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KEENELAND BARN NOTES

Edited Staff Release — With two weeks to go until the Breeders’ Cup, trainer Chad Brown had the bulk of his likely World Championships contingent working Saturday on both the main track and the turf course.

“Everything went really, really well this morning, considering everything that was going on,” Brown said, referring to the high level of activity during training hours that featured 190 works on the main track. “They all did very well and they will have another work next week, but these were serious works today.”

Jim Bakke, Gerald Isbister, Coolmore Stud and Peter Brant’s Jack Christopher, who worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.20 in company with Champagne (G1) winner Blazing Sevens, could head to the $2 million Qatar Racing Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) or the $1 million Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1).

Rodeo Creek Racing’s Blazing Sevens is a candidate for the $2 million FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1).

Klaravich Stables’ three-time Grade 1 winner Domestic Spending (GB) worked 5 furlongs on the turf in company with $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) candidate Virginia Joy (GER) in 1:01.40. Domestic Spending’s most recent start was Aug. 14, 2021. He did not return to the work tab until this past August.

“He worked very, very well this morning and galloped out well,” Brown said of Domestic Spending, who is under consideration for the $2 million FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1). “We’ll see how he is in the morning and then have one more work.”

Other workers for the 15-time Breeders’ Cup-winning trainer and the races to which they are pointed were Search Results (Distaff), 5 furlongs in 1:02.60; Goodnight Olive (Filly and Mare Sprint), 5 furlongs 1:00.40; In Italian (GB) (Filly and Mare Turf), 4 furlongs on the turf in :49.80; Regal Glory (Mile) and Rougir (FR) (Filly and Mare Turf), 4 furlongs together on the turf in :49.20; Raging Sea (Juvenile Fillies) and I’m Very Busy (Juvenile Turf), 4 furlongs together on the main track in :48.20; and Oxymore (Juvenile Turf), who worked a half-mile on the main track in :48.80 in company with multiple graded stakes-placed Portfolio Company.

Click here for a video of the work by In Italian (GB).

Click here for a video of the work by Jack Christopher and Blazing Sevens.

Click here for a video of the work by Regal Glory and Rougir (FR).

Click here for a video of the work by Search Results.

Click here for a video of the work by Virginia Joy (GER) and Domestic Spending (GB)

The pre-entry deadline for the Breeders’ Cup is noon on Monday, Oct. 24.


HOT ROD CHARLIE LEADS O’NEILL BREEDERS’ CUP WORKERS

Trainer Doug O’Neill sent out his string of candidates Saturday morning for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships here at Keeneland Nov. 4-5.

At 9 a.m., Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) hopeful Hot Rod Charlie breezed 5 furlongs in 1:00.80 in company under Tyler Gaffalione for his second work since winning the Oct. 1 Lukas Classic (G2) at Churchill Downs by a head. (Click here for a video of the work.)

“It went great,” Gaffalione said. “Everything was smooth. We sat a few lengths off our company. He was dragging me to go and catch them. Going into the stretch I just kind of gave him his head and let him finish up. He was well within himself, and he pulled up very happy. Everything seems to be going good right now. He’s a very exciting horse. His resume speaks for itself. I’m really looking forward to this opportunity.”

In Hot Rod Charlie’s only start at Keeneland, he was second in the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at 94-1. He finished fourth in last year’s Classic (G1) at Del Mar.

“Charlie is absolutely bouncing around the barn cooling out,” O’Neill’s assistant Stephanie Murray said. “You would never guess that he just went out and worked in a minute. He’s just on his toes and has really good energy.”

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G1) candidate Sharp Aza Tack also worked for O’Neill this morning. The son of Sharp Azteca worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.20 on the all-weather training track  under Gaffalione at 8:30. The colt is coming off a second in the Sept. 8 Global Tote Juvenile Sprint Stakes at Kentucky Downs.

Also among O’Neill’s workers on the main track this morning were Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile (G1) candidate Slow Down Andy in 1:00.40 for 5 furlongs in company; Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) candidate Awake at Midnyte in a half-mile solo in :49.40 and Juvenile Fillies (G1) candidate Vegas Magic in 1:00.20 for 5 furlongs.

“Everybody went super good,” Murray said. “Everything went according to plan. They will all work again next Saturday (Oct. 29).”

O’Neill is scheduled to arrive at Keeneland on Friday.

WARD SAYS BREEDERS’ CUP TURF SPRINT HOPEFUL GOLDEN PAL
HAS HOME-COURT ADVANTAGE

Keeneland-based Golden Pal, unbeaten in his four Keeneland starts, had a strong gallop on the turf course this morning as he prepares for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) here on Nov. 5. Owned by Westerberg Limited, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael B. Tabor and Derrick Smith, Golden Pal captured last year’s Turf Sprint at Del Mar. The 4-year-old son of Uncle Mo is exiting a victory in the Woodford (G2) Presented by FanDuel here on Oct. 8.

“He ran a big race in the Woodford, so we just have to keep him where he is at right now and maintain (his fitness),” trainer Wesley Ward said. “The exercise rider, Jose Hernandez, was on him this morning, and he had a nice open half-mile gallop. Probably he will work again on Friday and go at a pretty good clip with (work rider) Julio Garcia. We kept Jose on him today because he keeps him so nice and relaxed. When he feels that 102 pounds (of Julio), he knows he is going to breeze. He is highly intelligent, and he knows if any little thing is different.”

Golden Pal’s other Keeneland scores came in the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2), 2021 Woodford and Shakertown (G2) in April. 

“Being at his home track all these years gives him a big advantage as opposed to bringing him to other places,” Ward said. “Anytime you have a home-court advantage in any sport, it is a big advantage especially with a natural athlete like him.”

BREEDERS’ CUP WORK TAB AT KEENELAND

With co-owner Tami Bobo looking on, Simplification worked a third-best-of-62 5 furlongs in 1:00 in preparation for an expected start in the $1 million Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1). (Click here for a video of the work.)

Trained by Antonio Sano, Simplification finished fourth behind Rich Strike in this May’s Kentucky Derby (G1) Presented by Woodford Reserve and comes to Keeneland off a fourth-place finish in the Pennsylvania Derby (G1).

Also working this morning for Sano was Laurel Futurity winner Congruent, who breezed 5 furlongs on the firm turf in 1:02.40. He is a candidate for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) or the $2 million FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). …

Trainer Jorge Delgado sent his two Breeders’ Cup hopefuls through their second local drills Saturday morning with Sprint (G1) candidate Willie Boi working a half-mile in :49.80 and Juvenile (G1) hopeful Awesome Strong working a half-mile in :49.80 shortly afterward. …

Frizette (G1) runner-up You’re My Girl worked 6 furlongs in 1:13.60 with John Velazquez up for trainer John Terranova. She is a candidate for the $2 million NetJets Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). …

Tommy Town Thoroughbreds’ Empire House worked 5 furlongs in 1:01 for trainer Jonathan Wong, who said after the work that the 4-year-old filly was “50-50” for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1). …

Also working on the turf was Private Creed (3 furlongs in :39.40) for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G1) for trainer Steve Asmussen.

UPCOMING STAKES PROBABLES

$300,000 Rubicon Valley View (G3), 3-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles on the turf (Entries taken Sunday; race Friday, Oct. 28) – California Angel (trainer George Leonard III), Dolce Zel (FR) (Chad Brown), Heavenly Hellos (Rey Hernandez), Lady Puchi (Kenny McPeek), Majestic Glory (Todd Pletcher), My Philly Twirl (Brendan Walsh), Oakhurst (Michelle Nevin), Sparkle Blue (Graham Motion), Turnerloose (Brad Cox). Possible: Diamond Wow (Patrick Biancone).

$200,000 Myrtlewood, 2-year-old fillies, 6 furlongs (Entries taken Sunday; race Friday, Oct. 28) – Alva Starr (Brett Brinkman), Flamand (Elias Lopez), Lady Radler (Michael Campbell), Satin Doll (Doug O’Neill), Somebody’s Problem (Greg Foley), Take Charge Briana (D. Wayne Lukas), Time for Champagne (Rusty Arnold), Two Minute Drill (Jason Barkley), Willow Bend (Ben Colebrook).

$350,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2), 3-year-olds and up, 1 1/8 miles (Entries taken Wednesday, Oct. 26; race Saturday, Oct. 29) – Ain’t Life Grand (Kelly Von Hemel), Chess Chief (Dallas Stewart), First Captain (Shug McGaughey), Fulsome (Brad Cox), King Fury (Kenny McPeek), Last Samurai (D. Wayne Lukas), West Will Power (Cox).

$300,000 Bryan Station (G3), 3-year-olds, 1 mile on the turf (Entries taken Wednesday, Oct. 26; race Saturday, Oct. 29) – Axthelm (Saffie Joseph Jr.), Balnikhov (IRE) (Phil D’Amato), Classic Causeway (Kenny McPeek), Churchtown (Roger Attfield), Dakota Gold (Danny Gargan), Double Clutch (Rusty Arnold), Fort Washington (Shug McGaughey), Fuerteventura (Jonathan Thomas), Play Action Pass (Robert Medina), Ready to Purrform (Brad Cox), Speaking Scout (Graham Motion), Stolen Base (Mike Maker), Wit (Todd Pletcher), Wow Whata Summer (James Lawrence).

$200,000 Bowman Mill, 2-year-olds, 6 furlongs (Entries taken Wednesday, Oct. 26; race Saturday, Oct. 29) – BourbonBash(D. Wayne Lukas), Quick Hammer (Brad Cox), Raise Cain (Ben Colebrook), Two Phil’s (Larry Rivelli). Possible: Sir Lancelot (Mike Stidham).

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