An evenly matched field of 10 sprinters was entered Tuesday morning for Friday’s 160th running of the $175,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G3) at six furlongs on the main track. The race, won last year by Hoofit (NZ), is a “Win and You’re In” event for the Breeders’ Cup Xpressbet Sprint (G1) to be run November 3 at Santa Anita.
The Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix is scheduled as the eighth race on Friday’s 10-race card with a 4:49 p.m. (ET) post time. First post time daily for the 17-day Fall Meet is 1:05 p.m.
Also in the field is the winner of 2011 Commonwealth, Dogwood Stable’s Aikenite. Second in this race last year, Aikenite will be making his 2012 debut Friday and will break from the rail under John Velazquez and carrying 120 pounds.
The field for the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix, from the rail out, is as follows: Aikenite (John Velazquez, 120 pounds), Cajun Breeze (Juan Leyva, 120), Night Party (Shane Sellers, 120), Hamiltonian (Rosie Napravnik, 118), Doctor Chit (Ramon Dominguez, 118), Sum of the Parts (Julien Leparoux, 120), Noble’s Promise (David Cohen, 120), Lonesome Street (Javier Castellano, 122), Will’s Wildcat (Calvin Borel, 120) and Laurie’s Rocket (Rajiv Maragh, 120).
WISE DAN TO BE ENTERED IN SHADWELL TURF MILE
Trainer Charlies Lopresti said Tuesday morning that Morton Fink’s homebred Wise Dan would be entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 27th running of the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1).
“We are going to enter him and see what happens,” Lopresti said of the 5-year-old Wiseman’s Ferry gelding, who has earned more than $2 million. “We are going to take it day to day and right now he is doing good. Weather will not be a factor (in running). Jose Lezcano will have the mount.”
Winner of the Ben Ali (G3) in main track record time in his most recent race at Keeneland, Wise Dan comes into the Shadwell Turf Mile off a 3¼-length victory in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1) on September 16. The victory at Woodbine earned Wise Dan a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) on November 3 at Santa Anita.
The Shadwell Turf Mile, won by champion Gio Ponti last year with Wise Dan finishing fourth, is also a “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
DARLEY ALCIBIADES NEXT CHALLENGE FOR ALMOST AN ANGEL
Ice Wine Stable’s Almost an Angel, who will race in the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1) on Friday’s opening day of the 2012 Fall Meet, has the distinction of making two of her four starts against males.
A Kentucky-bred daughter of Artie Schiller who was purchased for $25,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Almost an Angel opened her career at here in April with a fifth-place finish on the main track against fillies. She made her next three starts on the turf in New York, facing males twice.
On May 24 at Belmont Park, she met the boys in a six-furlong maiden race, running second behind Joha, who is expected for Saturday’s Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1). Back against fillies, Almost an Angel scored her first win in her next start, a six-furlong maiden race on June 29 at Belmont. She took on males in the 1 1/16-mile With Anticipation (G2) at Saratoga on August 30 and ran seventh behind Balance the Books, who is expected in the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity or the Bourbon (G3) on Sunday.
“We’re going for it,” said trainer Wesley Ward, the leading trainer of Keeneland’s Spring Meet with nine wins, about racing Almost an Angel in the Darley Alcibiades. “It’s a Grade 1. It’s either there, fly to California or run in the Frizette (G1), which I already have one for the same stable. We’ll shoot for the best and forget the rest.”
Ward was referring to Ice Wine’s Sweet Shirley Mae, the Spinaway (G1) runner-up who will race in the Frizette on Saturday at Belmont Park.
The Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) has been discussed as being in the future plans for the two fillies, and several other Ward runners are being pointed to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. One of them is Great Attack, a Turf Sprint (G1) candidate who might run in Sunday’s Woodford presented by Keeneland Select (G3). Also training at Keeneland are additional Breeders’ Cup hopefuls Judy the Beauty (Grade 1 Filly & Mare Sprint) and Handsome Jack (Juvenile Sprint).
One of Ward’s runners during Keeneland’s Spring Meet was Politicallycorrect, who was 12th in the Toyota Blue Grass (G1). On Sunday, the gelding won the Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park and was headed to Southern California for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1). Politicallycorrect is owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, the Spring Meet’s leading owner with seven victories.
DAISY DEVINE SEEKING TO COMPLETE JENNY WILEY-FIRST LADY DOUBLE
James Miller’s Daisy Devine completed her major preparation for Saturday’s 15th running of the $350,000 First Lady (G1) by working a half-mile in :48.60 under jockey James Graham in a light drizzle at Keeneland Tuesday morning.
“That was good; she was just loping around there,” trainer Andrew McKeever said after the solo work on the main track.
A two-time graded stakes winner over the Keeneland turf course, Daisy Devine will attempt to join Intercontinental (2005) and Never Retreat (2011) as the only horses to win the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley and the First Lady in the same year.
Following her Jenny Wiley victory, Daisy Devine finished fifth in the Distaff Turf Mile (G2) at Churchill Downs on May 5 trailing probable First Lady rivals Hungry Island and Tapitsfly. The First Lady will be Daisy Devine’s first start in five months.
“We turned her out after that race,” McKeever said. “She had 40 days at Hunter Valley Farm. She always gets a little break and comes back when she is ready, not before. That’s just the way she is.”
Nominations close Wednesday for the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) for 2-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the turf on October 11 and for the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County for fillies and mares going 5 ½ furlongs on the turf on October 12.
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s two-time stakes winner Sum of the Parts worked a half-mile in :49 early Tuesday morning for trainer Tom Amoss in preparation for Friday’s Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G3).