Spain Burg works at Keeneland for BC Juvenile Fillies Turf (VIDEO)

Spain Burg works at Keeneland for BC Juvenile Fillies Turf (VIDEO)
Photo: Keeneland Photo

The past two months have been a whirlwind for Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and R.A. Hill Stable’s Spain Burg (FR)

On Sept. 23 in England at Newmarket, the 2-year-old filly won the Shadwell Rockfel (G2), a “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), by 1¼ lengths at odds of 14-1. The performance improved her record to four wins in five starts.

On Oct. 1 at the Arqana Chantilly Arc Sale in France, Dean and Patti Reeves, in the name of Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, bought Spain Burg for $1,686,000, the second-highest price of the sale. She completed quarantine and remained in training in France with Nicolas Clement.

On Oct. 18, Spain Burg arrived at trainer Kathy Ritvo’s barn at Keeneland. This morning, she worked five furlongs in 1:04 on the firm turf course with David Flores aboard.

Tomorrow morning, Spain Burg leaves for Santa Anita.

“Her record stands for itself,” Ritvo, who won the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) with the Reeves’ Mucho Macho Man, said. “I was really, really excited when (Dean Reeves) called me and told me that we got her. We just started working on getting her here and making a plan.”

At Keeneland, Ritvo has been getting to know Spain Burg while acclimating the filly to a new environment and training routine.

“She goes with the pony and jogs a mile with him and then she gallops another mile and a half,” Ritvo said. “We walk here about 20-30 minutes before we even go up to the track. We try to go when it’s a little quieter.

“She’s done really, really well. She’s very smart, really level-headed, kind. She’s been eating great. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.”

Ritvo, who has trained a string at Keeneland for the first time this season, was pleased with Thursday’s work, calling it “perfect. Just let her do it on her own. She went good.”

Frankie Dettori, who rode Spain Burg in the Shadwell Rockfel, will be aboard in the one-mile Juvenile Fillies Turf.

“I think she’s going to love the distance,” Ritvo said. “Frankie Dettori said she should like the course at Santa Anita.”

Two other Breeders’ Cup pre-entrants worked on turf Thursday for trainer Joe Sharp.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Kitten’s Cat, with Dustin Dugas aboardand Allan Peterson’s Majestic Gale, ridden by Jennifer Miller, worked four furlongs in :49.60 in company.

Kitten’s Cat is second on the also-eligible list for the Juvenile Turf, and Majestic Gale is the sixth alternate for the Juvenile Fillies Turf.

“That was perfect,” Sharp said after the workout. “It is a shame that Majestic Gale probably will not draw into the race. She is a special filly, but she will have to wait and show that later on.” 

Tentative plans call for the pair to be flown to Santa Anita on Saturday, but Sharp said Majestic Gale probably will not go because she is unlikely to draw into the race. 


Seventy-four horses that are graduates of Keeneland sales were pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships being held Nov. 4-5 at Santa Anita. (Nine horses – Carina Mia, Catch a Glimpse, Curalina, Midnight Storm, New Money Honey, Om, Photo Call (IRE), War Story and Win the Space – were pre-entered in two races.) Post positions will be drawn Monday.

The pre-entered Keeneland sales graduates are:

Nov. 4 races

$2 million Distaff (G1): Beholder, Carina Mia, Curalina, I’m a Chatterbox, Land Over Sea

$1 million Las Vegas Dirt Mile (G1): Accelerate, Bradester (withdrawn), Dortmund, Midnight Storm, Runhappy, Tamarkuz, Tom’s Ready, War Story

$1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1): Coasted, La Coronel, New Money Honey, Roly Poly; (not selected into the field) Happy Mesa, Con Te Partiro

$1 million Juvenile Turf (G1): Bowies Hero, Channel Maker, Made You Look, Rodaini, Ticonderoga, Wellabled; (not selected into the field) J. S. Choice, Hootie

Nov. 5 races

$6 million Classic (G1): Arrogate, Hoppertunity, Keen Ice, Melatonin, Nyquist, War Story, Win the Space.

$4 million Turf (G1): Metaboss, Money Multiplier, Twilight Eclipse; (not selected into the field) Win the Space

$2 million Mile (G1): Midnight Storm, Miss Temple City, Photo Call (IRE), Ring Weekend; (not selected into the field) Om

$2 million Sentient Jet Juvenile (G1): Classic Empire, Gormley, Lookin At Lee, Practical Joke, Term of Art, Theory

$2 million 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies (G1): Champagne Room, Colorful Charades, Dancing Rags, New Money Honey, Sweet Loretta, Union Strike, Yellow Agate

$2 million Filly and Mare Turf (G1): Al’s Gal, Catch a Glimpse, Lady Eli, Photo Call (IRE), Ryans Charm, Zipessa

$1.5 million TwinSpires Sprint (G1): Drefong, Lord Nelson, Mind Your Biscuits, Noholdingback Bear

$1 million Filly and Mare Sprint (G1): Carina Mia, Curalina, Finest City, Gloryzapper, Haveyougoneaway, Paid Up Subscriber, Paola Queen; (not selected into the field) Enchanting Lady

$1 million Turf Sprint (G1): A Lot, Catch a Glimpse, Celestine, Holy Lute, Mongolian Saturday, Om, Ready for Rye, Rumble Doll, Undrafted


Trainer Mark Casse and jockey Robby Albarado each won three races Thursday. They teamed to win the seventh race with Debby Oxley’s Minister’s Strike and the ninth race with Tizzarunner, who races for Oxley’s husband, John C. Oxley.

Casse also won the third with JSM Equine’s Kismet’s Heels and Albarado won the sixth aboard Albaugh Family Stables’ J Boys Echo.

With his performance Wednesday, Casse moved atop the Fall Meet standings with 11 victories, one more than Mike Maker.

Albarado has 13 wins, putting him third behind Julien Leparoux (18 wins) and Florent Geroux (14 wins). …

Trainer Jack Van Berg recorded his first Keeneland victory since the 1998 Spring Meet when he sent out Muddy Waters Stables’ Texas-bred Eurodevilwoman to win Thursday’s first race. Van Berg now has 47 wins here. He sent out his first Keeneland winner during the 1972 Spring Meet. Declan Cannon rode Eurodevilwoman to win the six-furlong race by a half-length in 1:10.92. …

A race oddity occurred Thursday when the No. 7 horse won the first four races. Eurodevilwoman won the first race and was followed in the next races by Juan Munoz-Cano’s Rare Art, JSM Equine’s Kismet’s Heels and Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Pinson. … 

Trevor McCarthy scored his first Keeneland victory when he rode Hope Jones’ Party Boat to win the sixth race Wednesday. Graham Motion trains Party Boat, a 2-year-old Into Mischief filly who won the 1 1/16-mile allowance race on firm turf by two lengths in 1:44.91.

Source: Keeneland Association

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