William S. Farish Jr.’s Grade 1 winner Pool Play will face 10 rivals in the 28th running
of the $150,000 Elkhorn Stakes (G2), a 1½-mile race on the turf for
four-year-olds and up on Friday, closing day of Keeneland’s 16-day
spring meet. Trained by Mark Casse, the eight-year-old horse by Silver
Deputy was second in the 2011 Elkhorn, won by Musketier (GER), and in
his next race won the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) on dirt at Churchill
Downs in his final race of the year.
Pool Play, who was eighth in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1),
opened 2013 at Gulfstream Park, where he ran second to Csaba in the
one-mile Hal’s Hope Stakes (G3) and sixth behind Graydar in the 1
1/8-mile Donn Handicap (G1).
Miguel Mena will ride Pool Play, who will break from post nine in the Elkhorn.
Another major winner in the race is Soribel Stable’s Al Qasr,
a Group 1 winner at the Elkhorn distance and on the turf in Argentina
in May 2012. Horse of the Year in Peru, where he won one Group 2 and
three Group 3 races, the five-year-old son of Aptitude did not race
again until March 30, when he was sixth behind Cigar Street in the Skip
Away Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream. Edgar Prado will ride Al Qasr, who drew
post six in the Elkhorn.
Their rivals include Phipps Stable’s Reflecting, who
won a 1½-mile allowance race on the turf at Keeneland on April 11. The
Elkhorn marks the stakes debut for Reflecting, a four-year-old Elusive
Quality colt who is trained by Shug McGaughey. McGaughey’s three wins in
the race include last year’s renewal with Point of Entry.
The Elkhorn will go as the ninth race on Friday’s 10-race program with a 5:13 p.m. (ET) post time.
The field for the race, from the rail out, is as follows: Sky Blazer (Rosie Napravnik, 118 pounds), Al Qasr (Prado, 118), Side Road (Gary Stevens, 118), Helicopter (Arienne Cox, 123), Reflecting (Robby Albarado, 118), Dark Cove (Joel Rosario, 118), Macho Bull (Brian Hernandez Jr., 118),Ioya Bigtime (Jeffrey Sanchez, 118), Pool Play (Mena, 118), Forte Dei Marmi (GB) (Julien Leparoux, 118) and Al Khali (Garrett Gomez, 118).