View Full Version : Keeneland Spring 2011 Meet

Apr. 8, 2011, 11:14 AM
First race of the Spring 2011 meet in the 75th Anniversary year of the lovely Lexington, KY track goes off at 1:15 pm EST. TVG will have live coverage of all the racing.

An interesting list - and some pictures - of the celebs and dignitaries who have been at Keeneland (http://www.kentucky.com/2011/04/07/1699901/keenelands-guest-book-is-packed.html)

Example: Liz Taylor - George Hamilton - 1986 (http://media.kentucky.com/smedia/2011/04/07/09/1104081986%20George_Liz_Ted.standalone.prod_affili ate.79.jpg)

Image: Ronald Reagan -Spring 1969 (http://media.kentucky.com/smedia/2011/04/07/09/1104081969RonaldReagan.standalone.prod_affiliate.7 9.jpg)

Image: Actor George C. Scott, his wife, and jockey (now trainer) Earlie Fires, 1968 Fall meet (http://media.kentucky.com/smedia/2011/04/07/09/1104081968GeorgeC_Scott.standalone.prod_affiliate. 79.jpg)

Friday’s feature: Pluck, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf last fall, headlines the Grade 3-T $100,000 Transylvania at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Anniversary: The track’s year-long 75th anniversary celebration includes a 231-page hard-cover book providing fresh insights and historical details chronicling the Kentucky and American racing icon. Keeneland: A Thoroughbred Legacy is available for $39.95 at the Keeneland Gift Shop and online at keeneland.com, with all profits going to charity through the Keeneland foundation. Hotdogs will be 75 cents each Wednesday of the meet in honor of the anniversary.

Article on Keeneland's only race caller - Kurt Becker (http://www.kentucky.com/2011/04/08/1700818/preparation-yields-perfection.html)

Full entries for the opening day's races (http://equibase.com/static/entry/KEE040811USA-EQB.html)

Unlike other track Keeneland takes great steps to make watching the races exceedingly accessible - so you can watch for free on line all racing live or via replay. Just click below:


Apr. 8, 2011, 07:36 PM
Winner in the last race - Maiden special weight: Shatoosh, ridden by Julien Leparoux, trained by Michael Matz, owned and bred by Dorothy A. Matz.

The Grade 3-turf Transylvania Stakes was won by Air Support with Rajiv Maragh up in a sensational finish!

Video replay: Transylvania Stake - $100k (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPTC1aqsgG8)

Other replays available here:

Apr. 8, 2011, 08:04 PM
One jockey name people may recall is Jean Cruguet who at 72-yrs old is looking to make one last start in the Keeneland Spring Meet.

BloodHorse 4-8-11 "Cruguet, 72, Would Need Doctor's OK to Ride" (http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/62364/cruguet-72-would-need-doctors-ok-to-ride)

Cruguet has said he plans to return to the saddle for one race, aboard a filly named Ratoath Special for trainer John Pucek on April 27.

In recent years, the French-born Cruguet who is best known for winning the 1977 Triple Crown with Seattle Slew, was the primary caretaker for his wife, Denyse Pendanx Cruguet, from the time she suffered a stroke in 2003 until her death in late 2010.

The horse that Cruguet said was the greatest he ever rode? Mrs. Stephen C. Clark's Hoist The Flag.

Apr. 8, 2011, 10:24 PM
Opening day's numbers: An announced ontrack crowd of 22,747 on a warm, occasionally sunny, but mostly cloudy day marked by the occasional light sprinkle.

Not a bad way to spend a Friday afternoon in Blue Grass coutnry!

Apr. 9, 2011, 12:35 AM
I had a great time!

Apr. 9, 2011, 10:05 AM
Leaving for Lexington this morning! Staying for several days - 2yo sales, races, checking out the farms - heading to Mecca!

Apr. 9, 2011, 07:52 PM
It looks like people overlooked trainer John Terranova being on a hot streak before the showcase race for Saturday - the Grade 1 $400,000 Ashland Stakes.

Terranova today alone at Keeneland prior to the Ashland (and his stable isn't exactly huge) was 3 2-1-0. Accordingly his runner Lilacs and Lace ran past the field and is on her way to the Kentucky Oaks.

Was the payoff nice? Oh yea :D She returned $99.40 as the second-longest shot in a field of nine.

Video replay - Central Bank Ashland Stakes Apr 9, 2011 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4vCJ81wzKc)

The crowd looked (as per usual) huge at the Lexington track.

Apr. 14, 2011, 05:12 PM
Reminder - you can watch for free on line all racing live or via replay. Just click below:


Good weather - save for Saturday's showers - has been giving some big crowds to the already uber popular racecourse. All business is looking excellent thus far: (http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/62474/business-strong-early-in-keeneland-meet#ixzz1JWucWPIl)

Keeneland president Nick Nicholson said combined attendance of more than 62,000 for April 8-10 (Friday through Sunday) was up 11% and set a new record.

Also, ontrack pari-mutuel handle for the three days was up 14% from last spring.

Field size averaged 9.28 horses per race, among the highest in the country.

As noted elsewhere - the Dutrow/IEAH entry of Amen Hallelujah (http://equibase.com/static/entry/KEE041411USA-EQB.html#RACE8) will be running in the 8th race: the $300k Vinery Madison S. (Grade I) against Evening Jewel and 6 others.

Apr. 14, 2011, 06:13 PM
As noted elsewhere - the Dutrow/IEAH entry of Amen Hallelujah (http://equibase.com/static/entry/KEE041411USA-EQB.html#RACE8) will be running in the 8th race: the $300k Vinery Madison S. (Grade I) against Evening Jewel and 6 others.

And the legal wrangling was all for not ...

Shotgun Gulch with GoGo up takes the upset by a head over 'Amen'. A nifty 11-1 victory for the owner/breeder/trainer of C. R. Trout. If he could've rode the horse too I bet he would ;) Evening Jewel had to get re-shod moments before the race and was never a factor in the stretch.


Race replay: Grade 1 Vinery Madison Stakes - $300k (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7Gdcw-hDqQ)

Video: complete trophy presentation ceremony (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxlGYwt0sss)

Apr. 14, 2011, 06:36 PM
In the last race Rosie Napravnik won her 2nd race at the Keeneland meet in a $50k for Maiden 3-yr old Fillies at 1 1/16 on the Turf for Jonathan Sheppard and Augustin Stables - Safe Crossing. A lovely 14-1 return too.

This was her 1st start and she looked solid in the stretch building distance from the field. At least 2-lengths.

Rose had won her 1st race of the meet on today's 2nd race aboard another maiden - Friscan. Otherwise she's been relative chilly in just hitting the board thus far.


Video replay: Race 9 with Safe Crossing (Augustin Stable) taking the win (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_pcYzfQGMg)

Apr. 14, 2011, 08:41 PM
For the $300k Grade 1 (turf) 23rd edition of The Maker’s Mark Mile (albeit run as the Fort Harrod from 1989-1996) Rick Dutrow will now longer be the trainer of Court Vision. Rather IEAH Stables will have him listed under a new trainer, Justin Sallusto. (http://www.drf.com/news/keeneland-court-vision-will-be-allowed-run-makers-mark-mile-under-new-trainers-name)

Friday 4-15 Race 9 G1 Makers Mark Mile - field below (http://equibase.com/static/entry/KEE041511USA-EQB.html#RACE9)

PP. Horse. Jockey. Wgt.
1. Court Vision. R Albarado. 119-lbs
2. Zifzaf. R Maragh. 117-lbs
3. Bim Bam. J R Velazquez 117-lbs
4. Workin for Hops. R Napravnik. 119-lbs
5. Get Stormy. J Castellano 119-lbs.
6. Society's Chairman. J Lezcano 117-lbs.
7. Turallure. S Bridgmohan. 117-lbs
8. Furthest Land. J R Leparoux. 117-lbs

I'll take hard grinder Workin for Hops :)

Apr. 15, 2011, 01:06 PM
Thursday Apr 14th still was "up" from the prior year despite the relatively smaller crowd. I guess some people still have to work in Lexington :D The Thursday numbers released:

Yesterday's figures: On-track attendance, 11,872; on-track betting, $966,117.10; total betting including simulcast, $5,686,014.16.

This day last year: On-track attendance, 6,458; on-track betting, $665,031; total betting including simulcast, $5,788,076.

Some the best deadpan humor you can get in regards to yesterday's $300k Vinery Madison S. (Grade I) and in particular the change of listed trainers of 'Amen' from Dutrow to Justin Sallusto. (Justin has saddled just 10-horses in 2011). From the Herald-Leader's Alicia Wincze Hughes (http://www.kentucky.com/2011/04/15/1708568/filly-previously-trained-by-dutrow.html)

Sallusto was not on the grounds for the race, leaving jockey John Velazquez as the sole person to answer questions in the wake of the filly's runner-up effort.

"No one," was Velazquez's response when asked who gave him pre-race instructions.

When asked whether he had talked with the trainer after the race, Velazquez replied, "Who is the trainer?"

As for the Oklahoma-bred gal who took the Vinery (ironic as IEHA enjoy some of their best days with another OK-bred runner: Kip Deville) she'll be moving up the road about an hour away to Louisville for her next run:

Shotgun Gulch improved her record to seven wins from 17 lifetime starts. She is most likely to make her next start in the Grade I Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs on May 7.

This morning at 6:30 am EST kicked off the Makers Mark bottle signing at Keeneland (http://www.kentucky.com/2011/04/15/1708957/makers-mark-bottle-signing.html) which is always well attended. They made a special 75th Anniversary version in honor of Keeneland which will be quite the collectable. Bottle sales benefit the Lee T. and Patsy Todd Music Outreach Endowment at the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. The cap for these bottles is not the traditional red-wax but rather a gold-colored wax top.

Apr. 16, 2011, 12:42 PM
Video replay: Grade 1 Makers Mark Mile - Fri Apr 15 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVNMsCzcnLE)

I made a little bit of money on Rosie aboard Workin For Hops as I knew he was looking good off his effort at Fair Grounds. That said Get Stormy's win was very solid.

Apr. 16, 2011, 12:57 PM
As a reminder Keeneland provides free streaming video for those unable to catch the racing on TVG or don't want to wait for the replays on youtube


Today's Saturday April 16 entire racing card of runners (http://equibase.com/static/entry/KEE041611USA-EQB.html)

The signature $750k Toyota Blue Grass Stakes - Grade 1 - with 12 starters is slated to go off at 5:45 PM EST as Race 9

Prior to that are good races too, including:

Race 8:$200k Jenny Wiley Stakes (Grade II) for mares 4-yrs and older; look for Rosie on the Sheppard trainee of Fantasia (GB), owned by George Strawbridge

Race 7: $175k Commonwealth Stakes (Grade II) with Aikenite

And a couple of this sports great old men together in Race 6 - $100k Shakertown Stakes (Grade III) on turf. This has 8-yr old Silver Timber and 7-yr old Chamberlain Bridge in the mix.

The last race of the day (10th) features a mare who at one time made headlines for her boy-crushing effort in 2008's John Battaglia Memorial Stakes (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/horse/news/story?id=3272723) - Absolutely Cindy.

Apr. 16, 2011, 05:33 PM
Does anyone know about what happened to Silver Timber (ran in Race 6), or how he is doing? Apparently he was vanned off the track... I know this horse and would really like an update on him if anyone knows anything.

Apr. 16, 2011, 06:17 PM
As cited by TVG -Silver Timber was reported as "ok" per Chad Brown's stable. He was vanned off as a precaution, however details seem very incomplete.

Apr. 16, 2011, 06:40 PM
7 minutes to post for the Blue Grass Stakes .. chef Bobby Flay is there to see if his runner Sensational Slam can win.

Apr. 16, 2011, 06:51 PM

Apr. 16, 2011, 06:54 PM

Indeed - whoa. I cannot even imagine what the superfecta will pay but it will be huge!

ETA: $1 wager yielded $64k and some change for the superfecta

Apr. 16, 2011, 07:36 PM
Video replay - Race 9 - Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85zPWXl05Ig)

Video - Blue Grass Award Ceremony (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JaBFWSak_k)

Brilliant Speed, ridden by Joel Rosario

2nd #7 Twinspired with Robby Albarado
3rd #2 King Congie with Rajiv Maragh

Wager Type Winning Numbers Payoff
$2 Pick 3 ... 1-2-5 (3 correct) $928.40
$0.50 Pick 4 ... 7-1-2-5 (4 correct) $1,888.00
$2 Daily Double .. 2-5 $199.00
$2 Exacta ... 5-7 $655.20
$2 Superfecta ... 5-7-2-1 $129,093.60

Apr. 16, 2011, 08:17 PM
Thrilled for Mrs Weber especially with the disappointment with THAS' s injury. I think even Albertrani(sp?) was suprised to say the least. Heres the thing I think if King Congie hadn't drifted-Brillant Speed would have won by more.

Apr. 19, 2011, 06:49 PM
The comeback one-off ride for Seattle Slew & Hoist the Flag jockey - Jean Cruguet - has been put on hold and will not occur during this Keeneland meet. (http://www.drf.com/news/keeneland-cruguets-one-race-comeback-put-hold)

Cruguet was named to ride Ratoath Special in the seventh race Thursday, but he will be replaced by Jesus Castanon, according to the filly’s trainer and co-owner, John Paul Pucek.

“The filly is coming off a seven-month layoff, and the jock would be coming off a 15-year layoff,” said Pucek. “Jean and I are compadres, great friends. He wants to ride in a race, and I understand that. But this is just not the right spot.”

Cruguet, who last rode competitively in 1996, said he was trying to come back for two main reasons – to honor the memory of his late wife, Denyse, who died last September following a lengthy and debilitating illness, and to donate his earnings to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund of the Jockeys’ Guild.

“Jean is about as fit and healthy as he can be,” said Pucek, 60. “He’s been getting on horses, he jogs, and he even got a doctor’s clearance after the stewards requested it. Nobody from Keeneland put any pressure on us to do anything. Nobody said one word to me."

He'll likely make that charitable return to riding at Arlington Park this summer.

Apr. 20, 2011, 03:08 PM
A small field - even with Jaycito being absent - for Saturday Apr 23rd's Kentucky Derby implication race ...

30th edition of the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (Grade 3)
Race 9 at 1 1/16 mi, off at 5:20 pm EST (http://equibase.com/static/entry/KEE042311USA-EQB.html#RACE9)
Saturday April 23rd

PP. Horse, Jockey. Weight
1. Derby Kitten, Julien Leparoux. 117-lbs
2. Silver Medallion, Javier Castellano. 121-lbs
3. Prime Cut, Edgar Prado. 117-lbs
4. Hurricane Lake, Calvin Borel. 119-lbs
5. Taptowne, Corey Lanerie. 117-lbs
6. Casper’s Touch, Alan Garcia.117-lbs

How the purse will be distributed: $120,000 to the owner of the winner, $40,000 to second, $20,000 to third, $10,000 to fourth, $6,000 to fifth and $4,000 to sixth.

Note the 7th race that SAT will be the $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes (Grade III) on the main track at 1 1/8 miles. It's interesting as there are only 5 entries including (http://equibase.com/static/entry/KEE042311USA-EQB.html#RACE7) the 2010 Charles Town Classic winner and was-to-be-a-steeplechaser but didn't: Researcher, for Kinross Corp. (Zohar Ben-Dov). He didn't make he cut for the full house 2011 edition of the Charles Town Classic. Since that victory he's only run once - March 26th - in an allowance at Charles Town which he failed to hit the board.

There is no racing on Sunday April 24 - Easter.

Apr. 20, 2011, 03:45 PM
If you like to see a closer come from the clouds ... watch replay ...

replay: Apr 20, 2011 Keeneland Race 3 - see horse #8 cursesandblessings (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUl8ArRnh7Y)

'Curses' (green cap and silks) is so far out of it and deadlast from the entire field on the backstretch and the final turn ;) (The Trakus number-dots at the bottom of the video shows it all the more)

Apr. 22, 2011, 05:09 PM
Anyone see race #6 this afternoon (Fri April 22nd) with the 2-yr old fillies - actually make that the post-parade? I've never seen a horse fall down like that. Grace Way Given (http://www.equibase.com/premium/eqbHorseInfo.cfm?refno=8615335&registry=T) was cleared to run after she was caught following her getting back on her feet and running a bit down the track. She finished 2nd to last (http://www.equibase.com/static/chart/summary/KEE042211USA-EQB.html#RN6).

Apr. 23, 2011, 06:05 PM
Track record in today's (SAT 4-23) Giant's Causeway Stakes (http://equibase.com/static/entry/KEE042311USA-EQB.html#RACE8) for Fillies And Mares, Three Years Old And Upward. The Mike Maker trained, and obviously Ken & Sarah Ramsey owned, Holiday for Kitten broke the record for 5 1/2 furlongs.

Apr. 23, 2011, 08:01 PM
Video: Holiday Kitten sets the track record - Giant's Causeway Stakes - Apr 23, 2011 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JONJmuVPKM)

Ken Ramsey said Holiday Kitten will next go to Royal Ascot in June.

Then the next race after that was the Grade 3 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (and a massive downpour just before and during) with .... ta da another Ramsey "Kitten" victory - Video replay: Derby Kitten taking the G3 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmfonQEsnHI)

I don't think we'll see Derby Kitten in the Kentucky Derby, but maybe the Preakness. Nice too see that Sarah was there to enjoy a day of success for their stable and breeding operations.

Apr. 23, 2011, 09:52 PM
So thrilled for Derby Kitten and Holiday for Kitten. Also worth mentioning, Dean's Kitten ran 2nd in the Ben Ali. I break babies for the Ramsey's and spent alot of time aboard Derby Kitten in his early days. The credit for Holiday for Kitten goes to Jose Sanchez and I cannot remember which mare Dean's Kitten is out of but we were all probably aboard at some point. The Ramsey's are by farm the best owners in the industry to work for and they treat their help with the utmost respect and generosity. After Furthest Land captured the Breeder's Cup race, the Derby is the last big milestone the Mr. Ramsey is seeking. His horse Derby Obsession even one last Saturday at Kee. Knowing how much it means to Mr. Ramsey, I hate to see him miss the derby this year entirely, but perhaps two out of three TC jewels wouldn't be too shabby. Three cheers for Ramsey Farm, Derby Kitten, and all of their connections! Also, did anyone else catch that Holiday for Kitten completely 5 1/2 furlongs in 1.02.78. Wow. She. Can. Fly.

Apr. 25, 2011, 11:27 PM
It looks like it will be a thrilling chase to the finish in the jockey title fight (as measured by wins alone).

Julien Leparoux leads Alan Garcia by a 15-14 count going into Wednesday. Although Javier Castellano bests both of them in the earnings department.

Equibase Jockey stats for Keeneland Spring 2011 meet (http://equibase.com/stats/View.cfm?tf=meet&tb=jockey)

One of the worst win % of all the leading jocks at the meet? Rosie Napravnik with just 4%: 56 mounts 2-9-5 'earnings' $273,217.

Just so everyone knows or those who might think otherwise, the jockey get typically 10% of the earnings, then a portion of that goes to the agent, valet, etc. ;)

Apr. 25, 2011, 11:51 PM
For those who like to see younger trainers in the game - look for Sierra Alpha on Wed trained by Tres Abbott: (http://www.drf.com/news/keeneland-sierra-alpha-looks-strong-turf-marathon)

Wed April 27 Race 4 @ 1 1/2 miles on turf - $58,000 Allowance (http://www.equibase.com/static/entry/KEE042711USA-EQB.html#RACE4)

Sierra Alpha (GB) with Jose Lezcano from PP 4

Francis “Tres” Abbott grew up in Philadelphia before traveling to England to attend college, where his fascination with horse racing led to jobs with Aidan O’Brien and Sir Michael Stoute. Now 28 and freshly on his own as a trainer back home in the states, Abbott is quietly assembling a public stable with the intent of putting all that valuable education to good use.

Keeneland fans will have an opportunity to see what Abbott learned from such iconic horsemen when he saddles a British-bred colt named Sierra Alpha for the feature race Wednesday.

Apr. 27, 2011, 12:54 PM
For those who like to see younger trainers in the game - look for Sierra Alpha on Wed trained by Tres Abbott: (http://www.drf.com/news/keeneland-sierra-alpha-looks-strong-turf-marathon). Wed April 27 Race 4 @ 1 1/2 miles on turf - $58,000 Allowance.

Sierra Alpha (GB) with Jose Lezcano from PP 4

Because of the heavy rains (that never seem to be ending in Kentucky this Spring) this race has been taken off the turf and will now be on the polytrack at 1 5/8 miles instead of 1 1/2 mi on turf ;)

Apr. 27, 2011, 05:55 PM
video - Race 4 - wasn't to be for Sierra Alpha (GB) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd15ctTgZOU)

As noted on TVG typically Fayette Co. (where Lexington is) gets 2.5" of precipitation for the month of April. As of today it's been 11". If they didn't have the fast draining, always "good" polytrack the meet would've been seriously disrupted.

Apr. 28, 2011, 11:54 AM
just two days to go in the Keeneland Spring meet and Julien has taken the lead in the jockey standings: (http://ww2.keeneland.com/racing/lists/current%20stats/allitemsalt.aspx) (measured by wins)

1. Julien R. Leparoux: 17
2. Alan Garcia: 14
3. Javier Castellano: 12

And if there was any doubt as to the success of the Kitten's Joy offspring at Keeneland and owner/breeder Ken & Sarah Ramsey this meet will change that.

Currently they have 8 victories at the meet (http://ww2.keeneland.com/racing/lists/current%20stats/allitemsalt.aspx) while there is a big break back to the 2nd place slot with three owners tied with 4 wins.

May. 18, 2011, 06:53 PM
As noted elsewhere - the Dutrow/IEAH entry of Amen Hallelujah will be running in the 8th race: the $300k Vinery Madison S. (Grade I) against Evening Jewel and 6 others.
And the legal wrangling was all for not ...

Shotgun Gulch with GoGo up takes the upset by a head over 'Amen'. A nifty 11-1 victory for the owner/breeder/trainer of C. R. Trout. If he could've rode the horse too I bet he would ;) Evening Jewel had to get re-shod moments before the race and was never a factor in the stretch.

Race replay: Grade 1 Vinery Madison Stakes - $300k (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7Gdcw-hDqQ)

Video: complete trophy presentation ceremony (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxlGYwt0sss)

Interesting the 3rd place finisher - behind winner Shotgun Gulch and Hallelujah is claiming he should get the 2nd place check because Dutrow's entry shouldn't have been.

DRF 5-18-11 Vinery Madison under appeal (http://www.drf.com/news/keeneland-vinery-madison-under-appeal)

John Veitch, Kentucky’s chief state steward, said that stewards denied Scott’s initial complaint because a Kentucky circuit court had ordered that Amen Hallelujah be allowed to start after the Kentucky Licensing Review Committee denied Dutrow a license following the entry of the horse. Under an agreement that was reached between the commission and Amen Hallelujah’s owners just before post time of the race, the horse was allowed to start under the name of trainer Justin Sallusto.

Veitch notified the commission that Scott had appealed the initial ruling at a commission meeting held on Wednesday outside of Lexington, Ky. Scott is seeking a redistribution of the purse. Amen Hallelujah earned $60,000 in the race, and Dr. Zic earned $30,000.

If the horse shouldn't have been allowed to run but did that doesn't seemingly mean that your horse "would have/ should have" moved up one place.