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Keeneland Barn Notes - Sunday, April 14

  • TOYOTA BLUE GRASS STAKES HORSES FINE MORNING AFTER RACE
  • SATURDAY STAKES WINNERS EXIT TRIUMPHS IN GOOD ORDER
  • COOLMORE LEXINGTON FIELD TAKING SHAPE FOR SATURDAY
  • 2013 SPRING MEET LEADERS

 

 

TOYOTA BLUE GRASS STAKES HORSES FINE MORNING AFTER RACE

“Java’s War came out of Blue Grass fine. Trainer is exhausted. Thank You for opportunity Mr Fipke. Special winning in my home town Lexington”

Java’s War Wins Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1), Punches Kentucky Derby Ticket

Handsome Mike Takes Commonwealth (G3), Havelock Captures Shakertown (G3)

LEXINGTON, KY (April 13, 2013) – Charles Fipke’s homebred Java’s War overcame a slow start to catch Palace Malice in the final yards to win the 89th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) by a neck before a crowd of 37,161 on a bright Saturday afternoon at Keeneland.

Saturday’s attendance is the second largest in track history, surpassed only by the 40,617 on hand for last year’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

Quotes - $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1)

Ken McPeek (winning trainer of Java’s War)

On scoring his second victory in the race

“This isn’t about me. Mr. Fipke (breeder and owner Charles E. Fipke) puts a lot of money in this game. He breeds a lot of really quality mares. He really studies it. He bred a really nice horse, and we’re fortunate to have it in our hands. Yeah, it’s fun for me, but listen he’s the one who put up the dough and I’m thrilled for him.”

On Java’s War’s slow break

Centre Court Romps to Victory in 25th Running of the $300,000 Jenny Wiley (G1)

LEXINGTON, KY (April 13, 2013) – G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Centre Court overhauled defending champion Daisy Devine at the sixteenth pole and drew off to win the 25th running of the $300,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1) for fillies and mares by two lengths on Saturday afternoon at Keeneland.

Trained by Rusty Arnold and ridden by Julien Leparoux, Centre Court is a four-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Smart Strike out of the A.P. Indy mare Let who covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:41.73.

Quotes - $300,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1)

Rusty Arnold (winning trainer of Centre Court)

On how he prepared her for the winning performance after she won her first start of the year in the Honey Fox Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park on March 16

“This one was easier than the last one (Honey Fox). She’d come off a long layoff. She’s improved as Julien (Leparoux) said. She’s a better horse this year than last year. She’s easier to deal with. She got here easy. She got it on her own.”

 

On her future races

Last Full Measure Holds Off Byrama to Win 12th Running of $300,000 Madison (G1)

LEXINGTON, KY (April 13, 2013) – St. George Farm Racing’s Last Full Measure survived a claim of foul from runner-up Byrama (GB) to win the 12th running of the $300,000 Madison Stakes (G1) for fillies and mares by a diminishing neck on Saturday afternoon at Keeneland.

A five-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Empire Maker out of the Slewvescent mare Lady Slusan, Last Full Measure is a Keeneland sales graduate.

Quotes - $300,000 Madison Stakes (G1)

Phil Oliver (winning trainer of Last Full Measure)

On why he chose to run her in the race

“I guess it just took me a while to figure out she wanted to sprint. The race didn’t seem like it was coming up that tough so we just decided we’d take a shot and it turned out pretty good.”

 

Corey Nakatani (rider of Last Full Measure)

Quotes - $100,000 Shakertown Stakes (G3)

Garrett Gomez (winning jockey)

“(Trainer) Darrin (Miller) did a great job with him. He’s a really classy individual. Real push-button like (Miller) told me in the paddock. I just kinda let him get upon his feet and come home.”

 

On racing along the rail en route to victory

Quotes - $175,000 Commonwealth Stakes (G3)

Leandro Moro (assistant to Doug O’Neill, winning trainer of Handsome Mike)

On what made the difference today after three off-the-board finishes

“He has run some really tough races. In the last race, he ran against Game On Dude, who is not an easy horse to beat. It looks like the distance is helping him.”

 

On Handsome Mike’s next race

“Because we train at Del Mar, we’re hoping we can keep him healthy and sound for the Pacific Classic (G1).”

 

Keeneland Barn Notes - Saturday, April 13

POST-RACE INTERVIEWS WITH THE WINNING CONNECTIONS OF THE TOYOTA BLUE GRASS

WILL BE HELD IN THE FIRST-FLOOR JOCKEY QUARTERS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE RACE

 

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