Trainer Todd Beattie said a next start for runaway Lexus Raven Run (G2) winner Taris was unclear, but he did know one option that was not on the board: the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita on Nov. 1.
Taris and Clinton Potts won Saturday's Lexus Raven Run (G2) by nine lengths.“I own a quarter of the filly and I can tell you that is definitely not happening,” Beattie said Sunday morning about the 2012 Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduate. “However, we can circle next year when the Breeders' Cup is at Keeneland.”
Taris, who arrived at Keeneland last Sunday, showed her affinity for the new racing surface by scoring a nine-length victory in the Lexus Raven Run. She completed the seven furlongs in 1:21.32, the fastest clocking of the meet at the distance.
“She came out of the race 100 percent; she's fine this morning,” said Beattie, who plans to keep Taris at Keeneland for a few more days. “She's a May foal and just now coming into her own.”
While immediate plans are unclear for Taris – “We'll keep looking at the condition books and see what's out there, but there are not a lot of obvious spots,” Beattie said – the Grade 1 Madison here in April looms large on the horizon.
“Absolutely. Oh yeah; we'll be there,” Beattie said.
Also looking forward to 2015 at Keeneland was trainer Phil Schoenthal, whose Miss Behaviour finished sixth Saturday after chasing Taris early in the race.
“The winner ran awesome and I am happy for Todd, (jockey) Clinton (Potts) and the connections,” Schoenthal said. “I just don't feel like my filly ran her ‘A' race and that is disappointing to me.
“We got the opportunity to scout out Keeneland and now we can plan a campaign for next year to have a fresh horse in the fall.”
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