Whitmore preparing for second career as stable pony

Oaklawn Park’s barn notes authored by Robert Yates (Coady Photography photo of Whitmore winning Oaklawn’s 2020 Count Fleet Stakes), with Kentucky horsemen, horses prominent: Whitmore won Oaklawn’s Hot Springs Stakes for older sprinters a record four times and if the feisty 8-year-old gelding cooperates, he’ll be leading the field again in 2022. Whitmore has returned to Arkansas, but instead of […] Continue Reading

Arnold hoping to ‘Gear’ up for first Breeders’ Cup win

(Gear Jockey training Tuesday AM at Del Mar. Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders’ Cup Photos) Video: Trainer Rusty Arnold at Keeneland DEL MAR, Calif. — It took a few races — OK, 12 — to figure out what Calumet Farm’s 4-year-old colt Gear Jockey really wanted to do. But the wait and perseverance paid off this summer and fall, with Kentucky Downs’ $1 […] Continue Reading

$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

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

Keeneland sale grosses $352 million; 15 yearlings go for $1M or more

Keeneland’s sales wrap-up report (Keeneland photo of the $1.7 million colt by City of Lights that topped the sale): LEXINGTON, KY (Sept. 24, 2021) – Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, a bellwether event for the Thoroughbred industry, concluded Friday with gross sales of $352 million, sixth-highest in sale history, and record cumulative average and median prices. Large crowds of enthusiastic buyers […] Continue Reading

LTS Stakes latest time Just Might just does

Churchill Downs stakes recap (Coady Photography photo of Just Might and Rafael Bejarano’s victory in the new $275,000 Louisville Thoroughbred Society Stakes) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021) – Griffon Farms and Michelle Lovell’s 5-year-old homebred gelding Just Might led every step of the way in Saturday night’s inaugural $275,000 Louisville Thoroughbred Society at Churchill Downs to collect his fourth […] Continue Reading

Keeneland’s first week of sale concludes with pair of $1M colts

Photo above: Hip #874, a son of Into Mischief who was sold for $1 million Thursday at Keeneland. (Keeneland photo) For Immediate Release Click here for a video of Hip 874, a $1 million Into Mischief colt Click here for a video of Hip 1022, a $1 million Street Sense colt  Sale of Two Million-Dollar Colts Concludes Powerhouse Week 1 […] Continue Reading