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