Keeneland Barn Notes: Sensational Headlines G2 Raven Run Stakes Dinner on Saturday
(Sensational Supper / Photo courtesy of NYRA)
From the Keeneland media team:
CILLA, SENSATIONAL RENEWAL DINNER RIVALITY
IN THE LEXUS RAVEN ON SATURDAY
Dale Ladner’s Cilla and Live Oak Plantation’s Sensational Supper, who finished half a length apart in Prioress (G2) last month at Saratoga, lead a field of 13 3-year-old fillies entries Wednesday for the 23 of Saturday.rd $ 250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2) race going 7 stadiums on the main track.
The Lexus Raven Run is scheduled as the ninth race in Saturday’s 10-race schedule with 5:16 p.m. ET. First message Saturday at 1 p.m.
Trained by Brett Brinkman, Cilla returned Tuesday afternoon to Keeneland, where she finished sixth with a 62-1 shot in the Beaumont (G3) presented by Keeneland Select. Since then, the daughter of California Chrome, raised in Louisiana, has won three consecutive races highlighted by the victory of the prioress.
Tyler Gaffalione will ride on Saturday and come out of seventh position.
Supper Sensational, a Victory Ride (G3) winner at Belmont Park who placed in three graded stakes, was a Grade 1 test finalist before her run in the Prioress. Coached by Mark Casse, Souper Sensational will leave third place and will be ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr.
Another Grade 2 winner in the field is Obligatory de Juddmonte.
Trained by Bill Mott, Obligatory won the Eight Belles (G2) on April 30 at Churchill Downs in 7 stages. Cotillion (G1) finalist at Parx during his last start, Obligatory drew at post 13 and will be ridden by Florent Geroux.
The terrain for the Lexus Raven Run, complete with riders and indoor weights, is: Shalimar Gardens (Rafael Bejarano, 118 pounds), Joy’s Rocket (Julien Leparoux, 118), Sensational Supper (Santana Jr., 118), Minute Waltz (Martin Garcia, 118), Strong Silent (Corey Lanerie, 118), Feeling Mischief (Mitchell Murrill, 118), Cilla (Gaffalione, 120), Caramel Swirl (Junior Alvarado, 118), Zainalarab (John Velazquez, 118) , Someone said So (Adam Beschizza, 118), Miss Speedy (Brian Hernandez Jr., 118), Just Read It (Gerardo Corrales, 118), Mandatory (Florent Geroux, 120).
(Soup and sandwich returns to Perryville from Saturday / Photo by Holly M. Smith)
SOUP AND SANDWICH TAKE BACK EIGHT ENEMIES IN PERRYVILLE ON SATURDAY
Live Oak Plantation’s Soup and Sandwich, unreleased since the $ 3 million Kentucky Derby (G1) presented by Woodford Reserve in May, made headlines for a group of nine 3-year-olds who entered Wednesday for Saturday 13th.e Perryville race going 7 stages on the main track.
The Perryville is slated to be the seventh race in Saturday’s 10-race schedule with 4:12 p.m. ET. First message Saturday at 1 p.m.
Coached by Mark Casse, Soup and Sandwich won his first two career starts and finished second in the Florida Derby (G1) before his race in the Kentucky Derby. Tyler Gaffalione will ride on Saturday and come out of the first position.
Roseland Farm Stable’s picking time is one of the biggest threats to Soup and Sandwich.
Coached by Kelly Breen, Pickin ‘Time returned to sprinting and entered Saturday’s race after a runners-up effort against Jackie’s Warrior in the Gallant Bob (G2) in Parx on September 25. Corey Lanerie has the mount and will be leaving post five.
The pitch for the Perryville, complete with riders and indoor weights, is: Soup and Sandwich (Gaffalione, 118 lbs), Boca Boy (Marcelino Pedroza Jr., 118), Ram (Rafael Bejarano, 118), He ‘ smyhoneybadger (Florent Geroux, 118), Pickin ‘Time (Lanerie, 120), Pipeline (John Velazquez, 118), Irish Unity (Ricardo Santana Jr., 118), Cool Quest (Julien Leparoux, 118), Runway Magic (Brian Hernandez Jr., 118).
GRASS SPECIALIST TWO EMMYS IN GOOD SHAPE FOR FRIDAY’S SYCOMORE
Coach Mac Robertson expects another good effort from Two Emmys, owned by Wolfe Racing and his father, Hugh Robertson, when the 5-year-old gelding goes to the post for Friday’s $ 150,000 Sycamore (G3) 1Â½ miles on the grass. The Sycamore marks the first start for Two Emmys since winning the Mr. D. (G1) – the renamed Arlington Million (G1) – at Arlington Park on August 14.
“He loves it here at Keeneland,” Robertson said of the Channel’s son. âThere aren’t many more horse friendly places than Keeneland. There is a lot of grass so he can graze. He likes to run on it and he likes to eat it.
A graduate of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Two Emmys won four of 16 starts and earned $ 545,708. Three of those wins came on turf, where he cashed in $ 525,140 mostly from his score in the $ 600,000 MD.
Elder Robertson was the go-to coach for the MD score. Two Emmys alternate between Mac Robertson’s barn and his father’s division throughout the year.
âWe’ve been doing this for 20 years,â Mac said. âWhen I’m in Keeneland the horses run in my name. In the winter, they are named after him at Fair Grounds and my name at Oaklawn Park.
Two Emmys is the 3-1 morning line favorite for the Sycamore. It will be ridden by James Graham, who was on board the Mr. D.
VAUGHAN HOPING THE MOON (GB) CONTINUES THE BIG WEEK
IN THE DOUAIRE ROOD & RIDDLE ON SUNDAY
For coach Edward Vaughan, it has already been a big week.
âI took my first Stakes win in the United States on Monday at Presque Isle (Downs),â Vaughan said Wednesday morning, referring to Alnaseem (GB) winning the HBPA Stakes on the Pennsylvania track. Vaughan also owns Alnaseem, which gave him his first North American victory with a victory in May at Churchill Downs.
The coach is hoping the hot streak continues on Sunday when he plans to lead Alex Frost’s The Moon (GB) in the 30e $ 150,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) race covering 1Â½ miles on turf.
Vaughan, who moved here to Keeneland last November after moving from England, brought La Lune to his barn two months ago.
âI got him right before his race at Kentucky Downs,â said Vaughan of the 5-year-old mare, who finished second in the Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon (L) covering 1 5/16 miles on September 12th.
âThe owners wanted me to watch all of her races to see if she would fit in here. I thought she would do better with firmer ground and at Kentucky Downs it took a while to break through. She was just learning her job here, and I was just getting to know her.
Winner of Group 3, covering 1Â½ mile at Haydock, England in May, La Lune prepared for its scheduled start on Sunday by covering half a mile in: 50.80 on the main track Wednesday morning.
âLike many mile and a half horses, she won’t blow your mind in the morning,â said Vaughan, who now has 11 horses in his barn after starting with three. “I left a few horses behind me and brought the ones that I thought would be suitable and we picked up a few more.”
POTENTIAL AREA FOR THE ROOD & RIDDLE DOUAIRE
$ 150,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) (registrations taken Thursday; race Sunday) – Eesha My Flower (trainer Ian Wilkes), English Affair (Rusty Arnold), Kelsey’s Cross (Patrick Biancone), La Lune (GB) (Edward Vaughan), Luck Money (Arnaud Delacour), Micheline (Mike Stidham), Summer in Saratoga ( Joe Sharp). Possible: Adventure (Brad Cox), Dalika (GER) (Al Stall Jr.).
MEET THE FALL LEADERS
Until October 17 (8 days of the 17-day season)
|Tyler Gaffalione||52||15||4||3||$ 973,524|
|Florent GÃ©roux||40||7||4||5||$ 726,809|
|Brian Hernandez Jr.||40||6||6||7||$ 748,817|
|James graham||32||4||6||4||$ 323,490|
|Flavien Prat||17||4||5||1||$ 829,550|
|Rafael BÃ©jarano||35||4||4||6||$ 376,875|
|Joel rosario||12||4||1||2||$ 319,911|
|Wesley Quarter||17||7||3||3||$ 491,708|
|Brad cox||23||6||3||4||$ 648,431|
|Chad Brown||13||4||5||1||$ 1,031,647|
|Kenny McPeek||22||4||2||5||$ 580,887|
|Brendan Walsh||21||3||3||1||$ 240,919|
|Mike maker||31||3||2||5||$ 422,025|
|Calumet Farm (Brad Kelley)||2|
|Hat Creek Racing||2|
|Juddmonte (Fahad ben Khalid)||2|
|Paradise Farms Corp. (Peter Proscia) and David Staudacher||2|
|Silverton Hill (Bonnie and Tommy Hamilton)||2|
|WinStar Farm (Kenny Troutt) and Siena Farm (Anthony Manganaro)||2|
AUTUMN MEETING SPECIAL EVENTS
Official tours of Keeneland – A variety of guided walking tours showcase Keeneland’s thoroughbred racing and sales operations. Click here for more information.
Every race day
New Keeneland Turf Pick 3 bet is offered on the last three grass races on each race day. The minimum bet is $ 3 and will follow the same rules as the traditional Pick 3. The new bet has a 15 percent payout, the same small payout as Keeneland’s popular Pick 5 bet.
Keeneland Select Handicap Challenge. Sport of Kings, the free horse racing competition website, offers this new free online handicap competition for casual fans and serious horse players. Participants make legendary selections on two Keeneland races for each day of the meet. Two seats for the 2022 NTRA National Rider Championship will be allocated. To register, click here.
WINS-Day Challenge sponsored by Malone’s. It is an inexpensive way for beginners with disabilities to try out contests. The contest has a guaranteed prize pool of $ 2,500. Enter for $ 10 at Wagering Central on the first floor grandstand and place a Mythical $ 2 win and place a bet – no real money required – on the Keeneland 3-8 races.
Every Friday and Saturday
The hill. In this popular tailgating area, fans can watch and bet while enjoying the racing action of the Jumbotron and the betting tent, while food trucks and live music presented by The Burl create a festive atmosphere. No tickets or reservations are required for The Hill. The car park opens at 10:00 a.m. Live music and food trucks from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday October 22
$ 200,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 Brought to you by TVG.
Sunrise at the edge of the track. This free Saturday morning program is aimed at families and offers a unique view of thoroughbreds during training hours. Activities for kids from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. include a meet and greet with the Keeneland Buckles mascot, as well as face painting, games and more. Fans can purchase coffee and donuts while watching the horses train. The Keeneland Track Kitchen at the east end of the stables area (without a view of the track) is open for breakfast which includes ‘take out’ options and seating. A 30-minute Paddock demonstration by a horse-related operation begins at 10 a.m. Mini-tours of Keeneland will be available at the welcome stand in the Paddock.
Saturday 23 October
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Sunday October 24
Heroes day. This event honors members of the military (active duty and veterans) and first responders (law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics and healthcare workers) and their families with free general admission and access to reserved seats in the gallery. The Family Zone will offer a free lunch provided by City BBQ and children’s activities for families on the North Terrace from noon to 4 p.m. Keeneland will present a POW-MIA honor chair in the paddock. This program educates past and current POW-MIA servicemen through a partnership with The Rolling Thunder Kentucky Chapter 5. Heroes Day will also feature a spectacular flag unfurled on the main track between races.