Keeneland Fall 2015 Opening Weekend

Keeneland Fall 2015 Opening Weekend

October is finally here!  Seems like we’ve been waiting for the Keeneland Fall Meet, and the first-ever Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland forever. We started off on Thursday with the news that Sweet Halory had her first work at Santa Anita.  She worked 5 furlongs from the gate, and the best part was she had Gary Stevens riding her.  Having a Hall of Fame jockey ride your unraced 2-year-old filly for a  morning work is almost as much fun as a win!   Here’s the video…she’s the horse on the outside. <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/qluaMZMxtpw” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> Back here in Kentucky, Mother Nature did NOT get the memo that Friday was Opening Day at Keeneland….or maybe she (Mother Nature) is doing the “in like a lion, out like a lamb” thing and Breeders’ Cup on October 30 and 31 is going to be glorious!   (Hope so.) At any rate, Friday was rainy, windy, damp and in the 50s.  I saw one news account that said “11,601 brave souls” were in attendance.  They saw yet another juvenile star emerge for Sweet Halory’s trainer, Doug O’Neill as GOMO won the $400,000 Grade I Darley Alcibiades S. by almost three lengths.  See this link  for details about the win.  And check out the Keeneland / Coady Photograph at right to see how muddy she got! That’s potentially the fourth 2-year-old headed for the Breeders’ Cup Races for Team O’Neill — including Ralis, who runs in today’s Champagne S.-G1; Nyquist, the likely favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile; and Land Over Sea, second in the Chandelier S.-G1 recently. If Doug has the babies learning from...