Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan came through the night in good order and was recovering well from emergency colic surgery, trainer Charlie LoPresti reported May 17.
Each time Steven Brandt would acquire a new horse, his mother Shirley would respond somewhat skeptically, "Oh, no, you didn't spend more money on horses." Until he bought Kid Cruz, that is.
Eight Thoroughbreds died in an early morning fire May 9 at a barn and adjoining annex located on Rice Road in Lexington across from the rear entrance to the Keeneland stable area.
Longtime track photographer Pat Lang announced May 1 he is retiring after more than 30 years in the business.
Two of the 3-year-olds that have looked best in the mornings working toward a start in the Kentucky Derby, Dance With Fate and Medal Count, have the biggest question marks in terms of dirt form.
The highest-priced 2014 Derby hopeful sold at public auction is Intense Holiday, who was purchased for $380,000 by Starlight Racing at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale.
With industry sources indicating a 2015 Breeders' Cup at Keeneland has a better-than-good chance of becoming reality, the president of the racetrack and auction company said April 30 it is in the due diligence phase.
Keeneland announced April 28 that all-sources handle for the 15-day meet that ended April 25 totaled $141,119,476 compared to $161,990,603 wagered during the 16-day spring meet in 2013.
- By Tom LaMarra
Catastrophic injuries in racing dropped, field size increased, and wagering reached record levels. read blog
Lenny Shulman talks with Rosie Napravnik about how she is preparing for her third Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands ride, and discusses Vicar's in Trouble as well as Longines Kentucky Oaks contender Untapable. watch video
Stewart Elliott won the 2004 Kentucky Derby aboard Smarty Jones. Watch and learn about what Stewart's life has been like since that win. watch video
The Keeneland spring meet closed April 25 with a record 15-day meet attendance and gains in on-track wagering.
Pablo Del Monte, third-place finisher in the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I), worked six furlongs at Keeneland April 25 to prepare for a possible start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Inimitable Romanee, given a patient ride by Alan Garcia, got up at the wire on the far outside to nip Aigue Marine for a 14-1 surprise in the $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 24 on the Keeneland turf.
Trainers, owners, bloodstock agents and other Thoroughbred industry experts offered insights into ownership and training.
The Hancock family's Claiborne Farm has become the signature sponsor of Keeneland's Breeders' Futurity (gr. I), to be held Saturday, Oct. 4. The purse will increase from $400,000 to $500,000.
Stella Perdomo's 7-year-old gelding Forte Dei Marmi has the distinction of being the only grade I winner in the full 14-horse field set for the April 26 Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.
A number of Argentina's prominent farms are partnering to present their best yearlings at public auction May 6-8 during the Argentina premier sale at Tattersalls de Palermo.
Reigning two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who opened his 2014 campaign with a win in the April 11 Maker's 46 Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland, worked a half-mile in a bullet :47 3/5 April 22 at the Lexington track.
Gallagher's Stud's Inimitable Romanee will look to add a third graded stakes to her record in the $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 24 at Keeneland.
Phipps Stables' homebred Mr Speaker took to the Polytrack like a fish to water April 19, skipping home in the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. III) in his first try on the synthetic stuff.
Magic City Thoroughbred Partners' Frac Daddy returned to Keeneland and returned to winning ways April 19, taking the $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) at the Lexington oval.
California Chrome, early favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) took another step forward when he cruised four furlongs at his Los Alamitos headquarters the morning of April 19 in :47 4/5.
Gary Barber's Sisterly Love became the first two-time winner of the current Keeneland spring meeting and did so at the expense of multiple grade I winner Emollient when she took home the April 18 Doubledogdare (gr. III).
- By Frank Angst
Everyone loves a longshot story and fans swapped their best memories of Mine That Bird's improbable Derby score on Friday, April 18 at Keeneland. read blog
TimeformUS Saturday Stakes Plays from Keeneland, Hawthorne, and Aqueduct read blog
William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm has entered into a multi-year agreement with Keeneland to become the signature sponsor of the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. IT).
Daring Dancer, making her first start in nearly six months, remained unbeaten with a daring 2 1/2-length triumph in the $100,000 Appalachian Stakes Presented by Japan Racing Association (gr. IIIT) April 17 at Keeneland.
Hootenanny, the first starter for freshman sire Quality Road, skipped away from the field in the stretch of Keeneland's second race April 17, scoring a 4 1/4-length win in the 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight test.
Let's Go Stable's undefeated Divine Oath will make his stakes debut April 19 in the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington (gr. III) at Keeneland after failing to draw in to the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I).
The Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II), which served as a springboard for Charismatic in 1999, is no longer a key Kentucky Derby prep. However, Keeneland's 1 1/16-mile event was once a well-worn path to Louisville.
Juddmonte homebred, 2-for-2 at Keeneland after notching double grade I wins at the Lexington oval, finds softer spot April 18 in $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (gr. III).
Kentucky horsemen expected backlash from Churchill Downs' decision to charge the maximum takeout rates allowed by state law, but they hope positives follow from increased purses that improve the racing product.
- By Esther Marr
During an April 13 event called "Ladies of the Turf," there was a historic gathering of nearly 30 retired and active female jockeys at Keeneland. read blog
Evan Hammonds recaps the victories of Will Take Charge, Dance With Fate, and Danza. watch video
In her first start on a synthetic surface, Ready to Act recorded her second straight stakes victory for Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence when she rallied from last to capture the April 13 Beaumont Stakes (gr. II).
In the final Polytrack edition of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), a California shipper who has shown extremely good form over synthetic surfaces found his way home.
Martin Racing Stable's Marchman wasn't highly regarded in the $100,000 Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIIT), but his 23-1 odds didn't keep him from the winner's circle April 12 at Keeneland.
Hard Not to Like pulled a 13-1 upset in the $300,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IT) and earned her first win at the top level April 12 at Keeneland.
Judy the Beauty, the 3-5 favorite, wins the $300,000 Madison Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland. The 5-year-old Ghostzapper mare is owned and trained by Wesley Ward.
Robert Trussell's Occasional View, a 6-year-old Silver Deputy gelding, charged from off the pace to win the seven-furlong Commonwealth Stakes (gr. II) April 12 at Keeneland. The winner was a $100,000 claim last fall.
Charlie LoPresti reported Morton Fink's homebred son of Wiseman's Ferry was "doing fine this morning and ate up everything last night," after coming off the bench to defend his title in the April 11 Maker's 46 Mile (gr. IT).
All maiden Pick 3 Wagering Strategy for Saturday at Keeneland From Brisnet.com & American Produce Records. read blog
Wise Dan took his first step toward a possible third straight Horse of the Year title with a measured victory in the $300,000 Maker's 46 Mile (gr. IT) on the Keeneland turf April 11.
Racing Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado was injured in a training accident at Keeneland the morning of April 10 and will be out of action for at least 30 days.
TimeformUS Stakes Plays from Keeneland, Oaklawn, and Santa Anita read blog
Alto Racing's Sweet Whiskey, who launched her 2014 campaign with a victory in the Old Hat Stakes (gr. III) leads a field of eight 3-year-old fillies entered in the April 13 Beaumont Stakes (gr. II).
Claire Novak and Frank Angst are on location at Keeneland this week to handicap the Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby. watch video
The Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland April 12 drew a field of 13 turf sprinters headed by the always reliable Gantry, who has not finished worse than second in his last eight starts, and defending winner Havelock.
Already 3-for-3 at Keeneland, Judy the Beauty will try to nail down the first grade I victory of her career April 12 in the $300,000 Madison Stakes (gr. I) at the Lexington track.
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