Keeneland news: Moonshine Memories 'travels well' for Raven Run
October 18, 2018 01:34pm

Michael Tabor, Bridlewood Farm, Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith’s two-time Grade 1 winner Moonshine Memories has made three trips east of the Mississippi River from her Southern California base, but she has made her first stop in Kentucky for Saturday’s 20th running of the Grade 2, $250,000 Lexus Raven Run.

“This is the coldest weather she’s been in,” said Jerry Quinn, who is overseeing the 3-year-old filly’s preparation for trainer Simon Callaghan. “But she loves it. She travels well. She has the perfect temperament. You can’t find a fault in her.”

On a brisk Thursday morning, Moonshine Memories galloped on the main track, a day after a 2-mile jog, also on the main track.

Moonshine Memories won the Chandelier (G1) at Santa Anita and the Del Mar Debutante (G1) last year before finishing seventh as the favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1).

After the Breeders’ Cup, she got a six-month break from racing, “just for some R and R,” Quinn said.

Fourth in the Acorn (G1) at Belmont in June, Moonshine Memories was a troubled third in the Prioress (G2) Sept. 2 at Saratoga in her most recent start.

“She got absolutely destroyed at the break by (winner)
 Dream Tree and was pinched back to last,” Quinn said of the race in which Moonshine Memories dropped nearly 10 lengths off the pace after the start. “She put in a big run and only got beat a head for second by one of the best fillies around (Mia Mischief).”

Callaghan has another 2-year-old filly following in the footsteps of Moonshine Memories in
 Bellafina. Owned by Kaleem Shah, Bellafina has won the same Grade 1s Moonshine Memories did in 2017 as well as the Sorrento (G2) at Del Mar.

“She’s a very good filly,” Quinn said of Bellafina, who figures to be one of the favorites for the $2 million Tito’s Handmade Vodka Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2. Bellafina is scheduled to ship from California to Louisville Oct. 26.


Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s multiple graded stakes-placed Daring Duchess heads a field of 10 entered Thursday for Sunday’s 27th running of the Grade 3, $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager for fillies and mares going 1½ miles on the grass.

The Dowager will go as the eighth race on Sunday’s nine-race program with a 4:57 p.m. ET post time. First post time Sunday is 1:05 p.m.

Trained by Mike Maker, Daring Duchess won the Flaming Page at Woodbine in August in her most recent start at the Rood & Riddle Dowager distance. Seventh in this race last year, Daring Duchess will be ridden Sunday by Jose Ortiz and break from post position five.

Maker has two other entrants in the race:
 Rahway and Shezaprado who are both owned by Out Of This World Racing. Corey Lanerie will ride Rahway from post position nine, and Gabriel Saez has the call on Shezaprado from post position four.

The field for the Rood & Riddle Dowager, with riders and weights from the inside, is:
 Viva Vegas (Tyler Gaffalione, 121 pounds), English Affair (Brian Hernandez Jr., 121), Savannah Belle (Ricardo Santana Jr., 121), Shezaprado (Saez, 121), Daring Duchess (Ortiz, 121), Amboseli (Mike Smith, 121), Beach Flower (Chris Landeros, 121), Res Ipsa (Julien Leparoux, 121), Rahway (Lanerie, 118) and Vexatious (Florent Geroux, 121).


Trainer Ben Colebrook said Thursday morning that KRA Stud Farm's Mr. Crowd would be pre-entered in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) to be run Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs.

“That was the plan since July to get him to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint,” said Colebrook, who took over the training of the 4-year-old son of Tapizar this year. “He will have one work here next week.”

Mr. Crow finished second to likely Breeders’ Cup Sprint favorite Imperial Hint in
the Vosburgh (G1) Sept. 29 at Belmont Park in his most recent start.


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