LEXINGTON, Ky. – Several horses with aspirations to compete in the Nov. 6-7 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland worked Saturday morning.
Hronis Racing’s Higher Power, pointed toward the $6 million Classic (G1), covered 6 furlongs on the dirt track labeled fast in company in 1:13.80 under Juan Levya for trainer John Sadler. Also, Calumet Farm’s Distaff (G1) hopeful, Vexatious, went a half-mile in :49 for trainer Jack Sisterson.
Trainer Wesley Ward worked three Breeders’ Cup candidates on a turf course labeled good: Susan Moulton, Marc Detampel and CJ Thoroughbreds’ Amanzi Yimpilo (IRE) went a half-mile on her own in :52.80, and Stonestreet Stables’ Campanelle (IRE) and Breeze Easy’s Outadore covered a half-mile together in :53.20 and :54, respectively.
Also working on the grass was Little Red Feather Racing, Gordon Jacobsen and Philip Belmonte’s Red King. Trained by Phil D’Amato, Red King covered 5 furlongs in 1:03.20 in his second Keeneland work before a possible start in the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) on Nov. 7.
Three fillies pointing toward next Friday’s Pin Oak Valley View (G3) also worked on turf: Merriebelle Stable’s Walk In Marrakesh (IRE) covered a half-mile in :49.40; Marc Detampel, TSF Thoroughbred Racing and Rebecca Hillen’s Outburst (GB) went a half-mile in :49.80 and Susan and John Moore’s Princess Grace worked a half-mile in :51.40.
Keeneland is now posting daily information about the placement of the starting gate and run-up distances on Keeneland.com for the remainder of the Fall Meet as a reference for handicappers and horsemen. As at any race track, in an effort to preserve the track for the duration of the race meet while assuring the safest racing surface possible, Keeneland has multiple gate placement options for the turf course that create varying run-up distances. Run-up distances for races conducted on the main track will remain consistent. The information appears on the page listing current track conditions: https://www.keeneland.com/racing/horsemen/current-track-conditions
Keeneland Racing Analyst Tom Leach interviews Darley America President Jimmy Bell about Godolphin’s Micheline in today’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) Presented by Dixiana.
Third Week Probables
$150,000 PIN OAK VALLEY VIEW (G3) (Entries taken Sunday; race Friday, Oct. 16) – Outburst (GB) (Eddie Kenneally), Princess Grace (Mike Stidham), Stunning Sky (Mike Maker), Walk In Marrakesh (IRE) (Ignacio Correas IV), Witez (Ian Wilkes).
$200,000 LEXUS RAVEN RUN (G2) (Entries taken Wednesday, Oct. 14; race Saturday, Oct. 17) – Center Aisle (Chad Brown), Fair Maiden (Eoin Harty), Finite (Steve Asmussen), Four Graces (Ian Wilkes), Grand Cru Classe (Bill Mott), Reagan’s Edge (Cherie DeVaux), Sconsin (Greg Foley), Secondary Market (Brown), Secret Keeper (Cliff Sise), Tonalist’s Shape (Saffie Joseph Jr.), Venetian Harbor (Richard Baltas). Possible: Impeccable Style (Brendan Walsh).
$125,000 ROOD & RIDDLE DOWAGER (G3) (Entries taken Thursday, Oct. 15; race Sunday, Oct. 18) – Always Shopping (Todd Pletcher), Hungry Kitten (Shug McGaughey), Over Thinking (Vicki Oliver), Quiet Dignity (Mike Maker), Siberian Iris (IRE) (Richard Mandella)
Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet runs through Saturday, Oct. 24 with racing Wednesdays
through Sundays. Post time for the first race each day is 1:05 p.m. ET.