Court Vision prevails in Shadwell Mile

Updated: October 10, 2009, 9:36 PM ET
By Marty McGee | Daily Racing Form



LEXINGTON, Ky. -- It was a memorable afternoon indeed for the IEAH Stables at Keeneland as the prominent ownership syndicate won two of the three Grade 1 races on a blockbuster Saturday card.

Court Vision, racing for the first time since recovering from surgery for an ascended testicle, outfought Karelian to win $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile about an hour after Diamondrella, making her first start since an IEAH purchase, won the $400,000 First Lady.

Court Vision, ridden by Robby Albarado, returned $11.60 as third choice in a field of seven in the 24th Shadwell Mile. The 4-year-old colt was making his first start under the care of trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., with whom IEAH teamed to win major races last year with Big Brown.

"This is what it's all about," said Michael Iavaraone, co-president of IEAH. "We buy horses to see days like this."

Court Vision, by Gulch, earned an automatic berth into the Nov. 7 Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita by virtue of the Win and You're In provision that applied to all but one (the Woodford) of the nine FallStars Weekend stakes at Keeneland during the opening three days of the meet.

A mile on turf "is probably going to be his game, so we might as well play it," Iavarone said.

Court Vision had perennially disappointed in recent races, but Dutrow said last month after the colt underwent surgery that he was much improved.

Karelian, making his first start in more than 10 months, set the pace in the Shadwell, which was run over soft going. With Rajiv Maragh aboard, Karelian fought to the bitter end when losing by a mere nose. Mr. Sidney finished third, another 5 3/4 lengths back, with Battle of Hastings fourth. The winning time was 1:38.68.

The major disappointment in the Shadwell was Justenuffhumor, the Godolphin Racing 4-year-old who entered on a six-race win streak. The late-running colt never fired, winding up sixth as the 7-5 favorite.

The Shadwell was the last of five straight stakes Saturday. The all-stakes pick four (8-8-6-9) ending with the Shadwell paid $1,053 for $1.

Attendance on a cool, overcast afternoon was 21,936.

Futurity: Noble's Promise holds on

Noble's Promise ($27.80) outran his sprinter's pedigree when holding off a sustained run by Aikenite to win the Grade 1, $500,000 Dixiana Breeders' Futurity.

With Willie Martinez riding for the Chasing Dreams Racing 2008 LLC and trainer Ken McPeek, Noble's Promise finished 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.12 over Polytrack. Aikenite, a 5-1 shot under Alan Garcia, finished a half-length behind the winner and another three lengths before 22-1 shot Roman Invasion. A field of 14 started, with Make Music for Me (fourth) and Backtalk (eighth) sent away as 7-2 favorites.

Martinez was aboard Noble's Promise, a Cuvee colt out of a Clever Trick mare, in a Sept. 26 victory in a smaller sprint stakes over the synthetic surface at Presque Isle Downs.

"We knew he was a fast horse, and the only question was the distance," Martinez said. "I really believe in this horse. He's got a good mind."

McPeek said Noble's Promise would move on to the Nov. 7 BC Juvenile.

"You've got to give him a chance," he said.

First Lady: Diamondrella wins for IEAH

Diamondrella ($7.20), making her first start since being purchased by IEAH, outran several other closers, including favored Forever Together, in capturing the First Lady at a mile on turf. Maragh was aboard for trainer Angel Penna Jr.

The field of nine fillies and mares was spread out a long way for most of the trip, with Hotlantic setting the pace before weakening badly in the final furlong. Until straightening for home, Diamondrella lagged well back, with Forever Together just behind her.

"I wasn't really that worried about the horses ahead of me because my main competition was next to me and behind me," said Maragh, the New York-based jockey who also won the Grade 1 Alcibiades aboard Negligee on Friday. "It worked out really well. She gave me a big turn of foot as she always does."

Tizaqueena finished second, three-quarters of a length behind the winner and another three-quarters ahead of Forever Together, the even-money choice and defending race champion. The winning time was 1:38.66 over soft going.

Diamondrella, a British-bred 5-year-old mare, now has won 8 of 17 overall starts, including 7 of her last 8.

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