G1 Breeders’ Futurity: Rattle N Roll (Hernandez, McPeek)
G1 Keeneland Turf Mile: In Love (Lobo)
G2 TCA: Bell’s the One (Lanerie, Pessin)
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Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity puts Rattle N Roll in Kentucky Derby 2022 picture. Video with jockey Brian Hernandez, trainer Kenny McPeek and as a bonus, McPeek’s daughter Jenna, who celebrated turning 21 in the Keeneland winner’s circle.
In Love continues his roll, winning the Grade 1 Keeneland Turf Mile in jockey Alex Achard’s first Grade 1 appearance. Video with trainer Paulo Lobo, his big year continued after he and Bonne Chance Farm won two stakes at Kentucky Downs: In Love in the first division of the TVG Stakes and Imperador in the $1 million Calumet Turf Cup.
Gritty Bell’s the One takes the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America by a neck over Car Club. We speak with jockey Corey Lanerie and trainer Neil Pessin.
Previously (Oct. 8)
Attention Ellis Park media: Juju’s Map started out at Ellis Park, finishing second in her July 25 debut and then winning a mile maiden race at Ellis Park by 5 3/4 lengths on Sept. 3. Trainer Brad Cox talks about her Ellis race and at the end of the video talks about Ellis Park’s 2-year-old program.
Juju’s Map wins Grade 1, $400,000 Darley Alcibiades by 4 1/4 lengths over Distinctlypossible to earn a free berth in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Del Mar. Interviews with winning jockey Florent Geroux and trainer Brad Cox. https://youtu.be/f1JacY6A7c4
Special Reserve, a $40,000 claim by trainer Mike Maker for Paradise Farms Corp. and Dave Staudacher and the 6-5 favorite, wins the Grade 2, $250,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix by a neck over second-choice Aloha West. We speak with winning jockey Joel Rosario, Maker and Staudacher.
The $400,000 Lukas Classic won by Knicks Go: Video is long but it starts with b-roll of race, with interviews (in order) of jockey Joel Rosario, trainer Brad Cox and D. Wayne Lukas, who presented the trophy for the stakes bearing his name.
Brad Cox talks about his two Breeders’ Cup Classic contenders: 2020 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Knicks Go, who races in Saturday’s $400,000 Lukas Classic, and Essential Quality, the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and 2-year-old champion whose victories this year include the Belmont and Travers Stakes. Part 1 of 2 parts.
Part 2: Cox talks about the retirement of two-time Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner and champion Monomoy Girl and his other Breeders’ Cup contenders.
There’s no hiding Hidden Connection – not after the 2-year-old filly won her debut by 7 1/2 lengths at Colonial Downs and Churchill Downs’ Grade 3 Pocahontas – a “Win and You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies by 9 1/4 lengths. We speak with former college basketball star Jake Ballis, whose Black Type Thoroughbreds bought into Hidden Connection after her first race, and Dan Hall of majority-owner Hidden Brook Farm, which bought Hidden Connection for $85,000 at a 2-year-old auction.
B-roll of Hidden Connection and Jake Ballis interview:
Hidden Brook Farm’s Dan Hall on Hidden Connection
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