The first three finishers in the River Downs' Miller Genuine Draft Cradle Stakes (gr. III)--Bellamy Road, Diamond Isle, and Scipion--are slated to meet again Saturday in Keeneland's $400,000 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I). The Breeders' Futurity, along with the Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) highlight day two of Keeneland's Fallstars Allstars weekend.
Racing secretary Ben Huffman said Wednesday he plans on 11 2-year-olds passing the entry box for the Breeders' Futurity, run at 1 1/16 miles around two turns. The Cradle was the first graded stakes for 2-year-olds around one bend.
Kinsman Stable's Bellamy Road
, an $87,000 OBS April sale 2-year-old, is trained by Michael Dickinson. Based at his Tapeta Farm in North East, Md., Dickinson is not known for overtaxing his young runners, especially in their debuts, and Bellamy Road unleashed a corker first time out, crushing a maiden field at Delaware Park by 7 1/2 lengths. The Florida-bred son of Concerto stretched out nicely going 1 1/16 miles at River Downs, winning by 2 3/4 lengths in 1:45.00. Last week, Bellamy Road worked out over an up-hill climb of turf at Tapeta, getting six furlongs in in 1:14 2/5.
Second in the Cradle was Diamond Isle
, a Ken McPeek trained son of Gilded Time
--Polish Legacy, by Polish Navy
. Owned by Buckram Oak Farm, who won last year's Breeders' Futurity with Eurosilver, Diamond Isle broke his maiden second time out at Churchill Downs on July 5, getting six furlongs in 1:10.12. He drilled five furlongs at Churchill Monday morning in 1:01 2/5.
Virginia Kraft Payson's homebred Scipion
was third in the Cradle as the even-money favorite. The son of A.P. Indy
is a half-brother to 2002 champion 2-year-old Vindication
. Trained by Patrick Biancone, Scipion tuned up for the Keeneland feature with a half-mile work in :51 1/5 over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga on Saturday.
Others expected for the race are Consolidator
, a two-time stakes-placed son of Storm Cat
for trainer D. Wayne Lukas; Copy My Notes
, fifth in the Cradle; Sapling Stakes (gr. III) winner Evil Minister
; recent maiden winner Father Weist
; Kentucky Cup Juvenile (gr. III) runner-up Magna Graduate
; Pop the Question
; and Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) second Straight Line
Charles Fipke's Perfect Soul
is on track to defend his title in the Shadwell Turf Mile according to Huffman. Perfect in three starts over Keeneland's seven-furlong turf course, Perfect Soul went on to finish ninth in the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT). Shadwell third-place finisher, Touch of the Blues, ran second to Six Perfections in the Breeders' Cup.
Perfect Soul, winner of the mile Marker's Mark Mile (gr. IIT) during Keeneland's April meeting, is coming off a game runner-up effort in the Atto Mile (Can-IT) at Woodbine for trainer Roger Attfield.
The homebred son of Sadler's Wells will likely face eight rivals Saturday: Ay Caramba, Herculated, King of Happiness, Nothing to Lose, Puppeteer, Silver Tree, Surging River
, and Sweet Return
The Brazlian-bred Ay Caramba won his U.S. debut over Churchill Downs' turf course in July, then ran sixth behind Nothing to Lose in the 1 1/16-mile Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga.
Nothing to Lose is owned by Sarah and Ken Ramsey, who will be looking to add a third runner to their already strong Breeders' Cup arsenal. They are already set with Whitney Handicap (gr. I) winner Roses in May for the Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) and last weekend's Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (gr. IT) winner Kitten's Joy in the John Deere Turf (gr. IT).
Nothing to Lose, a homebred son of Sky Classic
ouf of Cherlindrea, by Clever Trick, has a 5-3-1 slate from 10 turf outings and has earned $431,400. He won two graded turf outings last year as a 3-year-old at Calder and Gulfstream. Nothing to Lose is trained by Bobby Frankel.
Peter Vegso owns Silver Tree, who was second in the Fourstardave, but beat Nothing to Lose by a neck in the 1 1/8-mile Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) in the race prior. Last year, the Bill Mott-trained son of Hennessey won the Virginia Derby, which was won this year by Kitten's Joy.
Surging River, a homebred son of Gone West
for Sam-Son Farms, was fourth in the Atto Mile, just over a length back of Perfect Soul and was an allowance winner over the Keeneland turf course last October.