LEXINGTON, KY (October 6, 2012) – Morton Fink’s homebred Wise Dan cruised to the lead leaving the far turn and coasted to a 2¼-length victory over Willcox Inn to win the 27th running of the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), the centerpiece of a five-stakes program before a crowd of 22,292 on a bright fall afternoon at Keeneland.
Jose Lezcano rode Wise Dan, who posted his fourth graded stakes victory at Keeneland for trainer Charles Lopresti. Wise Dan won the 2010 Phoenix (G3), 2011 Fayette (G2) and 2012 Ben Ali (G3) on the main track.
The Shadwell Turf Mile, a “Win and You’re In” race for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) to be run November 3 at Santa Anita, added $450,000 to Wise Dan’s bankroll as he increased his earnings to $2,461,638 with a record of 19-12-1-0.
Wise Dan, a 5-year-old gelded son of Wiseman’s Ferry out of the Wolf Power (SAf) mare Lisa Danielle, completed the mile on a turf course listed as firm in 1:34.94.
Silver Max and Dominus ran 1-2 in the early going through fractions of :23.33 and :46.89 as Lezcano kept Wise Dan in the clear while running in mid-pack.
Nearing the far turn, Wise Dan began picking off horses and swept three wide past Silver Max and Dominus before hitting the top of the stretch. Once clear, Wise Dan drew away as 48-1 longshot Willcox Inn closed for second behind the geared-down winner.
Wise Dan returned $3.20, $2.40 and $2.40. Willcox Inn, ridden by James Graham, paid $23.60 and $11 while finishing 2¾ lengths ahead of 100-1 longshot Slip and Drive, who rallied strongly to finish third under Alex Cintron and pay $20.40 to show.
Doubles Partner finished fourth another length back and was followed in order by Data Link, Dominus, Corporate Jungle, Swift Warrior, Silver Max, Skyring, Worthadd (IRE) and Ol Army.
Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1)
Bluegrass Equine Bloodstock’s Joha took advantage of his inside post position under jockey Rajiv Maragh to post a front-running victory in the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity by a length over Dynamic Sky.
The victory was worth $240,000 to the Mike Maker-trained Joha plus a berth in the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) to be run November 3 at Santa Anita.
A Kentucky-bred son of Johar out of the Mujadil mare Mujado (IRE), the 2-year-old improved his record to 6-3-2-1 and increased his career earnings to $425,767. Joha completed the 1 1/16 miles on the main track in 1:44.52.
Joha took the lead out of the gate and posted fractions of :23.90 and :48.41 in the early going while being pressed by Tizracer. Nearing the top of the stretch, Pataky Kid moved first at Joha, who repulsed that bid and then had enough to hold off Dynamic Sky and Luis Contreras.
Joha returned $19.40, $10.80 and $7. Dynamic Sky paid $8.40 and $5.80 with Java’s War finishing three-quarters of a length back in third under Richard Eramia and paying $7.80 to show.
Pataky Kid finished another three-quarters of a length back in fourth and was followed in order by Are You Kidding Me, Hightail, Positively, He’s So Fine, Charming Kitten, Tree of Life, He’s Had Enough, Tizracer and Craving Carats.
First Lady (G1)
Frank L. Jones Jr.’s Tapitsfly outgamed Daisy Devine after a duel through deep stretch to win the First Lady by a half-length with favored Hungry Island another 3½ lengths back in third.
Trained by Dale Romans and ridden by Jose Lezcano, Tapitsfly completed the mile on a firm turf course in 1:35.44.
A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Tapit out of the Marlin mare Flying Marlin, Tapitsfly earned $210,000 with the victory that improved her record to 24-7-6-4 with earnings of $1,495,503.
Summer Soiree led the field of six to the stretch where Daisy Devine, ridden by James Graham took command. Lezcano, who had kept Tapitsfly in the clear while running in the second flight, swung to the outside at the head of the lane and gradually wore down Daisy Devine, who was making her first start in five months.
Tapitsfly returned $7.60, $4.20 and $2.60. Daisy Devine returned $4.60 and $2.80 with Hungry paying $2.20 to show under Julien Leparoux.
It was six lengths back to Summer Soiree, who was followed in order by Brilliant Future and Snow Fall.
Thoroughbred Club of America (G2)
Fred Bradley, trainer Buff Bradley, Carl Hurst and Brent Burns’ Groupie Doll split horses in the upper stretch and then drew off to win the Thoroughbred Club of America by 6 ½ lengths over Strike the Moon.
Ridden by Rajiv Maragh, Groupie Doll joined Informed Decision in 2009 as the only filly to win the Vinery Madison (G1) and Thoroughbred Club of America in the same year.
Groupie Doll covered the six furlongs on the main track in 1:09.21 and earned $120,000 for the victory and a berth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) to be run November 3 at Santa Anita. With the victory, Groupie Doll became a millionaire with earnings of $1,047,850 on a record of 15-8-3-2.
Bred by the Bradleys in Kentucky, Groupie Doll is a 4-year-old daughter of Bowman’s Band out of the Silver Deputy mare Deputy Doll.
Honey Chile and Newstouse dueled for the early lead in the field of nine with Groupie Doll tracking the leaders along the inside in mid-pack. At the head of the stretch, Maragh sent Groupie Doll between Honey Chile on the rail and Newstouse and easily pulled away.
In winning her fourth consecutive graded stake, Groupie Doll returned $2.80, $2.20 and $2.10. Strike the Moon, ridden by Jose Lezcano, returned $11.60 and $7 with Honey Chile finishing a half-length back in third under Robby Albarado and paying $3.40 to show.
It was 1 ½ lengths back to Zermatt, who was followed in order by Mega Dream, Newstouse, Sally Sally, Emma’s Encore and Giant Sensation.
Woodford Stakes (G3)
Melnyk Racing Stables’ homebred Bridgetown wore down Great Mills inside the sixteenth pole to win the Woodford by one length.
Ridden by Javier Castellano and trained by Todd Pletcher, Bridgetown covered the 5½ furlongs on a firm turf course in 1:02.55. It was the first victory in the Woodford for Pletcher and Castellano.
A 5-year-old Florida-bred son of Speightstown out of the Tabasco Cat mare Ellesmere, Bridgetown earned $90,000 for the victory and boosted his bankroll to $934,700 with a record of 19-9-5-1.
Sent off as the favorite in the field of six, Bridgetown returned $3.40, $2.20 and $2.10. Great Mills, ridden by Julien Leparoux, returned $3.60 and $2.60 in finishing a half-length in front of 2008 Woodford winner Chamberlain Bridge, who returned $2.20 to show under Paco Lopez.
It was 1¾ lengths back to Wekiva Wachee, who was followed in order by Icon Ike and Ginplay.
Racing resumes Sunday with a nine-race program that features the 57th running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) for fillies and mares going 1 1/18 miles on the main track. First post time is 1:05 p.m. (ET) with the Juddmonte Spinster going as the eighth race with a 4:49 p.m. post time.