by NYRA Press Release
October 7, 2017
ELMONT, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today its latest Cross Country Pick 4 partnership, teaming up Belmont Park with Keeneland Racecourse on Saturday, October 7. The multi-race wager will include four Grade 1s: the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup and $500,000 Champagne at Belmont Park and the $500,000 Breeders' Futurity and $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland.
The sequence starts with the Champagne as Race 8 with an approximate post time of 4:13 p.m ET and will be followed by the Breeders' Futurity (Race 8 at 5:10), the Jockey Club Gold Cup (Race 10 at 5:23) and the Shadwell Turf Mile (Race 9 at 5:45). All four are Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" races, earning the victor automatic entry to the respective races and fees-paid trips to Del Mar Thoroughbred Club for the Breeders' Cup on November 3 and 4.
As part of its Breeders' Cup Challenge Series, NBC will broadcast racing from Belmont Park and Keeneland live from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., featuring the Breeders' Futurity, Jockey Club Gold Cup, and the Shadwell Mile.
Keeneland Racecourse will host the wager, which will have their standard takeout rate of 22 percent and a minimum wager of 50-cents. The wager will be listed as Belmont-Keeneland Pick 4 at terminals and on ADW platforms.
LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 7, 2017) – George Turner and Clipper Logistics’ Suedois (FR) caught front-running Heart to Heart in deep stretch to prevail by a half-length and win the 32nd running of the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) before a Saturday afternoon crowd of 28,763, the second- largest Fall Stars Saturday on record. The day featured five graded stakes worth $2.35 million, including four Breeders’ Cup Challenge stakes in which winners earned an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 3-4 at Del Mar. On-track wagering of $1,770,894 was up 4.5 percent, while all-sources wagering of $13,866,571 was the third-highest Fall Meet single-day handle. Trained by David O’Meara and ridden by Danny Tudhope, Shadwell Turf Mile winner Suedois earned a berth in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) to be run Nov. 4 at Del Mar. He was one of four winners Saturday afternoon to secure trips to California. Other Win and You’re In victors were Empyrean Stables’ Zipessa in the $400,000 First Lady (G1), Albaugh Family Stables’ Free Drop Billy in the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) for 2-year-olds and Carl R. Moore Management’s Finley’sluckycharm in the $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2). Also securing a graded stakes win Saturday afternoon was Ironhorse Racing’s Bucchero who scored a 1¾-length victory in the $200,000 Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select (G2), rewarding his backers with a $55.20 win payoff. In the Shadwell Turf Mile, Heart to Heart shot to the lead and led the field of 14 through fractions of :23.96, :48.17 while under pressure from longshot Applicator. On the far turn, Heart to Heart shook off his early challengers only to be confronted by defending champion Miss Temple City and Ballagh Rocks with jockey Danny Tudhope swinging Suedois to the outside just behind Ballagh Rocks for clear running. Heart to Heart dug in and repulsed all rivals until the final 50 yards when Suedois surged past to complete the mile on a firm turf course in 1:35.94. A 6-year-old French-bred gelding, Suedois is a son of Le Havre (IRE) out of the Singspiel (IRE) mare Cup Cake (IRE). The victory was worth $600,000 and increased Suedois’ earnings to $1,366,012 with a record of 32-8-8-7. Suedois returned $21.40, $8.60, $6.40. Heart to Heart, who finished second in a Keeneland Grade 1 race for the third time, returned $4 and $3.40 as the favorite under Florent Geroux. Ballagh Rocks, ridden by Jose Lezcano, was another head back in third and returned $4.40 to show. Divisidero was another 1¾ lengths back in fourth and was followed in order by Mondialiste (IRE), Miss Temple City, Offering Plan, Le Ken (ARG), Flatlined, American Patriot, Christian C, Applicator, Tyler U and Dimension (GB). Quotes from the $1 Million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) David O’Meara (winning trainer of Suedois [FR]) “We’ve been here (in the U.S.) a couple of times before. We were here for the Breeders’ Cup with Mondialiste (IRE), who finished second (in the 2015 Mile-G1), and here in this race last year (when he) finished fourth. (Keeneland) puts on really good prize money. It was a toss-up over taking him to France for 7 (furlongs) or here for a mile. His previous start at a mile, he won it, and we were keen to keep him at the same distance.” “We’ll chat with the owners and see what they want to do (about their earned spot in the Breeders’ Cup Mile).” Danny Tudhope (winning rider) “I thought I had a nice position (toward the rear of the pack). He travels really well, and I didn’t want to get (to the front) too soon. He finished really strong. He handled the track really well. I was happy with the way it went.” Brian Lynch (trainer of runner-up Heart to Heart) “You feel for the horse because he runs his eyeballs out every time, but you have to be humble and gallant in defeat as hard as he tries every time. If he had had a breather down the backside, he might have been able to finish better but that is racing. He is not Breeders’ Cup eligible and there is a big supplement fee so I don't think he will go. For sure he will come back to race next year.” Florent Geroux (rider of Heart to Heart): “There was pressure down the backside from Applicator going head to head with me. I wish he had not been there with me. If I had been able to slow him down a little (on the backside) maybe he could have won.” Jose Lezcano (rider of third-place finisher Ballagh Rocks) “I had a very good trip. He broke very good – the way I wanted to break. When I asked him to run, he gave me everything he had. He gave me his race. He tried hard the whole way around.” Julien Leparoux (rider of fourth-place finisher Divisidero) “We came from behind with a 14-horse field, but he made his run. No excuse. Just didn’t get there today.” Edgar Prado (rider of sixth-place finisher Miss Temple City) “She had a good trip. She broke OK and got outrun the first part so I was able to sit right behind the speed. She was going very comfortably and when I hit the three-eighths pole I had horse and I could look at the competition coming from behind. I was pretty comfortable where we were and I had a great feeling that she would be able to repeat (her victory in the race last year). At the top of the stretch, when I asked her, she really tried to go after the horse in front. The last three-eighths of a mile she just flew a little late. She got a good trip, but you’ve got to run the last part.”
LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 7, 2017) – In the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity, favored Free Drop Billy took command at the head of the stretch and drew off to post a four-length victory over Bravazo and give trainer Dale Romans a fourth victory in the race and a second for the Albaugh Family Stables that won in 2015 with Brody’s Cause. With the victory, Free Drop Billy earned a spot in the starting gate for the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) to be run Nov. 4 at Del Mar. Robby Albarado, who rode Wicked Style to victory in the 2007 Breeders’ Futurity, had Free Drop Billy in mid pack as longshot Ready Prospector led the field of 11 through fractions of :23.34, :47.11 and 1:12.66. On the turn, Bravazo briefly took over before being collared and passed by Free Drop Billy. Free Drop Billy covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.43 over a fast main track. Romans also won the race with Brody’s Cause, Dullahan in 2011 and Dawn of War in 2005. The victory was worth $300,000 and increased Free Drop Billy’s earnings to $428,020 with a record of 4-2-2-0. A Keeneland Sales graduate, Free Drop Billy is a Kentucky-bred son of Union Rags out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Trensa. Free Drop Billy returned $5, $3.80 and $2.80. Bravazo, ridden by Jon Court, returned $25.20 and $12.80 and finished 2½ lengths in front of Lone Sailor, who paid $8.80 to show under Florent Geroux. Lionite finished another half-length back in fourth and was followed in order by Givemeaminit, Ezmosh, Crea’s Bklyn Law, Bourbon Resolution, Ready Prospector and Lone Rock. Ten City did not finish. Quotes from the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1) Dale Romans (winning trainer of Free Drop Billy) On the colt getting hot prior to the race “I’d rather him not do that, but he does it, and that’s just him. I think if he changed, I’d worry about it at this point. He’s done it in all four of his races. He gets hot – it’s not nerves, he just sweats.” On the increased distance and racing two turns today “We always thought (it would suit him). If you look at all his numbers on paper, every time they stretched a race a bit, he got a little bit better. Today I think we saw what he is really capable of.” Robby Albarado (winning rider) “He’s been inside basically in all of his starts. He’s been in a lot of trouble in all of his starts, and he’s got a lot of hair on his chest for a young horse. When I got him outside, he ran home nicely. Once he got in front, he got a little lazy. I expected that. He’s never run that far before.” D. Wayne Lukas (trainer of runner-up Bravazo) “Jon Court rode a great race. (Bravazo) could not have been in a better spot than the one Jon put him in. That was significant in the race. I love these old men who have experience.” On whether Bravazo will continue to the Breeders’ Cup "(Calumet Farm owner Brad Kelley) will have to make that decision. I have mixed emotions. We would like to win the Kentucky Derby (G1). Sometimes if you put them away (from racing) after we see a little something (talent), it works out better down the line. We know he has quality. If Mr. Kelley wants to go to the Breeders’ Cup, of course we will go. He got beat by a good horse today but we beat some good horses, too.” Jon Court (rider of Bravazo) “Exactly what Mr. Lukas just said. It was perfect.” Florent Geroux (rider of third-place finisher Lone Sailor) “My horse started very nicely, fell back a little, and then there was some bumping going on in front of me. But when I called on my horse at the top of the stretch, he made a nice run. He was just a bit too far back to catch those two horses who were in front of him. He ran a big race.” Brian Hernandez Jr. (rider of fifth-place finisher Givemeaminit) “We didn’t have the greatest of trips. We got bounced around a lot out there, and on a young horse like that it kind of compromised him a bit. But it’s part of racing. It’s one of those days where you wish you’d have a little smoother trip, but it didn’t work out in our favor today.”