Saturday, October 04 2014

Quotes from the $150,000 Woodford

Wesley Ward (winning trainer of favored No Nay Never)

On whether grass is No Nay Never’s forte
“No, I think he can do both. This turf course here is just so kind and forgiving. He’s a big, blocky, extremely fast horse – I thought this would be a great spot to bring him back and springboard him back into what we’re going to do. We’re going to sit down and talk with (co-owners) Dave Reid, Frank Antonacci and the boys at Coolmore and see what direction they want to go. He’s equally as good on the dirt. I just wanted to bring him back into this, see how he comes back, and more likely than not (go to) the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1).”

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Quotes from the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades

Olly Stevens (winning trainer of Peace and War)

“We purchased her at Keeneland (at the September Yearling Sale) then took her back to England. She won her first out then we caught some bad ground at Ascot in England, which is one of the main reasons we came over here.

“She’s been back 12 days. Julien (Leparoux) breezed her here on Sunday, the day I flew in, and he really liked her. He jumped off another filly to ride her, actually.”

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Quotes from the $200,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix

Richard Papiese (who bred and owns winner Work All Week with his wife, Karen, in the name of Midwest Thoroughbreds Inc.)

On whether Work All Week will race in the $1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1)

“We’ll see how he comes out of this, and if he comes out good, then yes, we’ll go to California. (He) loves dirt – has never lost on dirt.”

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Friday, October 03 2014

Keeneland Barn Notes for Oct. 3


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Thursday, October 02 2014

Grade 1 Juddmonte Spinster

Close Hatches Tops Select Field of Six
for Sunday’s Grade 1 Juddmonte Spinster

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 2, 2014) – Juddmonte Farms’ Close Hatches, undefeated in four races in 2014, headlines a small but select field of six fillies and mares entered Thursday for Sunday’s 59th running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) at 1 1/8 miles on the main track.

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Wednesday, October 01 2014

$1 Million Shadwell Turf Mile

Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan Faces Seven Rivals
in Saturday’s $1 Million Shadwell Turf Mile

Stakes is first seven-figure race in Keeneland history

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 1, 2014) – Morton Fink’s reigning two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who is based at Keeneland, will face seven opponents Saturday in the 29th running of the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), the first $1 million race in Keeneland history.

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Sunday, April 13 2014

Dance With Fate Cruises to Victory in 90th Toyota Blue Grass

Occasional View and Marchman Post Grade 3 Victories in Commonwealth and Shakertown

LEXINGTON, KY (April 12, 2014) – Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing’s Dance With Fate swept past pace-setting Pablo Del Monte at midstretch and had more than enough to hold off Medal Count by 1 3/4 lengths to win the 90th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) for 3-year-olds before a sun-splashed crowd of 39,722 at Keeneland on Saturday.

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Toyota Blue Grass (G1) Quotes

Peter Eurton (winning trainer of Dance With Fate)

On whether Dance With Fate will run in the Kentucky Derby (G1) Presented by Yum! Brands
“I just don’t know. It’s three weeks and kind of quick back. I know he loves synthetic better, (likes) turf. I just don’t know if he likes dirt. I know I’m going to hear it from everybody, though.”

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Thursday, October 24 2013

Keeneland Barn Notes


Racing Hall of Fame rider Calvin Borel, who was injured in a fall during Wednesday’s sixth race at Keeneland, is expected to be out three to four weeks, according to his agent, Jerry Hissam.

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Statement on jockey Calvin Borel

Statement from Dr. Barry Schumer, Keeneland Medical Director, on jockey Calvin Borel, who was unseated from Sonic Dancer shortly after the start of the sixth race at Keeneland on Wednesday:

“He was stable, somewhat alert and suffering the effects of a sports concussion. He was complaining of pain in his left leg but he was able to move it. He was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for further evaluation.”

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Friday, October 18 2013

Pin Oak Valley View (G3) Quotes

Malcolm Pierce (winning trainer of Overheard)

On winning the race with a horse owned by the race’s sponsor, Josephine Abercrombie’s Pin Oak Stable LLC

“There was a lot of pressure today because she sponsors this race. We came down here (from Woodbine in Toronto) thinking we had a chance. It’s a lot of fun to win.

“I knew (Overheard would) run big. I didn’t know if she could win this race, but I knew she was ready to run a top race.”

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Quotes from Sycamore (G3)

Danny Peitz (winning trainer of Najjaar)

“I didn’t really know what to expect (after the race was moved from turf to the main track because of rain earlier in the day). The only time he’d run on the Polytrack was in his (third start, in October 2011 at Keeneland). He was a fast-closing second that day. We thought he’d handle it. He’s trained all summer long on it.

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