Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes is on tap for Keeneland in Lexington Kentucky this Saturday, October 6. Horses three years old and upward will go one mile on Keeneland's turf track for their share of the very nice $750,000 purse.
A strong field of 12 will line up in the Shadwell on Saturday. It goes as race 9 on Keeneland's Saturday card with a post time of 5:21 PM. Here is a brief glance into the past performances of all 12 and what should play out in this Grade 1 race.
2012 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes Race Favorites
Wise Dan - Wise Dan ended his 2011 campaign with impressive wins in the Grade 2 Fayette Stakes and the Grade 1 Clark Handicap and started 2012 with yet another win - the Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes at Keeneland in April. He continued his strong 2012 campaign with a decent second in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 16 and followed that with an impressive win by five lengths in the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga on August 11. Last time out was yet another win in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile September 16. That makes six wins in his last seven starts for the favorite in this race - he is definitely the one everyone will have their eyed fixed upon.
Data Link - finished a respectable third in the Grade 3 Canadian Turf Stakes at Gulfstream on March 3 in his graded stakes debut went on to win the Makers 46 Mile in impressive fashion. Data Link won the Grade 2 Monmouth Stakes in record time to follow a fifth in the Turf Classic Stakes at Churchill Downs. He is coming off yet another impressive result - a second in the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap September 1. He has won three of his last six starts and has placed in two others making him a serious threat to Wise Dan.
Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes 2012 | Remaining Field Entries
Dominus - Todd Pletcher trained colt has only two starts in 2012 both on grass - last time out was an impressive win over Data Link in the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch. Before that was an Allowance Optional Claiming score after a year layoff. With two wins in two starts this year, Dominus has to be on the Shadwell radar.
Silver Max - He has won six of his last seven starts including the Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes, the Grade 2 American Turf Stakes this year in wire-to-wire fashion, two straight minor stakes races - the Arlington Classic and the Oliver by 6 3/4 lengths at Indiana Downs. Last time out was a disappointing fifth in the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes however. Look for him to bounce back and challenge this week against older competition for the first time.
Corporate Jungle - had won four of his last five starts - three in a row including the Grade 3 Appleton Stakes at Gulfstream on March 31 and the Elkwood Stakes at Monmouth on May 19 but ended that streak with a fifth in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile. Last time out was a bounce back effort - a second to Wise Dan in the Fourstardave Handicap on August 11. Corporate Jungle is just another intriguing name to watch this weekend.
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Swift Warrior - won the minor Win Stakes last time out at Saratoga to follow a distant sixth in the Grade 2 Mervin H. Muniz Memorial in April. His other two results this year were thirds in the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Stakes and a Handicap at Tampa Bay in February.
Worthadd - Irish bred Worthadd made his North American debut last time out - a seventh in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile. He had a stellar career in Italy before shipping to North America and is a multiple group winner in Britain who finished a decent second two back in a group II race in Germany July 15. He has nine wins, two seconds and two third place finishes in 18 career starts.
Willcox Inn - Won the Grade 3 Hawthorne Derby in October but hasn't been the same since - an eighth in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby was followed by an Allowance score on July 22. Last time out was another disappointing result - eighth in the Grade 1 Arlington Millions
Skyring - has a staggering 12 starts already in 2012 with three wins, two seconds and a third place finish. Last time out was a decent second in the Grade 3 Saranac to follow a sixth in the Grade 2 Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga and an OK third at the Grade 3 American Derby. He has been inconsistent and isn't likely to contend against some good competition this week.
Ol Army - makes his stakes debut on Saturday after two wins and two seconds in six career Allowance and Maiden Special Weight races
Doubles Partner - Todd Pletcher trained Doubles Partner won the Grade 3 Canadian Turf Stakes in March and followed that with an OK third in the Grade Maker's 46 Mile and a fourth last time out in the Grade 1 Woodford Turf Classic.
Slip and Drive - makes his stakes debut but is coming off three Allowance wins and a second in the Sussex Stakes in his last four starts.
2012 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes Entries & Odds
Race 9 on Keeneland's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:21 PM.
|1||Skyring||R. Maragh||D. Lukas|
|2||Doubles Partner||J. Castellano||T. Pletcher|
|3||Corporate Jungle||P. Lopez||C. Brown|
|4||Willcox Inn||J. Graham||M. Stidham|
|5||Wise Dan||J. Lezcano||C. Lopresti|
|6||Worthadd (IRE)||L. Contreras||B. Lynch|
|7||Data Link||A. Solis||C. McGaughey III|
|8||Slip and Drive||A. Cintron||M. Robertson|
|9||Ol Army||J. Castanon||C. Peery|
|10||Silver Max||R. Albarado||D. Romans|
|11||Dominus||J. Leparoux||T. Pletcher|
|12||Swift Warrior||J. Espinoza||J. Terranova, II|