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Dixiana Farm to Sponsor Keeneland’s Elkhorn, Bourbon Stakes

Purse Money Increases to $250,000 Each

LEXINGTON, KY (March 11, 2014) – William Shively’s Dixiana Farm of Lexington has become the signature sponsor of two prominent turf stakes at Keeneland – the Elkhorn (G2), to be held on Friday, April 25, closing day of the Spring Meet, and the Bourbon (G3), scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 5, during Fall Stars Weekend.

Purse money for each stakes has been increased $100,000, from $150,000 in 2013 to $250,000.

Quotes - $400,000 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1)

Ken Ramsey (who owns the winner, We Miss Artie, with his wife, Sarah)

“I have to take my hat off to my farm manager, Mark Partridge. He picked this horse out at the sale. It’s not a Kitten’s Joy, but it’s an Artie Schiller and they run pretty good too.”

 

The Ramseys purchased We Miss Artie for $90,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The colt is named for Sarah Ramsey’s cousin’s husband Artie, who recently died. Ramsey said the entire family was in Detroit cheering on the colt.

Quotes - $400,000 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1)

Mike Maker (winning trainer of Joha)

“It was a tough beat last time (finishing second by a head to Balance the Books in the With Anticipation (G2) on turf at Saratoga on August 30), but I’m grateful for today.”

 

On whether the plan was to take the early lead

“I don’t think we really had an option. He was going to be forwardly placed no matter what post position he drew. But from the one hole, it kind of made it a no-brainer.”

 

Rajiv Maragh (winning jockey)

 

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