(Letruska / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

From the Keeneland Media Team:


“Bueno,” reported exercise rider Felipe Jacobo.

“She did it very easy,” added trainer Fausto Gutierrez.

In a nutshell, that summed up the 5-furlong work in :59 over a fast track Saturday morning for St. George Stable’s homebred Letruska, the top-rated mare in North America.

Working on her own at just after 9 a.m. following the morning’s second renovation break, Letruska posted fractions of :22.60, :35.40, :46.80, :59 and out 6 furlongs in 1:11 in her final preparations for next Sunday’s $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1). The work was the best of 55 at the distance.

For Letruska, this morning’s move was her second local work since winning the Personal Ensign (G1) at Saratoga Aug. 28. Last Saturday, Letruska worked a best-of-76 half-mile in :47.40.

In addition to Letruska, several other horses pointing toward Fall Stars Weekend stakes put in main track works headed by Michael McLoughlin’s Kevin’s Folly, who covered 5 furlongs in :59.40 in company under Edgar Morales for trainer Tom Amoss. Kevin’s Folly, third in the Hopeful (G1) in his most recent start, is headed to the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) next Saturday.

Also working for Amoss was Jerry Caroom’s Pipeline Girl (5 furlongs in :59.80) in preparation for Friday’s opening-day $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1).

Ranlo Investment’s Golden Pal, winner of last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G2), worked 5 furlongs in 1:01 over a firm turf course in company with Indian Summer (L) Presented by Keeneland Select hopeful Averly Jane (1:01.80) in preparation for next Saturday’s $200,000 Woodford (G2) Presented by TVG. Averly Jane is owned by Hat Creek Racing.

Golden Pal and Averly Jane were two of five turf workers for trainer Wesley Ward, whose contingent included Indian Summer hopeful Kaufymaker (5 furlongs in 1:02) and multiple Group 1 winner Campanelle (IRE) (5 furlongs in 1:02). Kaufymaker races for Gregory Kaufman. Stonestreet Stables own Campanelle.

Other turf works of note included George Sharp’s Front Run the Fed (4 furlongs in :50.80) and Clipper Logistics’ Space Traveller (GB) (4 furlongs in :50.40) for the $750,000 Keeneland Turf Mile (G1); Apogee Racing’s Abscond (5 furlongs in 1:02) for the $400,000 First Lady (G1) Presented by UK HealthCare; and Phoenix Thoroughbred’s Tiz the Bomb (4 furlongs in :49) for the $200,000 Castle & Key Bourbon (G2).



Here are the prospective fields for Keeneland’s Oct. 8-10 Fall Stars Weekend, which opens the 17-day Fall Meet. Fall Stars Weekend will offer 10 stakes worth $3.65 million

Nine of the races are Breeders’ Cup Challenge tests that provide the winners with fees-paid berths into corresponding races at the 38th World Championships to be held Nov. 5-6 at Del Mar.

The following is a list of probable and possible starters for the stakes as compiled by Keeneland Stakes Coordinator Allison DeLuca.

*Designates Breeders’ Cup Challenge races.

*$400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1): Entries taken Tuesday, Oct. 5, race Friday, Oct. 8 – Probable: Diamond Wow(trainer Patrick Biancone), Distinctlypossible (Chad Brown), Dream Lith (Robertino Diodoro), Juju’s Map (Brad Cox) Mama Rina (Kenny McPeek), Matareya (Cox), Miss Interpret (Todd Pletcher), Myfavoritedaughter (Jeff Engler), Penny Saver (McPeek), Pipeline Girl (Tom Amoss), Runup (Laura Wohlers). Possible: Verylittlecents (Randy Morse).

*$250,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2): Entries taken Tuesday, Oct. 5, race Friday, Oct. 8 – Probable:Aloha West (Wayne Catalano), Just Might (Michelle Lovell), Mucho (John Ortiz), Special Reserve (Mike Maker). Possible: Baby Yoda (Bill Mott), Bango (Greg Foley), Endorsed (Maker), Quick Tempo (Chris Davis).

*$750,000 Keeneland Turf Mile (G1): Entries taken Wednesday, Oct. 6, race Saturday, Oct. 9 – Probable:Diamond Oops (Patrick Biancone), Field Pass (Mike Maker), Front Run the Fed (Caio Caramori), Lope YFernandez (IRE) (Aidan O’Brien), Monarchs Glen (GB) (Maker), Order of Australia (IRE) (O’Brien), Somelikeithotbrown (Maker), Space Traveller (GB) (Brendan Walsh), Tell Your Daddy (Tom Morley).

*$500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1): Entries taken Wednesday, Oct. 6, race Saturday, Oct. 9 – Probable:Classic Causeway (Brian Lynch), Double Thunder (Todd Pletcher), Kevin’s Folly (Tom Amoss), Rattle N Roll(Kenny McPeek).

*$400,000 First Lady (G1) Presented by UK HealthCare: Entries taken Wednesday, Oct. 6, race Saturday, Oct. 9 – Probable: Abscond (Eddie Kenneally), Althiqa (GB) (Charles Appleby), Blowout (GB) (Chad Brown), Daddy Is aLegend (George Weaver), Dalika (GER) (Al Stall Jr.), Empress Josephine (IRE) (Aidan O’Brien), Harvey’s Lil Goil(Bill Mott), Hendy Woods (Mark Casse), Regal Glory (Brown), Viadera (GB) (Brown).

*$250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2): Entries taken Wednesday, Oct. 6, race Saturday, Oct. 9 –Probable: Club Car (Ben Colebrook), Estilo Talentoso (Juan Arriagada).

$200,000 Woodford (G2) Presented by TVG: Entries taken Wednesday, Oct. 6, race Saturday, Oct. 9 – Probable:Golden Pal (Wesley Ward), Inhalation (GB) (Edward Vaughan).

*$500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1): Entries taken Thursday, Oct. 7, race Sunday, Oct. 10 – Probable: Bajan Girl(Rohan Crichton), Bonny South (Brad Cox), Dunbar Road (Chad Brown), Envoutante (Kenny McPeek), Letruska(Fausto Gutierrez).

*$200,000 Castle & Key Bourbon (G2): Entries taken Thursday, Oct. 7, race Sunday, Oct. 10 – Probable: Brit’sWit (Andrew McKeever), Credibility (Mark Casse), Dowagiac Chief (Tom Amoss), Fast N Steady (Javier Gonzalez), King Curlin (Brittany Vanden Berg), Martini’nmoonshine (Tom Amoss), On Thin Ice (Casse), Play Action Pass(Robert Medina), Red Danger (Brian Lynch), Tiz the Bomb (Kenny McPeek), Vivar (Brad Cox).

*$200,000 Indian Summer (L) Presented by Keeneland Select: Entries taken Thursday, Oct. 7, race Sunday, Oct. 10 – Probable: Averly Jane (Wesley Ward), Kaufymaker (Ward), Roman Poet (Tom Amoss).