Keeneland unveils new Facebook racing game

Fans will have a new way to enjoy the races at Keeneland this spring.  The Keeneland Association will launched, an interactive racing game tied to a player’s Facebook account. The game was developed Cornett-IMS, a Lexington-based marketing firm. “When you look at what is popular [on Facebook] and why people play, it’s to have […]

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Seattle Slew jockey, 72, to ride at Keeneland

Jean Cruguet, who rode Seattle Slew to the 1977 Triple Crown, plans to get back in the saddle one more time and ride a race during the Keeneland spring meet. The 72-year-old will ride Ratoath Special in a starter allowance sprint for three-year-old fillies. “I’m only doing this for my late wife, Denyse,” said Cruguet, […]

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Woodbine opens Saturday with cut in takeout, purses

Woodbine Race Course launches its 167-day season Saturday, with a two percent reduction in trifecta takeout but a two percent cut in purses as well. Some were suprised by the purse cut, since Woodbine Entertainment Group reported nearly nine percent growth in handle for last year’s meet. “We were really the only jurisdiction in North […]

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Fly Down to stay in Middle East

Four-year-old Fly Down, who finished 13th in the Dubai World Cup March 26, is staying in the Middle East for the forseeable future. Trainer Nick Zito said Prince Mitab bin Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who purchased Fly Down last year during his 3-year-old campaign, was “very upset” after the World Cup. “For now, he’s just […]

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Black Caviar rated world’s best Thoroughbred

Undefeated Australian sprinter Black Caviar has landed the top spot in the first edition of the 2011 World Thoroughbred Rankings. Black Caviar’s brilliant performance in the Group 1 Lexus Newmarket Handicap at Flemington March 12 earned the four-year-old filly a rating of 130, a pound clear of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Blame. The rankings cover […]

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Pimlico kicks off spring meet Friday

Pimlico’s eight-week spring meet begins Friday, with a few wagers added and nearly $3 million in purse money for 22 stakes races.  The 136th running of the middle leg of the Triple Crown, The Preakness, is set for May 21st, with six graded stakes events on the card.

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Unrivaled Belle set for return in Rampart

Unrivaled Belle returns to racing Saturday in the Grade 3 Rampart Stakes at Gulfstream Park, where she’ll face six rivals, including Awesome Maria and Persuading. It’ll be Unrivaled Belle’s first start since winning the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic at Churchill Downs November 5.  Kent Desormeaux will ride for trainer Bill Mott.

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Finalists named to Hall of Fame ballot

Four jockeys, three trainers, and three fillies and mares — but no male horses — will be on the ballot for possible induction into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame later this year. Three of the four jockeys — Calvin Borel, Garrett Gomez, and John Velazquez — have been named to the ballot […]

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Memories of Keeneland’s 75 years

As Keeneland Race Course prepares to open for its 75th year, Tom Eblen is chronicling some of the memories for the Lexington Herald-Leader: Sisters Alice Chandler and Patricia Green have unique memories of Keeneland’s early years. Their father, Hal Price Headley, was the driving force behind creating it. “When Keeneland opened, I was 10 years […]

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