Keeneland celebrating special Thursday spring opener, April 4

Keeneland press release LEXINGTON, KY (March 29, 2019) – Keeneland welcomes spring to the Bluegrass by kicking off its 2019 racing season a day earlier than usual with a special opening-day celebration on Thursday, April 4, headlined by a 3 p.m. post time, the inaugural Palisades Turf Sprint and Central Bank Thursday Night Live at Keeneland. Opening Thursday is among […] Continue Reading

Arkansas Derby: Fires has Elliott as ‘backup plan’ on Gray Attempt

Today’s Oaklawn Park barn notes as penned by the track media staff: (Photo: Jon Court guided Gray Attempt to victory in Oaklawn’s Gazebo Stakes as a prep for the Arkansas Derby. Coady Photography) Gray Attempt Gets New Rider In addition to preparing Gray Attempt for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 13 at Oaklawn, trainer Jinks Fires of Hot […] Continue Reading

Keeneland barn notes: Signalman heads probables for full Blue Grass

Thursday’s Keeneland barn notes by the track’s publicity team: FULL GATE POSSIBLE FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS; FIELD OF EIGHT PROBABLE FOR CENTRAL BANK ASHLAND OPENING WEEK STAKES PROBABLES LIMOUSINE LIBERAL GEARS UP FOR 2019 DEBUT   FULL GATE POSSIBLE FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS; FIELD OF EIGHT PROBABLE FOR CENTRAL BANK ASHLAND Less than a week before entries for the 95th […] Continue Reading

Watch out, Louisville! Chester Thomas has a Derby horse in By My Standards

Video: b-roll of Louisiana Derby stretch run, Chester Thomas of Madisonville, Ky., leading By My Standards into winner’s circle and Thomas interview Video: trainer Bret Calhoun discusses By My Standards – and Chester Thomas Video: Henderson’s Larry Jones wins his fourth Fair Grounds Oaks as Street Band gives Sophie Doyle the biggest victory of her riding career. NEW ORLEANS, La. […] Continue Reading

Court wins division of Rebel on Horton’s Long Range Toddy

Oaklawn Park’s Rebel Stakes recap: HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, March 16, 2019) – Before a record Rebel Stakes crowd of 45,500, local hero Long Range Toddy, owned by Willis Horton of Marshall, AR, won the first division of the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) by a neck over 2-5 favorite Improbable. Fox Hill Farm’s recent impressive maiden winner Omaha Beach edged champion […] Continue Reading

TVG’s Hazelton, Gaudet hosting Keeneland’s preview, paddock shows

Keeneland press release LEXINGTON, KY (March 14, 2019) – Keeneland and TVG officials today introduced several new initiatives on the racing and sales fronts that further enhance the long partnership enjoyed by the race track and racing network. Beginning with the Thursday, April 4, opening day of the Spring Meet, TVG racing analysts Gabby Gaudet and Scott Hazelton will host “Today […] Continue Reading

Jeff Ruby Steaks: Wilkes putting Counter Offer in hunt

Tuesday’s Jeff Ruby Steaks barn notes from Turfway’s publicity department: BARN NOTES: SURFACE SWITCH TO TEST JEFF RUBY STEAKS CONTENDERS March 5, 2019 (FLORENCE, Ky.) – Exactly one month before this Saturday, Counter Offer rallied to finish fourth in the Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3), nosing out Knicks Go to collect the race’s last available point toward the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford […] Continue Reading

Game Winner, War of Will head 137 Blue Grass nominations

Keeneland press release LEXINGTON, KY (Feb. 26, 2019) – Gary and Mary West’s champion Game Winner and Gary Barber’s War of Will, a two-time graded stakes winner this year, are among the 10 leading point earners on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) who are nominated to the 95th running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on April 6, opening Saturday of […] Continue Reading

Revived Keeneland 2-year-old sale adds horses of racing age

Deadline to enter horses of racing age is March 15 From Keeneland’s publicity department LEXINGTON, Ky. — Keeneland has expanded the 2019 April Sale, which traditionally features two-year-olds in training, to include horses of racing age. The April Sale is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, immediately following the Spring Meet opening weekend that kicks off Thursday, April 4. Headlining the […] Continue Reading

Oaklawn: Vacation over for BC Sprint runner-up Whitmore

Kentucky horses highlight today’s Oaklawn Park barn notes, authored by Oaklawn’s media department: Whitmore Nearing First Work of 2019 Whitmore is maybe two weeks away from his first work of the year, with the $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes March 9 at Oaklawn being targeted as the gelding’s comeback spot, co-owner/trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs said Friday morning. Freshened in […] Continue Reading