2014 Spring Meet

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Keeneland Barn Notes for Monday, April 21


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.


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.



Undefeated Daring Dancer Takes 26th Appalachian

LEXINGTON, KY (April 17, 2014) – Sagamore Farm’s homebred Daring Dancer remained undefeated in three starts as she rallied for a 2½- length victory over Sweet Acclaim (IRE) to win the 26th running of the $100,000 Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association for 3-year-old fillies before a Thursday afternoon crowd of 11,442.

Trained by Graham Motion and given a ground-saving trip by Alan Garcia, Daring Dancer covered the mile on a turf course listed as firm in 1:36.04.




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