Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile is on tap for Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky on Saturday, October 3. Horses three years old and upward will be after the winner's share of the $1 million purse when they take to Keeneland's turf track and race one mile.
A large field of 13 have been confirmed for the Shadwell Turf - race 9 on Keeneland's busy Saturday card. Post time is 5:45 PM. Let's take a glance into the past performances of all 13 entries for this lucrative Grade 1 stakes - a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" race for the Breeders' Cup Mile.
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Dutch Connection 4-1 - British bred Charles Hill trained colt has placed in eight of nine career starts - three wins, three seconds and two third place finishes. He makes his North American debut Saturday on the heels of consecutive runner up finishes - the best of which came in the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly July 12. Dutch Connection has been in every career race so far and hopes his success at home is a sign of things to come. Jim Crowley will be in the saddle Saturday as Dutch Connection tries to make a little North American noise - from post 5.
Seek Again 6-1 - sixth place finisher in the 2014 edition of this race, Bill Mott pupil had seven starts in Britain that yielded three wins and two second place finishes including a win at York. He made his North American debut December 1, 2013 and won the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby and followed that with a second behind Wise Dan in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs May 3, an OK third in the Grade 1 Manhattan Stakes at Belmont Park June 7 and another good win - in the 2014 Fourstardave Handicap August 9. Seek Again is coming off three straight respectable thirds - the Grade 2 Foustardave Handicap last time out August 15, the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile June 13 at Santa Anita and in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic May 2 after he finished a disappointing ninth in the Breeders' Cup Mile. He enters in so-so form and will have Julien Leparoux aboard from the outside post 13.
Bobby's Kitten 6-1 - Chad Brown trained colt has five wins, a second and three third place finishes in 12 career starts and enters off a disappointing seventh as favorite in the Grade 2 Play the King Stakes at Woodbine August 23 and nine months away. Before the layoff was a win on the biggest stage - the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint - he finished third in the 2013 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. He also had an OK third in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile last September 14and a good second in the Grade 2 Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga August 8, 2014. He won the minor Penn Mile Stakes May 31, 2014 and posted an Allowance score in March of that year as well. Bobby's Kitten has shown good form in the past but will be in search of a huge bounce back this week at a distance he's posted two wins and two seconds in four career starts when he leaves from post 9 with Mike Smith aboard.
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The Pizza Man 8-1 - enters this weekend on an impressive three race win streak - all stakes. Last time out was in the Grade 1 Arlington Millions over Big Blue Kitten August 15 and before that his wins came in the Grade 3 Stars and Stripes Stakes (for the second year in a row) and the minor Opening Verse Stakes at Churchill Downs in May. He also had a five race win streak during his 2013/2014 campaign. The Pizza Man now has 15 wins, a second and two third place finishes in 23 career starts and comes into this weekend Hot. Florent Geroux gets the call on this intriguing 8-1 shot from gate 10.
Jack Milton 8-1 - Todd Pletcher trainee had looked good earlier this year before a sixth last time out in the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap August 15 and an ugly ninth in the Grade 1 Manhattan Stakes June 6. He had a second in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs May 2 and a great win in the Grade 1 Maker's 46 Mile April 10. Before that he failed to place in two starts - a fourth in the Grade 3 Canadian Turf Stakes February 21 followed a ninth in the Woodbine Mile in September. He also had a two race win streak last summer- the Grade 3 Poker Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths in June at Belmont Park and an Allowance Optional Claiming May 1. Jack Milton has been maddeningly inconsistent the last year and will turn to Victor Espinoza to change all of that from post 11.
War Envoy 8-1 - Aidan O'Brien trained colt has just one career North American start - a twelfth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf almost a year ago. He has been just OK since posting a win and a second place finish in six starts. He enters off a fourth in a Stakes June 27 at home after a listed stakes score June 18 and a fourteenth in the Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club Stakes at Chantilly in May. War Envoy has just two wins, two seconds and three third place finishes in 14 career starts and hopes to make some noise from the rail with Seamus Heffernan aboard.
King Kreesa 8-1 - multiple graded stakes winner had a two race win streak this past summer - the minor Forbidden Apple Stakes July 11 and the Grade 3 Poker Stakes June 13 after a pair of thirds and a disappointing sixth in minor stakes action to start his year. He enters off a second in the minor West Point Stakes at Saratoga August 28 after an OK fourth in the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap on that same track August 15. King Kreesa has placed in seven of his last nine starts overall and now has nine wins, six seconds and four third place finishes in 27 career starts. He looks to snap a two race losing streak on a track he's posted two wins and three seconds in his last five starts when he leaves from post 3 with Manuel Franco guiding him.
Grand Arch 8-1 - finished second in this race last year behind Wise Dan and also won the Grade 2 King Edward Stakes at Woodbine last June. Grand Arch had been a tad disappointing since before a great win last time out in the Grade 2 Foustardave Handicap at Saratoga August 15. He had a fifth in the minor Forbidden Apple Stakes at Belmont Park July 11, a sixth in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic in May, an Allowance score in April and an eleventh in the Breeders' Cup Mile. He has won two of his last four starts but failed to place in the other two races over that span - a bit tough to figure out. He has recorded two wins and three seconds on this track in five career starts however. Luis Saez has been tabbed with building on that impressive win last time out when Grand Arch leaves from gate 4.
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Tourist 10-1 - Bill Mott trained colt won three straight races last summer including the minor Sir Cat Stakes at Saratoga in July and finished a good second in his graded stakes debut- the Grade 1 Secretariat at Arlington August 16, 2014. He went on to a thirteenth place finish in the Breeders' Cup Mile and was forced out of action for 10 months. He returned to action September 5 and won the minor More Than Ready Mile by 3 3/4 lengths at Kentucky Downs. Tourist has won four of his last six races overall and showed promise in Grade 1 company a year ago. He makes just his second start of 2015 from gate 12 with Jose Lezcano in the reins hoping for a first graded stakes win.
Heart to Heart 12-1 - Canada's champion 3-year-old male for last season, multiple Grade 3 winning Brian Lynch trained colt enters off a good win in the Grade 3 Oceanport Stakes at Monmouth Park August 2 and a disappointing seventh in the Grade 3 Poker Stakes June 6. Before those results he had a second place finish in his first start of 2015 - the Grade 3 Red Bank Stakes at Monmouth Park. He ended 2014 with a fourth in the Grade 2 Mathis Brothers Mile December 26 at Santa Anita and a nice three race win streak - the Grade 3 Commonwealth Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs November 15, the Grade 3 Jefferson Cup Stakes on that same track in September and the minor Better Talk Now Stake in wire-to-wire fashion at Saratoga last August. Heart to Heart now has four wins, a second and a third place finish in his last eight starts overall and should be confident after his win last time out. Shaun Bridgmohan has the mount from gate 6.
Kelinni 15-1 - Irish bred Kevin Ryan trained gelding has 49 career starts with 11 wins, five seconds and six third place finishes. He makes his North American debut Saturday having placed in three of his last four starts overall- a Handicap score last time out at Leopardstown September 12 followed a third in a similar race August 20, a fifth in a stakes July 25 and a second in a Handicap July 11. Kelinni has been OK lately and hopes to carry his European success to North America. Fergal Lynch gets the call from gate 2.
Grand Tito 30-1 - won the 2014 Grade 1 Miami Mile in April and since has 15 starts with two wins (the minor Miesque's Approval Stakes at Gulfstream July 5 and an Allowance last August), five seconds (the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap last time out September 7,the 2015 Miami Mile, the Grade 3 Canadian Turf February 21, the minor Skip Trial Stakes at Gulfstream last July and in the Grade 2 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes in January) and three thirds - one being the Grade 3 Appleton Stakes March 28. He's also had some unflattering results in there. Grand Tito has placed in five of his last six starts overall and enters in decent form. He hopes for his first graded stakes score since April, 2014 Saturday when he departs from post 7 with Edgar Prado in the reins.
Skyring 50-1 - uber-experienced multiple graded stakes winning D Wayne Lukas pupil has 37 career starts with five wins, four seconds and three third place finishes. He won the Grade 2 Mervin H. Muniz Handicap in March, 2014 and the 2013 Grade 2 Dixie Stakes but hasn't looked good the last 16 months - failing to place in seven of eight races over that span. He enters off an OK third in the minor More Than Ready Mile Stakes at Kentucky Downs September 5, a fourth in the Grade 2 Firecracker Stakes and a pair of sevenths in graded stakes action - not great. Not a whole lot is expected from Skyring Saturday when he leaves from gate 8 with Joe Rocco guiding him.