Shadwell Turf Mile becomes Keeneland's 1st $1 million race
Keeneland, in partnership with Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Shadwell Farm, announced Tuesday that the 29th running of the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile on Oct. 4 will carry a purse of $1 million, making it Keeneland's first stakes worth seven figures. Shadwell Farm has sponsored the Turf Mile, for horses 3 years old and older, since 1999. The purse was increased to $750,000 in 2012.
The Shadwell Turf Mile, which serves as the cornerstone of Keeneland's signature Fall Stars Weekend, is part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series, with the winner automatically qualifying for the Breeders' Cup Mile.
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The Shadwell Turf Mile has been won by such champions as two-time defending Horse of the Year Wise Dan, Gio Ponti (twice), Favorite Trick, Itsallgreektome and Steinlen and major stakes winners Court Vision, Thorn Song, Perfect Soul and Landseer.
Dale Romans-trainee Silver Max upset Wise Dan in last year's Shadwell Turf Mile after the race was taken off the grass and contested over the main Polytrack because of heavy rainfall that afternoon.
In 2012, Shadwell commissioned a sculptor to create a one-of-a kind trophy for the Shadwell Turf Mile featuring a majestic bronze falcon modeled after Sheikh Hamdan's prize falcon, Nayef. Each year, the winning owner receives a replica of the perpetual trophy.
Father Patrick 4-5 favorite for Hambletonian
Father Patrick puts a 15-race winning streak on the line as the 4-5 favorite in the $1 million Hambletonian on Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J. A winner of 16 of 17 races, Father Patrick drew post No. 10. He is 6-for-6 on the season heading into the famed trotting race for 3-year-olds.
Father Patrick is one of three entrants for trainer Jimmy Takter who is well positioned to capture his third Hambletonian. Takter will also send out 7-2 second choice Trixton from post No. 7 and 9-2 third choice Nuncio from post No. 5.
"They are all training really good," Takter said. "All three are coming into this race the best I can have them."
Yannick Gingras will drive Father Patrick. Hall of Famer John Campbell, the record holder with six Hambletonian victories, handles Nuncio while Takter will drive Trixton.
Nuncio is the only horse to beat Father Patrick. That victory came here last summer in an elimination for the Peter Haughton Memorial stakes. Father Patrick drew the widest post behind the mobile starting gate that accommodates 10 horses.
"Father Patrick is my strongest horse," Takter said. "But it's not an ideal post, but this horse is extremely good."
The field was also drawn for the companion event for trotting fillies on Saturday, the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks.
Designed To Be, one of three horses in the race trained by Julie Miller, is the 2-1 favorite from the rail. Takter trains the 5-2 second choice, Shake It Cerry, who starts from the second tier in post 11.
Defending Junior PGA champ McDaniel two shots behind after first round
Kristen Gillman shot a 5-under 66 on Tuesday at Miramont in Bryan, Texas, to top the girls' field in the Junior PGA Championship, and S.M. Lee, Luis Gagne, Triston Fisher and Parker Reddig shared the boys' lead at 68. Defending boys' champion Tyler McDaniel, who will be a senior this fall at Clay County and has already committed to play at Kentucky, shot a 70.
The boys' winner will get a spot next year in the PGA Tour's Texas Open and the girls' champion will qualify for the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in California.
9 players with UK offers make U17 squad
Nine basketball players with scholarship offers from Kentucky were among the 12 players who made the Team USA U17 squad Tuesday. The final team was announced after extended workouts following Saturday's cut to 17 players.
The 12 players who made the team will continue to practice in Colorado Springs before heading to Dubai for next month's FIBA world championships.
The nine UK recruiting targets selected were Tyus Battle, Henry Ellenson, Harry Giles, V.J. King, Malik Newman, Ivan Rabb, Diamond Stone, Caleb Swanigan and Jayson Tatum. Ellenson, Newman, Rabb, Stone and Swanigan are all from the class of 2015. The rest are 2016 prospects.
Terrence Ferguson, Josh Jackson and Devearl Ramsey are also on the 12-man roster.
Class of 2016 point guard Derryck Thornton is the only major UK target who did not make the team following the final cut.
Minor league baseball
SandGnats' Whalen shuts down Legends
The Lexington Legends' Dexter Kjerstad hit his fifth home run of the season in an 8-3 loss to the visiting Savannah SandGnats on Tuesday night. Savannah's Robert Whalen (6-0) gave up two runs — both unearned — in seven innings and struck out seven. He lowered his ERA for the season to 1.65.
■ Alex Meyer (UK) gave up one run and struck out five in five innings to earn the victory in Triple-A Rochester's 6-1 win against Lehigh Valley. Meyer, one of the Minnesota Twins' top prospects, improved to 6-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 21 starts. He has 120 strikeouts in 1061⁄3 innings.
■ Matt Reida (UK) was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI single in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Rays' 7-6 victory against the Twins. Reida is batting .329 with 10 RBI in 22 games.
■ J.T. Riddle (Western Hills, UK) was 1-for-4 to extend his hit streak to 12 games in Class A Greensboro's 8-5 loss at Augusta.
■ Max Kuhn (UK) had an RBI triple in short-season Class A Vermont's 5-3 loss at Hudson Valley. Grant Kay (U of L) was 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored in the Renegades' victory. Kay is batting .472 with 11 RBI in 14 games for Hudson Valley.
High school Archery
Kentuckians take top spots at worlds
A Pulaski County High School sophomore was the top girls' finisher in the recent NASP (National Archery in Schools Program) World Championships, held at Madison, Wis.
Haylee Lanigan scored 296 out of a possible 300 points to win in a field of 1,135 girls.
Clay Stevens of Trigg County won boys' honors with 298.
Madison Central won the team championship, tops among 44 squads with a score of 3,437.
Rose named rifle coach at Nebraska
UK assistant rifle coach Ashley Rose was named head coach at Nebraska last week. She inherits a Cornhusker program that finished fifth at the 2014 NCAA Championships and returns three All-Americans in 2014-15.
Rose was a four-year letterwinner and a team captain at Murray State. Her career for the Racers included a third-place overall finish in air rifle at the 2010 NCAA Championships.
The last word
Kevin Durant had high praise for former Kentucky star Anthony Davis at the USA Basketball training camp in Las Vegas on Tuesday. The NBA MVP said Davis is "next in line":
"He's moving up the ladder every single day. It's scary. Scary."