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Field of 14 set for Juvenile Turf
Updated - 10/29/2014

Godolphin Racing's Imperia, winner of the Pilgrim Stakes in his previous start, drew post 11 in a field of 14 2-year-olds entered for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.

Imperia, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, just missed winning a 1-1/16-mile maiden special weight race on the grass at Saratoga Race Course in his debut in August, and returned to win the Pilgrim at Belmont Park with a nice off-the-pace run while racing on furosemide for the first time. Javier Castellano gets a return call on the Medaglia d'Oro colt.

The speedy Luck of the Kitten, owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, drew post 3 for trainer Wesley Ward and jockey Mike Smith. The Kitten's Joy homebred colt won the one-mile Zuma Beach Stakes on the grass at Santa Anita going wire to wire in his last start.

Turf Stables' Lawn Ranger and Donegal Racing's Danny Boy, the one-two finishers in the Dixiana Bourbon Stakes at 1-1/16 miles at Keeneland Oct. 5, drew posts 13 and 14, respectively. Lawn Ranger (by U S Ranger ), trained by Ken McPeek, has tactical speed, while Dale Romans trainee Danny Boy (Harlan's Holiday) races from off the pace.

Because the field is limited to 14 starters, Faithful Creek and Papacoolpapacool are on the also-eligible list.

Bernardini Filly Prevails at Keeneland
Updated - 10/23/2014
4th at KEE Msw ($56k)  [1 1/16m] Winner: Gap Year, f, 2 by Bernardini
She made the chalk players sweat it out a fair bit, but Godolphin’s Gap Year (f, 2, Bernardini--Dubai Escapade, by Awesome Again) dropped her nose on the wire to best an unlucky Eskenformoney (Eskendereya) in Thursday’s fourth race maiden at Keeneland. The homebred missed the break in her Aug. 22 debut going six panels over a muddy main track at Saratoga, but finished with interest to finish third, beaten a nose and a head by subsequent GII Matron S. one-two finishers Paulassilverlining (Ghostzapper) and Skipalute (Midnight Lute). She was favored at a little more than 2-1 for the Oct. 3 GI Alcibiades S., sponsored by her owner, but endured a rough trip and failed to make any late impact, finishing a midpack seventh. Sent off the 4-5 chalk back in against non-winners, Gap Year tugged at Julien Leparoux through the opening half-mile as she box-seated the field to the far turn. Still apparently sitting on a ton of horse nearing the stretch, Leparoux allowed Eskenformoney first run and needed all of the final sixteenth of a mile to eke out the victory, then galloped out with good energy after covering 32 fewer feet than the runner-up, according to Trakus. The winner is out of Dubai Escapade, the half-sister to GI Ashland S. victress Madcap Escapade (Hennessy), who sold for just $75,000 as a KEESEP yearling before blossoming into a $2-million purchase out of the 2004 Barretts March sale, at the time a world-record price for a juvenile filly sold at auction. Dubai Escapade won the 2006 GII Madison S. at Keeneland and the GI Ballerina Breeders’ Cup at Saratoga later that summer. Gap Year is bred on the same cross responsible for MGISW To Honor and Serve. Lifetime Record: 3-1-0-1. O-Godolphin Racing Lessee. B-Darley (KY). T-Kiaran McLaughlin.
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