Courtesy of the Keeneland publicity department
Morton Fink’s Wise Dan, last seen at Keeneland smashing the main track record in a 10½-length victory in the Grade III Ben Ali in April, headlines a field of 12 entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 27thrunning of the Grade I, $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile.
The Shadwell Turf Mile serves as the centerpiece of the 10-race Saturday card that features five graded stakes races, including the Grade I, $400,000 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity that drew an overflow field of 14 with two also-eligibles, and the Grade I, $350,000 First Lady that attracted six entrants.
The Shadwell Turf Mile, a “Win and You’re In” race for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile to be run November 3 at Santa Anita, will go as the ninth race Saturday with a 5:21 p.m. (ET) post time. First post time is 1:05 p.m.
Trained by Charles Lopresti, Wise Dan brings a two-race winning streak on grass into Saturday’s race. In his most recent start, Wise Dan earned a trip to the Breeders’ Cup with a victory in the Grade I Woodbine Mile by 3¼ lengths. Prior to that, Wise Dan won the Grade II Fourstardave by five lengths at Saratoga.
Jose Lezcano has the mount Saturday on Wise Dan. Fourth in this race last year, Wise Dan will break from post position five.
Chief among the opposition to Wise Dan is Stuart Janney III’s Data Link. Trained by Shug McGaughey, Data Link will seek to become the first horse to win the Grade I Maker’s 46 Mile and Shadwell Turf Mile in the same year. Alex Solis has the mount on Data Link, who will break from post position seven.
Taking on older horses for the first time will be the 3-year-old Silver Max, owned by Mark Bacon and Dana Wells. Trained by Dale Romans, Silver Max won the Grade III Transylvania here this spring in the first of five wire-to-wire stakes victories that was highlighted with a triumph in the Grade II, $600,000 Virginia Derby. Robby Albarado has the call on Silver Max, who will break from post position 10.
The field for the Shadwell Turf Mile, from the inside out, is as follows: Skyring (Rajiv Maragh, 123 pounds), DoublesPartner (Javier Castellano, 126), Corporate Jungle (Paco Lopez, 126), Willcox Inn (James Graham, 126), Wise Dan (Jose Lezcano, 126), Worthadd (IRE) (Luis Contreras, 126), Data Link (Alex Solis, 126), Slip and Drive (Alex Cintron, 126), Ol Army (Jesus Castanon, 123), Silver Max (Robby Albarado, 123), Dominus (Julien Leparoux, 126) and SwiftWarrior (Jose Espinoza, 126).
DIXIANA BREEDERS’ FUTURITY (G1)
Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence’s Balance the Books, winner of the Grade II With Anticipation on turf at Saratoga, and Swifty Farms’ Pataky Kid, winner of the Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity on Polytrack at Arlington Park, head an overflow field of 16 for the 99th running of the Breeders’ Futurity.
The Breeders’ Futurity will go as the eighth race Saturday with a 4:49 p.m. (ET) post time.
Trained by Chad Brown, Balance the Books ran second in his debut on turf to Breeders’ Futurity rival Craving Carats prior to winning the With Anticipation. Julien Leparoux has the riding assignment on Balance the Books, who will break from post position 11.
Pataky Kid is undefeated in two starts on Polytrack and will break from post position six on Saturday under Paco Lopez. Tom Proctor trains the Oklahoma-bred son of Rockport Harbor.
Other stakes winners in the field include Bluegrass Equine Bloodstock’s Joha, winner of the Colin on Polytrack at Woodbine; Charles Fipke’s Java’s War, winner of the Sunday Silence on turf at Louisiana Downs; John Oxley’s Dynamic Sky, winner of the Simcoe on Polytrack at Woodbine; and West Point Thoroughbreds’ Tree of Life, winner of the Barretts Juvenile on dirt at Fairplex.
The field for the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity, from the rail out, is as follows: Joha (Rajiv Maragh), Are You Kidding Me (Alex Solis), He’s So Fine (David Cohen), Java’s War (Richard Eramia), Tizracer (Jose Lezcano), Pataky Kid (Paco Lopez), Craving Carats (Kent Desormeaux), Dipsy Drew (Jon Court), Charming Kitten (Javier Castellano), Positively(Calvin Borel), Balance the Books (Julien Leparoux), Dynamic Sky (Luis Contreras), He’s Had Enough (Mario Gutierrez) and Tree of Life (Victor Espinoza). Also Eligibles: Hightail (Joe Rocco Jr.) and Zoloto (Junior Alvarado). All starters will carry 121 pounds.
FIRST LADY (G1)
Grade I winners Summer Soiree and Tapitsfly plus Jenny Wiley heroine Daisy Devine top a select group of six fillies and mares entered for the 15th running of the First Lady at one mile on the turf.
The First Lady will go as the seventh race on Saturday’s program with a 4:17 p.m. post time.
Frank L. Jones Jr.’s Tapitsfly, trained by Dale Romans, won the Grade I Just a Game in June at Belmont Park and has a victory in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on her resume. Third behind Daisy Devine in the Jenny Wiley, Tapitsfly will be ridden by Jose Lezcano and break from post position two.
Team Valor International’s Summer Soiree, trained by Graham Motion, took the Grade I Del Mar Oaks last year and in her 2012 debut finished third in the Ballston Spa at Saratoga on August 25. Gabriel Saez has the mount on Summer Soiree, who will break from post position five.
James Miller’s Daisy Devine, seeking to join Intercontinental (2005) and Never Retreat (2011) as the only horses to win the Grade I Jenny Wiley and First Lady in the same year, will be making her first start since finishing fifth behind First Lady rival Hungry Island in the Grade II Distaff Turf Mile on May 5. Trained by Andrew McKeever, Daisy Devine will exit post position six under James Graham.
The field for the First Lady, from the inside out, is as follows: Snow Fall (Rajiv Maragh), Tapitsfly (Jose Lezcano),Brilliant Future (Calvin Borel), Hungry Island (Julien Leparoux), Summer Soiree (Gabriel Saez) and Daisy Devine (James Graham). All starters carry 124 pounds.