(Trainer Wesley Ward / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)
From the Keeneland Media Team:
WESLEY WARD SETS SIGHTS ON INDIAN SUMMER ON FALL STARS WEEKEND
With eight days remaining before the $150,000 Indian Summer (L) Presented by Keeneland Select on the final day of Keeneland’s Fall Stars Weekend, trainer Wesley Ward is still considering which of his nominees will start in the 5½-furlong turf race.
“We’re going to be discussing with the owner of Golden Pal after today’s work,” Ward said, referring to Ranlo Investments. “We’ve also got (Breeze Easy’s) Rodrick, (Stonestreet Stables’) Wink (among the nominees). This being the last work today, we’re going to go over how they worked today along with how they come out of it, how they scope – all that.”
Ward won the Indian Summer last year with Ten Broeck Farm’s Kimari.
Ward said another Indian Summer nominee, Stonestreet’s Campanelle (IRE), who won the Queen Mary (G2) at Royal Ascot in England and Darley Prix Morny (G1) at Deauville in France, would train up to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland on Nov. 6-7. Her victory in the Prix Morny earned the filly an automatic berth to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2).
On Saturday, Ward breezed these horses 4 furlongs on the good turf course: Campanelle (:52.80), Golden Pal (:53.00), Royal Approval (:52.80), also nominated to the Indian Summer, and Wink (:53.00). For Ward,Ramsey Solution, winner of the Tapit at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 9, worked 5 furlongs in 1:03.80.
In other Saturday turf works:
Bowies Hero, winner of the 2019 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) and probable starter in next Saturday’s renewal, worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.20. Phil D’Amato trains Bowies Hero for the ownership of Agave Racing Stable, ERJ Racing, Madaket Stables and Rockin Robin Racing Stable.
Also working toward the Shadwell Turf Mile was M and J Thoroughbreds and Riverside Bloodstock’sEmmaus (IRE), who covered a half-mile in :50.20. …
Shakertown (G2) winner Leinster worked a half-mile in :49.60 for an expected start in next Saturday’s $150,000 Woodford (G2) Presented by TVG. The partnership of Amy Dunne, Brenda Miley, Westrock Stables and Jean Wilkinson owns Leinster, who is trained by Rusty Arnold.
Also working for Arnold was Susan and Jim Hill’s Daddy Is a Legend, who covered a half-mile in :48.20 in preparation for next Saturday’s $350,000 First Lady (G1) Presented by UK HealthCare.
Kristin Boice and Marylou Holden’s Bodenheimer worked a half-mile in :49.60 on the turf for trainer Valorie Lund in preparation for the $150,000 Indian Summer.
On Saturday, these horses worked on dirt:
Calumet Farm’s homebred Lexitonian, third in last year’s Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2), tuned up for next Friday’s running of the dirt sprint by working a half-mile through the fog in :48.80.
Also working early for trainer Jack Sisterson was Calumet’s Vexatious, who covered a half-mile in :47.60. Winner of the Personal Ensign (G1) over probable Juddmonte Spinster (G1) favorite Midnight Bisou, Vexatious is training up to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) to be run here Nov. 7.
Sisterson is at Santa Anita today to saddle Notable Exception for Calumet in the American Pharoah (G1), a “Win and You’re In” race for the $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (G1) to be run here Nov. 6.
FIELDS TAKING SHAPE FOR FALL STARS WEEKEND
Prospective lineups for Fall Stars Weekend that begins Friday, Oct. 2 are falling into place for three days of racing that feature 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 37th World Championships to be held Nov. 6-7 at Keeneland.
The following is a list of probable starters for Fall Stars Weekend stakes compiled by Keeneland Stakes Coordinator Allison DeLuca.
*$350,000 DARLEY ALCIBIADES (G1) (Entries taken Tuesday, Sept. 29; race Friday, Oct. 2) –Crazy Beautiful (trainer Kenny McPeek), Gramercy (Eoin Harty), Oliviaofthedesert (McPeek), Simply Ravishing (McPeek), Thoughtfully (Steve Asmussen), Xtrema (Keith Desormeaux). Possible: Forest Caraway (Peter Miller).
*$200,000 STOLL KEENON OGDEN PHOENIX (G2) (Entries taken Tuesday, Sept. 29; race Friday, Oct. 2) – Absolutely Aiden (Wesley Hawley), Diamond Oops (Patrick Biancone), Echo Town(Steve Asmussen), Edgemont Road (William VanMeter), Empire of Gold (Terry Eoff), Lexitonian (Jack Sisterson), Midnight Sands (Brendan Walsh), No Parole (Tom Amoss), Shashashakemeup (Keith Desormeaux), Whitmore (Ron Moquett).
*$750,000 SHADWELL TURF MILE (G1) (Entries taken Wednesday, Sept. 30; 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), Sole Volante (Patrick Biancone), Without Parole (GB) (Brown).
*$400,000 CLAIBORNE BREEDERS’ FUTURITY (G1) (Entries taken Wednesday, Sept. 30; race Saturday, Oct. 3) – Calibrate (Steve Asmussen), Dreamer’s Disease (Robertino Diodoro), Notary (D. Wayne Lukas), Super Stock (Asmussen). Possible: Superman Shaq (Peter Miller).
*$350,000 FIRST LADY (G1) PRESENTED BY UK HEALTHCARE (Entries taken Wednesday, Sept. 30; 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, Sept. 30; race Saturday, Oct. 3) – Dos Vinos (Bret Calhoun), Inthemidstofbiz (Cipriano Contreras), Lady’s Island(Danny Gargan), Palace Avenger (Wesley Ward).
$150,000 WOODFORD (G2) PRESENTED BY TVG (Entries taken Wednesday, Sept. 30; race Saturday, Oct. 3) – Bound for Nowhere (Wesley Ward), 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, Oct. 1; race Sunday, Oct. 4) – Lady Apple (Steve Asmussen), Midnight Bisou (Asmussen), Ollie’s Candy (John Sadler), Valiance (Todd Pletcher).
*$200,000 BOURBON (G3) (Entries taken Thursday, Oct. 1; race Sunday, Oct. 4) – Barrister Tom(Michael Ewing), Big Fish (David Hofmans), Fire At Will (Mike Maker), Mutasaabeq (Todd Pletcher),Private Island (Ian Wilkes).
*$150,000 INDIAN SUMMER (L) PRESENTED BY KEENELAND SELECT (Entries taken Thursday, Oct. 1; race Sunday, Oct. 4) – Bodenheimer (Valorie Lund).
*Breeders’ Cup Challenge race
KENTUCKY DOWNS STAKES WINNERS PLUM ALI, EMRO HEADLINE NOMINEES FOR JPMORGAN CHASE JESSAMINE
Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables and Bethlehem Stables’ Plum Ali, winner of the Kentucky Downs Mint Juvenile Fillies (L), and Kueber Racing’s Emro, winner of the Untapable at the same track, top a roster of 40 2-year-old fillies nominated to the 30th running of the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2) going 1 1/16 miles on the Keeneland turf course on Oct. 7.
The JPMorgan Chase Jessamine is a “Win and You’re In” race for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) to be run here Nov. 6. Entries for the race will be taken Friday.
Trained by Christophe Clement, Plum Ali is perfect in two starts and comes off a 2¾-length victory going a mile as the 6-5 favorite in the Sept. 7 race at Kentucky Downs.
Emro prevailed by the same margin eight days later in winning the 6½-furlong Untapable. Trained by Brad Cox, Emro also is undefeated in two starts.
Nominations closed Wednesday for two other second-week stakes.
Gary Barber’s two-time Grade 1 winner Get Stormy, most recently winner of the Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint (G3), tops a roster of 31 fillies and mares nominated to the 24th running of the $150,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) to be run Oct. 9 over 5½ furlongs on the turf.
Rupp Racing’s Owendale, winner of the Stonestreet Lexington (G3) in 2019 in his lone Keeneland start and most recently runner-up in the Alysheba Presented by Sentient Jet (G2) at Churchill Downs, headlines 28 nominations to the 63rd running of the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2) to be run Oct. 10 at 1 1/8 miles on the main track.