Keeneland racing

Keeneland: Restless Rider, Royal Charlotte To Square Off In Grade 2 Raven Run

Three Chimneys Farm and Fern Circle Stables’ Restless Rider and First Row Partners’ Royal Charlotte headline a field of 11 3-year-old fillies entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 21st running of the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2) at 7 furlongs on the main track. The Lexus Raven Run will go as the ninth race on Saturday’s 10-race program with a 5:30 p.m. ET post […]

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‘She Is A Fighter’: Varenka Makes Bid For Motion’s Second QE II Win

Augustin Stable’s homebred Varenka galloped on Keeneland’s all-weather training track Friday morning after arriving the day before from trainer Graham Motion’s home base at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland. “She’s a good traveler,” said Motion assistant Alice Clapham, who has been with the Ghostzapper filly on trips to what is now her fifth track. “She’s like […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Emotionally-Charged’ Victory No Minor Feat

Emotion overflowed on the Keeneland turf course Sunday, a result of Peace Achieved’s hard-fought victory in the G3 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes. It was the first time owner Joe Minor had seen his silks enter the winner’s circle for a graded stakes race, but he gave the honor of leading the colt up for the photo […]

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QE II Challenge Cup: Princesa Carolina ‘Deserves A Chance At This Level’

Three Chimneys Farm’s homebred Princesa Carolina will seek her first graded stakes victory in Saturday’s $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1), and trainer Kenny McPeek says she is ready for the challenge. In her most recent start, the Tapit filly scored her first stakes victory with an impressive 1½-length triumph in the […]

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‘Looks Like She Never Ran’: Sweet Melania Sitting Pretty After Jessamine Victory

“It looks like she never even ran yesterday.” That report made clear that Robert and Lawana Low’s Sweet Melania was none the worse for wear Thursday morning following her record-breaking 5½-length victory in Wednesday’s JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2). Amelia Green, who is overseeing trainer Todd Pletcher’s Keeneland string, was the one who delivered the day-after briefing on the […]

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Equibase Analysis: Who Gets Top Billing In Highly Competitive QE II Field?

The nine horse field assembled for the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes is so deep in talent there is not one filly who cannot win the race. The field is led by Cambier Parc, one of only two horses in the field to have won at the highest level, having done so […]

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Cambier Parc Tops Filly Trio For Chad Brown In QE II Challenge Cup

OXO Equine’s Cambier Parc, winner of the Del Mar Oaks (G1) Presented by The Jockey Club in her most recent start, tops a field of nine 3-year-old fillies entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 36th running of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1). Contested at 1 1/8 miles on the Keeneland turf […]

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Eye Of A Soldier Looks For Automatic Juvenile Fillies Turf Entry In Jessamine Stakes

Ten years ago, Eye of Taurus raced to victory in the second division of the Pin Oak Valley View (G3) for owner Harvey Clarke and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. On Wednesday, her daughter Eye of a Soldier will go postward in the 29th running of the $200,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2), a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race that awards the winner a fees-paid berth […]

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Engage Holds Off Whitmore To Earn Breeders’ Cup Berth In Phoenix

Woodford Racing’s Engage had to fight hard to win Friday’s Grade 2 Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland, fending off multi-millionaire Whitmore by about three parts of a length on the wire. The 4-year-old son of Into Mischief, ridden by Jose Ortiz for trainer Steve Asmussen, found clear sailing down the center of the stretch and was […]

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Blue Prize Seeks $500,000 Prize In Spinster, Berth Into Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize (ARG), who scored her biggest U.S. victory here last fall in the Juddmonte Spinster (G1), will face four rivals Sunday as she tries to become the fourth horse to win the $500,000 race for fillies and mares in consecutive years. Run at 1 1/8 miles on the main track, the Juddmonte Spinster is a […]

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