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  • Keeneland Barn Notes - October 22, 2017

    Keeneland Barn Notes - October 22, 2017

    Sunday, October 22 2017 10:00 PM EDT2017-10-23 02:00:21 GMT
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    LYNCH TURF DUO WORKS TOWARD BREEDERS’ CUP STARTS Trainer Brian Lynch put his two Breeders’ Cup grass hopefuls through half-mile works Sunday morning over a firm Keeneland turf course. Working first with jockey Julien Leparoux aboard was Terry Hamilton’s Heart to Heart, who covered the distance in :49.20 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.20. (Click here for a video of the work.) Next up was Amerman Racing’s three-time Grade 1 winn...
    LYNCH TURF DUO WORKS TOWARD BREEDERS’ CUP STARTS Trainer Brian Lynch put his two Breeders’ Cup grass hopefuls through half-mile works Sunday morning over a firm Keeneland turf course. Working first with jockey Julien Leparoux aboard was Terry Hamilton’s Heart to Heart, who covered the distance in :49.20 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.20. (Click here for a video of the work.) Next up was Amerman Racing’s three-time Grade 1 winn...
  • Quotes From The $250,000 Lexus Raven Run

    Quotes From The $250,000 Lexus Raven Run

    Sunday, October 22 2017 12:00 AM EDT2017-10-22 04:00:57 GMT
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    Jeff Bonde (winning trainer of Miss Sunset) On why the Southern California-based trainer sent the filly to Keeneland for the race “My owners (Alan Klein and Philip Lebherz) own the mother, and they’ve got some foals out of her coming. They also own (multiple graded stakes winner) Smiling Tiger and thought it was in their interest to take a chance to get graded-placed (in a stakes).” On whether he was surprised she would win “This filly is one of the most ho...
    Jeff Bonde (winning trainer of Miss Sunset) On why the Southern California-based trainer sent the filly to Keeneland for the race “My owners (Alan Klein and Philip Lebherz) own the mother, and they’ve got some foals out of her coming. They also own (multiple graded stakes winner) Smiling Tiger and thought it was in their interest to take a chance to get graded-placed (in a stakes).” On whether he was surprised she would win “This filly is one of the most ho...
  • Keeneland Barn Notes - October 21, 2017

    Keeneland Barn Notes - October 21, 2017

    Saturday, October 21 2017 11:30 PM EDT2017-10-22 03:30:24 GMT
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    WARD PLEASED WITH LADY AURELIA’S FINAL KEENELAND WORK BEFORE BREEDERS’ CUP RUN Trainer Wesley Ward was excited after Stonestreet Stables and Peter Leidel’s Keeneland-based European champion Lady Aurelia turned in her final Keeneland work Saturday, a day before she leaves for Southern California and her next start in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) on Nov. 4 at Del Mar. Working to the inside of Master Merion, Lady Aurelia and rider...
    WARD PLEASED WITH LADY AURELIA’S FINAL KEENELAND WORK BEFORE BREEDERS’ CUP RUN Trainer Wesley Ward was excited after Stonestreet Stables and Peter Leidel’s Keeneland-based European champion Lady Aurelia turned in her final Keeneland work Saturday, a day before she leaves for Southern California and her next start in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) on Nov. 4 at Del Mar. Working to the inside of Master Merion, Lady Aurelia and rider...
  • Miss Sunset Wears Down Chalon To Win Lexus Raven Run

    Miss Sunset Wears Down Chalon To Win Lexus Raven Run

    Saturday, October 21 2017 10:30 PM EDT2017-10-22 02:30:22 GMT
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    LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 21, 2017) – Alan Klein and Phil Lebherz’s Miss Sunset wore down pace-setting Chalon in deep stretch to win the 19th running of the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2) for 3-year-old fillies by a half-length before a Saturday afternoon crowd of 27,291. Trained by Jeff Bonde and ridden by Julien Leparoux, Miss Sunset covered the 7 furlongs on a fast main track in 1:22.21. It was the sixth stakes victory for Miss Sunset but first in a graded stakes. ...
    LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 21, 2017) – Alan Klein and Phil Lebherz’s Miss Sunset wore down pace-setting Chalon in deep stretch to win the 19th running of the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2) for 3-year-old fillies by a half-length before a Saturday afternoon crowd of 27,291. Trained by Jeff Bonde and ridden by Julien Leparoux, Miss Sunset covered the 7 furlongs on a fast main track in 1:22.21. It was the sixth stakes victory for Miss Sunset but first in a graded stakes. ...
  • Quotes From The $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View

    Quotes From The $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View

    Friday, October 20 2017 11:00 PM EDT2017-10-21 03:00:32 GMT
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    Jimmy DiVito (winning trainer of Lovely Bernadette) “Since we put her on the grass, it looks like she’s come around and turned around.” On his desire to have jockey Florent Geroux get her out from the inside post position “That’s the trick. When she gets clear, she takes off running. He did a great job of doing that. Once she got clear, I knew we had a big chance of winning.” Florent Geroux (winning rider) “My filly broke very sharp and f...
    Jimmy DiVito (winning trainer of Lovely Bernadette) “Since we put her on the grass, it looks like she’s come around and turned around.” On his desire to have jockey Florent Geroux get her out from the inside post position “That’s the trick. When she gets clear, she takes off running. He did a great job of doing that. Once she got clear, I knew we had a big chance of winning.” Florent Geroux (winning rider) “My filly broke very sharp and f...
  • Keeneland Barn Notes - October 20, 2017

    Keeneland Barn Notes - October 20, 2017

    Friday, October 20 2017 10:40 PM EDT2017-10-21 02:40:04 GMT
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    HORSEMEN TALK ABOUT WEEKEND STAKES HORSES Keeneland Racing Analyst Tom Leach, the “Voice of the Wildcats” for University of Kentucky football and men’s basketball, interviewed these horsemen about horses in upcoming stakes: Brad Cox about Pinch Hit in Saturday’s Lexus Raven Run (G2). Shug McGaughey about Apple Betty (IRE) in Sunday’s Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) Vicki Oliver about Youngest Daughter in tod...
    HORSEMEN TALK ABOUT WEEKEND STAKES HORSES Keeneland Racing Analyst Tom Leach, the “Voice of the Wildcats” for University of Kentucky football and men’s basketball, interviewed these horsemen about horses in upcoming stakes: Brad Cox about Pinch Hit in Saturday’s Lexus Raven Run (G2). Shug McGaughey about Apple Betty (IRE) in Sunday’s Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) Vicki Oliver about Youngest Daughter in tod...
  • Lovely Bernadette Gets Ground-Saving Trip To Win Pin Oak Valley View

    Lovely Bernadette Gets Ground-Saving Trip To Win Pin Oak Valley View

    Friday, October 20 2017 10:00 PM EDT2017-10-21 02:00:29 GMT
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    LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 20, 2017) – James Miller’s Lovely Bernadette swept by pacesetting I’m Betty G inside the sixteenth pole and had more than enough left to hold off favored Journey Home by 1½ lengths to win the 27th running of the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View for 3-year-old fillies before a Friday afternoon crowd of 18,378. Trained by Jimmy DiVito and ridden by Florent Geroux, Lovely Bernadette covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:42...
    LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 20, 2017) – James Miller’s Lovely Bernadette swept by pacesetting I’m Betty G inside the sixteenth pole and had more than enough left to hold off favored Journey Home by 1½ lengths to win the 27th running of the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View for 3-year-old fillies before a Friday afternoon crowd of 18,378. Trained by Jimmy DiVito and ridden by Florent Geroux, Lovely Bernadette covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:42...
  • Irish Stakes Winner Twirl (IRE) Supplemented To Keeneland’s 2017 November Sale

    Irish Stakes Winner Twirl (IRE) Supplemented To Keeneland’s 2017 November Sale

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 11:30 PM EDT2017-10-18 03:30:23 GMT
    LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 17, 2017) – Twirl (IRE), a stakes-winning daughter of leading sire Galileo (IRE) and a full sister to Irish and French highweight Misty For Me (IRE), dam of multiple Group 1 winners Roly Poly and U S Navy Flag, has been supplemented to Keeneland’s 2017 November Breeding Stock Sale, which begins Nov. 7. Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, Twirl will be offered in foal to Curlin. (Click here for a link to Twirl’s fe...
    LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 17, 2017) – Twirl (IRE), a stakes-winning daughter of leading sire Galileo (IRE) and a full sister to Irish and French highweight Misty For Me (IRE), dam of multiple Group 1 winners Roly Poly and U S Navy Flag, has been supplemented to Keeneland’s 2017 November Breeding Stock Sale, which begins Nov. 7. Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, Twirl will be offered in foal to Curlin. (Click here for a link to Twirl’s fe...
  • Keeneland Barn Notes - October 17, 2017

    Keeneland Barn Notes - October 17, 2017

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 7:30 PM EDT2017-10-17 23:30:35 GMT
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    FAULT HEADLINES OVERFLOW FIELD ENTERED IN FRIDAY’S PIN OAK VALLEY VIEW   Agave Racing Stable’s Fault, winner of the Pucker Up (G3) at Arlington prior to finishing a close third in the Sands Point (G2) at Belmont, tops a field of 14 3-year-old fillies and one also-eligible entered Tuesday for Friday’s 27th running of the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3). The Pin Oak Valley View, run at 1 1/16 miles on the Keeneland turf course, will go as the ninth ...
    FAULT HEADLINES OVERFLOW FIELD ENTERED IN FRIDAY’S PIN OAK VALLEY VIEW   Agave Racing Stable’s Fault, winner of the Pucker Up (G3) at Arlington prior to finishing a close third in the Sands Point (G2) at Belmont, tops a field of 14 3-year-old fillies and one also-eligible entered Tuesday for Friday’s 27th running of the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3). The Pin Oak Valley View, run at 1 1/16 miles on the Keeneland turf course, will go as the ninth ...
  • 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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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...
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