Amerman Racing’s Oscar Performance, winner of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1), worked a half-mile in :49.60 on his own Sunday morning over a Keeneland turf course labeled firm.

It was the first work back for Oscar Performance since finishing third in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) in his first start against older horses. (Click here for a video of the work.)

“His big work will be next week and then he will ship on the 27th,” trainer Brian Lynch said of Oscar Performance, who is being pointed to the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) Nov. 4 at Del Mar.

Trainer Wesley Ward had four Breeders’ Cup possible entrants work 5 furlongs on the grass.

Working in company were Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) hopefuls Ultima D (1:02.80) and Fairyland (1:03.20). Also working in company were Master Merion(Turf Sprint, 1:04.80) and Hemp Hemp Hurray (Juvenile Turf, 1:05.60).

Ultima D, owned by the head of the law firm of Morgan & Morgan, John Morgan, won her last race at Kentucky Downs in impressive fashion. The 2YO is a daughter of Scat Daddy, and was picked out of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale a year ago by advisors from Coolmore / Ashford Stud.

Three other fillies nominated for upcoming stakes also worked. Prepping for Friday’s Pin Oak Valley View (G3) were Fizzy Friday (GB) (4 furlongs in :49.80 for trainer Ignacio Correas IV) and Sully’s Dream (5 furlongs in 1:04.40 for trainer John Ortiz). Promotional, nominated to next Sunday’s Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3), worked 5 furlongs in 1:03 for trainer Tom Proctor.

Last Promise Kept Sweeps to Victory in Sunday’s Feature:

Last Promise Kept, a 3-year-old Langfuhr filly bred and owned by Tim and Lisa Turney of Versailles and trained by Tom Proctor, swept from the back of the pack to run down both Corby and La Sola Ranger to win the Sunday feature at Keeneland.

The 11/16-mile allowance on the turf — which included many Stakes-caliber fillies — was for fillies and mares who had not won a race other than maiden, claiming or starters conditions. But Last Promise Kept, who just missed in her career debut at Delaware Park on Aug. 12, was one of the more inexperienced runners in the field, having just broken her maiden on a yielding track at Kentucky Downs in her last performance.

But the lack of starts didn’t bother her in the least.  Kept at the rear of the jammed packed field of 13 for much of the race, jockey Florent Geroux finally turned her loose coming out of the final turn.  And, the filly didn’t — who hadn’t turned a hair all day — turned it loose. She stormed through the stretch in impressive fashion, catching and passing them all on her way to her second impressive victory in a row.

La Sola Ranger, trained by Mark Casse and making a strong stretch move in her own right, grabbed second place, while Corby, who came into the race with 6 seconds and 2 thirds in her first 15 starts, salvaged another placing.


Merriebelle Stable’s Renown (GB) will face 12 rivals Thursday when he attempts to become the fifth horse to win the $100,000 Sycamore (G3) going 1½ miles over the Keeneland turf course in consecutive years.

The Sycamore will go as the eighth race on Thursday’s nine-race program with a 4:57 p.m. ET post time. First post time is 1:05 p.m.

Trained by Elizabeth Voss, Renown captured last year’s running by a nose. With a victory Thursday, he would join Holiday Star (2014-2015), Rochester(2001-2002), Royal Strand (IRE) (1998-1999) and Gleaming Key (1996-1997) as horses who have repeated in the race.

Chris DeCarlo has the mount on Renown, who will break from post position six.

Top threats to Renown include recent stakes winners Big Bend and Canessar (FR).

Union Rags Racing’s Big Bend won the Dueling Grounds Derby at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 10 in his most recent start. Trained by Tom Proctor, Big Bend will be ridden by Drayden Van Dyke and break from post position 11.

Guy Pariente’s Canessar won the Laurel Turf Cup in Maryland in his U.S. debut Sept. 16. Trained Arnaud Delacour, Canessar will break from post position three and be ridden by Feargal Lynch.

The field for the Sycamore, with riders and weights, is: Final Copy (Corey Lanerie, 118 pounds), Some in Tieme (BRZ) (Robby Albarado, 123), Canessar (FR) (Lynch, 121), Tasit (Julien Leparoux, 121), Tobias (Sophie Doyle, 121), Renown (GB) (DeCarlo, 121), Majestic Pride (Alex Canchari, 121), HardestCore (Emma-Jayne Wilson, 121), Infinite Wisdom (Channing Hill, 121), Flashy Chelsey (Jose Ortiz, 121), Big Bend (Van Dyke, 118), Nessy (Brian Hernandez Jr., 121) and Manitoulin (Florent Geroux, 121).


$150,000 PIN OAK VALLEY VIEW (G3) (Entries taken Tuesday; race Friday, Oct. 20) – Chastise (Todd Pletcher), Dancing Breeze (IRE) (Graham Motion), Defiant Honor (James Toner), Desert Duchess (Mike Maker), Dolce Lili (Chad Brown), Fault (Michelle Lovell), Fizzy Friday (GB) (Ignacio Correas IV), Journey Home (Motion), Ladies’ Privilege (Michael Matz), Let It Ride Mom (Mark Casse), Lovely Bernadette (James DiVito), Oh SoTerrible (Bradley Ross), Princess La Quinta (Jimmy Gulick) and Sully’s Dream (John Ortiz). Possible: Domestic Vintage (Neil Drysdale).

$250,000 LEXUS RAVEN RUN (G2) (Entries taken Wednesday; race Saturday, Oct. 21) – Berned (Graham Motion), Classy Tune (Simon Callaghan), Cursor (Mark Hennig), Dawn the Destroyer (Kiaran McLaughlin), Faypien (Bob Baffert), Happy Mesa (Mike Maker), Just a Little Hope(Dan Hendricks), Minnie Blip (Al Stall Jr.), Miss Sunset (Jeff Bonde), Nonna Mela (Todd Pletcher), Overture (Bill Mott), Pinch Hit (Brad Cox), Sandy’sSurprise (Doug O’Neill), Tequilita (Michael Matz), Valadorna (Mark Casse) and Yorkiepoo Princess (Edward Barker).

$125,000 ROOD & RIDDLE DOWAGER (G3) (Entries taken Thursday; race Sunday, Oct. 22) – Apple Betty (IRE) (Shug McGaughey), Coco Channel (Charlie LoPresti), Daring Duchess (Mike Maker), Grateful (Todd Pletcher), Lottie (Graham Motion),  Place des Vosges (Richard Baltas) andQuiet Business (Rusty Arnold).