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On October 2nd, Keeneland will begin its prestigious fall meet with three days of major Breeders’ Cup prep races, and among the probable starters for these major stakes races are the 2014 Breeders’ Cup champions Untapable, Bobby’s Kitten, Judy the Beauty, and Work All Week.
According to the Keeneland Barn Notes for September 26th, 2014 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Untapable–prepping for a defense of her title–is expected to start in the nine-furlong Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (gr. I) on October 4th. Among her expected challengers are Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Lovely Maria and Fleur dis Lis Handicap (gr. II) victor Frivolous.
The October 3rd Woodford Stakes Presented by Keeneland Select (gr. III), a 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint, will feature 2014 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. I) winner Bobby’s Kitten, making his second start of the season. He is expected to face a very large field that could also include the talented sprinters Holy Lute and Mongolian Saturday.
Judy the Beauty, winner of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), will prep for a defense of his title in that race when she starts in the six-furlong Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. II) on October 3rd, a race that she won in 2013. The grade I-placed filly Sweet Whiskey and 2014 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes winner Leigh Court are among the other probable starters.
Lastly, 2014 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Work All Week will seek to add another graded stakes win to his record in the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes (gr. III) on October 2nd. Runhappy, winner of the King’s Bishop Stakes (gr. I), is also expected to start.
The complete list of probable and possible starters for each race can be viewed here.