Current capped off a big day for Pletcher, Oritz in Bourbon Stakes

Edited Press Release
October 08, 2018 12:47pm

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Robert LaPenta’s Current prevailed in a three-horse photo in Sunday’s Dixiana Bourbon (G3) despite having the shoe on his left front foot come loose.

“I don’t know where it happened in the race,” said Ginny DePasquale, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher. “He is good this morning.”

Even though there were three noses on the wire, DePasquale thought Current had won.

“I was watching on the monitor in the Grandstand and all the commentators (on TVG and NBC) thought he won,” DePasquale said. “I was surprised it took so long to put the result up.”

The end result was a fees-paid berth into the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2 for Current. DePasquale, who will be with Pletcher’s Churchill string, was uncertain when Current would move on to Louisville but expected the colt would remain at Keeneland for the time being.

Current was ridden by Jose Ortiz and was the third winner of the day for the trainer-jockey combination. They won the third with
D’ambrosio and the seventh with Into Mystic. It marked the first three-win day for a rider or trainer during the meet.

Bloom Racing Stable’s Dixiana Bourbon runner-up,
Henley’s Joy, is scheduled to return Tuesday to trainer Mike Maker’s home base at Trackside Training Center in Louisville.

Maker said Monday that the Breeders’ Cup remains under consideration.

David Carroll, assistant to trainer Mark Casse, said plans are undecided for Gary Barber’s W
ar of Will, who set the pace as the favorite in the Dixiana Bourbon before finishing fourth.

“He looked like he had control of the race turning for home,” Carroll said. “He might have lost his momentum when he switched leads but we still think a lot of him and hopefully he has some big days ahead of him.”

John C. Oxley’s
Strike Silver has the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint on his calendar after clinching a fees-paid slot with his triumph in Sunday’s $200,000 Indian Summer. The inaugural running of the Juvenile Turf Sprint will be at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2.

“The game plan is to go for the Breeders’ Cup,” trainer Mark Casse’s assistant David Carroll said. “He will probably stay at Keeneland for a little while before shipping to our barn at Churchill Downs.”

The Indian Summer marked the turf debut for Strike Silver, who won his career debut at Churchill in June and was a close second in the Sanford (G3) at Saratoga in July.

Trainer Wesley Ward was pleased with the second-place effort by Hat Creek Racing’s
Chelsea Cloisters in the Indian Summer.

“You look like you’re a winner and then you get nailed at the wire,” Ward said.


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