Keeneland successfully concluded its 2017 Spring Meet April 28 as exceptional racing, enhanced food and hospitality offerings, one-of-a-kind special events and warm, sunny weather yielded robust attendance and on-track and all-sources wagering.
Calumet Farm's 16-1 longshot Quiet Business took command in the final furlong to win the 1 1/2-mile Bewitch Stakes (G3T) on closing day of the track's spring meet April 28.
Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) winner Irap breezed one mile at Keeneland April 28 in 1:44 1/5 under Julien Leparoux.
Brad Grady's Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Girvin is currently battling a quarter crack in his right front foot but his connections are still hopeful the son of Tale of Ekati can run in the May 6 Kentucky Derby (G1).
This week is a stakes report of the 1965 Bewitch Stakes at Keeneland, which was split into divisions won by Justakiss and Ole Liz. At the time, the Bewitch was for 2-year-old fillies. Following is a BloodHorse staff report from the May 1, 1965 issue.
The turf marathon niche has proven one that suits Jed Cohen's Itsinthepost as the bay gelding scored his second straight graded triumph when he captured the $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes (G2T) by 1 1/4 lengths over Charming Kitten.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, West Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week we have big stakes cards at Charles Town and Laurel Park, a pair of graded stakes at Santa Anita Park, and more.
After making her connections sweat, Unbridled Mo allowed them to celebrate as the 4-year-old bay filly turned back Power of Snunner in the lane en route to taking the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (G3) by three-quarters of a length.
Irap, who broke his maiden with a three-quarter-length win in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) April 8, put in his first move since that shocker, working a mile in 1:44 at Keeneland Friday morning.
Buy Sell Hold, a Violence filly out of stakes winner Melody Lady, went 4 1/2 furlongs wire-to-wire in :51.84 in the second race April 20 at Keeneland. She is owned by J. Kirk and Judy Robison.
Long-winded turf winners will run for $250,000 in the Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes (G2T) with a deep field headed by Itsinthepost and Danish Dynaformer.
The quick bay filly, bred in Kentucky by Brandywine Farm and racing for Donna Hancock and Charles Brown, won a $60,000 maiden special weight April 19 at Keeneland by a length over males.
Red Oak Stable's homebred Unbridled Mo, winner of five of seven starts and two grade 3 events, heads a field of five fillies and mares entered for the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (G3) at Keeneland April 21.
Facing a group of turf distaffers as good as any a racing secretary could amass outside of Breeders' Cup day, Dickinson showed she was well on her way to becoming the latest unique talent in Kiaran McLaughlin's barn.
Fern Circle Stables' Senior Investment nabbed West Coast at the wire after circling the field in a thrilling finish of the $200,000 the Stonestreet Lexington Stakes (G3) April 15 at Keeneland.
Godolphin Racing's Dickinson ran by 1-2 choice Lady Eli in the shadow of the wire April 15 at Keeneland to claim the $350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1T).
Lady Aurelia earned every style point April 15 in her first outing since last September when she whipped her way off the final turn to a 2 1/2-length victory in the $100,000 Giant's Causeway Stakes over the Keeneland lawn.
Godolphin's Watershed finally broke through in graded stakes company when he won the $200,000 Ben Ali Stakes (G3) in a late drive over Eagle April 15 at Keeneland.
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week we have the final preps for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) at Oaklawn Park and Keeneland.
Reserved at the start but flying at the end, WinStar Farm's American Patriot nipped hard-trying Heart to Heart in the final strides of the $300,000 Maker's 46 Mile (G1T) April 14 at Keeneland.
At this point, handicappers can be excused for being a trifle gun-shy when it comes to evaluating this crop of 3-year-olds, simply because the most consistent thing about them has been their inconsistency.
La Coronel stamped herself the pro-tem leader of a deep bunch of 3-year-old turf fillies when she handily bested an 11-horse field that included 2016 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1T) winner New Money Honey and runner-up Coasted.
More than five months after falling short in the Breeders' Cup, La Coronel got her redemption by proving much the best over those who were best that day when she drew clear by 3 1/4 lengths in the Keeneland stretch to win the Appalachian Stakes.
- By Alicia Wincze Hughes
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Kentucky, Bloodstock & Markets
Spendthrift Farm stallion Flat Out is batting 1.000 in his young career in the breeding shed after his daughter, the aptly named Flat Drunk, became his first starter and first winner when she captured the first race on the card at Keeneland April 13.
Lael Stables' homebred No Dozing, who has four graded stakes starts under his belt, holds the class edge in Keeneland's Stonestreet Lexington Stakes (G3) April 15. The 1 1/16-mile race for sophomores is worth $200,000.
Nominations for the second Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards, principally sponsored by Godolphin, open May 8. They can be submitted until Aug. 1.
Not only will Stonestreet Stables, George Bolton, and Peter Leidel's group 1 winner face an overflow field in the $100,000 Giant's Causeway Stakes April 15 at Keeneland, but she'll also face older horses for the first time.
Scuba might find the water deep in the Ben Ali, where he makes his seasonal debut and will be tested on the front end by Conquest Enforcer and Bird Song at Keeneland
Individually, Lady Eli, Time and Motion, and Catch a Glimpse could vie for favoritism in any entry box. Together, they headline the 1 1/16-mile Jenny Wiley that boasts four top-level winners in its eight-horse field.
Keeneland announced a new program April 12 that will pay a cash bonus to any Book 1 September yearling sale graduate that wins a grade/group 1 stakes anywhere in the world. The bonus will be split between the seller and buyer.
Toner himself admits to being guilty of underestimating what Bellavais would be capable of—that is until he witnessed her competitive fire literally jump into someone's face over the Gulfstream Park turf Jan. 7.
Heart to Heart will try and lead a field of 12 at every point of call in the Maker's 46 Mile (G1T) in an attempt to better his runner-up in this spot one year ago.
ABR Films spent an action-packed day of racing on Blue Grass Stakes day at Keeneland with trainer Kenny McPeek and went behind the scenes to learn about his training strategies and witness the excitement of horse racing at its highest level.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1T) winner New Money Honey is scheduled to make her sophomore debut April 13 in Keeneland's Appalachian Stakes Presented by Japan Racing Association (G3T), a one-mile turf race loaded with talent.
St. Elias Stable's grade 1 winner Sweet Loretta got back to winning form when she took the $150,000 Adena Springs Beaumont Stakes (G3) by three lengths at Keeneland April 9.
Trainer Eddie Kenneally said morning of April 9 that the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1) winner Sailor's Valentine, who won by a half-length at odds of 22-1, will be aimed at the Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs May 5.
The relative quiet surroundings of Keeneland's Barn 43 provided the perfect setting for the connections of Irap the morning of April 9 as they went about digesting what the son of Tiznow pulled off the evening before.
Multiple grade 1 winner Lady Eli was the headline performer during a star-studded morning of turf workers at Keeneland April 9 with the dark bay mare turning in a sharp five-furlong drill in advance of the April 15 Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1T).
Trainer Ian Wilkes had his humor intact and his perspective on point Sunday morning less than 24 hours after McCraken finished third in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) April 8, the colt's first loss in five career starts.
Keeneland officials reported a spike in attendance for this year's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) card and cited improved on-track handle, although total pari-mutuel handle was slightly down.
Reddam Racing's Irap moved to the lead turning for home and held off a late challenge from grade 1 winner Practical Joke to upset the 93rd edition of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) at Keeneland.
Semaphore Racing and Homewrecker Racing's Sailor's Valentine broke through in a big way April 8, upsetting seven other 3-year-old fillies to win the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1) at Keeneland.
Paulassilverlining proved the astute judgment of Juddmonte Farms' advisors April 8 in the $300,000 Madison Stakes (G1) at Keeneland, gamely defeating pacesetter Constellation in her first start for her new connections.
Live Oak Plantation's homebred Awesome Slew rallied in the center of the track and ran down favorite A. P. Indian to win Keeneland's Commonwealth Stakes (G3) April 8.
Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes in North America. This week we have massive stakes cards at Aqueduct Racetrack, Keeneland, and Santa Anita Park built around three top Triple Crown preps.
From the time he purchased the colt at the 2003 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, George Krikorian believed the day would come when Mr. Big would get an opportunity to showcase some real talent.
Chadds Ford Stables' grade 1 winner Dancing Rags aims to kick off her 3-year-old campaign by channeling some old magic over the Keeneland surface when she heads a field of seven entered for the $150,000 Adena Springs Beaumont Stakes (G3) April 9.
Calumet Farm's undefeated Real Delight dashed to an easy five-length win in the second division of Keeneland's Ashland Stakes. Her time was a full second faster than Free For Me's winning race in the first division.
A. P. Indian, a finalist for 2016 champion sprinter, makes his 2017 debut in the Commonwealth, facing Ami's Flatter, who won last year's rendition of the race, at seven furlongs.
Multiple grade 1 winner Miss Temple City will not make her seasonal bow during the upcoming Keeneland spring meet after suffering a minor setback in her training, trainer Graham Motion confirmed April 5.
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