Monday, April 06 2009

Keeneland Barn Notes—Sunday, April 5, 2009


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


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


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


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


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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Keeneland to Conduct April Sale Preview Show on Thursday; Sale Slated for April 6-7

Lexington, KY (March 31, 2009) – Keeneland has cataloged 216 juveniles for the 2009 April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, which will span two evening sessions on Monday and Tuesday, April 6-7. Sessions begin at 7 p.m. ET each night. Prospective buyers will have an opportunity to see the juveniles perform under tack during a one-day Preview Show to be held Thursday, April 2, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Last year’s Kentucky Derby (G1) winner and champion three-year-old colt, Big Brown, is a graduate of the 2007 April Sale. The Boundary colt, an earner of more than $3.6 million in his career, was purchased for $190,000 by Hidden Brook, agent for Paul Pompa Jr. He was consigned by Eddie Woods, agent.

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Keeneland’s 2009 Spring Racing Season Opens Friday, April 3

Lexington, KY (March 31, 2009) – The 85th running of the Toyota Blue Grass (G1), one of the most prestigious races leading to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), will be run on April 11 during Keeneland's 2009 spring race meeting that opens on Friday, April 3. A 1 1/8-mile race that is worth $750,000, the Toyota Blue Grass has been the springboard for 19 horses that have gone on to win the Derby. The 183 horses that were nominated to this year's race represent the highest number of nominations for the race in more than two decades.

During Keeneland's 15-day spring season that runs through Friday, April 24, the track is offering $3.8 million in purses for 17 stakes races in one of the richest stakes programs in North America. Post time for the first race each day is 1:05 p.m. (ET). Keeneland will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and on Easter Sunday, April 12.

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