On April 28, 2006, trainer Todd Pletcher won Keeneland’s final race on its old dirt track, a seven-furlong maiden race, with Zinzan. On Friday, opening day of Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet, Pletcher will send out Cosmo Blue in the first race, a maiden test that will mark the first competition on the track’s new dirt surface. Perhaps that is an omen of the outcome?
“That’d be nice, wouldn’t it?” Tristan Barry, Pletcher’s assistant here, said Wednesday morning.
Barry said the Pletcher stable at Keeneland will number 25-30 horses, a notable increase from recent years. Among them are two promising juveniles, undefeated Grade 3 winner Fashion Alert in the Darley Alcibiades (G1) on opening day and Saratoga maiden winner Carpe Diem in Saturday’s Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1). Both are Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduates.
Fashion Alert, a daughter of Old Fashioned, races for George Bolton and Barry Hall. She will break from the inside post in the field of 13 racing 1 1/16 miles.
“She’s done nothing wrong so far. She’s 2-for-2,” Barry said. “But it’s a Grade 1. It’s a step up in company. There’s plenty of speed in the race. Gotta break clean and get a little lucky.”
By Giant’s Causeway, Carpe Diem is a half-brother to 2010 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity winner J. B.’s Thunder. Carpe Diem, Barry said, “performed well the first time out so hopefully we’ll look forward to a nice second out.”
The colt by Giant’s Causeway races for WinStar Farm LLC and Stonestreet Stables LLC.
Pletcher has four horses entered here Friday, including Eastwood in the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G3).