Keeneland-based trainer Wesley Ward said eight horses he trains have been pre-entered in the Nov. 2-3 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs. All
are fillies and mares.
Breeders’ Cup pre-entries will be announced Wednesday at 11:30 a.m..
Ward’s contingent includes six starters in the inaugural $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at 5½ furlongs Nov. 2: Hat Creek Racing’s
Chelsea Cloisters, Steven Michael Bell’s Dragic, Breeze Easy’s Mae Never No (IRE) and
Shang Shang Shang, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s Moonlight Romance and Marcus Stables’
Ward said his other Breeders’ Cup pre-entrants are Happy Like a Fool, who was pre-entered in the TwinSpires Sprint (G1) and the Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) on Nov. 3 for owners Merriebelle Stable, Michael B. Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John Magnier; and Kent Spellman’s Kirby’s Penny, pre-entered in the Filly and Mare Sprint.
He is excited about participating in the new Breeders’ Cup race.
“It’s a fantastic race,” Ward said. “At this time of year, for the most part, I’m kinda looking to give them a break because there’s really nothing for a 2-year-old turf sprinter. (This race) has opened up a lot of opportunities not only for me but for the Europeans. It should be a really good, exciting race.”
Shang Shang Shang has not raced since June 21 when she won the Norfolk (G2) at Royal Ascot in England. Ward said Shang Shang Shang would have her next work at Churchill.
On Tuesday morning, Moonlight Romance and Stillwater Cove worked in company over a turf course labeled as good.
Working on the outside, Moonlight Romance started a length behind Stillwater Cove with the duo finishing on even terms. Moonlight Romance was timed in :49.80 for the half-mile and Stillwater Cove :50 with a final quarter of :23.20 for both. They galloped out five-eighths in 1:03.
Also working for Ward on the dirt was Kirby’s Penny, who drilled a best-of-six five furlongs in :59.20.
WINNING ENVELOPE DOING HER BREEDERS’ CUP WORK AT KEENELAND
Lothenbach Stables’ Winning Envelope was pre-entered for the $1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), according to Neil Pessin, who has been overseeing the 2-year-old’s training here for Chris Block.
“She was a private purchase after she won her first race at Arlington by six lengths in August,” Pessin said. “She won in hand and under wraps, and she is a More Than Ready (a successful turf sire). Chris had been watching her a couple of months before she ran.”
Off the maiden win, Winning Envelope was favored in the Arlington-Washington Lassie, which also was run on the all-weather track and finished fifth. In her grass debut, she won going a mile at Churchill Downs by 4¾ lengths on Sept. 29.
“She came here after she won at Churchill,” Pessin said of the filly who has had two half-mile works on the dirt here. “She probably will work again here Saturday and then ship to Churchill Sunday.”
Trainer Mark Casse said Lexus Raven Run (G2) winner Shamrock Rose was pre-entered for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1). Owned by Conrad Farms, Shamrock Rose was supplemented to the race.
Casse has five horses pre-entered for the Breeders’ Cup. Those stabled at Keeneland are Strike Silver, winner of the Indian Summer, for the Juvenile Turf Sprint; and War of Will, fourth in the Dixiana Bourbon (G3), for the Juvenile Turf (G1). His other runners will be Wonder Gadot (Distaff-G1) and 2017 Commonwealth (G3) winner Awesome Slew (Dirt Mile-G1).