WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24

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



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·         BROWN, CASTELLANO HOLD NARROW LEADS IN STANDINGS AS KEENELAND SPRING MEET COMES TO A CLOSE

·         THOROUGHBREDS COMPETE AT PRESTIGIOUS KENTUCKY HORSE PARK EVENT

·         CLOSING WEEK SPECIAL EVENTS

·         SPRING MEET LEADERS

 

BROWN, CASTELLANO HOLD NARROW LEADS IN STANDINGS

AS KEENELAND SPRING MEET COMES TO A CLOSE

With three days remaining in Keeneland’s 16-day Spring Meet, the races for leading trainer and jockey are tight.

Chad Brown is the leading trainer with nine wins. His final starter of the season, Queen Medb (IRE), is entered in today’s sixth race.

In second with seven wins is Brad Cox, who has one horse entered today and will run horses in two races Thursday and two races Friday.

Wesley Ward is third with six wins. He has horses entered in two races today, three races Thursday and two races Friday.

Javier Castellano leads the jockeys with 14 wins, including six stakes, but is not riding here this week.

Tied for second with 12 wins apiece heading into today’s competition are Florent Geroux and Joel Rosario.

Geroux is named on horses in five races today, four races tomorrow and six races Friday.

Rosario has mounts in three races today, four races Thursday and six races Friday.

Tyler Gaffalione and Luis Saez are next in the standings with 11 wins each.

Gafflione is named on horses in five races today, six races Thursday and seven races Friday.

Saez has mounts in five races today, three races tomorrow and five races Friday.

Prior to the start of Wednesday’s card, three owners were tied with three wins apiece: Robert J. Edwards Jr.’s e Five Racing Thoroughbreds, Kosta Hronis’ Hronis Racing and Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms.

e Five has one remaining starter, Tweezer (IRE), who is cross-entered in the ninth race Thursday and the third race Friday.

Juddmonte’s final entrant is Gaining (GB) in the closing-day Bewitch (G3).

Twelve owners are tied with two wins each.

 

THOROUGHBREDS COMPETE AT PRESTIGIOUS

KENTUCKY HORSE PARK EVENT

Eleven Thoroughbreds are among the 43 equine entrants for the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event held Thursday through Sunday at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The prestigious competition is based on a combined score of each horse and rider in dressage, cross-country jumping and show jumping.

Click here for more information about the Thoroughbreds participants.

Six Thoroughbreds raced before redirecting their athleticism to a different sport. The lineup includes Unmarked Bills, a 10-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Posse who was a three-time winner in 24 starts before closing his racing career in 2014. Four months later, he was eventing and quickly moved to the upper levels of the sport.

Another is Shykee’s Thunder, who competes now as Tactical Maneuver and is a 14-year-old Florida-bred gelding by 1995 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Thunder Gulch. A non-winner in 12 starts at the track, Shykee’s Thunder will be making his third appearance in four years at the Three-Day Event.

The Three-Day Event features an array of attractions in addition to the eventing competition, which include activities provided by the Retired Racehorse Project, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing demand for Thoroughbreds away from racing. Presentations include a preview of four candidates for the RRP’s Thoroughbred Makeover competition in October.

Rosie Napravnik, Keeneland’s leading jockey at the 2013 and 2014 Fall Meets, is paired with Keeneland winner Bethel Wildcat for this attraction.

A 6-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Discreet Cat, Bethel Wildcat won two of six starts.

Click here for more information about Retired Racehorse Project at the Three-Day Event.

CLOSING WEEK 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.

Wednesday, April 24

WINS-Day Challenge – This is an inexpensive way for beginning handicappers to test their skills and give handicapping contests a try. The contest has a $2,500-guaranteed pool. Enter for $10 at Wagering Central and place a mythical $2 win and place wager – no actual money required – on Keeneland races 3-8. Limit three entries per person. The first 200 participants receive a card for a free Malone’s appetizer and a complimentary copy of Daily Racing Form.

Thursday, April 25

Horses and Hope Pink Day – Fans are encouraged to wear pink and support Horses and Hope, which works to increase cancer awareness, education, screening and treatment referral among Kentucky’s horse industry workers and special populations across the commonwealth. The event, in its 11th year at Keeneland, features a Horses and Hope race to honor breast cancer survivors.

Jockey Autograph Signing Benefiting Shantel Lanerie Breast Cancer Foundation – In conjunction with Horses and Hope, Keeneland and the Shantel Lanerie Breast Cancer Foundation will host a Jockey Autograph Signing with current and retired riders. All proceeds will go directly to the Lanerie Foundation. Hats may be signed for ($30), posters ($20), jockey goggles ($15) and personal items ($5). The signing is from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. outside the Walking Ring.

The Keeneland Shop Trunk Show – Frederique.



Friday, April 26 – Closing Day

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.

 

The Keeneland Shop Trunk Show – Frederique.

 

SPRING MEET LEADERS

 

Through April 20 (13 days of 16-day season)

 

 

Jockey

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Javier Castellano

33

14

7

4

$1,905,914

Florent Geroux

65

12

10

4

$734,577

Joel Rosario

43

12

7

4

$651,775

Tyler Gaffalione

74

11

4

11

$911,698

Luis Saez

58

11

9

7

$677,585

 

 

Trainer

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Chad Brown

25

9

7

3

$846,754

Brad Cox

21

7

5

0

$444,877

Wesley Ward

30

6

6

4

$445,225

Ian Wilkes

26

5

2

1

$314,776

Brendan Walsh

19

5

1

3

$168,346

 

 

Owner

Wins

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

3

Hronis Racing (Kosta Hronis)

3

Juddmonte Farms (Khalid Abdullah)

3