Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
Scattered rain is forecast today for Central Kentucky, and the amount
the Keeneland turf course receives will determine whether Live Oak
Plantation’s homebred Za Approval runs in the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1). The Maker’s 46 Mile is the ninth race with a 5:13 p.m. ET post time.
“If I don’t think it’s firm then I will not run him,” trainer Christophe Clement said.
The Maker’s 46 Mile will mark the 2014 debut for two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan,
who won the race last year. Za Approval faced Wise Dan twice at the end
of last year, finishing second to him in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1)
and second to him in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) when he was passed late
in the stretch.
A 6-year-old Ghostzapper gelding, Za Approval enters today’s race
after a fourth-place finish in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile (G1) on March 8
at Santa Anita. Running second in that race was Lochte, who runs in the Maker’s 46 Mile.
“It’s a very good race. It’s very competitive,” Clement said. “Wise
Dan has been Horse of the Year for the last two years – there’s a reason
for that. It’ll be tough, but we’ll try and see what happens.”
Za Approval is a half-brother to champion Miesque’s Approval,
winner of the 2006 Maker’s Mark Mile (G2) and second in the race in
2003. By Miesque’s Son, Miesque’s Approval won 12 races, including the
2006 NetJets Breeders’ Cup Mile, and earned $2,648,879 from
On Saturday, Clement will send out Patricia Generazio’s homebred Grade 1 winner Discreet Marq
in the $300,000 Jenny Wiley (G1). The 1 1/16-mile grass race will mark
the 2014 debut for the New York-bred, 4-year-old daughter of Discreet
Cat, who last year won the Del Mar Oaks (G1) and was second in the
Garden City (G1) and Matriarch (G1).
Discreet Marq will face a field that includes Grade 1 winners Centre Court and Stephanie’s Kitten in the Jenny Wiley. Clement said her future targets are the Beaugay (G3) on May 3 and the Longines Just a Game (G1) on June 7.