Kelly's Landing Pulls Away in Stretch to Win Phoenix Breeders' Cup

(Edited press release)
Jockey Rafael Bejarano maneuvered Kelly's Landing to the rail in midstretch and the 5-year-old son of Patton gradually pulled away to a one-length victory in the $268,600, grade III Phoenix Breeders' Cup, one of the supporting feature races on Keeneland's Saturday race card.

Areyoutalkintome, a recent arrival from Southern California, finished second in the field of nine 4-year-olds and upward. It was another length back to third-place Level Playingfield.

Kelly's Landing ran six furlongs on a fast track in 1:09.94 and improved his career record to seven wins in 17 starts. He earned $166,532 for John Lally's Summerplace Farm, LLC.

The winner, who is trained by Eddie Kenneally, paid $26.20, $11.80 and $7.80. Areyoutalkintome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, returned $7 and $5.20 and Level Playingfield with John McKee aboard paid $6.20.

Bred in Kentucky by his owner, Kelly's Landing has won seven of 17 career starts while earning $492,557. The gelding won the Aristides Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs in 2005 and finished second to the ill-fated Lost in the Fog in that race this year. He subsequently ran fourth in the Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) at Calder and was sixth in the Arlington Sprint Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Saturday's program, which featured three graded stakes races, drew 28,880 to Keeneland under sunny skies. The attendance marked an all-time record for the fall meet.

(Chart, Equibase)