Friday’s Racing Roundup
Undated (AP) _ Matthews Keep, ridden by Chris Antley, outraced Pinecutter for a one- length victory in the $42,000 Warfare Purse for 3-year-olds and up Friday at Aqueduct.
Pinecutter, with Jerry Bailey up, finished second, a length and a quarter ahead of Quick Call.
The win was Antley’s third of the day.
Matthews Keep went six furlongs on the fast track in 1:09 3-5 for his sixth win in 13 starts this year. He earned $25,200 for Marc Barge and returned $5.60, $3.40 and $3.20 as the favorite in the field of six.
Pinecutter returned $3.80 and $5, while Quick Call was worth $8 to show.
Diplomat Beau charged from far back in the pack to win the $18,000 Mr. Bones Purse by a half-length at Hawthorne Race Course.
Incredible L.S. finished second in the seven-furlong turf race and Stage Executive took third.
The winner, ridden by Kerwin Clark, returned $6.40, $3.40, and $2.60 and was clocked in 1:27.
Incredible L.S. paid $5.20 and $3.20, while Stage Excutive returned $2.80 to show.
Banner Yet Waive, with Gregg McCarron aboard, closed with a rush to nip Edgar’s Girl in the final stride in the $23,000 Principio Purse at Laurel Race Course.
The gray mare won by a nose in the six-furlong dash run over a fast track in 1:12 3-5.
Banner Yet Waive returned $26, $8.20 and $3.20. Edgar’s Girl paid $3.20 and $2.40 and Martins Choice paid $2.40 to show.
Forty Niner, the 2-5 favorite ridden by Eddie Maple and trained by Woody Stephens, held off Hey Pat by a nose to win the $164,335 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland.
Forty Niner, touted as one of the top 2-year-olds in the country, completed 1 1-16 miles in 1:43 4-5 for his fifth victory in six starts and his fourth consecutive stakes. He collected $104,867 for owner Seth Hancock of Claiborne Farm, increasing his career bankroll to $634,908.
Hey Pat, who held the lead briefly before being passed at the wire, finished 2 1/2 lengths ahead of Sea Trek.
Even with division honors at stake, Forty Niner isn’t likely to enter the Nov. 21 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Hollywood Park, Hancock said.
″We’re thinking about a 3-year-old,″ Hancock said. ″We’re trying to win the Kentucky Derby - the greatest race in the world, in my opinion. Woody says if we go out there and run, we’ll have very little chance to give him a vacation before we crank him up again. I don’t think people can work all year round. They take vacations, and horses should, too.″
Completing the order of finish after Sea Trek was Key Voyage, No Frills Flight, Cannon Dancer and Hackett Hackett.
Forty Niner returned $2.80, $2.40 and $2.40. Hey Pat, ridden by Pat Day, paid $3 and $2.60, while Sea Trek, with Dean Kutz aboard, was worth $4.20.
Conquering Hero, with Gary Stevens aboard, advanced along the inside took command entering the stretch and won by a head in the $45,000 feature race on turf in the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita Park.
World Court, ridden by Aaron Gryder, finished second 1 1/4 lengths in front of Gallant Archer, with Sandy Hawley aboard, in a field of 10.
Conquering Hero covered 1 1/8 miles over a course rated good in 1:50 1-5 and earned $24,750 for the victory in the race for 3-year-olds and up before 16,390 racing fans.
The 4-year-old son of Storm Bird paid $15.80, $7.80 and $4.40. World Court returned $20.40 and $10.60, while Gallant Archer paid $4.40 to show.