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Keeneland Barn Notes for Sept. 26


Three reigning Eclipse Award winners plus Arlington Million (G1) winner The Pizza Man highlight a stellar lineup on tap for next weekend’s Fall Stars Weekend to open the 17-day Keeneland Fall Meet.

Keeneland Successfully Concludes First Race Meet on New Dirt Surface

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 25, 2014) – Keeneland’s 2014 Fall Meet, highlighted by the debut of a new dirt surface, the track’s first $1 million race and world-class racing that produced a large contingent of Breeders’ Cup-bound horses, closed Saturday with the third-highest Fall season attendance in Keeneland history. 

Don’t Tell Sophia Pulls Upset in Juddmonte Spinster; Lawn Ranger Takes Dixiana Bourbon

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 5, 2014) – Trainer Phil Sims and Jerry Namy’s Don’t Tell Sophia rallied from far back to win the 59th running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) for fillies and mares by 2½  lengths over Ria Antonia with 1-5 favorite Close Hatches finishing fourth before a Sunday crowd of 12,534.

The victory earned Don’t Tell Sophia a spot in the starting gate for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) to be run Oct. 31 at Santa Anita.

Quotes from the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1)

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Phil Sims (winning trainer and co-owner of Don’t Tell Sophia)

“We knew she’d make a run at the three-eighths (pole) and just hoped she’d have enough to run them down. She did.”

“She’s tough as nails. She shows up every time. We’re so delighted with her.”


Quotes from the $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon (G3)

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Ken McPeek (winning trainer of Lawn Ranger)

“I felt like he needed to go to another level. His race at Kentucky Downs (a 3¾-length maiden victory Sept. 13) was a pleasant surprise. He seems like a horse that’s maturing, and I think he’s gonna be even better as a 3-year-old. Our fingers are crossed that will happen.

Stars Shine on Saturday During Fall Stars Weekend

Carpe Diem Romps in Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity; Dayatthespa Takes First Lady; Leigh Court and No Nay Never Post Graded Stakes Triumphs

Wise Dan Overcomes Bad Start to Take $1 Million Shadwell Turf Mile

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 4, 2014) Morton Fink’s reigning two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan overcame a bad start, weaved his way through traffic and rolled past the leaders in deep stretch to win the 29th running of the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) – the first seven-figure race in track history – by a length before a crowd of 25,070 on a crisp Saturday afternoon.

Quotes from the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1)

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Charlie LoPresti (winning trainer of Wise Dan)




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