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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.

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.




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