2014 Spring Meet

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Party Now Gives McGaughey 1,800th Career Win With Hurstland Purse Victory

LEXINGTON, KY (April 6, 2014) – Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable’s Party Now won the $60,000 Hurstland Purse for 3-year-old fillies by two lengths over A Little Bit Sassy before a Sunday afternoon crowd of 13,442 at Keeneland.

Barn Notes -- Sunday, April 6


At 9 a.m. Sunday, Derby Dreamers Racing Stable’s Big Bazinga worked four furlongs in :47.60 with Brian Hernandez Jr. aboard as he continues to prepare for Saturday’s $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1). (Click here to watch a video of the work.)

Rosalind, Room Service Dead Heat in the Central Bank Ashland

LEXINGTON, KY (April 5, 2014) – Landaluce Educe Stables’ Rosalind and Gary and Mary West’s homebred Room Service could not be separated after a stretch duel to win in the 77th running of the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) for 3-year-old fillies before a sun-splashed crowd of 27,688 on Saturday afternoon at Keeneland.

Quotes from the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1)

Room Service and Rosalind finished in a dead heat for the victory

Wayne Catalano (trainer of Room Service)

“I thought I got nosed out. From the angle I had, I thought it was very, very close and it looked like I got nosed out. But when it took that long (to determine the winner) I said, ‘OK, I’ll settle for a dead heat now.’ ”

“She has matured and she is learning her job. I was very excited about the way she has settled down and learned how to do things instead of being young and excited."

Barn Notes -- Saturday, April 5


Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred Bobby’s Kitten, the possible favorite for the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) on April 12, worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 this morning with Marino Garcia aboard for trainer Chad Brown. (Click here to watch a video of the work.)

Bobby’s Kitten worked after the break, and clockers caught him in fractions of :11.80, :23.80, :35.40, 1:00.20 and out in 1:14.80.

Medal Count Rides the Rail to Victory in Opening-Day Transylvania

LEXINGTON, KY (April 4, 2014) – Spendthrift Farm’s Medal Count, under a rail-skimming ride from Robby Albarado, rallied for a 1¼-length victory over Picozza to win the 26th running of the $100,000 Transylvania for 3-year-olds before an opening-day crowd of 15,169 at Keeneland on a breezy Friday afternoon.

Trained by Dale Romans, Medal Count covered the 1 1/16 miles on the main track in 1:43.35. The race was moved off the turf course because of overnight and morning rain. As a result, the race was downgraded pending review by the Graded Stakes Committee.

Quotes from the $100,000 Transylvania

Dale Romans (winning trainer of Medal Count)

“He is versatile. He ran well on the Polytrack here in the fall (when finishing fifth in the Grade 3 Bourbon on Oct. 6, 2013), but he just had too much trouble (in the race). This is a really good horse. He’s been one of my favorites all along. He’s a good horse, and he showed the performance we were expecting.”


On Medal Count’s next race

Barn Notes -- Friday, April 4


John Oxley’s Coastline put in his final major work for next Saturday’s $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) by working five furlongs in company in 1:00.40.

With jockey Stewart Elliott aboard, the gray Speightstown colt posted fractions of :12.40, :23.80 and :35.20 while racing on even terms with Noble Bird, a 3-year-old maiden (pictured at left).

Fans Can Follow Keeneland Racing Via TV, Radio and Online

Toyota Blue Grass broadcast live on FOX Sports 1; daily race coverage on TVG, Keeneland.com


LEXINGTON, KY (April 3, 2014) – Fans will have a wide variety of ways to follow Keeneland’s Spring Meet, part of a broad range of coverage that spans television, radio and online.

Barn Notes -- Thursday, April 3


Keeneland racing analyst Tom Leach interviews Ken Ramsey about Thank You Marylou, a homebred racing in Saturday’s Central Bank Ashland (G1) for Ramsey and his wife, Sarah: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hu82TfmvTE&feature=youtu.be




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