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Keeneland Spring 2011 Meet

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  • Keeneland Spring 2011 Meet

    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

    Example: Liz Taylor - George Hamilton - 1986

    Image: Ronald Reagan -Spring 1969

    Image: Actor George C. Scott, his wife, and jockey (now trainer) Earlie Fires, 1968 Fall meet

    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

    Full entries for the opening day's races

    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:

    Last edited by Glimmerglass; Apr. 20, 2011, 03:38 PM.
  • Original Poster

    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

    Other replays available here:


    • Original Poster

      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"

      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.


      • Original Poster

        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!


        • #5
          I had a great time!


          • #6
            Leaving for Lexington this morning! Staying for several days - 2yo sales, races, checking out the farms - heading to Mecca!
            But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson


            • Original Poster

              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 She returned $99.40 as the second-longest shot in a field of nine.

              Video replay - Central Bank Ashland Stakes Apr 9, 2011

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


              • Original Poster

                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:

                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 will be running in the 8th race: the $300k Vinery Madison S. (Grade I) against Evening Jewel and 6 others.


                • Original Poster

                  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

                  Video: complete trophy presentation ceremony
                  Last edited by Glimmerglass; Apr. 14, 2011, 07:02 PM.


                  • Original Poster

                    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
                    Last edited by Glimmerglass; Apr. 14, 2011, 06:59 PM.


                    • Original Poster

                      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.

                      Friday 4-15 Race 9 G1 Makers Mark Mile - field below

                      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


                      • Original Poster

                        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 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

                        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 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.


                        • Original Poster

                          Video replay: Grade 1 Makers Mark Mile - Fri Apr 15

                          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.


                          • Original Poster

                            Free, live video streaming of the Blue Grass Stakes

                            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

                            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 - Absolutely Cindy.


                            • #15
                              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.


                              • Original Poster

                                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.


                                • Original Poster

                                  7 minutes to post for the Blue Grass Stakes .. chef Bobby Flay is there to see if his runner Sensational Slam can win.


                                  • #18
                                    "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Originally posted by mroades View Post
                                      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


                                      • Original Poster

                                        Video replay - Race 9 - Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

                                        Video - Blue Grass Award Ceremony

                                        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