10/14/2013 11:52AM

Keeneland: Skyfall goes for Glencrest, Pletcher in Wednesday feature

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Skyfall has captured both of her wins on sloppy main tracks but is entered for Wednesday’s turf feature at Keeneland.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – As Grade 1 winners, Honey Ryder and Panty Raid are foremost among the Glencrest Farm fillies to capture major races with Todd Pletcher as trainer. No one reveled more in their success than David Greathouse, one of the Glencrest heirs.

Pletcher will send out Skyfall to run Wednesday in the Keeneland feature under the familiar yellow and green Glencrest silks, and win or lose, it figures as a somber experience for those closest to the 3-year-old filly. Greathouse died last week on his 63rd birthday, and Pletcher is among those who will miss his upbeat attitude and lifelong commitment to Thoroughbred racing and breeding.

“David was a great man and a great supporter of the game in all aspects,” said Pletcher. “He’ll be missed, very much so.”

Skyfall, with Rosie Napravnik to ride, is part of a field of fillies and mares in the eighth of nine Wednesday races, a $60,000 second-level allowance at 1 1/8 miles on turf. Although the filly’s two wins from eight career starts both have come over sloppy main tracks, Pletcher believes she should have an affinity for grass, for no greater reason than she is by More Than Ready, who made Breeders’ Cup history in 2010 as the sire of his Juvenile Turf and Juvenile Fillies Turf winners, Pluck and More Than Real.

Pletcher, who has a 4-for-7 mark at this Keeneland fall meet, said from New York that Skyfall “has always trained a little better on the grass,” alluding to a series of turf works last winter in Florida. “But what she’s shown so far in her races, it’s pretty clear her preferred surface is the slop. We ensured a lot of good weather at Saratoga this summer by entering her as main track only about eight times.”

Skyfall exits three straight ungraded stakes and returns from a seven-week layoff. Her last start was Aug. 28.

“We finally just ran her on a fast track and she ran okay, but I think she wants something different,” he said.

Fourteen are entered in the Wednesday feature, although only as many as 12 can start. Among the other contenders in a well-matched event are Tabreed, third last out in the Omnibus Stakes on the Monmouth Park turf for Christophe Clement; Malibu Yankee, third for this same condition two starts back at Saratoga; and Hold Our Destiny, whose early speed should make her the one to catch.

Wednesday marks the midway point of the 17-day Keeneland fall meet and is the only one among five racing days this week without a stakes race. First post is 1:05 p.m. Eastern, with the feature going at 4:49.

Wednesday also brings the weekly “WINS-day” handicapping challenge, which comes with a free Daily Racing Form with the $10 entry fee. Wednesday also is American Heart Association Day at the track.

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