Barn Notes: Kentuckian Closes With A Rush To Capture Grade One Gamble Handicapping Contest

Overcoming inclement weather and late changes to the contest landscape, Faron McCubbins of Mount Washington, Kentucky, hammered Keeneland’s ninth race Sunday with an $800 exacta on 8-10 that paid $28,560, resulting in an incredible final bankroll of $31,560 that bested 180 other contestants in the Grade One Gamble that day. For his efforts, McCubbins took home $35,000 in prize money, a fully paid Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) berth at Santa Anita worth $10,000 and an entry into the 2020 National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) in Las Vegas.

The day began with steady rain at Keeneland that caused all races to be taken off the turf; multiple scratches followed. Contest management added three races from Gulfstream Park and two races from Aqueduct to the contest menu, and the changes resulted in a competitive contest that was decided at the wire.

Longtime leader Dan Slattery of Bethesda, Maryland, who cashed for $19,000 on Gulfstream’s fourth race, was passed late by the huge play of McCubbins, but took home his bankroll of $18,449.80 plus $18,000, a fully paid BCBC spot and an NHC entry.

Joining McCubbins and Slattery at the BCBC and NHC are Kevin Kerstein of Louisville, Paul Scott of Plantation, Florida, and Brett Kelly of Hobe Sound, Florida. Prize money for third through fifth place was $9,000, $4,500 and $2,500, respectively.

Sixth-place finisher Jeff Joffrion of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, took home a partial BCBC berth, an NHC berth and $1,500 in cash.

Seventh- through 10th-place finishers Justin Nicholson of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania; Pete Acocella of Great River, New York; Jim Metzger of Louisville and Ross Gallo of Jupiter, Florida, snagged an NHC entry and $1,500 in cash.

Leinster Wins Thursday’s Featured Glen Oak Purse – Keeneland News

Amy Dunne’s Leinster, a maiden facing winners, slipped through on the inside and pulled away from favored Fooch by 3¾ lengths to win Thursday’s featured $81,000 Glen Oak Purse for 4-year-olds and up before a crowd of 11,604.

Trained by Rusty Arnold and ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, Leinster covered 5½ furlongs on a firm turf course in 1:02.35. (Click here for a replay of the race.)

Ninth in his only previous try on the turf, Leinster is a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Majestic Warrior out of the Royal Academy mare Vassar. The victory was worth $48,600 and raised Leinster’s earnings to $132,943 with a record of 14-1-4-3.

Leinster returned $22.20, $9.20 and $5.80. Fooch, ridden by John Velazquez, returned $4.80 and $3.80 with Sekondi finishing another nose back in third under Declan Cannon and paying $13 to show.

Racing continues Friday with a 10-race program beginning at 1:05 p.m. ET. Highlighting the program is the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons-Baird Doubledogdare (G3) for fillies and mares that goes as the ninth race with a 5:30 p.m. post time.

Keeneland Daily Results and Activity

Results

Thursday, April 18
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $50,000 $31,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $60,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Allowance $83,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $21,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Allowance $81,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $100,000 $35,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $20,000 $23,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance $81,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $21,000 Overnight Overnight



Final Entries

Saturday, April 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $23,000
Race 2 Claiming – $20,000 $23,000
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $21,000
Race 4 Allowance $85,000
Race 5 Claiming – $40,000 $30,000
Race 6 Claiming – $20,000 $23,000
Race 7 Allowance $83,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $75,000 $81,000
Race 9 Dixiana Elkhorn S. $250,000
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $79,000

Keeneland Daily Results and Activity

Results

Wednesday, April 17
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Starter Optional Claiming – $20,000 $29,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Starter Optional Claiming – $10,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $60,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Allowance $81,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $60,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $79,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $50,000 $46,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance $83,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Saturday, April 20 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $23,000
Race 2 Claiming – $20,000 $23,000
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $21,000
Race 4 Allowance $85,000
Race 5 Claiming – $40,000 $30,000
Race 6 Claiming – $20,000 $23,000
Race 7 Allowance $83,000
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $75,000 $81,000
Race 9 Dixiana Elkhorn S. $250,000
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $79,000

Final Entries

Friday, April 19
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Starter Optional Claiming – $10,000 $20,000
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $79,000
Race 3 Allowance Optional Claiming – $75,000 $81,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $21,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $79,000
Race 6 Allowance $83,000
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $79,000
Race 8 Allowance $85,000
Race 9 Hilliard Lyons-Baird Doubledogdare S. $100,000
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $79,000

Barn Notes: Galloping Out April 16, 2019 – Keeneland News

Trainer George Weaver said Tuesday morning that Javier Castellano, who rode Vekoma to victory in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) here on April 6, will have the mount in the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) on May 4 at Churchill Downs.

Owned by the partnership of R.A. Hill Stable and Gatsas Stables, Vekoma returned to Palm Beach Downs training center in South Florida last Tuesday. Weaver said the colt is scheduled to work there Friday with plans to ship to Churchill on April 30 for the Derby. …

WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International and SF Racing’s Quip, winner of Saturday’s $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) at Oaklawn Park, is back at trainer Rodolphe Brisset’s Keeneland barn.

Quip gave Brisset, who saddled his first starter in May 2017, his fourth graded stakes victory and the richest win of his career. Brisset said the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) on May 17 at Pimlico or the $600,000 Stephen Foster (G2) at Churchill Downs on June 15 are possibilities for Quip’s next start.  …

Trainer Jack Sisterson said Calumet Farm’s Oxy Lady, who stood 20th on the Kentucky Oaks (G1) leaderboard, would be getting a rest following her 10th-place finish in Friday’s Fantasy (G3) at Oaklawn Park. “She has raced all over,” Sisterson said. “We will shoot for a midsummer campaign.”

Foxtail Romps to Victory in Sunday’s Featured Green Lantern Purse

Click here for a video about the Military Day Presented by Marathon at Keeneland

Hronis Racing’s Foxtail grabbed the lead early and then drew off in the stretch to post a 4¼-length victory in the featured $81,000 Green Lantern Purse for fillies and mares before a Sunday afternoon crowd of 11,038. (Click here for a video of the race.)

Trained by John Sadler and ridden by Joel Rosario, Foxtail covered the 1 1/16 miles on a fast main track in 1:46.92. It was the second victory of the afternoon for the owner-trainer-jockey combination, which teamed to win the fifth race with Encanta.

Foxtail is a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Mizzen Mast out of the E Dubai mare Surf Babe. Sunday’s check of $48,600 increased her earnings to $116,085 with a record of 12-3-2-2.

Favored in the field of six, Foxtail returned $4.80, $3.20 and $2.40. Support, ridden by Florent Geroux, held second by a length to return $4.20 and $3.20 with Saracosa finishing third under Tyler Gaffalione and paying $3.20 to show.

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

Keeneland Daily Results and Activity

Results

Sunday, April 14
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $79,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $40,000 $31,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Allowance $86,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $100,000 $35,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $79,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $29,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Allowance $81,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance $81,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Allowance $81,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Friday, April 19 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Starter Optional Claiming – $10,000 $20,000
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $79,000
Race 3 Allowance Optional Claiming – $75,000 $81,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $21,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $79,000
Race 6 Allowance $83,000
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $79,000
Race 8 Allowance $85,000
Race 9 Hilliard Lyons-Baird Doubledogdare S. $100,000
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $79,000

Final Entries

Wednesday, April 17
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Starter Optional Claiming – $20,000 $29,000
Race 2 Starter Optional Claiming – $10,000 $20,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $60,000
Race 4 Allowance $81,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $60,000
Race 6 Maiden Special Weight $79,000
Race 7 Claiming – $50,000 $46,000
Race 8 Allowance $83,000

Quotes from the $200,000 Stonestreet Lexington (G3)

Ricky Giannini (assistant to Brad Cox, winning trainer of Owendale)

On the difference in today’s race and Owendale’s eighth-place finish in the Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds in his last race

“I wish I could tell you. Last race, we felt like he ate too much dirt, and he kind of backed out down the backside and then had too much to do. Today, he ate the same amount of dirt. I think he’s just maturing and turning into a good horse.  He’s always trained like it and today he put it all together and got the job done.”

Florent Geroux (winning rider)

“(I lost) a little (ground) but gained momentum. The horse was running really quick, and it was time to go. I just tipped him out, tapped him twice.”

On whether taking back after the start was the plan

“No. It changed a lot when the gates opened. He didn’t break so well, (Knicks Go) went out and (Zenden) looked at me. Things change a lot – sometimes you need to go to Plan B very quick. He ran a very good race.”

Javier Castellano (rider of 7-5 favorite and runner-up Anothertwistafate)

“I wish I had a better trip. I was in tight all the way, and the two horses in front stopped early. But I kept coming and saved ground. The winner got the jump and in the meantime I was bottled up inside on the rail looking for room, and I didn’t have any room.”

 

Corey Lanerie (rider of third-place finisher Sueno)

“I found myself tracking (Anothertwistafate), and we both ran into traffic on the turn so I had to wait longer than I wanted to coming into the (finish of the 1 1/16-mile race.) I think it cost me a little bit. Did it cost me the win? I’m not sure. But I would have liked to have had some momentum when (Owendale) went by me. I still had the brakes on. Kind of unfortunate for the horse.”

Albin Jimenez (rider of fourth-place finisher Knicks Go)

“I tried to take him back a little bit and get him to relax, but he was so fresh. But he did good.”

Keeneland Daily Results and Activity

Results

Saturday, April 13
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $16,000 $25,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $79,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $79,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $25,000 $33,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $83,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Allowance $81,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Ben Ali S. $200,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Giant’s Causeway S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Stonestreet Lexington S. $200,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Coolmore Jenny Wiley S. $350,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 11 Maiden Special Weight $79,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Thursday, April 18 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $50,000 $31,000
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $60,000
Race 3 Allowance $83,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $21,000
Race 5 Allowance $81,000
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $100,000 $35,000
Race 7 Claiming – $20,000 $23,000
Race 8 Allowance $81,000
Race 9 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $21,000