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Barn Notes: Bendable makes graded stakes debut Saturday in Thoroughbred Club of America


Claiborne Farm’s 3-year-old filly Bendable is poised to make her graded stakes debut Saturday when she takes on seven older fillies and mares in the 36th running of the $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2).

“She just won a small stakes at Los Alamitos and she is now three for four, so we thought she deserved a chance,” trainer Richard Mandella said of the decision to come to Keeneland from his Southern California base.

The homebred Horse Greeley filly did not make her debut until this June, cruising to a 3¾-length victory at Santa Anita.

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“She had a little chip in an ankle and we just gave her time,” Mandella said of the delayed debut for Bendable.

The TCA is a “Win and You’re In” challenge race for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, but Mandella is not thinking about that event.

“We may consider leaving her here for the (Grade 2, $250,000 Lexus) Raven Run (on Oct. 22),” Mandella said. “But first things first for now.”

Mandella will have plenty on his plate Breeders’ Cup Weekend anyway with the likes of three-time Eclipse Award winner and $5 million earner Beholder for the $2 million Distaff (G1) on Nov. 4.

Beholder, who has compiled a record of 25-17-6-0 in her career, finished second to Stellar Wind in last week’s Zenyatta (G1), beaten a neck.

“She’s doing well,” Mandella said. “(The loss) was a little disappointing, but she has done so much for us you can’t complain and she still is running very well.”

FALL STARS WEEKEND SPECIAL EVENTS

Saturday, Oct. 8

Sunrise Trackside, sponsored by LEX18 and Dunkin’ Donuts, offers activities for people of all ages beginning at 7 a.m. ET: Breakfast With the Works, a Southern-style breakfast (until 8:30 a.m.) while horses train on the main track; children’s activities in the Kids Club Corner (7-9 a.m.); guided walking tours departing from the welcome stand near the Paddock (8-10:30 a.m.); demonstration by the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center in the Paddock (9 a.m.); trackside handicapping seminar with expert handicapper Katie Gensler (11:30 a.m.); and Q&A session with jockey Jose Ortiz in the Walking Ring (12:05 p.m.).

Merchandise Pavilion: The Keeneland Shop’s new Merchandise Pavilion, located near the track’s Grandstand East entrance, features Keeneland-branded apparel and accessories. Open race days from 10 a.m. until 30 minutes after the final post. Fans will have the opportunity to have their photo made with the Breeders’ Cup trophy, which will be on display.

The Hill. The popular free tailgate area, available Fridays and Saturdays, is located adjacent to the Keene Barn & Entertainment Center (accessible via Gate 4) and features food trucks, a jumbo TV screen to capture all the racing and college football action, wagering facilities, The Keeneland Shop kiosk and complimentary shuttles to the track. On Saturdays, fans can enjoy live Bluegrass music from noon-4 p.m. BETologists also will be available to answer fans’ questions.

HERO Campaign Kick-Off. For the Fall Meet, Keeneland has teamed up with the HERO Campaign to promote the use of safe and sober designated drivers. The program launches today at the HERO table outside Keeneland’s Sales Pavilion where patrons can pledge to be a designated driver. Registrants will receive a “Be a HERO” wristband and a voucher for a free soft drink at any trackside concession stand, and the chance to win additional prizes. Patrons also can sign up for the HERO Campaign at the East and South Gates throughout the race meet.
Craft Beer Tent. The tent on the North Terrace patio offers a special selection that includes Keeneland Fall Ale, produced by Country Boy, along with Ethereal Brewing Common Ale, SweetWater 420, Kentucky Ale College Heights, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, New Belgium Fat Tire, Stella Artois, Country Boy Cougar Bait, Shock Bait and Breckenridge Vanilla Porter Nitro.

$1 Pick 6 on final six races of the day. $250,000 All Stakes Pick 5 on Races 5-9 challenges patrons to handicap the Woodford (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select, Thoroughbred Club of America (G2), First Lady (G1), Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) and Shadwell Turf Mile (G1).
$350,000 All Stakes Pick 4 includes Races 6-9: Thoroughbred Club of America (G2), First Lady (G1), Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) and Shadwell Turf Mile (G1).

UK Football-Keeneland Shuttle. Attending the races at Keeneland and the University of Kentucky football game versus Vanderbilt University? The easiest way is to park at Commonwealth Stadium and take the Lextran shuttle to Keeneland. Fare is $1 each way. Pick-up spot is located on the north side of Cooper Drive, along University, next to Parking Structure #1. Click here for more information.

Sunday, Oct. 9

Merchandise Pavilion: The Keeneland Shop’s new Merchandise Pavilion, located near the track’s Grandstand East entrance, features Keeneland-branded apparel and accessories. Open race days from 10 a.m. until 30 minutes after the final post. Fans will have the opportunity to have their photo made with the Breeders’ Cup trophy, which will be on display.

Jockey Autograph Signing. Meet retired and active jockeys from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. adjacent to the Paddock for an autograph signing. Racing Hall of Famer Pat Day and Triple Crown winner Jean Cruguet will be joined by Kaye Bell, James Bruin, Kaoru Chatfield-Tsuchiya, P.J. Cooksey, Tony D’Amico, Carl Faulconer, Michael Heath, Mike Manganello, Herb McCauley, Jim McKnight, Larry Melancon, John Oldham, Suzie Picou-Oldham, Bill Troilo and Charlie Woods. Proceeds benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

$1 Pick 6 on final six races of the day.

From Keeneland Communications


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