Art Collector, Speech Thrill at Keeneland Meeting

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By Emily Shields

The 2020 summer meeting at Keeneland was a five-day thrill ride including 10 stakes over three days.

The Friday, July 10 card included the $300,000 Maker’s Mark Mile (G1) on the grass, with 5-1 War of Will ($13.80) scoring by a nose in a driving finish. He nipped 24-1 Parlor and favored Raging Bull in a blanket finish that saw seven runners just a length and a half apart. Mark Casse trains the 2019 Preakness Stakes (G1) winner, who is now a Grade 1 winner on both surfaces.

The $100,000 Beaumont (G3) for three-year-old fillies went to heavy favorite Four Graces ($3.40), who scored by 4 ¾ lengths for trainer Ian Wilkes. She is now four for five lifetime.

The first of six Saturday stakes was the $150,000 Appalachian Stakes (G2) on the grass. Enola Gay ($12.60) won by a nose over Walk in Marrakesh, with favored Alms a head back third. Shug McGaughey trains and Julien Leparoux was up.

The $250,000 Madison (G1) was won by Guarana ($3) in an ultra game effort. 8-1 Mia Mischief passed her in the stretch, but front running Guarana came back under Jose Ortiz to win. It was trainer Chad Brown’s 100th Grade 1 win.

The $150,000 Shakertown (G2) for sprinters on the grass went to 10 -  1 Leinster ($22.40), a son of Majestic Warrior trained by George Arnold II, who finished first and second with Totally Boss. Second-choice Bound for Nowhere finished third. Tyler Gaffalione was up.

The $400,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) went to third-choice Speech, who hooked favored Venetian Harbor and then outkicked her in the lane to win by three lengths. Javier Castellano was aboard the daughter of Mr Speaker, who is trained by Michael McCarthy.

The $350,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1) saw Keeneland specialist Rushing Fall make a powerful move to collar front runner Jolie Olimpica (Brz) to win by three-quarters of a length, with Juliet Foxtrot (GB) finishing third. Rushing Fall ($3.60) is also trained by Brown, and had Castellano up. She was a Breeders’ Cup winner in 2018.

The Kentucky Derby prep, the $600,000 Blue Grass Stakes (G2), went to Art Collector over the filly Swiss Skydiver. Art Collector ($6.60) has now crossed the finish line first in four straight races for trainer Tom Drury, Jr. Under Brian Hernandez, Jr., Art Collector won by 3 ½ lengths.

The final two stakes races came on Sunday, July 12. The $175,000 TVG Elkhorn Stakes (G2) went to even-money choice Zulu Alpha ($4) under Gaffalione. The Mike Maker trainee was bumped at the break but still won by nearly a length over 35 – 1 Postulation.

The $100,000 Transylvania (G3) went to Field Pass by a nose. Field Pass ($6.40), by Lemon Drop Kid, is also trained by Maker, and was ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr. Watch and wager on all the Keeneland action with TVG and on TVG.com.

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