Ben Ali Stakes

Flameaway Returns To Keeneland For Bid In Ben Ali Stakes

John Oxley’s Flameaway has shown an affinity for Keeneland during his career, winning the Dixiana Bourbon (G3) on a sloppy track as a 2-year-old in 2017 and finishing second to Good Magic in last spring’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2). On Saturday, he will try to add success in the Ben Ali (G3) to his local resume. “He tailed […]

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‘Particular’ Rated R Superstar, Consistent Something Awesome Headed To Pimlico Special

Radar Racing’s multiple graded-stakes winner Rated R Superstar will make his 25th career start and fifth of 2018 in the historic $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) Friday, May 18 at legendary Pimlico Race Course. “Definitely,” trainer Ken McPeek said. “He’s coming.”   Rated R Superstar, a gelded 5-year-old son of multiple Grade 1-winning sprinter Kodiak Cowboy, is exiting the 1 […]

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Rated R Superstar Defeats Favored Chip Leader In Ben Ali Stakes

Radar Racing’s Rated R Superstar provided a bit of an upset in Saturday’s Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes at Keeneland, posting a 6-1 victory over the 9-5 favorite Chip Leader. The 5-year-old son of Kodiak Kowboy was at the rear of the field behind a mile pace, but Javier Castellano sent him after the leader […]

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Grade 1-Placed Eagle Retires To Stand At Texas’ Valor Farm

The graded stakes winning, Grade 1-placed Eagle has officially been retired to stud, reports The 5-year-old son of Candy Ride will stand at Douglas Scharbauer’s Valor Farm in Texas for $5,000 in 2018. “He ran at the highest level, he’s sound, was first or second 14 times out of 22 starts, and is a very good-looking […]

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Eagle Determined In Ben Ali Victory

William S. Farish’s homebred Eagle was the determined winner of Saturday’s 86th running of the Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes, putting in a big middle move and grinding out the win by 1 1/4 lengths on the wire. The 4-year-old son of Candy Ride covered nine furlongs over Keeneland’s fast main track in 1:48.57 to […]

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Protonico Scores Front-Running Ben Ali Win

Protonico, sent off at odds of 4-5 by bettors, proved much the best over five rivals with a wire-to-wire score in Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes at Keeneland Racecourse. It was the colt’s first win since a victory in the G3 Discovery Handicap last November at Aqueduct. Trained by Todd Pletcher for Sumaya […]

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General a Rod Targeting Ben Ali For Next Possible Start

Trainer Todd Pletcher had a productive day last Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs.In addition to capturing the track’s signature G2 Tampa Bay Derby with Carpe Diem, Pletcher also sent out General a Rod, who came home first in the Challenger Stakes. As the Daily Racing Form reported, Pletcher recently took over the training of the […]

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Frac Daddy Much The Best in Keeneland’s Ben Ali

Magic City Thoroughbred Partners’ Frac Daddy blew away nine rivals to win the 84th running of the $150,000 Ben Ali (G3) at Keeneland on Saturday by 4 3/4 lengths. The 2011 Keeneland sales graduate tracked pace-setting Red Rifle to the middle of the far turn, where he took command and then drew off unopposed to […]

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Successful Dan Triumphant in Ben Ali Return

Not to be outdone by his year-younger half-brother, Wise Dan, Successful Dan controlled the pace to win the 83rd running of the Ben Ali Stakes (G3) on Sunday, a year after Wise Dan won the same race to launch his Horse of the Year campaign. The performance came on Military Appreciation Day, which attracted 20,244 fans […]

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