Horse Racing Coverage

Apr 22, 2014 3:58 PM

Keeneland Barn Notes - April 22, 2014



Reigning two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who opened his 2014 campaign with a win in the Maker's 46 Mile (G1) here on April 11, worked a half-mile in a bullet :47.60 Tuesday morning.

Clockers caught Wise Dan, ridden by Damien Rock, in fractions of :11.80, :23.80, :47.60 with a gallop-out of 1:00.80 and 1:14.20.

"I just wanted to get a decent work in him," trainer Charlie LoPresti said. "I was a little bit worried that I was short the last time I ran him (in the Maker's 46 Mile) because of the winter (which affected Wise Dan's training schedule). Now it's exactly what I wanted. I just wanted a good workout for him just to keep him kicking over."

Wise Dan, a homebred racing for Mort Fink, won the Maker's 46 Mile by three-quarters of a length over Kaigun for his Keeneland record sixth graded stakes score, ninth Grade 1 win overall and 16th graded stakes victory. The gelding has 20 wins in 28 starts and earnings of $6,473,610.
LoPresti said Wise Dan came out of the Maker's 46 Mile "very good. We're real happy with him. I think we're right where we were last year with him."
Like last year, the plan is for Wise Dan to make his next start in the $500,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs on May 3. He won the race last year.

In preparation for that race, LoPresti expects Wise Dan to turn in another move next week.

"Last year I just went a quarter of a mile, out in three-eighths, something like that," he said. "I'll probably do something with him like I did last year."


Stella Perdomo's Forte Dei Marmi (GB), who received the 2013 Sovereign Award as Canada's champion turf male, is the 120-pound highweight for the 29th running of the $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn (G2) on Friday, closing day of the 2014 Spring Meet. This marks the debut of William J. Shively's Dixiana Farm's sponsorship of the Elkhorn, which increased the purse of the race by $50,000.

Trained by Roger Attfield, Forte Dei Marmi last year won the Northern Dancer (G1), Sky Classic (G2) and Singspiel (G3) at Woodbine. Now 8, the Selkirk gelding opened his 2014 campaign at Keeneland, running fifth in a 1 1/8-mile turf allowance event on April 5. On Tuesday morning, he worked five furlongs over the turf in 1:01.80.

James Graham will ride Forte Dei Marmi in the Dixiana Elkhorn and break from post 13. Their rivals include three horses coming off victories this season: Old Time Hockey, winner of the Tampa Turf Classic on April 5; Rapscallion, who won a 1 3/16-mile allowance race on the main track here on April 4; and Tattenham, an allowance winner over 1 7/16 miles on the Gulfstream turf on Feb. 26.

The field for the Dixiana Elkhorn, from the rail out, is as follows: Old Time Hockey (Shaun Bridgmohan, 118 pounds), Optimizer (Joe Rocco Jr., 118), Unitarian (Javier Castellano, 118), Hangover Kid (Julien Leparoux, 118), Temeraine (Jose Lezcano, 118), Suntracer (Robby Albarado, 118), Rapscallion (Jeremy Rose, 118), Tattenham (Joel Rosario, 118), Royal Bench (IRE) (Corey Lanerie, 118), Tricky Hat (CHI) (Rosie Napravnik, 118), Amen Kitten (John Velazquez, 118), Eagle Poise (Alex Solis, 118), Forte Dei Marmi (GB) (James Graham, 120) and War Dancer (Alan Garcia, 118).


Thirteen of the 25 leading point earners on the road to the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) on May 3 and eight of the 16 fillies that are bidding to race in the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) on May 2 are graduates of Keeneland sales.

Every male and seven fillies are alumni of the 2012 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The Derby hopefuls (listed in order of points earned) are Wicked Strong, Danza, Hoppertunity, Intense Holiday, We Miss Artie, Ride On Curlin, Chitu, Ring Weekend, Medal Count, Vinceremos, Harry's Holiday, Social Inclusion and Big Bazinga.

The Oaks contenders that are September Sale graduates (in order of points earned) are Sugar Shock, Fashion Plate, Awesome Baby, My Miss Sophia, Aurelia's Bell, Kiss Moon and Sweet Reason. The eighth, Thank You Marylou, is a graduate of Keeneland's 2011 November Breeding Stock Sale.


Through April 19 (12 days of racing)
Jockey Starts Wins 2nd 3rd Purses
Julien Leparoux 80 17 5 12 $676,805
Stewart Elliott 56 11 6 4 $443,024
Joe Rocco Jr. 58 9 11 7 $460,935
Alan Garcia 39 9 3 3 $602,160
Rosie Napravnik 61 7 12 6 $348,615
Javier Castellano 37 7 7 7 $641,960
Joel Rosario 46 6 7 9 $548,346
Shaun Bridgmohan 37 6 2 2 $412,330

Trainer Starts Wins 2nd 3rd Purses
Mark Casse 38 8 5 6 $487,916
Ken McPeek 30 7 1 4 $533,575
H. Graham Motion 34 6 3 4 $315,484
Wesley Ward 21 6 3 3 $427,126
Christophe Clement 14 4 2 1 $242,764
Tom Amoss 8 4 0 1 $73,951

Owner Wins
John C. Oxley 4*
Gary Barber 3
Drake Racing Stables (Shirley and Tim Girten and Karol Germany), Muirfield Farm (Doug and Len Labuda) and Mike Lobalzo 2
Gary L. and Mary E. West Stables Inc. 2
JMJ Racing Stables LLC (Dennis Narlinger) 2
Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey 2
Klaravich Stables Inc. (Seth Klarman) and William Lawrence 2
Loooch Racing Stable Inc. (Ron Paolucci) 2
Magdalena Racing (Ken McPeek, et al) 2*
Maggi Moss 2
Phipps Stable 2
Wesley A. Ward 2

*Includes partnerships.


Wednesday, April 23

WINS-day Challenge, a handicapping contest presented by Malone's. At Wagering Central, contestants can sign up to play for a $10 entry fee, then they place a mythical $2 win and place wager on Keeneland Races 3 through 8. The contest offers a guaranteed $2,500 pool, and the first 200 participants receive a free Daily Racing Form and a card for an appetizer at Malone's. The first-, second- and third-place finishers receive cash prizes and a gift card from Malone's.

TVG Hat Giveaway. The first 1,000 patrons with paid admission through the gates will receive a voucher for a free TVG hat. Fans can redeem their voucher from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at a table located Trackside near Elevator C.

Thursday, April 24

Lexington Herald-Leader Subscriber Appreciation Day. All Herald-Leader subscribers will receive free general admission with the coupon found on the front page of the Thursday, April 24, edition of the newspaper. Herald-Leader personalities will be available to meet with fans throughout the day.

Friday, April 25 - Closing Day

The Hill. Keeneland's official tailgate lot, which is adjacent to the Keene Barn, features food trucks, a jumbo television screen, wireless wagering and wagering terminals, race-day programs, a Keeneland Gift Shop kiosk and free shuttles to the track. BETologists, Keeneland's wagering experts, will be available to answer fans' questions.

Concert on the Lawn presented by Dixiana Farms will benefit the Markey Cancer Center. The event, to be held on the Clubhouse Lawn beginning at 6 p.m., features a free concert by Lexington's own Laura Bell Bundy and Sundy Best.


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