Shakhimat, J R's Holiday Might Meet Again in American Turf
April 09, 2016 07:41am
Shakhimat wins 2016 Transylvania.
Photo: Keeneland

While the $1 million Queen’s Plate at Woodbine on July 3 remains the main goal for Shakhimat, there are plenty of possibilities in between for the winner of Friday’s Transylvania (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select.

“I think the plan is to stay here for a while with the Queen’s Plate as the ultimate goal,” said Patrick Dixon, assistant to trainer Roger Attfield. “There are a lot of options out there and it is possible he could run at Churchill Downs.”

That would be the $300,000 American Turf (G2) at 1 1/16 miles on Kentucky Derby Day, May 7.

Owned by Richard Hogan and Dan Gale, Shakhimat was dazzling in his 2016 debut Friday, scoring a front-running, 3¼-length victory in the $100,000 Transylvania (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select.

“He is very good this morning; a happy horse,” Dixon said. “He was acting like he never ran at all.”

Should Shakhimat go on to the American Turf, he likely will see some familiar faces.

Trainer Jose Garoffalo said the plan was to go on to Churchill Downs and prepare there for the American Turf with Transylvania runner-up J R’s Holiday.

“My horse ran a helluva race and the plan right now is to stay in Kentucky for the race Derby Day,” said Garoffalo, who trains J R’s Holiday for J.R. Racing LLC.

Trainer Shug McGaughey said third-place finisher Inspector Lynley came back fine after the race.

“I thought he ran a good race,” said McGaughey, who added that Inspector Lynley would remain at Keeneland for the time being and likely return to New York to be pointed at an allowance race.

Overseeing McGaughey’s 12-horse stable at Keeneland is his 26-year-old son, Reeve.

Also doing well the morning after the race were trainer Chad Brown’s two entrants, fourth-place finisher Converge and fifth-place finisher Catapult, according to assistant Whit Beckman.



Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Shining Copper, a probable starter in Friday’s Maker’s 46 Mile (G1), worked a half-mile in :48.80 over a fast track after the Saturday morning renovation break. Keeneland clockers caught Shining Copper in fractions of :23.20, :48.80 and out five furlongs in 1:02. …

Cheyenne Stables’ undefeated Kinsley Kisses, a probable starter in next Sunday’s Adena Springs Beaumont (G3), worked a half-mile in company in :49 after the break. Fractions on the move were :23.60, :49 and out five furlongs in 1:02.40. …

John Oxley’s Noble Bird, winner of last June’s Stephen Foster (G1) at Churchill Downs and nominated to next Saturday’s$200,000 Ben Ali (G3), worked a half-mile after the break in :46.20. Noble Bird galloped out five-eighths in :58.60 and six furlongs in 1:12.


Gary Barber, Michael James Ambler and Windways Farm’s Catch a Glimpse, who is at Keeneland and is expected to be entered in Thursday’s Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association, was honored Friday night as Canada’s 2015 Horse of the Year, champion 2-year-old filly and champion turf female at the 41st annual Sovereign Awards presentation at Woodbine. Last year, Catch a Glimpse won the Natalma (G2) at Woodbine before winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) at Keeneland. The City Zip filly made her 3-year-old debut Feb. 27 and won the Herecomesthebride (G3) at Gulfstream. Mark Casse, who trains Catch a Glimpse, received his fourth consecutive Sovereign Award as Canada’s outstanding trainer.



$125,000 APPALACHIAN (G3) PRESENTED BY JAPAN RACING ASSOCIATION (entries taken Sunday, raceThursday) – Baciami Piccola (GB), Catch a Glimpse, Felt in Pocket, Outsider Art, Recognition.

$300,000 MAKER’S 46 MILE (G1) (entries taken Tuesday, race Friday, April 15) – Conquest Typhoon, Dac, Heart to Heart, Reload, Shining Copper, Tourist.

$350,000 COOLMORE JENNY WILEY (G1) (entries taken Wednesday; race Saturday, April 16) – Akatea (IRE), Dacita (CHI), Illuminant, Tepin, Wekeela (FR).

$200,000 BEN ALI (G3) (entries taken Wednesday; race Saturday, April 16) – Ami’s Holiday, Breaking Lucky, Eagle, General a Rod, Neck ‘n Neck.

$150,000 LEXINGTON (G3) (entries taken Wednesday; race Saturday, April 16) – Big Squeeze, Direct Message, Lomcevak, Pinson, Riker, Synchrony, Yo Carm.

$100,000 GIANT’S CAUSEWAY (entries taken Wednesday; race Saturday, April 16) – Eden Prairie, Exaggerated, Jewel of a Cat, Lindisfarne, Maggiesfreuddnslip, Miss Ella, Miss Matzoball, Rapid Rhythm, Sweet Success.

$150,000 ADENA SPRINGS BEAUMONT (G3) (entries taken Thursday, April 14; race Sunday, April 17) – Cosmic Girl, Kinsley Kisses, Lightstream, Nickname, Northwest Tale, R Girls a Charmer.



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                                                                                                                                          Saturday, April 9

Keeneland Shop’s Milliners Corner 
presents Christine A. Moore Millinery adjacent to the Walking Ring from 9 a.m. to the last race.

Craft Beer Tent. The special selection of beers will include Blue Stallion, Country Boy, Fat Tire, Kentucky Ale Race Day IPA, Land Shark, Shock Top, Sierra Nevada and Woodchuck Hard Cider.

Tailgating on The Hill. Keeneland’s hugely popular tailgate lot, The Hill, located adjacent to the Keene Barn & Entertainment Center, will feature local food trucks, a jumbo television screen, wireless wagering and wagering terminals, race-day programs, a Keeneland Shop kiosk and free shuttles to the track. The Hill will showcase Central Kentucky’s favorite bluegrass bands from 12-4 p.m. BETologists also will be available to answer fans’ questions.

Big Apple/Bluegrass Pick 4 Wager. Keeneland and the New York Racing Association have created the special Big Apple/Bluegrass Pick 4 wager that begins with the Bay Shore (G3) (4:52 p.m. ET), followed by the Madison (G1) (5:20 p.m.), Wood Memorial (G1) (5:30 p.m.) and Toyota Blue Grass (6 p.m.).

All-Stakes Pick 4 Presented by TVG. A $300,000-guaranteed Pick 4 featuring races 7-10, the Commonwealth (G3), Shakertown (G2), Madison and Toyota Blue Grass.

All-Stakes Pick 5 Presented by TVG. A $300,000-guaranteed Pick 5 featuring races 6-10, Central Bank Ashland (G1), Commonwealth, Shakertown, Madison and Toyota Blue Grass.

Sunday, April 10

Jockey Autograph Signing. Fans may get autographs of active jockeys from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. adjacent to the Paddock to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. 

Source: Keeneland


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