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Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Keeneland Barn Notes Wednesday, April 25, 2012


WARD IN FRONT WITH THREE DAYS REMAINING IN SPRING SEASON

With three days remaining in Keeneland’s 15-day spring meeting, Wesley Ward leads all trainers with six victories and is bidding to earn his first title as the track’s leading trainer. Ward could add to his win total with runners in three races today, three races on Thursday and two races on Friday.

Ward’s victories this season include the Beaumont (G2) on April 15 with Gypsy Robin and the Coolmore Lexington (G3) on April 22 with 70-1 longshot All Squared Away.


Five trainers are tied for second with four wins apiece: Mike Maker, Andrew McKeever, Ken McPeek, Graham Motion and Mike Stidham.

Julien Leparoux is cruising atop the list of leading jockeys with 21 victories, 13 more than James Graham in second. Leparoux, who equaled a Keeneland record when he rode six winners on April 20, will earn his fourth consecutive Keeneland title as leading rider and his eighth overall. He is named to ride 22 horses over the next three days, including Woodford Belle in Thursday’s Grey Goose Bewitch (G3) and Newsdad in Friday’s Elkhorn (G2).

Leparoux has 277 career victories at Keeneland and is fifth on the list of the track’s all-time leading jockeys.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who received the 2011 Eclipse Award as outstanding owners, have six wins at Keeneland to lead all owners during the spring season. The Ramseys, whose Lonesome Street won the Commonwealth (G2) on April 14, have nine titles as Keeneland leading owner, including the spring of 2011 when their horses won 10 races. They have six horses racing over the next three days. Leparoux is named on five of those horses.

The Ramseys have won a total of 109 Keeneland races, ranking them ninth on the list of the track’s all-time leading owners.


CLOSING DAY SPECIAL EVENTS

Friday, April 27:

Performance by The Midtown Men - Four stars from the original cast of “Jersey Boys” will perform live in the Paddock at 11:45 a.m

The Keeneland Gift Shop Presents a book signing with leading jockey Garrett Gomez, author of The Garrett Gomez Story: A Jockey’s Journey Through Addiction & Salvation, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Concert on the Lawn – Keeneland and the Markey Cancer Foundation Legacy Council will host a Concert on the Lawn after the races. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and feature the band Off the Hook. Covered seating will be available in case of rain. Concert tickets are $20. VIP reception and concert tickets are $175 per couple or $100 per individual, and include all-day access to the Clubhouse. For more information, call 859 323-6448 or visit http://www.markeycancerfoundation.org.


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