Familiar names in the robust fields for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships supporting stakes

November 3, 2020

True Timber stretching his legs at Keeneland

Eight stakes comprise Breeders’ Cup undercard on Friday and Saturday

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Flawless Racing, Masino Racing Stable, Brian Flanagan and Michael Jarvis’ Cupid’s Claws, who is coming off a 7¼-length win in the 1½-mile Tokyo City Cup (G3) Sept. 27 at Santa Anita, is the 124-pound highweight in the 13th running of the $200,000 Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (G2) on Friday, the first of the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland.

The TAA and seven other stakes will precede the Breeders’ Cup, which Keeneland is hosting for the second time. The event debuted here in 2015.

FRIDAY SUPPORTING STAKES

◇ The inaugural running of the $125,000 NYQUIST, 2-year-olds, 6½ furlongs.

The race is named for Nyquist, who won the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Keeneland and was named champion 2-year-old male. The winner of his first eight races, Nyquist captured the 2016 Kentucky Derby (G1).

The Nyquist field. Race 1, post time 11:30 a.m.

1. Highly Motivated (Javier Castellano, 118 pounds)

2. Roderick (Irad Ortiz Jr., 118)

3. Twilight Blue (Brian Hernandez Jr., 118)

4. Upstriker (Joe Talamo, 118)

5. Sir Wellington (Jose Lezcano, 118)

6. Quick Tempo (Jose Ortiz, 118)

7. Assertive Style (Florent Geroux, 115)

8. Awesome Gerry (Tyler Gaffalione, 118)

9. Saffa’s Day (Ricardo Santana Jr., 118)

◇ The inaugural running of the $125,000 SONGBIRD, 2-year-old fillies, 6½ furlongs.

The race is named for Songbird, who opened her career with 11 consecutive wins including the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Keeneland. She was a champion at 2 and 3.

The Songbird field. Race 2, post time 12:05 p.m.

1. Lady Edith (Brian Hernandez Jr., 118 pounds)

2. Off We Go (Luis Saez, 118)

3. Roc’s Princess (Jon Court, 118)

4. Thinking (Jose Ortiz, 118)

5. Mona Stella (Florent Geroux, 118)

6. Joy’s Rocket (Ricardo Santana Jr., 120)

7.  Novel Squall (Gabriel Saez, 118)

8. Taylor’s Tourist (Mitchell Murrill, 118)

9. The Grass Is Blue (Irad Ortiz Jr., 118)

10. Music City Star (Adam Beschizza, 118)

11. Farsighted (Julien Leparoux, 118)

12. Kela’s Turn (Robby Albarado, 120)

13. Guana Cay (Gerardo Corrales, 118)

14. California Lily (Tyler Gaffalione, 118)

Also-eligible: Princesstapiture (John McKee, 118)

◇ The 16th running of the $150,000 BRYAN STATION, 3-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles (turf).

The Bryan Station field. Race 3, post time 12:40 p.m.

1. Enforceable (Adam Beschizza, 118 pounds)

2. No Word (Jose Ortiz, 118)

3. Taishan (Julien Leparoux, 118)

4. Angelus Warrior (Manny Franco, 118)

5. Pixelate (Umberto Rispoli, 122)

6. Fancy Liquor (Florent Geroux, 122)

7. Spanish Kingdom (Corey Lanerie, 118)

8. Vanzzy (Jose Lezcano, 118)

9. Order of Australia (IRE) (Ryan Moore, 118)

10. Reconvene (Joe Bravo, 118)

11. Mo Ready (Irad Ortiz Jr., 118)

12. Fighting Seabee (Brian Hernandez Jr., 118)

13. Don Juan Kitten (Flavien Prat, 118)

14. Bye Bye Melvin (John Velazquez, 118)

Also-eligibles: 

Ajourneytofreedom (Tyler Gaffalione, 118)

Ever Dangerous (Javier Castellano, 118)

Mud Pie (Luis Saez, 118)

Bama Breeze (Joel Rosario, 118)

◇ The inaugural running of the $150,000 McCONNELL SPRINGS, fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up, 6 furlongs.

The McConnell Springs field. Race 4, post time 1:15 p.m.

1. Bye Bye J (Ricardo Santana Jr.)

2. Amy’s Challenge (Jose Lezcano)

3. Headland (Tyler Baze)

4. Into Chocolate (Jose Ortiz)

5. Harmless (Luis Saez)

6. Unique Factor (Joel Rosario)

7. Unholy Alliance (Tyler Gaffalione)

8. Wildwoods Beauty (Joe Rocco Jr.)

9. Royal Charlotte (Javier Castellano)

All starters carry 120 pounds.

◇ The 13th running of the THOROUGHBRED AFTERCARE ALLIANCE (G2) (formerly known as the Marathon), 3-year-olds and up, 1 5/8 miles.

The TAA field. Race 5, post time 1:50 p.m.

1. Muralist (Juan Hernandez, 122 pounds)

2. Farmington Road (Javier Castellano, 118)

3. Rocketry (Irad Ortiz Jr., 122)

4. Militiaman (Joel Rosario, 122)

5. Tenfold (Tyler Gaffalione, 122)

6. You’re to Blame (John Velazquez, 122)

7. Signalman (Brian Hernandez Jr., 122)

8. Ry’s the Guy (Chris Landeros, 122)

9. Mirinaque (ARG) (Gerardo Corrales, 122)

10. Dack Janiel’s (Declan Cannon, 118)

11. Job Security (Adam Beschizza, 122)

12. Plus Que Parfait (Jose Ortiz, 122)

13. Cupid’s Claws (Flavien Prat, 124)

14. Danny California (Manny Franco, 122)

SATURDAY SUPPORTING STAKES

◇ The 12th running of the $125,000 PERRYVILLE, 3-year-olds, 6 furlongs

The Perryville field. Race 1, 10:15 a.m.

1. Nashville (Ricardo Santana Jr., 118)

2.  Little Menace (Tyler Gaffalione, 120)

3. Fore Left (Flavien Prat, 118)

4. Bango (Florent Geroux, 118)

5. Wild Wes (Mitchell Murrill, 118)

6. Relentless Dancer (Irad Ortiz Jr., 120)

7. Cajun Brother (Luis Saez, 118)

◇ The 73rd running of the $150,000 LAFAYETTE Presented by Keeneland Select, 3-year-olds and up, 7 furlongs

The Lafayette field. Race 2, 10:45 a.m.

1. Engage (Jose Ortiz, 120 pounds)

2. Dinar (Tyler Gaffalione, 120)

3. Absolutely Aiden (Chris Landeros, 120)

4. Midnight Sands (Irad Ortiz Jr., 120)

5. Edgemont Road (Declan Cannon, 120)

6. Sleepy Eyes Todd (Joel Rosario, 124)

7. Everfast (Julien Leparoux, 120)

8. Strike That (David Cohen, 122)

9. Ebben (Corey Lanerie, 120)

10. Mind Control (John Velazquez, 124)

11. True Timber (Jose Lezcano, 120)

12. Phat Man (Javier Castellano, 124)

◇ The 10th running of the $125,000 QATAR FORT SPRINGS, 3-year-old fillies, 6 furlongs

The Qatar Fort Springs field. Race 3, 11:20 a.m.

1. Ain’t No Elmers (Adam Beschizza, 120 pounds)

2. Anna’s Fast (Jose Ortiz, 118)

3. Artie’s Princess (Flavien Prat, 120)

4. Wicked Whisper (Ricardo Santana Jr., 120)

5. Miss T Too (John Velazquez, 120)

6. Fair Maiden (Corey Lanerie, 118)

7. Merneith (Luis Saez, 118)

8. Boerne (Javier Castellano, 118)

9. Rising Seas (Gerardo Corrales, 118)

10. Motivated Seller (Irad Ortiz Jr., 118)

11. Regal Beauty (Brian Hernandez Jr., 118)

Keeneland Entries for Friday, Nov. 6

Keeneland Entries for Saturday, Nov. 7

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