Gentle Ruler dominates Keeneland’s Dowager

Keeneland’s recap of Sunday’s Dowager Stakes: LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 20, 2019) – Morsches Stable’s Gentle Ruler shot to the front at midstretch and easily held off Elysea’s World (IRE) by 2 ½ lengths to win the 28th running of the $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) for fillies and mares before a Sunday afternoon crowd of 14,735. Trained by Ian […] Continue Reading

Former KHBPA president Pete Salmen dies at 81

Obituary for our former president, Pete Salmen: Peter W. Salmen Jr., age 81, died on Thursday, October17, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. Pete was born April 18, 1938 in Hazel Park, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Donna Oak Salmen. He is survived by his children, Peter W. Salmen, III (Rachel), Susan S. Bunning (Mark) […] Continue Reading

Scabbard on target for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

By Jennie Rees Joseph Sutton’s Scabbard, who finished second to huge favorite Dennis’ Moment in Churchill Downs’ Grade 3 Iroquois Stakes, had his penultimate work before the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Thursday, starting off behind two stablemates and finishing well to be timed the half-mile in 48 4/5 seconds. “We were trying to give him a little target, just […] Continue Reading

Fox on Dennis’ Moment after 5F work in 58 3/5: ‘Spooky good’

By Jennie Rees The goal of the electrifying 2-year-old Dennis’ Moment’s timed workout Friday morning at Churchill Downs was to go a little slower than the prior week’s 58 4/5 seconds, if possible. It wasn’t. With regular exercise rider Tammy Fox in the saddle, Albaugh Family Stables’ standout colt cruised the five furlongs in 58 3/5 seconds in his penultimate […] Continue Reading

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

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile watch: Dennis’ Moment ‘moves like a Cadillac, fast as a Ferrari’

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Oct. 11, 2019) — When Tammy Fox comes back from a morning workout on a racehorse, the ultimate sign of approval is the former jockey flashing two thumbs up as they come off the track. After Albaugh Family Stables’ 2-year-old colt Dennis’ Moment cruised five-eighths of a mile in 58 1/5 seconds Friday at Churchill Downs, Fox […] 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