Making his stakes debut, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Robert LaPenta’s Current won a three-way photo finish to take the $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes (G3T) Oct. 7 at Keeneland and stamped his ticket to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1T).
War of Will, installed as the 7-5 favorite after finishing second in the Summer Stakes (G1T) at Woodbine, took the early lead, posting moderate times of :23.59 and :48.82 for the first half-mile while tracked by Ice City Ghost.
“He’s been training very professionally,” said Pletcher’s assistant, Ginny DePasquale. “We’ve really thought a lot of this horse. Todd thought he had a good future, so he sent him here and, of course, he was right. We’re really happy about today.”