Wednesday, April 07 2010

Balanced Field of Nine Entered for Saturday’s 86th Toyota Blue Grass

Balanced Field of Nine Entered for Saturday’s 86th Toyota Blue Grass

Lexington, KY (April 7, 2010) – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Pleasant Prince, runner-up by a nose in the Florida Derby (G1) and Padua Stables’ Odysseus, winner of the Tampa Bay Derby (G3), headline a well-matched field of nine horses entered for Saturday’s $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland.

The 1 1/8-mile Toyota Blue Grass is the final Grade 1 prep for the May 1 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). A total of 19 horses that ran in the Toyota Blue Grass at Keeneland went on to win the Kentucky Derby, with Street Sense in 2007 the most recent.

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Empty Maker’s Mark ‘Coach Cal’ Bottle To Benefit Calipari Foundation

LEXINGTON, KY, April 7, 2010 – Fans who missed the chance to purchase the incredibly popular Maker’s Mark/Keeneland bottle featuring University of Kentucky Basketball Coach John Calipari will have another opportunity for a limited period of time.

The Calipari Family Foundation for Children (CFFC) has arranged for Maker’s Mark to release 8,000 additional identical, but empty, commemorative bottles. The commemorative Maker’s Mark/Keeneland “empty bottle” costs $49.99 and is available exclusively – for a limited period of time -- through the CFFC (

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Tuesday, April 06 2010

Three-Time Grade 1 Turf Winner Court Vision Heads Field of Eight for Friday’s Maker’s Mark Mile

LEXINGTON, KY (April 6, 2010) – IEAH Stables and Resolute Group Stables’ Court Vision, a three-time Grade 1 winner on the grass who is undefeated at Keeneland, headlines a field of eight horses entered Tuesday for Friday’s 22nd running of the $300,000 Maker’s Mark Mile (G1).

The Maker’s Mark Mile will go as the ninth race on Friday’s 10-race card with a 5:05 p.m. (EDT) post time. First post on Friday is 1:05 p.m.

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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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