Keen Ice enjoying his post-work bath in the early morning sun at Saratoga on Aug. 27
The only horse to defeat American Pharoah during his record-setting 2015 season, Keen Ice hasn’t raced since finishing eighth behind California Chrome in the Dubai World Cup in March. Following that effort, the Donegal Racing-owned colt was transferred to trainer Todd Pletcher’s care, but a hairline fracture in his hind cannon bone took him out of training for several months.
Keen Ice was first seen on the worktab during the Saratoga meeting, and it appears that Pletcher is now ready to give the 4-year-old son of Curlin his first start for the new stable. Keen Ice has been entered in an allowance optional claiming event on Friday at Belmont Park, with Javier Castellano named to ride in the one-turn mile contest. Carded as the eighth race, approximate post time is at 4:46 p.m. EST.
Though he has earned over $ 1.8 million in his career, Keen Ice is still eligible for the conditions of the day’s featured race since he has only recorded two victories in that career. The race conditions stipulate that entrants must have either never won three races (the condition under which Keen Ice qualifies), never won $ 10,000 twice other than maiden, claiming, starter or state bred, or be entered for the claiming price of $ 62,500. Keen Ice is not entered for the claiming price.
Since his move from Saratoga to Belmont, Keen Ice has been working steadily, recording a five-furlong breeze like clockwork each week for the past month. Most recently, the colt recorded the bullet at that distance in 1:00.80, fastest of 15 over the Belmont dirt training surface.
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