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Mike Smith celebrates his win aboard Proviso in the First Lady on Saturday of Fallstars weekend at Keeneland
Keeneland Race Course in Lexington had its "Fallstars" opening weekend, which included 8 Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" stakes events.
Gio Ponti wins the Shadwell Turf Mile
The trophy presentation for the Shadwell Turf Mile with Shane Ryan of owner Castleton Lyons Farm in the black suit on the left, trainer Christophe Clement in the black suit on the right, and jockey Ramon Dominguez. Dominguez said, "I want to give all the credit to my horse and to Christophe because I didn't really expect him to be that sharp going a mile, and I was so pleased to see him running that close and so handy like this. (Society's Chairman) was coming on the outside and at that point it was actually the Courageous Cat, who was (drifting) out. They actually bumped into (Gio Ponti), but my horse, I felt pretty confident. He was just taking me every step of the way."
Left: Second place finisher Society's Chairman returns after the race. Sue Lorimer, assistant to trainer Roger Attfield said, "He came out of the race fine. He loves Keeneland. He's just a different horse down here."
Right: Third place finisher Courageous Cat returns after the race. Trainer Bill Mott said it was a good possibility that Courageous Cat would continue onto the Breeders' Cup.
Proviso winning the 2010 First Lady Stakes
Proviso in the winner's circle. Her trainer Bill Mott said, "I knew she was in with a shot, but I knew she'd have to do some running to do it. Mike got her out clear. The last 1/8 mile she was in high gear and got the job done. A beautiful mare. She's been good from the beginning of the year 'til right now. That's 4 Grade 1 wins this year, and she's as good as they get."
Left: Second place finisher C.S. Silk returns after the race. Her trainer Dale Romans said, "If you'd told me going over there I'd have been second, I'd have been excited. Leaving there I was sick, because I thought we were going to win it at the 1/8 pole. But she ran well, ran as hard as she could.
Right: Third place finisher Gotta Have Her in the post parade. She was retired on October 14 and will be sold at Fasig-Tipton November. Her trainer Jenine Sahadi said, "It's not often that you find a mare like her. I never X-rayed an ankle, a knee or a stifle. I never X-rayed anything. There was never any issue. The only thing that happened to her was getting pneumonia. It defies logic to go from a yearling year to the end of her 6-year-old like that. She's such a remarkable horse."
Acoma winning the 2010 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes
Acoma in the winner's circle. Her trainer David Carroll said, "Possibly this could be her last race. She's been a great filly for us. This is her first Grade 1 (win) and my first Grade 1 (win). To do it together at Keeneland for Helen (Alexander) and her mother, Mrs. Groves, and the whole staff at Meadowbrook Farm is absolutely special. She's run on every surface, won on every surface. It worked out beautifully. Alan (Garcia) gave her a great ride. I'm just so happy for everyone involved with her. She's such a special filly."
Left: Second place finisher Milwaukee Appeal in the paddock before the race. Her jockey Kent Desormeaux said, "She took a breather from the quarter pole to the eighth pole, and I said 'I'm going to win it.' She made a second effort."
Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Hot Cha Cha in the paddock before the race. Her trainer Phil Sims said he will be "strongly looking at" the Filly and Mare Turf.
J.B.'s Thunder winning the 2010 Dixiana Breeders' Futurity
J.B.'s Thunder in the winner's circle with trainer Albert Stall Jr. on the left. Stall said, "I had a feeling he'd leave on his toes today. He had been so sharp. He had a chance to school around here and get comfortable. Obviously he did, and Shaun just took it to them. (Running in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile) is very much 50-50 at best. We'll probably go to Fair Grounds and point for the Delta Jackpot or the Lecomte."
Left: Second place finisher Santiva in the post parade. His jockey Javier Castellano said, "My horse missed the break a little bit, so I didn't have a choice (but to be farther back). He only has one style, you know--a come from behind horse. But he handled himself well and finished very, very strong. When I asked him he passed a lot horses at one time and he finished so good today."
Right: Third place finisher Willcox Inn in the post parade. Jockey Garrett Gomez said, "For a second time out he ran a heck of a race. He did everything well. He was a little more aggressive than his first out, but he came home good. He did everything really good and there's a bright future for him."
Wickedly Perfect heads to the winner's circle after the 2010 Darley Alcibiades
Wickedly Perfect in the winner's circle. Her jockey Rafael Bejarano said, "Doug did such a great training job. She was relaxed in the first quarter; she was so relaxed I knew she could do anything in the race. I think she's going to be tough (in the BC Juvenile Fillies). She won't have to be on the lead next time."
Dubai Majesty winning the 2010 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes
Dubai Majesty in the paddock before the race. Her trainer Bret Calhoun said, "She's run some very good races on synthetics; this is her first win on a synthetic and is her first Grade 2 (win). She's been great to us over the years. We've been unlucky probably over the last couple of years to not win a Grade 1 or 2 with her. We got it done today."
Left: Second place finisher Old Time Religion in the paddock before the race. Her trainer Glenn Wismer said, "She ran a nice race. She finally got a track where speed was holding. In the (Presque Isle Downs) Masters the speed wasn't holding and she got caught coming up from off the pace. But today the speed was holding and I said, 'We're going to be competitive.' "
Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Informed Decision in the post parade. Her trainer Jonathan Sheppard said, "We thought she ran very well. We knew it might be a bit short for her. Her best distance seems to be 6 1/2 or seven furlongs but she was running well at the end and this was a nice setup for the Breeders' Cup."
Wise Dan heads to the winner's circle after the 2010 Phoenix Stakes
Wise Dan in the winner's circle. His trainer Charles Lopresti said, "He's done some stuff in the morning here, so I knew he was going to be ready. I didn't know if he was going to be seasoned enough against these older horses. He's really, really fast. We'll make a decision about (the Breeders' Cup) in 3-4 days; we don't want to do wrong thing by the horse. He has a very bright future. He's only a 3-year-old."
Silver Timber winning the 2010 Woodford Stakes
Silver Timber in the winner's circle. His jockey Julien Leparoux said, "I didn't really ask him. I wanted to save something for the next one." Trainer Chad Brown added, "He has the (course) record (at Churchill Downs) he set this spring. And we'll be at equal weight. I think he's going to be double-tough."
Left: Second place finisher Central City in the paddock before the race. Jockey Robby Albarado said, "I had a great trip. It's always easier to get a good trip when you're on the lead. Our intentions were to get a good race into him because he was coming off a layoff, and he ran big. He's a nice horse."
Right: Third place finisher Due Date in the paddock before the race. Jockey Tony Farina said, "He ran big. I was just with the winner all the way and in the stretch when I asked him to go he picked it up right away. He gave it everything he could. The only thing was when he took time to switch leads, to get on the right one, and that cost him maybe the second place."
Rogue Romance winning the 2010 Bourbon Stakes
Rogue Romance in the winner's circle with trainer Ken McPeek at his hip. McPeek said, "I had the binoculars nailed on him and he was getting a lot of dirt in his face and he wasn't real happy about it. He was fighting the tongue tie in the paddock, so he's really green in the scheme of things, but obviously he's quick enough to win one. He's got the two-turn thing down pat, no problem. He's obviously got a great turn of foot."
Grilla winning the 2010 President of the United Arab Emirates Stakes for Arabians
Winning breeder, owner, and trainer Bill Waldron said, "I am ecstatic. I was very confident coming in. My horse was fit and ready, and Ricardo Chiappe did just what I asked. I knew Sand Witchh, who was unbeaten in 9 previous races, would be tough, but I also knew we could beat her."
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