10/15/2010 3:02PM

Keeneland: Friday update


Early indications are that either Ken McPeek or Wayne Catalano will wind up being leading trainer when the 17-day Keeneland fall meet ends Oct. 30. Both are running a lot of horses, and both are winning, as demonstrated by the early returns on a 10-race Fri card - which, by the way, is being run amid great weather yet again (we're 6-for-6 in that dept so far). McPeek won the first with Fiji Star (R.Albarado up, 9-1), and Catalano ended the early double with odds-on Loves to Fly (M.Baze, 3-5); then McPeek came right back with another winner with My Baby Baby (J.Leparoux, 3-1) in the 3rd.

A little later, Oh Carole (Leparoux, 9-5 fave) was quite impressive in taking the 6th, her career debut, in a full field of well-touted MSW 2yo fillies. Trained by Eddie Kenneally, the Unbridled's Song filly looks like one to watch for the future after rallying from 7th and prevailing despite failing to switch leads late.

On a personal note, I'm picking (and betting on) a horse that my friend from my early DRF days in Chicago, Noel Hickey, owned and trained before the horse was sold to his current connections: The Great McGee. 'Way back in the day, Hickey named a full sister to his '98 BC Turf winner, Buck's Boy, for my daughter (then a baby; now 15), Kelly McGee,  who never raced and has produced a number of decent foals, including 4yo The Great McGee (by Greatness). Go team go.