Oscar Performance provided trainer Brian Lynch and jockey Jose Ortiz with their first Breeders' Cup wins
Oscar Performance Highlights Keeneland’s Opening Weekend Stakes Nominations

Two Breeders’ Cup winners – 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) winner Oscar Performance and Mongolian Saturday, winner of the 2015 TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) at Keeneland – headline the list of horses nominated to five graded stakes that are part of seven stakes to be run during the April 7-9 opening weekend […]

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Vale Dori and jockey Rafael Bejarano win the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Finding Dori

Vale Dori earned her fifth straight victory – and fourth straight graded stakes win – when she put away champion Finest City in the stretch and captured the G1 Santa Margarita Stakes by 1 ½ lengths. The Santa Margarita marked the 5-year-old mare’s first North American Grade 1 win and kept her undefeated in three […]

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Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile) wins the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1) at Keeneland. Julien Leparoux up, Mark Casse trainer, John Oxley owner.
Updated: Champion Classic Empire Refuses To Work Just 19 Days Before Blue Grass

Juvenile champion Classic Empire apparently refused to break off for a workout on Sunday at Palm Meadows, according to The 3-year-old son of Pioneerof The Nile has only managed a single workout since his disappointing third-place effort in the Feb. 4 Holy Bull, but connections had been optimistic, aiming the colt for the April […]

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McCraken worked at Palm Meadows on Mar. 11
‘Filled Out, Stronger’ McCraken Works Five Furlongs At Keeneland Monday

Whitham Thoroughbreds’ undefeated graded stakes winner McCraken, who arrived at Keeneland on Thursday to begin preparations for the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on April 8, worked five furlongs in one minute flat Monday with jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. aboard. The time was the fastest of seven works at the distance. Keeneland clockers caught […]

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Stronach Stables' Shaman Ghost and jockey Javier Castellano win the Grade I $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Ghost ‘Capper

Shaman Ghost reeled in frontrunner Midnight Storm in the stretch to win the G1 Santa Anita Handicap by three-quarters of a length March 11. The win improved Shaman Ghost’s record to seven victories in 15 career starts and pushed his earnings to more than $3.5 million. Shaman Ghost became the third graded stakes winner this […]

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Illuminant wins the Wishing Well Stakes off a 10-month layoff
Illuminant Scores Off The Layoff In Wishing Well

Classy Illuminant, idle since May 30, returned to the races with her running shoes on Friday at Santa Anita, as she took the $75,000 Wishing Well Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths under Flavien Prat while covering 6 ½ furlongs down the Camino Real Turf Course in 1:12.27. Trained by Michael McCarthy, she was last seen […]

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Pretty N Cool and jockey Martin Garcia win the Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes, Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.© BENOIT PHOTO
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Pretty (Dar)N Cool

Pretty N Cool showed no signs of rust when she powered away in the stretch to win the Grade 3 Las Flores Stakes at Santa Anita. It was the first race in six months for the 4-year-old Scat Daddy filly, who improved her record to five wins in 11 career starts. Pretty N Cool’s Las […]

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Hogy with Florent Geroux captures the Colonel Power Overnight Stakes with a new track record of 1:01.56 for the 5 1/2 furlongs over the Fair Grounds turf course.
Hogy Passing Up Dubai, Headed For Shakertown Instead

The connections behind Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots-based top turf sprinter Hogy are going to take the conservative route with the nearly black six-time stakes-winning gelding. The Scott Becker-trained and William Stiritz-owned son of Offlee Wild was extended an invitation to the Group 1, $1,000,000 Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night, Mar. […]

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Mike Battaglia
Battaglia To Be Inducted Into Kentucky Athletic Hall Of Fame

Kosair Charities and the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame are proud to announce that Mike Battaglia is among a class of eight that will be inducted as the Class of 2017 into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes athletes and sports figures who were born in, or played […]

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Honorable Duty (left) with jockey Julien Leparoux aboard outduels International Star (center) and Dazzling Gem (right) to win the G3 Mineshaft Handicap at Fair Grounds.
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Juddmonte Earns High Honors

Honorable Duty scored high marks in his 5-year-old debut when he held off both International Star and Dazzling Gem to win the G3 Mineshaft Stakes by a half-length Feb. 25. The Mineshaft was the first graded stakes victory for the son of Distorted Humor, who now boasts a record of five wins in 11 career […]

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