Dubleo Leads Large Field in Bourbon County

Edited from a Keeneland release
Dubleo, the probable morning-line favorite, will lead a field of 11 two-year-old colts and geldings entered in Friday's featured $100,000 Bourbon County at Keeneland. Dubleo is conditioned by Todd Pletcher.

Bred by Anzac in Kentucky, the son of Southern Halo showed mixed results when racing on dirt, but has blossomed since switching surfaces. Owned by James Scatuorchio, Jake J. Pletcher, and Pete Wetterman, Dubleo has won four straight races including the Continental Mile at Monmouth Park, and the Summer Stakes (gr. II) at Woodbine. Jockey Chris DeCarlo will fly in from New Jersey to ride.

Vinery Stable's Kentucky-homebred Ready Ruler, has had a productive year in Texas. The Steve Asmussen-trainee won a stakes race on the turf at Retama Park and placed in another added-money event on the dirt at Lone Star Park. The son of More Than Ready  has been working well for this race. Mark Guidry will be in the irons.

The green and yellow dots of Dogwood Stable will be sported by jockey Robby Albarado, when trainer George Weaver gives him a leg-up aboard stakes-placed United. Runner-up to Dubleo in the Continental Mile, the son of Dixie Union came back to run another hard-luck second in the World Appeal at the Meadowlands after finding himself completely boxed in on the backstretch. With a clear trip, he should charge late.

Another horse who is expected to make a late run, is Rockin River
Ranch and James and Phyllis Fox's homebred, Five Rubies. The
Iowa-bred will be easy to spot in the paddock as he is missing parts of both ears. "He was born in the middle of a February storm and part of his ears fell off," jockey R.A. "Cowboy" Jones explained Monday, while aboard the diminutive son of Rubiano. Trainer James Arnett has given the call to jockey Orlando Mojica, Jr.

Keeneland's leading owner, G. Watts Humphrey Jr., will attempt to add to his lead when George "Rusty" Arnold saddles Rey de Cafe in this feature race. The son of Kingmambo has the benefit of a race over the Keeneland turf course, when he broke awkwardly at the start, was bumped in the final 3/16ths and still only lost by a head.

Bourbon County Stakes, Keeneland, $100,000, turf, 1 1/16 miles, 2-year-olds, Friday, Oct. 29, post time: 5:15 p.m.

PP -- Horse, Weight, Jockey
1--Ready Ruler, 122, Mark Guidry
2--Five Rubies, 116,Orlando Mojica
3--Dubleo,122, Christopher P. DeCarlo
4--Rey de Café, 116, Craig Perret
5--United, 118, Robby Albarado
6--Wild Desert,116, Kevin Krigger
7--Go to the Sun, 118, James Graham
8--Major League,120, Calvin H. Borel
9--Gun Salute,120, Larry Melancon
10--Boggy Creek, 116, Brice Blanc
AE--Bianconi's Boy, 118, Willie Martinez