(Change of Control / Coady Photography)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

PLANS TO BE DETERMINED FOR TOP TWO BUFFALO TRACE FRANKLIN COUNTY RUNNERS

Perry Harrison’s Change of Control returned to Churchill Downs Friday night at 9:15 following her 1½-length victory in the Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) over a yielding turf course for her second graded stakes victory and second Keeneland stakes victory.

Trainer Michelle Lovell reported the 5-year-old mare was doing well Saturday morning with plans for a next start to be determined.

Trainer Ben Colebrook had a similar report on Voodoomon Racing’s Ambassador Luna, who set the pace in the 5½-furlong sprint through the rain as a 62-1 longshot.

“There are no definite plans yet,” Colebrook said of Ambassador Luna, who won an off-the-turf stakes at Churchill Downs in 2020 in what was her first dirt start. “We have options.”

(Tacitus / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

TACITUS HEADS LIST OF 27 NOMINATIONS FOR CLOSING-DAY HAGYARD FAYETTE

Juddmonte’s homebred Tacitus, fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) here last fall in his lone Keeneland appearance, heads a list of 27 horses nominated to the 64th running of the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2) going 1 1/8 miles on the main track to be run Oct. 30, closing day of the 17-day Fall Meet.

Trained by Bill Mott, Tacitus has earned more than $3.7 million in his career with five placings in Grade 1 events and three Grade 2 victories. In his most recent start, Tacitus finished fourth behind top 2021 Breeders’ Cup Classic contender Knicks Go in the Lukas Classic (G3) at Churchill Downs.

Other nominees of note with Keeneland success include Steve Landers Racing’s Night Ops, who was second in the Ben Ali (G3) this spring; Thumbs Up Racing’s well-traveled Sleepy Eyes Todd, winner of the Lafayette Presented by Keeneland Select here last fall, and Fern Circle Stables and Three Chimneys Farm’s King Fury, winner of the Stonestreet Lexington (G3) this spring and recent 13-length winner of the Bourbon Trail at Churchill Downs.

Closing day of the Keeneland meet will feature two other stakes: the 17th running of the $150,000 Bryan Station for 3-year-olds going a mile on the turf and the new $150,000 Bowman Mill for 2-year-olds going 6 furlongs on the main track.

Homewrecker Racing’s Point Me By, winner of the Bruce D. Stakes (G1) at Arlington Park on Aug. 14, tops a list of 38 nominees to the Bryan Station. Eddie Kenneally trains Point Me By.

Other nominees of note are Madaket Stables and Ecurie Ades-Hazen’s Virginia Derby (G3) winner Wootton Asset (FR), trained by Graham Motion, and trainer Rusty Arnold’s duo of Calumet Farm’s Cellist, third in the Belmont Derby (G1), and Ashbrook Farm’s Ginsburned, who was third in the Bruce D.

Robert and Lawana Low’s My Prankster, fourth in the Champagne (G1) in his most recent start for trainer Todd Pletcher, tops the list of 20 nominations for the Bowman Mill.

(Plum Ali / Coady Photography & Courtesy of KY Downs)

RUBICON VALLEY VIEW ATTRACTS 42 NOMINATIONS

Lazy F Ranch’s Gam’s Mission and Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables and Bethlehem Stables’ Plum Ali, both graded stakes winners on the grass, head a list of 42 3-year-old fillies nominated to the 31st running of the $150,000 Rubicon Valley View (G3) to be run Oct. 29 at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

Cherie DeVaux trains Gam’s Mission, winner of the Regret (G3) at Churchill Downs this spring who since has finished fourth in the Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) and fifth in the Saratoga Oaks Invitational (G3).

Plum Ali, trained by Christophe Clement, won the Miss Grillo (G2) last fall and this year has two graded stakes placings.

Also scheduled for Oct. 29 is the new $150,000 Myrtlewood for 2-year-old fillies going 6 furlongs on the main track.

The Myrtlewood drew 24 nominations headed by Barry and Joni Butzow’s undefeated Sea Level. Trained by Brad Cox, Sea Level won the E.L. Gaylord Memorial Stakes at Remington Park in her most recent start.

GALLOPING OUT

Flying P Stable and R.A. Hill Stable’s Lone Rock, winner of the Brooklyn (G2) and two other stakes going 1½ miles or more, worked an easy half-mile in :52.80 over a muddy main track Saturday morning for trainer Robertino Diodoro.

It was the first work for Lone Rock since finishing second in the 1 5/8-mile Grand Prix American Jockey Club Invitational (L) at Belmont Park on Sept. 18. Lone Rock is being pointed to the $250,000 Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Stakes (G2) at Del Mar on Nov. 6 going 1 5/8 miles.

“He will have two more works here and leave Nov. 2 for Del Mar,” said Diodoro, who claimed Lone Rock for $40,000 last November at Churchill Downs. Lone Rock has five victories and two seconds in his seven starts for Diodoro.

Diodoro also said that Cypress Creek Equine and Arnold Bennewith’s Dream Lith, who finished in a dead heat for fifth in the Darley Alcibiades (G1) on Oct. 8, is being pointed to the $400,000 Golden Rod (G2) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 27.

UPCOMING POTENTIAL KEENELAND STAKES FIELDS

$150,000 Sycamore (G3): (Entries taken Sunday, Oct. 17; race Friday, Oct. 22) – Bama Breeze (trainer Rusty Arnold), Breakpoint (CHI) (Steve Asmussen), Ry’s the Guy (Ian Wilkes), Sole Volante (Patrick Biancone), Spooky Channel (Jason Barkley), Two Emmys (McLean Robertson), Yamato (Murat Sancal). Possible: Another Mystery (Chris Block), Hierarchy (Joe Sharp).

$250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2): (Entries taken Wednesday, Oct. 20; race Saturday, Oct. 23) – Caramel Swirl (Bill Mott), Joy’s Rocket (Steve Asmussen), Miss Speedy (Mark Casse), Souper Sensational (Casse). Possible: Cilla (Brett Brinkman), Obligatory (Bill Mott).

$150,000 Perryville: (Entries taken Wednesday, Oct. 20; race Saturday, Oct. 23) – Boca Boy (Cheryl Winebaugh), Emerald Forest (Shane Wilson), He’smyhoneybadger (Brad Cox), Irish Unity (Steve Asmussen), Soup and Sandwich (Mark Casse).

$150,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3): (Entries taken Thursday, Oct. 21; race Sunday, Oct. 24) – Eesha My Flower (Ian Wilkes), English Affair (Rusty Arnold), Kelsey’s Cross (Patrick Biancone), La Lune (GB) (Edward Vaughan), Summer in Saratoga (Joe Sharp). Possible: Adventuring (Brad Cox), Dalika (GER) (Al Stall Jr.).

FALL MEET LEADERS

Through Oct. 15 (6 days of 17-day season)

 

Jockey   Starts Wins 2nd 3rd Purses
Tyler Gaffalione   38 10 2 3 $720,774
Brian Hernandez Jr.   29 6 4 5 $704,812
Florent Geroux   31 6 4 2 $604,712
Joel Rosario   12 4 1 2 $319,911

 

Trainer Starts Wins 2nd 3rd Purses
Brad Cox 20 5 3 3 $544,311
Wesley Ward 11 4 3 2 $404,186
Kenny McPeek 17 4 1 3 $558,637
Mike Maker 27 3 2 4 $412,371

 

Owner Wins
Calumet Farm (Brad Kelley) 2
Paradise Farms Corp. (Peter Proscia) and David Staudacher) 2
Silverton Hill (Bonnie and Tommy Hamilton) 2

 

 

FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS

All year

Official Keeneland Tours. A variety of guided walking tours showcase Keeneland’s Thoroughbred racing and sales operations. Click here for more information.

Every race day

The new Keeneland Turf Pick 3 wager is offered on the final three turf races each race day. The minimum wager is $3 and will follow the same rules as the traditional Pick 3. The new wager has a 15 percent takeout, the same low takeout as Keeneland’s popular Pick 5 wager.

Keeneland Select Handicapping Challenge. Sport of Kings, the free horse racing contest website, has this new free online handicapping contest for casual fans and serious horseplayers. Participants make mythical selections on two Keeneland races for each day of the meet. Two seats to the 2022 NTRA National Horseplayers Championship will be awarded. To sign up, click here.

Every Friday and Saturday

The Hill. At this popular tailgating area, fans can watch and wager while enjoying the racing action from the Jumbotron and wagering tent, while food trucks and live music presented by The Burl create a festive atmosphere. No ticket or reservation is required for The Hill. Parking opens at 10 a.m. Live music and food trucks from noon to 4 p.m

Every Saturday

Sunrise Trackside. This free Saturday morning program is geared toward families and offers a unique view of Thoroughbreds during training hours. Children’s activities from 8-10 a.m. include a meet and greet with Keeneland mascot Buckles, along with face painting, games and more. Fans can purchase coffee and donuts while watching horses train. The Keeneland Track Kitchen at the east end of the stable area (with no track view) is open for breakfast that includes “grab and go” and seating options. A 30-minute Paddock demonstration by an equine-related operation begins at 10 a.m. Mini tours of Keeneland will be available at the Welcome Stand in the Paddock.

Saturday, Oct. 16

$300,000 Guaranteed Saturday Pick 4.

Fall BCBC/NHC Challenge. The in-person and remote handicapping contest features Keeneland’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) Presented by Dixiana. Awarding berths in the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge and the NHC Challenge, the live-money contest is held in cooperation with XpressBet, NYRA Bets, 4NJ Bets and TVG. Click here for more information.

Sunday, Oct. 17

Keeneland Kids Club Family Day Presented by Kentucky Children’s Hospital. The Keeneland Kids Club is the Official Kids Club for Keeneland fans 12 and younger. Kids Club members and their families are invited to enjoy this special day at the races by receiving free general admission and access to reserved Grandstand seating. Children’s activities will take place in the North Terrace from noon to 4 p.m.

Fall $400 Challenge. Keeneland’s live bankroll handicapping tournament has a $400 buy-in with a live bankroll of $250 and $150 prize fund fee. Players will be able to wager any amount on any race at Keeneland with no minimum wagers or minimum number of races. The tournament is only available at Keeneland. Click here for more information.