Sunday, October 28, 2012

Keeneland Barn Notes



Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s Sum of the Parts, winner of the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G3) on October 5, capped his major preparations for a start in next Saturday’s $1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders Cup Sprint (G1) by working a half-mile in :47.60 under jockey Julien Leparoux on Saturday morning at Keeneland.

Working on his own on a drizzly, foggy morning with temperatures in the mid 40s, Sum of the Parts covered the first quarter-mile in :24 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.

“I have probably worked 10 horses this morning and he’s just different,” trainer Tom Amoss said. “He is quicker to the wire than the rest and he is in hand doing it. He has always been a good work horse and I like where he is.”

It was the third work on the Polytrack for Sum of the Parts, a 3-year-old Speightstown colt, since his opening-day victory as he prepares for a return to dirt at Santa Anita.

“Obviously, he likes it,” Amoss said of the Polytrack. “I felt better leaving him here and on a morning like this after all the rain, if we were at Churchill you could forget it. Here you don’t have to adjust your training schedule. It’s business as usual.”

Leparoux, who has ridden Sum of the Parts to three victories and a second-place finish the four times he has been aboard, will have the mount at Santa Anita.
Prior to working Sum of the Parts, Leparoux guided Luch Racing Stable’s Global Power through a half-mile in :50.

Global Power, who is pre-entered in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) on Saturday, is the first horse on the preference list for the Turf Sprint and would need one defection from the pre-entries to make the 14-horse field. Amoss said Pat Valenzuela would have the mount should Global Power, a 4-year-old colt by Pulpit, make the Turf Sprint field.

Since joining Amoss’ barn in late spring, Global Power has three victories and a third-place finish in four two-turn grass races with stakes victories at Delaware Park and Louisiana Downs. This year’s Turf Sprint is 6½ furlongs down the hillside course at Santa Anita as compared to the five-furlong distance last year at Churchill Downs.

“If it was five-eighths, no way he’d run,” Amoss said of Global Power, who has had three main-track works here since finishing third in the Remington Green on September 30 at Remington Park.

The two horses are scheduled to ship to California on Monday. Amoss said both colts would receive gate and paddock schooling as part of their Santa Anita preparations.


Multiple graded stakes winner Willcox Inn, pre-entered in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) next Saturday, worked Saturday for the second time since his runner-up finish to Wise Dan in the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) on October 6. With assistant Hilary Pridham aboard for trainer Mike Stidham, the colt worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 in company with Every Way, a 2-year-old City Zip filly who was third in the Mazarine (G3) at Woodbine on October 6.

Clockers caught Willcox Inn in splits of :12.60, :24.20, :35.80, :48.20, 1:00.80 and out six furlongs in 1:14.80.

“The work went just like what we had planned,” Stidham said. “Sit off of her and then come to her down the lane. He inched by her in the last part. We weren’t looking for anything too serious because he’s a fit horse, but that work was just what I was looking for.”

Stidham said James Graham will ride Willcox Inn in the Mile in which he will face Wise Dan and other rivals, including 2011 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Animal Kingdom.

“Our horse traditionally – especially going a mile when there’s going to be pace in front of us – he’ll be sitting back,” Stidham said. “I’m not sure how far back, depending on how fast they’re going up front. He’s always got a really good kick like he showed in the Shadwell. We’re just hoping the kick that he has is good enough.”

Stidham said Willcox Inn, a 4-year-old Harlan’s Holiday colt who races for Lael Stables and All In Stable, will ship to California on Sunday.

The fourth Breeders’ Cup pre-entrant to work on Saturday was James Covello’s Oscar Party, fourth just beaten a neck in the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) on October 11. The 2-year-old Dixie Union filly worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.80 under jockey Kent Desormeaux for trainer Wayne Catalano.

“She was out in the middle of the track and she was just flying out there,”’ Catalano said of Oscar Party, who is scheduled to leave Tuesday for a run in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) on Friday. Desormeaux, who has ridden the filly in her past two starts, retains the mount.


A total of 30 horses that raced and/or trained at Keeneland in October were pre-entered in the 29th Breeders’ Cup World Championships to be held Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita. The event, which consists of 15 races with purses totaling more than $25 million, drew a total of 180 pre-entries.

Wise Dan, winner of the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) on October 6, leads the group with Keeneland connections. Based here with trainer Charlie Lopresti, the 5-year-old Wiseman’s Ferry gelding was pre-entered in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1).

Wise Dan, who has won four of five starts and earned more than $1.5 million this year, worked five furlongs here in 1:00.40 on October 20. He is scheduled to fly to California on Tuesday.
Among the pre-entered horses that were successful at Keeneland this month are Groupie Doll, who won the Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) on October 6, and In Lingerie, who won the Juddmonte Spinster (G1) on October 7. Groupie Doll was pre-entered in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1). In Lingerie has first preference in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) and second preference in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1).

Training at Keeneland in October was 2011 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Animal Kingdom, who was pre-entered in the Mile. The race will mark the first start since February for Animal Kingdom, who arrived at Keeneland on Monday and worked on the turf course Friday morning.

The 30 Breeders’ Cup pre-entered horses that raced and/or trained at Keeneland in October are:

$3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1)
Sycamore (G3) winner Kindergarden Kid

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1)
Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) winner Wise Dan, runner-up Willcox Inn and fourth-place finisher Doubles Partner; Animal Kingdom (worked)

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1)
Juddmonte Spinster (G1) winner In Lingerie

$2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1)
Juddmonte Spinster winner In Lingerie

$2 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1)
Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1) runner-up Dynamic Sky and 11th-place finisher He’s Had Enough

$2 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1)
Darley Alcibiades (G1) winner Spring in the Air, runner-up Broken Spell and sixth-place finisher Almost an Angel

$1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1)
Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G3) winner Sum of the Parts

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1)
Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) winner Groupie Doll and runner-up Strike the Moon

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1)
Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity winner Joha; Bourbon (G3) winner Balance the Books, runner-up Brown Almighty and fourth-place finisher Summit County

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1)
JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) winner Moonwalk, runner-up Kitten’s Point, third-place finisher Summer of Fun and fourth-place finisher Oscar Party; Darley Alcibiades fourth-place finisher Tara From the Cape

$1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1)
Woodford presented by Keeneland Select (G3) winner Bridgetown and runner-up Great Mills; Shadwell Turf Mile seventh-place finisher Corporate Jungle; Global Power (worked); Great Attack (worked)

$500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon (G2)
Atigun (worked)

$500,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint
Darley Alcibiades sixth-place finisher Almost an Angel; Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity sixth-place finisher Hightail


Going into the final day of the 17-day meet, Mike Maker owns a 10-9 advantage over Wesley Ward in the race for leading trainer. Ward narrowed the deficit Friday when he saddled Murphys Covert to win the 10th race.

Maker, who won the 2008 Fall training title, has seven entrants this afternoon. Ward, winner of the 2012 Spring title, has five entrants. …

Two Triple Crown-winning jockeys were in the winner’s circle after the third race on Friday to celebrate Red Vixen’s come-from-behind nose victory. The winner is owned by Steve Cauthen, who rode 1978 Triple Crown winner Affirmed and was joined in the winner’s circle by Jean Cruguet, who won the Triple Crown the year before on Seattle Slew. Red Vixen, who was ridden by Leandro Goncalves, won the six-furlong maiden claiming race in 1:11.60.

(Stats Through Friday, October 26)

Current Meet Leading Jockeys

Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Purses
Julien Leparoux 102 25 12 10 $1,011,681
Corey Lanerie 94 14 7 13 $537,591
James Graham 102 10 10 22 $742,435
Shaun Bridgmohan 74 10 8 12 $532,219
Jon Court 66 7 5 7 $283,011
Gabriel Saez 52 7 2 6 $225,622
Rosie Napravnik 70 6 9 8 $294,158
Brian Hernandez Jr. 66 6 7 2 $216,944
Victor Lebron 58 6 6 1 $175,255
Julio Garcia 17 6 6 0 $171,600
Marcelino Pedroza Jr. 45 5 12 3 $191,977
Jesus Castanon 35 5 7 3 $154,663
John Velazquez 29 5 5 2 $656,877
Javier Castellano 21 5 1 1 $486,365

Current Meet Leading Trainers

Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Purses
Michael Maker 53 10 9 4 $482,168
Wesley Ward 30 9 6 3 $356,485
Todd Pletcher 40 7 2 3 $691,232
H. Graham Motion 28 5 3 3 $201,491
Wayne Catalano 41 5 2 3 $226,615
Jonathan Sheppard 14 4 1 2 $187,060
Bill Mott 16 3 3 1 $154,069
Eddie Kenneally 13 3 2 2 $103,652
Michael Stidham 23 3 1 7 $318,344
Al Stall Jr. 11 3 1 2 $157,143
Charles Lopresti 12 3 0 3 $516,796
Tevis Q. McCauley 10 3 0 1 $ 60,542

Current Meet Leading Owners

Name Wins
Ken and Sarah Ramsey 10
Klaravich Stables (Seth Klarman) & William H. Lawrence 3
Augustin Stable (George Strawbridge Jr.) 2
Claiborne Farm (Seth Hancock) & Adele Dilschneider 2
E. Paul Robsham Stable (Mrs. E. Paul Robsham) 2
G. Watts Humphrey Jr. & St. George Farm (Ian Banwell) 2
Ice Wine Stable (Dave Reid) 2
John Chandler 2
John C. Oxley 2
Lothenbach Stables Inc. (Robert J. Lothenbach) 2
Namcook Stables (Terrence Murray) 2
Richard, Elaine & Bertram Klein 2
Ripplewood Farm (Chris Duff) 2
Wesley Ward 2

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