Alumni Hall to Pass Kentucky Cup Classic

Alumni Hall will take a pass at Saturday's Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) and will instead go in an allowance race according to trainer Neil Howard in a press release from Turfway Park. The 5-year-old son of A.P. Indy out of the Alydar mare Private Status worked five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 Wednesday morning at Belmont Park.

The field for the Classic, along with the rest of the Kentucky Cup program, will be drawn at a luncheon at the track Thursday.

Alumni Hall, bred and owned by William S. Farish, James Elkins, and W. Temple Webber, didn't make it to the races until this spring, but he's made up for lost time. A winner of four of six starts, Alumni Hall won the Black Tie Affair Handicap at Arlington Park July 10 in his first stakes effort. He ran fourth behind Evening Attire, Funny Cide, and Bowman's Band in the Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) on Aug. 22.

Probables for the 1 1/8-mile Classic, the centerpiece of the Kentucky Cup program include likely favorite Roses in May, who will be ridden by John Velazquez; Pie N Burger (Jamie Theriot); Country Be Gold; Adreamisborn (Russell Baze); Sonic West; and Stratostar.

Trainer Ed Frederick did not always have the Classic circled on his calendar for Oak Haven Farm's Tricky Taboo, but sometimes things happen in mysterious ways. The 3-year-old colt was scheduled to run Labor Day weekend at Ellis Park, but was scratched after a mishap in the gate when another horse flipped and will need to prove himself in the gate.

"Tricky Taboo had some problems in the gate before the Arkansas [Derby; gr. II], and then the scratch on Labor Day weekend happened, but we've been showing him the gate every day since then, and he has been no problem," Frederick said from his base at the Thoroughbred Center near Lexington. If the gate crew sees the horse in time, Frederick said John Byrne would have the call.

Tricky Taboo, by Mazel Trick out of the Spectacular Bid mare Strictly Taboo, has a 2-1-0 slate from seven starts. He rallied to finish second in the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) in March at Turfway Park.

Stratostar worked four furlongs in :47 4/5 for trainer D. Wayne Lukas at Churchill Downs on Sunday.

For the Kentucky Cup Sprint (gr. III), the probable field is:

Other horses probable for the Sprint and their jockeys, if known: Cuvee (Shane Sellers), Freaky Fast, Heckle (John Velazquez), Level Playingfield (John McKee), Quick Action, Silver Minister (Rafael Bejarano), Swift Attraction.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Bogart's Cat breezed five furlongs in 1:02 4/5 Saturday at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Kentucky Cup Juvenile (gr. III). He remains a possible for the race. Trained by Garry Simms, Magna Graduate also breezed five furlongs Saturday at Churchill, completing his work in a bullet time of 1:00 1/5.Storied Cat breezed four furlongs in an eye-opening :46 3/5 Sunday, the fastest of 40 horses at that distance. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas also received good news Wednesday when Doc Danner, jockey agent for Pat Day, confirmed that Day would be taking the mount.

Other probable Juvenile starters and their jockeys: Bogart's Cat, Consolidator, Greater Good (John McKee), Magna Graduate, Monster Chaser, Norainonthisparty (Pat Johnson), Oro Bravo, Storm Surge, Three Hour Nap, United.

Trainer Michael Stidham said Wednesday that he is "sitting on the fence" with Culinary between the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies Arlington-Washington Lassie (gr. III) on Sunday. "I'm waiting to see how each race sets up before making a decision," he said.

Trainer Vicky Foley said Wednesday that Jules Best is almost a definite for the Juvenile Fillies and would ship up from her Churchill Downs base the morning of the race. The 2year-old filly had her final tune-up for this spot on Sept. 12, getting five furlongs in 1:03 3/5.

Contrary to earlier reports, Mary Alex is headed for Chicago. "Unless the fields come up completely lopsided, we'll run in the Lassie on Sunday," trainer Steve Hobby said from his stables at Arlington Park.

Other fillies probable for the race and their riders, if known: Carmandia (Robby Albarado), Culinary, I'm a Dixie Girl, Jules Best (Rafael Bejarano), Punch Appeal (Shane Sellers), Victorious Halo (Dean Sarvis), Wild As Elle, Winning Season (Pat Day).

In another late addition to the card, trainer Bill Mott has expressed interest in running Lyon Stables' Miss Fortunate in the Turfway Breeders' Cup (gr. III)

Oak Haven Farms' Slewpy's Storm is also a candidate.

Earlier this year Susan's Angel was a maiden when running second in the Bourbonette Stakes at Turfway Park. She has since broken her maiden and has been improving. Saturday she breezed four furlongs in :48 3/5. Rafael Bejarano has the call.

Trainer Dallas Stewart breezed Overbrook Farm's Family Business four furlongs in :49 Sunday at Churchill Downs, possibly in preparation for a start in Saturday's race.

Other horses probable for the Turfway Breeders' Cup and riders, if known: Class Above, Flyaway Angel (John McKee), Hippogator (Russell Baze), La Reason (Pat Day), Mayo on the Side (Robby Albarado), Our Josephina, Small Promises.