A field of 14 is set for Saturday's Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland. The 92nd running of the 1 1/16 mile test for 2-year-olds features Kentucky Cup Juvenile Stakes (gr. III) winner Stream Cat, whose devastating closing kick has already earned him two stakes wins.
The partnership of Fab Oak Stable, Robert Hurley, and Jack Goldthorpe's Team Derby Dreams Stable are looking for a third straight stakes score on as many surfaces for their strapping dark bay or brown son of Black Minnaloushe
The muscular colt came from way back on Turfway's Cup Day on the all-weather Polytrack, leaving jockey Gary Stevens to proclaim him one of the most explosive 2-year-old he had ever ridden.
Bred in Kentucky by Matthews Breeding and Racing, and out of the Irish River mare Water Course, Stream Cat displayed a similar closing rush to win the With Anticipation Stakes in a hand ride just 14 days prior over the Saratoga turf.
Both wins came at Saturday's distance.
The Patrick Biancone trainee has posted bullet breezes in his last two works: one on the Saratoga main track Sept. 29 (5f, 1:01.47), and the other at Turfway Wednesday (4f, :46.40), proving he can run on anything.
Stevens, who will ride Henny Hughes in the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont, gives up the mount on the likely race favorite to Kieren Fallon.
Fallon will take Stream Cat out from post five.
Looking to make the lead early and hold off the late-surging Stream Cat is Claiborne Farm homebred, Laity.
The son of Pulpit
was a front-running, 1 3/4-length winner last time out in the $200,000 Miller Lite Cradle Stakes at River Downs--establishing a new stakes record along the way--but he'll have to work a little harder for the lead Saturday having drawn post-position 12.
Out of the Forty Niner mare Tour, Laity broke his maiden at Arlington going a mile in just his second start. The colt worked six furlongs for trainer Frank Brothers at Churchill Oct. 1 in bullet time (1:15.00), the fastest of six moves at the distance, and certainly has the pedigree for the two turns.
If history is on his side, it may help that Forty Niner won the 1987 edition of this race for Claiborne Farm, and Claiborne's ill-fated Swale took the 1983 running in carrying the farm silks as well.
Corey Lanerie, aboard in the Cradle win, will ride.
European invader Cool Creek, by Desert Style, is the most experienced of this crowd, having made nine starts overseas, including wins in the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (Eng-II) in his last start, and the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (Eng-II) earlier this year.
With earnings of $209,823, Cool Creek is also the richest of the group. He races for partners Michael Pescod and Justin Dowley and will be making his first trip on the dirt and around to turns.
Richard Hughes will guide him from post three.
Other interesting entries include:
Kid Lemonade--the Calumet-bred son of Lemon Drop Kid
out of the Relaunch mare Classy Women runs for Tim Ritchey and gets the services of John McKee. This one brought $225,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Sharp Attack--this Overbrook Farm/William Marquard homebred son of Storm Cat
out of the Fappiano mare Foppy Dancer romped last time out over a mile at Turfway, winning by 10 3/4 lengths. D. Wayne Lukas, a six-time winner of this race, including last year with Consolidator, trains.
High Cotton--this Breeders' Futurity wouldn't be complete without a Will Farish-bred entry. Co-bred by O. M. Phipps, this son of Dixie Union
out of the A.P. Indy
mare Happy Tune has the Lane's End stamp all over him and lands the service of farm jock Robby Albarado. Todd Pletcher trains this $110,000 Keeneland September sale graduate for John Fort's Peachtree Stable.
The field, all carrying 121 pounds, are listed below.Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I), Saturday, Oct. 8, 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles, $500,000, estimated post time 5:08 p.m. EDT.
PP -- Horse, Jockey
1 -- Special Interest, Mike Smith
2 -- Sharp Attack, Edgar Prado
3 -- Cool Creek, Richard Hughes
4 -- Greater Fool, Shaun Bridgmohan
5 -- Stream Cat, Kieren Fallon
6 -- Catcominatcha, Rafael Bejarano
7 -- High Cotton, Robby Albarado
8 -- Menacing, Jeremy Rose
9 -- Charley Tango, Mark Guidry
10 --Rungius, Jesus Lopez Castanon
11 --Dawn of War, John Jacinto
12 --Laity, Corey Lanerie
13 --Kid Lemonade, John McKee
14 --Reaffirmed, Aaron Gryder