(Keeneland / Photos by Holly M. Smith)


From the Keeneland Media Team:


Arnaldo Monge and trainer Rey Hernandez’s Finnick the Fierce and JRita Young Thoroughbreds’ Man in the Can, two horses expected to make their next starts in the July 11, $600,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G2) during Keeneland’s unprecedented Summer Meet, each turned in bullet works on the fast track at Keeneland Saturday morning.

According to Keeneland clockers, Finnick the Fierce worked a half-mile in :46.20, the fastest of 90 works at the distance, and Man in the Can covered five furlongs in :59.60. His time was the fastest of 18 works at the distance.

Finnick the Fierce, a gelding by Dialed In, was third in the second division of the May 2 Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park and at Fair Grounds was fourth in the Jan. 18 Lecomte (G3) and seventh in the Feb. 15 Risen Star Presented by Lamarque Ford (G2). He is coming off a third-place finish behind another Toyota Blue Grass hopeful, Art Collector, in a June 13 allowance race at Churchill Downs.

A colt by Can the Man, Man in the Can has won his past three races: Rainbow Stakes on April 17 and Arkansas Breeders’ Championship on May 1, both at Oaklawn, and an allowance race at Churchill on June 12. The latter win was by 1½ length over eventual Ohio Derby (G3) winner Dean Martini.

Ron Moquett was pleased with the work turned in by Man in the Can, who will be his first starter in Keeneland’s most famous race.

“He handled the track really well,” Moquett said about the Arkansas-bred. “I was really glad to see that. It should set him up well for the race.”

Asked about the COVID-19 pandemic that is resulting in the Toyota Blue Grass being run in July during the unique Summer Meet, Moquett said, “We’re living in uncertain times. With everything going on, it’s been a really good thing to know we can continue to do what we need to do, and that’s to take care of these horses.”


Among the other potential Summer Meet stakes horses that worked Saturday are:

July 10 stakes

Maker’s Mark Mile (G1) – M and J Thoroughbreds and Riverside Bloodstock’s Emmaus (IRE) (4 furlongs on turf in :50.40) for trainer Conor Murphy; Calumet Farm’s Everfast (4 furlongs on turf in :50.20) for trainer Jack Sisterson.

July 11 stakes

Central Bank Ashland (G1) – Juddmonte Farm’s Bonny South (5 furlongs on dirt in 1:00.40) for trainer Brad Cox.

Shakertown (G2) – Owner and trainer Wesley Ward’s Bound for Nowhere (5 furlongs on turf in 1:05); Amy Dunne, Brenda Miley, Westrock Stables and Jean Wilkinson’s Leinster (4 furlongs on turf in :50.2) for trainer Rusty Arnold; Inchy Bridge Stables’ Sabador (FR) (4 furlongs on turf in :51.00) for trainer Conor Murphy; Jim and Susan Hill’s Totally Boss (4 furlongs on dirt in :48.20) for Arnold.

Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association – Michael and Reiko Baum’s Ivyetsu (4 furlongs on dirt in :49.00) for trainer Rusty Arnold; Manganero Bloodstock’s Mariafoot (GB) (4 furlongs on dirt in :49.20) for trainer Cherie DeVaux; Marc Detampel, TSF Thoroughbred Racing and Rebecca Hillen’sOutburst (GB) (4 furlongs on turf in :51.00) for trainer Eddie Kenneally; Merriebelle Stable’s Walk In Marrakesh (IRE) (4 furlongs on turf in :49.00) for trainer Ignacio Correas IV.

July 12 stakes

TVG Elkhorn (G2) – Silverton Hill’s Hellorhighwater (5 furlongs on turf in 1:05) for trainer Darrin Miller; Bloom Racing Stable’s Henley’s Joy (5 furlongs on turf in 1:01.80) for trainer Steve Asmussen.


Trainer Ron Moquett said Grade 1 winner Whitmore, who has earned more than $3 million, is scheduled to turn in a second work at Keeneland on Sunday. He said the 7-year-old gelding by Pleasantly Perfect, who races for Robert V. LaPenta, Southern Springs Stables and Head of Plains Partners, is being pointed at the Oct. 2 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) on opening day of Keeneland’s Fall Meet with the Nov. 7 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Keeneland the ultimate goal.



According to Keeneland Stakes Coordinator Tiffany Bourque, here are potential fields for each Summer Meet stakes:

Friday, July 10 stakes. Entries taken Tuesday, July 7.

$300,000 Maker’s Mark Mile (G1) – Emmaus (IRE) (trained by Conor Murphy), Everfast (Jack Sisterson), Halladay (Todd Pletcher), Raging Bull (FR) (Chad Brown), War of Will (Mark Casse), Without Parole (GB) (Brown). Possible: Diamond Oops (Patrick Biancone), English Bee (Graham Motion), Next Shares (Richard Baltas), Set Piece (GB) (Brad Cox).

$100,000 Beaumont (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select – Finding Fame (Shug McGaughey), Four Graces (Ian Wilkes), Sconsin (Greg Foley), Turtle Trax (Ian Wilkes). Possible: Rising Seas (Ben Colebrook), Speech (Michael McCarthy).

Saturday, July 11 stakes. Entries taken Wednesday, July 8.

$600,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G2) – Art Collector (Tom Drury Jr.), Attachment Rate (Dale Romans), Basin (Steve Asmussen), Enforceable (Mark Casse), Finnick the Fierce (Rey Hernandez), Hard Lighting (Alexis Delgado), Hunt the Front (Nick Zito), Man in the Can (Ron Moquett), Mr. Big News (Bret Calhoun), Rushie (Michael McCarthy), Shivaree (Ralph Nicks), Winning Impression (Dallas Stewart). Possible: Swiss Skydiver (Kenny McPeek).

$400,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) – Bonny South (Brad Cox), Envoutante (Kenny McPeek), Swiss Skydiver (McPeek), Tonalist’s Shape (Saffie Joseph Jr.), Venetian Harbor (Richard Baltas). Possible: Speech (Michael McCarthy), Tempers Rising (Dallas Stewart).

$350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) – Altea (FR) (Chad Brown), Jolie Olimpica (BRZ) (Richard Mandella), La Signare (FR) (Brendan Walsh), Mucho Unusual (Tim Yakteen), Rushing Fall (Brown), Secret Message (Graham Motion), Toinette (Neil Drysdale). Possible: Juliet Foxtrot (GB) (Brad Cox), Starship Jubilee (Kevin Attard).

$250,000 Madison (G1) – Amy’s Challenge (McLean Robertson), Bell’s the One (Neil Pessin), Guarana (Chad Brown), Mia Mischief (Steve Asmussen), Princess Causeway (Ian Wilkes), Sally’s Curlin (Dale Romans). Possible: Diamond Crazy (Dallas Stewart), Jean Elizabeth (Larry Rivelli).

$150,000 Shakertown (G2) – Bound for Nowhere (Wesley Ward), Extravagant Kid (Brendan Walsh), Fast Boat (Joe Sharp), High Crime (Darrin Miller), Just Might (Michelle Lovell), Leinster (Rusty Arnold), Real News (Al Stall Jr.), Sabador (FR) (Conor Murphy), Shekky Shebaz (Christophe Clement), Tell Your Daddy (Neil Pessin), Texas Wedge (Peter Miller), Tiger Blood (Mike Maker), Totally Boss (Arnold), Wildman Jack (Doug O’Neill). Possible: Star of Kodiak (Chris Davis).

$150,000 Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association – Alms (Mike Stidham), Enola Gay (Shug McGaughey), Ivyetsu (Rusty Arnold), Mariafoot (FR) (Cherie DeVaux), Outburst (GB) (Eddie Kenneally), Walk In Marrakesh (IRE) (Ignacio Correas IV). Possible: Cat’s Pajamas (Graham Motion), Lucky Betty (Will VanMeter), Stela Star (IRE) (John Sadler).

Note: Wagering on July 11 will feature a $500,000 Guaranteed All-Stakes Pick Five and $500,000 Guaranteed All-Stakes Pick Four.


Sunday, July 12 stakes. Entries taken Thursday, July 9.

$175,000 TVG Elkhorn (G2) – He’s No Lemon (Graham Motion), Hellorhighwater (Darrin Miller), Henley’s Joy (Steve Asmussen), Hierarchy (Joe Sharp), Jais’s Solitude (Eddie Kenneally), Nakamura (Motion), Oscar Dominguez (IRE) (Richard Baltas), Ry’s the Guy (Ian Wilkes), Zulu Alpha (Mike Maker). Possible:Arklow (Brad Cox).

$100,000 Kentucky Utilities Transylvania (G3) – Irish Mias (Graham Motion), Smooth Like Strait (Michael McCarthy), Spanish Kingdom (Joe Sharp), Street Ready (Ian Wilkes), Vintage Print (Chad Brown).Possible: Bama Breeze (Rusty Arnold), Buy Me Candy (Ignacio Correas IV), Mo Hawk (Rodolphe Brisset).

Note: NBCSN will provide live coverage of the TVG Elkhorn from 5-7 p.m.