Zabeel Racing International’s highly-touted 2-year-old Reynaldothewizard looks to rebound from a troubled trip in the Saratoga Special (gr. II) when he takes on 10 juveniles in the $500,000 Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity (gr. I) Oct. 4 on the Keeneland Polytrack.
The 1 1/16-mile Breeders’ Futurity, along with the $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) are the co-headliners on opening Saturday of the Keeneland fall meet. Both are Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” events.
Bred in Kentucky by Gibraltar Group and purchased at the Fasig-Tipton Select 2-year-olds in training sale for $775,000 earlier this year, Reynaldothewizard made one of the most eye-catching debuts of any 2-year-old this year when he won by nearly five lengths July 2 at Churchill Downs. The son of Speightstown--Holiday Runner, by Meodowlake covered 4 1/2 furlongs in :51.51 on a fast main track.
The following month trainer Eoin Harty entered Reynaldothewizard in the $150,000 Saratoga Special, where he broke in the air and never recovered. He finished a well-beaten third as the favorite.
On Sept. 29, Reynaldothewizard worked a half-mile in :49.80 in preparation for the Futurity.
“He usually works bullets, but I didn’t want him to do too much this morning,” said assistant trainer Brian Ange. “We knew he had talent and thought he would run good, but you never know until they get that first race. The funny thing about him is that he has always trained on Polytrack, but never run on it.”
Julien Leparoux will get the mount on Reynaldothewizard.
One of the probable favorites will be Adele Dilschneider’s Terrain, who finished third by a nose in the Sept. 13 Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) but was placed first due to a double disqualification. The son of Sky Mesa is perfect in three starts. He broke his maiden at Churchill in July and won the Mountaineer Juvenile Stakes Aug. 2. Albert Stall Jr. is the trainer.
Also coming out of the Arlington-Washington Futurity are Advice, Zion and His Greatness, who finished third, fourth and seventh, respectively. Advice, a Todd Pletcher-trained son of Chapel Royal, finished second but was placed third because of the disqualification. He broke his maiden by eight lengths on the Arlington Polytrack July 3 while going a mile.
The field also includes three runners shipping in from England for trainer John R. Best, where they ran in the Toteswinger Sirenia Stakes (Eng-III). Square Eddie finished second by a nose in the six-furlong contest Sept. 6 at Kempton Park. The Canadian-bred son of Smart Strike is 1-1-1 from four starts. English-bred Fishermans Papers and Irish-bred Deposer finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the same event.
Zayat Stables’ Pioneerof the Nile and Darley’s Majestic Blue, both fresh off maiden scores, make their stakes debuts.
$500,000 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I, Race 7, 4:22 p.m.), Two-Year-Olds, 1 1/16 Miles (Polytrack)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Flashmans Papers (GB), Jesus Lopez Castanon
2. Reynaldothewizard (KY), Julien R. Leparoux
3. Notonthesamepage (KY), Julio C. Garcia
4. His Greatness (KY), Miguel Mena
5. Pioneerof the Nile (KY), Kent J. Desormeaux
6. Majestic Blue (KY), Robby Albarado
7. Zion (KY), Corey J. Lanerie
8. Square Eddie (ON), Rafael Bejarano
9. Terrain (KY), Jamie Theriot
10. Deposer (IRE), Cornelio H. Velasquez
11. Advice (FL), Rene R. Douglas