Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet begins Friday with the Fall Stars Weekend which will offer 11 stakes Friday through Sunday worth $5.45 million. Nine of those races are Breeders’ Cup Challenge events that award the winners with automatic berths and fees paid into the 39th World Championships. The Breeders’ Cup will be held this year at Keeneland Nov. 4-5.
Saturday’s $600,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles is one of the ‘win and you’re in’ races and includes Shakopee Juvenile winner Two Phil’s. The Shakopee Juvenile is Canterbury Park’s lone open company 2-year-old stakes race, this season it was held closing night Sept. 17. Two Phil’s, who was supplemented to the race and favored at 11 to 10, won easily, pressing the pace until he proved just too much for the others and ran off finishing 9 3/4 lengths the best.
Jareth Loveberry hand rode the winner trained by Larry Rivelli and owned by Patricia’s Hope LLC and Phil Sagan (pictured third from left).
Two Phil’s will try a distance of ground for the first time Saturday and a solid effort could send him to the Breeders’ Cup. Rivelli told Daily Racing Form “We’ve been waiting to run him two turns. That’s not even a concern. It’s just if he’s good enough.”
Loveberry will have the mount Saturday, breaking from post position 13 in the 14-horse field. Here are the entries.
Canterbury’s Racebook opens at 9am Saturday. Keeneland begins at noon. Also that day is the free-to-enter Countdown to the Cup Contest featuring Keeneland races plus American Pharoah Stakes, Chandelier Stakes and Rodeo Drive Stakes all from Santa Anita.
Super satellites for the upcoming NHC Qualifier are also offered Saturday.