Thursday, October 20 2016


Quotes from the $100,000 Sycamore (G3)


Angel Cruz (winning rider of Renown [GB])
On scoring his second graded stakes victory of Keeneland’s Fall Meet following the Darley Alcibiades (G1) on Oct. 7 on Dancing Rags
“I love Keeneland. It’s amazing. It’s beautiful.”

On his victory aboard Renown
“I had a perfect trip. The horse broke a little slow, and I just left him right there and took position. In the far turn, I had so much horse that I went wide and just circled the field.”





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Saturday, October 15 2016


Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup


Time and Motion Prevails in Three-Horse Photo to Win
Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 15, 2016)
– The Phillips Racing Partnership of John Phillips’ Time and Motion collared Hawksmoor (IRE) in deep stretch and held off a furious late bid from Harmonize by a head to win the 33rd 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 29,319. The attendance marked the second-largest crowd during a Keeneland Fall Meet and came 80 years to the date after Keeneland opened its inaugural season of racing.





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Thursday, October 13 2016


La Coronel Earns Breeders’ Cup Berth


LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 12, 2016) – John Oxley’s La Coronel swept past Lull at midstretch and drew off to a 4¼-length victory in the 26th running of the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) for 2-year-old fillies before a Wednesday afternoon crowd of 11,130.

Trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Florent Geroux, La Coronel covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:43.37 and earned a berth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) to be run Nov. 4 at Santa Anita.





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Saturday, October 08 2016


Quotes from the $1 Million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1)


Graham Motion (winning trainer of Miss Temple City)
“She’s the best filly I’ve ever trained. She’s spectacular. My frustration was over the summer when it seemed we got a little lost with her. She had some tough trips. I’m glad the crew talked me into running her here today. I think I would have chosen to go the other way (and run her in the Grade 1 First Lady two races earlier). But this was the right thing to do; we took a shot. She’s a very special filly. I think she’s been on form all summer. It’s just been frustrating that she hasn’t been able to show it on the race track.”






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Quotes from the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1)


Norman Casse (assistant to his father, Mark Casse, winning trainer of Classic Empire)
“This is a very, very talented horse. The day after the Hopeful (G1) (when he wheeled at the start and lost his rider), we got right to work on him. We put blinkers on him; we breezed him out of the gate several times. It paid dividends today. We’ll more forward from here. You’ve got to think this horse has plenty of room to improve.”

Julien Leparoux (winning rider)
“Today he broke sharp and was all business. He ran a big race. I was a bit surprised to be where I was, but he did it easy and he was happy where he was. He got a little bit tired at the end, but he hasn’t been running for a while, so we expected that.”





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Quotes from the $400,000 First Lady (G1)


Ginny DePasquale (assistant to Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Photo Call [IRE])
“That was very amazing. We owe it all to Kent (Desormeaux), actually. He did an amazing ride. We’ve obviously very pleased with the outcome. I think the mile (distance of the race) really did it.”

Kent Desormeaux (winning rider of Photo Call [IRE])
“She was really full of herself. She was a pleasure to ride. I just drew on the confidence that Mr. Todd Pletcher asked me to ride her. He doesn’t call often, but when he calls, he’s solid.”





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Quotes from the $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2)


Will Farish (winning co-owner of Irish Jasper)
“She’d won two Grade 3s, but this race was a big thing for us. A big thing to have it here at home. Julien (Leparoux) rode a hell of a race, particularly from the eighth pole where he had to make that move. Going that fast, it’s pretty tough.”

On whether Irish Jasper’s connections will take advantage of the “Win and You’re In” berth to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1)
“We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”






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Quotes from the $150,000 Woodford (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select


Enebish Ganbat (winning trainer of Mongolian Saturday)
“He loves Keeneland. Lexington is his home town. This summer, we were in England and a doctor found (he had) a big ulcer. It took two months (for the horse to fully recover) but it seems everything is all right. We’re going to take him to the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita.”


Carlos Montalvo (winning rider)
“Oh my god, what a wonderful trip. When he drew that hole, the 12 hole, he (trainer Ganbat) was very happy. He said, ‘Don’t mess it up. The horse knows what to do, just don’t mess it up.’






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Sunday, April 17 2016


Quotes from the $150,000 Lexington (G3)


Peter Fluor (partner in Speedway Stables, winning owner of Collected)

“I was very impressed with (the effort). (Trainer) Bob (Baffert) did a very good job getting him ready. Lot of good horses in the race.”

On whether the Preakness (G1) might be an option for the colt
“I think that would be the most logical step, given the distance. We’ll see how he comes out (of this race), but that would be a thrill for us.”






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Quotes for the $350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1)


Mark Casse (winning trainer of Tepin)

On whether he feels pressure since everyone expects Tepin to perform so well
“A touch. But I have to say something. (Owner) Mr. (Robert) Masterson – if it wasn’t for him – everybody wouldn’t get to see the great Tepin. He wanted to let her run another year (rather than being retired). It puts a little pressure on us. I love it.

“But I just don’t want to let her down. It’s hard.”





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Friday, April 15 2016


Keeneland Barn Notes—April 15


• KENTUCKY DERBY FAVORITE NYQUIST WORKS FIVE FURLONGS IN 1:02.60
• CATCH A GLIMPSE EXITS APPALACHIAN VICTORY IN GOOD SHAPE
• BROWN HAS TURF RUNNERS READY FOR GRADE 1 COMPETITION
• PROBABLE ENTRANTS FOR UPCOMING STAKES
• SPRING MEET LEADERS






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Sunday, April 10 2016


Quotes for the $1 Million Toyota Blue Grass


Dale Romans (winning trainer of Brody’s Cause and third-place finisher Cherry Wine)

“(Brody’s Cause) started off his three-year-old season really slow. To run so bad in the Tampa Bay Derby, when I thought we were leading over a winner, it was discouraging. But if you look at his first race, he ran terrible that day, and I had thought he would win. I think he’s just a horse that needed a race.

“We’re going into the Kentucky Derby (G1) in perfect form. He’s already won on the track, which you know is important at Churchill Downs, and the farther the better.”

On his other trainee Cherry Wine, who ran third
“He ran a huge race, too. We’ll take him too and take a one-two punch in the Kentucky Derby.”





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