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Quotes from the $100,000 Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association

Alan Garcia (winning rider of Daring Dancer)

“The focus was to get her to finish well. She broke great; she saved all the ground. We were waiting at the top of the stretch for a hole to open, and it did. She finished very strong.”

 

Rosie Napravnik (rider of runner-up Sweet Acclaim [IRE])

Barn Notes -- Thursday, April 17

VANMETER MAKES KEENELAND DEBUT WITH PEARL TURN

Pearl Turn represents a number of firsts for her 30-year-old trainer, Will VanMeter. On March 14 at Oaklawn, the 4-year-old Bernardini filly became his first winner when she captured an allowance race by five lengths. On Friday, she will be VanMeter’s first starter in a stakes and first starter at Keeneland when she breaks from post three in the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3) with Rosie Napravnik.

Barn Notes -- Wednesday, April 16

UNDEFEATED DIVINE OATH FACES 10 RIVALS IN STAKES DEBUT IN COOLMORE LEXINGTON

Let’s Go Stable’s undefeated Divine Oath, who did not draw into last Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass (G1) field off the also-eligible list, will face 10 rivals this Saturday when he makes his stakes debut in the 33rd running of the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington (G3) at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

Keeneland Barn Notes for Tuesday, April 15

TWO-TIME KEENELAND GRADE 1 WINNER EMOLLIENT HEADS FIELD FOR HILLIARD LYONS DOUBLEDOGDARE

Juddmonte Farms’ Emollient, a three-time Grade 1 winner in 2013, headlines a field of 11 fillies and mares entered Tuesday for Friday’s 20th running of the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3) at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

The Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare will go as the ninth race on Friday’s 10-race program with a 5:13 p.m. ET post time.

Favored Ready to Act Triumphs in Beaumont Presented by Keeneland Select

LEXINGTON, KY (April 13, 2014) – Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s Ready to Act, last in the early going in the field of seven, took command in upper stretch and held off Sweet Whiskey by a half-length to win the 29th running of the $200,000 Beaumont (G2) Presented by Keeneland Select. The race for 3-year-old fillies was run before a crowd of 20,741, the second-largest Sunday crowd in track history.

Favored Ready to Act Triumphs in Beaumont Presented by Keeneland Select

LEXINGTON, KY (April 13, 2014) – Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s Ready to Act, last in the early going in the field of seven, took command in upper stretch and held off Sweet Whiskey by a half-length to win the 29th running of the $200,000 Beaumont (G2) Presented by Keeneland Select. The race for 3-year-old fillies was run before a crowd of 20,741, the second-largest Sunday crowd in track history.

Quotes from the $200,000 Beaumont (G2) Presented by Keeneland Select

Chad Brown (winning trainer of Ready to Act)

“She really deserved to win a Grade 2. She had a race as a 2-year-old up in Canada (the Grade 2 Natalma on Sept. 14 at Woodbine) where she was clearly in front and lost the jock and lost her chance to win a Grade 2. (Jockey) Javier (Castellano) did a great job once again keeping her straight. As you can see, she’s a work in progress. We still have some things to work out with her, but if we do get her running straight down the lane she’s probably going to gain a few lengths.

Barn Notes -- Sunday, April 13

NO DERBY DECISION ON TOYOTA BLUE GRASS WINNER DANCE WITH FATE

While Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing’s Dance With Fate had an easy morning at Barn 22 following his victory in Saturday’s $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1), trainer Peter Eurton was flying back to his Southern California base.

Judy the Beauty Gets Elusive Grade 1 Win in Madison; Hard Not to Like Rallies Late to Win The Grade 1 Jenny Wiley

LEXINGTON, KY (April 12, 2014) – Owner-trainer Wesley Ward’s ultra-consistent Judy the Beauty notched the first Grade 1 victory of her career by romping to a 2 ½-length victory over Better Lucky in the 13th running of the $300,000 Madison on Saturday afternoon at Keeneland.

Dance With Fate Cruises to Victory in 90th Toyota Blue Grass

Occasional View and Marchman Post Grade 3 Victories in Commonwealth and Shakertown

LEXINGTON, KY (April 12, 2014) – Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing’s Dance With Fate swept past pace-setting Pablo Del Monte at midstretch and had more than enough to hold off Medal Count by 1 3/4 lengths to win the 90th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) for 3-year-olds before a sun-splashed crowd of 39,722 at Keeneland on Saturday.

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