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Opening Weekend Probable Stakes Fields

LEXINGTON, KY (April 1, 2017) – Opening weekend probable stakes fields:

$150,000 TRANSYLVANIA (G3) PRESENTED BY KEENELAND SELECT (Entries close Monday; Race Friday April 7) – Big Score, Bird Is the Word, Bird’s Eye View, Cowboy Culture, Horse Fly, Oscar Performance, Profiteer, Sonic Boom, Ticonderoga.

$1,000,000 TOYOTA BLUE GRASS (G2) (Entries close Tuesday; Race Saturday, April 8) – Irap, It’s Your Nickel, J Boys Echo, McCraken, Practical Joke, Tapwrit, Wild Shot.

Galloping Out - Limousine Liberal Works 5 Furlongs in :58.40 for Commonwealth (G3)

LEXINGTON, KY (April 1, 2017) – Limousine Liberal, the Keeneland track record holder for 6½ furlongs, drilled 5 furlongs in :58.40 after the break Saturday morning in preparation for a probable start in next Saturday’s $250,000 Commonwealth (G3) at 7 furlongs.

Owned by Katherine Ball and trained by Ben Colebrook, Limousine Liberal posted fractions of :22.80, :34 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:12.20.

Undefeated McCraken Slated to Work Sunday Morning for Toyota Blue Grass

LEXINGTON, KY (April 1, 2017) – Trainer Ian Wilkes said Whitham Thoroughbreds’ undefeated McCraken would work Sunday morning after the renovation break for next Saturday’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2).

“It looks like the rain is going to start early Monday, so we will go ahead and work tomorrow,” said Wilkes, whose initial preference was to work Monday.

McCraken, who has had two works here since arriving in mid-March from South Florida, will have regular rider Brian Hernandez Jr. aboard for the work.

Irap Bucks Historical Trend with Toyota Blue Grass Shot

LEXINGTON, KY (March 31, 2017) – Reddam Racing’s Irap will shoot for a piece of history along with the $600,000 winner’s share of the purse in next Saturday’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2).

No maiden has won the race, which will have its 93rd running this year. Two maidens started in last year’s race: Laoban, who finished fourth, and Goats Town, who was sixth.

Race Tracker Guidry Finds New Career as an Agent

Mark Guidry tried to get the race track out of his system. There were dalliances with golf and fishing and other activities but nothing filled the void created when he retired from riding in 2007 after 33 years in the saddle.

“I’m an old race tracker and I’m going to die an old race tracker because there ain’t nothing like it,” Guidry said recently while at Keeneland.

Closing Weekend Special Events: April 27-29

Wednesday, April 27

Keeneland Shop’s Milliners Corner presents Leslie Corea of Dorfman Pacific adjacent to the Walking Ring from 9 a.m. to the last race.

Oliver Sends Out Personal Diary and Annulment in Bewitch

With four wins, one second and two thirds in 15 starts during the first 13 days of Keeneland’s 2016 Spring Meet, trainer Vicki Oliver has recorded her best season here to date.

Three days remain in the meet, and Oliver has three chances to add to that total. She has two horses entered today and on Friday will send out a pair of runners in the $150,000 Bewitch (G3), Personal Diary and Annulment. One of those mares could give Oliver her first Keeneland stakes win.

Reeve McGaughey Returns to Keeneland as Assistant to His Famous Father

A familiar face with a familiar name is back at Keeneland.

Reeve McGaughey, who handled two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan during the four years he worked for his uncle, trainer Charlie LoPresti, is here during the Spring Meet as the assistant to his father, Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey. The younger McGaughey, who is nearing his 27th birthday, is overseeing a 12-horse string.

Spring Meet Leaders through April 22

Through April 22 (12 days of racing)

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Starts

Wins

2nd

Probable Entrants for Bewitch (G3)

$150,000 BEWITCH (G3) (entries taken Tuesday; race Friday, April 29) – Achnaha (IRE), Button Down (GB), Generosidade (URU), Olorda (GER), Return to Grace.

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