â€¢ RAINHA DA BATERIA EXITS JPMORGAN CHASE JESSAMINE IN GOOD ORDER â€¢ BROWN SENDS TWO ACCOMPLISED FILLIES IN QUEEN ELIZABETH II CHALLENGE CUP PRESENTED BY LANEâ€™S END
RAINHA DA BATERIA EXITS JPMORGAN CHASE JESSAMINE IN GOOD ORDER
Three Chimneys Farmâ€™s Rainha Da Bateria, the last-to-first winner of Wednesdayâ€™s JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3), came out of the race in good order.
â€œShe will stay there at Keeneland and then ship to California,â€ trainer Graham Motion said by phone of the filly who earned a berth in the $1 million Breedersâ€™ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) on Oct. 31.
â€œI was surprised at the low number (speed figure) she got for the race â€¦ I think it was 66 â€¦ but the way she did it was very impressive,â€ Motion said. â€œIt makes sense to go on (to the Breedersâ€™ Cup).â€
On Saturday, Motion will try for his second victory in the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge
Cup Presented by Laneâ€™s End (G1) for 3-year-old fillies.
â€œDaring Dancer is on the way there now,â€ said Motion, who took the 2003 race with Film Maker. Owned and bred by Sagamore Farm, Daring Dancer won the Appalachian (G3) on firm ground here in the spring and has won four of six starts with her lone setbacks coming in stakes at Belmont.
â€œShe is doing well,â€ Motion said. â€œI just donâ€™t think she handled Belmont at all.â€ â€ƒ
BROWN SENDS TWO ACCOMPLISHED FILLIES IN QUEEN ELIZABETH II CHALLENGE CUP PRESENTED BY LANEâ€™S END
On Thursday morning, trainer Chad Brown was at Keeneland for the first time during the Fall Meet to oversee the preparations of his horses here, including his two 3-year-old fillies entered in Saturdayâ€™s $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Laneâ€™s End (G1): Grade 1 winner Minorette and Grade 2 winner Ball Dancing.
â€œThey both look terrific. Theyâ€™ve been training well at Belmont,â€ said Brown, who won the 2012 QE II with Dayatthespa. â€œThey shipped in great, and weâ€™re looking forward to running both of them in this race.â€
Ball Dancing, a daughter of Exchange Rate who sold as a yearling at the 2012 Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, is coming off a win in the Sept. 13 Sands Point (G2) at Belmont in her North American debut. Brown said bloodstock agent David Ingordo found the Kentucky-bred filly in France for owner Will Farish, who owns her in partnership with F. Steve Mooney. Minorette, by Smart Strike, made her North American debut in April at Keeneland, running third in allowance company. She won the Belmont Oaks (G1) on July 5 and is coming off a fourth to QE II rival Crown Queen in the Aug. 16 Lake Placid (G2) at Saratoga.
â€œSheâ€™s another one that started over in Europe and has really done well for us since arriving,â€ Brown said about Minorette. â€œSheâ€™s coming off an uncharacteristically poor performance in the Lake Placid, so we freshened her up after that. I donâ€™t think she cared for Saratoga for whatever reason.â€
Asked about how his fillies might fare on the Keeneland turf course if predicted rains come, Brown said both have some experience to draw on.
â€œThere was some give in the ground in the Belmont Oaks that Minorette won,â€ he said. â€œBall Dancing does have a win in a stakes over in France on softer ground. Ideally weâ€™re shipping in looking for firm ground but it seems like both my horses will be able to handle some moisture in the ground if needed.â€
Ball Dancing is the first horse Brown has trained for Farish. Minorette, a half-sister to Group 1 winners Eishin Apollon and Master of Hounds, is the first runner Brown has had for owners Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith.
On Saturday, Dayatthespa won the First Lady (G1) here for her third career stakes victory at Keeneland. She has returned to Brownâ€™s New York base and might make her next start in the Nov. 1 Breedersâ€™ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) at Santa Anita.
WISE DANâ€™S HALF-SISTER ENCHANTING LISA FINDS A HOME ON THE DIRT
Enchanting Lisa, the 4-year-old half-sister to two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, found the winnerâ€™s circle for the first time since her debut in June 2013 at Presque Isle Downs by romping to a 3Â½-length triumph in Wednesdayâ€™s ninth race over the Beard Course of seven furlongs, 184 feet.
â€œThat was nice. We finally figured out her deal was dirt,â€ trainer Charlie LoPresti said. â€œ(Jockey) Jose Lezcano told me at Saratoga to put her on the dirt and cut her back (in distance) and nobody could beat her.â€
After breaking her maiden at a mile and 70 yards over an all-weather surface, Enchanting Lisa made her next six starts in two-turn races on the grass.
â€œ(Jockey) Rosie (Napravnik) said yesterday she didnâ€™t have to do a thing,â€ LoPresti said. â€œWe will see how she comes out of it and maybe look at the Chilukki.â€
The $200,000-added Chilukki (G2) is a one-turn mile on the dirt at Churchill Downs on Nov. 1. As for Enchanting Lisaâ€™s brother, Wise Dan returned to the main track for an early morning Thursday. Winner of Saturdayâ€™s $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), Wise Dan had jogged on Keenelandâ€™s training track Wednesday morning.
PROBABLES FOR UPCOMING STAKES
SYCAMORE (G3) on Thursday, Oct. 16: Aldous Snow, Cozy Kitten, Mister Marti Gras, Red Rifle, Unitarian, Villandry. PIN OAK VALLEY VIEW (G3) on Friday, Oct. 17: A Little Bit Sassy, Fashion Fund (GB), Goldy Espony (FR), Miss Frost, Principessa Ava (IRE), Sheâ€™s Not Here, Springsteen Road, Stellaris, V V Goodnight. LEXUS RAVEN RUN (G2) on Saturday, Oct. 18: Courageous Julie, La Madrina, Miss Behaviour, Shay Jolie, Sweet Whiskey, Thank You Marylou. ROOD & RIDDLE DOWAGER on Sunday, Oct. 19: Ann of the Dance, Caroline Thomas, Catâ€™s Claw, I O Ireland, Lady Aspen, Left a Message.
Ten Broeck Farmâ€™s Cool Comfort, the pacesetter in Wednesdayâ€™s JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3), came out of the race fine, according to trainer Wesley Ward, and likely is headed to California for her next start.
â€œShe will probably go to the 6Â½-furlong race down the hill,â€ Ward said, referring to the $100,000 Juvenile Turf Sprint Stakes to be run Nov. 1. â€œThat is the same race Richies Party Girl won for us last year.â€ â€¦
Bourbon Lane Stableâ€™s Bourbon Courage, a sharp allowance winner here last Friday, is headed to the Cigar Mile (G1) at Aqueduct on Nov. 29. Trainer Kellyn Gorder has to decide the best way to get there.
â€œI may have to find a race for him in between,â€ Gorder said. â€œThere is an allowance at Churchill for which he fits the conditions at a mile and a sixteenth and then cut back to a mile. But I am not opposed to training him up to it, because he runs so well fresh.â€
Gorder also said Hashtag Bourbon, ninth as the second choice in last Saturdayâ€™s Claiborne Breedersâ€™ Futurity (G1), sustained a small chip in his left front ankle and is slated for surgery. â€œHe will miss about 60 days and should be back for the start of the Oaklawn meet (in January),â€ Gorder said. â€¦
Trainer John Ennis earned his first Keeneland victory when he sent out Marc C. Ferrellâ€™s Flexible Ethics to win the first race Wednesday. A 2-year-old Harlanâ€™s Holiday filly, Flexible Ethics won the 6Â½-furlong maiden race by 7Â¼ lengths with James Graham aboard. â€¦
Graham won a total of three races Wednesday. Joining his victory in the first race were wins in the fifth on Soldier Inthe Rain and the seventh aboard Only in America. Eoin Harty trains Soldier Inthe Rain and Only in America for Casner Racing LP. â€¦
Juddmonte Farmsâ€™ homebred Courtier won a one-mile maiden special weight race on the turf Wednesday. Jose Lezcano rode the 2-year-old colt by Pioneerof the Nile to a 2Â½-length victory in 1:37.13 for trainer Bill Mott. Courtier is a three-quarter brother to Emollient, winner of the 2013 Central Bank Ashland (G1) and Juddmonte Spinster (G1) here. â€¦
Dennis Greenwell of Louisville won $1,500 in yesterdayâ€™s WINS-day Challenge presented by the Bluegrass Hospitality Group. The contest drew 350 entrants. Each Wednesday of the Fall Meet, contestants can go to Wagering Central and sign up to play for a $10 entry fee, then place a mythical $2 win and place wager on Keeneland races 3 through 8. The contest offers a guaranteed $2,500 pool, and the first 200 participants receive a free Daily Racing Form and a card for a free appetizer at Maloneâ€™s.
A dozen horses took advantage of ideal firm conditions to work on the Keeneland turf course that had the rail out and the â€œdogsâ€ up.
Among the notable moves were Left a Message, likely prepping for the Rood & Riddle Dowager, going a mile in 1:44.20 for trainer Tom Proctor. â€¦ Villandry (Sycamore, G3) worked five furlongs in 1:02.80 for trainer Charlie LoPresti. â€¦ Central Bank Ashland (G1) winner Rosalind, nominated to the Pin Oak Valley View (G3), covered five furlongs in 1:02.60 in company with War Dancer (1:03) for trainer Ken McPeek.
Also working was a trio of Wesley Ward-trained Breedersâ€™ Cup hopefuls in Sunset Glow (Juvenile Fillies Turf), Hootenanny (Juvenile Turf) and Judy the Beauty (Filly and Mare Sprint).
Sunset Glow, working in company with 4-year-old graded stakes winner Emotional Kitten, covered five furlongs in 1:02.20. She started a couple of lengths in front and held a half-length advantage at the wire with a :24.20 final quarter-mile.
Hootenanny and Judy the Beauty worked five furlongs in 1:01.80 with a final quarter-mile in :24. Hootenanny started two lengths in front and maintained that margin.
FALL MEET LEADERS Through Oct. 6 (through four days of racing) Jockey Starts Wins 2nd 3rd Purses John Velazquez 11 5 0 1 $1,221,091 Julien Leparoux 24 4 7 4 $593,387 Joel Rosario 22 4 4 2 $314,752 James Graham 17 4 0 1 $116,548 Paco Lopez 13 2 5 2 $236,789 Rosie Napravnik 21 2 3 1 $261,012 Joe Rocco Jr. 8 2 1 2 $356,190 Luis Saez 10 2 1 1 $111,072 Florent Geroux 5 2 1 0 $171,300 Shaun Bridgmohan 9 2 0 0 $65,959