Keeneland Recap – Oct 10th
The Polytrack was fast as always. Back on the turf, and the condition was listed as soft. Seven races run on synthetic, and only one wire job as off the pace types scored six times. Stalkers and closers best on the sod.
Albarado, Graham, and Leparoux each booted home a pair.
Grade 3 Woodford: Silver Timber wore down a game Mr. Nightlinger in this prep for the BC Turf Sprint. Leparoux booted home the winner for Chad Brown.
Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America: SoCal invader Carlsbad looked home free in the stretch, but heavy fav Informed Decision rumbled on by in deep stretch under Leparoux. Jonathan Sheppard saddled the winner, who is a top contender for the BC Filly & Mare Sprint.
Grade 1 First Lady: Diamondrella had no problem with soft turf and two turns en route to a sharp off the pace tally in this flat mile turf test. Tizaqueena gamely held the place over heavy fav Forever Together. Angel Penna Jr. saddled the IEAH runner, and Rajiv Maragh continued his sharp riding form.
Grade 1 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity: Noble’s Promise sat the right forwardly place trip and had enough to hold off Aikenite in the 8.5 furlong test for juveniles. Willie Martinez rode the winner for Ken McPeek. Don’t think Lookin At Lucky has much to worry about from this group in the BC Juvenile.
Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile: Big day for IEAH Stable as they nabbed their 2nd grade one of the day with Court Vision, who tagged Karelian by a nose. Mr. Sidney was along for the show, and Justenuffhumor never fired in a disappointing effort.
Keeneland Preview – Oct 11th
FallStars weekend concludes on Sunday with a pair of graded races, and both have Breeders’ Cup implications. Below is a preview…
Grade 3 Bourbon: Prep for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, and Todd Pletcher has the 5-2 favorite in Interactif, who opted for this after his first choice prep was washed off the grass in New York last week. He was last seen easily capturing a graded race in his turf bow.
Grade 1 Spinster: Prep for the Ladies’ Classic, and this crew is hoping Zenyatta decides to face the gents on Cup day. Swift Temper is the 3-1 choice, but she failed to fire in her lone synthetic try and is worth trying to beat at underlaid odds.