Racing returns to Kentucky Downs Sept. 3

Racing returns to Kentucky Downs Sept. 3

Kentucky Downs

KY Downs to Open With Loaded All-Turf Card

Four stakes worth a total of $1.4 million will be offered on 10-race card Sept. 3.

Kentucky Downs will begin its lucrative five-day, all-turf meet Sept. 3 with four stakes—two of them for 2-year-olds at seven furlongs—worth a total of $1.4 million. The 10-race card saw 136 horses make the overnight.

Kentucky Downs will have the highest daily average purses in North America at roughly $1.56 million per program for a total of more than $7.5 million. After opening day, racing will be held Sept. 8, 10, 11, and 15. Churchill Downs will begin its meet Sept. 16, so there will be no overlap in dates this year.

A major draw at the track on the Tennessee border is maiden special weight events that carry a purse of $130,000—for Kentucky-bred runners—up $10,000 from 2015. Horses not bred in the state will race for $58,000 in maiden allowance races. 

The $350,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile drew a field of 12, including JSM Equine's Ancient Warfare, a Quality Road  colt trained by Mark Casse. In his lone start July 30, Ancient Warfare rallied from eighth early to win a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight test on grass at Saratoga Race Course by two lengths under Jose Lezcano, who is named to ride Saturday.

After two starts in the Southwest on dirt, undefeated Prados Way, owned by Kathryn East and trained by Steve Asmussen, will make his grass debut. The Tizway colt out of the El Prado mare Prado Lady won the Manzano Stakes last time out at the Downs at Albuquerque and will stretch out another furlong for the Kentucky Downs Juvenile.

A field of 12 with one on the also-eligible list was entered in the $350,000 Exacta Systems Juvenile Fillies. Trainer Ben Colebrook holds a solid hand with two: Beverly Anderson and Edward Seltzer's Caroline Test, second in the Ellis Park Juvenile against males; and Katherine Ball's China Grove, a City Zip filly who already has raced in three stakes.

"We don''t know about the grass, but the family says she'll handle it no problem," Colebrook said of Caroline Test, a First Defence filly. "Her first race was supposed to on the turf, but they took it off and she ran so well that we tried her against the boys. I think she'll handle Kentucky Downs just fine."

China Grove returns from Saratoga after a troubled fourth-place finish in the Bolton Landing Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf. It was the first grass outing for China Grove, who broke her maiden in her debut at Keeneland in April.

"We were experimenting to see if she liked the grass," Colebrook said. "(Jockey) Jose Ortiz loved the way she went on the turf, but she just didn't have very good racing luck. I don't think the seven-furlong distance is a problem."

The other two stakes, each worth $350,000, are the Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf at one mile and the Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint at 6 1/2 furlongs. First post time for opening day is 1:25 p.m. CDT.

Entries: Kentucky Downs Juvenile S.

Kentucky Downs, Saturday, September 03, 2016, Race 8

  • STK
  • 7f
  • Turf
  • $350,000
  • 2 yo
  • 5:28 PM (local)
11Raising Rumors (TX)Miguel Mena122Randy L. Morse8/1
22Zunino (KY)Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.120Michael Stidham15/1
33Han Sense (IA)Florent Geroux122Michael J. Maker7/2
44Capt. Grider (KY)Drayden Van Dyke120Dante Zanelli, Jr.20/1
55Ancient Warfare (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJose Lezcano120Mark E. Casse4/1
66Parlor (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateDeclan Cannon120Eddie Kenneally10/1
77Preemptive Strike (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoseph Rocco, Jr.120Ben Colebrook12/1
88Hot Dad (KY)Corey J. Lanerie120Michael J. Maker15/1
99B Rod Maclean (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCarlos Villasana120Tommy C. Short8/1
1010Prados Way (KY)James Graham122Steven M. Asmussen9/2
1111Cold Snack Thirty (FL)Keeneland Sales GraduateMegan Fadlovich120Tevis Q. McCauley30/1
1212All Right (KY)Channing Hill118Kellyn Gorder15/1

Entries: Exacta Systems Juvenile Fillies S.

Kentucky Downs, Saturday, September 03, 2016, Race 10

  • STK
  • 7f
  • Turf
  • $350,000
  • 2 yo Fillies
  • 6:31 PM (local)
11Zyxyz (KY)Joseph Rocco, Jr.120Joe Sharp20/1
22Southern Sis (FL)Jose Lezcano120Mark E. Casse8/1
33Lady Hansen (KY)Jesus Lopez Castanon120Michael J. Maker10/1
44Maluku (KY)Carlos H. Marquez, Jr.120Michael Stidham12/1
55Safe With Me (KY)Forest Boyce120H. Graham Motion8/1
66Lull (KY)Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.120Christophe Clement5/2
77Caroline Test (KY)Florent Geroux120Ben Colebrook10/1
88Macy's Attitude (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCarlos Villasana120Tommy C. Short50/1
99Royal Asscher (KY)Chris Landeros120Mark E. Casse20/1
1010Forest Circle (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRobby Albarado120Michael Stidham6/1
1111China Grove (KY)James Graham120Ben Colebrook9/2
1212Grandma's Princess (TX)Miguel Mena122Randy L. Morse15/1
1313Youngest Daughter (KY)Drayden Van Dyke118Victoria H. Oliver30/1