In his quest to reassert himself as a divisional leader, Oscar Performance turned in a sparkling effort Feb. 24, when he worked four furlongs in :47 2/5 over the main track at Palm Meadows Training Center.
Lady Aurelia turned in her second timed move of the year Feb. 15, covering three furlongs in :37.09 at Stonestreet Training Center as she readies for her sophomore debut, which will likely come during the Keeneland Spring meet.
Keeneland's Rice Road stable area is completely out of quarantine after the Kentucky Office of State Veterinarian lifted restrictions on a final barn.
The Kentucky Office of the State Veterinarian reports that a quarantine, put in place last month after horses tested positive for equine herpesvirus 1, has been lifted on one of two Rice Road barns at Keeneland.
Following tests of horses quarantined at two Keeneland barns following a positive for equine herpesvirus "wild strain" reported Jan. 21 at Turfway Park, a single horse at the Lexington track tested positive for EHV-1.
Keeneland announced Jan. 19 a $4.325 million stakes schedule for its 2017 Spring Meet that offers 16 stakes, featuring the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1).
Keeneland announced Jan. 17 that Barbara Banke's Stonestreet has become the signature sponsor of the Spring Meet's Lexington Stakes (G3), to be held April 15.
Dr. E.C. "Pug" and Susie Hart came to the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale looking for a replacement for their late mare Miz United States, and left with Dixie Victory, who topped the penultimate Jan. 12 session at $100,000.
Dale Stewart Rouk, 79, a member of the Keeneland sales team for more than 40 years until his retirement in 2009, died Jan. 1, 2017, in Burleson, Texas.
The 2017 auction season kicks off Jan. 9, with the five-day Keeneland January horses of all ages sale, which has 1,893 horses cataloged.
Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced today that Jill Byrne, director of programming and broadcasting at Churchill Downs will host the 27th Annual Stallion Season Auction & Celebration to be held Saturday, January 7.
A start in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland is the first choice for Classic Empire's final Derby prep, but the race's downgraded status has prompted his connections to put other options back into the discussion.
Keeneland has cataloged 1,892 horses for its 2017 January horses of all ages sale, to be held Jan. 9-13 in Lexington.
College students with an interest in racing surfaces could find a steppingstone into the industry through new internships being offered.
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.
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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).
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