

3

$528,030

Mark Casse

25

3

4

2

$517,832

Graham Motion

14

3

2

1

$198,427

Norm Casse

10

3

1

1

$78,697

Peter Miller

7

3

1

0

$250,822

 

 

Owner

Wins

Alex G. Campbell Jr.

2

Godolphin (Mohammed Al Maktoum et al)

2

Klaravich Stables (Seth Klarman)

2

Lothenbach Stables (Bob Lothenbach)

2

SF Racing (Gavin Murphy), Starlight Racing (Jack Wolf et al), Madaket Stables (Sol Kumin and Jason Monteleone)

2

Ten Broeck Farm (David Mowat)

2

Erv Woolsey and Ralph Kinder

2