Walsh: Juvenile-bound Maxfield is ‘like the perfect employee’

By Alicia Hughes LEXINGTON, Ky. (Friday, Oct. 18, 2o19) — There are certain things that happen around a trainer’s barn when an unbeaten Grade 1 winner is within the shedrow. For one, otherwise routine workouts become a crowd-drawing event. As Godolphin’s homebred Maxfield headed to the Keeneland main track Friday morning for his first breeze since capturing the Grade 1 […] Continue Reading

Sycamore: Maker turns ex-claimer Marzo into graded-stakes winner

Keeneland media recap: Click here for a replay of the race and the post-race interview with the winning connections LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 17, 2019) – Three Diamonds Farm’s Marzo stalked the early pace, moved to the lead inside the three-sixteenths pole and drew away to a comfortable 1¼-length victory over Nakamura to win the 25thrunning of the $150,000 Sycamore (G3) […] Continue Reading

Queen could win namesake G1 stakes with Magnetic Charm

Today’s Keeneland barn notes: Magnetic Charm (GB) might have an edge in Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1) for one simple reason: She is owned by Her Majesty, The Queen, who 35 years ago was at Keeneland for the first running of the race named in her honor. The Queen is an astute Thoroughbred breeder […] Continue Reading

Correas making Breeders’ Cup plans for repeat Spinster winner Blue Prize

Today’s dark-day Keeneland barn notes: ALL’S WELL IN BLUE PRIZE (ARG) CAMP FOLLOWING REPEAT JUDDMONTE SPINSTER VICTORY Trainer Ignacio Correas IV reported that Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize (ARG) exited her repeat victory in Sunday’s $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) in good shape as preparations began for Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) run at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. “She ate up everything […] Continue Reading

Walsh on Maxfield: ‘We’ve been excited about him since he walked into the barn’

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019) — The morning after winning the first Grade 1 stakes of his career, Brendan Walsh reported cheerfully that Keeneland’s Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity winner Maxfield came out of Saturday’s $500,000 race in far better order than his trainer. “We did a bit of celebrating last night,” Walsh said. “But if you don’t celebrate that, what […] Continue Reading

Their win put ’em in Breeders’ Cup: Blue Prize, Peace Achieved, Kimari

Keeneland’s recap of Sunday’s stakes races, with the three winners all receiving an entry fees-paid berth in the corresponding Breeders’ Cup event. LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 6, 2019) – Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize (ARG) ran down odds-on favorite Elate in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the 64th running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) for fillies and mares […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: British Idiom takes Alcibiades, Engage wins Phoenix

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 4, 2019) – Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group, Madaket Stables and Bethlehem Stables’ British Idiom swept to the lead at the head of the stretch and romped to a 6½-length victory to win the 68th running of the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1) for 2-year-old fillies before a Fall Meet opening-day crowd of 16,427. Keeneland’s race video Race […] Continue Reading

Following an icon, Jordan adds Keeneland to his circuit as starter

Today’s opening day of the Fall Meet marks the debut of head starter Scott Jordan, who fills a position at Keeneland made famous by the late Robert “Spec” Alexander. Alexander, who died June 3 at age 80, had been Keeneland’s head starter since the 1980s. He was a widely respected horseman and a beloved ambassador for the track. “He was […] Continue Reading

Sisterson works his Falls Stars Weekend roster

Today’s Keeneland barn notes compiled by the track’s publicity team: Starting with Vexatious at 5:30 a.m. on the dirt and concluding with Bandua at 10 a.m. on the turf, trainer Jack Sisterson had his Calumet Farm roster of Fall Stars Weekend hopefuls go through their final major preparations Sunday morning at Keeneland. Vexatious came to Sisterson’s barn in May after […] Continue Reading

Williamson hitting stride at Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs’ barn notes compiled by Kevin Kerstein: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019) – Trainer Brian Williamson began making Churchill Downs his “second home” about four years ago. Now, the Chicagoland-native is finding his best stride in the September Meet with two victories and a narrow runner-up finish with his small string of 10 horses based in Barn 16. […] Continue Reading