War Dancer won the Louisville Handicap at 1 1/2 miles in May.

War Dancer won the Louisville Handicap at 1 1/2 miles in May.

Reed Palmer Photography, Churchill Downs

Lucrative Kentucky Turf Cup Awaits War Dancer

Race is one of four stakes worth total of $1.2 million on Kentucky Downs card.

Grade II winner War Dancer  will try to secure the most lucrative victory of his career when the 4-year-old son of War Front  faces an expected 10 rivals in the $600,000 Kentucky Cup Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 13 at Kentucky Downs.

The 1 1/2-mile race on the rolling hills of the Franklin, Ky. turf course will be the richest stakes offered in North America on Saturday and will be part of a card featuring four stakes worth a total of $1.2 million.

Diamond M Stable's War Dancer won last year's 1 1/4-mile Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) at Colonial Downs and this year has continued to fare well, while facing older horses and stretching out in distance. War Dancer followed a runner-up finish in this year's 1 1/2-mile Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes (gr. IIT) on the turf at Keeneland with a victory in the Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) at the same distance on the turf at Churchill Downs.

War Dancer just missed his first grade I placing in his previous start as he enters Saturday's race off a fourth-place finish in the Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 17 at Saratoga Race Course.

Trainer Ken McPeek will send out War Dancer along with last year's Kentucky Turf Cup runner-up Olympic Thunder. Brazilian-bred Olympic Thunder (BRZ) has not won in six starts this year but a return to the unique Kentucky Downs turf course could help the son of Durban Thunder turn things around. Last year he finished second by a neck to Temeraine.

Trainer Chris Block, who won the Kentucky Turf Cup in 2012 with Ioya Bigtime, will saddle Suntracer, who will try to improve on last year's third-place finish in this race. Suntracer finished just a head behind War Dancer in this year's Louisville Handicap.

The Kentucky Turf Cup also has attracted the top two finishers from the John's Call Stakes Aug. 6 at Saratoga in Tricky Hat (CHI) and Holiday Star. Trained by Shug McGaughey, Tricky Hat edged Holiday Star by a nose in that recent 1 5/8-mile turf test.

The other three stakes on Saturday's Kentucky Downs card are the $200,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint, $200,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf, and the $200,000 More Than Ready Mile Stakes. Entries for all four stakes races follow.

Entries: Kentucky Turf Cup S. (G3T)

Kentucky Downs, Saturday, September 13, 2014, Race 9

  • Grade IIIT
  • 1 1/2m
  • Turf
  • $600,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 5:35 PM (local)
11Fear the Kitten (IL)Rafael Mojica, Jr.121Michael J. Maker-
22Pyrite Mountain (ON)Keeneland Sales GraduateJulien R. Leparoux121Todd A. Pletcher-
33War Dancer (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateAlan Garcia123Kenneth G. McPeek-
44Holiday Star (PA)Edgar S. Prado121H. Graham Motion-
55Suntracer (IL)Florent Geroux121Chris M. Block-
66Cozy Kitten (KY)Robby Albarado121Michael J. Maker-
77Tricky Hat (CHI)Rosie Napravnik123Claude R. McGaughey III-
88Saffron Hall (ON)Rafael Bejarano123Michael J. Maker-
99Olympic Thunder (BRZ)Chris Landeros121Kenneth G. McPeek-
1010O'Prado Ole (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCorey J. Lanerie121Dale L. Romans-
1111Layton Register (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateBrice Blanc121Philip J. Oliver-

Entries: More Than Ready Mile S.

Kentucky Downs, Saturday, September 13, 2014, Race 7

  • STK
  • 1m
  • Turf
  • $200,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 4:35 PM (local)
11Power Foot (KY)Rafael Bejarano121Neil D. Drysdale-
22Serendip (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJulien R. Leparoux121Ron Moquett-
33Guys Reward (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCorey J. Lanerie125Dale L. Romans-
44Regally Ready (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRosie Napravnik125Steven M. Asmussen-
55Doctor Peter (KY)David Mello121Doug L. Anderson-
66Tattenham (KY)Shaun Bridgmohan121H. Graham Motion-
77R. Great Adventure (KY)Edgar Perez121Brian Williamson-
88Saturday Launch (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoseph Berrios121Edward Harrison Frederick-
99Stormy Going (KY)Juan C. Saez121Luis A. Jurado-

Entries: Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint S.

Kentucky Downs, Saturday, September 13, 2014, Race 8

  • STK
  • 6 1/2f
  • Turf
  • $200,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 5:05 PM (local)
11Kiama (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJulien R. Leparoux121Brian A. Lynch-
22Samiam (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateShaun Bridgmohan121William Van Meter-
33Sky Treasure (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateAlan Garcia121Mark E. Casse-
44Eden Prairie (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateFlorent Geroux125Neil L. Pessin-
55Liz Pendens (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRobby Albarado121Michael Stidham-
66Corporate Culture (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRosie Napravnik121Michael J. Maker-
77Mizzen Miss (KY)Jesus Lopez Castanon118Bernard S. Flint-
88Richies Party Girl (KY)Rafael Manuel Hernandez122Wesley A. Ward-
99Livi Makenzie (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateDidiel A. Osorio121Ron Moquett-
1010Quay (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoseph Rocco, Jr.121Robert Ribaudo-
1111Vuitton (KY)Chris Landeros121Eddie Kenneally-
1212Dream Softly (KY)Corey J. Lanerie121Andrew McKeever-
1313Kune Kune (GB)Keeneland Sales GraduateCorey J. Lanerie121James Nicol-
1414Soft Whisper (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRafael Bejarano121David R. Vance-
1515Drama Drama (KY)Juan C. Saez121Victoria H. Oliver-

Entries: Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf S.

Kentucky Downs, Saturday, September 13, 2014, Race 10

  • STK
  • 1m
  • Turf
  • $200,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 6:05 PM (local)
11Allanah (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCarlos H. Marquez, Jr.121Kellyn Gorder-
22Rosee Is Cozee (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJulien R. Leparoux121Luis A. Jurado-
33Miz Ida (KY)Shaun Bridgmohan121Steve Margolis-
44Sister Ginger (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRosie Napravnik121Steven M. Asmussen-
55Kiss Moon (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRobby Albarado122David R. Vance-
66Sumting Wong (IA)Keeneland Sales GraduateDavid Mello121Doug L. Anderson-
77Kepi (IL)Joseph Rocco, Jr.121Brian Williamson-
88I'm Already Sexy (KY)Florent Geroux125Wayne M. Catalano-
99Strike Charmer (KY)Chris Landeros121David M. Carroll-
1010Honey Hues (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJesus Lopez Castanon125Bernard S. Flint-
1111Iwantthat (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCalvin H. Borel121Lon Wiggins-
1212La Malaguena (KY)Rafael Bejarano125Brian Michael-
1313Seeking Treasure (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateSheldon Russell121Doug Matthews-
1414Maria Maria (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJulien R. Leparoux118James P. DiVito-
1515Stoptalkingmaria (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateFernando De La Cruz121Murat Sancal-
1616Annabird (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJuan C. Saez121Luis A. Jurado-