In Love (BRZ) wins Keeneland Turf Mile on Keeneland’s Fall Stars Saturday

October 10, 2021

Fall Meet single-day and Pick 5 records are set

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Bonne Chance Farm and Stud R D I’s In Love (BRZ) surged to the front just past the eighth pole and went on to post a 1½-length victory in the 36thrunning of the $750,000 Keeneland Turf Mile (G1).

Also securing Grade 1 victories Saturday afternoon were Lucky Seven Stable’s Rattle N Roll in the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity and Peter Brant’s Blowout (GB) in the $400,000 First Lady Presented by UK HealthCare. Earlier on the card, Bell’s the One took the $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2), and Golden Pal won the $200,000 Woodford (G2) Presented by TVG.

Keeneland established records today for Fall Meet single-day all-sources and Pick 5 wagering, besting previous records set on Fall Stars Saturday in 2019 and 2020, respectively. All-sources handle totaled $20,935,640, surpassing the $18,392,756 set in 2019. Wagering on the $300,000-guaranteed All-Stakes Pick 5 totaled $1,255,080 to shatter the former Fall Meet record of $868,303 from 2020.

In the Keeneland Turf Mile, In Love earned a fees-paid berth into the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) Presented by PDJF to be run Nov. 6 at Del Mar.

Trained by Paulo Lobo and ridden by Alex Achard, In Love covered the mile on a turf course labeled as good in 1:34.84. For Lobo, it is his second victory in the race having won last year with Ivar (BRZ), who finished fourth in his repeat bid. For Achard, this is his first Grade 1 victory.

Brown Storm (CHI) led the field of 12 through early fractions of :23.37 and :47.30 as In Love raced in midpack while getting a ground-saving trip along the rail. Achard kept In Love inside until the top of the stretch when he swung out six wide to launch his bid that carried him to the front at midstretch and on to victory.

“I think the big key was we went to Arlington and tried an easier spot, and he won the race, and then we put blinkers on him, and he improved a lot, and running the one-turn mile – they are very unfamiliar in South America with that – and I think the horse is improving. You know, Kentucky Downs horses get very fit. And also, he loves it here (at Keeneland). Last year he won an allowance very easy here, and I think the giving ground helped him,” explained Lobo.

Lobo added: “Also I liked a lot Ivar (BRZ). I think he was fighting a lot off the long layoff. I think maybe we are going to have three horses in the Breeders’ Cup.” (The third is Imperador [ARG] for the Turf-G1).

A 5-year-old son of Agnes Gold (JPN) out of the Know Heights (IRE) mare Last Bet (BRZ), In Love improved his record to 13-5-2-2 and his earnings to $729,700 with Saturday’s $450,000 check. It is his third consecutive victory, all with Achard aboard.

“(Recording my first Grade 1 win) feels great. Especially at Keeneland—I love Keeneland—and it couldn’t be any better. He’s getting older but he’s getting better. He’s like a good wine. Every race he shows up and he’s even better every time,” exclaimed Achard.

In Love returned $26.60, $15.40 and $9.60. Tell Your Daddy, ridden by Julien Leparoux, returned $24.60 and $13.20 and finished a half-length ahead of Somelikeithotbrown, who paid $8.20 to show under Jose Ortiz.

It was another head back to Ivar in fourth with Space Traveller (GB), Front Run the Fed, Pixelate, Diamond Oops, Argentello (IRE), Monarchs Glen (GB), Brown Storm and favored Order of Australia (IRE) following in order.

“We got a great post position. Going to the first turn we had a great spot, but he didn’t show up. Sometimes you get a good position, and you ask them, but there’s nothing,” commented Velazquez, aboard Order of Australia.

Click here for a replay of the race and the post-race interview with winning connections.

Racing continues Sunday with a 10-race program beginning at 1 p.m. ET. The $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) for fillies and mares highlights three “Win and You’re In” Challenge races for the Nov. 5-6 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar.

For info on the Best Breeders’ Cup Seminar click HERE.

Keeneland Press Release

Photo: In Love (BRZ) kicks into another gear to beat the field to the wire in the Keeneland Turf Mile. (Keeneland/Coady Photography)

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