Tuesday, April 07 2009


Keeneland April Sale Records Highest Price Paid for Juvenile At Public Auction in 2009


Lexington, KY (April 6, 2009) – Trainer Bob Baffert signed the ticket for $1.9 million for Vallenzeri on opening night of Keeneland’s April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. It is the highest price paid for a juvenile at public auction in 2009.

Baffert bought the colt – by Horse of the Year A.P. Indy out of Horse of the Year Azeri – on behalf of client Kaleem Shah. Vallenzeri breezed an eighth of a mile in :10.1 during the sale’s Preview Day show on April 2. He was consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.





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Monday, April 06 2009


Keeneland Barn Notes—Monday, April 6, 2009


PATENA WORK SATISFIES DUTROW

With a light, cold drizzle falling, Patena put in his final major preparation for Saturday’s $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) by working five furlongs in 1:00 with jockey Robby Albarado up.

It was Patena’s second work at Keeneland since running eighth in the Louisiana Derby (G2) on March 14. Patena worked a half-mile in :51.80 on March 28.





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Keeneland Barn Notes—Sunday, April 5, 2009


CHARITABLE MAN TUNES UP FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS WITH SHARP FIVE-FURLONG WORK

Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.’s undefeated Charitable Man completed his major work for Saturday’s $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) by working five furlongs in :59.60 under exercise rider Pat Correa.

The Kiaran McLaughlin trainee picked up some unexpected company at the head of the lane with another worker and finished his final quarter mile in :23.60, according to Keeneland clockers, who had Charitable Man galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.40.





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Saturday, April 04 2009


Hooh Why Upsets Stardom Bound In Ashland


Lexington, Ky. (April 4, 2009)—Hooh Why, the widely traveled filly with an unglamorous pedigree and a substitute jockey, upset heavily favored Stardom Bound Saturday at Keeneland to win the $400,000, Grade 1 Ashland Stakes.

Jockey Corey Lanerie was named to replace Rene Douglas in late afternoon and then guided the daughter of little-known Cloud Hopping to a narrow victory in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies.





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Keeneland Barn Notes—Saturday, April 4, 2009


TERRAIN WORKS TOWARD TOYOTA BLUE GRASS

Adele Dilschneider’s Terrain put in his final major move for next Saturday’s $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) by working five furlongs in 1:01 at Keeneland Saturday morning with exercise rider Keith Harris up.

Working in company with Grade 2 stakes winner Sky Mom, who had jockey Jamie Theriot up, Terrain broke off about two lengths behind his workmate. Terrain drew even at the head of the stretch and finished on even terms with Sky Mom.





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Friday, April 03 2009


Stormalory Rallies From Last To Win Central Bank Transylvania


Lexington, Ky. (April 3, 2009)—Stormalory rallied from next to last with a quarter mile remaining to score a narrow victory in the $150,000, Grade 3 Central Bank Transylvania Stakes as Keeneland began its 15-day spring meeting Friday.

The son of Storm Cat caught Florentino (JPN) inside the sixteenth pole and then held off Smart Bid to win the 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds. He gave trainer Bill Mott his 30th career stakes victory at Keeneland.





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Keeneland Barn Notes—Friday, April 3, 2009


DUTROW OPTIMISTIC ABOUT STARDOM BOUND’S ASHLAND CHANCES

Trainer Rick Dutrow was quietly confident Friday morning about Stardom Bound’s chances in Saturday’s 72nd running of the $400,000 Ashland Stakes (G1).

“I know that she likes it here and is doing good,” Dutrow said. “She has already beaten most of the horses in there, so I feel very good about our chances.”





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Thursday, April 02 2009


Songandaprayer Colt Breezes an Eighth in :9.4 During Keeneland April Sale Preview Show


Lexington, KY (April 2, 2009) – A colt by Songandaprayer breezed an eighth of a mile in :9.4 over the Polytrack during today’s Preview Show works, conducted prior to Keeneland’s April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. The April Sale will be held Monday – Tuesday evenings, April 6-7. Sessions begin at 7 p.m. ET each night.

The colt, Hip #23, is out of the Storm Bird mare Beach Bunny, and from the family of Canadian champion Regal Intention. He is consigned by Wavertree Stables Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), agent.





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Keeneland Barn Notes—Thursday, April 2, 2009


TERRAIN TO WORK SATURDAY FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS

Adele Dilschneider’s Terrain, runner-up in last fall’s Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity (G1), is scheduled for a five-furlong work on Saturday according to trainer Al Stall Jr.

“That’s the plan right now and he’ll work in company,” Stall said of Terrain, who had worked a half-mile in :48 in company last Sunday.





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Special Events Offered from Start to Finish


Lexington, KY (April 2, 2009) – Keeneland will present world-class Thoroughbred racing during its 2009 spring season from April 3-24 and will offer fans a variety of events, from handicapping contests to an appearance by the famous Budweiser Clydesdales to fundraisers for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund to a day welcoming members of the military.

Opening day on Friday is College Scholarship Day, which is expected to draw thousands of students who attend colleges and universities in the area. Admission is free for students who present a valid college ID and enter through the East Gate. Full-time students also may register at the green and white tent located directly under the large TV screen in the paddock area to win one of ten $1,000 college scholarships to be given away after each race. One scholarship will be earmarked especially for students who have an affiliation with the horse industry.





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Wednesday, April 01 2009


Keeneland Barn Notes—Wednesday, April 1, 2009


CHAMPION STARDOM BOUND FACES EIGHT IN SATURDAY’S ASHLAND

Stardom Bound, the 2008 Eclipse Award winner as the nation’s top 2-year-old filly, will face eight rivals Saturday when she shoots for her sixth consecutive Grade 1 victory in the 72nd running of the $400,000 Ashland Stakes for 3-year-old fillies going a mile and a sixteenth on the main track at Keeneland.

Mike Smith, who has ridden the daughter of Tapit in all seven of her starts, will have the call Saturday and break from post position seven. Stardom Bound is trained by Rick Dutrow.





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Keeneland Overnight for Opening Day, Saturday, April 4


Stakes Closing April 1

The Maker's Mark Mile is a Grade I race for 4yo & up going 1 mile over Keeneland's Turf course. Purse is $300,000; nom fee is $200

The Ft. Harrod Stakes is for 4yo & up going 1 5/8 miles over Keeneland's Polytrack. Purse is $100,000a; nom fee is $100





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