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

That’s very, very special to do it at Tampa Bay,” an emotional O’Connell said after Well Defined’s two-and-three-quarter length victory from a charging Kentucky Wildcat in 1:42.70 for the mile-and-a-sixteenth, .26 seconds off 2018 winner Flameaway’s stakes record. So Alive finished a distant third, with the 19-10 favorite, Knicks Go, getting nipped for fourth at the wire by Counter Offer.

“He’s had little things that have happened and he’s grown up mentally and physically, and today he showed up with his game face on,” O’Connell said of the Florida-bred Well Defined, a son of With Distinction by Fru Fru, out of Medaglia d’Oro. “I like this horse a lot and the decision (on what’s next) will be up to the owners (Gilbert and Marilyn Campbell’s Stonehedge, LLC), but we just want him healthy. Maybe the (Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 9) – who knows.”

“His rear end slipped out from underneath him in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile,” she said, “and he was compromised on early position when he ran in the Mucho Macho Man and got bottled up inside. He’s a young horse who is improving, mind-wise and everything-wise.”

KATHLEEN O’CONNELL, TRAINER OF WINNER WELL DEFINED

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