Special Reserve Will Try To Defend Title in Friday’s Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes

(Saddle cloth for the Stoll Keenon Ogden Stakes in 2021 / Coady Photography)

From the Keeneland Media Team:


Paradise Farms Corp. and David Staudacher’s Special Reserve will face seven rivals Friday in his bid to become the seventh back-to-back winner of the $350,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) going 6 furlongs on the main track.

Scheduled as the seventh race on the Fall Meet’s opening-day 10-race card, the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix is ​​a “Win ​​and You’re In” race for the $2 million Qatar Racing Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) to be run here Nov 5. Post time for the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix is ​​4:12 pm ET with first post at 1 pm

Trained by Mike Maker, Special Reserve won last year’s Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix as the 6-5 favorite by a neck over Aloha West, who would come back four weeks later and win the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Del Mar.

Two Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix winners have won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint with the most recent being Work All Week in 2014 and Runhappy in 2015.

Fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint last year, Special Reserve has run twice this year and enters Friday’s race off a 3½-length victory in the Senator Robert Byrd Memorial at Mountaineer on Aug. 6. Tyler Gaffalione has the mount Friday from post position two .

The field for the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: Sir Alfred James (Rafael Bejarano, 120 pounds), Special Reserve (Gaffalione, 120), Top Gunner (Rey Gutierrez, 120), Baytown Bear (Jack Gilligan, 120), Sibelius (Junior Alvarado, 120), Necker Island (Francisco Arrieta, 120), Manny Wah (Corey Lanerie, 118), Long Range Toddy (Paco Lopez, 120).


Deuce Greathouse’s Towhead, who just missed breaking her maiden by a nose in the Aristocrat Gaming Juvenile Fillies (L) at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 3, headlines a field of 12 2-year-old fillies plus four also-eligibles entered Tuesday for the 32nd running of the $350,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2) going 1 1/16 miles on the Keeneland turf course.

The JPMorgan Chase Jessamine is a “Win ​​and You’re In” race with the winner earning a fees-paid berth into the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) to be run here Nov 4. Two JPMorgan Chase Jessamine winners have come back to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf: Aunt Pearl (IRE) in 2020 and Rushing Fall in 2017.

The JPMorgan Chase Jessamine will go as the eighth race Friday with a 4:44 pm ET post time.

Towhead, trained by Mike Maker, has a 4-0-2-2 record although she crossed the finish line first at Saratoga July 24 in a race that was declared a no contest because of issues in removing the starting gate from the course. Tyler Gaffalione has the mount Friday and will start from post position 12.

Towhead finished 9 lengths in front of third-place runner CC Cruise Control at Kentucky Downs with Knockyoursocksoff another three-quarters of a length back in fourth.

David Menard’s CC Cruise Control, trained by Kenny McPeek, is a maiden winner on grass at Ellis Park. Corey Lanerie retains the mount and will break from post two.

Town and Country Racing’s Knockyoursocksoff won at first asking on the turf at Colonial Downs for trainer Chris Block. Flavien Prat has the mount and will exit post 11.

The field for the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: Sabalenka (Jose Ortiz, 118 pounds), CC Cruise Control (Lanerie, 118), Delight (Luis Saez, 118), Promise of Hope (Edgar Morales, 118), Blind Spot (Edgard Zayas, 120), Happy Gal (Joel Rosario, 118), Bling (Rafael Bejarano, 118), Dulcia (Joe Talamo, 118), Recognize (Junior Alvarado, 118), Stephanie’s Charm ( Inoel Beato, 118), Knockyoursocksoff (Prat, 118), Towhead (Gaffalione, 118). Also-Eligibles: Tax Implications (GB) (Irad Ortiz Jr., 118), Southlawn (Joe Talamo, 118), Play the Music (Joel Rosario, 118), Aztec Nights (Ricardo Santana Jr., 118).


Friday is opening day of Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet and the start of Fall Stars Weekend, which will offer 11 stakes worth $5.45 million.

Nine of the races are Breeders’ Cup Challenge tests

that award the winners fees-paid berths into corresponding races at the 39th World Championships, which will be held Nov. 4-5 at Keeneland.

According to Keeneland Stakes Coordinator Allison De Luca, here are the probable and possible starters for the Saturday and Sunday stakes:

Saturday stakes. Entries taken Wednesday

*$1 Million Coolmore Turf Mile (G1), 3-year-olds and up, 1 mile (turf) Probable: Dark Shift (UK) (Conor Murphy) Emaraaty (UK) (Chad Brown) Gray’s Fable (Brian Lynch) Greyes Creek (Paulo Lobo) In Love (BRZ) (lobo), Masen (UK) (Brown) santine (Brendan Walsh) set piece (UK) (Brad Cox)Smooth Like Strait (Michael McCarthy), somelittlehotbrown (Mike Maker) winfromwithin

(Jorge Delgado). Possible: Casa Creed (Bill Mott) Ivar (GT)


*$600,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1), 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles Probable: Bourbon Bash (D.Wayne Luke), Caramel Road (Bob Baffert), forte (Todd Pletcher), Frosted Departure (Kenny McPeek), Funtastic Again (Wesley Ward) honey (McPeek), instant coffee (Brad Cox) Jin Tong (Doug O’Neill),logs (Cox), Lost Ark (Pletcher) National Treasure (Baffert), Powerful (Steve Asmussen) Two Phil’s

(Larry Rivelli). Possible: good heart

(Brendan Walsh).

$750,000 First Lady (G1) Presented by UK HealthCare, 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, 1 mile (turf) Probable: In Italian (UK) (Chad Brown) Market Rumor (Ian Wilkes), Princess Grace (Mike Stidham) Regal Glory(Brown) Technical Analysis (IRE)

(Brown). Possible: Alms

(Mike Stidham).

*$350,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2), 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, 6 furlongs Probable: Club Car (Ben Colebrook), happy soul (Wesley Ward) Joyful Cadence (John Ortiz) Liberty Md (Ian Wilkes), Palm Cottage (Paulo Lobo) sconsin (Greg Foley), slammed

(Todd Fincher).

$350,000 Woodford (G2) Presented by FanDuel, 3-year-olds and up, 5½ furlongs (turf) Probable: Artemus city limits (Mike Maker) Asymmetric (IRE) (Wesley Ward) Bound for Nowhere (ward),County Final (Steve Asmussen) Golden Pal

(ward). Possible: Gear Jockey

(Rusty Arnold).

Sunday stakes. Entries taken Thursday

*$600,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1), 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, 1 1/8 miles Probable: Army Wife (Mike Maker) Letruska (Fausto Gutierrez), malathaat (Todd Pletcher), Princess of Cairo

(Mike Puhich). Possible: played hard

(Phil Bauer).

*$350,000 Castle & Key Bourbon (G2), 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles (turf) Probable: andthewinneris (Wayne Catalano), B Minor (Kenny McPeek), Boppy O (Mark Cassé) giant (Steve Asmussen) Mendel’s Secret (Mike Maker) Oscar Awards (John Ortiz) Rarified Flair (McPeek), Really good (makers),Reckoning Force (Walsh), Red Route One

(Asmussen). Possible: good heart

(Brendan Walsh).

*$250,000 Indian Summer (L) Presented by Keeneland Select, 2-year-olds, 5½ furlongs (turf) Probable: Love Reigns (IRE) (Wesley Ward) No Kay Never (IRE) (ward), No Nay Hudson (IRE) (ward),private creed (Steve Asmussen) Tap into formation

(Wayne Catalano). Possible: Danse Macabre

(Kelsey Danner).

Year round Official Keeneland Tours.

Visit keeneland.com/tours for availability and to purchase. New: Road to the Breeders’ Cup Tour and Breeders’ Cup Experience Tour.

Now through December Keeneland Library Exhibit “Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland.”

Enjoy photographs from the 2015 and 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland along with artifacts from Breeders’ Cup Ltd. and mementos of fan favorites American Pharoah and Zenyatta. The Library is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Every Friday and Saturday The Hill.

No ticket or reservation is required for Keeneland’s popular free tailgating area, which is open Fridays and Saturdays and offers a unique way to experience the races. Fans on The Hill can participate in the racing action via a jumbo TV and wagering, while food trucks and live music presented by The Burl create a festive atmosphere. Those who wish to elevate their tailgating experience can book a premium package that includes tent, tables, amenities, reserved area for the day and more with REVELxp, the official tent partner for organized tailgates. Visit Keeneland.com/tailgating for details.

Saturday, Oct. 8th Sunrise Trackside.

This morning program is geared toward families and offers a unique view of Thoroughbreds during training hours. Children’s activities from 8-10 am include a meet and greet with Keeneland’s mascot, buckles, along with face painting, games and more. Fans can enjoy coffee and donuts at The Starting Gate stand while watching horses train. Mini tours are available at the Welcome Stand near the Paddock. A 30-minute paddock demonstration that begins at 8:30 am features a horse for patrons to pet while horsewoman and marketing and publicity consultant Jen Roytz discusses how horses communicate. This event is open to the public and does not require a ticket to attend.

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