Ivar ‘Has Been Working Steadily’ For ‘Win And You’re In’ Keeneland Turf Mile

When last seen at Keeneland, Bonne Chance Farm and Stud R D I’s Ivar (BRZ) ran fourth in the $2 million FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) Presented by PDJF for a finish that marked the best placing for a U.S.-based runner in the race.

Trainer Paulo Lobo has the 5-year-old ready for a crosstown trip this weekend from The Thoroughbred Center for the $750,000 Keeneland Turf Mile (G1), a “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Mile to be run at Del Mar on Nov. 6.

“He is doing very well,” Lobo said of Ivar, who finished sixth beaten 2 lengths in the Turf Classic (G1) on Kentucky Derby Day (May 1) at Churchill Downs.

“He had a minor setback after that race, but he has been working steadily (since the end of July) and never has missed a work.”

Ivar earned his way into last year’s Breeders’ Cup with a victory in the Turf Mile here, and a triumph Saturday in the 36th running of the grass test would make him the third repeat winner. The others are Gio Ponti (2010-2011) and Dumaani (1995-1996).

In addition to Ivar, Lobo also plans to enter In Love (BRZ) for Bonne Chance.

“We put blinkers on him and his last race was amazing,” Lobo said of the gelding’s 2¼-length victory in the TVG Stakes (L) at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 8.

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