John Ortiz wins first graded stakes as trainer

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 18, 2018) – John Ortiz earned his first graded-stakes triumph less than two years into his training career as Michael Hui’s Zulu Alpha slipped through along the inside rail at the sixteenth pole to get the lead from favored Arklow and went on to a 2-length victory in the 24th running of Keeneland’s $100,000 Sycamore (G3). Ridden by Channing […] Continue Reading

Arklow using Keeneland’s Sycamore as Breeders’ Cup Turf test

While most of the heavy lifting for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 2-3 at Churchill Downs figures to be complete this weekend, trainer Brad Cox will use Keeneland’s $100,000 Sycamore (G3) at 1½ miles next Thursday as a likely springboard to the $4 million Turf (G1) for Arklow, winner of Kentucky Downs’ $750,000 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup in […] Continue Reading

Blue Prize ducks out but still lands Spinster

Keeneland’s recap LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 7, 2018) – Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize (ARG) overcame an adventurous run in the stretch to turn back Champagne Problems by three-quarters of a length to win the 63rd running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) for fillies and mares before a Sunday afternoon crowd of 14,223. Trained by Ignacio Correas IV and ridden by […] Continue Reading

Next Shares lands BC Mile berth with 23-1 Shadwell victory

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 6, 2018) – Michael and Jules Iavarone, Jerry McClanahan, Christopher Dunn, William Marasa, Ritchie Robershaw and Mark Taylor’s Next Shares rode a rail-skimming trip to a 3¼-length victory over Great Wide Open (IRE) to win the 33rdrunning of the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) before a sun-baked Saturday afternoon crowd of 24,142. The day featured five […] Continue Reading

Keeneland media notes: My Gal Betty tops Jessamine

CANADIAN INVADER MY GAL BETTY TOPS OVERFLOW FIELD FOR WEDNESDAY’S JPMORGAN CHASE JESSAMINE William Werner’s My Gal Betty, fresh off a runner-up effort as the favorite in the Natalma (G1) at Woodbine on Sept. 16, heads a field of 14 2-year-old fillies and two also-eligibles entered Friday for Wednesday’s 28th running of the $200,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2). Run at 1 1/16 miles on […] Continue Reading

Whitmore v. Limousine Liberal: Round 5 in Keeneland’s Phoenix

TUESDAY, OCT. 2 Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet opens Friday and concludes Saturday, Oct. 27, with racing Wednesdays through Sundays. Post time for the first race each day is 1:05 p.m. ET except Saturday, Oct. 6, when the first post is 12:40 p.m. ********** FIFTH MATCHUP OF WHITMORE AND LIMOUSINE LIBERAL SPICES STOLL KEENON OGDEN PHOENIX FIELD OF SIX CONSISTENT SYNCHRONY […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: Restless Rider headlines overflow Alcibiades

Keeneland press release: Restless Rider Headlines Overflow Field for Opening-Day Darley Alcibiades (Photo: Restless Rider winning Churchill Downs’ Debutante under Brian Hernandez Jr. Coady Photography) LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 2, 2018) – Three Chimneys Farm and Fern Circle Stables’ Restless Rider, runner-up in the Spinaway (G1) in her most recent start, headlines a field of 14 2-year-old fillies plus two also-eligibles entered Tuesday for […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: McPeek shoots for fourth Alcibiades with Restless Rider

KEENELAND’S BARN NOTES MONDAY, OCT. 1 Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet opens Friday and concludes Saturday, Oct. 27, with racing Wednesdays through Sundays. Post time for the first race each day is 1:05 p.m. ET except Saturday, Oct. 6, when the first post is 12:40 p.m. ********** RESTLESS RIDER TUNES UP FOR DARLEY ALCIBIADES FOR McPEEK MOQUETT HAS 1-2 PUNCH FOR […] Continue Reading