Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bourbon, Grey Stakes Racing Roundup

Trainer Todd Pletcher will be looking for his third win in the $125,000 Bourbon Stakes (G3) at Keeneland today as he sends out morning line favorite Interactif (5-2) and Exhi (5-1). Bittel Road won the Bourbon for Pletcher last year and Twilight Meteor won it for him in 2006.

Interactif had been scheduled to run in the Pilgrim Stakes (G3) at Belmont last weekend but was scratched when the race was taken off the turf because of heavy rain. Interactif comes into the Bourbon with a 4 ¼-length win in the With Anticipation Stakes (G3) at Saratoga.

Exhi comes into the Bourbon with a 4-length win in a 1 1/16 mile maiden race at Belmont.

Asphalt, along with Exhi, is also listed at 5-1 morning line odds. Trained by Eddie Kenneally, Asphalt has never run a route race and comes into the Bourbon with a 7-furlong win by a neck on the turf at Belmont.

Family Foundation (6-1) comes into the Bourbon with two impressive wins on the turf at Arlington Park.

Billions Boy (8-1) also comes into the Bourbon after being scratched out of the Pilgrim. After two previous attempts, Billions Boy finally broke his maiden last out going gate-to-wire in a 1 1/16 mile turf race on firm ground September 7 at Saratoga. In that race, Billions Boy defeated runnerup Eskendery who later flattered Billions Boy’s victory by winning the Pilgrim stakes last weekend.

An interesting long shot is the Mark Hubley-trained Codoy (15-1) who broke his maiden last out winning by a neck in a 1-mile maiden race on the all-weather track at Turfway Park. Codoy, in his three previous attempts on the turf, has two seconds and a third place finish. He’s seems to be improving with every race and he’s been working out good at Keeneland.

Interactif, Exhi and Billions Boy look tough in the Bourbon. But at 15-1 morning line, Codoy may be worth a win, place bet.

My selections:

Billions Boy


Trainer Sid Attard’s Ghost Fleet heads a field of seven horses entered in today’s $250,000 Grey Stakes (G3) for 2-year-old thoroughbreds at Woodbine Racetrack. During its 103-year history the Grey Stakes has produced the Classic Champion Thoroughbreds: Kennedy Road, Sunny’s Halo, Dancer’s Image and this year’s Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird.

Ghost Fleet, the 5-2 morning line favorite, comes into the race with a win in the Vandal and Swynford Stakes and Attard hopes that his charge will give him his first Grey Stakes win.
Owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s William’s Kitten is the 7-2 morning line second choice and he comes into the race with an easy 4 ¾ -length win in the Sunday Silence Stakes at Louisiana Downs.

Trainer Reade Baker’s Bear Tough Guy is the 4-1 third choice and he comes into the Grey Stakes with a 1-mile maiden win on firm turf at Woodbine.

Trainer Gregory de Gannes sends Ring My Surprise (6-1) and Mobthewarrior (8-1) to the starting gate.

Rein King (6-1) is shipping in from New York for the Grey Stakes. Trained by John Terranova, Rein King comes into the race with a half-length win in a 1-mile maiden race at Belmont.

Trainer Daniel J. Vella switches Korvette Kid (8-1) from the turf to the polytrack to see if he can get a graded stakes win. Korvette Kid comes into the race with a sixth-place finish in the Summer Stakes.

My selections:

William’s Kitten
Ghost Fleet
Rein King
Bear Tough Guy

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