2014 Spring Meet

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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.

Quotes from the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3)

Stewart Elliott (winning rider of Sisterly Love)

“I had a great trip. She was comfortable the whole way. On the far turn, I looked over and saw Mike (Smith on the favorite, Emollient) and it looked like he was asking her already. I said, ‘Man, I got a chance. I still have some horse left.’ And I did. She finished up.”

 

Norman Casse (assistant to his father, Mark Casse, winning trainer)

Barn Notes -- Friday, April 18

SPECIAL: Tom Leach interviews trainer Al Stall Jr. on Ire, running in today’s Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3), and talks to trainer Ian Wilkes on Free as a Bird, entered in Saturday’s Giant’s Causeway Stakes.

 

AMI’S HOLIDAY NOT DERBY BOUND EVEN WITH COOLMORE LEXINGTON WIN

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