During a Thursday morning featuring wind gusts, steady rain and temperatures in the 40s, Stephanie’s Kitten, winner of the Darley Alcibiades (G1) on October 7, and Coalport,
second in the Bourbon (G3) two days later, worked for the first time
since their wins for trainer Wayne Catalano. Stephanie’s Kitten is to
race in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), and Coalport is
headed to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1)
pair - both homebreds by Kitten’s Joy racing for Ken and Sarah Ramsey -
were scheduled to breeze on the turf course, but Keeneland canceled the
morning’s turf works because of a second consecutive day of rain. The
two turf races carded for both Wednesday and Thursday, including today’s
Sycamore (G3), were moved to the main track.
Catalano’s assistant, Kelsey Danner, aboard, Stephanie’s Kitten breezed
five furlongs in a bullet :59 with a gallop out time of 1:14 4/5.
“She worked very well. They got her in 59 flat and she galloped out OK, so we were happy with the work.,” Catalano said.
Earlier in the morning, Coalport worked five furlongs in 1:01.60 and galloped out in 1:15 2/5.
said he had not quite determined when Stephanie’s Kitten and Coalport
would be shipped to Churchill Downs but would have a decision fairly
soon. Stephanie’s Kitten might have a work on the Churchill turf course
before the Breeders’ Cup, he said.
In other Breeders’ Cup news:
Ann of the Dance,
scheduled to make her turf debut in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies
Turf (G2), worked four furlongs in :49.80 with a gallop out time of 1:03
2/5. Heather Irion, assistant to trainer Marty Wolfson, was aboard the
2-year-old daughter of English Channel, who was ninth in the Darley
Alcibiades. She and stablemate Ask the Moon, a Breeders’ Cup Ladies’
Classic (G1) hopeful who worked here yesterday, are to move to Churchill
after the coming weekend.
Foxwoods King’s Bishop (G1) winner Caleb’s Posse,
who has been training at Keeneland since he was third in the Indiana
Derby (G2) on October 1, will work here on Saturday, trainer Donnie Von
Hemel said. Von Hemel said the Posse colt is expected to run in the
Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1), but owners McNeill Stables LLC and
Cheyenne Stables LLC might choose to race him in the Sentient Jet
Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). Caleb’s Posse would move to Churchill
sometime next week, Von Hemel said.