KEENELAND’S fabulous fall meeting opens today with major stakes races beginning right off the hop. Most of the  track’s stakes races are major lead-ins to horses competing in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1 and 2 at Santa Anita.

There are a few Canadian horses to look out for at the Keeneland meeting.

Chiefswood Stables’ WESTERN TAFFY, an Ontario bred 2-year-old filly by Candy Ride (Arg) – Western Rose by Gone West, is 6 to 1 in the Grade 1 Alcibiades Stakes on opening day Friday at Keeneland. The 1 1/16 mile race on the dirt is a premier race for juvenile fillies heading to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, a Win and You’re In Event.

WESTERN TAFFY was a buzz horse when she won her career debut at Woodbine for trainer Mark Casse at 5 furlongs with a 69 Beyer Speed Figure. She was second in the Catch a Glimpse Stakes on the grass in August and has been working at Churchill Downs since then. This will be Western Taffy’s dirt debut. Post time for the Alcibiades is 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Keeneland, post time: 5:30 p.m. EDT
DARLEY ALCIBIADES S.-GI, $400,000, 2yo, f, 1 1/16m

1 Gone Glimmering     Tapiture Sandra New & Aron Haberman Amoss Graham 15-1
2 Three D Flag            Super Saver Mike G. Rutherford Asmussen Santana, Jr. 20-1
3 Spitefulness               Palace Malice Agave Racing Stable & Rockin Robin Racing Stable D’Amato Baze 20-1
4 Alandra                       Blame Alexander, Helen C. & Helen K. Groves McGaughey III Rosario 5-1
5 Micheline                  Bernardini Godolphin, LLC Stidham Hernandez, Jr. 8-1
6 British Idiom           Flashback Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group, Madaket Stables Cox Castellano 4-1
7 Perfect Alibi               Sky Mesa Tracy Farmer Casse Ortiz 5-2
8 Heir of Light             The Factor Robert E. Masterson & Crystal Springs Farm Casse Leparoux 5-1
9 Sequin                       Bayern Michael B. Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier & Derrick Smith Ward Gaffalione 12-1
10 Western Taffy   Candy Ride (Arg) Chiefswood Stables Limited Casse Geroux 6-1
11 How Ironic           Tonalist G. Watts Humphrey, Jr. Oliver Lanerie 20-1

On Saturday, VAN BEETHOVEN, by Scat Daddy – Miy Sister Sandy by Montbrook, has post 2 in the Grade 1 Shadwell Mile. Bred by Ballycroy Training Centre in Ontario, the 3-year-old colt was a Group 2 winner last year in England but had been unplaced in five races this year. His latest was his North American debut and he was second in the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes.

Other Canadian-breds in big events this weekend include Ms Bad Behavior in the First Lady (G1) at Keeenland and Channel Maker in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch.