Tuesday, April 06 2010

Gross Sales, Median Increase at Keeneland April Sale

LEXINGTON, KY (April 5, 2010) – Keeneland’s April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, highlighted by the $625,000 paid for Wilburn, a colt from the first crop of Bernardini, realized gains in gross sales, median price and number of horses sold.

Keeneland sold 71 horses for gross receipts of $12,013,000, up 1.76 percent from 2009 when 66 horses brought $11,805,000. The average of $169,197 was down 5.4 percent from last year’s $178,864, while the median of $135,000 rose 14.89 percent from $117,500 in 2009. The buy-back rate decreased 16.01 percent. There were two sessions in 2009 versus a single day this year.

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Monday, April 05 2010

Aikenite, Odysseus Arrive for Toyota Blue Grass


Dogwood Stable’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) hopeful, Aikenite, arrived at Keeneland Sunday afternoon with five other horses trained by Todd Pletcher. Aikenite, who turned in his final work for the Toyota Blue Grass on April 3 at Palm Meadows in Florida, galloped on Monday morning about a mile on the main track with exercise rider Melvin Hernandez aboard.

A 3-year-old son of Yes It’s True who has earned $251,000 with one win in six starts, Aikenite ran second to Noble’s Promise in the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland last October. He enters the Toyota Blue Grass after a third-place finish to stablemate Eskendereya in the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2).

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Champion Informed Decision to Make 2010 Debut in Vinery Madison

LEXINGTON, KY (April 5, 2010) – Augustin Stable’s Informed Decision, the 2009 Eclipse Award winner as champion female sprinter, will kick off her 2010 campaign on Thursday when she faces five rivals in the ninth running of the $300,000 Vinery Madison (G1) at Keeneland.

The Vinery Madison, a seven-furlong sprint on the main track, will go as the eighth race on Thursday’s nine-race card with a 4:35 p.m. (EDT) post time. First post time Thursday is 1:05 p.m.

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Saturday, April 03 2010


LEXINGTON, KY (April 3, 2010) – The Braly Family Trust’s Evening Jewel repulsed a bid from champion She Be Wild and then held off a late surge from It’s Tea Time to win the 73rd running of the $400,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1) by a diminishing neck on Saturday afternoon at Keeneland before a crowd of 17,696.

The victory was the first in the race for trainer Jim Cassidy and jockey Kent Desormeaux.

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Friday, April 02 2010

Nordic Truce Wins Transylvania in Stakes-Record Time Before Record Spring Opening-Day Crowd of 24,73

LEXINGTON, KY (April 2, 2010) – Ammerland Stud’s Nordic Truce overtook Strike the Tiger in deep stretch under Julien Leparoux to win the 22nd running of the $100,000 Transylvania Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds by a neck in stakes-record time before a spring record opening-day crowd of 24,734 at Keeneland Race Course.

Friday’s attendance shattered the previous record for a spring opener of 21,371, established in 1978. The all-time record opening crowd at Keeneland is 27,234 set on October 10, 1998, to inaugurate the fall meet.

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Codoy Turns in Final Toyota Blue Grass Work with Velazquez Aboard


With opening day temperatures forecast for the low 80s, and the combination of College Scholarship Day and Good Friday, large numbers of fans are likely to brush off their cabin fever with an afternoon at Keeneland.

Keeneland’s spring record opening day attendance for a Friday is 18,031 established in 2006. The record spring opener occurred in 1978 when 21,371 came through the gates for a Saturday opener.

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Keeneland Rated #1 By Horseplayers Association of North America For Second Year in a Row

Lexington, KY (April 2, 2010) – The Horseplayers Association of North America (HANA) has ranked Keeneland first among 69 of the continent’s top racetracks in its Track Rating System.

HANA is a grassroots, not-for-profit group comprised of more than 1,500 horseplayers with a combined handle of more than $70 million annually.

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Six Juveniles Breeze an Eighth in: 10 During Keeneland’s April Sale Preview Show

LEXINGTON, KY (April 1, 2010) – Six two-year-olds breezed an eighth of a mile in :10 – the fastest time of the day at that distance – during Thursday’s Preview Show works, conducted prior to Keeneland’s April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. The April Sale will be held Monday, April 5, beginning at 4 p.m. EDT.

Four fillies got the eighth in :10, including Hip #9, by Speightstown out of Evangelizer, consigned by Wavertree Stables Inc., agent; Hip #84, by Forest Wildcat out of Orate, consigned by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds, agent; Hip #117, by Johannesburg out of Spain, consigned by Eddie Woods, agent; and Hip #152, by First Samurai out of Beebe Lake, consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent.

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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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