Keeneland: Big stakes weekend with BC implications

by | 10.04.2011 | 7:05am

With entries scheduled to be drawn Tuesday for Friday's opening day of the 17-day Fall Meeting, fields are taking shape for Keeneland's FallStars Weekend that features nine graded stakes – five of them Grade 1 – with six races being “Win and You're In” tests for the 28th Breeders' Cup World Championships to be held November 4-5 at Churchill Downs.

Two graded stakes are slated for Friday, headlined by the 60th running of the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1) for 2-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Topping the probable entrants on stakes coordinator Allison De Luca's list are Grade 3 winners Flashy Lassie and Rocket Twentyone and undefeated two-time Woodbine stakes winner Tu Endie Wei.

Owned by Barry King and trained by Garry Simms, Flashy Lassie won the Debutante at Churchill Downs in June. Frank Fletcher's Rocket Twentyone won the Arlington-Washington Lassie to remain perfect in two starts for trainer W.T. Howard. Tu Endie Wei is a homebred owned by Brereton Jones and trained by Reade Baker.

Other probables for the Alcibiades, which is a “Win and You're In” race, include And Why Not, Ann of the Dance, Cheerleader, Egg Drop, Frolic's Revenge, Heart of Destiny, M'Dearest, Mais Oui, New Wave, On Fire Baby, Princess Phoebe, Soonerette and Tavern On the Bay.

Also on Friday, Keeneland will present the 159th running of the $175,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G3) at six furlongs on the main track. The race is a “Win and You're In” test for the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) to be run November 5.

Dogwood Stable's Aikenite, winner of the Commonwealth (G2) here in the spring, tops the probables list that also includes Commonwealth runner-up Cool Bullet. Others considered likely to pass the entry box Tuesday are Flashpoint, Hamazing Destiny and Southern Style with either Comedero or Hollywood Hit considered as possible.

Three Grade 1 stakes, highlighted by the 26th running of the $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile, top Saturday's 10-race card that features five stakes. The Shadwell Turf Mile is a “Win and You're In” race for the TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) on November 5.

Castleton Lyons Farm's multiple Eclipse Award winner Gio Ponti is slated to defend his Shadwell Turf Mile title against a field that is likely to include Keeneland Grade 1 turf winners Get Stormy and Court Vision. Other probables include Anak Nakal, Dance And Dance (IRE), Sidney's Candy, Society's Chairman, Tajaaweed and Wise Dan.

Also slated for a mile on the turf on Saturday is the 14th running of the $350,000 First Lady (G1) for fillies and mares.

Topping the list of probables are Team Block's Never Retreat and Team Valor International's Daveron (GER). Never Retreat has three Grade 2 victories among her four 2011 triumphs that include a victory in the Jenny Wiley here in the spring. Daveron is undefeated in three 2011 starts with her most recent score coming in the Ballston Spa (G2) at Saratoga in August.

Other probables include Bay to Bay, Category Seven, Cherokee Queen, Éclair de Lune (GER), Gypsy's Warning (SAF), Snow Top Mountain and 2010 Jenny Wiley winner Wasted Tears.

Saturday's third Grade 1 is the 98th running of the Dixiana Breeders' Futurity at 1 1/16 miles on the main track for 2-year-olds. The race is a “Win and You're In” race for the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1).

Topping the probables are Jerry Namy's Shared Property, winner of the Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3), and Jeffrey Bloom's Majestic City, winner of the Hollywood Juvenile Championship (G3) and most recently third from second on disqualification in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity.

Other Breeders' Futurity probables are Dullahan, E Valentino, Gung Ho, Here Comes Frazier, I'll Have Another, Indian Assault, Motor City, Optimizer, Shun, Space Race and Take Charge Indy.

Saturday's other stakes are the 31st running of the $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) for fillies and mares going six furlongs on the main track, and the 15th running of the $150,000 Woodford (G3) at 5½ furlongs on the turf.

C R K Stables' multiple sprint Grade 1 winner Switch and Pinnacle Racing Stable and Bill Kaplan's Musical Romance, winner of the Presque Isle Masters (G2) in her most recent start and runner-up in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney, head the list of TCA probables. Others considered likely for the race, which is a “Win and You're In” test for the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1), are Dances With Ashley, Devil by Design, Holiday for Kitten, I Knot, Indulgence and Promised Mandate.

Probables for the Woodford include A Diehl, Country Day, Despite the Odds, Goldzar, Great Attack, Perfect Officer, Streakin' Mohican and Wekiva Wachee with Havelock, Keyite (ARG) and Uno Ducksy considered as possible.

The 56th running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) for fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles on the main track highlights Sunday's 10-race card that also features the 21st running of the $150,000 Bourbon (G3) for 2-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

Probables for the Juddmonte Spinster, which rewards the winner a spot in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (G1), are Aruna, Embur's Song, It's Tea Time, La Gran Bailadora, Pachattack, Protesting, Quiet Giant, Stars to Shine, Super Espresso, Tesoro de Amor, Well Monied and Zagora (FR).

Team Valor International's State of Play, undefeated winner of the With Anticipation (G2) in his most recent start at Saratoga, tops the list of probables for the Bourbon along with Scott Heider and Michael Dahir's Monastic, a half-brother to multiple grass stakes winner Keertana. Others considered likely for the Bourbon are Chalybeate Springs, Gold Megillah and Musical Flair.

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