Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Keeneland Barn Notes Wednesday, April 11, 2012


ARUNA, ZAGORA, TAPITSFLY HEAD FIELD OF SIX FOR GRADE 1 JENNY WILEY

Flaxman Holdings Ltd.’s Aruna, Martin Schwartz’s Zagora (FR) and Frank Jones Jr.’s Tapitsfly headline a field six fillies and mares entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 24th running of the Jenny Wiley (G1) at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

The Jenny Wiley, won last year by Never Retreat, will go as the eighth race on Saturday’s 12-race program with a 4:42 p.m. (ET) post time. First post time Saturday is 1:05 p.m.


Trained by Graham Motion, Aruna will be making her 2012 debut after closing 2011 with a fifth-place finish, beaten one length, in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs. Prior to that, Aruna won the Juddmonte Spinster (G1) here over the main track. Ramon Dominguez has the mount on Aruna, who will break from post position four.

Trained by Chad Brown, Zagora made her U.S. debut here in 2010 in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1), finishing second to Harmonious. She was third in last year’s Jenny Wiley and comes into Saturday’s race off two Grade 3 victories at Tampa Bay Downs. Javier Castellano has the mount on Zagora, who will break from post position two

Tapitsfly, winner of the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, comes into the Jenny Wiley off a victory in the Honey Fox (G2) at Gulfstream Park on March 18. Trained by Dale Romans, Tapitsfly will be ridden by Julien Leparoux, who won this race in 2009 with Forever Together. Tapitsfly will break from post position three and carry top weight of 120 pounds.

The field for the Jenny Wiley, from the inside out, is as follows: Heavenly Landing (Corey Lanerie, 118 pounds), Zagora (FR) (Castellano, 118), Tapitsfly (Leparoux, 120), Aruna (Dominguez, 118), Daisy Devine (James Graham, 118) and Bay to Bay (Garrett Gomez, 118).


RIGHT ONE RETURNS TO MAIN TRACK IN SATURDAY’S COMMONWEALTH

Ghislaine Head’s Right One (FR), who made all seven of his starts in 2011 on the turf, returns to the main track Saturday when he takes on six rivals in the 26th running of the Commonwealth (G2) at seven furlongs.

The Commonwealth, won last year by Aikenite, will be run as the ninth race on Saturday’s 12-race program with a 5:13 p.m. post time.

Trained by Christophe Clement, Right One won the Jaipur (G3) at seven furlongs in July at Belmont Park and finished third beaten only a neck by Turallure in the Woodbine Mile (G1). Garrett Gomez, who was aboard in the Woodbine Mile, has the call Saturday on Right One, who will break from post position two.

The other graded stakes winner in the field is Peter Redekop’s Comedero, trained by Michael Stidham.

A 5-year-old Arkansas bred, Comedero is an 11-time winner in his 18-race career that includes a score in the Chick Lang (G3) at Pimlico in 2010. Winner of the Nodouble Breeders’ Cup at Oaklawn Park in his lone 2012 start, Comedero will break from the inside post under James Graham.

The field for the Commonwealth, from the rail out, is as follows: Comedero (Graham, 118 pounds), Right One (FR) (Gomez, 118), Plutonium (Kent Desormeaux, 118), El Gran Sol (Marcelino Pedroza Jr., 118), Lonesome Street (Joel Rosario, 118), Philippe (Julien Leparoux, 118) and Bergerac (Javier Castellano, 118).


VETERAN CHAMBERLAIN BRIDGE TAKES ON NINE RIVALS IN 16TH SHAKERTOWN

Carl R. Moore Management’s Chamberlain Bridge, winner of the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G2) at Churchill Downs, is the marquee name among 10 sprinters entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 16th running of the $100,000 Shakertown (G3) at 5½ furlongs on the turf.

The Shakertown, won last year by Stratford Hill, is the 10th race on Saturday’s 12-race card with a 5:44 p.m. post time.

Trained by Bret Calhoun, Chamberlain Bridge will be making his fourth appearance in the Shakertown. The 8-year-old has finished fourth the past two years and was third in the 2009 renewal

Winner of the Woodford (G3) here in 2008, Chamberlain Bridge will be partnered by regular rider Jamie Theriot and break from post position nine.

Silverton Hill, LLC’s Havelock, winner of the 2011 Woodford here last fall, looms as a major threat to Chamberlain Bridge. Trained by Darrin Miller, Havelock also won the Grade 2 Play the King at Woodbine last summer as well as the Arlington Sprint Handicap. Havelock will be ridden by Joel Rosario and break from post position four.

A first-time U.S. starter in the Shakertown is Herve Barjot’s Surfrider (IRE), a Group 3 winner in France last year. Trained by Eddie Kenneally, Surfrider will break from post position eight under Ramon Dominguez.

The field for the Shakertown, from the inside out, is as follows: Perfect Officer (Javier Castellano, 118 pounds), Concorde’s Flight (Garrett Gomez, 118), Great Attack (Jeffrey Sanchez, 120), Havelock (Rosario, 120), Byesville (Matthew Straight, 118), Zeb (Edgar Prado, 118), Great Mills (Julien Leparoux, 120), Surfrider (IRE) (Dominguez, 118), Chamberlain Bridge (Theriot, 120) and Unsaddled Glory (James Graham, 118).


GALLOPING OUT

The two California invaders for Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass (G1) were on the track early Wednesday morning after arriving at Keeneland early Tuesday afternoon.

Arnold Zetcher’s Midnight Crooner jogged once around the main track under Peter Hutton, assistant to trainer Bob Baffert. Shortly afterward, Craig Stables and Donkey Island Racing’s Holy Candy jogged twice around under exercise rider Lupillo Alferez. Trainer John Sadler is expected to arrive in Lexington tonight.

Starlight Racing’s Heavy Breathing arrived at Keeneland this morning and will gallop the next two mornings up to the race, according to Whit Beckman, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher.


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