Keeneland’s Star-Studded Stakes Schedule Starting to Set Up

(Restless Rider winning at Churchill Downs — by that many / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Prospective fields for Keeneland’s Fall Stars Weekend, on Oct. 5-7, are beginning to take shape for the 10 stakes that will be run.

Purses total $3.95 million for the 10 stakes, nine of which are graded with five being Grade 1 contests. Nine of the races are Breeders’ Cup Challenge races that are “Win and You’re In” tests for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 2-3 at Churchill Downs.

The following is a list of probable starters compiled by Keeneland Stakes Coordinator Allison DeLuca.

*$400,000 DARLEY ALCIBIADES-G1 (Entries taken Tuesday, Oct. 2; race Friday, Oct. 5) – Catherinethegreat (trainer Mark Casse), Chocolate Kisses (Mark Casse), Into Trouble (Ben Colebrook), Lightscameraaction (Kenny McPeek), Malocchio (John Servis), Oxy Lady (Jack Sisterson), Restless Rider (McPeek), Somewhere (Buff Bradley).

*$250,000 STOLL KEENON OGDEN PHOENIX-G2 (Entries taken Tuesday, Oct. 2; race Friday, Oct. 5) – Limousine Liberal (Ben Colebrook), Promises Fulfilled (Dale Romans), Whitmore (Ron Moquett).

*$1,000,000 SHADWELL TURF MILE-G1 (Entries taken Wednesday, Oct. 3; race Saturday, Oct. 6) – Bound for Nowhere (Wesley Ward), Forge (GB) (Bill Mott), Heart to Heart (Brian Lynch), Mr. Misunderstood (Brad Cox), Next Shares (Richard Baltas), Qurbaan (Kiaran McLaughlin), Synchrony (Michael Stidham), Voodoo Song (Linda Rice), Zulu Alpha (John Ortiz).

*$500,000 CLAIBORNE BREEDERS’ FUTURITY-G1 (Entries taken Wednesday, Oct. 3; race Saturday, Oct. 6) – Borracho (Rusty Arnold), Cairo Cat (Kenny McPeek), Classy John (Dallas Stewart), Dream Maker (Mark Casse), Looking At Bikinis (Chad Brown), Mind Control (Greg Sacco), Moonster (Dale Romans), Mr. Ankeny (Romans), Signalman (McPeek), Sombeyay (Todd Pletcher), Standard Deviation (Brown), Tobacco Road (Steve Asmussen), Unionizer (Bill Mott).

*$400,000 FIRST LADY-G1 (Entries taken Wednesday, Oct. 3; race Saturday, Oct. 6) – A Raving Beauty (GER) (Chad Brown), Crown Walk (GB) (Henri-Alex Pantall), Dona Bruja (ARG) (Ignacio Correas IV), Insta Erma (Richard Baltas), La Sardane (FR) (Neil Drysdale), Off Limits (IRE) (Brown), Pyscho Sister (Ari Herbertson), Quidura (GB) (Brown), Valadorna (Mark Casse).

*$250,000 THOROUGHBRED CLUB OF AMERICA-G2 (Entries taken Wednesday, Oct. 3; race Saturday, Oct. 6) – Awestruck (Rusty Arnold), Chalon (Arnaud Delacour), Curlin’s Approval (Happy Alter), Happy Like a Fool (Wesley Ward), Miss Sunset (Jeff Bonde), Rich Mommy (Victor Barboza Jr.), Torrent (Ron Moquett).

$200,000 WOODFORD PRESENTED BY KEENELAND SELECT-G2 (Entries taken Wednesday, Oct. 3; race Saturday, Oct. 6) – Bucchero (Tim Glyshaw), Holding Gold (Mark Casse), Master Merion (Wesley Ward), Undrafted (Ward), Vici (Mike Maker), Will Call (Brad Cox).

*$500,000 JUDDMONTE SPINSTER-G1 (Entries taken Thursday, Oct. 4; race Sunday, Oct. 7) – Blue Prize (ARG) (Ignacio Correas IV), Eskimo Kisses (Kenny McPeek), Fuhriously Kissed (Anthony Quartarolo), Skeptic (Russty Arnold), Talk Veuve to Me (Rodolphe Brisset).

 *$250,000 DIXIANA BOURBON-G3 (Entries taken Thursday, Oct. 4; race Sunday, Oct. 7) – All American Hero (Mark Casse), Art du Val (GB) (Charles Applebby), Blockbbuster (Casse), Gins and Tins (Wesley Ward), Henley’s Joy (Mike Maker), Life Mission (Ben Colebrook), Line of Duty (Appleby), Mr Wrench It (Coty Davidson), Salvator Mundi (Kenny McPeek), Tracksmith (Joe Sharp).

*$200,000 INDIAN SUMMER (Entries taken Thursday, Oct. 4; race Sunday, Oct. 7) – Blame the Frog (Ben Colebrook), Chelsea Cloisters (Wesley Ward), Egoli (Ward), Nitrous (Steve Asmussen), Perfect Answer (Coty Davidson), Pocket Dynamo (Robert Cowell), Shang Shang Shang (Ward), Strike Silver (Mark Casse).

*Breeders’ Cup Challenge race

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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