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Keeneland Concludes Exceptional Meet with Record Attendance, All-Sources Wagering

LEXINGTON, KY (October 29, 2012) – Keeneland concluded its 2012 Fall race meeting Saturday with Fall Meet records set for all-sources handle and attendance.

The 17-day season kicked off with Fall Stars Weekend, which showcased a number of Breeders’ Cup contenders, including Horse of the Year candidate Wise Dan, winner of the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) on October 6.

Keeneland Concludes Exceptional Meet with Record Attendance, Strong Gains in Wagering

LEXINGTON, KY (October 27, 2012) – Keeneland concluded its 2012 Fall race meeting Saturday with strong gains in all-sources handle and a Fall Meet attendance record while featuring outstanding Thoroughbred racing.

The 17-day season kicked off with Fall Stars Weekend, which showcased a number of Breeders’ Cup contenders, including Horse of the Year candidate Wise Dan, winner of the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) on October 6.

Newsdad Rallies to Two-Length Victory in Fayette

LEXINGTON, KY (October 27, 2012) – James Karp’s Newsdad closed from seventh in a field of 10 at the head of the stretch to wear down Take Charge Indy and win the 55th running of the $150,000 Fayette (G2) by two lengths over Nikki’s Sandcastle before a closing-day crowd of 14,737 at Keeneland on Saturday.

Newsdad was ridden to victory by Julien Leparoux, who became the first jockey in the history of the race to win in three consecutive years. Leparoux won on Successful Dan in 2010 and Wise Dan in 2011.

Quotes - $150,000 Fayette (G2)

Kenny McCarthy (assistant to Bill Mott, winning trainer of Newsdad)

 “It was not our game planning going out there to be that far back, to be honest with you. He’s got a big cruising speed so we thought he’d be a little closer. Leaving the gate, he looked like he stumbled just slightly and then after that, you have to leave it up to your jockey. I thought Julien (Leparoux) did a great job on him. Just tucked him in the first turn, let him go extend himself down the backside and came very smoothly into the stretch.”

 

Keeneland Barn Notes, Sat., Oct. 27

· SUM OF THE PARTS WORKS TOWARD XPRESSBET BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT START
· WILLCOX INN, OSCAR PARTY IN FINAL WORKS FOR BREEDERS’ CUP
· 30 BREEDERS’ CUP PRE-ENTERED HORSES RACED/TRAINED AT KEENELAND THIS FALL
· GALLOPING OUT
· FALL MEET LEADERS

SUM OF THE PARTS WORKS TOWARD XPRESSBET BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT START

Sweet Cassiopeia Takes Hermitage Purse at Keeneland

LEXINGTON, KY (October 26, 2012) – Dan Considine and Steve Snowden’s Sweet Cassiopeia emerged from a tight pack of horses in upper stretch and went on to win the featured $59,000 Hermitage Purse for fillies and mares by a neck over Queen’s Award before a crowd of 12,247 on Friday afternoon at Keeneland.

Trained by Bill Connelly and ridden by Corey Lanerie, who posted his third victory of the afternoon, Sweet Cassiopeia covered the 6½ furlongs on the main track in 1:15.65.

Keeneland Barn Notes, Fri., Oct. 26

· ANIMAL KINGDOM WORKS FIVE FURLONGS IN 1:02.60 FOR BREEDERS’ CUP MILE (includes work video)
· FIVE OTHER BREEDERS’ CUP PRE-ENTRIES WORK FRIDAY (includes work videos)
· GALLOPING OUT
· CLOSING DAY SPECIAL EVENTS
· FALL MEET LEADERS

 

 ANIMAL KINGDOM WORKS FIVE FURLONGS IN 1:02.60 FOR BREEDERS’ CUP MILE

Unlatch Wins Machmer Hall Purse at Keeneland

LEXINGTON, KY (October 25, 2012) – Adele Dilschneider’s homebred Unlatch pulled away from Grand Arch in deep stretch to win the featured $52,000 Machmer Hall Purse for 3-year-olds and up by 1¼ lengths before a Thursday afternoon crowd of 10,891 at Keeneland.

Trained by Al Stall Jr. and ridden by Brian Hernandez, Unlatch covered the mile on a firm turf course in 1:37.19.

Keeneland Barn Notes, Thurs., Oct. 25

· BUSY FRIDAY ON TAP FOR BREEDERS’ CUP HORSES AT KEENELAND
· KEENELAND SALES ALUMNI PROMINENT AMONG BREEDERS’ CUP PRE-ENTRIES
· LEPAROUX RIDES 300th KEENELAND WINNER
· GALLOPING OUT
· CLOSING WEEKEND SPECIAL EVENTS
· 2012 FALL MEET LEADERS

 

BUSY FRIDAY ON TAP FOR BREEDERS’ CUP HORSES AT KEENELAND

Leparoux Fifth Jockey to Reach 300-Victory Plateau at Keeneland

LEXINGTON, KY (October 24, 2012) – Jockey Julien Leparoux became the fifth rider in Keeneland’s 76-year history to reach the 300-win plateau Wednesday when he guided Son of a General to victory in the sixth race.

A 29-year-old native of Senlis, France, Leparoux first rode at Keeneland in 2005. He has won eight riding titles – seven outright – including the past four. Leparoux has earned two Eclipse Awards as outstanding rider.

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