10/14/2008 11:00PM

Kelly's Landing runs off long layoff


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kelly's Landing is proof that you can't keep a good horse down. In a 24-race career dating to April 2004, the Summerplace Farm homebred has managed to knock out more than $1.8 million amid a series of stops and starts.

Kelly's Landing has had four layoffs of at least 6 1/2 months amid a career that peaked with a victory in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen in March 2007. The latest layoff ensued after the May 31 Aristides Handicap at Churchill Downs, when the 7-year-old gelding finished a distant fourth.

"He came out of it with a bruised foot, so we gave him a little time over the summer," trainer Eddie Kenneally between races Wednesday at Keeneland. "I really like the way he's come back here. He's been breezing and training awfully well."

Kelly's Landing appears to have a distinct class edge in the seventh race Friday at Keeneland, a $57,000 allowance at six furlongs. Six other older horses with combined earnings of $1.35 million will try to keep him from winning for the 10th time.

Kenneally said he has not thought beyond Friday in regard to possible future races for Kelly's Landing.

"Let's just get him through this one," he said.

Raven Run draws 13

Thirteen 3-year-old fillies have been entered in the Saturday feature at Keeneland, the Grade 2, $300,000 Lexus Raven Run, and fans are in for a treat if the seven-furlong Polytrack race winds up being as close as it looks on paper.

All but three of the 13 have won stakes, and one still seeking black type, Secret Gypsy, appears capable of victory. In five career starts, the Ronny Werner-trained filly twice has earned a 102 Beyer Speed Figure, including her last race, an Aug. 31 allowance sprint at Saratoga.

Transduction Gold heads Sycamore

Besides the Raven Run, a 10-race Saturday card also includes the Grade 3, $150,000 Sycamore for turf marathoners. Transduction Gold, winner of the 2007 Sycamore at nearly 16-1, returns in good form and could be a slight favorite in a field of 11.

Jon Court, a former longtime regular on the Kentucky circuit, will be in from California to take the mount on Transduction Gold. Other notable entries in the 1 1/2-mile Sycamore include Silverfoot, My Happiness, Phil the Power, Elusive Fort, and Always First.

The Sycamore is carded as the seventh race, while the Raven Run is the ninth. Three allowances also are on tap.

The sister race to the Sycamore, the $150,000 Rood and Riddle Dowager, will be the feature here Sunday. The 1 1/2-mile turf race is for older fillies and mares.

BC contender Forever Together works

Forever Together had her first workout since capturing the Grade 1 First Lady, breezing five furlongs Wednesday in 1:00.80 over the Polytrack. The work tied for fourth-fastest among 18 at the distance.

An Augustin Farm homebred trained by Jonathan Sheppard, Forever Together has won two Grade 1 turf races with Julien Leparoux aboard this year - the July 26 Diana at Saratoga and the First Lady here opening day, Oct. 3.

Forever Together, with Leparoux riding again, figures among the favorites for the Oct. 24 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

Theriot's return imminent

Jamie Theriot took off all mounts Wednesday but was expected back Thursday after undergoing oral surgery Tuesday. Theriot suffered damage to several teeth in an opening-day spill in which he and fellow jockey John Velazquez fell hard on the Polytrack.

"Jamie said he felt good enough to ride, but the dentist asked him to wait it out another day," said Fred Aime, Theriot's agent.

Hollywood Derby next for Cowboy Cal?

Cowboy Cal, winner of the Bryan Station Stakes by disqualification here Sunday, could make his next start in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby on Nov. 30, according to Mike Dilger, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher.

Cowboy Cal, making his first start since finishing ninth in the May 3 Kentucky Derby, was elevated to first following a stewards' inquiry in the Bryan Station.

Kent Desormeaux, the rider of first-place finisher Seaspeak in the Bryan Station, has been held blameless for his role in the disqualification, according to chief steward John Veitch.

Wildcats' homecoming

Ontrack fans, here's the memo: wear blue Friday. Keeneland has planned a "See Blue Day" to coincide with homecoming weekend at the University of Kentucky, whose school colors are blue and white. A full day of UK-themed festivities is scheduled.

Kentucky will play football at home Saturday night versus Arkansas in the only "Bluegrass Doubleheader" opportunity of the fall meet.

* Keeneland and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association reported that a record 4,224 students registered last Friday, Oct. 10, for the biannual College Scholarship Day.