OffTrackBetting.com - Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky will be the scene of the G1 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes on Saturday, October 7. A nice purse of $1 million and a berth in the Breeders' Cup Mile will be on the line for horses three years old and upward that are willing to take to Keeneland's turf track and race one mile.
A full and deep field of 14 will line up in the Shadwell Turf Mile - race 9 on Keeneland's impressive Saturday schedule. Post time is 5:45 PM. Let's take a glance into the past performances of all 14 combatants for this competitive G1 stakes - a "Win and You're In" race for the 2017 $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile to be run Nov. 4 at Del Mar.
2017 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes Entries at Keeneland Racecourse
Miss Temple City
Defending champion in this race and the first filly to win the G1 Maker's 46 Mile and Shadwell Turf Mile has placed in 13 of 19 career starts for trainer Graham Motion and enters off a good win in the G3 Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf Stakes September 9. It followed an OK third in the G3 Matchmaker Stakes at Monmouth Park July 30, a thirteenth after fading overseas at the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in June and seven months away. Before the layoff was a good win in the G1 Matriarch Stakes at Del Mar December 4, an OK fifth in the Breeders' Cup Mile and her terrific win in the G1 Shadwell Turf Mile October 8. She was OK before that - a close fifth in the G2 Ballston Spa Stakes at Saratoga last August 27, a fourth in the 2016 G1 Diana Stakes on that track July 23 and respectable fourth in the Group 2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Ascot June 15, 2016. She also posted a terrific win against the boys in the G1 Maker's 46 Mile at Keeneland in April, 2016. Miss Temple City has been a factor in the past, has been superb on this track and shoots for a second straight graded stakes score Saturday. Edgar Prado rides from gate 8.
Heart to Heart
Canada's 2014 champion 3-year-old male, multiple G3 winning Brian Lynch trainee and defending fourth place finisher in this race enters in good form - a good 1 1/4 length win last time out in the G2 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga September 4 followed a second behind Miss Temple City in the G1 Maker's 46 Mile at Keeneland April 14, a good win March 4 in the G3 Canadian Turf Stakes at Gulfstream Park and a fourth in the G2 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes on that track January 14. Before that was a front running win in the minor El Prado Stakes at Gulfstream December 17, a fourth in the minor Artie Schiller Stakes at Aqueduct November 19 and a nice win in the G3 Knickerbocker Stakes at Belmont Park October 10. Other results include three straight wins - all in gate-to-wire fashion - the 2016 G3 Canadian Turf Stakes, the 2016 G2 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes and the G3 River City Handicap at Churchill Downs, 2015. In 2014, he had a nice three race win streak as well - the G3 Commonwealth Turf Stakes, the G3 Jefferson Cup Stakes and the minor Better Talk Now Stakes in wire-to-wire fashion. Heart to Heart now has 13 wins (nine graded stakes), four seconds and three third place finishes in 30 career starts and has placed in five of his last six starts ahead of this weekend with three stakes wins over that span. Florent Geroux will try to keep the roll going from gate 10.
Todd Pletcher trained colt has placed in eight of 13 career starts - five wins and three third-place finishes. He enters off a sixth in the G1 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga August 12 which followed an unsuccessful trip overseas when he was eleventh in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot June 20. Before that were consecutive wins on North American soil - the G1 Maker's 46 Mile ay Keeneland April 14 and an Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream in February. He failed to place in his previous two starts including a ninth in the G3 Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont Park in October. American Patriot also won the G3 Kent Stakes at Delaware Park in July, 2016. He has been a tad up-and-down so far in his career but shoots for a second G1 score in four starts. Joe Bravo will be in the irons from the outside gate 14.
William Bradley trainee has five wins, two seconds and three third place finishes in 15 career starts. He was last seen recording a seventh in the G1 Arlington Millions August 12 which followed a repeat win in the G1 Woodford reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs May 6, a second in an Allowance at Keeneland April 9, a sixth in the G1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap February 11 and a third as favorite in the G2 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes at Gulfstream January 14. Before that was a fifth in the 2016 G1 Manhattan Stakes at Belmont Park June 11, a good win in the 2016 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs May 7, a second in the G3 Appleton Stakes at Gulfstream last April and a third in the G3 Canadian Turf Stakes in February, 2016. He also had consecutive stakes wins in 2015 - the minor $200,000 Pennine Ridge Stakes and the G2 American Turf Stakes. Divisidero has shown form in the past but has failed to place in his last two starts overall. He hopes to break a brief slump Saturday with Julien Leparoux guiding him from post 3.
Irish bred entry has five wins, six seconds and five -third-pace finishes in 30 career starts. He finished second behind the sensational but now retired Tepin in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Mile and has been OK since culminating in a nice win in the G1 Arlington Millions in August, 2016. He has failed to post victory since that race however. Last time out was an OK fourth in the G1 Woodbine Mile September 16 which followed a sixth in the Group 3 Betfred Mobile Strensall Stakes overseas August 26, a good second in the Group 2 Sky Bet York Stakes July 29 and another sixth in the Ganton Stakes June 17 - all results at York. He failed to place in his previous four starts as well including the 2016 Breeders' Cup Turf. Mondialiste has shown form in the past, will be out for his first win in over a year and will try to snap a nine-race losing streak Saturday with Feargal Lynch in the reins from post 7.
French Bred David O'Meara trained gelding has 31 career starts with seven wins, eight seconds and seven third-place finishes. He makes his North American debut Saturday off a nice win in the Group 2 Clipper Logistics Solonaway Boomerang Stakes in Britain September 9, an OK third in the Group 3 City of York Stakes August 25, another third in the Group 2 Qatar Lennox Stakes August 1 and a seventh in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. He also produced a Group 3 score overseas in 2015. Suedios has been trending upward ahead of this week and looks good for his North American bow. David Alexander Tudhope has been tabbed to ride from post 3.
Intriguing Argentinian bred Ignacio Correas trained colt has placed in eight of nine career starts - five wins and three second-place finishes. He made his North American debut last time out and finished fifth in the G2 Del Mar Mile August 20 after arriving as his country's top two-year old and dual Argentine Champion. Results at home include a good win in the Group 1 Joaquin S. de Anchorena December 17, a second in the Group 2 Gran Premio Hipodromo De Palermo in November, another second in the Group 1 Pola de Potrillos in September and a nice win in the Group 2 Miguel Cane last August. Le Ken was mighty impressive at home and hopes to gain some traction on American soil. Corey Lanerie has been tabbed to ride from gate 4.
British bred Dimension posted a win at 10-1 odds with a 102 Beyer Speed Figure in the 2013 Play the King Stakes at Woodbine and was OK after that - a good win in the minor Kentucky Downs Turf Dash in 2014 and a third in the 2014 Grade 3 Play the King Stakes. Dimension caught fire again last summer - consecutive wins including the G2 King Edward Stakes at Woodbine and in the G2 Connaught Cup Stakes. He failed to place in his previous six starts however and has failed to place in his last six overall as well. Last time out was a seventh in the G3 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint September 9 after a fourth in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Woodbine July 15, a ninth in the G2 Connaught Cup on that track June 3, another ninth in the G3 Hanshin Cup at Arlington May 13, a sixth in the minor More Than Ready Mile at Kentucky Downs in September and a sixth in the G2 Play the King Stakes in July. Dimension now has seven wins, six seconds and a third-place finish in 39 career starts and hopes to snap an ugly six-race skid with Chris Landeros guiding him from post 5.
Bill Mott trained colt has five wins, two seconds and to third-place finishes in his 13 career starts. He won three straight Allowance races this past winter including an Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream January 20 but didn't looked great in two starts after that - a seventh in the G1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs May 6 followed a fourth in the G1 Maker's 46 Mile April 14. Last time out was an OK third in the G1 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga August 12 which followed a career-best effort - a win in the G3 Poker Stakes at Belmont Park June 18. Ballagh Rocks seems to be over his funk and will chase a second graded stakes score in three starts Saturday. Jose Lezcano gets the call from gate 6.
Late blooming Charles Dickey trained gelding has 25 career starts with six wins, five seconds and two third place finishes. He enters off a second in the listed Tourist Mile at Kentucky Downs September 6, a win in the minor Cliff Guillams Handicap at Ellis Park August 13 and consecutive sevenths - the G2 Mac Diarmida Stakes March 4 and the G1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap February 11. He also had a career-best win at 15-1 odds in the G2 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes at Gulfstream January 14, consecutive runner-up finishes - in the minor El Prado Stakes December 17 and in an Allowance Optional Claiming November 11 and consecutive wins - the best coming in the minor Old Friends Stakes at Kentucky Downs last September 8. Flatlined has placed in his last two starts after failing to hot the board in his previous four and will chase a second graded stakes score. Joe Rocco is scheduled to ride from post 9.
Finished thirteenth in the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf and has been OK since. Last time out was a second in the minor West Point Stakes at Saratoga August 25 after a fifth in the listed Forbidden Apple Stakes at Belmont Park July 15 and a nice win in the minor Kingston Stakes at Belmont Park in May. He placed in four of his previous five starts including a third in the G3 Poker Stakes at Belmont Park in June, 2016. Offering Plan tries for a first graded stakes score and arrives in decent form with Jose Valdivia in the irons from post 11.
Has 31 career starts for trainer Mikhail Yanakov with just three wins, two seconds and three third-place finishes. He enters off a third in the minor Les Ahrens Memorial Stakes at Arlington September 23 after a good win in the listed Tourist Mile Stakes at Kentucky Downs September 6, a fourth in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Arlington August 24 and a seventh in the G3 American St. Leger Stakes on that track August 12. Before that was a third in the G3 Stars and Stripes Stakes at Arlington July 8, an eighth in the G1 Manhattan Stakes at Belmont Park June 10 and a respectable second in the G3 Miami Mile at Gulfstream Park April 29. He failed to place in his previous nine starts. He shoots for his first graded stakes Saturday in so-so form. Shaun Bridmohan has the mount from post 13.
Wayne Catalano trained gelding has placed in seven of eight career starts - four wins, two seconds and a third-place finish - all at Arlington. He makes his stakes debut Saturday on the heels of a two-race win streak - both Allowance Optional Claiming races with the last coming September 4. Before that was a third in a similar race July 29 and two more wins against lesser company this past summer. Christian C has been good in Allowance company and hopes it translates in his step up Saturday.
Troy Wismer trained gelding has two wins in his five career starts. He steps into stakes company for the first time Saturday off an Allowance score at Kentucky Downs September 10, a sixth in a similar race at Ellis Park August 4 and a maiden score at Ellis Park July 3. Tyler U has been just OK so far in his young career but hopes to make a major statement Saturday. Robby Albarado will be in the saddle from the rail.
||Le Ken (ARG)
||Ignacio Correas, IV
||Miss Temple City
||Joseph Rocco, Jr.
||Heart to Heart
||Jose Valdivia, Jr.