Keeneland Barn Notes: Daddy Is A Legend Heads the Field for the G3 Valley View

From the Keeneland Media Team:


Susan and Jim Hill’s two-time Grade 3 turf winner Daddy Is a Legend heads a field of 14 3-year-old fillies and one also-eligible entered Sunday for the 28th running of the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) going 1 1/16 miles on the turf Friday.

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 time Friday is 1:05 p.m.

Trained by George Weaver, Daddy Is a Legend has spent much of the past year chasing Rushing Fall, winner of Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1).

A maiden winner here last fall, Daddy Is a Legend closed 2017 with a victory in the Jimmy Durante (G3) at Del Mar. At Saratoga this summer, she won the Lake George (G3) and in her most recent start finished third in the Lake Placid (G2) behind Rushing Fall.

Manny Franco will have the mount Friday and break from post position three.

The field for the Pin Oak Valley View, with riders and weights from the inside, is: Reversethedecision (Javier Castellano, 118 pounds), Kabella (James Graham, 118), Daddy Is a Legend (Franco, 120), Mighty Scarlett (Jose Ortiz, 118), Cool Beans (Florent Geroux, 118), Beach Waltz (Tyler Gaffalione, 118), Colonia (FR) (Joe Bravo, 118), Goodthingstaketime (IRE) (Ricardo Santana Jr., 118), More Fun Again (Feargal Lynch, 120), High Tech (Chris Landeros, 118), Sirenusa (Adam Beschizza, 120), Get Explicit(Shaun Bridgmohan, 118), Poetic Charm (GB) (Mike Smith, 118) and Chipolata (FR) (Julien Leparoux, 118). Also-eligible: Mutabaahyia (Mitchell Murrill, 118).


On Saturday, Rushing Fall delivered a bonus birthday gift to her owner, Bob Edwards, who races in the name of e Five Racing Thoroughbreds, by winning the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1).

“That worked out well,” said Whit Beckman, assistant to trainer Chad Brown. “Everybody was happy about it and it was Mr. Edwards’ birthday. That’s a pretty good birthday present to win a $500,000 Grade 1.”

With the victory, Rushing Fall became the fourth horse, all fillies, to win three graded stakes at Keeneland before the end of their 3-year-old campaigns. Rushing Fall won the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) last fall and this spring won the Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association.

La Coronel in 2016-2017 won the same three races as Rushing Fall did. Optimistic Gal was the first to win three graded Keeneland stakes before the end of her 3-year-old campaign with victories in the 1975 Alcibiades (G3) and 1976 Ashland (G3) and Spinster (G1). Take Charge Lady won the same three races in 2001-2002 with the Alcibiades being a Grade 2 and the Ashland a Grade 1.

Take Charge Lady with four victories, including the Spinster twice, has the most graded stakes victories at Keeneland of any filly.Wise Dan, with seven graded stakes victories, is the all-time Keeneland leader in that category.

In yesterday’s QE II, Rushing Fall and jockey Javier Castellano controlled the pace in the 1 1/8-mile race and pulled away to a 1¼-length victory.

“When I saw that :23 and 4 first quarter, I was a little concerned. But at the half in :49 and 1 and Javier had her on cruise control, I was more confident then,” Beckman said. “She is doing well this morning and feeling good.”

Plans for Rushing Fall are to be determined.

Runner-up Mission Impassible (IRE) came out of the race well, according to Rodolphe Brisset.

Owned by Mohamed Fahad Al Attiyah and Haras d’Etreham, Mission Impassible will remain in the U.S. in Brisset’s care. Rather than returning to the quarantine barn after the race, Mission Impassible moved about a quarter mile down Rice Road to Brisset’s barn.

Nyaleti (IRE), who finished 4 3/4 lengths back in third, will be heading back to Europe Wednesday or staying stateside for a possible Breeders’ Cup run.

“She ran well but there was not enough pace for her,” said Hayley Kelly, exercise rider for Nyaleti, who is owned by 3 Batterhams and a Reay. “Everybody was pleased with her. The owners are going to decide today whether to stay here for the (Nov. 3) Breeders’ Cup (Filly and Mare Turf-G1) or go back for a race in Italy on Nov. 4 (the Premio Lydia Tesio-G1 at a mile and a quarter).”

Trainer Kenny McPeek was happy with the fourth-place finish of Princess Warrior.

“The filly came back fine and we were pleased with her run,” McPeek said of the filly, who is owned by Evan, Matthew and Andrew Trommer. “We were really hoping to get at least a third place or better for Grade 1 black type, but she just got beat for the third spot.

“Every time we run her on the grass she’s run well and respectable. She is probably going to come back in the ($200,000) Mrs. Revere (G2 at Churchill Downs Nov. 23 at 1 1/16 miles) and we’d like to think we could take a shot at the American Oaks (G1) in California later in the season.”

Alice Clapham, assistant to trainer Graham Motion, said that sixth-place finisher Secret Message came out of the race OK and likely would be headed back to Fair Hill training center in Maryland in the next few days.

“That Rushing Fall is a serious filly,” Clapham said of the winner.



Trainer Luis Cotto earned his first Keeneland victory when Maribel Ruelas’ Hurry Back won Saturday’s first race. Ridden by Gabriel Saez, the 3-year-old Hat Trick (JPN) colscored a head victory in the 1 1/16-mile turf race in 1:45.92.



$250,000 LEXUS RAVEN RUN (G2) (Entries taken Wednesday, Oct. 17; race Saturday, t Oct. 20) – Alter Moon (trainer Chad Brown), Amy’s Challenge (Mac Robertson), Blamed (Bill Mott), Bronx Beauty (Anthony Margotta Jr.), Chauncey (Steve Asmussen), Divine Queen (Buff Bradley), Dream Pauline (Kiaran McLaughlin), Everyonelovesjimmy (Ian Wilkes), Kelly’s Humor (Brad Cox), Moonshine Memories (Simon Callaghan), Shamrock Rose (Mark Casse), She’s a Gypsy (Helen Pitts-Blasi), She’s Pretty Lucky (Eddie Kenneally), Take Charge Paula (McLaughlin), True Royalty (John Sadler).

$125,000 ROOD & RIDDLE DOWAGER (G3) (Entries taken Thursday, Oct. 18; race Sunday, Oct. 21) – Daring Duchess (trainer Mike Maker), Res Ipsa (Ian Wilkes), Savannah Belle (Brian Lynch), Vexatious (Neil Drysdale), Viva Vegas (Derek Ryan).Possible: Amboseli (James Cassidy), Beach Flower (Mac Robertson), Coco Channel (Charlie LoPresti).

$200,000 HAGYARD FAYETTE (G2) (Entries taken Wednesday, Oct. 24; race Saturday, Oct. 27) – Guest Suite (trainer Neil Howard), Hence (Steve Asmussen), Leofric (Brad Cox), Name Changer (Alan Goldberg), Nice Not Nice (Buff Bradley), Prime Attraction (James Cassidy) Rated R Superstar (Kenny McPeek).


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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