Forte Heads Fierce Field of Fourteen for Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity

October 5, 2022

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable’s Forte, winner of the Hopeful (G1) at Saratoga in his most recent start, heads a field of 14 2-year-olds plus two also-eligibles entered Wednesday for the $600,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity going 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

Scheduled as Saturday afternoon’s ninth race with a 5:14 ET post time, the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity is a “Win and You’re In” race for the 39th running of the $2 million FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance to be run here Nov. 4.

Five winners of the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity have won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile with the most recent being Essential Quality in 2020.

A winner of two of three starts, Forte is trained by Todd Pletcher, a two-time winner of the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity. Irad Ortiz Jr. has the mount Saturday and will break from post position seven.

Pletcher has one other entrant in the race: Harrell Ventures’ Lost Ark. A half-brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Nest, Lost Ark is unbeaten in two starts and won the Sapling at Monmouth in his most recent start. Flavien Prat has the mount and will break from post 10.

CLAIBORNE BREEDERS’ FUTURITY, Race 9 post 5:14 PM ET
1.    FROSTED DEPARTURE       Brian Hernandez Jr.        Kenny McPeek
2.    LOGGINS                               Florent Geroux                 Brad Cox
3.    HONED                                   Julien Leparoux               Kenny McPeek
4.    CONFIDENCE GAME             James Graham                Keith Desormeaux
5.    INSTANT COFFEE                  Luis Saez                         Brad Cox
6.    BOURBON BASH                    Rafael Bejarano               D. Wayne Lukas
7.    FORTE                                     Irad Ortiz Jr.                     Todd Pletcher
8.    NEWGATE                               John Velazquez                Bob Baffert
9.    FUNTASTIC AGAIN                 Joel Rosario                     Wesley Ward
10. LOST ARK                                Flavien Prat                      Todd Pletcher
11. RED ROUTE ONE                    Ricardo Santana Jr.         Steve Asmussen
12. GOOD HEART                          Tyler Gaffalione                Brendan Walsh
13. TWO PHIL’S                              Jareth Loveberry              Larry Rivelli
14. POWERFUL                              Jose Ortiz                         Steve Asmussen
Also-Eligible
15. CARMEL ROAD                       Luis Saez                          Bob Baffert
16. JIN TONG                                 Paco Lopez                      Doug P’Neill

Photo: Forte winning the Hopeful at Saratoga Sept. 6. Photo by Susie Raisher
Keeneland Press Release

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