Wednesday, April 01 2009


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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Keeneland Overnight for Opening Day, Friday, April 3


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

The Commonwealth Stakes is a Grade II race for horses 3yo & up going 7/8 miles over Keeneland's Polytrack. Purse is $250,000 (Includes $75,000 BCM); nom fee is $200.





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Keeneland Barn Notes—Tuesday, March 31, 2009


DARLEY DUO HEADS FIELD OF EIGHT FOR FRIDAY’S CENTRAL BANK TRANSYLVANIA

Darley Stable will send out Stormalory and Florentino (JPN) against six rivals Friday in the 21st running of the $150,000 Central Bank Transylvania (G3) at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf for 3-year-olds.

The Transylvania serves as the centerpiece of the opening day of the 15-day spring meeting that runs through April 24. First post time for Friday’s 10-race card is 1:05 p.m. (EDT).





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Keeneland’s Spring Meet Now Available On All Major Wagering Platforms


Lexington, KY (March 31, 2009) – Keeneland officials announced today that, for the first time, wagering on the track’s upcoming spring race meeting will be available on all major North American betting platforms.

Customers will be able to wager on Keeneland’s spring meet, to be held April 3-24, via TVG, TwinSpires.com, XpressBet or YouBet. Racing will be streamed live on each website, as well as at Keeneland.com. Fans are encouraged to look for Keeneland-related special promotions.





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Monday, March 30 2009


Riders Up! For a Good Cause at Keeneland


Lexington, KY (March 30, 2009) – “American Idol” watch out.

On April 17, several Keeneland jockeys and retired riding legends will perform in Riders Up!, a karaoke-style talent competition presented by Keeneland and the Jockeys’ Guild to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Lexington’s own Tony-nominated actress Laura Bell Bundy will host the show.





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Keeneland Barn Notes—Monday, March 30, 2009


HOOH WHY WORKS HALF-MILE FOR ASHLAND

Derby Daze Farms and Mark Hoffman’s consistent Hooh Why put in her final major work for a probable start in Saturday’s $400,000 Ashland Stakes (G1) on Monday morning. She went a half-mile in :49.60 with a five-furlong out time of 1:02 with Miguel Mena up.

Hooh Why arrived at Keeneland on Thursday night after spending the past two months at Santa Anita in the care of trainer Carla Gaines. Donna Dupuy, who was the trainer of record when Hooh Why broke her maiden at first asking last July at Arlington Park, will saddle Hooh Why at Keeneland.





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Thursday, March 26 2009


Keeneland Post Time 1:05 P.M. (ET) for Spring Meet


Lexington, KY (March 26 , 2009) – Keeneland has announced that post time for the first race will be 1:05 p.m. (ET) during its spring race meeting, to be held April 3-24. Post time has previously been 1:10 p.m.

“We changed the post time as part of a cooperative effort between Keeneland, NYRA and Gulfstream Park to stagger our races throughout the day so fans don’t miss any of the action,” said Keeneland President & CEO Nick Nicholson.





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Friday, March 20 2009


Champion Stardom Bound at Keeneland to Prepare for Ashland


Lexington, KY (March 20, 2009) – Champion Stardom Bound arrived at Keeneland on Wednesday, March 18, and will have her first breeze over the Polytrack on Saturday as she prepares for her next scheduled start in the $400,000 Ashland Stakes (G1) on April 4.

“That's what we're here for,” said trainer Rick Dutrow about the Ashland. Stardom Bound will make her first start for Dutrow in the Keeneland stakes, after having raced for trainer Bobby Frankel in her two previous races of 2009.





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Thursday, March 05 2009


Keeneland to Offer $10 General Admission Season Pass for Spring Meet


Lexington, KY (March 5, 2009) – Keeneland will offer fans a general admission season pass at an introductory price of $10 for its spring race meeting, to be held April 3-24.

Passes are on sale now at Keeneland.com for $10 (plus a $3 processing fee). The pass carries a value of $80 and is good for admission on all of Keeneland’s 15 spring race days, including Toyota Blue Grass Day, Saturday, April 11. The pass also is valid for Kentucky Derby Day at Keeneland, Saturday, May 2.





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Friday, February 27 2009


Keeneland Schedules “Live Money” Handicapping Contest


Lexington, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2009)—On Sunday, April 19, Keeneland will host the “Grade One Gamble,” a live money handicapping contest that will send three people to the 2010 DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas.

The “Grade One Gamble” will be limited to players who pay a $3,000 entry fee of which $1,800 must be wagered on Keeneland’s nine-race program. The contest will be limited to 30 players.





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Champion Stardom Bound Leads 120 Ashland Stakes (G1) Nominations


Lexington, KY (February 27, 2009) – Stardom Bound, winner of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) and reigning two-year-old filly champion, headlines 120 nominees to Keeneland’s $400,000 Ashland Stakes (G1), scheduled for Saturday, April 4.

Run at 1 1/16 miles, the Ashland is a premier prep for the Kentucky Oaks (G1). Since 1936, 31 fillies have used the Ashland as a steppingstone to victory in the Oaks. Last year, Proud Spell rebounded to win the Oaks off a third-place finish in the Ashland. Ashland winner, Little Belle, ran second by ¾ of a length in the Oaks.





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