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Saturday Pizza on The Hill Supports a Good Cause

Today and tomorrow, fans are sure to pack Keeneland’s hugely popular tailgate lot, The Hill, located adjacent to the Keene Barn & Entertainment Center. Amenities include local food trucks, a jumbo television screen, wireless wagering and wagering terminals, race-day programs, a Keeneland Shop kiosk, and free shuttles to the track.

Brown Has Turf Runners Ready for Grade 1 Competition

On Friday morning, for the first time during Keeneland’s Spring Meet, trainer Chad Brown was at Keeneland to watch his horses train. This afternoon, he will send out Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Shining Copper in the Maker’s 46 Mile (G1). Tomorrow, he runs Sheep Pond Partners and Bradley Thoroughbreds’ Dacita (CHI) and Martin S. Schwartz Racing’s Wekeela (FR) in the Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1), which he won last year with Ball Dancing.

Catch a Glimpse Exits Appalachian Victory in Good Shape

Gary Barber, Michael Ambler and Windways Farm’s Catch a Glimpse exited her three-quarter length victory in Thursday’s Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association in good order, according to assistant trainer David Carroll.

“She is bright eyed and bushy-tailed this morning,” Carroll said. “In the two weeks I have been around her, she seems to be bigger and stronger.”

Tom Leach Interviews Trainers Competing in Saturday Stakes

Keeneland racing analyst Tom Leach talked to these trainers about horses entered in stakes on Saturday:

Norm Casse (assistant to his father, trainer Mark Casse) on champion Tepin in the Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1); Noble Bird in the Ben Ali (G3); and Riker in the Lexington (G3).

Kentucky Derby Favorite Nyquist Works Five Furlongs in 1:02.60

Reddam Racing’s undefeated Nyquist began his serious preparation for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) by working five furlongs in 1:02.60 over a fast track on a mild Friday morning at Keeneland.

With regular exercise rider Jonny Garcia aboard, Nyquist backtracked to the half-mile pole alongside a pony and then jogged around to the sixteenth pole, where he broke away from the pony.

Upcoming Special Events: April 15-17

Friday, April 15

Maker’s Mark commemorative bottle signing takes place in the Keene Barn & Entertainment Center starting at 7:30 a.m. ET. Sales of the bottle benefit the University of Kentucky Athletics Association’s Center for Academic and Tutorial Services (CATS). Click here for more information.

Probable Entrants for Upcoming Stakes

$100,000 HILLIARD LYONS DOUBLEDOGDARE (G3) (entries taken Tuesday; race Friday, April 22) – Ahh Chocolate, Angela Renee, I’m a Chatterbox, La Madrina, White Clover.

$250,000 DIXIANA ELKHORN (G2) (entries taken Wednesday; race Saturday, April 23) – A Red Tie Day, Idolo Porteno (ARG), Kaigun, Royal Albert Hall (GB), Twilight Eclipse, Up With the Birds.

Keeneland Announcer Kurt Becker Talks About Calling Races

Friday, April 8, was opening day of Keeneland’s 2016 Spring Meet and marked the start of the 20th year that Kurt Becker has been Keeneland’s announcer. In fact, he is the only announcer in Keeneland track history.

Swipe Arrives for Saturday's Lexington

Big Chief Racing, Fizzy Racing and Billy Shelton’s Swipe, the probable favorite for Saturday’s Lexington (G3), arrived at Keeneland Wednesday afternoon from California and walked the shedrow Thursday morning.

“He’s very frisky this morning with this cooler weather,” said Julie Clark, assistant to trainer Keith Desormeaux.

Miss Temple City to Challenge the Boys in Maker's 46 Mile

Sagamore Farm, Allen Rosenblum and The Club Racing LLC’s Miss Temple City is scheduled to make her 2016 debut against the boys in Friday’s $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1).

The 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Temple City also had been entered in Saturday’s $350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) against fillies and mares, but trainer Graham Motion said the filly would run Friday.

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