Friday, October 23 2009

Keeneland Barn Notes—Thursday, October 22, 2009


A year ago at Keeneland, Caprice (GER) finished third in the Rood & Riddle Dowager, a 1 ½-mile turf stakes for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up. On Sunday, she will return for the 18th running of the $125,000 race for owner Sven A. Hanson’s NP Bloodstock Inc.

Caprice, a 6-year-old daughter of Monsun (GER), won the Robert G. Dick Memorial (G3) at Delaware Park in July and is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Glen Falls (G3) on September 7 at Saratoga. The winner of the Glens Falls was Mushka, who won Keeneland’s Juddmonte Spinster (G1) on October 11.

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Thursday, October 22 2009

Keeneland Barn Notes—Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Godolphin Racing LLC’s Flashing, winner of the Test (G1) on August 8 at Saratoga, is the 123-pound highweight for the 11th running of the $300,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2) on Saturday. The seven-furlong race on Polytrack is for 3-year-old fillies.

Trained by Saeed bin Suroor, Flashing has won five of eight races with two seconds and has earned $452,560. On May 2, the daughter of A.P. Indy won the seven-furlong Nassau County (G3) at Belmont then she returned to finish third behind Rachel Alexandra in the Mother Goose (G1) at Belmont on June 27.

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Tuesday, October 20 2009

Keeneland Barn Notes—Tuesday, October 20, 2009


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


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


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


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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