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

Keeneland barn notes: Blue Prize works for Spinster repeat

Today’s Keeneland barn notes compiled by the track’s publicity team: BLUE PRIZE (ARG) WORKS TOWARD JUDDMONTE SPINSTER TITLE DEFENSE Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize (ARG) completed her major preparations for next Sunday’s $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) by working 5 furlongs in 1:03 over a fast main track Saturday morning. Working on her own at 7:30 a.m., Blue Prize posted fractions of […] Continue Reading

Everything you need to know about Keeneland’s fall meet (except for the winners!)

From Keeneland’s publicity team LEXINGTON, KY (Sept. 27, 2019) – Keeneland’s Fall Meet begins Friday, Oct. 4, celebrating 17 days of some of the finest Thoroughbred racing in North America that kicks off with the blockbuster Fall Stars Weekend, featuring nine of the meet’s 10 Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” races. The season offers a full slate of special […] Continue Reading

Cox-trained Owendale edges Math Wizard in Ohio Derby

Thistledown’s Ohio Derby recap: June 22, 2019 (NORTH RANDALL, Ohio) – The saying “pace makes the race” proved golden Saturday as Owendale drove by faltering speed to take the $500,000 Ohio Derby (G3) at JACK Thistledown Racino by a half-length over Math Wizard, who also made a late move. It was another 9 1/4 lengths back to Long Range Toddy in […] Continue Reading

War of Will be could Casse’s missing piece to Hall of Fame entry

By Alicia Wincze Hughes ELMONT, N.Y. -There were 600-plus miles separating David Carroll from his boss as he sat in his Kentucky home on the evening of May 18. But as the veteran horseman watched the middle leg of the Triple Crown reach its conclusion on NBC, the same grateful narrative rolled through both his mind and that of trainer […] Continue Reading

Keeneland institution ‘Spec’ Alexander dies at 80

From Keeneland’s publicity department: LEXINGTON, KY (June 4, 2019) – Lifelong horseman and longtime Keeneland Starter Robert Lee “Spec” Alexander, widely respected for his skill with Thoroughbred racehorses and a beloved ambassador of Keeneland, died Monday, June 3. He was 80. “Spec was a Keeneland institution, an unquestioned master of his craft,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “For […] Continue Reading