FRIDAY, APRIL 19

Keeneland’s 16-day Spring Meet runs through Friday, April 26. First post is 1:05 p.m. ET.

Keeneland is closed Easter Sunday, April 21.

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·         “ALL SYSTEMS GO” FOR DERBY HOPEFUL WAR OF WILL AFTER EARLY MORNING BREEZE

·         McPEEK’S CLASSIC PROSPECTS TO HEAD TO CHURCHILL DOWNS

·         HORSEMEN DISCUSS KEENELAND STAKES STARTERS

·         GALLOPING OUT

·         LOGO FOR 2020 BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AT KEENELAND UNVEILED

·         UPCOMING STAKES PROBABLES

·         SPRING MEET SPECIAL EVENTS

·         SPRING MEET LEADERS

 

“ALL SYSTEMS GO” FOR DERBY HOPEFUL WAR OF WILL

AFTER EARLY MORNING BREEZE

Gary Barber’s War of Will breezed 5 furlongs in 1:00.20 over a sealed muddy surface at Keeneland Friday when the track opened at 5:30 a.m. In company with maiden winner Battle of Memphis, War of Will clocked splits of :24.40 and :48.60 and galloped out 6 furlongs in 1:13.60.

“He trained beautifully all week, and he definitely has progressed from his last breeze,” David Carroll, assistant to trainer Mark Casse, said. “All indications were that he would go exceptionally good today, and we saw that. We couldn’t be any happier. All systems are go at the moment.”

With 60 qualifying points, War of Will has a guaranteed place in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) on May 4.

At Fair Grounds this year, War of Will won the Risen Star Presented by Lamarque Ford (G2) and Lecomte (G3). On March 23, he was ninth in the Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) after losing his footing at the start. He arrived at Keeneland four days later.

On April 13 at Keeneland, War of Will breezed 5 furlongs from the gate in :59, the best of 44 at the distance.

”Each day he seems to be getting better,” Carroll said. “He cooled out beautifully this morning. (Track Superintendent Javier Barajas) put a good seal on the track and it had a really good bottom on it today. He does a tremendous job on the track.”

Carroll said no decision has been made about when War of Will would ship to Churchill Downs.

McPEEK’S CLASSIC PROSPECTS TO HEAD TO CHURCHILL DOWNS

Three Chimneys Farm and Fern Circle Stables’ Restless Rider, runner-up in the Central Bank Ashland (G1) on April 6, is scheduled to van to Churchill Downs this afternoon to continue training for an expected run in the $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) on May 3, according to Patrick Gilligan, assistant to trainer Kenny McPeek.

Also scheduled to ship to Louisville this afternoon is stablemate Signalman, third-place finisher in the Toyota Blue Grass (G2). Owned by the partnership of Tommie Lewis, Steve Crabtree, Dean Demaree, David Bernsen, Jim Chambers and Magdalena Racing, Signalman would need two defections from horses under consideration for the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) to be in the starting gate for the May 4 race.



HORSEMEN DISCUSS KEENELAND STAKES STARTERS

Keeneland Racing Analyst Tom Leach talked to these horsemen about their starters in coming stakes:

Trainer Bill Mott on Golden Award in today’s Hilliard Lyons-Baird Doubledogdare (G3) and Red Knight in Saturday’s Dixiana Elkhorn (G2).

 

Jockey Tyler Gafflione on Bigger Picture in the Dixiana Elkhorn.

 

CASSE, AVIE’S FLATTER WIN SOVEREIGN AWARDS

Trainer Mark Casse, who has a string of horses at Keeneland, and Avie’s Flatter, who won the Kentucky Utilities Transylvania (G3) here April 5, were among the winners at the 44th annual Sovereign Awards in Canada Thursday night.

Casse, who trains 2018 Canadian Horse of the Year and Keeneland sales graduate Wonder Gadot, won his eighth consecutive Sovereign as Canada’s leading trainer. In 2018 at Keeneland, Casse won three stakes. In his career, he has won three training titles here.

Avie’s Flatter was named Canada’s outstanding 2-year-old male of 2018. Trained by Josie Carroll, Avie’s Flatter is being pointed to the $400,000 American Turf (G2) at Churchill Downs on May 4.

Avie’s Flatter is owned by breeder Ivan Dalos, whose Tall Oaks Farm won the Sovereign as outstanding breeder.

Carroll also trained Moonlit Promise, who earned the Sovereign as champion female sprinter.

GALLOPING OUT

Trainer Rusty Arnold said Friday morning that Giant’s Causeway (L) winner Morticia could make her next start in the $125,000 Unbridled Sidney Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 2.

“I am probably not ruling out the Churchill race because she came out of her last race so good,” Arnold said of the 5-year-old mare, who has earned nearly $600,000 in her career.

Owned by G. Watts Humphrey Jr., Morticia finished second in last year’s Unbridled Sidney after finishing third in the Giant’s Causeway. …

Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, who sustained a fractured right collarbone in a spill at Fair Grounds on March 2, has been cleared to resume riding.

 

LOGO FOR 2020 BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

AT KEENELAND UNVEILED

Breeders’ Cup Ltd. has unveiled the logo for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships to be held at Keeneland. Next year’s Breeders’ Cup is Nov. 6-7.

The new design brings together two iconic racing institutions: Breeders’ Cup, the world-renowned, season-ending horse racing competition, and Keeneland, located in the heart of the Thoroughbred industry where many Breeders’ Cup champions are born. Within the design, the official Breeders’ Cup logo sits below the iconic Keeneland finish line post, both of which are encircled by text presenting the prevailing nexus of the organizations: 2020 World Championships.

The combination of Breeders’ Cup’s identifying colors of purple and gold with Keeneland’s iconic green further denotes the meeting of the brands for the upcoming event.

To celebrate the logo, Keeneland invites fans today and tomorrow to have their photo taken in a special area outside The Keeneland Shop across from the Walking Ring.

A wall features the new Breeders’ Cup mark and #BC20 and other Breeders’ Cup-related items. A professional photographer will take photos from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., email a digital photo within four minutes and produce a print photo.

Fans are invited to share their photos on Twitter or Instagram using #BC20 and tag @breederscup for a chance to win a VIP ticket package for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland. The winner will be selected at random and contacted by April 22. Click here for official rules.

Breeders’ Cup also has a separate giveaway promotion through its various social media platforms. Today and tomorrow, Breeders’ Cup will upload an image of the 2020 World Championships logo on Twitter and Instagram. Fans are asked to retweet the image on Twitter or repost the image on Instagram, as well as tag @BreedersCup and use the #BC20 hashtag. One lucky winner will be selected among the participants and will receive two tickets to the 2020 Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland. 

 

UPCOMING STAKES PROBABLES

$150,000 BEWITCH (G3) (Entries taken Tuesday, April 23; race Friday, April 26) – Beach Flower (trainer Mac Robertson), Coachwhip (Jack Sisterson), Flower Party (IRE) (Mike Stidham), Gaining (GB) (Brad Cox), Get Explicit (Barbara Minshall), Ickymasho (GB) (Roger Attfield), Maroubra (FR) (Cherie DeVaux) and Samuna (FR) (Jorge Abreu). Possible: Peru (GB) (Mike Maker), Vexatious (Neil Drysdale).



SPRING MEET SPECIAL EVENTS

Celebrating its 80th anniversary, the Keeneland Library is one of the world’s largest repositories of information related to the Thoroughbred. In its exhibit “Herbert Haseltine: The Gold Standard,” visitors will see two prominent works from the latter period of the acclaimed sculptor of the early 20th century: “The Thoroughbred Horse” and “Portrait of the Racehorse Tom Fool.” The exhibit “From the Vault: Jockeys” features 26 images dating from the late 1800s to the mid-20th century from the Library’s archive of more than 1 million negatives and photographic prints. Varied memorabilia from Hall of Fame jockeys Eddie Arcaro, Ted Atkinson and Bill Shoemaker accompany the photographs. The Library is open weekdays at no charge from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Official Keeneland ToursKeeneland offers a selection of year-round, guided racing and sales tours, including Behind-the-Scenes Racing Tours, Owner’s Experience Tours and Backstretch Tours with a Day at the Races. On Saturday, April 20, during Sunrise Trackside, free guided tours begin every 20 minutes from the welcome stand near the Paddock and Walking Ring from 7:30-10 a.m.

                                                                                                                                         Friday, April 19



Breeders’ Cup Photos –
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Keeneland invites fans to have their photo taken in a special area outside The Keeneland Shop across from the Walking Ring, where a wall features the newly unveiled logo for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland and #BC20. A professional photographer will take photos and be able to email a digital photo within four minutes and produce a print photo.

 

Fans are invited to share their photos on Twitter or Instagram using #BC20 and tag @breederscup for a chance to win a VIP ticket package for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland. The winner will be selected at random and contacted by April 22. For official rules, visit Breederscup.com/2020/Rules .

$200,000 Friday Pick Four Presented by TVG. Includes races 7-10. The ninth race is the Hilliard Lyons-Baird Doubledogdare (G3).

The Keeneland Shop Milliners Corner with Dorfman Pacific.

Saturday, April 20



Sunrise Trackside – The day begins early for racehorses. Keeneland invites you and your family to experience their mornings with Breakfast With the Works, which features breakfast for purchase and trackside commentary (7-8:30 a.m.) while horses train on the main track. The event includes children’s activities in the Kids Club Corner (7:30-9:30 a.m.); guided Keeneland tours that depart from the welcome stand near the Paddock (7:30-10 a.m.) and Paddock demonstration from the Lexington Mounted Police Unit (9-9:30 a.m). Parking and admission to the morning events are free.

 

Breeders’ Cup Photos – From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Keeneland invites fans to have their photo taken in a special area outside The Keeneland Shop across from the Walking Ring, where a wall features the newly unveiled logo for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland and #BC20. A professional photographer will take photos and be able to email a digital photo within four minutes and produce a print photo.

 

Fans are invited to share their photos on Twitter or Instagram using #BC20 and tag @breederscup for a chance to win a VIP ticket package for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland. The winner will be selected at random and contacted by April 22. For official rules, visit Breederscup.com/2020/Rules .

The Hill – Fans who like to tailgate will enjoy the festive atmosphere of The Hill, where they can watch races on a jumbo TV and place wagers. The Hill also features food trucks, The Keeneland Shop kiosk and complimentary shuttles to the track. Live music is presented by The Burl, a popular live music venue in Lexington from noon to 4 p.m.

Jockey Q&A with Florent Geroux in the Walking Ring (12:05 p.m.).

 

$300,000 Guaranteed Pick Four Presented by TVG. Includes races 7-10. Race 9 is the Dixiana Elkhorn (G2).

NYRA Cross Country Wager features the Dixiana Elkhorn (G2) from Keeneland and stakes from Aqueduct, Charles Town, Oaklawn and Woodbine.

The Keeneland Shop Milliners Corner with Dorfman Pacific.

Sunday, April 21 – Easter – Keeneland is closed.

SPRING MEET LEADERS

 

Through April 18 (11 days of 16-day season)

 

 

Jockey

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Javier Castellano

33

14

7

4

$1,905,914

Joel Rosario

31

12

5

3

$598,736

Tyler Gaffalione

61

9

3

10

$695,431

Florent Geroux

53

9

8

4

$603,244

John Velazquez

34

8

6

6

$465,523

Luis Saez

44

8

6

2

$485,700

Julien Leparoux

51

7

5

9

$446,498

 

 

Trainer

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Chad Brown

20

6

6

3

$671,449

Wesley Ward

27

6

5

4

$428,011

Brad Cox

18

6

3

0

$371,077

Dallas Stewart

18

4

3

1

$492,312

Ian Wilkes

23

4

2

1

$259,549

Brendan Walsh

14

4

0

3

$143,765

 

 

Owner

Wins

e Five Racing Thoroughbreds (Robert J. Edwards Jr.)

3

Hronis Racing (Kosta Hronis)

3

Juddmonte Farms (Khalid Abdullah)

3