Glencrest Farm’s Panty Raid, winner of the Keeneland’s Juddmonte Spinster (gr. I) in her most recent outing, is being pointed to Churchill Downs' $300,000-added Falls City Handicap (gr. II) to be run Thanksgiving Day, according to trainer Todd Pletcher.
Panty Raid had been under consideration for the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I) or the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) but was not entered by Pletcher because the trainer was not happy with results of blood work done on the 3-year-old daughter of Include .
“She has rebounded well and she looks great,” Pletcher said. “She had a good breeze on Friday (a half-mile in :50.13 at Belmont Park), so everything looks on schedule at this stage.”
Pletcher also said he had three possibilities for the 133rd running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II) to be run Nov. 23 at a mile and an eighth on the main track.
“A.P. Arrow is here, and Magna Graduate and Fairbanks are under consideration,” Pletcher said.
Pletcher did not know if he would have anything for a pair of closing-day 2-year-old features, the $250,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) and the $250,000 Golden Rod (gr. II) for the fillies. Both races are a mile and a sixteenth on the main track.
This year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships marked the first time since 2001 that Pletcher did not have an entry in at least one of the juvenile races.
“It looked like in the summer that Ready’s Image was our best 2-year-old, but he got injured in the Champagne, so that knocked out of (the Breeders’ Cup)” Pletcher said. “It has been a little bit of a slow crop to develop, so we are hoping somebody will step up to the plate.”
KAELIN JOINS THE “300 CLUB” AT CHURCHILL DOWNS: When the Argentine Alliance’s Patricia won the fourth race on the Oct. 31 card, she gave Forrest Kaelin his 300th training victory at Churchill Downs. Kaelin became the seventh trainer to saddle 300 winners under the Twin Spires.
“I have been coming here for 57 years,” said Kaelin, who earned his 301st victory Nov. 2 with Mysius. “I rode here from 1952-62 and probably started training here in 1963 or ’64.”
Kaelin spends most of the year at Churchill Downs with Barn 46 as his home base and recently has spent winters at Tampa Bay Downs.
“My first year here, we were stabled in what is (Bill) Mott’s barn now (Barn 19),” said Kaelin, who saw his first Kentucky Derby in 1952, won by Hill Gail. “That was our home. We lived there.”
Kaelin fondly looked back on the days when horses ran more frequently than they do today.
“It was nothing back then to run in the Derby Trial when it was on Tuesday and then come back in the Derby. Ben Jones used to do that all the time,” Kaelin said. “I had a horse that I rode named Noble Warrior and he won two races in two days … May 6 and 7, 1958.”
NOTES: Haps Stable’s Casino Evil suffered an inside sesamoid fracture to his left front leg during the Nov. 3 $221,600 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III). He was fitted with a Kinsey splint and is back at Barn 45 for trainer Mike Tomlinson...Plans for Darpat S.L. Stables’ Istan were undetermined Nov. 4, a day after the 5-year-old horse’s record 8 ¾-length triumph in the Ack Ack (gr. III). “He’s looking good this morning,” said Kenny McCarthy, assistant to trainer Bill Mott. “I talked briefly with Bill this morning, but no decision has been made on what is next for Istan.”