Ageless nabs Lady Shipman in Franklin County
The six-year-old mare Ageless (Successful Appeal) proved just that on Friday at Keeneland as she wore down 3-5 favorite Lady Shipman (Midshipman), a rival three years younger than her, to take the $100,000 Franklin County by a head.
Julien Leparoux was aboard for the head victory in a time of 1:03.63 for 5 1/2 furlongs on turf listed as firm.
The Franklin County served as a possible prelude for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) for both Ageless and Lady Shipman, but the winner's status was somewhat in doubt after she was vanned off following the race with a cut near her left hock.
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Champion sprinter Work All Week retired
Champion sprinter Work All Week has been retired, owner Midwest Thoroughbreds announced on Thursday after discovering a stress fracture in the gelding's knee during a routine scan.
The six-year-old chestnut upset last year's Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) at 19-1, earning him an Eclipse Award as the 2014 champion sprinter after he closed out the year 5-1-0 from six starts. Trained by Roger Brueggemann, Work All Week accumulated more than $1.5 million in career earnings and finished worse than second just twice in his 19-race career.
Sentiero Italia the one to beat in Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup
A convincing winner of the Lake Placid (G2) and Sands Point (G2) in her last two outings, Seniero Italia (Medaglia d'Oro) will pursue her first Grade 1 tally when she lines up for Saturday's $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland.
Her rivals include Prize Exhibit (Showcasing), Her Emmynency (Successful Appeal), Olorda (Lord of England) and Blond Me (Tamayuz).
Mr Speaker, Legendary square off in Knickerbocker
Mr Speaker (Pulpit) got the win over Legendary (Exceed and Excel) in the Commonwealth Cup (G2) at Laurel Park most recently on September 19, and on Saturday the duo will meet once again in the $200,000 Knickerbocker S. (G2) at Belmont Park.
The 1 1/8-mile inner turf contest drew a field of 11, including one main-track only entrant, and also features last-out Cliff Hanger S. (G3) hero Middleburg (Lemon Drop Kid) and 2014 Travers S. (G1) upsetter V. E. Day (English Channel).
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