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2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan Returns in Style to Win Maker’s 46 Mile

LEXINGTON, KY (April 12, 2013) – Morton Fink’s reigning Horse of the Year, Wise Dan, repulsed a challenge from defending champion Data Link to win the 25th running of the Maker’s 46 Mile Stakes (G1) by a length before a crowd of 15,406 on a brisk Friday afternoon at Keeneland.

The victory was the fifth graded stakes victory at Keeneland for Wise Dan, the most in track history. Wise Dan also won the Phoenix Stakes (G3) in 2010, the 2011 Fayette Stakes (G2) and the 2012 Ben Ali Stakes (G3) and Shadwell Turf Mile (G1).

Quotes - $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile Stakes (G1)

Charlie LoPresti (winning trainer of Wise Dan)

On whether he was concerned about how reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan would perform in his first race since November

“I was very concerned. People asked me earlier, ‘What horse do you fear?’ I said, ‘I fear the layoff the most.’ I didn’t crank him as tight as he needed to be for this race. Turning for home, I hoped he was going to win but I knew he might get a little tired. He kicked in on heart alone. He’s a good horse.

Keeneland Barn Notes - Friday, April 12

  • FOOTBRIDGE TAKES BIG JUMP FROM MAIDEN VICTORY TO GRADE 1 TOYOTA BLUE GRASS
  • CECIL MAKES RARE KEENELAND APPEARANCE FOR TWO SATURDAY STAKES
  • RAMSEYS TAKE AIM ON OWNERS WIN MARK
  • VIDEO INTERVIEWS WITH OWNER KEN RAMSEY AND TRAINER EDDIE KENNEALLY
  • TOYOTA BLUE GRASS WEEK SPECIAL EVENTS
  • TOYOTA BLUE GRASS CONTENDER LISTING
  • 2013 SPRING MEET LEADERS

 

 

Reflecting Overtakes Sneaky Kitten to Win Thursday’s Cobra Purse

LEXINGTON, KY (April 11, 2013) – Phipps Stable’s Reflecting surged past Sneaky Kitten in deep stretch to win the $62,000 Cobra Purse for four-year-olds and up by two lengths before a crowd of 7,224 on Thursday afternoon at Keeneland.

Trained by Shug McGaughey and ridden by Robby Albarado, Reflecting covered the 1½ miles on a firm turf course in 2:29.78.

Keeneland Barn Notes - Thursday, April 11

  • RYDILLUC TUNES UP FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS WITH BLOWOUT
  • FOOTBRIDGE HAS FIRST EXERCISE OVER KEENELAND’S MAIN TRACK
  • RENEE’S TITAN HEADLINES FIELD OF 11 FOR SUNDAY’S BEAUMONT
  • GALLOPING OUT
  • VIDEO INTERVIEWS WITH TERRANOVA, CALHOUN and ARNOLD
  • TOYOTA BLUE GRASS WEEK SPECIAL EVENTS
  • TOYOTA BLUE GRASS CONTENDER LISTING

 

War Dancer Overcomes Bad Start to Win Wednesday’s Featured Taylor Made Purse

LEXINGTON, KY (April 10, 2013) – Magdalena Racing’s War Dancer, who spotted the field nearly 10 lengths after being unprepared at the start, rallied from last in a field of 12 to win the featured $60,000 Taylor Made Purse for three-year-olds by a half-length over Positively before a crowd of 9,359 on a warm Wednesday afternoon at Keeneland.

Trained by Ken McPeek and ridden by Alan Garcia, War Dancer covered 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:42.44.

Keeneland Barn Notes - Wednesday, April 10

  • GANTRY, HANDSOME MIKE HEADLINE SATURDAY’S COMMONWEALTH FIELD
  • PERFECT OFFICER FACES EIGHT RIVALS IN BID FOR SHAKERTOWN REPEAT
  • SIZABLE FIELD EXPECTED FOR SUNDAY’S BEAUMONT
  • QUOTES FROM TODD PLETCHER, CHAD BROWN ON TOYOTA BLUE GRASS DRAW
  • TOYOTA BLUE GRASS WEEK SPECIAL EVENTS

 

GANTRY, HANDSOME MIKE HEADLINE SATURDAY’S COMMONWEALTH FIELD

Full Field Signs on for Saturday’s 89th Running of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1)

LEXINGTON, KY (April 10, 2013) – A full field of 14 horses plus one also-eligible passed the entry box Wednesday morning for Saturday’s 89th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) at Keeneland.

Quotes - Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) Post Position Draw

Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) Post Position Draw

April 10, 2013

Quotes from Connections of Entrants

 

Norm Casse (son of and assistant to trainer Mark Casse, trainer of Dynamic Sky, post position 1)

Keeneland Barn Notes - Tuesday, April 9, 2013

  • THREE MORE COLTS READY TO ENTER TOYOTA BLUE GRASS IF OPPORTUNITY ARISES
  • LARGE FIELDS EXPECTED FOR SATURDAY’S GRADE 1 JENNY WILEY AND MADISON
  • TOYOTA BLUE GRASS WEEK SPECIAL EVENTS

 

A LIST OF TOYOTA BLUE GRASS (G1) CONTENDERS, LISTED IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE, APPEARS AT THE END OF NOTES

THREE MORE COLTS READY TO ENTER TOYOTA BLUE GRASS IF OPPORTUNITY ARISES

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