From the Keeneland Media Team:
SPANISH LOVEAFFAIR TOPS FIELD OF 11
FOR WEDNESDAY’S JPMORGAN CHASE JESSAMINE
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Michael Hernon and Gary Barber’s undefeated Spanish Loveaffair headlines a field of 11 2-year-old fillies entered Friday for Wednesday’s 30th running of the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2) going 1 1/16 miles on the Keeneland turf course.
The JPMorgan Chase Jessamine is the final of Keeneland’s 10 Breeders’ Cup Challenge races that awards the winners fees-paid berths into corresponding races for the 37th World Championships to be held here Nov. 6-7. Wednesday’s winner earns a spot in the starting gate for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) to be run Nov. 6.
The JPMorgan Chase Jessamine will go as the seventh race on Wednesday’s eight-race program with a 4:24 p.m. ET post time. First post is 1:05 p.m.
Trained by Mark Casse, who won this race in 2016 with La Coronel, Spanish Loveaffair has won both of her starts going a mile over the turf at Gulfstream Park. In her most recent outing, she won the Sharp Susan by 1¼ lengths as the 1-2 favorite.
Tyler Gaffalione has the mount on Spanish Loveaffair and will break from post position 10.
The only other entrants with stakes experience are Ben and Sheila Rollins’ Beautiful Star and Mark Norman’s Taylor’s Tourist.
Steve Asmussen trains Beautiful Star, who was fifth in the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Fillies (L) on Sept. 7. Adam Beschizza has the mount and will break from post position four.
Asmussen also will send out Kentucky Downs debut maiden winner Arm Candy for the partnership of Bradley Thoroughbreds, Tim Cambron, Anna Cambron and Kurz Equine Investments. Ricardo Santana Jr. will ride from post position six.
Trained by Scott Gelner, Taylor’s Tourist was second in her turf debut in the Untapable at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 15. Robby Albarado has the mount and will break from post position three.
The field for the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine, with riders and weights from the inside, is: Batyah (David Cohen, 118 pounds), Momentous Miss (James Graham, 118), Taylor’s Tourist (Albarado, 118), Beautiful Star (Beschizza, 118), Ingrassia (Javier Castellano, 118), Arm Candy (Santana Jr., 118), Aunt Pearl (IRE) (Florent Geroux, 118), Navratilova (Julien Leparoux, 118), Gambling Cat (Corey Lanerie, 118), Spanish Loveaffair (Gaffalione, 120) and Lazy Summer Day (Brian Hernandez Jr., 118).
Keeneland Racing Analyst Tom Leach talks to these trainers about their starters in Fall Stars Weekend stakes:
Bret Calhoun on two Saturday entrants: Dos Vinos in the Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) and Mr. Big News in the Preakness.
Brad Cox on Shedaresthedevil in Sunday’s Juddmonte Spinster (G1) and Beau Recall (IRE) in the First Lady (G1) Presented by UK HealthCare on Saturday.
Kenny McPeek on King Fury in Saturday’s Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) …
Today’s running of the $200,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden (G2) marks the 10th running of the race as sponsored by the noted Lexington law firm Stoll Keenon Ogden. Keeneland and SKO have a special relationship: SKO is the only legal counsel Keeneland has had since it was founded more than 80 years ago. This summer, Shannon Bishop Arvin, who as a partner with SKO has served as corporate counsel to Keeneland since 2008 and as Secretary and Advisory Member of Keeneland’s Board of Directors since 2015, was named by the Keeneland Trustees as President-Elect. When she succeeds Bill Thomason, she will become Keeneland’s eighth President and the first woman to serve in the position.
GRADE 1 WINNER MAGIC ATTITUDE HEADS LIST OF 11 INVITEES
TO QUEEN ELIZABETH II CHALLENGE CUP PRESENTED BY DIXIANA
Lael Stables’ Magic Attitude (GB), winner of the Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) in her U.S. debut last month, heads a list of 11 3-year-old fillies invited to the 37th running of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) Presented by Dixiana to be run Saturday, Oct. 10 at 1 1/8 miles over the Keeneland turf course.
Trained by Arnaud Delacour, Magic Attitude went from last to first to win the Belmont Oaks by 2¼ lengths over Antoinette, one of two invitees to the Keeneland race for trainer Bill Mott.
Owned by Godolphin, Antoinette won the Saratoga Oaks Invitational in August for Mott, who won the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup in 2014 with Crown Queen. Mott’s other invitee is the Estate of Harvey Clarke and Paul Braverman’s Harvey’s Lil Goil, winner of the Regret (G3) at Churchill Downs.
Other invitees include the 1-2 finishers from the Del Mar Oaks (G1): Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Red Lark (IRE) and Wachtel Stable and Gary Barber’s California Kook; Robert and Lawana Low’s SweetMelania, winner of the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2) here last fall; Waterford Stable’sSpeaktomeofsummer, winner of the Lake Placid (G2); Godolphin’s Micheline, winner of Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Oaks at Kentucky Downs; Stonestreet Stables’ Hendy Woods, winner of the Indiana Grand (L); Meridian International’s Tamahere (FR), trained by three-time QE2 winner Chad Brown; and Dennis Park’s Lucky Betty, third in the recent Edgewood (G2) Presented by Forcht Bank at Churchill Downs.
Entries will be taken Wednesday.
EXTRAVAGANT KID GETS ANOTHER SHOT AT GRADED STAKES GLORY
IN WOODFORD PRESENTED BY TVG
DARRS Inc.’s Extravagant Kid has accomplished a lot since being claimed in January 2018 at Gulfstream for $75,000 by trainer Brendan Walsh, but a graded stakes victory is not one of them.
The 7-year-old Florida-bred will attempt to rectify that statistic Saturday when he makes his third start in the $150,000 Woodford (G2) Presented by TVG going 5½ furlongs on the turf.
Four times Extravagant Kid has run second in graded stakes, including a Grade 1 race, and twice was runner-up at Woodbine to Canadian Horse of the Year Pink Lloyd.
Since being claimed, Extravagant Kid has posted a 21-7-8-1 record for earnings of $696,292. “He has won a lot of stakes, but never a graded one,” Walsh said.
Walsh gives all the props to owner David Ross for the claim.
“He gets all the credit,” Walsh said. “It was his suggestion. I was at the Fair Grounds, and he said he wanted to claim the horse. I looked at (Extravagant Kid’s) form and the more sense it made. He had plenty of back class so we flew to Florida and said ‘Let’s go for it.’ ”
Extravagant Kid almost broke through last month only to be nailed at the wire by a neck by Diamond Oops in the TwinSpires Turf Sprint (G2) Presented by Sysco to close the Kentucky Oaks (G1) program at Churchill Downs.
“It looked like he had it,” Walsh said. “Nine times out of 10 a horse does not get up coming up the rail but credit to him (Diamond Oops) – he’s a nice horse. My horse ran his usual good race.”
For the Woodford Presented by TVG, Extravagant Kid will break from post position one, a spot he has had for his past two Keeneland stakes starts that resulted in a fifth of 13 in July’s Shakertown (G2) and fifth in last year’s Woodford.
“Last year in the Woodford, he got caught behind two tiring horses and had nowhere to go,” Walsh said.
Walsh also provided an update on the undefeated Maxfield, winner of last fall’s Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1).
“He jogged a couple weeks at Churchill Downs and began galloping here this week,” Walsh said of the Godolphin runner, who was sidelined by injury in June. “We are going nice and slow and hopefully he will be ready to work by the end of the meet.”
BARRISTER TOM GIVES MICHAEL EWING SHOT
AT POSSIBLE BREEDERS’ CUP START
After Barrister Tom won the More Than Ready Juvenile at Kentucky Downs going a mile on Labor Day, owner and trainer Michael Ewing expressed the hope that this was the horse that could take her to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
The son of Artie Schiller could accomplish that Sunday in the 30th running of the $200,000 Bourbon (G2), a “Win and You’re In” race going 1 1/16 miles for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) to be run here at a mile Nov. 6.
The victory at Kentucky Downs was the biggest for Ewing, who went out on her own in 2010.
“I was just going to let the horse tell me,” Ewing said of a run in the Bourbon. “He was just so full of himself that I probably decided after his last work.”
That work was a 5-furlong move in 1:01 on the dirt last Saturday at The Thoroughbred Center, where Ewing is stabled. Barrister Tom will come to Keeneland Sunday morning.
Barrister Tom is two-for-two on the grass with his first career victory coming at a mile at Arlington. He was ninth in his debut going 5½ furlongs on the dirt at Indiana Grand in July.
“I generally sprint no matter what first time as I think that first race is quite a physical and mental jolt if you will,” Ewing said. “And he was ready. It has been a weird year where everything was cockeyed and the race was just a spot that was available. I didn’t think he was a first-out winner type, so it was educational.”
STAKES PROBABLES FOR SECOND WEEK OF FALL MEET
$150,000 BUFFALO TRACE FRANKLIN COUNTY (G3) (Entries taken Sunday; race Friday, Oct. 9) – Ambassador Luna (James Gulick), Bohemian Bourbon (Ian Wilkes), Change of Control (Michelle Lovell), Got Stormy (Mark Casse), Into Mystic (Brendan Walsh), Stillwater Cove (Wesley Ward), Winning Envelope (Chris Block).
$200,000 HAGYARD FAYETTE (G2) (Entries taken Wednesday; race Saturday, Oct. 10) – Captivating Moon (Chris Block), Crafty Daddy (Kenny McPeek), Higher Power (John Sadler), Miranaque (ARG) (Maria Munoz), Tax (Danny Gargan).