(Chad Brown / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

TRAINER CHAD BROWN ON VERGE OF 100 GRADE 1 VICTORIES

Four-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Chad Brown has 99 Grade 1 wins in his career and could secure No. 100 today or tomorrow at Keeneland, where he has the morning-line favorites in three Grade 1 stakes.

In today’s Maker’s Mark Mile, Brown has two entrants: 9-5 morning-line favorite Raging Bull (FR) and 5-2 second choice Without Parole (GB).

On Saturday, he will send out even-money favorite Guarana in the Madison (G1). In the Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1), he conditions 6-5 favorite Rushing Fall and 12-1 choice Altea (FR).

Brown’s first Grade 1 victory was the 2011 Diana at Saratoga with Zagora (FR). He has 12 Grade 1 wins at Keeneland, where Rushing Fall has accounted for two of them: 2018 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End and 2019 Coolmore Jenny Wiley.

Through Thursday, Brown has 1,787 career wins with earnings exceeding $184 million.


TOM LEACH INTERVIEWS JOCKEY JOEL ROSARIO,
TRAINER BRENDAN WALSH

Keeneland racing analyst Tom Leach interviewed these horsemen about their Summer Meet stakes horses:

Jockey Joel Rosario, who will ride Raging Bull (FR) in today’s Maker’s Mark Mile (G1).

Trainer Brendan Walsh about his Saturday runners: Extravagant Kid in the Shakertown (G2) and La Signare (FR) in the Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1).

 

MAKER’S MARK PARTICIPATES IN LEE INITIATIVE
RESTAURANT REBOOT RELIEF PROGRAM

Sponsor of today’s $300,000 Maker’s Mark Mile (G1), Maker’s Mark has announced it will commit $10,000 to the LEE Initiative Reboot Relief Program.

As restaurants around the country look toward reopening, The LEE Initiative is committed to helping reset the supply chains for farmers and restaurant operators who are committed to sustainable food. The LEE Initiative’s Restaurant Reboot Relief Program is committing at least
$1 million to purchasing food from sustainable farmers in 16 regions, including Central Kentucky, and giving that food directly to restaurants in those areas. The restaurants that have hosted relief centers in those areas will be receiving the food and helping to select which other restaurants will be receiving the food as well.

Maker’s Mark is a proud partner of this program. For more information or to support this effort, please visitleeinitiative.org.

 

KEENELAND STAKES INCLUDED
IN CROSS COUNTRY PICK 5 ON SATURDAY

Three Keeneland stakes – Toyota Blue Grass (G2), Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) and Shakertown (G2) – will be featured in the Cross Country Pick 5 wager on Saturday.

Live coverage of races in the sequence on the final Saturday of the Belmont Park spring/summer meet will be available with “America’s Day at the Races” on FS1 and MSG+.

Free Equibase past performances for the Cross Country Pick 5 sequence are available for download athttps://www.nyra.com/belmont/racing/cross-country-wagers.

The races are:

3:51 p.m. – Shakertown (G2) at Keeneland

4:15 p.m. – Robert G. Dick Memorial (G3) at Delaware Park

4:57 p.m. – Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) at Keeneland

5:30 p.m. – Toyota Blue Grass (G2) at Keeneland

5:36 p.m. – Race 9 allowance from Belmont Park

The minimum bet for the multi-track, multi-race wager is 50 cents. Wagering on the Cross Country Pick 5 is also available on ADW platforms and at simulcast facilities across the country. Every week will feature a mandatory payout of the net pool.

REMEMBERING HARRIET SUE, THE FIRST FILLY IN THE BLUE GRASS

Peter Callahan’s multiple graded stakes winner Swiss Skydiver is the first filly to race in Keeneland’s most famous race, the Toyota Blue Grass (G2), since 1944 – long before corporate sponsorship entered Thoroughbred racing but a year similar to 2020 because of adjustments to Keeneland’s Spring Meet.

That first Blue Grass filly was Harriet Sue, a daughter of the legendary Bull Lea who was bred and owned by Hyman Friedberg of Louisville.

The 1944 Blue Grass was part of Keeneland’s Spring Meet, which in 1943-1945 was held at Churchill Downs because of World War II. In March 1943, Keeneland had been deemed a “suburban” plant and placed in the classification of race tracks that were asked not to operate because of shortages in rubber. The Keeneland Association leased the Churchill facilities for the three spring seasons. No Keeneland Fall Meets were held during that time.

Scheduling of the day allowed Harriet Sue to run in both the 1944 Ashland and Blue Grass, which since 2014 have been held the same day.

On April 10, Harriet Sue defeated four rivals in the $5,000-added Ashland and recorded an impressive victory for trainer John Hanover and jockey Jesse Higley.

According to Louisville’s Courier-Journal (thanks to research provided by the Keeneland Library), “Bet confidently and ridden confidently, the speedy Harriet Sue didn’t betray the confidence of Jockey Jess Higley or the faith of most of the bettors in the gathering of 7,000 race fans at Churchill Downs Wednesday afternoon. ‘Sue’ pulled away from four other fillies to capture the seventh running of Keeneland’s Ashland Stakes by three and one-half lengths.”

That performance led some Turf writers and Harriet Sue’s connections to speculate about the filly competing in the Kentucky Derby – something that had not occurred since 1936.

Harriet Sue returned 16 days later to face males in the $10,000-added Blue Grass. She led her seven rivals for most of the race and “gave way near the end,” according to the chart. She finished fifth behind winner Skytracer. He and four other Blue Grass rivals next competed in the Kentucky Derby, but Harriet Sue returned to the filly division. Favored in the Kentucky Oaks, she finished second, 1½ lengths behind Abe Hirschberg’s Canina.

In July of that year, Harriet Sue captured the Arlington Matron at Washington Park. By the time she retired, she had made 80 starts with 19 wins and earnings of $64,175.

In 1949, her stakes-winning full sister, The Fat Lady, was second to Calumet Farm’s Wistful in the Kentucky Oaks. Wistful would be the year’s champion 3-year-old filly.


GALLOPING OUT

Keeneland thanks today’s Julep Cup sponsors: Four Star Sales (Race 2), Taylor Made Farm (Race 3), Summer Wind Farm (Race 4), Hunter Valley Farm (Race 5) and Denali Stud (Race 6).

Every race meet, Keeneland welcomes Thoroughbred farms and other organizations to participate in the Julep Cup Sponsorship Program by sponsoring an allowance or maiden race. The sponsor’s name is engraved on the silver julep cup that is awarded to the owner of the winning horse. Wakefield Scearce of Shelbyville, Kentucky, provides the cups.

 

SUMMER MEET LEADERS

 

Through July 9 (Day 2 of five-day season)

 

Jockey Starts Wins 2nd 3rd Purses
Tyler Gaffalione 15 3 2 2 $167,396
Brian Hernandez Jr. 12 3 1 0 $101,634

 

Trainer Starts Wins 2nd 3rd Purses
Wesley Ward 7 3 1 0 $114,517