Keeneland Barn Notes: Winter Sunset Will Face Blowout in Friday’s G3 Pin Oak Valley View

2-9-2019 – Winter Sunset, with Channing Hill aboard, wins the Shantel Lanerie Memorial Overnight Stakes at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, LA. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr — Photo Courtesy of the Fair Grounds

From the Keeneland Media Team:

BLOWOUT (GB) HEADLINES OVERFLOW FIELD
FOR FRIDAY’S PIN OAK VALLEY VIEW

Peter Brant’s Blowout (GB), who spent most of the summer chasing stablemate Regal Glory in graded stakes tests at Saratoga, headlines a field of 14 3-year-old fillies and one also-eligible entered Sunday for next Friday’s 29th running of the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) to be run at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

The Pin Oak Valley View will go as the ninth race on Friday’s 10-race program with a 5:30 p.m. ET post time. First post Friday is 1:05 p.m.

Trained by Chad Brown, Blowout finished a half-length behind Regal Glory in the Lake George (G3) and a neck back in the Lake Placid (G2) before posting a front-running 2¼-length victory in the Pebbles on Sept. 14 in her most recent start.

John Velazquez has the mount and will break from post position two.

Brown, who has won two Grade 1 stakes at this meet, has two other runners in the race: stakes winners Catch a Bid, owned by Klaravich Stables and Martin Schwartz’s Turf War. Irad Ortiz Jr. has the mount on Catch a Bid and will break from post position seven, while Turf War exits post position 10 with Joel Rosario aboard.

The field for the Pin Oak Valley View, with riders and weights from the inside, is: Solar Kitten (Chris Landeros, 118 pounds), Blowout (GB) (Velazquez, 120), Carnival Colors (Jose Ortiz, 120), Winter Sunset (Channing Hill, 120), Wildlife (Corey Lanerie, 118), Princess Causeway (Brian Hernandez Jr., 120), Catch a Bid (Irad Ortiz Jr., 118),She’sonthewarpath (Chantal Sutherland, 118), Maxim Rate (Florent Geroux, 120), Turf War (Rosario, 118), The Mackem Bullet (IRE) (Tyler Gaffalione, 120), Lady Prancealot(IRE) (Joe Bravo, 120), Hard Legacy (Julien Leparoux, 120), Story Time (James Graham, 118). Also-eligible: Dalika (GER) (Joel Rosario, 118).

(Cambier Parc returns after winning the G1 QE II Challenge Cup at Keeneland on Saturday / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

 CAMBIER PARC FOLLOWS WINNING PATTERN FOR BROWN
IN QUEEN ELIZABETH II CHALLENGE CUP PRESENTED BY LANE’S END

Trainer Chad Brown picked up his third victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1) on Saturday when OXO Equine’s Cambier Parc led all the way to a 1-length victory.

“There was not a lot of pace yesterday and Johnny (Velazquez) took advantage of it,” said Whit Beckman, who is overseeing Brown’s Keeneland string. “The same thing happened last year when Rushing Fall won and when Dayatthespa won (in 2012): The fractions were soft and she led all the way.”

Brown also saddled Peter Brant’s Café Americano to a fourth-place finish while Paul Pompa Jr.’s Regal Glory finished sixth.

“He was pleased with their performances,” Beckman said. “They all came out of the race well and it is my understanding they will all get a break.”

Godolphin’s Castle Lady (IRE), who finished a clear second in her first start since June, came out of the race well. according to exercise rider Luc Chasserio. Castle Lady is scheduled to return to France and rejoin trainer Henri-Alex Pantall’s stable on Tuesday.

Three Chimneys Farm’s Princesa Carolina also exited the race well, according to Pat Gilligan, assistant to trainer Kenny McPeek. After the race, McPeek indicated a possible next spot for Saturday’s third-place finisher could be the American Oaks (G1) at the end of the year at Santa Anita.

Augustin Stable’s homebred Varenka will be returning to Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland at trainer Graham Motion’s main base with plans to be determined, according to Motion assistant Alice Clapham.

“She is good this morning,” Clapham said of Varenka, who finished fifth. “She tried hard and that’s all you can ask.”

Sanford Bacon and Patrick Biancone Racing’s Kelsey’s Cross was scheduled to return to Florida tomorrow and get a break, according to assistant trainer Andie Biancone.

Her Majesty, The Queen’s Magnetic Charm (GB), who pressed the pace before dropping back to finish eighth, came out of the race fine, according to exercise rider Jess Campbell. Magnetic Charm was scheduled to leave this afternoon to return to England for trainer William Haggas.

(Totally Boss, winning at KY Downs, works at Keeneland / Photo Courtesy of KY Downs)

WORK TAB

Jim and Susan Hill’s Totally Boss, winner of the Runhappy Turf Sprint (G3) in his most recent start, worked a half-mile in :48.80 on the main track in company early Sunday morning for trainer Rusty Arnold. Totally Boss is being pointed to the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) to be run Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.

Also working toward possible Breeders’ Cup engagements on the firm turf were Stonestreet Stables’ undefeated Cambria and Merriebelle Stable’s Walk In Marrakesh (IRE).

Cambria, working toward the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2), covered 5 furlongs in company in 1:03.60 for trainer Wesley Ward. Walk In Marrakesh, prepping for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), worked a half-mile in :52 for trainer Ignacio Correas IV. Both races are Nov. 1.

Three Chimneys Farm and Fern Circle Stables’ Restless Rider, working toward a return to the races in next Saturday’s Lexus Raven Run (G2), worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.20 on the main track Sunday. Fractions on the work were :11.80, :23.80, :35.20, :47.80 and 1:00.20.

“She is doing super and this is a good spot for her,” trainer Kenny McPeek said. “She has had a rest since the Kentucky Oaks (G1) in May and she hasn’t sprinted in a while. She is doing good and we are hoping to have a good late season with her and maybe even next year.”

Other grass works of note for upcoming stakes included Pin Oak Valley View (G3) hopefuls The Mackem Bullet (IRE) (5 furlongs in 1:01.80), Lady Prancealot (IRE) (4 furlongs in :51.80) and Story Time (4 furlongs in :51.20).

Working toward next Sunday’s Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) were Simply Breathless (GB) (6 furlongs in 1:16), Elysea’s World (IRE) (4 furlongs in :49.80) and Vevina (5 furlongs in 1:04.40).


GALLOPING OUT

Trainer Robertino Diodoro scored his first Keeneland victory Saturday when he sent out Heads Up Racing’s Belle Tapisserie to win the eighth race. Ridden by David Cohen, the 4-year-old Tapizar gelding won the 6-furlong race by 1¾ lengths in 1:10.04.

UPCOMING STAKES PROBABLES

$250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2) (Entries taken Wednesday; race Saturday, Oct. 19) – Bell’s the One (Neil Pessin), First Star (Ron Ellis), Horologist (Richard Baltas), Indian Pride (Chad Brown), Irish Mischief (Brad Cox), Needs Supervision (Jeremiah O’Dwyer), Oxy Lady (Jack Sisterson), Restless Rider (Kenny McPeek), Royal Charlotte (Brown).

$125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) (Entries taken Thursday; race Sunday, Oct. 20) – Elysea’s World (IRE) (Richard Baltas), Gentle Ruler (Ian Wilkes), Get Explicit(Barbara Minshall), Lafta (Patrick Biancone), Lemoona (Richard Baltas), Sea Dream (BRZ) (Paulo Lobo), Simply Breathless (GB) (Neil Drysdale), Vevina (Phil D’Amato), Violet Blue (James Toner). Possible: Pamina (Michael Dickinson), Pantsonfire (IRE) (Baltas).


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 atkeenelandlibrary.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.

Sunday, Oct. 13

Kids Club Family Day – A day at the races for Keeneland Kids Club members and their families will include free general admission, access to reserved Grandstand seating and special activities including taking photos with a life-size cutout of Triple Crown winner Secretariat. Activities are located on the North Terrace from noon to 3 p.m.

Secretariat Festival – The annual event celebrates the beloved Triple Crown winner. Click here for more information. Events in Keeneland’s Sales Pavilion take place to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Fall BCBC-NHC
handicapping tournament – The tournament, which drew a record 171 entries in 2018, will award as many as five spots to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge at Santa Anita and eight spots to the National Handicapping Challenge in Las Vegas in 2020. Click here for more information.

The Keeneland Shop presents a book signing with Foster Ockerman Jr., author of Hidden History of Horse Racing in Kentucky (1-3 p.m.), and Milliners Corner with Dorfman Pacific.

FALL MEET LEADERS

 

Through Oct. 12 (7 days of 17-day season)

 

Jockey StartsWins2nd3rdPurses
Javier Castellano351266$1,173,642
Jose Ortiz48767$1,133,917
Julien Leparoux38664$491,487
Florent Geroux44683$465,168
Corey Lanerie33665$310,222
Joel Rosario25444$673,496
TrainerStartsWins2nd3rdPurses
Chad Brown17611$803,535
Brad Cox19431$480,299
Brendan Walsh15421$477,263
Mark Casse19341$507,419
Peter Miller6310$248,572
Graham Motion10300$146,913
OwnerWins
Alex G. Campbell Jr.2
Godolphin (Mohammed Al Maktoum et al)2
Ten Broeck Farm (David Mowat)2

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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