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Sir Applesolutely Rallies to Win Brookdale Purse at Keeneland

LEXINGTON, KY (April 10, 2014) – Hill ‘N Dale Farm’s Sir Applesolutely surged past pace-setting Console inside the sixteenth pole to win the featured $64,000 Brookdale Purse for 4-year-olds and up by 1½ lengths before a crowd of 10,289 on a sunny Thursday afternoon at Keeneland. (Click here to watch the race.)

Barn Notes -- Thursday, April 10

VIDEO: TOM LEACH TALKS TO CHARLIE LOPRESTI ABOUT WISE DAN AND INTERVIEWS CONNECTIONS OF TOYOTA BLUE GRASS CONTENDERS BIG BAZINGA AND CASIGUAPO

Keeneland racing analyst Tom Leach interviews trainer Charlie LoPresti about two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who is entered in Friday’s Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) for his 2014 debut. Click here to watch.

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Lofty Heart Cruises to Victory in Donamire Purse at Keeneland

LEXINGTON, KY (April 9, 2014 Susan and Jim Hill’s Lofty Heart roared past entrymate Sky Over Flats in deep stretch to post a two-length victory in the featured $60,000 Donamire Purse for 4-ye

Barn Notes -- Wednesday, April 9

SO LONESOME ARRIVES FOR RUN IN TOYOTA BLUE GRASS

Patricia Schuler’s So Lonesome arrived at Keeneland from his winter base at Palm Meadows in South Florida shortly before 7 o’clock Wednesday morning for a shot in Saturday’s $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1).

Winner of a New York-bred stakes on turf at Aqueduct last fall, So Lonesome finished ninth in the Palm Beach (G3) at Gulfstream Park in his lone start of 2014.

Fields Set for Grade 1 Jenny Wiley and Madison Set on Saturday

Defending champion Centre Court faces nine in Jenny Wiley; Judy the Beauty seeks elusive Grade 1 victory in Madison

LEXINGTON, KY (April 9, 2014) G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Centre Court will attempt to join Intercontinental (GB) (2004-2005) as the only repeat winners in the $300,000 Jenny Wiley (G1) when she takes on nine rivals in the 26th running of the 1 1/16-mile grass test on Saturday.

Bobby’s Kitten 3-1 Morning-Line Favorite in Field of 14 for Saturday’s 90th Toyota Blue Grass

LEXINGTON, KY (April 9, 2014) – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Bobby’s Kitten, runaway winner of the Pilgrim (G3) last fall, heads a field of 14 horses and one also-eligible for Saturday’s 90th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland.

Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) Post Position Draw Quotes

April 9, 2014Quotes from Connections of Entrants

 

Emma-Jayne Wilson (rider of Asserting Bear, post position 1; 15-1 in the morning line)

“We just have to sort it out and go from there. A lot can happen. We got a mile and an eighth, so we've got a little bit of a run to the first turn to get things sorted out. We'll take it as it comes.”

 

Mike Trombetta (trainer of Extrasexyhippzster, post 2; 15-1 in the morning line)

Keeneland Barn Notes for Tuesday, April 8

WISE DAN WORKS TOWARD 2014 DEBUT

Two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan put the finishing touches on his likely 2014 debut with a breeze through the stretch early Tuesday morning at Keeneland.

With regular morning partner Damien Rock aboard, Wise Dan covered the quarter-mile of the stretch in :22.80 and galloped out three furlongs in :35 on his own in preparation for Friday’s Maker’s 46 Mile (G1).

Two-Time Horse of the Year Wise Dan Heads Field of Seven for Friday’s Maker’s 46 Mile

LEXINGTON, KY (April 8, 2014)  Morton Fink’s Wise Dan, the reigning two-time Horse of the Year, will make his 2014 debut Friday when he faces six foes in the 26th running of the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) on the grass at Keeneland.

The Maker’s 46 Mile will go as the ninth race on Friday’s 10-race program with a post time of 5:13 p.m. ET. First post time Friday is 1:05 p.m.

Barn Notes -- Monday, April 7

BIG BLUE NATION ROOTING FOR CASIGUAPO IN TOYOTA BLUE GRASS

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