From the Keeneland Media Team:
MIRINAQUE (ARG) TOPS FIELD OF 10 FOR SATURDAY’S HAGYARD FAYETTE
Parque Patricios Racing Stables’ Mirinaque (ARG), a two-time Group 1 winner in Argentina, headlines a field of 10 runners entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 63rd running of the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2).
The 1 1/8-mile main track test for 3-year-olds and up will go as the eighth race on Saturday’s 10-race program with a 4:57 p.m. ET post time. First post Saturday is 1:05 p.m.
Trained by Maria Munoz, Mirinaque finished fifth in the TVG Pacific Classic (G1) on Aug. 22 at Del Mar in his U.S. debut. Mirinaque will be ridden by Gerardo Corrales and break from post position four.
Coming back for another try in the Hagyard Fayette is Jim Bakke and Gerald Isbister’s Mr Freeze. Second in the race last year that was run over a sloppy track, the Dale Romans trainee exits a sixth-place finish in the Alysheba (G2) on Sept. 4 at Churchill Downs.
Winner of the Gulfstream Park Mile (G2) for his lone 2020 victory, Mr Freeze will break from post position six and be ridden by Javier Castellano.
The field for the Hagyard Fayette, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: Coastal Defense (Joe Talamo, 121 pounds), Captivating Moon (Julien Leparoux, 121), Crafty Daddy (Brian Hernandez Jr., 121), Mirinaque (ARG) (Corrales, 121), Title Ready (Corey Lanerie, 121), Mr Freeze (Castellano, 121), Rated RSuperstar (Martin Garcia, 121), Tax (Tyler Gaffalione, 121), Mo Mosa (Florent Geroux, 118) and Aurelius Maximus (Ricardo Santana Jr., 121).
ALBARADO RETURNS TO KEENELAND FOLLOWING PREAKNESS
SCORE ON SWISS SKYDIVER
Jockey Robby Albarado returned to Keeneland Wednesday on the heels of his victorious ride aboard the fillySwiss Skydiver over Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Authentic by a neck in Saturday’s Preakness (G1) at Pimlico.
Albarado, Keeneland’s third-leading all-time rider in victories with 526 and tied for fourth in stakes wins with 53, did not ride opening weekend here because he had to be at Pimlico 72 hours before the Preakness for quarantine purposes.
“Since I was there, (trainer) Kenny (McPeek) said why don’t you get on her in the mornings and I did for three days,” said Albarado, who rode Curlin to a head victory in the 2007 Preakness over Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense.
“The plan was to stay inside of Authentic because he tended to drift out in his races,” Albarado added. “I wanted to be inside, and she was doing it so easy down the backside. I got inside of Authentic faster than I thought I would, and I had not even asked her. At that point, I thought this is going to be a horse race.”
Albarado was scheduled to ride three horses for trainer Scott Gelner on Keeneland’s Wednesday program, including Taylor’s Tourist in the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2).
WITH INVITATION IN HAND, LUCKY BETTY AIMS FOR GLORY
IN QUEEN ELIZABETH II CHALLENGE CUP PRESENTED BY DIXIANA
Since moving to the turf, Dennis Park’s Lucky Betty has posted an allowance victory plus a third-place finish in the Edgewood (G2) Presented by Forcht Bank on Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs last month.
That uptick in form earned Lucky Betty an invitation to this Saturday’s 37th running of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) Presented by Dixiana.
“I ran in a Grade 1 before in the Apple Blossom (at Oaklawn Park), but this is the first time I legitimately have a chance in a Grade 1 at Keeneland,” trainer Will VanMeter said Wednesday morning.
The decision to move the Keeneland sales graduate to the grass came after a seventh-place finish in an allowance at Churchill Downs in June.
“After that bad race at Churchill, we felt we were not getting the best out of her,” said VanMeter, who has 18 horses at Keeneland and is in his seventh year of training on his own. “Her style is conducive to the turf. She has great acceleration the last quarter of a mile, and she is bred for both dirt and turf. Her dam won twice on the grass.”
Declan Cannon, who has been aboard for six of Lucky Betty’s seven starts, will have the mount Saturday and break from post position five.
INDIAN SUMMER (L) PRESENTED BY KEENELAND SELECT WINNER BODENHEIMER FULFILLS TRAINER’S HIGH EXPECTATIONS
Trainer Valorie Lund recognized Bodenheimer as untapped talent the first time she saw him. On Oct. 4, the Washington-bred confirmed her confidence by winning the Indian Summer (L) Presented by Keeneland Select, a “Win and You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G1) here Nov. 6 while becoming her first Keeneland winner.
“Overall, he was a really good individual,” Lund said of that first encounter. “He favors the (broodmare sire) A.P. Indy line when I looked at his head, neck and shoulders. He was stout as a yearling but sleeker now as a racehorse.”
Another attraction for Lund was the colt’s Grade 2-winning sire, Atta Boy Roy, a Washington-bred who Lund had trained and exercised throughout his career and raced in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs. Bodenheimer’s dam is stakes winner and stakes producer Beautiful Daniele, an $800,000 Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduate whose pedigree page includes champion Countess Diana.
Lund had the final bid on the yearling Bodenheimer for $27,000 at a Thoroughbred auction in Washington. She said he soon stood out from the crowd in his early training.
“You can pick out the good ones by their action,” she said. “He was a beautiful mover and when the 2-year-olds started doing their early breezes, he showed he was really fast. We thought so highly of him that we purchased his dam privately from Kentucky before he made his first start.”
Owned by Lund’s mother, Marylou Holden, and sister, Kristin Boice, Bodenheimer is named for Boice’s husband, Entz Bodenheimer Boice. Both are known as “Bo.”
On July 29, the equine Bo sailed to an 11¼-length victory on turf at Canterbury Park in his career debut. He then captured the Aug. 22 Prairie Gold Juvenile Stakes on dirt at Prairie Meadows. He checked in fifth in the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Sprint on Sept. 12 in his third career start.
Formerly based at Turf Paradise in Arizona each winter and racing in the summer at such tracks as Canterbury, Lund has relocated to Kentucky. She now trains Bodenheimer at Ashwood Training Center, 10 miles northeast of Lexington. She and the colt will commute to Keeneland for his turf workouts in advance of the Breeders’ Cup.
A win by Navratilova in today’s seventh race, the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2), will mark
G. Watt’s Humphrey’s eighth graded stakes victory and earn for him the Keeneland Tray in recognition of the achievement. Only 20 other owners have received a Keeneland Tray, part of the track’s Milestone Trophy Program. Contributing to Humphrey’s graded stakes count is Navratilova’s dam, Centre Court, who won 2013 Jenny Wiley (G1).
THIRD WEEK STAKES PROBABLES
$150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) (Entries taken Sunday; race Friday, Oct. 16) – Outburst (GB)(trained by Eddie Kenneally), Princess Grace (Mike Stidham), Stunning Sky (Mike Maker), Tamahere (FR) (Chad Brown), Walk In Marrakesh (IRE) (Ignacio Correas IV), Witez (Ian Wilkes).
$200,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2) (Entries taken Wednesday, Oct. 14; race Saturday, Oct. 17) – Center Aisle (Chad Brown), Fair Maiden (Eoin Harty), Finite (Steve Asmussen), Four Graces (Ian Wilkes),Grand Cru Classe (Bill Mott), Reagan’s Edge (Cherie DeVaux), Sconsin (Greg Foley), Secondary Market (Brown), Secret Keeper (Cliff Sise), Tonalist’s Shape (Saffie Joseph Jr.). Possible: Impeccable Style (Brendan Walsh).
$125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) (Entries taken Thursday, Oct. 15; race Sunday, Oct.18) – Hungry Kitten (Shug McGaughey), Quiet Dignity (Mike Maker).