Novmeber 6, 2020/ 2:30 p.m.
Seventeen 2-year-olds, including three also-eligibles, will sprint five-and-one-half furlongs on the turf. This Grade II race is just the third time ever that this event has taken place. Irad Ortiz and Wesley Ward are defending champs as they won onboard Four Wheel Drive last year.
#1Mighty Gurkha (20/1). Jockey Hollie Doyle/Trainer Archie Watson. Mighty Gurkha is making his debut on US soil after posting a 6-2-1-0 record in England. Doyle is emerging as an up-and-coming jockey in Britain. #2 Windy City Red (30/1). Jose Valdivia/Jonathan Wong. Windy City Red is racing outside of California for the first time where he posted a 2-1-0-1 record. He is coming off a third-place finish in the Speakeasy Stakes.
3 Lipizzaner (20/1). Ryan Moore/ Aidan O’Brien. Lipizzaner is yet another horse making his debut in the US. The Kentucky-bred colt has two wins and three second-place finishes in seven career starts.
#4 County Final (15/1). Joel Rosario/ Steve Asmussen. The son of Oxbow, who has lots of speed, is coming off a fourth-place finish in the six-furlong Grade 3 Futurity Stakes. He also finished second in the Grade 2 Bashford Stakes earlier this year and is 5-2-1-0 with $139,750 in earnings.
#5 Cowan (8/1). Ricardo Santana/ Steve Asmussen. Cowan has shown massive improvement in each of his last two outings, resulting in a third-place showing in the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint Stakes and a second-place finish in the Indian Summer Stakes. He is 4-1-1-1 with $125,877 career earnings.
#6 Ubettabelieveit (20/1).Rowan Scott/Nigel Tinkler. The 2-year-old British gelding is making his debut on American soil. He does enter the contest in good form, coming off a Grade 2 victory after leaving the gate with 40/1 odds.
#7 Momos (15/1). Manuel Franco/Christophe Clement. The son of Distorted Humor has shown improvement in each of his last two races, finishing in the money in each of those two Graded Stakes events -- Grade 3 The Futility and the Grade 2 Saratoga Special Stakes. #8 Amanzi Yimpilo (15/1). Luis Suez/Ward. Amanzi Yimpilo, one of two fillies in the event, is racing at her fourth different track. She is 3-2-0-1 with $94,200 career earnings.
#9 After Five (5/1). Jose Ortiz/ Wesley Ward. The Maryland-bred went six wide at ⅛ pole to move up four spots and nearly caught Second of July at the wire for a second-place finish in the Grade 3 Belmont Futility as the defeated favorite.
#10 Bodenheimer (8/1). Brian Hernandez/Valorie Lund. Bodenheimer earned an automatic berth in this event by winning the Indian Summer Stakes here at Keeneland on Oct. 4, marking his third win in four career starts.
#11 Into the Sunrise (15/1). Rafael Bejarano/ Wesley Ward. An offspring of Into Mischief, Into the Sunrise led most of the way in the One and one-sixteenth mile Grade 2 Bourbon Stakes before being outkicked in the stretch and finishing fourth.
#12 Dirty Dangle (20/1). Tyler Gaffalione/ Mark Casse. The Kentucky-bred filly is coming down from Woodbine where she has two sprint victories although this is the first time facing males.
13. Second of July (8/1). Dylan Davis/ Phillip Greaves. Second of July is making his Kentucky debut and gets a little distance relief after winning the six-furlong Belmont Futility, thus earning his way into the event.
14. Golden Pal (8/5). Irad Ortiz/ Wesley Ward. The son of Uncle Mo is racing at his fourth different park. He is coming off a pretty long layoff, last racing in the Skidmore Stakes which he won.
#15 Blame the Booze (AE. 30-1). Gerardo Corrales/Wesley Ward
#16 Gypsy King (AE, 20/1). Joel Rosario/ Wesley Ward.
#17 Trade Deal (30/1). Julio Garcia/ Wesley Ward.
Analyst: Bodenheimer has really good speed and could go wire-to-wire if everything breaks well and the Washington colt put in a very training session recently. County Final is extremely fast, with an early pace ESpeed of 108, and he got a good post draw which could be a problem for Bodenheimer. Cowan has experience at Keeneland while also putting up a couple of strong training sessions here lately. Expect Into Sunrise and Momos as well as possibly Dirty Dangle to be involved.