Keeneland’s Prestigious Fall Stars Weekend plus “Win and You’re In” for Breeders’
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Agave Racing Stable, ERJ Racing, Madaket Stables and Rockin Robin Racing Stable’s Bowies Hero will attempt to become the third horse to win the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) in consecutive years when he faces 10 rivals Saturday in the 35th running of the $750,000 race.
The Shadwell Turf Mile is one of five graded stakes on Saturday’s 11-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m. ET. The Shadwell Turf Mile is the afternoon’s third Grade 1 race and scheduled as the 10th race with a 5:57 p.m. post time.
The other Grade 1 races are the 23rd running of the $350,000 First Lady Presented by UK HealthCare for fillies and mares going a mile on the turf and the 107th running of the $400,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity for 2-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
All three races are Breeders’ Cup Challenge races that offer the winners fees-paid berths into corresponding races at the 37th World Championships here Nov. 6-7.
Trained by Phil D’Amato, Bowies Hero will be trying to join Gio Ponti (2010-2011) and Dumaani (1995-1996) as the only repeat winners in the race that is a “Win and You’re In” test for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup FanDuel Mile (G1) Presented by PDJF to be run Nov. 7.
Bowies Hero will break from post position four and be ridden by Rafael Bejarano.
To repeat, Bowies Hero will have to get by a quartet of runners trained by Chad Brown headed by two-time Grade 1 winner Raging Bull (FR).
Owned by Peter Brant, Raging Bull returns to Keeneland where he was third beaten a neck in July in the Maker’s Mark Mile (G1). Winner of the Shoemaker Mile (G1) at Santa Anita in May to open his 2020 campaign, Raging Bull will be ridden Saturday by Joel Rosario and break from post position six.
Brown’s other entrants are William Lawrence’s Analyze It, winner of the Transylvania (G3) here in 2018 and fourth in the Shadwell last year; Juddmonte Farms’ Flavius, winner of the recent Tourist Mile at Kentucky Downs; and, John and Tanya Gunther’s Without Parole (GB) who was fourth in the Maker’s Mark Mile.
Tyler Gaffalione will ride Analyze It and break from post eight; Flavius will exit post seven and be ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr. while Julien Leparoux has the call on Without Parole who will break from post position three.
The field for the Shadwell Turf Mile:
1. Casa Creed (Martin Garcia)
2. Halladay (Luis Saez)
3. Without Parole (GB) (Leparoux)
4. Bowies Hero (Bejarano)
5. Born Great (Corey Lanerie)
6. Raging Bull (FR) (Rosario)
7. Flavius (Santana Jr.)
8. Analyze It (Gaffalione)
9. Parlor (Umberto Rispoli)
10. Spectacular Gem (James Graham)
11. Ivar (BRZ) (Joe Talamo)
All starters will carry 126 pounds.
Photo: Bowies Hero. Credit: Churchill Downs/Coady