Limehouse to Contest Breeders' Cup Mile

Limehouse to Contest Breeders' Cup Mile
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Limehous, winning the Brooklyn Handicap, will start in the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile.
Dogwood Stable's millionaire Limehouse, fifth in his first turf race in the Kelso Handicap (gr. IIT) Oct. 2, will run next in the $1.5 million NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Belmont Park, according to an announcement Monday by Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell.

The multiple grade II-winning son of Grand Slam, who has won seven of 20 starts and earned $1,110,433, was only 1 1/4 lengths behind winner Funfair in the Kelso, in which the winner went a mile on grass in a quick 1:32 4/5. The Breeders' Cup Mile will be run at the same distance and over the same course as the Kelso.

Jockey Jose Santos, who was a late replacement for John Velazquez in the Kelso, will retain the mount for trainer Todd Pletcher. The Breeders' Cup will mark the final career start for Limehouse, who retires to stud at Vinery farm near Lexington, Ky.

"Though fifth in the race, Limehouse demonstrated an affinity for the grass, and did not benefit from a last minute jockey replacement for the injured John Velazquez, and a few traffic glitches on the unfamiliar going," explained Campbell. "He has the Kelso under his belt now, is based at Belmont and will be reunited with Santos who rode him so well in the Kentucky Derby, in which he was a highly respectable fourth. The Mile Turf will be one of the toughest races on the Breeders' Cup card, but we feel Limehouse deserves a shot in what will be his swan song to racing..."

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