Keeneland Race Course will play host to the important $500,000 Breeders’ Futurity (G1) on Saturday. An enticing field of 10 juveniles will go postward in the 1 1/16 miles event, which is a Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) “Win and You’re In” contest, as well as a points race on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” challenge series. The top-four finishers will earn points on a 10-4-2-1 basis towards the 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1). 

Here is the cast:

TAP IT TO WIN IT
Total 2 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(92) in Saratoga maiden victory
Total Earnings:
$60,374
Owner:
Live Oak Plantation
Breeder:
Mark Casse
Trainer:
Live Oak Stud
Jockey:
Tyler Gaffalione
Sire:
Tapit
Dam:
Onepointhreekarats
Color:
Bay

This Casse pupil was super impressive in a clear maiden score going six panels at Saratoga in a second career showing. The well-bred son of Tapit draws inside in the big field and could thrive going a route of ground for the initial time. The April foal zipped a bullet five-eighths at Belmont Park in preparation of today.

BY YOUR SIDE
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(88) in Sanford Stakes (G3) victory
Total Earnings:
$151,348
Owner:
Anderson Stables, LLC
Breeder:
Eddie Kenneally
Trainer:
Columbiana Farm, LLC
Jockey:
Corey Lanerie
Sire:
Constitution
Dam:
Revered
Color:
Bay

This $240,000 yearling purchase suffered his first setback when tiring to fifth in the Hopeful Stakes (G1) most recently. The two-year-old son of Constitution bagged the Sanford Stakes (G3) two races prior and shows a pair of rapid local morning drills leading up to his route debut. Corey Lanerie has the call.

LIFE ON THE ROAD
Total 1 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(65) in Ellis Park debut victory
Total Earnings:
$30,000
Owner:
Phoenix Thoroughbreds III, Ltd.
Breeder:
Steve Asmussen
Trainer:
Stonehaven Steadings
Jockey:
Shaun Bridgmohan
Sire:
Street Sense
Dam:
Easy Living
Color:
Dark Bay

Asmussen pupil is a $450,000 yearling purchase that won with ease on debut at Ellis Park. The first foal out of a stakes-placed mare broke best that day and never looked back, and improvement is more than likely in his first performance going two turns. The Kentucky-bred colt gets a rider change to Shaun Bridgmohan.

KING THEO
Total 2 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(80) in maiden score at Gulfstream Park
Total Earnings:
$26,000
Owner:
J and J Stables
Breeder:
Carlos Vaccarezza
Trainer:
J and J Stables
Jockey:
Flavien Prat
Sire:
More Than Ready
Dam:
Unicorn Girl
Color:
Chestnut

Florida import rolled home a sharp winner in an off-the-turf maiden special weight event at Gulfstream Park second time out. The son of More Than Ready is a bit of a mystery at this level, but the price will be right for this interesting prospect who will have Flavien Part in the controls.

ENFORCEABLE
Total 4 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
(83) in Saratoga maiden tally
Total Earnings:
$82,600
Owner:
John Oxley
Breeder:
Mark Casse
Trainer:
Clearsky Farms
Jockey:
Florent Geroux
Sire:
Tapit
Dam:
Justwhistledixie
Color:
Gray/Roan

The second of two Casse trainees made good in his first with blinkers on when graduating at 1 ⅛ miles at Saratoga last time out. The Tapit colt is a full-brother to multiple Grade-2 winner Mohaymen and Grade 3 star Kingly, and he has the best foundation in the field with two route tries under his belt. Florent Geroux picks up the mount.

MAXFIELD
Total 1 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(85) when a winner on debut at Churchill Downs
Total Earnings:
$54,412
Owner:
Godolphin, LLC
Breeder:
Brendan Walsh
Trainer:
Godolphin
Jockey:
Jose Ortiz
Sire:
Street Sense
Dam:
Velvety
Color:
Bay

Second-time starter rallied like a good thing to defeat a salty maiden field going a route of ground on debut at Churchill Downs. The bay son of Street Sense has trained smartly in the interim and could be a fine long-term prospect. Jose Ortiz coming along to ride is a major positive.

AMERICAN BUTTERFLY
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(83) in maiden win and Hopeful Stakes (G1) fourth.
Total Earnings:
$71,040
Owner:
Les Wagner
Breeder:
D. Wayne Lukas
Trainer:
Edward S Robbins
Jockey:
Miguel Mena
Sire:
American Pharoah
Dam:
Gracie’s Butterfly
Color:
Bay

Speedy colt led throughout in his second lifetime appearance and was in the mix to the top of the lane before tiring late in the subsequent Hopeful Stakes (G1) for living-legend D. Wayne Lukas. The April foal is bred for the trip, and he will try to take this cast all the way on the front end under Miguel Mena.

AJAAWEED
Total 2 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(89) in maiden special weight win at Belmont Park
Total Earnings:
$44,850
Owner:
Shadwell Stable
Breeder:
Kiaran McLaughlin
Trainer:
Shadwell Farm, LLC
Jockey:
Joel Rosario
Sire:
Curlin
Dam:
Asiya
Color:
Bay

This precocious son of Curlin was strong in a maiden victory going one-mile at Belmont Park in advance of this test. The Shadwell homebred closed fast last time out and could be a serious danger today with expected improvement. Joel Rosario will take the reins atop the colt.

JANUARY WON
Total 2 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(87) in Iroquois Stakes (G3) sixth
Total Earnings:
$43,250
Owner:
Harold Lerner, LLC
Breeder:
Ken McPeek
Trainer:
George Ruggiero
Jockey:
Brian Hernandez, Jr.
Sire:
New Year’s Day
Dam:
Timezone
Color:
Bay

Empire State-bred showed some belated interest when sixth in the Iroquois Stakes (G3) last time out, which followed a nice debut tally at Saratoga. The $45,000 yearling purchase runs with Lasix for the second time and will try to pass them all in the stretch in his Keeneland bow.

GOUVERNEUR MORRIS
Total 1 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(85) in Saratoga debut win
Total Earnings:
$49,500
Owner:
Team Valor International and WinStar Farm, LLC
Breeder:
Todd Pletcher
Trainer:
Machmer Hall et al’s
Jockey:
Javier Castellano
Sire:
Constitution
Dam:
Addison Run
Color:
Gray/Roan

Superb debut winner from the barn of Todd Pletcher draws widest in the field but rates a big chance with any kind of forward move off of his first-out tally at The Spa. The $600,000 juvenile purchase is bred to run long and is training well as of late, which includes a bullet morning move two prior. Javier Castellano inherits the live mount.