When the field for the $ 250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (G2) breaks out of the gate on October 9 at Keeneland, it will include a pair of talented sprint women in Frank’s rocket to the rail and Bell is the only one outside.
The TCA, a six-meter sprint for fillies and mares aged 3 and up, drew a field of six which also includes last year’s winner. In the business world . With the race being part of the Breeders ‘Cup Challenge Series, Saturday’s winner will receive an automatic spot in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) on November 6 at Del Mar.
Frank Fletcher Racing Operations’s Homebred Rockette comes in third place, missing only by a neck after slowly breaking a stage in the August 23 Seeking the Pearl Stakes at Colonial duvets. A multi-level stakes winner formed by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, she hasn’t finished out of the money in five starts this season and earned her second victory of 2021 in the Saylorville Stakes from July 3 to Prairies prairies. The quick 4 year old girl in evil started as a favorite in all but one of her 16 races, the only race being last year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) against men, which was her only time she finished in the top three. The Breeders’ Cup Sprint is his only previous race at Keeneland. Junior Alvarado is back in irons.
Bell’s the One enters the winner’s circle with jockey Corey Lanerie on board after the Honorable Miss Handicap at Saratoga Racecourse
Bell’s the One of Lothenbach Stables has the most starts at Keeneland of any TCA contestant with six, and she holds a 2-1-2 record over the Lexington Oval. On her 20 lifetimes debut, the 5-year-old girl Majestic perfection the mare won several graduated stakes for trainer Neil Pessin, leading the Derby City Distaff Stakes 2020 presented by Derby City Gaming (G1) at Churchill Downs. During her last two outings, when she was finally the first choice of punters, she rallied to win on July 28 the Honorable Miss Handicap (G2) at Saratoga Racecourse and finished at half length when he finished second in the September 18 Open Mind Stakes in Churchill. Regular rider Corey Lanerie will be back on board on Saturday.
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Inthemidstofbiz, owned by Andrew Knapczyk and coach Cipriano Contreras, capped a three-game winning streak with a three-point victory at the top of last year’s TCA. She only returned in May of this year when she took advantage of an optional allowance claim event at Great Indiana. At just her second start of the year, she finished fourth in the Satin and Lace Stakes on August 30 on the all-weather surface at Almost Isle Downs, a race she won a year ago. The 5-year-old Federal mare will leave post 3 with jockey Emmanuel Esquivel, who guided her in her two races this year.
She and Frank’s Rockette – provided the latter breaks well – are expected favorites in a relatively short sprint.
Coach Juan Ariagada will send on June 4 to the winner of the Bed o ‘Roses Stakes (G3) Estilo Talentoso , who fell in class after a tight fifth place behind champion Gamine in the Ketel One Ballerina Handicap (G1) from August 28 to Saratoga Racecourse. Meanwhile, Keeneland-based Ben Colebrook entered Mademoiselle Mosaic and Club car , which the latter won on August 7 the Secretary of State of West Virginia last. Club Car races with added blinders.
Entries: Thoroughbred Club of America S. (G2)
Keeneland, Saturday 09 October 2021, Course 7
- Grade II
- $ 250,000
- 3 years old and over fillies and mares
- 4:12 p.m. (local)