Sunday, October 25 2009

Keeneland Barn Notes—Saturday, October 24, 2009


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


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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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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