Stonetastic fresh and ready for Thoroughbred Club of America
October 05, 2016 09:31am
Stonetastic wins 2016 Inside Infirmation
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Stoneway Farm’s Stonetastic, a two-time Grade 2 winner, made her first appearance on Keeneland’s main track Wednesday morning since she finished eighth in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1).

“She got here last night after vanning down from Monmouth Park,” trainer Kelly Breen said after Stonetastic completed a once-around jog shortly after 6 a.m.

Stonetastic is here for Saturday’s $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2), a six-furlong sprint on dirt. She was third in the race in 2014.

The TCA will mark Stonetastic’s first start since winning the Regret at Monmouth on July 30.

“The break was a little bit by design,” Breen said. “I was trying to get the right race for her. I was not 100 percent sure we were coming here until last week. I had looked at Belmont (to possibly run Stonetastic in the Grade 2, 6½-furlong Gallant Bloom last Saturday).”

The TCA is a “Win and You’re In” challenge race for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint to be run Nov. 5 at Santa Anita.

“I am just taking it one race at a time,” Breen said about Stonetastic’s schedule “I am not prepping for anything. I am only looking at this race. She is doing good and looking good, and I am hoping for a good performance.”

In the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita, Stonetastic finished fourth as the co-favorite with winner Judy the Beauty.

Paco Lopez will ride Stonetastic in the TCA.


Godolphin Racing’s Innovative Idea worked a half-mile in :48.60 over a fast track before the Wednesday morning renovation break for trainer Eoin Harty. Third in the Locust Grove (G3) in her most recent start, Innovative Idea posted fractions of :24.80 and :48.60 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:03.20. Innovative Idea, winner of the Groupie Doll (G3) at Ellis Park in August, is expected to be entered Thursday for Sunday’s Juddmonte Spinster (G1).


On Friday, opening day of Keeneland’s 2016 Fall Meet, fans will note the appearance of leading New York jockey Jose Ortiz. He is named on horses in nine of the 10 races, including two stakes contenders trained by Ben Colebrook: Edward A. Seltzer and Beverly S. Anderson’s Caroline Test in the Darley Alcibiades (G1) and Katherine G. Ball’s Limousine Liberal in the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2).

Ortiz has ridden at Keeneland only eight times. During the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland, he and La Verdad finished second to Wavell Avenue in the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1).

Ortiz and his year-older brother and frequent riding rival, Irad Ortiz Jr., are from Puerto Rico, where they graduated from the Escuela Vocacional Hipica jockey school. Their grandfather and an uncle also were jockeys.
Irad Ortiz moved to New York in 2011, and Jose began riding at Parx a year later. Jose soon relocated to New York and won with his first mount, Corofin, in March 2012 at Aqueduct. He has earned multiple riding titles at New York Racing Association tracks and this year has ridden Grade 1 winners Ectot (GB) (Joe Hirsch Turf Classic), Off the Tracks (Mother Goose) and Practical Joke (Hopeful).
To date in 2016, Jose and Irad are North America’s respective second- and third-leading jockeys by earnings behind Javier Castellano. Jose won 65 races during the 2016 Saratoga meet to lead all riders by victories. Irad and Jose ranked second and third, respectively, behind Castellano on the list of Saratoga’s leading riders by earnings.
Keeneland patrons will be able to meet Jose Ortiz on Saturday during a question-and-answer session in the Paddock that begins at 12:05 p.m. ET. The event is part of the family-friendly Sunrise Trackside activities that start at 7 a.m.


$500,000 JUDDMONTE SPINSTER (G1) (Entries taken Thursday, race Sunday) – Engaginglee (Dale Romans), Genre (Todd Pletcher), I’m a Chatterbox (Larry Jones), Innovative Idea (Eoin Harty), Paid Up Subscriber (Al Stall Jr.).

$250,000 DIXIANA BOURBON (G3) (Entries taken Thursday, race Sunday) – All Right (Kellyn Gorder), Ancient Warfare (Mark Casse), Bird’s Eye View (Michael Dini), Con Te Partiro (Wesley Ward), Holiday Bonus (Graham Motion), Hot Dad (Mike Maker), It’s Your Nickel (Kenny McPeek), Keep Quiet (FR) (Mark Casse), Parlor (Eddie Kenneally), Prados Way (Steve Asmussen), Real Creel (Steve Asmussen), Royal by Nature (IRE) (Brad Cox), Wellabled (Larry Rivelli).

$150,000 JPMORGAN CHASE JESSAMINE (G3) (Entries taken Saturday, race Wednesday) – Divine Humor (Antonio Pizzuro), La Coronel (Mark Casse), Liberale (FR) (Chad Brown), Lipstick City (Chad Brown), Majestic Gale (Joe Sharp), Queen Del Valle (Reid Nagle), Rum Go (Tom Proctor), Sweeping Paddy (Dale Romans).

$100,000 BUFFALO TRACE FRANKLIN COUNTY (G3) (Entries taken Tuesday, race Friday, Oct. 14) – Everything Lovely (Kathleen Demasi), Fair Point (Shug McGaughey), Full Tap (Mike Stidham), Late Spring (Vicki Oliver), Melaleuca (Brian Michael), Miss Ella (Graham Motion), My Year Is a Day (FR) (Chris Davis).


Keeneland’s 2016 Fall Meet, which opens Friday, marks the track’s 80th anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, Barn Notes throughout the Fall Meet will look back at memorable races and track highlights from Keeneland’s rich history.
Here are a few highlights from Oct. 5:

1963: The 11-day Fall Meet opens with the completion of a major construction project that links the Grandstand and Clubhouse.
1985: On opening day of the 16-day Fall Meet, Ogama Bay wins the first race on the new turf course. … Keeneland offers exacta wagering for the first time.

2003: Select Stable’s Take Charge Lady becomes the first horse to win four Keeneland stakes when – for the second consecutive year – she captures the Spinster (G1) (now the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster to be run Sunday). Edgar Prado is aboard for both Spinster wins for trainer Kenny McPeek. In 2001, Take Charge Lady took the Alcibiades (G1); in 2002, she won the Ashland (G1) and Spinster. (Wise Dan won seven stakes from 2010-2014 to surpass Take Charge Lady in the number of Keeneland stakes victories.)

Take Charge Lady also has made her mark at Keeneland sales. During the 2004 November Breeding Stock Sale, she sold in foal to Seeking the Gold for $4.2 million. At last year’s November Sale, her weanling filly by War Front brought $3.2 million, a North American record for a weanling, and her champion granddaughter Take Charge Brandi commanded $6 million to be the highest-priced Thoroughbred sold anywhere in the world in 2015.

The 2013 Broodmare of the Year, Take Charge Lady also is the dam of champion Will Take Charge and Grade 1 winner Take Charge Indy. Her seven starters have earned more than $5.1 million.

2006: Opening day of the 17-day Fall Meet, which unveils a massive renovation that occurred over the summer. Significant improvements include reconfiguring the track to widen the turns and lengthen the stretch; installation of a state-of-the-art LED tote board; enlargement of the trackside apron along the Grandstand and Clubhouse lawn to create additional space for patrons; larger Winner’s Circle; and construction of a stone and wrought iron trackside rail along the Grandstand and Clubhouse aprons. Keeneland also becomes the first race track in the U.S. to offer Trakus video race technology, which tracks each horse in a race electronically and digitally in real time.

Source: Keeneland Association


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