Updated on 10/17/2012 6:46PM

Keeneland notes: Gypsy Robin looking sharp for Raven Run

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Gypsy Robin, with Jeffrey Sanchez riding, wins the Beaumont over the Keeneland strip.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Trainer Wesley Ward is looking for the same kind of race that Gypsy Robin ran in the spring at Keeneland when the 3-year-old filly returns as part of a terrific lineup Saturday in the Grade 2, $250,000 Raven Run Stakes.

“I think we’ve got her pretty sharp right now,” Ward said, referring to a five-furlong breeze Tuesday in 1:01 over the Keeneland Polytrack.

Gypsy Robin was a three-length winner of the Grade 2 Beaumont Stakes in April before racing three more times, the latest resulting in a runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Test Stakes on Aug. 25 at Saratoga. She will have John Velazquez aboard when she breaks from post 11 in a full field of 14 in the seven-furlong Raven Run.

Other major threats in a very deep field include the uncoupled Jerry Hollendorfer duo of Killer Graces (post 6, Shaun Bridgmohan) and Via Villaggio (post 10, Martin Pedroza), and Sacristy (post 14, Miguel Mena), winner of the Old Hat earlier in the year.

From the rail, the field: Sweet Cat, Assateague, La Tia, Lotta Lovin, Yankee Union, Killer Graces, Anna Sophia, Drama Drama, Flashy Lassie, Via Villaggio, Gypsy Robin, Monono, Mercy Lou, and Sacristy.

The Raven Run goes as the ninth of 10 races on a Saturday program that starts at 1:05 p.m. Eastern. The Raven Run goes at 5:21, with thousands of fans expected to leave shortly after to attend the Georgia-Kentucky football game at nearby Commonwealth Stadium (kickoff, 7 p.m.).

Borel faces the camera

Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel was scheduled to have five mounts Thursday at Keeneland before missing another day of riding Friday. Borel has been busy in Louisville portraying himself in filming sessions of “50-1,” the movie about Mine That Bird, his 2009 Derby winner.

Filming of the Churchill parts of the movie began Oct. 12 and run through Monday. During that time, Borel has been absent from Keeneland while filming, but his agent, Jerry Hissam, said the last day for the jockey is Friday and he will resume full-time riding Saturday.

◗ Shaun Bridgmohan has been having a very productive meet, winning with six horses, none of them favored, from his first 34 mounts. Among the notable winners for Bridgmohan were Silver Strike ($79.80) and Eden Prairie ($45.40) on opening weekend, followed by four more winners in the 5-2 to 5-1 range, giving him a robust return on investment of $4.85 for every $2 wagered.

Into Wednesday, Bridgmohan was tied for second in the jockey standings with Corey Lanerie with six wins each. Julien Leparoux led with 10.

◗ Besides the split divisions of the Pin Oak Valley View, a terrific 10-race Friday card also includes three allowances (races 1, 4, 8).

Race 1, worth $54,000, is a curious-looking turf sprint in which 3-year-olds Thermal Cat and Full appear to have an edge on their older rivals. Race 4 ($52,000) is for 2-year-olds going long on the turf, with Sonofasamurai favored coming off a very troubled trip in the Grade 3 Bourbon Stakes. And Race 8 ($52,000), sandwiched between the Valley View splits, drew a wide-open field of fillies and mares going long on the Polytrack.

◗ Jockey Ramon Vazquez is named on one mount Friday at Keeneland, marking his return following a four-week absence. Vazquez, 27, has been riding regularly on the Kentucky circuit for about a year and in the United States for less than two years after winning more than 1,500 races in his native Puerto Rico. Vazquez fractured three ribs in a Sept. 23 spill at Turfway Park. He has been breezing horses in recent mornings for such trainers as Larry Jones, Ian Wilkes, and Helen Pitts.

◗ As the fall meet hit its midpoint Wednesday, the trainers’ race was shaping up a very competitive one, with Mike Maker and Todd Pletcher leading with six wins each. Ward, who was the leading trainer here in the spring, was right behind them with five wins. Wayne Catalano was next with four.

“I’ve got plenty of bullets for the rest of the meet,” said Ward. “But I don’t know if we can repeat. Not only do a lot of trainers point for this meet, but so do the owners. It’s awfully tough.”

◗ TVG, which has provided extensive onsite coverage throughout this meet, again is a regular promotional sponsor of the Friday late pick four, which guarantees a $200,000 pool for the second of two 50-cent late pick four wagers (races 7-10). The pools for the first two Fridays of the meet were $313,259 on Oct. 5 and $276,435 on Oct. 12.

◗ More than $50,000 was raised at a charity golf tournament Monday in nearby Scott County on behalf of Johnny Morris, the 23-year-old son of longtime racetrack executive and current Golden Gate general manager Joe Morris. The younger Morris was paralyzed in an accidental fall in California in July.

The headline for an earlier version of this article misstated the name of the race in which Gypsy Robin will maker her return on Saturday. It is the Raven Run, not the Valley View.