$5,500 purchase California Angel now California-bound after Jessamine upset

Today’s Keeneland barn notes by track’s publicity department (Grace Clark photo above: Rafael Bejarano guided California Angel to victory over Diamond Wow and Turnerloose): CALIFORNIA IS NEXT STOP FOR JPMORGAN CHASE JESSAMINE WINNER CALIFORNIA ANGEL GAINES HOPING SCRIPT FLIPS IN CLOSING REMARKS’ FAVOR IN QUEEN ELIZABETH II CHALLENGE CUP PRESENTED BY DIXIANA UPCOMING POTENTIAL KEENELAND STAKES FIELDS GALLOPING OUT FALL […] Continue Reading

Campanelle to take on In Good Spirits in Buffalo Trace

Today’s media notes by Keeneland’s publicity department (Keeneland/Coady Photography photo above of In Good Spirits capturing the $600,000, G3 Keeneland Mint Ladies Sprint at Kentucky Downs.) CAMPANELLE (IRE) HEADS FIELD OF 12 FOR BUFFALO TRACE  LOBO PADS HIS BREEDERS’ CUP ROSTER WITH IN LOVE (BRZ)’S KEENELAND TURF MILE VICTORY NEXT START FOR CLAIBORNE BREEDERS’ FUTURITY WINNER RATTLE N ROLL UNDECIDED BROWN […] Continue Reading

Rattle N Roll powers to Breeders’ Futurity win; Bell’s the One is the one

Keeneland stakes recaps (photos by Keeneland/Coady Photography) Lucky Seven Stable’s Rattle N Roll made a sweeping move on the far turn and then rocketed by the field at the head of the stretch to draw off for a 4¼-length victory in the 108th running of the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) for 2-year-olds. By virtue of the victory, Rattle N […] Continue Reading

Achard earns first G1 as In Love takes Keeneland Turf Mile

By Keeneland’s publicity department (photos by Keeneland/Coady Photography) LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 9, 2021) – Bonne Chance Farm and Stud R D I’s In Love (BRZ) surged to the front just past the eighth pole and went on to post a 1½-length victory in the 36th running of the $750,000 Keeneland Turf Mile (G1). Also securing Grade 1 victories Saturday afternoon […] Continue Reading

Turnerloose heads Jessamine; 11 invited to QEII Challenge Cup

Today’s Keeneland media notes penned by the track’s publicity department (Coady Photography photo above of Turnerloose taking Kentucky Downs’ $500,000 Aristocrat Juvenile Fillies under Florent Geroux. UNDEFEATED TURNERLOOSE HEADS OVERFLOW FIELD FOR JPMORGAN CHASE JESSAMINE ELEVEN FILLIES INVITED TO QUEEN ELIZABETH II CHALLENGE CUP PRESENTED BY DIXIANA DREAM SEASON CONTINUES FOR ARRIAGADA AND ESTILO TALENTOSO BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE PICK 6 […] Continue Reading

Special Reserve another claim to fame for Maker

Stakes recap by Keeneland’s media department (Keeneland photo of Special Reserve, second from right under Joel Rosario, capturing the Grade 2 Phoenix.) LEXINGTON, Ky. (Friday, Oct. 8, 2021) — Paradise Farms Corp. and David Staudacher’s Special Reserve overhauled pacesetting Quick Tempo at the top of the stretch and then held off a late bid from Aloha West to win the […] Continue Reading

FallStars Weekend: Inthemidstofbiz seeks repeat in TCA

Today’s Keeneland media notes by the track’s publicity department (Coady Photography photo of Inthemidstofbiz winning last year’s TCA Stakes): DEFENDING CHAMPION INTHEMIDSTOFBIZ FACES FIVE RIVALS IN THOROUGHBRED CLUB OF AMERICA GOLDEN PAL, EXTRAVAGANT KID HEADLINE FIELD OF SEVEN IN WOODFORD PRESENTED BY TVG SURFACE NO ISSUE FOR BIANCONE’S DIAMOND DUO GALLOPING OUT FALL STARS SUNDAY EXPECTED STAKES FIELDS POTENTIAL FIELD […] Continue Reading

A look at Keeneland’s FallStars Weekend stakes

Today’s Keeneland media notes (Coady Photography photo of Phoenix contender Just Might capturing Churchill Downs’ Louisville Thoroughbred Society Stakes. Paradise Farms Corp. and David Staudacher’s Special Reserve headlines a field of seven sprinters entered Tuesday for Friday’s 169th running of the $250,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) going 6 furlongs on the main track. Friday is opening day of Keeneland’s […] Continue Reading

Cox sweeps Lukas Classic (Knicks Go), Ack Ack (Plainsman)

Churchill Downs stakes recaps (Coady Photography photos) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021) – Korea Racing Authority’s trailblazer Knicks Go, the top-rated horse for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I), went right to the front and never looked back as he easily dismissed his five rivals to win Saturday’s $337,000 Lukas Classic (GIII) at Churchill Downs by four lengths […] Continue Reading

Asmussen reaches 800 Churchill Downs winners – of course he’s the first!

Churchill Downs release (Coady Photography photo) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021) – In the midst of a milestone-filled 2021, Steve Asmussen became the first trainer in Churchill Downs history to saddle 800 winners beneath the Twin Spires when promising 2-year-old Dr. Perry won Saturday’s sixth race. Asmussen, who scored his record-breaking 9,446th career win on Aug. 6, is the […] Continue Reading