Morton Fink’s Wise Dan, impressive winner of the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) on October 6 and one of the top contenders for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) on November 3 at Santa Anita, completed his major work for his California test by working five furlongs on the main track in 1:00.40 on a cool, clear Saturday morning.

With regular exercise rider Damien Rock up and working on his own at 6:30 a.m., Wise Dan posted fractions of :12, :23.60, :35.60, :47.60 and out six furlongs in 1:13.40.

“That was perfect. That’s just the way he is; it just looks like he is loping out there,” trainer Charles Lopresti said. “This has worked out perfectly. I got to run him in the Shadwell rather than working him three times (from the Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile on September 16 to the Breeders’ Cup).”

Wise Dan is scheduled to ship to California on Tuesday, October 30, with Lopresti heading out the day before.

“I’m just going to piddle with him next week and keep him happy,” Lopresti said. “He spends a lot of time down on the little (training) track and we mix it up. He will train here the Tuesday morning before he ships that day. He’ll have a walk day Wednesday to get over the ship and then train Thursday and school in the paddock.”

A Grade 1 winner on dirt and grass, the 5-year-old Wise Dan has won 12 of 19 starts and bankrolled almost $2.5 million. At the mile distance on turf, the Wiseman’s Ferry gelding has won four of five starts with his lone setback coming in last fall’s Shadwell Turf Mile, in which he finished fourth behind champion Gio Ponti.

“I think I’ve got him figured out and less is more with him,” Lopresti said. “I think he has gotten a lot more confident as he has gotten older and he likes the turf.”

Four other Breeders’ Cup hopefuls also worked this morning.

Lael Stables and All In Stable’s Willcox Inn worked for the first time since his runner-up finish to Wise Dan in the Shadwell Turf Mile. With assistant Hilary Pridham aboard for trainer Mike Stidham, the 4-year-old Harlan’s Holiday colt worked four furlongs in :48.60.

Clockers caught Willcox Inn in splits of :12.60, :24.80, :37.20, :48.60 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.60.

“He starts off nice and relaxed and finishes with a lot of energy; he finished the last eighth in :11 and change and then a good gallop out all the way around the turn, and that’s what we wanted,” Stidham said.

Stidham said Willcox Inn would have one more work in a week, then ship to California on October 28.

Shortleaf Stable’s Atigun and Magic City Thoroughbred Partners’ Golden Ticket, two 3-year-olds trained by Ken McPeek, each worked five furlongs under Danny Ramsey.

Atigun, who is pointed at the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon (G2) on November 2, was clocked in 1:01.60. The Istan colt most recently was in New York, where he was third in the Belmont (G1), sixth in the Jim Dandy (G1) and fourth in both the Travers (G1) and TVG Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational (G1).

Golden Ticket, dead-heat winner of the Travers, was clocked in 1:02.40. The Speightstown colt, who has worked on three consecutive Saturdays at Keeneland, is a candidate for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on November 3.

McPeek said the horses could work again at Keeneland before they leave for California on October 28.

Tri-Star Racing’s Brown Almighty, runner-up in the Bourbon (G3) on October 7, worked a half-mile in :49.40 under jockey Kent Desormeaux for trainer Tim Ice. The Big Brown colt is pointed at the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) on November 3.


The Saturday morning work tab featured a bevy of other name horses prepping for upcoming engagements.

Dogwood Stable’s Aikenite, fourth in the opening-day Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G3), and Spendthrift Farm, George Bolton and Stonestreet Stables’ Dominus, sixth in the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), worked a half-mile together in :48.80. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Aikenite is being pointed to the $100,000-added Ack Ack (G3) at a mile on November 3 at Churchill Downs, according to assistant Michael Dilger. …

Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Cease, runner-up in the Hawthorne Gold Cup (G2) in his most recent start, worked a half-mile in :50.80 for trainer Al Stall Jr. in preparation for the $400,000-added Clark (G1) scheduled for November 23 at Churchill Downs. Also working toward a possible Churchill start for Stall was Ramona Bass’ undefeated Applauding, the Keeneland record holder for six furlongs on Polytrack (1:07.76), who worked a half-mile in :47.40 in company. …

Ashbrook Farm’s San Antone, nominated to next Saturday’s Fayette (G2), worked a half-mile in :51 for trainer Rusty Arnold.


Trainer Chris Block said Lothenbach Stables’ Bambazonki, a gritty, two-turn turf allowance winner Friday, would be given a short break before gearing up for a 3-year-old campaign. “He might go to Florida, maybe something at Gulfstream,” Block said of the son of Hard Spun, who has won two of three starts.

Block also said Team Block’s Leading Astray, third in the second division of Friday’s Pin Oak Valley View (G3), came out of the race fine. “The footing was a little loose around both turns,” Block said. “We will likely look at the Mrs. Revere next for her.”

The Mrs. Revere is a $175,000-added Grade 2 race for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on the turf scheduled for November 17 at Churchill Downs that is also likely to attract Miz Ida, winner of the second division of the Valley View. …

Jonathan Sheppard, who sent out Augustin Stable’s Angel Terrace to win the first division of the $125,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) on Friday, has three horses racing today in the $250,000 Grand National Hurdle (G1) at Far Hills in New Jersey. The 2 5/8-mile race, steeplechase racing’s richest event, includes 2010 steeplechase champion Slip Away, a Keeneland sales graduate who is owned by Keeneland’s current leading owners, Ken and Sarah Ramsey. …

According to Trakus, which records individual sectional times and distance covered for races at Keeneland, Angel Terrace covered 24 feet less than Miss Cato (GB) when she won the first division of Friday’s Pin Oak Valley View (G3) by a nose. You can follow Trakus on Twitter (@TrakusRacing). …

Augustin Stable’s Remember Then, a full sister to 2011 Rood & Riddle Dowager winner Senada, won Keeneland’s fifth race on Friday. With Rosie Napravnik aboard for Jonathan Sheppard, the 2-year-old Pulpit filly won the about seven-furlong maiden race by 1½ lengths in 1:27.20. Remember Then was purchased for $350,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Sheppard will send out Senada, owned by Lael Stables, in Sunday’s Rood & Riddle Dowager. …

Trainer Rusty Arnold added to his Keeneland streak when he sent out Pisgah Station to win the ninth race on Thursday. Arnold has saddled at least one winner at every Keeneland meet since the spring of 1986 except for one meet in the late 1980s when he did not saddle a starter.


Sunday, October 21

Military Family Day. All active and inactive members of the military, including family members, with military ID will receive free general admission. The North Terrace will be transformed into Military Family Zone with free food and activities. Keeneland will partner with Operation Military Cheer to collect items for Kentucky National Guard soldiers, airmen and their families. Patrons can bring clothing, non- perishable food items, toys, gift cards or monetary donations to the track on Military Family Day. Service for Peace will collect these items at the tent in the Paddock area.

(Stats Through Friday, October 19)

Current Meet Leading Jockeys

Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Purses
Julien Leparoux 67 16 7 6 $752,109
Corey Lanerie 60 8 5 8 $342,716
Shaun Bridgmohan 52 8 5 7 $419,014
Jon Court 48 7 4 4 $236,191
James Graham 68 6 8 15 $557,435
Victor Lebron 36 5 2 1 $107,183
Javier Castellano 21 5 1 1 $486,365
Rosie Napravnik 45 4 8 3 $217,312
Marcelino Pedroza Jr. 29 4 6 2 $124,019
Julio Garcia 11 4 4 0 $119,330
John Velazquez 25 4 3 2 $471,677
Gabriel Saez 29 4 1 2 $146,419
Brian Hernandez Jr. 46 3 4 1 $112,371

Current Meet Leading Trainers

Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Purses
Michael Maker 40 8 8 3 $438,164
Todd Pletcher 33 7 1 1 $653,724
Wesley Ward 24 5 6 3 $155,015
Wayne Catalano 30 4 1 3 $160,814
H. Graham Motion 20 3 3 3 $157,409
Bill Mott 12 3 1 1 $139,269
Tevis Q. McCauley 7 3 0 1 $ 59,193
Timothy Hamm 9 2 3 0 $ 54,796
Eddie Kenneally 11 2 2 1 $ 87,452
Steve Margolis 8 2 1 2 $126,689
Shug McGaughey 8 2 1 1 $132,531
Jonathan Sheppard 6 2 1 0 $116,949
Philip Oliver 5 2 1 0 $ 77,864
Mark Casse 3 2 1 0 $350,000
Philip Sims 14 2 0 2 $ 64,182
Charles Lopresti 6 2 0 1 $473,527
Dale Romans 22 2 0 0 $321,945
Tim Richardson 7 2 0 0 $ 41,510
Chad Brown 6 2 0 0 $358,510
Eduardo Caramori 6 2 0 0 $ 45,054

Current Meet Leading Owners

Name Wins
Ken and Sarah Ramsey 7
Klaravich Stables (Seth Klarman) & William H. Lawrence 3
Augustin Stable (George Strawbridge Jr.) 2
E. Paul Robsham Stable (Mrs. E. Paul Robsham) 2
G. Watts Humphrey Jr. & St. George Farm (Ian Banwell) 2
John Chandler 2
John C. Oxley 2
Lothenbach Stables Inc. (Robert J. Lothenbach) 2
Richard, Elaine & Bertram Klein 2
Ripplewood Farm (Chris Duff) 2
Wesley Ward 2