Friday, April 02 2010

Keeneland Notes on Central Bank Ashland, Toyota Blue Grass, Vinery Madison Contenders


The last time trainer Jim Cassidy saddled a horse at Keeneland, Lady Luck was not on his side.

In April 2009, Cassidy shipped April Pride (GB) to Keeneland from Southern California for the Appalachian (G3) and all was fine until she got into the paddock.

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Wednesday, March 31 2010

Champion She Be Wild Headlines Field of Eight for Central Bank Ashland

LEXINGTON, KY. (March 31, 2010) -- Nancy Mazzoni’s She Be Wild, champion two-year-old filly of 2009, tops a field of eight 3-year-old fillies entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 73rd running of the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1).

The 1 1/16-mile Central Bank Ashland, to be run over the main track, is the ninth race on Saturday’s 10-race card and is scheduled for a 5:20 p.m. post time. First post on Saturday is 1:05 p.m.

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Keeneland Barn Notes Wednesday, March 31


Peter Callahan’s Beautician returned to Keeneland late Tuesday from Oaklawn Park in Arkansas, where she had spent the past three weeks.

“You could flip a coin as to which race is better and this (the Central Bank Ashland) is a Grade 1 and the Fantasy (at Oaklawn) is a Grade 2,” trainer Ken McPeek said. “Plus, she runs well on the Poly.”

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Tuesday, March 30 2010

Keeneland Barn Notes Tuesday, March 30


Zayat Stables’ Macias, a three-time stakes winner at Santa Anita, and owner-trainer Wesley Ward’s Strike the Tiger, a stakes winner on grass in England and the United States, headline a field of nine 3-year-olds entered Tuesday for Friday’s 22nd running of the $100,000 Transylvania Stakes (G3) at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

The Transylvania goes as the ninth race on Friday’s 10-race card that has a first post time of 1:05 p.m. (EDT). The Transylvania serves as the opening-day centerpiece of the 15-day Keeneland spring meeting that features 16 stakes, 15 of them graded with four Grade 1’s. The meet runs through April 23 with racing Wednesday through Sunday with the exception of April 4, Easter Sunday.

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Keeneland’s 2010 Spring Racing Season Opens Friday, April 2

LEXINGTON, KY (March 30, 2010) – Keeneland opens its spring meeting on Friday, April 2, and will present 15 days of world-class Thoroughbred racing featuring some of the nation’s richest purses, leading trainers and jockeys, and an exciting schedule of special events.

Highlighting Keeneland’s 2010 spring season is the 86th running of the Toyota Blue Grass (G1) on Saturday, April 10. NBC will present live coverage of the $750,000 race, one of the most prestigious races leading to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), on its new “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series hosted by Lexington native Tom Hammond.

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Monday, March 29 2010

Keeneland April Sale Preview Day on Thursday, April Sale Set for April 5

LEXINGTON, KY (March 29, 2010) – Keeneland has cataloged 181 horses for its April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, to be held at 4 p.m. ET Monday, April 5. Buyers have the opportunity to see the juveniles perform under tack during a Preview Show Thursday, April 1, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The April Sale will be broadcast live by HRTV and at

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Toyota Blue Grass, Central Bank Ashland Fields Taking Shape


Fields for Keeneland’s two marquee spring events for 3-year-olds are taking shape with six horses deemed probable for the Toyota Blue Grass (G1) on April 10 and seven fillies considered probable for Saturday’s Central Bank Ashland (G1), according to racing secretary Ben Huffman.

Heading the list of Toyota Blue Grass probables is Padua Stables’ Odysseus, winner of the Tampa Bay Derby (G3) in his most recent start. Trained by Tom Albertrani, Odysseus is expected to arrive at Keeneland on April 4.

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Friday, March 26 2010

Handicappers Have Plenty of Action During Keeneland’s Spring Race Meet

LEXINGTON, KY (March 26, 2010) – If you enjoy watching and wagering on world-class Thoroughbred racing, Keeneland will offer plenty of action during its 15-day spring racing season from April 2-23.

Keeneland will offer a full slate of wagers, including low-cost options that are popular with fans of all skill levels. New this spring is a 50-cent Pick Three wager in which a handicapper must select the winner of three consecutive races. Other budget-conscious wagers include a 50-cent Pick Four and a 50-cent Trifecta wager, as well as a 10-cent Superfecta.

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Monday, March 22 2010

“It’s Time for Keeneland” Special Events Highlight 2010 Spring Racing Season

LEXINGTON, KY (March 22, 2010) – While Keeneland presents world-class Thoroughbred racing during its 2010 spring season from April 2-23, the racetrack will offer fans of all ages a variety of dynamic special events, from the popular College Scholarship Day and Breakfast With the Works, to fundraisers such as Riders Up!, handicapping contests and a day honoring members of the military.

Here are some of the highlights:

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Thursday, March 18 2010

Keeneland to Offer 50-Cent Pick Three Wagers For Spring Race Meet

LEXINGTON, KY (March 18, 2010) – Keeneland will offer a 50-cent Pick Three wager during its upcoming spring race meeting.

The Pick Three is a wager in which you select the winner of three consecutive races. The previous minimum on the Pick Three was $1.

Keeneland currently offers 50-cent Pick Four and Trifecta wagers, as well as a 10-cent Superfecta.

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Saturday, March 06 2010

Keeneland Announces New Format for 2010 September Yearling Sale

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 5, 2010) – Keeneland Association officials today announced a new format for its 2010 September Yearling Sale, which will begin Sunday, September 12.

“The new format reflects the changing Thoroughbred industry,” said Keeneland President and CEO Nick Nicholson. “We’ve been working in collaboration with our customers, particularly our consignors, over the last few years to develop a format that fits the current dynamics and needs of our buyers and sellers.”

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Wednesday, March 03 2010

Keeneland’s First-Ever Annual Pass on Sale March 2

LEXINGTON, KY (March 2, 2010) – Beginning March 2, Keeneland racing fans can, for the first time ever, purchase an annual pass—good for general admission each day of both the 2010 spring and fall race meets—for just $50. The pass also entitles each owner to receive special offers throughout the year, including special discounts at and free admission to the Equestrian Room during simulcasting.

Keeneland’s spring meet runs April 2-23, while the fall meet will be held Oct. 8-30 for 32 days of live racing. General admission to the races is $5.

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