Tuesday, October 20 2009


Keeneland Barn Notes—Tuesday, October 20, 2009


PIN OAK VALLEY VIEW TO BE RUN IN TWO DIVISIONS

Interest in Keeneland’s Pin Oak Valley View (G3) for 3-year-old fillies over 1 1/16 miles on turf was so high that the Friday stakes will be run in two divisions. The first division of the race has been carded as the seventh race, and the second division is the ninth race. The original purse of the Pin Oak Valley View was $150,000; Keeneland adjusted the purse so each division will be worth $125,000.

The 119-pound highweight in the first division is Brereton C. Jones’ homebred Silver Reunion, who is coming off a win in the one-mile Riskaverse at Saratoga on September 3 in her turf debut. Graham Motion trains the daughter of Harlan’s Holiday, who will be ridden by Ramon Dominguez and break from post five.





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Monday, October 19 2009


Get Stormy Wins Bryan Station, Gives Castellano Three Wins For Day


Lexington, Ky. (October 18, 2009)—Always within striking distance under jockey Javier Castellano, Get Stormy took the lead in mid stretch and pulled away to a 1 ½-length victory in the $125,000, Grade 3 Bryan Station Stakes Sunday at Keeneland.

It was the third consecutive victory for the invader from New York, who ran the one mile on the “yielding” turf in 1:37.49. He received $75,000 for the win, increasing his career earnings to $207,559 for Mary A. Sullivan’s Sullimar Stables.





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Keeneland Barn Notes—Sunday, October 18, 2009


ALBARADO OFF SUNDAY MOUNTS, TO RETURN WEDNESDAY

Robby Albarado, leading rider at the current meet with 10 victories, will be off all of his mounts Sunday after a spill in Saturday’s sixth race.

“He’s fine, he just looks like he got in a fight with Mike Tyson,” said Lenny Pike, Albarado’s agent. “His right eye is almost swollen shut and he can’t ride today, but he will ride Wednesday.”





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Saturday, October 17 2009


Hot Cha Cha Springs Upset In Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup


Lexington, Ky. (October 17, 2009)—Hot Cha Cha scored a mild upset in the $500,000, Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Saturday at Keeneland to give owner Nelson McMakin, trainer Phil Sims and jockey James Graham the biggest wins of their careers.

Graham sent the homebred daughter of Cactus Ridge through a large opening along the rail at the top of the stretch and she pulled away to a 4 ½-length victory in the 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies.





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Favored Dubai Majesty Wins Buffalo Trace Franklin County


Lexington, Ky. (October 16, 2009)—Dubai Majesty, the favorite, wore down Libor Lady to win the featured $116,700 Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes Friday at Keeneland.

Kept in a contending position early by jockey Jamie Theriot, the 4-year-old daughter of Essence of Dubai collared Libor Lady in the stretch and gradually pulled away to a 1 ¼-length victory.





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Keeneland Wagering Is Up 9.83 Percent


Lexington, Ky. (October 16, 2009)— Betting on Keeneland racing through the first five days of the 17-day fall meeting is up 9.83 percent, track officials reported today.

Through Thursday’s racing, $37,054,751 had been bet on Keeneland’s fall meeting, an increase of $3,318,517 from a year ago when $33,736,234 was wagered on the comparable dates.





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Friday, October 16 2009


House of Grace Scores Narrow Win In JPMorgan Chase Jessamine


Lexington, Ky. (October 15, 2009)—House of Grace remained undefeated in two starts Thursday at Keeneland with a narrow victory in the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.

The daughter of Limehouse ran 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack in 1:44.32 and earned a trip to the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on November 6 at Santa Anita. Originally scheduled for the turf, the Jessamine was moved to the main track following overnight rain.





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Thursday, October 15 2009


Keeneland Barn Notes—Thursday, October 15, 2009


PLETCHER LOOKING FOR REPEAT SCORE IN SUNDAY’S BRYAN STATION

Team Valor International’s Kinsella, who returned to the races after a four-month layoff and posted a turf allowance win at Saratoga, will try to give trainer Todd Pletcher a second consecutive victory in the $125,000 Bryan Station (G3) on Sunday.

The Bryan Station, which drew a field of eight 3-year-olds, will be the eighth race on Sunday’s nine-race card with a 4:35 p.m. ET post time. First post time Sunday is 1:05 p.m.





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Wednesday, October 14 2009


Keeneland Wins 2009 International Simulcast Award at TRA Simulcast Conference


Lexington, KY (October 14, 2009) – Keeneland Association today was named the winner of the 2009 Simulcast Award at the 17th annual International Simulcasting Conference in Saratoga Springs, New York. Keeneland also won the award, which honors the horse racing industry’s best simulcast production, in 2003 and 2008. Keeneland’s latest award was for its coverage of the Vinery Madison (G1) from April.

“This award represents a great deal of teamwork, from the vision and support of Keeneland’s leaders, to the great work by members of the broadcast services department who contribute at every level,” said G.D. Hieronymus, Keeneland’s Director of Broadcast Services. “Keeneland’s broadcast team is tops with years of experience and a commitment to excellence.”





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Keeneland Barn Notes—Tuesday, October 13, 2009


BUFFALO TRACE FRANKLIN COUNTY DRAWS OVERFLOW FIELD OF 15

Obviously NY Stable’s Canadian Ballet and the Martin Racing Stable and Dan Morgan’s Dubai Majesty headline a field of 15 fillies and mares entered Tuesday for the 13th running of the $100,000-added Buffalo Trace Franklin County to be run at 5 ½ furlongs on the Haggin Turf Course on Friday.

The Buffalo Trace Franklin County will go as the ninth race on the 10-race card with a 5:05 p.m. ET post time. First post time Friday is 1:05 p.m.





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Tuesday, October 13 2009


Keeneland Barn Notes—Monday, October 12, 2009


MOTT HAS BREEDERS’ CUP PLANS FOR MUSHKA, MR. SIDNEY

Brushwood Stable’s Mushka, who was named the winner of Sunday’s Juddmonte Spinster (G1) upon the disqualification of Proviso (GB), and Circle E Racing’s Mr. Sidney, who was third in Saturday’s Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), will remain at Keeneland until about a week before the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, according to trainer Bill Mott on Monday morning.

Mott reported that Mushka, a 4-year-old daughter of Empire Maker, came out of the Spinster well.





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Monday, October 12 2009


Keeneland Barn Notes—Sunday, October 11, 2009


IEAH STABLES’ STARS RETURN TO NEW YORK AFTER SATURDAY SUCCESS AT KEENELAND

IEAH Stables’ Diamondrella (GB) and Court Vision left the Keeneland barn area at 7 a.m. Sunday to return to their home bases in New York after capturing the First Lady (G1) and the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), respectively.

“Everything is good this morning; he came back fine,” said Michelle Nevin, assistant to Rick Dutrow, as Court Vision exited Barn 72. Court Vision is headed back to Aqueduct.





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