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  • Kentucky Derby Winner Always Dreaming To Race On In 2018

    Kentucky Derby Winner Always Dreaming To Race On In 2018

    Monday, October 16 2017 9:00 PM EDT2017-10-17 01:00:20 GMT
    Associated PressAssociated Press
    Always Dreaming, winner of this year's Kentucky Derby (G1) and Florida Derby (G1), will return to training in November and be pointed for a 4-year-old racing campaign in 2018, it was announced Monday. The 3-year-old colt from the first crop of Bodemeister was found to have stomach ulcers after the Travers Stakes, and was recently cleared of ulcers by veterinarians after treatment and a month of being turned out at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky. “When Always Dreaming came to t...
    Always Dreaming, winner of this year's Kentucky Derby (G1) and Florida Derby (G1), will return to training in November and be pointed for a 4-year-old racing campaign in 2018, it was announced Monday. The 3-year-old colt from the first crop of Bodemeister was found to have stomach ulcers after the Travers Stakes, and was recently cleared of ulcers by veterinarians after treatment and a month of being turned out at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky. “When Always Dreaming came to t...
  • Last Promise Kept Wins Sunday’s Featured Claiborne Farm Purse

    Last Promise Kept Wins Sunday’s Featured Claiborne Farm Purse

    Sunday, October 15 2017 9:30 PM EDT2017-10-16 01:30:07 GMT
    KeenelandKeeneland
    LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 15, 2017) – Tim Turney’s Last Promise Kept rallied from far off the pace to win Sunday’s featured $67,000 Claiborne Farm Purse for fillies and mares by a half-length over La Sola Ranger before a crowd of 13,544. (Click here for a replay of the race.) Trained by Tom Proctor and ridden by Florent Geroux, Last Promise Kept covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:45.58. Sunday’s triumph was the second in three career...
    LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 15, 2017) – Tim Turney’s Last Promise Kept rallied from far off the pace to win Sunday’s featured $67,000 Claiborne Farm Purse for fillies and mares by a half-length over La Sola Ranger before a crowd of 13,544. (Click here for a replay of the race.) Trained by Tom Proctor and ridden by Florent Geroux, Last Promise Kept covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:45.58. Sunday’s triumph was the second in three career...
  • Keeneland Barn Notes - October 15, 2017

    Keeneland Barn Notes - October 15, 2017

    Sunday, October 15 2017 7:00 PM EDT2017-10-15 23:00:19 GMT
    KeenelandKeeneland
    DEFENDING CHAMPION RENOWN (GB) HEADS FIELD  OF 13 FOR THURSDAY’S SYCAMORE Merriebelle Stable’s Renown (GB) will face 12 rivals Thursday when he attempts to become the fifth horse to win the $100,000 Sycamore (G3) going 1½ miles over the Keeneland turf course in consecutive years. The Sycamore will go as the eighth race on Thursday’s nine-race program with a 4:57 p.m. ET post time. First post time is 1:05 p.m. Trained by Elizabeth Voss, R...
    DEFENDING CHAMPION RENOWN (GB) HEADS FIELD  OF 13 FOR THURSDAY’S SYCAMORE Merriebelle Stable’s Renown (GB) will face 12 rivals Thursday when he attempts to become the fifth horse to win the $100,000 Sycamore (G3) going 1½ miles over the Keeneland turf course in consecutive years. The Sycamore will go as the eighth race on Thursday’s nine-race program with a 4:57 p.m. ET post time. First post time is 1:05 p.m. Trained by Elizabeth Voss, R...
  • La Coronel Holds Off Daddys Lil Darling To Win Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented By Lane’s End

    La Coronel Holds Off Daddys Lil Darling To Win Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented By Lane’s End

    Sunday, October 15 2017 1:00 AM EDT2017-10-15 05:00:21 GMT
    KeenelandKeeneland
    LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 14, 2017) – John C. Oxley’s La Coronel went to the front soon after the break and then held off a late bid from Daddys Lil Darling by a half-length to win the 34th running of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1) for 3-year-old fillies before a Saturday afternoon crowd of 29,636. The figure marked the second-largest Fall Meet attendance in Keeneland history. Trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Jose L...
    LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 14, 2017) – John C. Oxley’s La Coronel went to the front soon after the break and then held off a late bid from Daddys Lil Darling by a half-length to win the 34th running of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1) for 3-year-old fillies before a Saturday afternoon crowd of 29,636. The figure marked the second-largest Fall Meet attendance in Keeneland history. Trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Jose L...
  • Quotes From The $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup  Presented by Lane’s End (G1)

    Quotes From The $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup  Presented by Lane’s End (G1)

    Sunday, October 15 2017 12:30 AM EDT2017-10-15 04:30:04 GMT
    KeenelandKeeneland
    David Carroll (assistant to Mark Casse, winning trainer of La Coronel) “It was a fantastic race. Jose (Lezcano) rode her beautifully. All the credit goes to (Casse’s son and assistant Norman). She came down to me (from Casse at Churchill Downs) during the week. We schooled her (in the Keeneland Paddock). She settled in well. “We’re just so happy for the Oxleys (winning owner John C. Oxley and his wife, Debby, whose Heavenly Love won the Darley Alcibiades-G1 f...
    David Carroll (assistant to Mark Casse, winning trainer of La Coronel) “It was a fantastic race. Jose (Lezcano) rode her beautifully. All the credit goes to (Casse’s son and assistant Norman). She came down to me (from Casse at Churchill Downs) during the week. We schooled her (in the Keeneland Paddock). She settled in well. “We’re just so happy for the Oxleys (winning owner John C. Oxley and his wife, Debby, whose Heavenly Love won the Darley Alcibiades-G1 f...
  • Keeneland Barn Notes - October 14, 2017

    Keeneland Barn Notes - October 14, 2017

    Saturday, October 14 2017 9:30 PM EDT2017-10-15 01:30:07 GMT
    KeenelandKeeneland

    MORTICIA FINISHES 2017 WITH A FLOURISH  IN BUFFALO TRACE FRANKLIN COUNTY VICTORY An eventful Friday for G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Morticia ended with a trip to the winner’s circle following her half-length victory in the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3). The 3-year-old Twirling Candy filly lost a shoe in the Paddock. She ran the 5½-furlong grass race with three shoes and still won. “I have never sent one out with three shoes, but I h...

    MORTICIA FINISHES 2017 WITH A FLOURISH  IN BUFFALO TRACE FRANKLIN COUNTY VICTORY An eventful Friday for G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Morticia ended with a trip to the winner’s circle following her half-length victory in the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3). The 3-year-old Twirling Candy filly lost a shoe in the Paddock. She ran the 5½-furlong grass race with three shoes and still won. “I have never sent one out with three shoes, but I h...

  • Keeneland Barn Notes - October 13, 2017

    Keeneland Barn Notes - October 13, 2017

    Friday, October 13 2017 7:00 PM EDT2017-10-13 23:00:23 GMT
    KeenelandKeeneland
    WUHEIDA (GB) WILL NOT RUN IN SATURDAY’S QUEEN ELIZABETH II CHALLENGE CUP PRESENTED BY LANE’S END Godolphin Racing’s Group 1 winner Wuheida (GB) will not make a scheduled start in Saturday’s $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1). “We are going to scratch and we posted it on our website last night,” said Tim Denniff, traveling lad for trainer Charles Appleby. “She developed a corn on her ri...
    WUHEIDA (GB) WILL NOT RUN IN SATURDAY’S QUEEN ELIZABETH II CHALLENGE CUP PRESENTED BY LANE’S END Godolphin Racing’s Group 1 winner Wuheida (GB) will not make a scheduled start in Saturday’s $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1). “We are going to scratch and we posted it on our website last night,” said Tim Denniff, traveling lad for trainer Charles Appleby. “She developed a corn on her ri...
  • Keeneland Barn Notes - October 9, 2017

    Keeneland Barn Notes - October 9, 2017

    Monday, October 9 2017 9:30 PM EDT2017-10-10 01:30:12 GMT
    KeenelandKeeneland
    NO BREEDERS’ CUP DECISION YET ON JUDDMONTE SPINSTER  WINNER ROMANTIC VISION Trainer Rusty Arnold never has been to Del Mar, site of this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 3-4. “I have been to a lot of tracks … been to Hollywood Park and Santa Anita, but never to Del Mar because I am always at Saratoga when they run and have been since 1982,” Arnold said. That could change in a few weeks after Romantic Vision’s...
    NO BREEDERS’ CUP DECISION YET ON JUDDMONTE SPINSTER  WINNER ROMANTIC VISION Trainer Rusty Arnold never has been to Del Mar, site of this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 3-4. “I have been to a lot of tracks … been to Hollywood Park and Santa Anita, but never to Del Mar because I am always at Saratoga when they run and have been since 1982,” Arnold said. That could change in a few weeks after Romantic Vision’s...
  • Flameaway Prevails In Three-Horse Photo To Win Off-The-Turf Dixiana Bourbon

    Flameaway Prevails In Three-Horse Photo To Win Off-The-Turf Dixiana Bourbon

    Monday, October 9 2017 12:30 AM EDT2017-10-09 04:30:10 GMT
    KeenelandKeeneland
    In the Dixiana Bourbon, Flameaway collared dueling early leaders Tigers Rule and Tap Daddy in the final jump to give trainer Mark Casse a record third consecutive win in the race and provide jockey Julien Leparoux with his fourth victory in the race. Casse and Leparoux teamed with Oxley to win the 2015 running with Airoforce. Casse also won last year with Keep Quiet (FR), and Leparoux’s other winners were Rogue Romance (2010) and Balance the Books (2012). Despite the Dixiana B...
    In the Dixiana Bourbon, Flameaway collared dueling early leaders Tigers Rule and Tap Daddy in the final jump to give trainer Mark Casse a record third consecutive win in the race and provide jockey Julien Leparoux with his fourth victory in the race. Casse and Leparoux teamed with Oxley to win the 2015 running with Airoforce. Casse also won last year with Keep Quiet (FR), and Leparoux’s other winners were Rogue Romance (2010) and Balance the Books (2012). Despite the Dixiana B...
  • Romantic Vision Splashes To $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Victory

    Romantic Vision Splashes To $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Victory

    Monday, October 9 2017 12:00 AM EDT2017-10-09 04:00:57 GMT
    KeenelandKeeneland
    LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 8, 2017) – G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s homebred Romantic Vision swept to the lead leaving the far turn and cruised to a two-length victory over Martini Glass to win the 62nd running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) for fillies and mares. The Juddmonte Spinster closed a spectacular Fall Stars Weekend marked by near-record crowds and outstanding racing that saw eight Keeneland stakes winners secure automatic berths in the Breeders’ Cup...
    LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 8, 2017) – G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s homebred Romantic Vision swept to the lead leaving the far turn and cruised to a two-length victory over Martini Glass to win the 62nd running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) for fillies and mares. The Juddmonte Spinster closed a spectacular Fall Stars Weekend marked by near-record crowds and outstanding racing that saw eight Keeneland stakes winners secure automatic berths in the Breeders’ Cup...
  • Keeneland Barn Notes - October 8, 2017

    Keeneland Barn Notes - October 8, 2017

    Sunday, October 8 2017 11:00 PM EDT2017-10-09 03:00:22 GMT
    KeenelandKeeneland
    SHADWELL TURF MILE WINNER SUEDOIS RETURNING HOME TUESDAY Trainer David O’Meara’s two runners from Saturday’s $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), winner Suedois (FR) and fifth-place finisher Mondialiste (IRE) were doing well Sunday morning at Keeneland’s quarantine barn. “They are going back home Tuesday,” said Fergal Davis, the exercise rider for Mondialiste. “Suedois would come back for the Breeders’ Cup ...
    SHADWELL TURF MILE WINNER SUEDOIS RETURNING HOME TUESDAY Trainer David O’Meara’s two runners from Saturday’s $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), winner Suedois (FR) and fifth-place finisher Mondialiste (IRE) were doing well Sunday morning at Keeneland’s quarantine barn. “They are going back home Tuesday,” said Fergal Davis, the exercise rider for Mondialiste. “Suedois would come back for the Breeders’ Cup ...
  • Quotes From The $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1)

    Quotes From The $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1)

    Sunday, October 8 2017 10:30 PM EDT2017-10-09 02:30:13 GMT
    KeenelandKeeneland
    Rusty Arnold (winning trainer of Romantic Vision) “She ran great. I was surprised with how it played out. She was a little closer than I thought she would be, but she just seemed to relish this going.” On whether Romantic Vision will advance to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) “My boss (Romantic Vision’s owner, G. Watts Humphrey Jr.) will make that decision.” Brian J. Hernandez Jr. (winning rider) “Her first step was the quickest one away f...
    Rusty Arnold (winning trainer of Romantic Vision) “She ran great. I was surprised with how it played out. She was a little closer than I thought she would be, but she just seemed to relish this going.” On whether Romantic Vision will advance to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) “My boss (Romantic Vision’s owner, G. Watts Humphrey Jr.) will make that decision.” Brian J. Hernandez Jr. (winning rider) “Her first step was the quickest one away f...
  • Quotes From The $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon

    Quotes From The $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon

    Sunday, October 8 2017 8:30 PM EDT2017-10-09 00:30:10 GMT
    KeenelandKeeneland
    Mark Casse (winning trainer of Flameaway) “I’ve been wanting to run him on the grass, so I was a little disappointed (when the race was rained off the turf and moved to dirt). He’s getting better and better. He’s a big strong horse, and I’m proud of him today. He’s been training really well. The only time we ran him on the dirt he didn’t take the kickback too well, so I said to (jockey) Julien (Leparoux), ‘Use some of your speed.’...
    Mark Casse (winning trainer of Flameaway) “I’ve been wanting to run him on the grass, so I was a little disappointed (when the race was rained off the turf and moved to dirt). He’s getting better and better. He’s a big strong horse, and I’m proud of him today. He’s been training really well. The only time we ran him on the dirt he didn’t take the kickback too well, so I said to (jockey) Julien (Leparoux), ‘Use some of your speed.’...
  • Suedois Runs Down Heart to Heart To Win $1 Million Shadwell Turf Mile

    Suedois Runs Down Heart to Heart To Win $1 Million Shadwell Turf Mile

    Saturday, October 7 2017 10:30 PM EDT2017-10-08 02:30:10 GMT
    KeenelandKeeneland

    LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 7, 2017) – George Turner and Clipper Logis...

    LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 7, 2017) – George Turner and Clipper Logis...

  • Quotes From The $1 Million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1)

    Quotes From The $1 Million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1)

    Saturday, October 7 2017 9:30 PM EDT2017-10-08 01:30:08 GMT
    KeenelandKeeneland
    David O’Meara (winning trainer of Suedois [FR]) “We’ve been here (in the U.S.) a couple of times before. We were here for the Breeders’ Cup with Mondialiste (IRE), who finished second (in the 2015 Mile-G1), and here in this race last year (when he) finished fourth. (Keeneland) puts on really good prize money. It was a toss-up over taking him to France for 7 (furlongs) or here for a mile. His previous start at a mile, he won it, and we were keen to keep him at ...
    David O’Meara (winning trainer of Suedois [FR]) “We’ve been here (in the U.S.) a couple of times before. We were here for the Breeders’ Cup with Mondialiste (IRE), who finished second (in the 2015 Mile-G1), and here in this race last year (when he) finished fourth. (Keeneland) puts on really good prize money. It was a toss-up over taking him to France for 7 (furlongs) or here for a mile. His previous start at a mile, he won it, and we were keen to keep him at ...
  • Quotes From The $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1)

    Quotes From The $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1)

    Saturday, October 7 2017 8:30 PM EDT2017-10-08 00:30:10 GMT
    KeenelandKeeneland
    Dale Romans (winning trainer of Free Drop Billy) On the colt getting hot prior to the race “I’d rather him not do that, but he does it, and that’s just him. I think if he changed, I’d worry about it at this point. He’s done it in all four of his races. He gets hot – it’s not nerves, he just sweats.” On the increased distance and racing two turns today “We always thought (it would suit him). If you look at all his numbers on pap...
    Dale Romans (winning trainer of Free Drop Billy) On the colt getting hot prior to the race “I’d rather him not do that, but he does it, and that’s just him. I think if he changed, I’d worry about it at this point. He’s done it in all four of his races. He gets hot – it’s not nerves, he just sweats.” On the increased distance and racing two turns today “We always thought (it would suit him). If you look at all his numbers on pap...
  • Free Drop Billy Romps In Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity

    Free Drop Billy Romps In Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity

    Saturday, October 7 2017 8:30 PM EDT2017-10-08 00:30:10 GMT
    KeenelandKeeneland
    In the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity, favored Free Drop Billy took command at the head of the stretch and drew off to post a four-length victory over Bravazo and give trainer Dale Romans a fourth victory in the race and a second for the Albaugh Family Stables that won in 2015 with Brody’s Cause. With the victory, Free Drop Billy earned a spot in the starting gate for the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) to be run Nov. 4 at Del Mar. Robby Albarado,...
    In the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity, favored Free Drop Billy took command at the head of the stretch and drew off to post a four-length victory over Bravazo and give trainer Dale Romans a fourth victory in the race and a second for the Albaugh Family Stables that won in 2015 with Brody’s Cause. With the victory, Free Drop Billy earned a spot in the starting gate for the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) to be run Nov. 4 at Del Mar. Robby Albarado,...
  • Quotes From The $400,000 First Lady (G1)

    Quotes From The $400,000 First Lady (G1)

    Saturday, October 7 2017 7:30 PM EDT2017-10-07 23:30:19 GMT
    KeenelandKeeneland
    Quotes from the $400,000 First Lady (G1) Mike Stidham (winning trainer of Zipessa) “She had this one (her first Grade 1 win) coming. She worked hard for it. She’s a really sweet, special filly. (Winning rider) Joe Bravo is definitely the key to her success today along with (being) a really nice filly.” On whether Zipessa will continue to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) “We’re certainly going to be looking at it hard.”  Joe...
    Quotes from the $400,000 First Lady (G1) Mike Stidham (winning trainer of Zipessa) “She had this one (her first Grade 1 win) coming. She worked hard for it. She’s a really sweet, special filly. (Winning rider) Joe Bravo is definitely the key to her success today along with (being) a really nice filly.” On whether Zipessa will continue to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) “We’re certainly going to be looking at it hard.”  Joe...
  • Quotes From The $250,000 Thoroughbred Club Of America (G2)

    Quotes From The $250,000 Thoroughbred Club Of America (G2)

    Saturday, October 7 2017 7:00 PM EDT2017-10-07 23:00:22 GMT
    KeenelandKeeneland
    Bret Calhoun (winning trainer of Finley’sluckycharm) On whether the plan was for the filly to race from off the pace “It wasn’t planned. Obviously, I left it in Brian’s hands (jockey Brian Hernandez Jr.). She’s been a very consistent filly. In the mornings, she’s gotten where she turns off a little bit more as she’s gotten older. Brian said she just didn’t get away good today. Those horses got in front of her quick, and he just de...
    Bret Calhoun (winning trainer of Finley’sluckycharm) On whether the plan was for the filly to race from off the pace “It wasn’t planned. Obviously, I left it in Brian’s hands (jockey Brian Hernandez Jr.). She’s been a very consistent filly. In the mornings, she’s gotten where she turns off a little bit more as she’s gotten older. Brian said she just didn’t get away good today. Those horses got in front of her quick, and he just de...
  • Quotes From The $200,000 Woodford (G2) Presented By Keeneland Select

    Quotes From The $200,000 Woodford (G2) Presented By Keeneland Select

    Saturday, October 7 2017 6:00 PM EDT2017-10-07 22:00:20 GMT
    KeenelandKeeneland
    Tim Glyshaw (winning trainer of Bucchero) On racing Bucchero, primarily a dirt horse, in the Woodford: “(It was) mainly the timing between races, and he was doing really, really well. (Bucchero ran in this race last year) and it wasn’t nearly as bad as it seemed (finishing 11th). He drew the one (post) and had to go and had the lead until the top of the stretch. Today we made to a plan to sit off of Greg’s horse (Latent Revenge, trained by Greg Foley) and everythin...
    Tim Glyshaw (winning trainer of Bucchero) On racing Bucchero, primarily a dirt horse, in the Woodford: “(It was) mainly the timing between races, and he was doing really, really well. (Bucchero ran in this race last year) and it wasn’t nearly as bad as it seemed (finishing 11th). He drew the one (post) and had to go and had the lead until the top of the stretch. Today we made to a plan to sit off of Greg’s horse (Latent Revenge, trained by Greg Foley) and everythin...
  • Keeneland Barn Notes - October 7, 2017

    Keeneland Barn Notes - October 7, 2017

    Saturday, October 7 2017 4:00 PM EDT2017-10-07 20:00:14 GMT
    KeenelandKeeneland
    HEAVENLY LOVE TOPS BANNER DAY AT KEENELAND THAT CASSE MISSES Trainer Mark Casse enjoyed a tremendous opening day to the Keeneland Fall Meet on Friday with three victories headlined by Heavenly Love’s 5½-length romp in the Darley Alcibiades (G1). However, he did not see a single race live. “I was supposed to leave Gainesville (Florida) at 6 in the morning but they were having trouble with the plane,” Casse said. “I knew Ian Brennan, who ...
    HEAVENLY LOVE TOPS BANNER DAY AT KEENELAND THAT CASSE MISSES Trainer Mark Casse enjoyed a tremendous opening day to the Keeneland Fall Meet on Friday with three victories headlined by Heavenly Love’s 5½-length romp in the Darley Alcibiades (G1). However, he did not see a single race live. “I was supposed to leave Gainesville (Florida) at 6 in the morning but they were having trouble with the plane,” Casse said. “I knew Ian Brennan, who ...
  • WoodSongs Story To Be Featured During Derby Broadcast

    WoodSongs Story To Be Featured During Derby Broadcast

    Thursday, May 4 2017 9:41 AM EDT2017-05-04 13:41:16 GMT
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) - NBC News will feature a story on WoodSongs during the pre-Derby broadcast. WoodSongs is a bluegrass show that started out in a small room with 10 people and one radio station airing. Now, an audience of 65 million viewers is expected to tune into the feature Saturday about 3:20 p.m.
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) - NBC News will feature a story on WoodSongs during the pre-Derby broadcast. WoodSongs is a bluegrass show that started out in a small room with 10 people and one radio station airing. Now, an audience of 65 million viewers is expected to tune into the feature Saturday about 3:20 p.m.
  • Classic Empire Arrives At Churchill Downs

    Classic Empire Arrives At Churchill Downs

    Monday, April 17 2017 5:51 PM EDT2017-04-17 21:51:17 GMT
    Associated PressAssociated Press
    The Derby Favorite for this year's Kentucky Derby arrived at Churchill Downs Monday. Derby oddsmakers say that after a come-from-behind victory at the Arkansas Derby, Classic Empire is now a slight favorite to win the Run for the Roses.  Classic Empire has arrived! ??: @CoadyPhoto pic.twitter.com/Wq41Cq6N7j — Kentucky Derby (@KentuckyDerby) April 17, 2017 Always Dreaming, the winner of the Florida Derby, will be the second choice.  Derby coverage begins on LEX ...
    The Derby Favorite for this year's Kentucky Derby arrived at Churchill Downs Monday. Derby oddsmakers say that after a come-from-behind victory at the Arkansas Derby, Classic Empire is now a slight favorite to win the Run for the Roses.  Classic Empire has arrived! ??: @CoadyPhoto pic.twitter.com/Wq41Cq6N7j — Kentucky Derby (@KentuckyDerby) April 17, 2017 Always Dreaming, the winner of the Florida Derby, will be the second choice.  Derby coverage begins on LEX ...
  • $10,000 Runhappy Scholarship Returns As Part Of Keeneland’s College Scholarship Day

    $10,000 Runhappy Scholarship Returns As Part Of Keeneland’s College Scholarship Day

    Friday, March 31 2017 7:00 PM EDT2017-03-31 23:00:22 GMT
    LEXINGTON, KY (March 31, 2017) – For the second consecutive year, Jim and Linda McIngvale, owners of champion and Keeneland sales graduate Runhappy, will give away a $10,000 college scholarship during Keeneland’s College Scholarship Day on Friday, April 7, opening day of the 2017 Spring Meet. The Runhappy Scholarship will be awarded via random drawing to one lucky full-time student after the 8th race post parade.  “Runhappy has strong ties to Kee...
    LEXINGTON, KY (March 31, 2017) – For the second consecutive year, Jim and Linda McIngvale, owners of champion and Keeneland sales graduate Runhappy, will give away a $10,000 college scholarship during Keeneland’s College Scholarship Day on Friday, April 7, opening day of the 2017 Spring Meet. The Runhappy Scholarship will be awarded via random drawing to one lucky full-time student after the 8th race post parade.  “Runhappy has strong ties to Kee...
  • Wagering Interests Include Six Newcomers In March 31-April 2 Derby Futures Pool

    Wagering Interests Include Six Newcomers In March 31-April 2 Derby Futures Pool

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 11:44 AM EDT2017-03-28 15:44:41 GMT
    Churchill DownsChurchill Downs

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two veterans of this year’s Road to the Kentucky Derby – Whitham Thoroughbreds LLC’s unbeaten McCraken (#15, 6-1) and Peacock Racing Stables LLC’s Gunnevera (#10, 6-1) – are the morning line co-favorites for the fourth and final pool of Churchill Downs Racetrack’s 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two veterans of this year’s Road to the Kentucky Derby – Whitham Thoroughbreds LLC’s unbeaten McCraken (#15, 6-1) and Peacock Racing Stables LLC’s Gunnevera (#10, 6-1) – are the morning line co-favorites for the fourth and final pool of Churchill Downs Racetrack’s 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

  • Fast And Accurate Pulls Off Upset In Spiral Stakes

    Fast And Accurate Pulls Off Upset In Spiral Stakes

    Saturday, March 25 2017 10:48 PM EDT2017-03-26 02:48:59 GMT
    Churchill DownsChurchill Downs
    Fast and Accurate, pulled a stunning 24-1 upset in the 46th running of the Grade 3, $500,000 Spiral Stakes, the annual Turfway showcase.   Fast and Accurate, always close to the pace when ridden by Tyler Gaffalione for trainer Mike Maker, returned $51 after finishing in 1:50.96 in leading a parade of longshots to the wire. Blueridge Traveler, a 35-1 shot, rallied late to finish second, a half-length before Convict Pike, a 10-1 shot. Kitten’s Cat, the 5-2 favorite in a fiel...
    Fast and Accurate, pulled a stunning 24-1 upset in the 46th running of the Grade 3, $500,000 Spiral Stakes, the annual Turfway showcase.   Fast and Accurate, always close to the pace when ridden by Tyler Gaffalione for trainer Mike Maker, returned $51 after finishing in 1:50.96 in leading a parade of longshots to the wire. Blueridge Traveler, a 35-1 shot, rallied late to finish second, a half-length before Convict Pike, a 10-1 shot. Kitten’s Cat, the 5-2 favorite in a fiel...
  • Malagacy Wins Rebel Stakes

    Malagacy Wins Rebel Stakes

    Saturday, March 18 2017 10:45 PM EDT2017-03-19 02:45:56 GMT
    Churchill DownsChurchill Downs
    Malagacy remained undefeated Saturday, mastering two turns in the Grade 2, $900,000 Rebel Stakes.  The Todd Pletcher colt took the race in 1.43.00 under Javier Castellano by two lengths Sonneteer, while it was a nose back in third to Untrapped. American Anthem, who was favored while attempting to give trainer Bob Baffert his seventh win in the Rebel, finished 10th and following the race jockey Mike Smith said the horse "slipped badly" leaving the gate and str...
    Malagacy remained undefeated Saturday, mastering two turns in the Grade 2, $900,000 Rebel Stakes.  The Todd Pletcher colt took the race in 1.43.00 under Javier Castellano by two lengths Sonneteer, while it was a nose back in third to Untrapped. American Anthem, who was favored while attempting to give trainer Bob Baffert his seventh win in the Rebel, finished 10th and following the race jockey Mike Smith said the horse "slipped badly" leaving the gate and str...
  • Mastery Suffers Condylar Fracture After Dominating San Felipe

    Mastery Suffers Condylar Fracture After Dominating San Felipe

    Saturday, March 11 2017 11:00 PM EST2017-03-12 04:00:53 GMT
    Benoit PhotoBenoit Photo
    Despite dominating in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes, Mastery is likely off the Kentucky Derby trail.  Mastery had recorded a final time of 1:42.28 for 1 1/16 miles over Santa Anita's fast main track, winning by open lengths, but Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith pulled the colt up sharply on the gallop out. It was later reporter that the Bob Baffert trained colt suffered a condylar fracture of his left front ankle, for which he will be having surgery on Monday. ...
    Despite dominating in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes, Mastery is likely off the Kentucky Derby trail.  Mastery had recorded a final time of 1:42.28 for 1 1/16 miles over Santa Anita's fast main track, winning by open lengths, but Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith pulled the colt up sharply on the gallop out. It was later reporter that the Bob Baffert trained colt suffered a condylar fracture of his left front ankle, for which he will be having surgery on Monday. ...
  • Tapwrit Wins Tampa Bay Derby In Record Time

    Tapwrit Wins Tampa Bay Derby In Record Time

    Saturday, March 11 2017 10:30 PM EST2017-03-12 03:30:04 GMT
    Even money favorite, Tapwrit, won the Grade 2, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby in a stakes record time Saturday.  Tapwrit finished in 1:42.36, breaking the stakes record of 1:42.82 set by Destin last year.  The Todd Pletcher trained colt took the 1 1/16 miles race by 4 1/2 lengths over State of Honor. The runner-up in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes here last month, earned 50 qualifying points towards the 2017 Kentucky Derby, giving him 54.  State of Honor now has 20 points a...
    Even money favorite, Tapwrit, won the Grade 2, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby in a stakes record time Saturday.  Tapwrit finished in 1:42.36, breaking the stakes record of 1:42.82 set by Destin last year.  The Todd Pletcher trained colt took the 1 1/16 miles race by 4 1/2 lengths over State of Honor. The runner-up in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes here last month, earned 50 qualifying points towards the 2017 Kentucky Derby, giving him 54.  State of Honor now has 20 points a...
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