Hotshot Anna Wins Sunday’s Featured Mill Ridge Purse

Hugh Robertson’s Hotshot Anna surged past stablemate Aiken to Be at the head of the stretch and then held off a late bid from Rocky Policy by a half-length to win Sunday’s featured $80,000 Mill Ridge Purse for fillies and mares before a sun-soaked crowd of 18,891. (Click here for a replay of the race.)

Trained by Mac Robertson and ridden by David Cohen, Hotshot Anna covered the 5½ furlongs on a firm turf course in 1:02.80. The victory gave Robertson a training double on the afternoon to go with two runner-up finishes.

A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Trappe Shot out of the Holy Bull mare Avalos, Hotshot Anna has eight wins and three seconds from her past 11 starts. Today’s win increased her earnings by $48,000 to $911,440 with a record of 23-11-6-1.

Hotshot Anna is cataloged as Hip 255 in the premier Book 1 of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale on the Wednesday, Nov. 6, opening day of the auction. Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, has consigned her as a broodmare prospect.

For Sunday’s victory, Hotshot Anna returned $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10. Rocky Policy, ridden by Javier Castellano, returned $4 and $2.80 in finishing a length ahead of May Lily, who paid $3.20 to show under Julien Leparoux.

Racing resumes Wednesday with an eight-race program beginning at 1:05 p.m. ET.

Favored Cambier Parc Wins Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End

Cambier Parc

OXO Equine’s Cambier Parc took the lead out of the gate and then repelled a bid in the final furlong from Castle Lady (IRE) to win the 36th running of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1) for 3-year-old fillies by a length before a crowd of 24,133 on a picture perfect Saturday afternoon.

Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by John Velazquez, Cambier Parc covered the 1 1/8 miles on a firm turf course in 1:49.54.

Velazquez earned his record-extending fifth victory in the race. His previous wins came with Perfect Arc (1995), Alwajeeha (2008), Crown Queen (2014) and Time and Motion (2016).

The victory gave Brown his third win in the race. His previous winners were Dayatthespa in 2012 and Rushing Fall in 2018.

Cambier Parc led the field of eight through fractions of :23.70, :49.18 and 1:14.41 with Magnetic Charm (GB) in closest pursuit. At the head of the lane, Cambier Parc brushed aside a brief threat from stablemate Regal Glory and spurted clear with enough cushion to hold Castle Lady at bay in the run to the wire.

A $1.25 million Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduate, Cambier Parc is a Kentucky-bred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro out of 2007 Canadian Horse of the Year Sealy Hill, by Point Given.

The victory was worth $300,000 and improved Cambier Parc’s earnings to $797,460 with a record of 8-5-0-1 that now includes consecutive Grade 1 victories.

Cambier Parc rewarded her backers with payoffs of $5.60, $3.20 and $2.80. Castle Lady, ridden by Mickael Barzalona, returned $4.60 and $3.60 and finished 1¾ lengths in front of Princesa Carolina who paid $5 to show under Jose Ortiz.

It was another neck back to Café Americano with Varenka, Regal Glory, Kelsey’s Cross and Magnetic Charm following in order.

Racing continues Sunday with a nine-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m. ET.

Oleksandra (AUS) Rallies to Win Buffalo Trace Franklin County

Team Valor International’s Oleksandra (AUS) found racing room between Morticia and the pacesetting Girls Know Best in deep stretch and went on to win the 23rd running of the $150,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) for fillies and mares by two lengths over Morticia before a Friday afternoon crowd of 19,026.

Trained by Neil Drysdale and ridden by Joel Rosario, Oleksandra covered the 5½ furlongs on a firm turf course in 1:01.79.

Rosario, won his third graded stakes through the first six days of the Fall Meet, recorded his third victory in the Buffalo Trace Franklin County. He also won with Free as a Bird in 2014 and Miss Ella in 2016.

Girls Know Best rocketed out of the gate and established a clear lead with Morticia in closest pursuit through fractions of :21.73 and :44.17 as Oleksandra received a ground-saving trip along the rail.

In the stretch, Oleksandra angled off the rail inside the sixteenth pole, drove between the leaders in deep stretch and went on to the victory.

The victory was worth $90,000 and increased Oleksandra’s earnings to $359,853 with a record of 13-6-2-3. It is the first graded stakes victory for the 5-year-old daughter of Animal Kingdom out of the Caesour mare Alexandra Rose (SAF).

Morticia, the 2017 Buffalo Trace Franklin County winner, picked up $30,000 for running second and boosted her earnings to $1,019,669

Sent off as the slight favorite in the field of 10, Oleksandra returned $7, $3.60 and $2.40. Morticia, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, returned $4 and $2.60 and finished a neck in front of Girls Know Best who paid $2.80 to show under Corey Lanerie.

It was another 1¼ lengths back to A Little Bit Me, who was followed in order by Violent Times, Painting Corners, Ruby Notion, Miss Gossip (IRE), Beechwood Ella (IRE) and Take These Chains (IRE).

Racing continues Saturday with a 10-race program beginning at 1:05 p.m. ET that features the 36th running of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1) for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/8 miles on the turf. The QE II will go as the afternoon’s ninth race with a 5:30 p.m. post time.

Sacred Life (FR) Wins Thursday’s Featured Hagyard Purse

Michael Dubb, Madaket Stable, Wonder Stable and Bethlehem Stables’ Sacred Life (FR) survived a claim of foul for interference in the upper stretch to win the featured $80,000 Hagyard Purse for 3-year-olds and up by 2¾ lengths over Exulting before a Thursday afternoon crowd of 11,082. (Click here for a video of the race.)

Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Javier Castellano, Sacred Life covered the 1 1/16 miles on a turf course rated as firm in 1:40.79. The victory was the third of the afternoon for Castellano.

Sacred Life, dropping into allowance company off a runner-up finish in the Bernard Baruch (G2) at Saratoga last month, is a 4-year-old son of Siyouni out of the Montjeu (IRE) mare Knyazhna. Thursday’s winner’s check of $39,900 hiked his bankroll to $270,268 with a record of 12-5-5-0.

Sacred Life returned $3.60, $2.80 and $2.40. Exulting, ridden by Joel Rosario, returned $6 and $4.40 with Parlor finishing a half-length back in third and returning $5.60 to show.

Racing continues Friday beginning at 1:05 p.m. ET with a 10-race program headlined by the 23rd running of the $150,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) for fillies and mares going 5½ furlongs on the turf. The Buffalo Trace Franklin County will go as the afternoon’s ninth race with a 5:30 p.m. post time.

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On Thursday, Keeneland hosted the 12th Make-A-Wish Day. Keeneland, along with local Thoroughbred farms and organizations, paired with local wish kids for a day at the races. Wish kids and their families received a VIP experience at the track that included presenting the trophy to the winning jockey after each race.

Sweet Melania Romps in JPMorgan Chase Jessamine to Earn Breeders’ Cup Berth

Robert and Lawana Low’s Sweet Melania moved to the lead on the backstretch and then drew off in the stretch to post a 5½-length victory over Witez in the 29th running of the $200,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2) for 2-year-olds fillies before a Wednesday afternoon crowd of 9,583.

The victory, by the largest margin in the history of the race, earned Sweet Melania a fees-paid berth into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) to be contested at a mile on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. The JPMorgan Chase Jessamine was the final Breeders’ Cup Challenge race for this year’s World Championships.

Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Jose Ortiz, Sweet Melania covered the 1 1/16 miles on a turf course labeled as good in 1:43.13. It is the fourth victory in the race for Pletcher, who won previously with Ocean Drive in 2002, Paddy’s Daisy in 2004 and J’ray in 2005.

It is the 55th Keeneland stakes victory for Pletcher, the track’s leader in that category.

It is the first victory in the race for Ortiz, who has won three graded stakes in the first four days of the Fall Meet.

Favored Jezebel’s Kitten led the field into the first turn with Sweet Melania in closest pursuit through a first quarter-mile in :23.29. Midway on the backstretch, Sweet Melania moved to the front and maintained a comfortable advantage over Jezebel’s Kitten until the top of the stretch where Sweet Melania kicked clear to put the race away.

The victory was worth $120,000 and increased Sweet Melania’s earnings to $204,000 with a record of 5-2-1-2.

A graduate of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, Sweet Melania is a Kentucky-bred daughter of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah out of the Discreet Cat mare Sweet N Discreet.

Sweet Melania returned $8, $5.20 and $3.80 as the second choice in the field of 14. Witez, ridden by Calvin Borel, returned $29.40 and $14.80 in finishing three-quarters of a length in front of Ask Bailey, who paid $8.20 to show under Corey Lanerie.

Jezebel’s Kitten was another 1¼ lengths back in fourth and was followed in order by Eye of a Soldier, Morning Gold, Diamond Sparkles, Swanage, Indochine, High On Gin, Fujairah, Takeitback, Envied and Lemon Scat.

Racing continues Thursday with a 10-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m. ET

Keeneland Daily Results and Activity

Results

Sunday, October 6
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Starter Optional Claiming – $20,000 $28,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $50,000 $34,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Starter Optional Claiming – $10,000 $23,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $71,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $75,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $71,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Indian Summer S. $200,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Dixiana Bourbon S. $250,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Juddmonte Spinster S. $500,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Allowance $73,000 Overnight Overnight

 


Early Entries

Friday, October 11 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $19,000
Race 2 Claiming – $16,000 $26,000
Race 3 Allowance Optional Claiming – $100,000 $75,000
Race 4 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $36,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $27,000
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $150,000 $44,000
Race 7 Allowance $73,000
Race 8 Maiden Special Weight $71,000
Race 9 Buffalo Trace Franklin County S. $150,000
Race 10 Claiming – $7,500 $22,000

Final Entries

Wednesday, October 9
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $30,000 $27,000
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $71,000
Race 3 Claiming – $50,000 $34,000
Race 4 Claiming – $20,000 $25,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $71,000
Race 6 Allowance $73,000
Race 7 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine S. $200,000
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $25,000

Bowies Hero Wins $1 Million Shadwell Turf Mile to Earn Breeders’ Cup Berth on Record-Setting Fall Stars Saturday

Agave Racing Stable, ERJ Racing and Madaket Stables’ Bowies Hero emerged from a crowded pack in the stretch to win the 34th running of the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) for 3-year-olds and up by three-quarters of a length before a chamber of commerce Saturday afternoon crowd of 26,567. (Click here for a replay of the race.)

Keeneland smashed its Fall Meet all-sources and Pick Five wagering records, both set on Fall Stars Saturday in 2018. All-sources handle totaled $18,392,756, eclipsing the previous record of $17,122,465. Wagering on the $300,000-guaranteed All-Stakes Pick Five totaled $794,689 to best the former record of $619,106.

The blockbuster day featured five graded stakes worth $2.35 million, including the Shadwell Turf Mile and three other Breeders’ Cup Challenge races in which winners earned automatic berths in the 36th Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita on Nov. 1-2.

The Shadwell Turf Mile win earned Bowies Hero a fees-paid berth into the $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) to be run Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.

Also earning Breeders’ Cup berths Saturday were Godolphin’s Maxfield, who took the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1); Robert LaPenta, Michael Dubb, Head of Plains Partners and Bethlehem Stables’ Uni (GB), who set a course record in the $400,000 First Lady Presented by UK HealthCare (G1); and Pantofel Stable, Wachtel Stable and Peter Deutsch’s Spiced Perfection, winner of the $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2).

Earlier on the 11-race program, McShane Racing’s Stubbins rallied from far off the pace to win the $200,000 Woodford (G2) Presented by Keeneland Select in course-record time.

In the Shadwell Turf Mile, jockey Flavien Prat had Bowies Hero racing in midpack early on, swung seven wide at the head of the stretch for clear running and collared Diamond Oops in deep stretch to claim his second Grade 1 victory in his career.

The victory is the first in a Keeneland stakes for Prat and trainer Phil D’Amato.

Bowies Hero, a Keeneland sales graduate, covered the mile on a firm turf course in 1:34.20 and added $600,000 to his bankroll that now totals $1,478,970 with a record of 21-8-1-3.

A winner of four graded stakes, Bowies Hero is a Kentucky-bred son of Artie Schiller out of the Sky Mesa mare Remembered.

Bowies Hero returned $18.40, $8.80 and $6.60. Diamond Oops, ridden by Julien Leparoux, returned $13 and $8.80 in finishing a nose in front of 2017 Shadwell winner Suedois (FR), who paid $11.80 to show under Jamie Spencer.

It was another nose back to First Premio in fourth followed by March to the Arch, 2018 winner Next Shares and Divisidero. Van Beethoven and Bandua in a dead-heat for eighth with favored Valid Point, Admission Office, Vintager (GB), Robin of Navan (FR) and Real Story completing the field.
                                    Maxfield Dominates Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity

Maxfield, last in the field of 10 in the early going, exploded past favored Gouverneur Morris at the top of the stretch and cruised to a 5½-length victory in the 106th running of the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) for 2-year-olds.

Maxfield not only gave trainer Brendan Walsh his first Keeneland stakes victory but also the first Grade 1 victory of his career. For jockey Jose Ortiz, it was his first win in the race and second stakes victory of Fall Stars Weekend.

With the victory, Maxfield earned a berth in the $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) to be run at 1 1/16 miles on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.

American Butterfly led the field through fractions of :24.01 and :47.78 as Maxfield bided his time near the back of the pack. On the far turn, Gouverneur Morris blew past American Butterfly but Maxfield was behind him winding up with his run.

At the head of the lane, Maxfield surged past and quickly erased any doubt about the outcome.

The victory was worth $300,000 and increased Maxfield’s earnings to $354,412 with a record of 2-2-0-0.

Maxfield is a Kentucky-bred son of Street Sense out of the Bernardini mare Velvety.

Maxfield returned $14.80, $5.60 and $3.80. Gouverneur Morris, ridden by Javier Castellano, returned $3.40 and $2.80 with Enforceable finishing a half-length back in third under Florent Geroux and paying $6.20 to show.

It was another five lengths back to Ajaaweed with By Your Side, American Butterfly, January Won, King Theo, Life On the Road and Tap It to Win following in order.
Uni (GB) Shatters Course Record in First Lady Presented by UK HealthCare Victory

Uni unleashed a furious run through the stretch to score a 2½-length victory over Juliet Foxtrot (GB) to win the 22nd running of the $400,000 First Lady Presented by UK HealthCare (G1) in course-record time of 1:32.87 for the mile on firm turf.

Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Joel Rosario, Uni obliterated the stakes record of 1:34.08 set by Never Retreat in 2011 and the course record of 1:33.54 established by Perfect Soul (IRE) in 2004.

It is the third win in the race for Brown, who saddled Dayatthespa in 2014 and A Raving Beauty (GER) last year. It is the first victory in the race for Rosario.

Ms Bad Behavior rocketed out of the gate and led the field of 13 through fractions of :22.71, :45.40 and 1:09.47 as Rosario bided his time near the back of the pack.

Turning for home, Rosario moved Uni out into the seven path for clear sailing, collared Juliet Foxtrot at the eighth pole and drew off.

With the victory, Uni earned a berth in the $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) to be run at 1 1/4 miles on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.

The victory was worth $240,000 and increased Uni’s earnings to $1,247,880 with a record of 17-9-3-3. Since coming to the U.S. from Europe in 2017, she has won seven stakes, four of them graded, and won six of seven starts at the mile distance.

Uni is a 5-year-old daughter of More Than Ready out of the Dansili (GB) mare Unaided (GB).

Uni returned $8, $4.40 and $3. Juliet Foxtrot, with Florent Geroux aboard, returned $8.20 and $5 and finished 1¼ lengths in front of Vasilika, who paid $3.60 to show under Flavien Prat.

It was another 1½ lengths back to favored Rushing Fall, who was followed in order by Hanalei Moon, Awesometank (GB), Just Wonderful, Mitchell Road, Storm the Hill, Ms Bad Behavior, Indian Blessing (GB), Marina’s Legacy and Conquest Hardcandy.
Spiced Perfection Rallies to Win Thoroughbred Club of America

Spiced Perfection stumbled leaving the gate, worked her way into contention and then split leaders Mia Mischief and Talk Veuve to Me at the eighth pole to go on to a head victory over a late-closing Dawn the Destroyer in the 39th running of the $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2).

Spiced Perfection, who won the race in her first start since May 4, is cataloged to sell Nov. 6 at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale as a racing or broodmare prospect. She is consigned by ELiTE, agent.

Trained by Peter Miller and ridden by Javier Castellano, Spiced Perfection covered the 6 furlongs over a fast main track in 1:10.60. It is the first victory in the race for Miller and Castellano.

With the victory, Spiced Perfection earned a berth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) to be run at 7 furlongs on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.

The victory was worth $150,000 and boosted Spiced Perfection’s earnings to $1,026,905 with a record of 18-8-5-2. It is the third Grade 1 victory for the 4-year-old California-bred daughter of Smiling Tiger out of the Pleasantly Perfect mare Perfect Feat.

Spiced Perfection joins Groupie Doll (2012) and Informed Decision (2009) as the only horses to sweep the Madison (G1) here in the spring and Thoroughbred Club of America in the same year.

Spiced Perfection paid $10.20, $5.60 and $4. Dawn the Destroyer, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, returned $8.40 and $5 and finished 1½ lengths in front of Mia Mischief, who paid $4.40 to show under Joel Rosario.

It was another 1¾ lengths back to favored Chalon, who was followed in order by Ours to Run, Danuska’s My Girl, Talk Veuve to Me, Pretty Greeley and Razorback Lady.

Stubbins Wins Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select in Course-Record Time

In the 23rd running of the $200,000 Woodford (G2) Presented by Keeneland Select, Joel Rosario had Stubbins at the rear of the field as Satellite Storm led the field of nine through fractions of :21.18 and :44.21 over the firm turf course.

On the far turn, Stubbins eased off the rail, waited behind horses and swung five wide at the top of the lane for clear sailing. In midstretch, Leinster had emerged with a daylight advantage only to be nailed in the final sixteenth as Stubbins moved on to a three-quarters of a length victory.

Stubbins finished the 5½ furlongs in 1:01.44 eclipsing the stakes record of 1:01.67 set by Sgt. Bert in 2006 and the course record of 1:01.53 established by Perfect Officer in 2012.

Doug O’Neill trains Stubbins, who delivered the first Woodford victory for O’Neill and Rosario.

The victory was worth $120,000 and improved Stubbins’ bankroll to $418,151 with a record of 10-4-2-2. It is the first graded stakes victory for the 3-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Morning Line out of the Atraf (GB) mare Sierra Vista (GB).

Stubbins, a Keeneland sales graduate, returned $17.20, $7 and $4.40. Leinster, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, returned $4 and $3 and finished 1½ lengths in front of favored Imprimis, who paid $2.40 to show under Paco Lopez.

It was another two lengths back to Smart Remark, who was followed in order by Extravagant Kid, Fareeq, Win Lion Win, Satellite Storm and Royal Commish.

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Racing continues Sunday with a 10-race program beginning at 1:05 p.m. ET. Highlighting the card to conclude Fall Stars Weekend is the 64th running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) for fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles on the main track. The Juddmonte Spinster is the afternoon’s ninth race with a 5:45 p.m. post time.

Keeneland will offer a Pick 6 carryover of $31,030 tomorrow. The Pick 6 begins with the 5th race at 3:25 p.m.

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On Saturday, Keeneland held a Jockey Autograph Signing to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). Active riders and retired jockeys participated in the event. After the third race, Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason presented a check for $6,725 to the PDJF in the Winner’s Circle.

Keeneland Daily Results and Activity

Results

Saturday, October 5
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $71,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $77,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $75,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $71,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming – $75,000 $73,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Woodford S. Presented by Keeneland Select $200,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Thoroughbred Club of America S. $250,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 First Lady S. $400,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity $500,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Shadwell Turf Mile S. $1,000,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 11 Maiden Special Weight $71,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Thursday, October 10 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $7,500 $22,000
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $71,000
Race 3 Claiming – $30,000 $27,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $19,000
Race 5 Allowance $73,000
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $150,000 $44,000
Race 7 Allowance $73,000
Race 8 Claiming – $20,000 $25,000
Race 9 Allowance $80,000
Race 10 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $25,000

British Idiom, Engage Win Opening-Day Stakes on Fall Stars Weekend to Earn Trips to Breeders’ Cup

Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group, Madaket Stables and Bethlehem Stables’ British Idiom swept to the lead at the head of the stretch and romped to a 6½-length victory to win the 68th running of the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1) for 2-year-old fillies before a Fall Meet opening-day crowd of 16,427.

In the race prior to the Darley Alcibiades, Woodford Racing’s Engage held off a late charge from 2017 victor Whitmore to win the 167th running of the $250,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2).

Both winners earned fees-paid berths to the 36th Breeders’ Cup World Championships to be held Nov. 1 and 2 at Santa Anita. British Idiom secured a spot in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) to be run at 1 1/16 miles on Nov. 1 and Engage nailed down a spot in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) to be run at 6 furlongs on Nov. 2.

Trained by Brad Cox and ridden by Javier Castellano, British Idiom covered the 1 1/16 miles over a fast track in 1:45.80. Cox and Castellano earned their first victory in the Darley Alcibiades.

A debut winner going 6 furlongs at Saratoga in August, British Idiom rated in fourth place as Spitefulness and Sequin dueled through early fractions of :23.73 and :47.27.

On the far turn, Sequin took over but was quickly joined and passed by British Idiom, who erased any doubt about the outcome. Perfect Alibi also made a big move on the turn from fifth to take over second but was no threat to the winner.

The victory was worth $240,000 and increased British Idiom’s earnings to $281,250 with a record of 2-2-0-0. British Idiom is a Kentucky-bred daughter of Flashback out of the Mr. Sekiguchi mare Rose and Shine.

British Idiom rewarded her backers with payoffs of $9.20, $4.40 and $3.20. Perfect Alibi, ridden by Jose Ortiz, returned $3.40 and $2.60 and finished three lengths in front of favored Alandra, who paid $2.60 to show under Joel Rosario.

It was another three lengths back to Gone Glimmering, who was followed in order by Sequin, Three D Flag, Spitefulness, How Ironic, Micheline, Western Taffy and Heir of Light.
Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2)

In the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix, 2018 winner and favored Promises Fulfilled was first out of the gate, with Zipp On By applying pressure through fractions of :22.22 and :45.43 as Engage raced in mid pack.

At the head of the lane, the pacesetters began to wilt as Engage, swinging six wide, steadily moved toward the front and had enough to hold off Whitmore, who had bobbled at the start and spotted the field nearly 10 lengths in the early running.

Trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Jose Ortiz, Engage covered the 6 furlongs in 1:10.21 over a fast main track. It is the first victory in the race for Asmussen and Ortiz

The victory was worth $150,000 and increased Engage’s earnings to $649,080 with a record of 12-5-4-0.

Engage is a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Into Mischief out of the Speightstown mare Nefertiti.

Engage returned $21, $8 and $6. Whitmore, ridden by Joel Rosario, returned $5.40 and $4.40. A nose back in third was Lexitonian, who paid $12.60 to show under Adam Beschizza.

It was another three-quarters of a length back to Recruiting Ready with Hog Creek Hustle, Promises Fulfilled, Zipp On By, Cove Blue and American Pastime completing the order of finish.

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Racing continues Saturday with a blockbuster 11-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m. ET. Five graded stakes races, three of them Grade 1s, highlight the card with the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile serving as the day’s centerpiece.

Keeneland will offer a Pick 6 carryover of $11,062 and a Super High 5 carryover of $2,423.

Keeneland Daily Results and Activity

Results

Friday, October 4
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Starter Optional Claiming – $10,000 $23,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Allowance $77,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $30,000 $28,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Allowance $75,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $71,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $75,000 $73,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $71,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix S. $250,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Darley Alcibiades S. $400,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $71,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Wednesday, October 9 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $30,000 $27,000
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $71,000
Race 3 Claiming – $50,000 $34,000
Race 4 Claiming – $20,000 $25,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $71,000
Race 6 Allowance $73,000
Race 7 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine S. $200,000
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $25,000

Final Entries

Sunday, October 6
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Starter Optional Claiming – $20,000 $28,000
Race 2 Claiming – $50,000 $34,000
Race 3 Starter Optional Claiming – $10,000 $23,000
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $71,000
Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $75,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $71,000
Race 7 Indian Summer S. $200,000
Race 8 Dixiana Bourbon S. $250,000
Race 9 Juddmonte Spinster S. $500,000
Race 10 Allowance $73,000