European Poetic Charm travels stateside for Valley View Stakes

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October 16, 2018 02:54pm

Usually when runners from Europe come to Keeneland, they arrive the week of the race.

Poetic Charm (GB) has been here almost two weeks preparing for Friday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View.

“She was going to come with another horse (
Art du Val [GB]) on the seventh, but he was a non-runner (for the Dixiana Bourbon-G3),” said Christiane Harley, assistant to trainer Charles Appleby. “There was another plane coming over on the third to pick up some yearlings, so she came over on that plane.”

Harley has accompanied Poetic Charm from England in two starts in France, where she won the Prix de la Cochere against older fillies at Longchamp and placed second in the Prix de Lieurey (G3) at Deauville.

“She’s a good traveler and very easy to train,” Harley said. “She has done well here, but we have only been able to get on the turf twice because of the rain.”

Poetic Charm, who will be ridden by Mike Smith on Friday, trained on Keeneland’s all-weather training track and took several laps around the Walking Ring Tuesday morning. 


There will be no Breeders’ Cup for 3 Batterhams and Reay’s Nyaleti (IRE), who finished third in Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1).

“We are heading back to Europe,” said Hayley Kelly, exercise rider for the Mark Johnston-trained filly. “She is going to run next in Italy (in the Nov. 4 Premio Lydia Tesio (G1) at a mile and a quarter).”

Nyaleti had been under consideration by her connections for the $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3.

Bere (FR), who was fractious at the gate in the QE II, returned to California Monday. Trainer Leonard Powell said the filly, owned by the partnership of the Benowitz Family Trust, Head of Plains Partners, Mark Mathiesen and the trainer’s wife, Mathilde Powell, had not had any gate issues prior to Saturday’s race.

“We will regroup and point to the American Oaks (G1) in late December at Santa Anita,” Powell said via text.

Woodford Racing’s recent two-time Kentucky Downs winner,
Campaign, worked a half-mile on a sealed track Tuesday morning in :51.60 in preparation for Thursday’s $100,000 Sycamore (G3) at 1½ miles on the grass.

Jockey Rogelio Miranda earned his first Keeneland victory when he rode Paul Clayman and Tamara Faulkner’s
Bella Noire to win Sunday’s fourth race at odds of 19-1. Trained by Larry Demeritte, the 2-year-old Temple City filly won the about 7-furlong race by 4¾ lengths in 1:30.88.


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