Successfully rehabbed after a 15-month break for a bowed tendon, 30-1 shot Keep Up defeated multiple graded stakes winner Boisterous by a half-length Nov. 25 in the River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers Association announced Jan. 14 that Alice Headley Chandler, owner of Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington and prominent industry leader, will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing.
Day-to-day operations at Mill Ridge Farm will be handled in the future by Headley Bell, son of the Lexington-based farm owner Alice Headley Chandler, who operates the farm with her husband John.
Keeneland president Nick Nicholson called Alice Headley Chandler "a leader in an industry that desperately needs leadership" in his introductory remarks describing the honor guest at the Thoroughbred Club of America's 74th annual testimonial dinner.
Cetewayo, a homebred turf millionaire for Dr. John Chandler, will enter stud at Judith Barrett's Godstone Farm near Pine Grove, Pa.
Cetewayo, a homebred turf millionaire for Dr. John Chandler of Mill Ridge Farm, was retired from racing because of minor problems and sent to Mill Ridge near Lexington.
The featured $271,750 Sky Classic Stakes (Can-II) Sunday at Woodbine looked like a two-horse race on paper and on the tote board. But instead of Strut the Stage, the 1-2 favorite and multiple stakes-winning Mobil, at 2-1the contenders were 6-1 Bowman Mill and 24-1 outsider Lenny the Lender.
Gone West, whose yearling filly out of Touch of Greatness brought the top price of $3.8 million at the Keeneland September sale, will stand once again for $125,000.
Khalid Abdullah's homebred champion Banks Hill, who came within a length and a half this year of winning her second consecutive Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), has been retired from racing.
Trainer Michael Dickinson took a long look at Cetewayo in his stall in Barn 52 at Hollywood Park Friday and liked what he saw. "He's 8, and he's as good as he's been," said Dickinson of the venerable warrior, whose name means 'Zulu Chief.'
Cetewayo and Rochester, a pair of proven distance turf veterans from the East, will be flown to California Thursday morning to join a large field expected for the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT), at 1 1/2 mile on Saturday.
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