Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Keeneland’s Opening Saturday Features Horse of the Year Wise Dan
Wise Dan Faces Nine Foes in Shadwell Turf Mile; Deep Field of Eight Entered in First Lady; Solitary Ranger Tops Full Field for 100th Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity
LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 2, 2013) – Morton Fink’s reigning Horse of the Year, Wise Dan, will face nine rivals Saturday as he goes for a repeat victory in the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1).
In addition to the Shadwell Turf Mile, two other Grade 1 races are scheduled Saturday: the $400,000 First Lady for fillies and mares going a mile on the turf and the 100th running of the $400,000 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity for 2-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
The First Lady is the afternoon’s seventh race with a 4:17 p.m. post time and is followed by the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity with a 4:49 p.m. post time.
A winner of nine consecutive races and a five-time graded stakes winner at Keeneland, Wise Dan has compiled a record of 18 wins in 25 starts and earnings of more than $5 million. Trained by Charlie LoPresti, Wise Dan has won 10 of 11 races on the grass.
John Velazquez has the riding assignment on Wise Dan, who will break from post position 10.
Chief among Wise Dan’s rivals are Silver Max and Summer Front.
Owned by Mark Bacon and Dana Wells, Silver Max has won his past two races in gate-to-wire fashion in the Oceanport (G3) at Monmouth and the Bernard Baruch (G2) at Saratoga. Trained by Dale Romans, Silver Max will break from post position nine and be ridden by Robby Albarado.
Waterford Stable’s Summer Front, trained by Christophe Clement, also has won his past two races. Summer Front won the Miami Mile Handicap (G3) at Calder in April and most recently won the Cliff Hanger (G3) at Monmouth. Joe Bravo has the mount Saturday and will break from post position five.
The field for the Shadwell Turf Mile, from the inside out, is as follows: Winning Prize (ARG) (Garrett Gomez), Turallure (Julien Leparoux), Skyring (Eddie Castro), Hogy (Joe Rocco Jr.), Summer Front (Bravo), Willcox Inn (James Graham), Handsome Mike (Mario Gutierrez), Coalport (Channing Hill), Silver Max (Albarado) and Wise Dan (Velazquez). All starters will carry 126 pounds.
Deep Field of Eight Entered in First Lady
Dayatthespa and Daisy Devine, winners of Grade 1 races here in 2012, headline a deep field for Saturday’s 16th running of the First Lady that attracted a field of eight. Seven of the eight entrants have graded or group stakes victories on their resumes.
Jerry Frankel, Ronald Frankel, Steve Laymon and Bradley Thoroughbreds’ Dayatthespa is undefeated on Keeneland’s turf course with victories in last fall’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) and in the 2012 Appalachian (G3). Trained by Chad Brown, Dayatthespa will break from post position six and be ridden by John Velazquez.
James Miller’s Daisy Devine won the 2012 renewal of the Jenny Wiley (G1) and was second in last year’s First Lady. Trained by Andrew McKeever, Daisy Devine also won the Pin Oak Valley View (G3) here in 2011. James Graham has the call on Daisy Devine, who will break from post position four.
The other Grade 1 winner in the field is Godolphin Racing’s Better Lucky, winner of last fall’s Matriarch. Trained by Tom Albertrani, Better Lucky has raced twice on the Keeneland turf, finishing third in last fall’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup and this spring in the Jenny Wiley. Julien Leparoux has the mount on Better Lucky, who will break from post position three.
The field for the First Lady, from the inside out, is as follows: Say (IRE) (Joe Bravo, 121 pounds), Hungry Island (Garrett Gomez, 124), Better Lucky (Leparoux, 124), Daisy Devine (Graham, 124), Winding Way (Robby Albarado, 124), Dayatthespa (Velazquez, 124), Miz Ida (Shaun Bridgmohan, 124) and Amazonas (IRE) (Joe Rocco Jr., 121).
Solitary Ranger Tops Full Field for Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity
Susan Moulton’s Solitary Ranger, who broke his maiden by 5½ lengths in winning the Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3) in his most recent start, headlines a field of 14 plus two also-eligibles for the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity.
The Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity is a “Win and You’re In” race for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) to be run Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.
Trained by Wayne Catalano, Solitary Ranger ran second in two 4½-furlong sprints here in April before resurfacing to win the Arlington-Washington Futurity in his next start. Florent Geroux has the mount Saturday on Solitary Ranger, who will break from post position six.
Also expected to draw attention Saturday is Conquest Stables’ Conquest Titan, winner of the Swynford at Woodbine by 5¼ lengths in his debut on Polytrack. Trained by Mark Casse, Conquest Titan will be ridden by Eurico Da Silva and break from post position nine.
The field for the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity, from the rail out, is as follows: Intense Holiday (Chris DeCarlo), Kendall’s Boy (Garrett Gomez), School On a Hill (Norberto Arroyo Jr.), Laddie Boy (Jesus Castanon), Rum Point (Mario Gutierrez), Solitary Ranger (Geroux), General Jack (Alan Garcia), Pontos (Viktor Schulepov), Conquest Titan (Da Silva), Arctic Slope (Joe Rocco Jr.), Ready for Action (Jose Garcia), We Miss Artie (John Velazquez), Smarty’s Echo (E.T. Baird) and Tiznowforamerica (Julien Leparoux). Also-eligibles: Medal Count (Robby Albarado) and Oogeley Eye (Corey Lanerie). All starters will carry 121 pounds.
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