Saturday, October 17 2009


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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Sunday, October 11 2009


IEAH Stables Wins Two Grade Is; Noble Promise Takes Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity


Lexington, Ky. (October 10, 2008)— Court Vision narrowly defeated Karelian to win the $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) and give owner IEAH Stables two Grade 1 victories Saturday at Keeneland.

Earlier in the afternoon, Diamondrella (GB) carried the IEAH Stables colors to a three-quarter length win in the $400,000, Grade 1 First Lady Stakes on the grass.





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Keeneland Barn Notes—Saturday, October 10, 2009


DARLEY ALCIBIADES WINNER NEGLIGEE RETURNS TO BELMONT PARK ON MONDAY

Sovereign Stable’s Negligee had an easy morning on Saturday after her half-length victory over She Be Wild in Friday’s Darley Alcibiades (G1).

“She is heading back to Belmont Park on Monday morning,” trainer John Terranova said before catching a flight to New York. “I’ll be in New York this afternoon for Franny Freud, who is running in the Frizette (G1), and then tomorrow I’ll be at Woodbine to run a horse in the Grey (Breeders’ Cup Stakes, G3).”





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Friday, October 09 2009


Keeneland Barn Notes—Friday, October 9, 2009


PLETCHER SENDS INTERACTIF ON FAMILIAR ROUTE TO BOURBON

Trainer Todd Pletcher’s track record in the Bourbon Stakes (G3) has been stellar over the past five years with two victories and two runner-up finishes. On Sunday, he may improve on that record when he sends Wertheimer and Frere’s Interactif and two others in the 19th running of the $125,000 event for 2-year-olds.

Pletcher won the 2006 renewal with Twilight Meteor and scored last year with Bittel Road. Interactif is following in the hoofprints of Bittel Road to this year’s Bourbon. Both horses won the With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga at the Bourbon distance of 1 1/16 miles prior to the Bourbon.





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Thursday, October 08 2009


Keeneland Barn Notes—Thursday, October 8, 2009


RUFFIAN WINNER SWIFT TEMPER TOPS FIELD OF 11 FOR JUDDMONTE SPINSTER

Mark Stanley’s Swift Temper, whose brilliant summer campaign included victories in the Ruffian (G1) and Delaware Handicap (G2), will face 10 other fillies and mares Sunday in the 54th running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) at 1 1/8 miles over Keeneland’s main track.

The Juddmonte Spinster is a “Win and You’re In” race for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1) to be run November 6 at Santa Anita. Spinster winners that have gone on to win what was then the Breeders’ Cup Distaff are Princess Rooney (1984), Sacahuista (1987), Bayakoa (ARG) (1989 and 1990) and Inside Information (1995).





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