â€¢ FLORIDA STAKES WINNERS NIGHT PROWLER AND EH CUMPARI TOP OPENING-DAY TRANSYLVANIA PRESENTED BY KEENELAND SELECT â€¢ LASSOFTHEMOHICANS KEENELAND-BOUND FOR CENTRAL BANK ASHLAND
FLORIDA STAKES WINNERS NIGHT PROWLER AND EH CUMPARI TOP OPENING-DAY TRANSYLVANIA PRESENTED BY KEENELAND SELECT Paul Pompa Jr.â€™s homebred Night Prowler, winner of the Dania Beach (G3) in January at Gulfstream Park, and Anstu Stablesâ€™ Eh Cumpari, winner of the Palm Beach (G3) at Gulfstream in March, headline a field of 13 entered Monday for the 27th running of the $100,000 Transylvania (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select on Friday. The 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds serves as the first of 16 stakes during the 15-day Keeneland Spring Meet that runs through Friday, April 24. First post Friday is 1:05 p.m. ET. The Transylvania will go as the ninth race on Fridayâ€™s 10-race program with a post time of 5:13 p.m. Trained by Chad Brown, Night Prowler finished fifth in his most recent start as the favorite in the Palm Beach. Javier Castellano has the mount on Night Prowler, who will break from post position nine. Eh Cumpari, trained by Michael Dilger, rallied from last in the field of nine to win the Palm Beach in his second start on grass. Robby Albarado will ride Eh Cumpari and exit post position three. Two other stakes winners are in the field: Ken and Sarah Ramseyâ€™s Luck of the Kitten, winner of the Zuma Beach last fall at Santa Anita and runner-up in the Breedersâ€™ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1), and Windy Hill Farmâ€™s Tuba, winner of the Black Gold at Fair Grounds in February. Trained by Wesley Ward, Luck of the Kitten will be making his 2015 debut. He will be ridden by Mike Smith and break from post position 10. Florent Geroux has the mount on Tuba, who will break from post position 12 for trainer Anne Smith. The field for the Transylvania, from the inside out, is as follows: Majestico (James Graham, 118 pounds), Saham (Paco Lopez, 118), Eh Cumpari (Albarado, 123), A Lot (John Velazquez, 118), Magic of Believing (Julien Leparoux, 118), Danish Dynaformer (Luis Contreras, 118), Tiz My Valentine (Francisco Torres, 118), Divisidero (Rafael Hernandez, 118), Night Prowler (Castellano, 118), Luck of the Kitten (Smith, 123), Itâ€™ll Be Fine (Joel Rosario, 118), Tuba (Geroux, 118) and Milwaukee Mist (Jose Lezcano, 118).
LASSOFTHEMOHICANS KEENELAND-BOUND FOR CENTRAL BANK ASHLAND Wachtel Stable, Brous Stable LLC and Meadowland Thoroughbredsâ€™ Lassofthemohicians will try to enhance her chances of being a major player in the 3-year-old filly ranks when she takes a shot in Saturdayâ€™s $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1). â€œShe gets here tomorrow,â€ trainer Brendan Walsh said Monday morning. â€œI wanted to work her one more time down there (in Florida) before shipping and she worked Saturday at Palm Meadows (five furlongs in 1:02.45).â€ A graduate of Keenelandâ€™s 2013 September Yearling Sale, Lassofthemohicans has not run since a fifth-place finish in the Davova Dale (G2). Walsh opted to skip last Saturdayâ€™s Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2). â€œI donâ€™t know if she really liked the track down there,â€ Walsh said about the daughter of Indian Charlie. â€œThe track is too speed-favoring and in the Davona Dale, I thought sheâ€™d be last at the three-eighths pole, but she hung in there. It was a funny track that day.â€ In the Central Bank Ashland, which offers 170 points toward to the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs on May 1, Lassofthemohicans will race around two turns for the first time since November. â€œShe ran well here in the fall, and her first time going two turns at Churchill Downs, she was only beaten a length and a half by Birdatthewire and that was her third race around two turns,â€ Walsh said. Birdatthewire, who also beat Lassofthemohicans in the Forward Gal (G2) in January, won last Saturdayâ€™s Gulfstream Park Oaks to emerge as the leading 3-year-old filly in South Florida. In her runner-up finish in the Forward Gal, Lassofthemohicans picked up four points toward the Kentucky Oaks, which is limited to the top 14 point earners that pass the entry box. Points in the Central Bank Ashland are 100-40-20-10 for the first- through fourth-place finishers, respectively. Five races remain on the Road to the Oaks with 20 points being the current cutoff line. Already on the grounds for Walsh is Cary Street, the 9Â¼-length winner of the Las Vegas Marathon (G2) on the Breedersâ€™ Cup undercard last fall at Santa Anita. Unraced since a ninth-place finish in the Hawthorne Gold Cup (G2) on Nov. 29, Cary Street could commence his 2015 campaign in an allowance test here on April 12. WORK TAB Bourbon Lane Stableâ€™s Bourbon Courage tuned up for a likely start in Saturdayâ€™s $300,000 Commonwealth (G3) by working a half-mile in :47.20 over a fast track before the Monday morning renovation break. â€œHe worked well,â€ trainer Kellyn Gorder said. â€œI got him in :34.30 for the first three-eighths and out in :47. He seems to like this track.â€ The work was the best of 25 at the distance. â€¦ Working after the break was Pablo Del Monte, who covered five furlongs in company in 1:01. Trained by Wesley Ward, Pablo Del Monte finished third in last yearâ€™s Toyota Blue Grass (G1).
PROBABLE FIELDS FOR WEEKEND STAKES $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1) (Entries taken Tuesday, race Saturday): Claiborne Breedersâ€™ Futurity (G1) and Tampa Bay Derby (G2) winner Carpe Diem, Classy Class, Danzig Moon, Frammento, Gorgeous Bird, Delta Jackpot (G3) winner Ocho Ocho Ocho, Pepper Roani and Unrivaled. Possibles: Tiz Shea D and Toasting Master. $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) (Entries taken Tuesday, race Saturday): Achieverâ€™s Legacy, Chandelier (G1) winner Angela Renee, Lassofthemohicans, Lovely Maria, Darley Alcibiades (G1) winner Peace and War, Silverpocketsfull, Temper Mint Patty and Golden Rod (G2) winner West Coast Belle. $350,000 Madison (G1) (Entries taken Tuesday, race Saturday): Clearly Confused, Eden Prairie, Barbara Fritchie Handicap (G2) winner Lady Sabelia, Princess Violet, La Brea (G1) and Santa Monica (G2) winner Samâ€™s Sister, Fantasy (G3) winner Sugar Shock, Dogwood (G3) winner Thank You Marylou and 2013 Comely (G3) winner Wedding Toast. $300,000 Commonwealth (G3) (Entries taken Tuesday, race Saturday): 2012 Super Derby (G2) winner Bourbon Courage, Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3) winner C. Zee, Edge of Reality, Hip Four Sixtynine, Iowa Derby (G3) winner Jessicaâ€™s Star and San Vicente (G2) winner Kobeâ€™s Back. $125,000 Shakertown (G3) (Entries taken Tuesday, race Saturday): Ameliaâ€™s Wild Ride, Channel Marker, Choctaw Chuck, Mellow Fellow, Mongolian Saturday, Power Alert (AUS), and Tightend Touchdown.