Captivating Moon, Bet She Wins work for Fall Stars stakes assignments
September 30, 2017 08:32am
Bet She Wins works at KEE (9-30-17)
Photo: Keeneland Photo

Lothenbach Stables’ Captivating Moon and Bet She Wins put in works Saturday morning for upcoming engagements during Keeneland’s Fall Stars Weekend on Oct. 6-8, the first three days of the Fall Meet that features nine graded stakes worth $3.75 million. Five of those races are Grade 1 events; eight Fall Stars stakes are “Win and You’re In” contests for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar on Nov. 3-4.

With jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. aboard, Captivating Moon worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 in company with Diamondmaze, while Bet She Wins covered a half-mile in :48.40 working on her own.

Trainer Chris Block plans to enter Captivating Moon in both the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) to be run Saturday at 1 1/16 miles on the dirt and the $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon (G3) at 1 1/16 miles on the turf the following day.

“Knowing him and with his pedigree, I think he is better on grass,” said Block of the homebred son of Malibu Moon who won his debut on grass and then finished second in the Arlington-Washington Futurity over an all-weather surface. “But I don’t know if we can get in the Bourbon (which may draw a field in excess of the maximum 14).”

Bet She Wins, who followed two grass starts with a 9½-length victory in the Arlington-Washington Lassie over the all-weather surface, will get her dirt debut in Friday’s $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1).

“I just wanted to get her feet over the dirt,” Block said. “She had her main work last week at Arlington (a bullet five-eighths in 1:00) in company with Captivating Moon.”

The victory in the Arlington-Washington Lassie came as a big surprise to Block.

“She doesn’t look that impressive in the mornings on the grass or the all-weather and her race in the Lassie was unexpected,” Block said. “I am thinking the Alcibiades. She’s nominated to the (JPMorgan Chase) Jessamine (G3), but her turf win was by disqualification and that would be tough.”

Source: Keeneland Association


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