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Mike previews the 2022 Indian Summer Stakes at Keeneland, then gives his top picks and longshots from this “Win & You’re In” for the 2022 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. Trainer Wesley Ward looks tough to beat with Love Reigns and No Nay Hudson packing a solid 1-2 punch. Tell us YOUR thoughts in the Comments section!
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Stonestreet Stables’ filly Love Reigns (IRE) and Mike McCarty’s Private Creed headline a field of 11 2-year-olds entered Thursday for the fifth running of the $250,000 Indian Summer (L) for 2-year-olds going 5½ furlongs on the Keeneland turf course.
Scheduled as the sixth race on Sunday’s 10-race program, the Indian Summer is a “Win and You’re In” race for the 16th running of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) to be run here Nov. 4. Post time for the Indian Summer is 3:57 p.m. ET.
Trained by Wesley Ward, who has won two runnings of the Indian Summer with fillies, Love Reigns romped to a 9¾-length victory on the grass in her debut on closing day of the Keeneland Spring Meet.
From there, Ward shipped her to Royal Ascot in England, where she finished fourth in the Queen Mary (G2) before returning stateside for a victory in the Bolton Landing at Saratoga. Paco Lopez has the mount Sunday and will break from post five.
Private Creed, trained by Steve Asmussen, won the Global Tote Juvenile Sprint (L) going 6½ furlongs on Sept. 8 at Kentucky Downs in his most recent start. Joel Rosario has the return riding assignment and will break from post 11.
The field for the Indian Summer, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: Revere Note (Fernando De La Cruz, 118 pounds), Ghent (Francisco Arrieta, 118), Bourbon Therapy (Luis Saez, 118), Kbcya Later (Dylan Davis, 118), Love Reigns (IRE) (Lopez, 117), Numero Seis (Brian Hernandez Jr., 115), No Nay Hudson (IRE) (John Velazquez, 118), Mounsieur Coco (Tyler Gaffalione, 120), Mo Stash (Rafael Bejarano, 118), Castelmola (Edgar Morales, 115), Private Creed (Rosario, 120).
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