Nyquist, the undefeated champion who is favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), jogged twice around the main track at Keenelanmd Racecourse the morning of April 9.
On a raiding trip from Canada for Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield, Ontario-bred Shakhimat galloped to his first graded score in the $100,000 Transylvania (gr. IIIT) April 8 on Keeneland's spring meet opening day.
Not surprisingly, trainer Wesley Ward began the Keeneland spring meet April 8 with a 2-year-old winner. But this one is a filly he bred.
Catch a Glimpse worked a half-mile in :49 2/5 while Curalina went five furlongs in 1:00 2/5, both prepping for upcoming stakes at the meet. Maker's 46 Mile (gr. IT) contender Heart to Heart was also on the tab.
Keeneland will begin its spring meet with a bump in overnight purses, but track officials hope it's the start of steady growth made possible by revenue from Lexington's historical race wagering facility.
In addition, it will also air the Equine Forum, its weekly talk show, on Saturday and provide live coverage of the Commonwealth, Shakertown, and Madison from Keeneland in its three-hour broadcast.
Her first effort this year was a winning one, making her appear to be the one to beat. Her five rivals mostly have also had winning form at Woodbine in stakes events but she is the most accomplished of the field.
With a hefty purse and 170 Kentucky Derby Leaderboard points on the line, the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) April 9 drew a lineup of youngsters whose connections hope a stop at Keeneland paves the way to Churchill.
An April 7 town hall meeting organized by the Association of Racing Commissioners International revealed consensus on the need for a central governing structure for horse racing, but little agreement on how to achieve it.
Nyquist still bright-eyed despite delay in training April 7 at Keeneland. Watch Video
Nyquist still bright-eyed despite delay in training April 7 at Keeneland.
Nyquist, who was to have trained April 7 for the first time since winning the April 2 Florida Derby (gr. I) impressively, has a slightly elevated white blood cell count and will not go to the track until April 8 or April 9.
Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm's millionaire Departing and a trio of recently turned 4-year-old graded stakes sprint winners headline a field of 10 the $250,000 Commonwealth Stakes (gr. II) April 9 at Keeneland.
Keeneland's spring meet will be broadcast live on multiple platforms, including national television, local radio networks and Keeneland.com, as part of extensive coverage of the 16-day season that opens Friday, April 8.
Jim and Linda McIngvale, the Houston-based philanthropists and owners of reigning champion male sprinter Runhappy, will give away a $10,000 college scholarship during Keeneland's College Scholarship Day April 8.
John Menary and trainer Gail Cox's Something Extra will attempt to repeat his 2015 victory in the Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIT) for turf sprinters on the April 9 Blue Grass Stakes card at Keeneland.
There will be few graded stakes during the 16-day Keeneland Racecourse meet that will draw as tough of a field as the April 9 $300,000 Madison Stakes (gr. I) for older fillies and mares sprinting seven furlongs.
Donegal Racing's Keen Ice, the Curlin colt who beat Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) last year, has been moved from the barn of trainer Dale Romans to Todd Pletcher.
Shadwell's homebred 3-year-old Shagaf has won his three starts by a combined margin of almost 10 lengths, but trainer Chad Brown believes he hasn't reached his limit.
Cash is King's unbeaten Cathryn Sophia is the even-money morning-line favorite for Keeneland's April 9 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I).
Shakhimat, among the early favorites for Canada's Queen's Plate this year, tops the nine-horse field that will contest the Transylvania Presented by Keeneland Select (gr. IIIT) on the April 8 opening-day card at Keeneland.
Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's grade I winner I'm a Chatterbox zipped through five furlongs in a bullet :59 at Keeneland April 4 as the 4-year-old filly prepares for the April 22 Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. I).
Keeneland officials said Zulu, second to Mohaymen in the Fountain of Youth Stakes, is among 13 3-year-olds now considered probable for the April 9 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).
Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Nyquist arrives at Keeneland April 3 as he continues the trail to the Kentucky Derby.
Champion Nyquist is doing well after his impressive victory in the Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2 at Gulfstream Park. The day after he arrived at Keeneland, where he will train up to the Kentucky Derby.
American Dubai put in his final major work April 2 in preparation for the April 9 running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) by working five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 after the renovation break at Keeneland.
Champion Tepin and grade I winner Catch a Glimpse got a final chance to stretch their legs in sunny Florida for trainer Mark Casse April 1, before shipping to Kentucky where Keeneland engagements await.
Keeneland officials said that as of April 1 eight 3-year-olds, including Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) winner Brody's Cause, are probable for the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) April 9.
Owner Reddam is more than willing to play catch-us-if-you-can with Mohaymen now and leave the future to the future. "...There is no guarantee we're going to make the Kentucky Derby," he said.
Larry Jones hopes to find an easy debut spot in the 1 1/16-mile Doubledogdare for grade I winner I'm a Chatterbox, who was rested this winter at Fair Grounds. Her first big target is the June 11 Ogden Phipps (gr. I).
These measures help ensure the integrity of the race and offer a great deal of transparency in terms of all medications administered, as well as providing 24-hour security for each entrant.
ARCI has scheduled three additional "Town Hall" meetings in an effort to unify the racing industry and develop a consensus path to improve the policing of the sport and advance uniform regulatory policies.
Five weeks before they chase the penultimate prize in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), the stakes are huge for both star 3-year-olds as they tower over the rest of their Florida Derby competition.
Champion Tepin set a stakes record and a course record March 12 in the $200,000 Hillsborough Stakes (gr. IIT) at Tampa Bay Downs, running the 1 1/8 miles in 1:46.26 when catching leader Isabella Sings
Grade I winner Brody's Cause is scheduled to make his 3-year-old season debut Saturday, March 12 in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II).
Champion racemare takes next step of expected big campaign March 12 in Florida.
Historical wagering at the Red Mile in Lexington, conducted in partnership with Keeneland, enjoyed a fast start in its initial months of operation in 2015.
The Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland last year fueled double-digit tourism growth in Lexington in 2015, VisitLEX said Feb. 17.
Information and analysis of endoscopic exams and radiographs placed within repositories at major sales were designed to assist with the auction process, but they continue to pose issues for veterinarians, buyers, and sellers.
Vice president of racing W.B. Rogers Beasley is retiring from Keeneland June 30, it was announced Feb. 2, after 34 years of leadership involving the Lexington oval's sales and racing operations.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, Kentucky
In record-setting fashion, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah secured the Lexington Herald-Leader Kentucky Sportsman of the Year honor Jan. 26.
Keeneland announced Jan. 26 that Jesse Ullery will join the sales department as a sales associate.
American Pharoah named Horse of the Year and more inside the January 23, 2016 issue of Blood-Horse Magazine.
Tepin secured her Eclipse Award honors with a slam-dunk performance in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), beating the boys by 2 1⁄2 lengths in a race which has now had a female winner upon nine occasions.
Keeneland announced that its track kitchen, located in the stable area of the track, is set to undergo renovation work to its kitchen area.
Lenny Shulman recaps Day 2 of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, including a look at the numbers, and comments from Keeneland Director of Sales, Geoffrey Russell. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Watch Video
Lenny Shulman recaps Day 2 of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, including a look at the numbers, and comments from Keeneland Director of Sales, Geoffrey Russell. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency.
Evan Hammonds updates us on the numbers following session 1 of the Keeneland January Mixed Sale. watch video
Evan Hammonds updates us on the numbers following session 1 of the Keeneland January Mixed Sale. Hear about Virginia Kraft Payson's purchases. Geoffrey Russell also comments on the sale and the various dispersal offerings. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales
Spirited bidding from a gathering of about 250 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center Jan. 9 bought $714,000 in stallion seasons to benefit of the Thoroughbred Charities of America.
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