2014 Spring Meet

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Pink Nightie Takes Wednesday Feature

LEXINGTON, KY (April 23, 2014) – The Keeneland Spring Meet’s leading jockey, Julien Leparoux, scored his 18th victory of the season when he rode Lally Stable’s Pink Nightie to win the $60,000 Lochness Purse before 12,164 fans at Keeneland this afternoon.

Trained by Eddie Kenneally, Pink Nightie was the 7-2 second choice for the 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up, on a turf course rated as firm. She won by 2¼ lengths over Indian Starlight and covered the distance in 1:44.52.

Barn Notes -- Wednesday, April 23

SPECIAL: Tom Leach interviews trainer Jonathan Sheppard about Angel Terrace, racing in Thursday’s Bewitch (G3), and talks to trainer Ken McPeek about War Dancer, entered in Friday’s Dixiana Elkhorn (G2).

 

ATTFIELD MAKES ANOTHER RUN IN DIXIANA ELKHORN

Keeneland Barn Notes for Tuesday, April 22

TWO-TIME HORSE OF THE YEAR WISE DAN WORKS

Reigning two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who opened his 2014 campaign with a win in the Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) here on April 11, worked a half-mile in a bullet :47.60 Tuesday morning.

Clockers caught Wise Dan, ridden by Damien Rock, in fractions of :11.80, :23.80, :47.60 with a gallop-out of 1:00.80 and 1:14.20.

Keeneland Barn Notes for Monday, April 21

TWELVE FILLIES AND MARES TO CONTEST 1½-MILE BEWITCH

Gallagher’s Stud’s Inimitable Romanee is the 123-pound highweight for Thursday’s $150,000 Bewitch (G3) for fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up, at 1½ miles on turf. She will face 11 rivals in the 53rd running of the Bewitch, which is the eighth race on the nine-race card with a post time of 4:42 p.m. ET.

Quotes from the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington (G3)

Shug McGaughey (winning trainer of 2-1 favorite Mr Speaker)

“I thought Jose (Lezcano) rode a great race on him. He had him in the slot the whole way there and was just kind of waiting. I saw him reach up and grab him again around the 4½ (furlong) pole, and I thought, ‘Well, he’s got a lot of horse. We’ll just see what happens when the running starts.’

Quotes from the $150,000 Ben Ali (G3)

Ken McPeek (winning trainer of Frac Daddy)

“He’s been training freaky good lately. From the beginning, he’s been an extremely talented horse but mentally he was a horse that was a little fragile. I think the (Kentucky) Derby (G1) was a little tough on him because of the big field and it came up muddy, but the older he’s getting, the better he’s getting obviously.

Quotes from the $100,000 Giant’s Causeway (L)

Roy Jackson (winning owner of Ageless)

“It's been a while since we had a winner here. It’s always great to win a race here because it is so competitive. We're thrilled. We know (Ageless) has a good kick and she just doesn’t want to go out in front. She wants to kick on from the back.  It was a nice ride from Julien (Leparoux). 

Arnaud Delacour (winning trainer of Ageless)

Barn Notes -- Saturday, April 19

NOTE: Keeneland will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 20. Barn Notes will return on Monday, April 21. Racing resumes Wednesday, April 23, with the first race at 1:05 p.m. ET. The final two days of the Spring Meet are Thursday, April 24, and Friday, April 25.

CENTRAL BANK ASHLAND CO-WINNER ROSALIND WORKS TOWARD KENTUCKY OAKS

Sisterly Love Upsets Emollient to Win Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare

LEXINGTON, KY (April 18, 2014 Gary Barber’s Sisterly Love survived a race-long duel with odds-on favorite Emollient and had enough left to hold off Moment in Dixie by a diminishing neck to win the 20th running of the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3) for fillies and mares before a Friday afternoon crowd of 20,884.

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