Joseph O’Brien Running Horses at Kentucky Downs

One of the best teams in Europe will make its debut at Kentucky Highs as Joseph O’Brien formed stay lost takes part in the seventh race on September 8 for 2-year-old fillies.

Three O’Brien horses arrived at Kentucky Downs from Saratoga Racetrack On September 6, head to the track on Wednesday morning to train on the hilly grass course. The horses were part of a four-horse New York contingent that came from the trainer’s Irish base.

Another horse, runner-up in the Saratoga Mahony Stakes Cadamosto needs three scratches to run in the Sept. 10 $600,000 Franklin-Simpson Stakes (G2) for 3-year-old sprinters at the FanDuel Meet at Kentucky Downs.

“It’s like home,” said assistant trainer Gary O’Connor, who oversees the O’Brien horses. “The track is about the same as at home. It’s quite nice and the horses are settling in well.”

O’Connor said Kentucky Downs reminded him of Killarney, which is a left-handed course that also has a tight, undulating first turn. Killarney also has a far bend and at 1 1/4 miles in circumference is a sixteenth mile shorter than Kentucky Downs. One thing is very different, however.

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“The prize money here is amazing, isn’t it?” said O’Connor. “It’s very good. A bit of luck and I hope we will be there” to take advantage of it.

Irishman Cadamosto has three fourth place finishes in the group stakes in Europe. If any of them had been a third, they would have entered the race body under the Kentucky Downs preference system, which prioritizes horses that have won ranked or group stakes, followed by horses who have been in the top three in a ranking. or group issues. The final tiebreaker for horses attempting to enter a race is the winning turf, where Europe’s much smaller purses work against those horses.

“It’s a shame. Fingers crossed he comes in,” O’Connor said. “I don’t know what the plan would be if he didn’t. I’ll leave that up to the boss and the connections who own him.”

Kentucky-born Stay Lost finished sixth in her 1 1/16 mile race debut at Saratoga. “She’s been doing really well since she’s been here,” he said.

Calculation strength with a third and a fourth in Saratoga, embarked on a race for the September 14 closing day, joining the group of 10 2-year-olds for the $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Mile that was postponed after bad weather forced its cancellation last Saturday.

When asked if O’Brien was sticking his toe to test the waters to race more horses at Kentucky Downs in the future, O’Connor replied, “I hope so. Both guys with Me and I have been to Belmont and Saratoga for the past few weeks. It seems like we are traveling with horses to America more and more. I kinda get it now.

And it’s? “If they travel well and keep eating and drinking, they have a great chance,” he said. “And those three did that.”

O’Brien, the son of Ireland’s leading trainer Aidan O’Brien, was one of the finest jockeys, including winning the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1T) on St Nicholas Abbey in Churchill Falls. The following year, Joseph O’Brien led Camelot to victory in the Qipco Two Thousand Guineas (G1), Investec Epsom Derby (G1) and Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (G1). Both horses were trained by his father. In 2016, young O’Brien gave up horse racing to focus on training.

Early in his coaching career, O’Brien’s American riders were virtually restricted to coming for the Breeders’ Cup. He won his first race in the United States in 2019 when Iridessa won the $2 million Maker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf (G1T) at Saint Anita. He did not participate in the Breeders’ Cup last year at Del Mar but O’Brien coached the winners of the Belmont Gold Cup (G2T) (Baron Samedi) and the Saratoga Derby Invitational (G1T) (21-1 shot State of Rest). So far this year he has two seconds, a third and three quarters of a run to Belmont Park and Saratoga.

This press release has been edited for content and style by BloodHorse Staff.

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