Keeneland kicks off its 2013 fall race meet on Friday and the Grade 1, $400,000 Alcibiades will feature a field of 13 two-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.
The Alcibiades is part of the "Prep Season" portion of the "Road to the Kentucky Oaks" series, awarding points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the first four finishers.
Sweet Reason will be out to prove she is more than just a slop aficionado when she faces six rivals in the Grade 1, $500,000 Frizette, the historic one-mile fixture for two-year-old fillies.
Westrock Stables LLC's Secret Compass upset the field by a head in Saturday's Grade 1, $250,500 Chandelier Stakes as the 10-1 second longest shot on the board and paid her supporters $23.40 to win in a Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" race for the Juvenile Fillies.
Winchell Thoroughbreds's homebred Untapable bided her time on the inside early in Saturday evening's Grade 2, $168,150 Pocahontas at Churchill Downs before putting in a sustained drive down the stretch to just get up under jockey Rosie Napravnik for the half-victory over 8-5 favorite Stonetastic. Sent off the 5-1 third choice in the eight-filly field, she paid $13.60 to win.
The Grade 2, $150,000 Pocahontas for two-year-old fillies, one of four stakes on Saturday's "Downs After Dark" program, kicks off the "Road to the Kentucky Oaks" series that determines eligibility for the 140th running of the Kentucky Oaks on May 2, 2014. A field of eight will contest the 1 1/16-mile event on the main track.
As part of the "Prep Season" portion of the scoring system, the Pocahontas awards points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the top four respective finishers.
PRINCESS OF SYLMAR / UNLIMITED BUDGET / DREAMING OF JULIA / SILSITA – The report on the four Kentucky Oaks (GI) fillies out of the Todd Pletcher barn was all positive Saturday morning following their major impact on the rich 3-year-old filly classic.
Princess of Sylmar (the winner), Unlimited Budget (third), Dreaming of Julia (fourth) and Silsita (10th) “came out of the race well,” Pletcher said. “They all pulled up in good order.”
Friday’s attendance was surpassed only by the 116,046 that attended in 2010.
Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Mike Smith, Princess of Sylmar covered the 1 1/8 miles on a fast main track in 1:49.17. It was the first Oaks victory for Smith and the third for Pletcher, who won the 2004 running with Ashado and in 2007 with Rags to Riches.
Trained by Chad Brown, Noble Tune covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm Matt Winn Turf Course in 1:41.63. The victory in the race was the second for Castellano, who won the American Turf in 2005 with Rey de Café.