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Madame Giry Cruises to Victory in Buffalo Trace Franklin County

LEXINGTON, KY (October 12, 2012) –  Nutmeg Stable’s Madame Giry rushed past Bounding Bi at the eighth pole and drew off to a 2 ½-length victory in the 16th running of the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County for fillies and mares before a crowd of 19,052 on Friday afternoon at Keeneland.

The victory was the fifth straight for Madame Giry, all under jockey Eddie Castro, and gave trainer Cam Gambolati his first victory at Keeneland. Madame Giry covered the 5 ½ furlongs on a firm turf course in 1:03.12.

Quotes - $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (L)

Cam Gambolati (winning trainer of Madame Giry)

On scoring his first victory at Keeneland

“I don’t think I’ve run (but) five or six times here. It (the race) just fit in. These kind of races are hard to find. The timing was good. A couple of people tried to talk me into running in the (Grade 2 Lexus) Raven Run (a 1 1/16-mile race on turf on October 19), which I think she would handle. But you know what, you win four in a row on the turf and it’s hard to change. We proved it today.”

 

Barn Notes for Friday, Oct. 12

· BREEDERS’ CUP REMAINS ON RADAR FOR JPMORGAN CHASE JESSAMINE RUNNER-UP KITTEN’S POINT
· “PLEASANT SURPRISE” FOR GAMBOLATI GOES FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY TODAY
· BEAUMONT WINNER GYPSY ROBIN HEADLINES 30 NOMINATIONS TO LEXUS RAVEN RUN
· LEADING ASTRAY, MISS CATO TOP 42 NOMINEES TO PIN OAK VALLEY VIEW
· TOP FOUR KENTUCKY TURF CUP FINISHERS MARQUEE NOMINEES TO SYCAMORE

Absolute Crackers Rallies to Win Wednesday Feature at Keeneland

LEXINGTON, KY (October 10, 2012) – Flaxman Holdings’ Absolute Crackers (IRE) rallied from far back to win the $47,600 featured Lane’s End Purse for fillies and mares by 2¼ lengths over Quinichette before a crowd of 8,001 on a brisk Wednesday afternoon at Keeneland.

Trained by Graham Motion and ridden by Joe Rocco Jr., Absolute Crackers covered 1 1/16 miles on a turf course labeled firm in 1:43.43. The victory was the first for Rocco at Keeneland.

Samitar, Stephanie’s Kitten Headline Field of Eight For Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup

LEXINGTON, KY (October 10, 2012) – Grade 1 winners Samitar (GB) and Stephanie’s Kitten headline a field of eight 3-year-old fillies entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 29th running of the $400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1).

The QE II will go as the ninth race on Saturday’s 10-race program with a 5:21 p.m. (ET) post time. First post time Saturday is 1:05 p.m.

Keeneland Barn Notes, Wed, Oct. 10

· BUSY TUESDAY FOR TEAM BROWN
· TANNERY COULD GIVE IRISH-BREDS CONSECUTIVE QE II CHALLENGE CUP SCORES
· GALLOPING OUT
· FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS
· 2012 FALL MEET LEADERS

 

BUSY TUESDAY FOR TEAM BROWN

Keeneland Barn Notes, Mon. Oct. 8

· IN LINGERIE EXITS JUDDMONTE SPINSTER WIN IN GOOD ORDER; BREEDERS’ CUP DECISION TODAY
· NOMINATIONS TO 4 STAKES CLOSE WEDNESDAY
· GALLOPING OUT
· WORK TAB
· FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS
· FALL 2012 MEET LEADERS

IN LINGERIE EXITS JUDDMONTE SPINSTER WIN IN GOOD ORDER; BREEDERS’ CUP DECISION TODAY

2011 Kentucky Oaks Winner Plum Pretty to be Paraded at Keeneland

LEXINGTON, KY (October 8, 2012) – Fans will have the opportunity to meet 2011 Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Plum Pretty on Sunday, October 14, when she will be paraded in the Paddock before Keeneland’s fifth race.

Olympian and Lexington Native Tyson Gay Will Be at Keeneland on Sunday, Oct. 14

LEXINGTON, KY (October 8, 2012) –Keeneland will welcome Olympian and Lexington native Tyson Gay to the races on Sunday, October 14, for a special salute.

Gay is a triple World Champion, an American record holder and the second-fastest man in history. He earned a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympic games as part of the of the 4 x100m relay team.

In Lingerie Wins 57th Juddmonte Spinster; Balance the Books Rallies to Take Bourbon

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 7, 2012) – Gary Barber and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ In Lingerie took command at midstretch and pulled away to a two-length victory over Mystical Star to win the 57th running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) before a crowd of 12,646 on a brisk afternoon at Keeneland.

The victory earned a spot for In Lingerie in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1) to be run November 2 at Santa Anita.

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