BARN NOTES: Keeneland headed into home stretch of Fall Meet

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TIZ THE LAW SETTLING IN FOR BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC RUN

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Keeneland) – Sackatoga Stable’s multiple Grade 1 winner Tiz the Law galloped a mile and a half under Heather Smullen over a track labeled good Wednesday morning as he continued preparations for an expected run in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) here Nov. 7.

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“He’s doing good,” trainer Barclay Tagg said about the colt, who arrived here late Sunday afternoon, jogged Monday and galloped an easy mile Tuesday. “He had a strong mile-and-a-half gallop this morning.”

Tagg brought Tiz the Law, winner of this year’s Belmont (G1), Travers (G1), Curlin Florida Derby (G1) and Holy Bull (G3), to Keeneland early for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships so the colt could get two works over the track. The Classic will be his first start since a runner-up finish in the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby (G1) Presented by Woodford Reserve.

“He’ll work Friday or Saturday,” Tagg said of Tiz the Law, who had his fourth work since the Kentucky Derby last Friday before he departed Belmont Park. “I have a two-day leeway.”

Isolated thunderstorms are forecast for Friday morning in the Lexington area with morning showers expected Saturday.

RACE FOR LEADING TRAINER TIGHT WITH FOUR DAYS TO GO IN FALL MEET

A three-win day Sunday rocketed Brad Cox into a narrow lead over Mike Maker after 13 days of the 17-day Fall Meet that concludes Saturday.

As the meet hits the top of the stretch this afternoon, Cox has an 11-10 edge on Maker with both trainers having one horse entered today. Both trainers will be busy over the final three days of the season with 10 entries apiece.

Maker has won six Keeneland training titles, including last fall. Cox has one title, which came in the Spring of 2018.

Close behind with eight victories is Steve Asmussen, who has won or shared three training titles. Asmussen has three horses entered this afternoon, three Thursday, four Friday and two Saturday.

Tyler Gaffalione has a commanding 18-12 advantage over Florent Geroux in the race for leading rider. Both jockeys have won two riding titles here with Gaffalione picking up his second during the five-day Summer Meet. 

GALLOPING OUT

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Michael Cloonan and Tim Thornton’s Blame Debbie, who outdueled Always Shopping by a head after a battle over the final half-mile of Sunday’s Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3), returned to trainer Graham Motion’s base at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland on Tuesday.

The two fillies shaded 23 seconds for the final quarter-mile of the 1½-mile test. Blame Debbie became the first 3-year-old to win the race, which was run for the 29th time.

Blame Debbie is cataloged as a racing or broodmare prospect to Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale from Nov. 9-18. She is Hip 1310. …

In selected races during Keeneland’s 2020 Fall Meet, grooms of racehorses determined to have the best overall appearance in the Paddock were recognized with Best Turned Out (BTO) awards. On Sunday, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital presented a $500 BTO honor to Renier Rosales, groom of Siberian Iris (IRE), who competed in the Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3).

FALL MEET LEADERS

Through Oct. 18 (13 days of 17-day season)

Jockey   Starts Wins 2nd 3rd Purses
Tyler Gaffalione   87 18 15 13 $1,047,720
Florent Geroux   60 12 11 8 $865,321
Luis Saez   22 9 3 3 $1,182,436
Ricardo Santana Jr.   65 8 17 6 $661,695
Joe Talamo   62 8 3 7 $782,735

 

Trainer Starts Wins 2nd 3rd Purses
Brad Cox 29 11 9 2 $905,076
Mike Maker 40 10 4 4 $489,970
Steve Asmussen 51 8 10 7 $513,528
Chad Brown 32 6 6 5 $783,651
Robertino Diodoro 16 5 3 5 $238,820

 

Owner Starts Wins 2nd 3rd Purses
M and M Racing (Mike Sisk) 6 4 1 0 $94,240
Steve Asmussen 8 3 1 1 $61,172
Godolphin (Mohammed Al Maktoum et al) 13 3 1 1 $448,840