Edited Keeneland Release — Friday is opening day of Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet, and fields continue to take shape for Fall Stars Weekend, which will offer 11 stakes worth $5.45 million.
Nine of the races are Breeders’ Cup Challenge tests (*) that award the winners fees-paid berths into corresponding races at the 39th World Championships, which will be held Nov. 4-5 at Keeneland.
According to Keeneland Stakes Coordinator Allison De Luca, here are the possible starters for the stakes:
Friday, Oct. 7. Entries taken Tuesday
*$500,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1), 2-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles: Boss Lady Bailey (trainer John Ortiz), Chop Chop (Brad Cox), Essaouira (Graham Motion), Fun and Feisty (Kenny McPeek), Infinite Diamond (Patrick Biancone), Just Cindy (Eddie Kenneally), Sabra Tuff (Dallas Stewart), Stellar Lady (McPeek), Wonder Wheel (Mark Casse).
*$350,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2), 3-year-olds and up, 6 furlongs: Baytown Bear (Paul McEntee), Long Range Toddy (Dallas Stewart), Manny Wah (Wayne Catalano), Meraas (GB) (Chad Summers), Necker Island (Chris Hartman), Nakatomi (Wesley Ward), Sibelius (Jeremiah O’Dwyer), Sir Alfred James (Lynn Cash), Special Reserve (Mike Maker), Top Gunner (John Ortiz).
*$350,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2), 2-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles (turf): Aztec Nights (Wayne Catalano), C C Cruise Control (Kenny McPeek), Chop Chop (Brad Cox), Dulcia (Joe Sharp), Happy Gal (Doug O’Neill), Play the Music (Mark Casse), Promise of Hope (Tom Amoss), Southlawn (Norm Casse), Towhead (Mike Maker), What an Honor (Maker), Xigera (Phil Bauer).
Saturday, Oct. 8. Entries taken Wednesday
*$1 Million Coolmore Turf Mile (G1), 3-year-olds and up, 1 mile (turf): Casa Creed (Bill Mott), Dark Shift (GB) (Conor Murphy), Emaraaty (GB) (Chad Brown), Gray’s Fable (Brian Lynch), Greyes Creek (Paulo Lobo), In Love (BRZ) (Lobo), Ivar (BRZ) (Lobo), Masen (GB) (Brown), Santin (Brendan Walsh), Set Piece (GB) (Brad Cox), Smooth Like Strait (Michael McCarthy), Somelikeithotbrown (Mike Maker), Winfromwithin (Jorge Delgado).
*$600,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1), 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles: Bourbon Bash (D. Wayne Lukas), Carmel Road (Bob Baffert), Forte (Todd Pletcher), Frosted Departure (Kenny McPeek), Funtastic Again (Wesley Ward), Good Heart (Brendan Walsh), Honed (McPeek), Instant Coffee (Brad Cox), Jin Tong (Doug O’Neill), Loggins (Cox), Lost Ark (Pletcher), National Treasure (Baffert), Powerful (Steve Asmussen), Two Phil’s (Larry Rivelli).
$750,000 First Lady (G1) Presented by UK HealthCare, 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, 1 mile (turf): Alms (Mike Stidham), In Italian (GB) (Chad Brown), Market Rumor (Ian Wilkes), Princess Grace (Mike Stidham), Regal Glory (Brown), Technical Analysis (IRE) (Brown).
*$350,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2), 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, 6 furlongs: Club Car (Ben Colebrook), Happy Soul (Wesley Ward), Joyful Cadence (John Ortiz), Liberty M D (Ian Wilkes), Palm Cottage (Paulo Lobo), Sconsin (Greg Foley), Slammed (Todd Fincher).
$350,000 Woodford (G2) Presented by FanDuel, 3-year-olds and up, 5½ furlongs (turf): Artemus Citylimits (Mike Maker), Asymmetric (IRE) (Wesley Ward), Bound for Nowhere (Ward), County Final (Steve Asmussen), Gear Jockey (Rusty Arnold), Golden Pal (Ward).
Sunday, Oct. 9. Entries taken Thursday
*$600,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1), 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, 1 1/8 miles: Army Wife (Mike Maker), Letruska (Fausto Gutierrez), Malathaat (Todd Pletcher), Played Hard (Phil Bauer), Princess of Cairo (Mike Puhich).
*$350,000 Castle & Key Bourbon (G2), 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles (turf): Andthewinneris (Wayne Catalano), B Minor (Kenny McPeek), Boppy O (Mark Casse), Gigante (Steve Asmussen), Good Heart (Brendan Walsh), Mendel’s Secret (Mike Maker), Oscar Award (John Ortiz), Rarified Flair (McPeek), Really Good (Maker), Reckoning Force (Walsh), Red Route One (Asmussen).
*$250,000 Indian Summer (L) Presented by Keeneland Select, 2-year-olds, 5½ furlongs (turf): Danse Macabre (Kelsey Danner), Love Reigns (IRE) (Wesley Ward), No Kay Never (IRE) (Ward), No Nay Hudson (IRE) (Ward), Private Creed (Steve Asmussen), Tap in Formation (Wayne Catalano).
Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Wicked Halo, winner of the Prioress (G2) at Saratoga in her most recent start, worked a half-mile over a fast track in :51.20 for trainer Steve Asmussen in preparation for a possible run in the Lexus Raven Run (G2) on Oct. 22.
Also working this morning for Asmussen and Winchell Thoroughbreds was Red Route One, who worked a half-mile in :51.20. Red Route One is considered a possible starter in Sunday’s Castle & Key Bourbon (G2).
Another possible Castle & Key Bourbon starter to work Monday morning was Susan Moulton’s Andthewinneris, who covered 5 furlongs in 1:00 for trainer Wayne Catalano