(Whitmore / Photo by Holly M. Smith)
From the Keeneland Media Team:
Robert LaPenta, Ron Moquett and Head of Plains Partners’ Whitmore will make his fourth start in the $200,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) on Friday when he headlines a field of 12 for the 6-furlong main track test.
The Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix is a “Win and You’re In” race for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) to be run here Nov. 7. The race will go as the eighth on Friday’s 10-race program that opens the 17-day Fall Meet, which runs through Oct. 24. First post is 1:05 p.m. ET with the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix slated for 5:05 p.m.
Trained by Moquett, Whitmore won the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix in 2017 and has been runner-up in the race the past two years. Whitmore has used this race as a final prep for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint the past three years, a race in which he finished third in 2019 at Santa Anita and second in 2018 at Churchill Downs.
Seventh over a sloppy track in the Forego (G1) at Saratoga on Aug. 29 in his most recent start, Whitmore will be ridden Friday by Joe Talamo and break from post position three.
Whitmore, who won the 2018 Forego, is one of three Grade 1 winners in the field.
L and N Racing’s Echo Town won the Allen Jerkens (G1) at Saratoga going 7 furlongs on Aug. 1 and most recently was fifth as the favorite in the Pat Day Mile (G2) at Churchill Downs. Trained by Steve Asmussen, who won the race last year with Engage, Echo Town will be ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr. and break from post position six.
Maggi Moss and Greg Tramontin’s No Parole won the Woody Stephens (G1) at Belmont in June going 7 furlongs. Trained by Tom Amoss, who won the race in 2012 and 2013 with Sum of the Parts, No Parole will break from post position five and be ridden by Luis Saez.
The field for the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix, with riders and weights from the rail out, is:Shashashakemeup (Corey Lanerie, 118 pounds), Absolutely Aiden (Chris Landeros, 120), Whitmore (Talamo, 120), Diamond Oops (Florent Geroux, 122), No Parole (Saez, 122), Echo Town (Santana Jr., 122),Empire of Gold (Declan Carroll, 118), Copper Town (Julio Garcia, 120), Lexitonian (Tyler Gaffalione, 120), Edgemont Road (Declan Cannon, 120), Mo Don’t No (Gerardo Corrales, 120) and Midnight Sands(Joel Rosario, 120).
Trainer Kenny McPeek talks to Keeneland Racing Analyst Tom Leach about his three fillies entered in Friday’s Darley Alcibiades (G1) – Crazy Beautiful, Oliviaofthedesert and Simply Ravishing – and a fourth filly, Swiss Skydiver, who he is sending out in Saturday’s Preakness (G1) at Pimlico. …
Robert LaPenta, Michael Dubb, Head of Plains Partners and Bethlehem Stables’ Uni (GB), defending champion in the First Lady (G1) Presented by UK HealthCare, jogged early Tuesday morning through the fog on her first day at Keeneland.
Uni is one of more than 20 horses trained by Chad Brown that shipped from New York to Keeneland on Monday. Others among that contingent were First Lady Presented by UK HealthCare probable Newspaperofrecord (IRE), owned by Klaravich Stables; and Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) probables Analyze It, owned by William Lawrence, John and Tanya Gunther’s Without Parole (GB) and Peter Brant’s Raging Bull (FR).
Entries for the First Lady and Shadwell will be taken Wednesday. …
Todd Pletcher, whose 55 stakes victories is the most in Keeneland history, had seven horses ship in Monday and early Tuesday morning with Monday arrival Valiance getting her first feel of the track in preparation for Sunday’s Juddmonte Spinster (G1). Valiance, whose dam, Last Full Measure, won the 2013 Madison (G1) here, is owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Martin Schwartz and CHC, Inc.
Among the other Pletcher arrivals was Harrell Ventures’ Fourstardave (G1) winner Halladay for an expected start in the Shadwell Turf Mile.
FALL STARS WEEKEND FIELDS
Lineups for Fall Stars Weekend on Friday through Sunday, opening weekend of Keeneland’s Fall Meet, are falling into place.
Fall Stars Weekend features 10 stakes worth $3,150,000. Nine of the stakes are part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series with winners of those races receiving fees-paid berths into corresponding races for the 37thWorld Championships to be held Nov. 6-7 at Keeneland.
The following is a list of probable starters for Fall Stars Weekend stakes on Saturday and Sunday compiled by Keeneland Stakes Coordinator Allison DeLuca.
*$750,000 SHADWELL TURF MILE (G1) (Entries taken Wednesday; race Saturday, Oct. 3) –Analyze It (Chad Brown), Bowies Hero (Phil D’Amato), Casa Creed (Bill Mott), Emmaus (IRE) (Conor Murphy), Flavius (Brown), Halladay (Todd Pletcher), Hembree (Mike Maker), Parlor (Maker), Raging Bull (FR) (Brown), Sharp Samurai (Mark Glatt), Without Parole (GB) (Brown).
*$400,000 CLAIBORNE BREEDERS’ FUTURITY (G1) (Entries taken Wednesday; race Saturday, Oct. 3) – Calibrate (Steve Asmussen), Dreamer’s Disease (Robertino Diodoro), Essential Quality (BradCox), Founder (Chad Brown), Notary (D. Wayne Lukas), Super Stock (Asmussen). Possible: Superman Shaq (Peter Miller).
*$350,000 FIRST LADY (G1) PRESENTED BY UK HEALTHCARE (Entries taken Wednesday; race Saturday, Oct. 3) – Beau Recall (IRE) (Brad Cox), Daddy Is a Legend (Rusty Arnold), Dalika (GER) (Al Stall Jr.), Newspaperofrecord (IRE) (Chad Brown), Uni (GB) (Brown). Possible: La Signare(Brendan Walsh).
*$200,000 THOROUGHBRED CLUB OF AMERICA (G2) (Entries taken Wednesday; race Saturday, Oct. 3) – Dos Vinos (Bret Calhoun), Inthemidstofbiz (Cipriano Contreras), Lady’s Island(Danny Gargan), Palace Avenger (Wesley Ward), Sneaking Out (Jerry Hollendorfer). Possible: Unique Factor (Peter Miller).
$150,000 WOODFORD (G2) PRESENTED BY TVG (Entries taken Wednesday; race Saturday, Oct. 3) – Chaos Theory (John Sadler), Chaps (Eddie Kenneally), Extravagant Kid (Brendan Walsh), Leinster (Rusty Arnold), Smart Remark (Vicki Oliver). Possible: Totally Boss (Arnold).
*$400,000 JUDDMONTE SPINSTER (G1) (Entries taken Thursday; race Sunday, Oct. 4) – Lady Apple (Steve Asmussen), Lady Kate (Eddie Kenneally), Ollie’s Candy (John Sadler), Shedaresthedevil(Brad Cox), Valiance (Todd Pletcher). Possible: Our Super Freak (Cherie DeVaux).
*$200,000 BOURBON (G3) (Entries taken Thursday; race Sunday, Oct. 4) – Barrister Tom (Michael Ewing), Big Fish (David Hofmans), Blame the Booze (Wesley Ward), Fire At Will (Mike Maker),Mutasaabeq (Todd Pletcher), Outadore (Ward), Private Island (Ian Wilkes).
*$150,000 INDIAN SUMMER (L) PRESENTED BY KEENELAND SELECT (Entries taken Thursday; race Sunday, Oct. 4) – After Five (Wesley Ward), Bodenheimer (Valorie Lund), Golden Pal(Ward), Roderick (Ward), Royal Approval (Ward).