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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)

Quotes - $350,000 First Lady (G1)

Dale Romans (winning trainer of Tapitsfly)

“She has been a special filly. She’s probably going to retire at the end of this year. She’s going to have one or two more starts left so we’ve got to pick some place that’s going to count. The Breeders’ Cup is tough because for the fillies, she has to run so far (1 1/4 miles in the Grade 1 Filly & Mare Turf) unless we decide to put her in against the colts (in the Grade 1 Mile). But we’ve done sillier things.”

 

Jose Lezcano (winning jockey)

Quotes - $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2)

Buff Bradley (winning trainer of Groupie Doll)

“We know she’s right right now. She’s been training well up to the race. After she came out of the Presque Isle (Downs Masters Stakes, a Grade 2 race on September 8 in her last start), I really felt good. She came into form again. Sometimes when you give them time off like that you don’t know if they’re going to come back as strong. But she sure has.”

 

On winning a race like this at Keeneland and going to the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) as the favorite

Quotes - $150,000 Woodford (G3)

Michael Dilger (assistant to Todd Pletcher, trainer of winner Bridgetown)

“A race this short we thought Javier (Castellano) could do whatever he thought best. He knows the horse well; he’s ridden him plenty of times before. I think he rode a great race.”

 

Javier Castellano (winning jockey)

Keeneland Barn Notes, Sat., Oct. 6

· SPRING IN THE AIR EXITS DARLEY ALCIBIADES VICTORY IN GREAT SHAPE
· AMOSS WEIGHING BREEDERS’ CUP POSSIBILITIES WITH PHOENIX WINNER SUM OF THE PARTS
· DATA LINK READY TO GO ANOTHER MILE
· SWIFT WARRIOR FINALLY GETS KEENELAND SHOT IN SHADWELL TURF MILE
· NOBLE’S PROMISE MIGHT BE HEADED TO BREEDERS’ CUP
· KENTUCKY DOWNS JUVENILE FILLIES WINNER OSCAR PARTY TOPS NOMINEES FOR JPMORGAN CHASE JESSAMINE

Quotes - $175,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G3)

Tom Amoss (winning trainer of Sum of the Parts)

“I was really pleased that we made the lead as easy as we did. Julien’s a great rider here at Keeneland, handled the front end well with this horse. He knows this horse well. We got beat at Belmont with this horse about 3 ½ weeks ago (in the Groovy on September 13, in which he was second), but it probably was a blessing. It was his first start since June. I think it got him ready for this race.”

 

On the colt’s next start, possibly the Breeders’ Cup Xpressbet Sprint (G1) on

Keeneland Barn Notes, Fri, Oct. 5

· FALL STARS WEEKEND OPENS KEENELAND’S 2012 FALL MEET
· DARLEY ALCIBIADES CONTENDER GOLD EDGE CATALOGED FOR NOVEMBER SALE
· STOLL KEENON OGDEN PHOENIX HAS RICH HISTORY
· FALL HAS BEEN WINNING SEASON FOR McPEEK
· WORTHADD SEEKS TO ENHANCE INTERNATIONAL RESUME IN SHADWELL TURF MILE
· ARUNA COULD JOIN ELITE GROUP OF JUDDMONTE SPINSTER WINNERS
· FALL STARS WEEKEND SPECIAL EVENTS

 

FALL STARS WEEKEND OPENS KEENELAND’S  2012 FALL MEET

Soaring to Success

Prestigious Shadwell Turf Mile features higher purse, unique trophy

Winning a Grade 1 stakes race at a track like Keeneland is a special accomplishment for any owner. But the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) on October 6 offers two other enticing elements.

First, the purse has been raised to $750,000 – highest of any race on the Fall Stars Weekend lineup and equal to the spring meet’s signature event, the Toyota Blue Grass (G1). And beyond the added cash is a unique keepsake to mark the achievement for the winning owner.

Keeneland Barn Notes, Thurs, Oct. 4

· WITH ANTICIPATION WINNER BALANCE THE BOOKS HEADS OVERFLOW FIELD FOR SUNDAY’S BOURBON
· TEN FILLIES ACCEPT INVITATIONS TO 29th QUEEN ELIZABETH II CHALLENGE CUP
· TIZ MIZ SUE TO MAKE RETURN TO POLYTRACK IN JUDDMONTE SPINSTER
· PLETCHER BARN WILL HAVE HEAVY PRESENCE FOR FALL STARS WEEKEND
· WORK TAB

 

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