Saturday, October 31 2009


Blame Rallies to Take Closing-Day Fayette


Lexington, KY (October 31, 2009) – Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm’s Blame rallied from next to last to overtake even-money favorite Parading and win the 51st running of the $150,000 Fayette (G2) by 1 ¼ lengths as Keeneland wrapped up its 17-day fall race meeting.

Ridden by Jamie Theriot, Blame was content to lag at the rear of the pack as longshot Tizfiz cut out fractions of :24.68, :48.86 and 1:13.40 with Wicked Style and Parading in closest pursuit.





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Keeneland Barn Notes—Saturday, October 31, 2009


JIM WILLIAMS RECALLS KEENELAND HIGHLIGHTS

Today, on the final day of the 17-day Keeneland fall meeting, the track will be honoring Director of Communications Jim Williams. Williams is retiring at the end of 2009 after 38 years with Keeneland.

Williams is respected for his professionalism, integrity and great passion for Thoroughbred racing. Here are a few of his thoughts on racing and Keeneland:





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Friday, October 30 2009


Jockey Brimo Listed in Critical Condition At UK Medical Center


Lexington, KY (October 30, 2009) – Jockey Julia Brimo, who suffered injuries when her mount, Golden Stride, clipped heels and fell during today’s first race at Keeneland, has been listed in “critical” condition by the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

A native of Ontario, Canada, Brimo won the Sovereign Award as the top apprentice jockey in Canada for 2003, when she rode 75 winners.





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Keeneland Barn Notes—Friday, October 30, 2009


THIRTY-FOUR BREEDERS’ CUP PRE-ENTRIES PERFORMED AT KEENELAND IN THE FALL

A total of 33 horses that raced at Keeneland in October and/or had timed works at the track during the month are among the pre-entries for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on November 6-7 at Santa Anita in California. A total of 166 horses, including 10 defending or former Breeders’ Cup champions, were pre-entered for the Breeders’ Cup. Pre-entries were announced on Wednesday.

The 26th Breeders’ Cup consists of 14 races with purses totaling $25.5 million. Racing fans can watch and wager on the event at Keeneland.





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Thursday, October 29 2009


Keenelaned Barn Notes—Thursday, October 29, 2009


KEENELAND SALES REPRESENTED WELL BY BREEDERS’ CUP PRE-ENTRIES

A total of 57 horses that are graduates of Keeneland sales are among the pre-entries for the 26th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on November 6-7 at Santa Anita in California. Among them is Mr. Sidney, a son of A.P. Indy whom Circle E Racing purchased for $3.9 million at the 2005 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Pre-entries were announced on Wednesday. A total of 166 horses, including 10 defending or former Breeders’ Cup champions, are among the pre-entries.





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Keeneland Barn Notes—Wednesday, October 28, 2009


CLOSING-DAY FAYETTE TO INCLUDE TOPWEIGHT PARADING, DISTAFFER TIZFIZ

Parading, who won Keeneland’s Ben Ali (G3) in April, is the 123-pound highweight for the 51st running of the Fayette (G2) on October 31, closing day of Keeneland’s fall meeting. The 1 1/8-mile race is worth $150,000.

Parading, a six-year-old Pulpit horse who races for Phipps Stable, won the Ben Ali on Polytrack and Pimlico’s Dixie (G2) on turf in consecutive races in the spring. He made his next three starts in Grade 1 company over all-weather surfaces in Southern California, running fifth behind Rail Trip in the Hollywood Gold Cup, fourth behind Richards Kid in the Pacific Classic and fourth behind Gitano Hernando in the Goodwood.





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Tuesday, October 27 2009


Keeneland Barn Notes—Tuesday, October 27, 2009


BREEDERS’ CUP OR BUST TOUR TAKES OFF WEDNESDAY AT KEENELAND

On Wednesday at Keeneland, Breeders’ Cup Or Bust – a fundraising “drive” of the online publication Paulick Report – will begin a 10-day, seven-city tour whose ultimate destination is the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on November 6-7 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.

The drive, undertaken by racing journalist Ray Paulick and Brad Cummings, partners in the Paulick Report, will raise money for Breeders’ Cup Charities benefiting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and The V Foundation for Cancer Research.





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Monday, October 26 2009


Invader From California Wins Rood & Riddle Dowager Stakes


Lexington, Ky. (October 25, 2009)—Black Mamba (NZ), an invader from California, won the $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager Stakes Sunday at Keeneland as the favorite in the field of nine fillies and mares.

Carrying top weight of 125 pounds including jockey Robby Albarado, the 6-year-old daughter of Black Minnaloushe stalked pacesetter Tarheel Girl for more than a mile before pulling away to a 1 ½-length victory in the 1 ½-mile turf race. The time was 2:37.07.





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Keeneland Barn Notes—Sunday, October 25, 2009


SATANS QUICK CHICK SCORES ONE FOR THE HOME TEAM

Veteran trainer Eric Reed, who has horses stabled at Keeneland year-round, recorded the biggest victory of his career when he sent out Jerry Jamgotchian’s Satans Quick Chick to win the $300,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2) on Saturday. The victory marked the first stakes win for Satans Quick Chick, who won the race at odds of 23-1.

“She came back good, ate all her dinner and was standing at the front of her stall when I got here this morning,” said Reed about the 3-year-old Sky Mesa filly whose three previous wins came over the Polytrack at Turfway Park and the all-weather surface at Presque Isle Downs.





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Sunday, October 25 2009


Keeneland Barn Notes—Saturday, October 24, 2009


KEENELAND AVERAGING NEARLY 10 HORSES A RACE

Through the first 11 days of Keeneland’s fall meeting, the average field size for all races has been 9.95 horses. The average field size for races on Polytrack has been 9.98 horses. The average field size for races on the turf course has been 9.83 horses.





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Friday, October 23 2009


Eye of Taurus, Bluegrass Princess Win Divided Pin Oak Valley View


Lexington, Ky. (October 23, 2009)—Eye of Taurus edged Miss Keller (IRE) Friday at Keeneland to give jockey John Velazquez and trainer iaran McLaughlin a sweep of the divided $125,000, Grade 3 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes. Bluegrass Princess won the first division.

Eye of Taurus and Miss Keller raced as a team through the final furlong of the 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies. Eye of Taurus prevailed by a head at the finish timed in 1:46.49. Keertana finished 3 ¼ lengths back in third.





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Keeneland Barn Notes—Friday, October 23, 2009


FUTURE UNDETERMINED FOR COMEBACK KING CLOUDY’S KNIGHT

Cloudy’s Knight’s narrow victory in Thursday’s Sycamore (G3) represented another remarkable accomplishment for Racing Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard. The Sycamore marked the second Grade 3 win for the 9-year-old gelding, who has raced twice since returning from a year layoff.

“I do take a certain amount of pride in that we did something that’s rather unique,” said Sheppard, who scored his fifth win in the Sycamore, following Crowd Pleaser (2000) and three-time winner Rochester (2001, 2002 and 2005). “But I’ve always said, ‘You can’t go without the horse.’ You have to have the right type of horse to do things like that, and it all came together. I’m very happy for the owners and my staff.”





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