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Iroquois Winner Thiskyhasnolimit Heads Kentucky Jockey Club As Churchill Closes with 'Stars of Tomorrow II'
Thiskyhasnolimit, winner of the Iroquois (Grade III) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 1, heads a field of nine 2-year-olds entered for Saturday’s 83rd running of the $150,000-added Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (GII) at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
The Kentucky Jockey Club, which serves as the co-feature on the closing-day “Stars of Tomorrow II” card devoted exclusively to 2-year-olds, will go as the 11th race on the 12-race card with an approximate post time of 4:27 p.m. (all times ET). First post time Saturday is 11:30 a.m.
Trained by Steve Asmussen for owners Cathy and Bob Zollars and Mark Wagner, Thiskyhasnolimit broke his maiden at second asking at Churchill Downs this summer and then tackled Grade II stakes company in New York highlighted by a third-place finish in the Futurity at Belmont Park.
Robby Albarado has the mount Saturday on Thiskyhasnolimit, who is the 2-1 favorite in oddsmaker Mike Battaglia’s Kentucky Jockey Club morning line odds and will break from post position three.
Two other stakes winners are in the field for the Kentucky Jockey Club that was won last year by John C. Oxley’s Beethoven.
The second choice at 5-2 in Battaglia’s Kentucky Jockey Club morning line is WinStar Farm’s Super Saver, a son of Maria’s Mon who finished a close fourth to Homeboykris in the $400,000 Champagne (GI) at Belmont Park. The Todd Pletcher trainee was a seven-length maiden winner over a sloppy Belmont Park track in his previous outing and will be ridden by Calvin Borel from post two.
A.C. and Clare Asbury’s Gleam of Hope (6-1) won the off-the-turf Cradle at River Downs for trainer Tony Reinstedler and in his first start back was fourth in the Iroquois. Corey Lanerie will ride and break from post position five. Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s William’s Kitten (5-1) won the off-the-turf Sunday Silence at Louisiana Downs and enters the Kentucky Jockey Club off an eighth-place finish in the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) at Santa Anita. Miguel Mena will ride and break from post position four.
The field for the Kentucky Jockey Club, from the rail out, is as follows: King Snake (L. Goncalves, 122 pounds, 15-1), Super Saver (C. Borel, 122, 5-2), Thiskyhasnolimit (R. Albarado, 122, 2-1), William’s Kitten (M. Mena, 122, 5-1), Gleam of Hope (C. Lanerie, 122, 6-1), Mr. Saturdaynight (G. Saez, 122, 8-1), Worldly (F. Torres, 122, 12-1), Callide Valley (J. Theriot, 122. 10-1) and Activity Report (T. Thompson, 122, 20-1).
The Grand Canyon, a $60,000-added overnight stake at 1 1/16 miles on the grass, will be run as the sixth race with a 1:58 p.m. post time. Topping the field of 10 are homebred sons of turf champion Kitten’s Joy owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey: Dean’s Kitten and Kera’s Kitten, who will each tote 122 pounds and concede six pounds to their rivals.
Dean’s Kitten ran sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in his most recent start after having won the Vision Stakes at Belmont Park and is the 5-2 morning line favorite.. Kera’s Kitten, the 4-1 second choice in the Grand Canyon, is 2-for-2 in his career and won the El Joven Stakes at Retama Park in his most recent start.
The field for the Grand Canyon, from the hedge out, is as follows: Lost Aptitude (J. Court, 116 pounds, 5-1), Romans Reward (R. Albarado, 116, 8-1), Thunder Perfect (C. Borel, 116, 20-1), Cat Park (G. Saez, 116, 5-1), Kera’s Kitten (M. Mena, 122, 4-1), Letsgetitonmon (I. Ocampo, 116, 15-1), Mint Chip (C. Lanerie, 116, 10-1), Silenced (T. Thompson, 116, 15-1), Dean’s Kitten (E. Baird, 122, 5-2) and Our Douglas (J. Castanon, 116, 8-1).