Trainer Wesley Ward, who has registered victories in four of the five juvenile races where he has entered horses at Keeneland this spring, will try to grab one more when the Lexington track wraps up its meeting April 26.
Ward has entered a pair of males who will be making their career debuts in Susan Magnier and Ice Win Stable's No Nay Never and Donald Gambill's Justice Dept in Friday's open juvenile race, contested at 4 1/2 furlongs. No Nay Never is a colt by last year's second-leading second-crop sire Scat Daddy , and Justice Dept is a gelding by New York-based sire Patriot Act.
No Nay Never is out of the Elusive Quality mare Cat's Eye Witness, who won at age 2 and has produced a winner with her first starter. Justice Dept is the first starter for the winning Green Desert mare Code Orange.
Several juveniles who ran well in their debut races at Keeneland are back for a second try in Solitary Ranger, by U S Ranger , who ran second April 7; Manaus, by Stroll , who ran second April 19; and Indigo Diamond, who ran third in the April 7 race.
Daddy's Kid, another juvenile by Scat Daddy in this field, boasts an intriguing female family. Daddy's Kid is out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Snow Kid, who has produced two winners from two starters, including a 2-year-old winner. Her half sister Indian Snow produced grade I winner Morning Line .
The picks: Manaus, Daddy's Kid, No Nay Never
Early editions of the Juvenile Behavior story that previewed the April 25 baby race for fillies suggested that race would be the final juvenile race at the Keeneland meet this spring. The error was corrected and Blood-Horse regrets the mistake.