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Nyquist Jogs: Half-Mile Work Scheduled for Friday

Trainer Doug O’Neill was at Keeneland Thursday morning to watch his undefeated Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) favorite, Nyquist, continue his preparations for the Run for the Roses.

With regular exercise rider Jonny Garcia aboard, Nyquist jogged twice around the main track before the morning renovation break alongside a pony with assistant Jack Sisterson aboard.

Owned by Reddam Racing, Nyquist is scheduled to work at 7 a.m. Friday.

Tasit Rallies from Last to Win Stockplace Purse

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LEXINGTON, KY (April 13, 2016) – Augustin Stable’s homebred Tasit, last in the field of 12 nearing the half-mile pole, blew past favored Camelot Kitten in deep stretch to win Wednesday’s $62,000 Stockplace Purse for 3-year-olds by 1½ lengths before a crowd of 8,220.

Upcoming Special Events: April 13-17

Wednesday, April 13

WINS-day Challenge, a handicapping contest presented by Malone’s and Daily Racing Form. At Wagering Central, contestants can sign up to play for a $10 entry fee, then make a mythical $2 win and place wager on Keeneland races 3 through 8. The contest offers a guaranteed $2,500 pool, and the first 200 participants receive a free Daily Racing Form and a card for a free appetizer at Malone’s.

Lextran to Offer Saturday Shuttle Between Keeneland and UK Spring Football Game

On Saturday, Lextran will provide shuttle service between Keeneland and Commonwealth Stadium at the University of Kentucky to enable fans to attend UK’s spring football game, which kicks off at noon ET, and the races, which begin at 12:35 p.m. Fans are encouraged to park at Keeneland at the designated tailgate location known as The Hill, ride the shuttle to Commonwealth Stadium and return to Keeneland to finish their day. Post time for Keeneland’s 11th and final race is 6:05 p.m. 

Dothraki Queen Returns to the Turf for 2016 Debut

Magdalena Racing’s Dothraki Queen, runner-up in the Darley Alcibiades (G1) and third-place finisher in the 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) here last fall on the main track, will make her 2016 debut in Thursday’s 28th running of the $125,000 Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association at a mile on the turf.

Catch a Glimpse Back on the Scene of Biggest Win

David Carroll, now an assistant to trainer Mark Casse, remembers the first time he saw Catch a Glimpse.

“I was on the outside rail at the Breeders’ Cup here,” Carroll said, referring to the City Zip filly’s victory in the Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).

Fast forward to April 2016, and Carroll is working up close and personal with Catch a Glimpse, who last week was named Canadian Horse of the Year for 2015 among her three Sovereign Awards.

Nyquist Jogs on Training Track; Work Scheduled Friday

Reddam Racing’s Nyquist jogged three times around Keeneland’s 5/8-mile all-weather training track Tuesday morning with regular exercise rider Jonny Garcia aboard.

“That is our standard routine at home to gallop a day and then jog,” said Jack Sisterson, assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill. “He trained on the training track several times here last fall before the Breeders’ Cup.”

Tom Leach Interviews Trainers with Horses in Upcoming Stakes and One Celebrating Anniversary

Keeneland racing analyst Tom Leach interviewed three trainers with horses in Friday’s $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) and one trainer celebrating a notable anniversary:

Brian Lynch on Heart to Heart in the Maker’s 46 Mile and Baciami Piccola (GB) in Thursday’s Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association.

Shakhimat Leads All the Way to Win Opening-Day Transylvania

LEXINGTON, KY (April 8, 2016) – Richard Hogan and Dan Gale’s Shakhimat took the lead out of the gate, spurted away from his pursuers in the upper stretch and drew off to win the 28th running of the $100,000 Transylvania (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select for 3-year-olds by 3 1/4 lengths over J R’s Holiday before a chilled Spring Meet opening-day crowd of 12,013.

Hard Not to Like Faces Seven Rivals in Bid for Jenny Wiley Repeat

LEXINGTON, KY (April 8, 2015) – Speedway Stable’s Hard Not to Like will attempt to become the second repeat winner of the $300,000 Jenny Wiley (G1) on Saturday when she takes on seven rivals in the 1 1/16-mile grass test.

The Jenny Wiley will go as the ninth race on Saturday’s 11-race program with an approximate post time of 4:46 p.m. ET. First post time Saturday is 12:35 p.m.

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