Modern Games Returns To Keeneland In Friday’s Maker’s Mark

Last year’s Eclipse champion turf male returns to the place of his Breeders’ Cup glory Friday with an expected start in the GI Maker’s Mark Mile S. Modern Games (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), trained by Charlie Appleby, makes his 4-year-old debut since taking the GI FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland last November.

Off the board in only two of his 13 prior starts, the chestnut just missed in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. at Ascot leading into the Breeders’ Cup, took the GI Woodbine Mile by 5 1/4 lengths three starts back and finished second only to Cartier Horse of the Year Baaeed (GB) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) four back in the G1 Qatar Sussex Cup at Goodwood.

Up to challenge him from the inside is Todd Pletcher’s ‘TDN Rising StarEmmanuel (More Than Ready), entered off a pair of graded-stakes wins in Florida this spring for owners Winstar Farm and Sienna Farm in Tampa’s GIII Tampa Bay S. and Gulfstream’s GIII Canadian Turf S.

A Group 1-placed juvenile in Ireland, Dr Zempf (GB) (Dark Angel {Ire}) makes just his second start stateside off a win against optional claiming company at Gulfstream Mar. 10 for Chad Brown and Peter Brant

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