Keeneland Fall Meet 2011

View images from the opening weekend at Keeneland.

And they're off at Keeneland!

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Here's to another great season of racing at Keeneland.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Beautiful weather, racing at Keeneland, what could make this day better?

Photo: Mark Mahan

Maybe, a kiss!

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Hoofit and Aikenite got the stakes action off to a rousing start on Friday, hitting the line together in the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (gr. III).

Photo: Mathea Kelley

It was New Zealand-bred Hoofit at the wire, and he and Edgar Prado headed for the Winner's Circle.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

In the Darley Alcibiades (gr. I), Stephanie's Kitten came rolling late to take the top prize.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

To the delight of owner Ken Ramsey, and granddaughter Stephanie (left).

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

The happiest place on earth - The Winner's Circle.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Hmmm? looks like someone is 40?

Photo: Mathea Kelley

I've heard that cornhole is good for sharpening handicapping skills.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

It's good to stay above the fray.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

The paddock scene.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

One last look, before they head to the track.

Photo: Mark Mahan

Havelock came from off the pace to grab the Woodford (gr. IIIT), as stakes action began on Saturday.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Robby Albarado was happy for a fast pace up front.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Wait, did we win?

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獐ûliday for Kitten held off Musical Romance to win the Thoroughbred Club of America (gr. II),

Photo: ȕne M. Eberhardt

as a Kitten once again ruled the Winner's Circle at Keeneland.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Never Retreat moves onto the turf course for the First Lady (gr. IT).

Photo: Mathea Kelley

Wasted Tears led the pack early.

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But, Never Retreat could not be denied, as Julien Leparoux won his fourth race on the day.

Photo: Mark Mahan

Dullahan went into the Dixiana Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) a maiden,

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

and emerged as a grade I winner.

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Dixiana Breeders' Futurity winner Dullahan, and jockey Kent Desormeaux.

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And there was much rejoicing - Jerry Crawford, Julie Cauthen, and Kerry Cauthen of Donegal Racing, owners of Dullahan.

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Heading to the post for the Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT).

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Off in the Shadwell Turf Mile

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Get Stormy looked like he might be home free,

Photo: Mathea Kelley

but, Gio Ponti had other ideas,

Photo: Mark Mahan

capturing the race for the second straight year.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

A handshake to punctuate the day, owner Shane Ryan and jockey Ramon Dominguez.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Maiden Animal Spirits, left, overtook Coalport in the final strides to capture the $150,000 Bourbon Stakes.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Favored Aruna, racing on Polytrack for the first time, emerged from the pack approaching mid-stretch and quickly took control to win the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes.

Photo: Mathea Kelley

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