While the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack will be downgraded from grade I to grade II races next season, don’t expect an immediate impact on horsemen’s Triple Crown plans or field quality.
Keeneland's November breeding stock sale has substantial international appeal spread across all levels of the market, but it is particularly an important part of trade as the marathon auction nears the finish line.
The opening Book 2 Keeneland November breeding stock sale session saw strong interest in broodmares and broodmare prospects—helped in part by a Phipps Stable reduction—as sale numbers improved compared with the same session in 2015.
Sea Island, a 7-year-old daughter of Pulpit and part of the Phipps Stable reduction, sold for $480,000 during the first session of Book 2 of Keeneland’s November breeding stock sale. The ticket was signed by Elliott Walden, president of WinStar Farm.
Feathered, a graded stakes winning, multiple graded-placed filly in foal to War Front, was bought by Jane Lyon's Summer Wind Farm for $2.35 million, becoming the fourth highest-priced offering at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
The demand for well-bred weanlings materialized late during the second session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale when Coolmore Stud’s M. V. Magnier went to $1.45 million to buy a son of War Front.
George "Bucky" Sallee, bugler at Keeneland for more than 50 years until his retirement in the fall of 2013 to become Bugler Emeritus, died Nov. 7 at age 87.
A dark bay colt by WinStar Farm stallion Pioneerof the Nile sold to RC Thoroughbreds for $600,000 to become the highest priced weanling more than half way through the Nov. 8 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Keeneland sales graduates won more than half the graded stakes contested in North America this weekend.
Keeneland closed its 2016 fall meet, which celebrated the 80th anniversary of racing at the world-famous track, on Oct. 29 with record total on-track attendance of 276,543 and substantial gains in on-track and all-sources wagering.
The 5-year-old son of Birdstone set a track record Oct. 29 at Keeneland, winning the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette Stakes (gr. II) by 5 3/4 lengths and running 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.75.
While many Breeders' Cup pre-entered horses already are in Southern California, several also wrapped up final serious works elsewhere Oct. 29, including I'm a Chatterbox at Keeneland and 2015 Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Keen Ice at Belmont Park.
Gary Barber, Michael James Ambler, and Windways Farm's Catch a Glimpse and Stonestreet Stables' Valadorna, trainer Mark Casse's two Breeders' Cup pre-entrants stabled at Keeneland with assistant David Carroll, both worked Thursday, Oct. 27.
The Noble Bird who turns jockey Julien Leparoux into a happy passenger is the one his connections hope shows up Oct. 29, when he headlines a field of eight entered in the Hagyard Fayette Stakes (gr. II) on the final day of the Keeneland fall meet.
As the 80th fall meet of Keeneland Race Course got underway Oct. 7, we recall an Indian Summer weekend 32 years ago when Queen Elizabeth II came to visit Kentucky, spending a magical afternoon at the track.
Eight months after breaking her maiden first time out, Up Hill Stable's and Head of Plains Partners' Lightstream earned her second graded stakes victory when she captured the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (gr. II) by 1 1/4 lengths over Malibu Stacy.
A whole seven days had gone by since trainer Graham Motion had won a graded stakes at Keeneland. On a damp day, Gestut Faerhof's homebred Quidura made sure to put an end to her conditioner's mini drought.
If you are the company you keep, Paige should consider herself in good stead. The 4-year-old filly was second last time out to eventual grade I winner Al's Gal.
Trainer Mark Casse says the daughter of City Zip looked 'too good' for her last outing to be believed.
Once the most highly-touted of the Fox Hill Farm runners, Southern Girl has taken her time in carving out a name for herself under trainer Larry Jones
The defending Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner readied Oct. 19 for his attempt to stretch out in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) on Nov. 4.
Having won three graded stakes already during Keeneland's fall meet, Motion looks to keep his momentum going.
Time and Motion wore down Hawksmoor and held off Harmonize with a perfect run Oct. 15, edging her rivals to claim her first grade I in the final strides of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane's End (gr. IT) at Keeneland.
Memories of Silver sets a course record in winning 1996 Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup.
While champion Tepin is the barn's undisputed queen and Canadian Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse commands respect, 2-year-old La Coronel proved worthy to tread in their hoofprints Oct. 12 in the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Canadian Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse heads a field of nine 3-year-old fillies for the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane's End (gr. IT) at Keeneland Oct. 15.
While great, racing needs to expand its reach beyond the Bluegrass
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Trainer Larry Jones reported all was well with runaway Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (gr. I) winner I'm a Chatterbox the morning after her Oct. 9 victory at Keeneland.
Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm's Lull, winner of the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Fillies in her most recent start, heads a full field of 14 juvenile fillies entered for the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (gr. IIIT) Oct. 12.
Grayson Farm's homebred I'm a Chatterbox did what she was supposed to do Oct. 9 in the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (gr. I) at Keeneland.
Gary Barber's Keep Quiet rallied strongly down the inside and held off fast-finishing favorite Ticonderoga to win the $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-olds Oct. 9 at Keeneland.
After defeating males to win the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland Oct. 8, Miss Temple City is expected to face males again in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
For a race day that was delayed by a power outage before the race, things turned around at Keeneland Oct. 8.
The Club Racing, Allen Rosenblum, and Sagamore Farm's Miss Temple City earned her second grade I victory against males Oct. 8 in the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland.
John Oxley's Classic Empire was on his best behavior Oct. 8 at Keeneland, and the additional work his connections have done paid off with a victory in the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I).
Co-owner William S. Farish of Lane's End enjoyed a particularly memorable win Oct. 8 at Keeneland when Irish Jasper rallied up the rail to deny Stonetastic victory in the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. II).
Photo Call went winging her way out to the early lead in the $400,000 First Lady (gr. IT) Oct. 8 at Keeneland, opening a large margin and leaving champion Tepin with too much work to do in her title defense.
Mongolian Saturday, the 4-1 favorite, won Keeneland's 5 1/2-furlong Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 8; his first score since last year's TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT).
Keeneland’s $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. I) will be broadcast live today on NBC Sports Network from 6-6:30 p.m. EDT.
Dancing Rags seized the advantage from early leader Caroline Test in early stretch, then powered home to a clear win in the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 7 at Keeneland.
Nothing could stop Green Lantern Stables' A. P. Indian as he blazed toward the Keeneland finish line Oct. 7 in the $250,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes (gr. II).
Two Hearts Farm and Don Janes' Fioretti will attempt to join Excitable Lady (1982-83) as the only repeat winners of the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. II) when she faces seven opponents Oct. 8 at Keeneland.
NBC plans racing broadcasts on Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9.
In a short field of five starters for the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 9, three graded stakes winners will try to capitalize on grade I winner I'm a Chatterbox's one-for-three record at Keeneland.
Mongolian Saturday, a surprise winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) at Keeneland, makes his first start of the year in the U.S. in the Oct. 8 Woodford Stakes (gr. IIIT) in Lexington.
Tepin aims to become the first horse to win the First Lady (gr. IT) in consecutive seasons. Her connections hope the race sets her up for a Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) repeat Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
Classic Empire needs to get over his problems leaving the starting gate, but if he does so, he looks to be the top runner in the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland.
Keeneland milestone trophy program, which honors the track's most successful owners, has added a gold vase.
An extremely deep roster will take a crack at the $1 million purse of the Shadwell Turf Mile. Last year's winner Grand Arch will tackle invaders from every direction as a half dozen grade I winners square off.
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