Weekend boosts a crowd to Cup
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The nine graded stakes run on FallStars Weekend at Keeneland appear to have produced at least 16 starters for the Breeders' Cup, with another handful possible to run in the Nov. 6-7 races at Santa Anita.
Two of the more notable Breeders' Cup prospects are Informed Decision and Forever Together, the late-running grays from the stable of Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard. Both are headed for a brief freshening at Sheppard's Pennsylvania farm before returning to Keeneland to make final preparations for their respective Breeders' Cup races.
Informed Decision earned a spot in the BC Filly and Mare Sprint by winning the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes here Saturday, while Forever Together put in a highly creditable effort running third in the First Lady the same day and will be back to defend her championship in the BC Filly and Mare Turf.
"They both seem to really thrive off having a little spell at my farm," said Sheppard. "I'm going to take them back there for a couple of weeks and then bring them back before the end of the meet and put the finishing touches on them before we fly to California."
The Keeneland meet runs through Oct. 31.
Besides Informed Decision, the other eight weekend stakes winners all appear headed to California. Here is a quick follow-up on all the stakes over the three-day opening weekend:
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