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Itsaknockout Makes Turf Debut in Friday's Maker's 46 Mile; Pletcher Reports on Other Runners

A year ago, Starlight Racing’s Itsaknockout was training to run in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). He finished ninth in that race, won by future Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year American Pharoah.

Nyquist Jogs: Half-Mile Work Scheduled for Friday

Trainer Doug O’Neill was at Keeneland Thursday morning to watch his undefeated Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) favorite, Nyquist, continue his preparations for the Run for the Roses.

With regular exercise rider Jonny Garcia aboard, Nyquist jogged twice around the main track before the morning renovation break alongside a pony with assistant Jack Sisterson aboard.

Owned by Reddam Racing, Nyquist is scheduled to work at 7 a.m. Friday.

Frizette Winner Nickname Tops Field of Five for Sunday's Adena Springs Beaumont

LNJ Foxwoods’ Nickname, winner of last fall’s Frizette (G1) at Belmont Park, looms as the filly to beat Sunday when she goes postward in the 31st running of the $150,000 Adena Springs Beaumont (G3).

The Adena Springs Beaumont, run over the Beard Course of seven furlongs, 184 feet, is the eighth race on Sunday’s nine-race program with a 4:57 p.m. ET post time. First post Sunday is 1:05 p.m.

Upcoming Special Events: April 13-17

Wednesday, April 13

WINS-day Challenge, a handicapping contest presented by Malone’s and Daily Racing Form. At Wagering Central, contestants can sign up to play for a $10 entry fee, then make a mythical $2 win and place wager on Keeneland races 3 through 8. The contest offers a guaranteed $2,500 pool, and the first 200 participants receive a free Daily Racing Form and a card for a free appetizer at Malone’s.

Lextran to Offer Saturday Shuttle Between Keeneland and UK Spring Football Game

On Saturday, Lextran will provide shuttle service between Keeneland and Commonwealth Stadium at the University of Kentucky to enable fans to attend UK’s spring football game, which kicks off at noon ET, and the races, which begin at 12:35 p.m. Fans are encouraged to park at Keeneland at the designated tailgate location known as The Hill, ride the shuttle to Commonwealth Stadium and return to Keeneland to finish their day. Post time for Keeneland’s 11th and final race is 6:05 p.m. 

Probable Entrants for Upcoming Stakes

$350,000 COOLMORE JENNY WILEY (G1) (entries taken Wednesday; race Saturday) – Akatea (IRE), Dacita (CHI), Illuminant, Recepta, Tepin, Tiger Ride, Wekeela (FR).

$200,000 BEN ALI (G3) (entries taken Wednesday; race Saturday) – Ami’s Holiday, Breaking Lucky, Doyouknowsomething, Eagle, General a Rod, Neck ‘n Neck.

Dothraki Queen Returns to the Turf for 2016 Debut

Magdalena Racing’s Dothraki Queen, runner-up in the Darley Alcibiades (G1) and third-place finisher in the 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) here last fall on the main track, will make her 2016 debut in Thursday’s 28th running of the $125,000 Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association at a mile on the turf.

Catch a Glimpse Back on the Scene of Biggest Win

David Carroll, now an assistant to trainer Mark Casse, remembers the first time he saw Catch a Glimpse.

“I was on the outside rail at the Breeders’ Cup here,” Carroll said, referring to the City Zip filly’s victory in the Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).

Fast forward to April 2016, and Carroll is working up close and personal with Catch a Glimpse, who last week was named Canadian Horse of the Year for 2015 among her three Sovereign Awards.

Nyquist Jogs on Training Track; Work Scheduled Friday

Reddam Racing’s Nyquist jogged three times around Keeneland’s 5/8-mile all-weather training track Tuesday morning with regular exercise rider Jonny Garcia aboard.

“That is our standard routine at home to gallop a day and then jog,” said Jack Sisterson, assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill. “He trained on the training track several times here last fall before the Breeders’ Cup.”

Tom Leach Interviews Trainers with Horses in Upcoming Stakes and One Celebrating Anniversary

Keeneland racing analyst Tom Leach interviewed three trainers with horses in Friday’s $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) and one trainer celebrating a notable anniversary:

Brian Lynch on Heart to Heart in the Maker’s 46 Mile and Baciami Piccola (GB) in Thursday’s Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association.

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