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Breeders' Cup 2017

Keeneland: Leparoux Breezes Noble Tune

Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) candidate Noble Tune worked five furlongs in 1:01.20 in company with Big Blue Kitten on Sunday.

Julien Leparoux was aboard Noble Tune, an Unbridled’s Song colt who was second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1). Norberto Arroyo Jr. rode Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Big Blue Kitten, who is nominated to the Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) on Friday and the Ben Ali Stakes (G3) on April 21.

Clockers caught the pair in fractions of :13, :25.80, :37.40, 49.20 and galloping out in 1:14.20.

Noble Tune, who races for Martin S. Schwartz and breeder Dell Ridge Farm LLC, has made all four of his career starts on turf and won his lone race of 2013, an allowance race at Tampa Bay Downs on March 9. He is trained by Chad Brown, who is in New York, where he sent out Normandy Invasion to run second in the Wood Memorial Stakes (G1) yesterday at Aqueduct.

Another three-year-old colt trained by Brown, Balance the Books, worked four furlongs in 48.20. Winner of Keeneland’s Bourbon Stakes (G3) and the With Anticipation Stakes (G2) at Saratoga, the Lemon Drop Kid colt races for Klaravich Stables Inc. and William H. Lawrence.

In other Toyota Blue Grass news, Barry Butzer and Wachtel Stable’s My Name Is Michael worked a half-mile in :49 under Rodolphe Brisset, assistant to trainer Bill Mott. Shaun Bridgmohan is scheduled to ride the Macho Uno colt in the race. My Name Is Michael, a maiden winner at Woodbine, is coming off an eighth-place finish in the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Racing Spiral Stakes (G3) on March 23.

Two probables for the race, Charles Fipke’s Java’s War and Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Charming Kitten, turned in Sunday works away from Keeneland.

Java’s War, second to the undefeated Verrazano in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) in his most recent start, worked five furlongs in 1:00.56 over a track labeled as good at Gulfstream Park. The move was the fastest of 13 at the distance. Trained by Ken McPeek, Java’s War is scheduled to ship to Keeneland on Monday.

Charming Kitten, runner-up to Rydilluc in the Palm Beach Stakes (G3) in his most recent start, worked a half-mile in :50.08 at Palm Meadows over a fast track for trainer Todd Pletcher. The move was the 25th fastest of 30 at the distance.

Rydilluc, who worked seven furlongs on Keeneland’s main track in 1:28.60 on Saturday, came out of the breeze fine, according to trainer Gary Contessa, who said the colt would return to the track Monday morning.

Uncaptured, who worked five furlongs at Keeneland in 1:01.40 on Saturday, was back on the track Sunday morning for some light exercise for trainer Mark Casse.

“He is excellent this morning,” Casse said. “Other horses are hard on themselves when they work, but he just lopes around there and I bring him back the next day.”

Casse also reported that stablemate Dynamic Sky, who worked five furlongs in 1:01.40 at Churchill Downs on Saturday, came out of the move fine and was scheduled to ship to Keeneland later Sunday and would be on the track Monday morning.

Dropping out of Toyota Blue Grass consideration was Falling Sky, owned by Newtown Anner Stud, James Covello and Joseph Bulger.

Falling Sky, winner of the Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) and most recently third in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2), breezed five furlongs in :59.60 over a fast track at Churchill Downs for trainer John Terranova.

“He worked great and he’s going to go to the Arkansas Derby (GI),” Terranova told the Churchill Downs communications department. “(The Arkansas Derby) was our original thought with this horse and then we tossed around the idea of the Blue Grass, but I almost don’t want to switch surfaces with him at this point. I think he’d handle it fine, but I think the Arkansas Derby makes a lot of sense.”

Terranova still has to make a decision regarding Gotham Stakes (G3) runner-up West Hills Giant, owned by Long Island Racing Stables, Sunrise Stables and Gina Bentivegna.

“He’s breezing tomorrow (Monday) at Belmont and then there’s a good chance he’ll come to the Blue Grass or (Coolmore) Lexington (on April 20),” Terranova said. “We’ll make a decision tomorrow.”




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