Louisville Thoroughbred Society

Louisville Thoroughbred Society Sets Date for “Private Viewing” — Wednesday, Oct. 17

The Louisville Thoroughbred Society — a private membership club dedicated to provide first-class amenities and services to those persons interested in, invested in and fans of the Thoroughbred industry — has set a date for its’ first “Private Viewing.” The Club issued invitations to over 300 people this week, and are currently taking RSVP...

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Breeding

Keeneland September Sale Update: 2018 Version Already Eclipses Last Year’s Total Gross

From the Media Team at Keeneland: Keeneland September Sale Surpasses 2017 Gross Sales on Seventh Day  Demand for Thoroughbred racehorses continued Monday at Keeneland when cumulative gross sales of $326,287,200 through seven sessions of the 13-day September Yearling Sale exceeded total sales of $307,845,400 for last year’s entire 12-day sale. On Monday, the first...

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Handicapping

Amoss Off To a Fast Start At Churchill Downs’ September Meet

(Trainer Tom Amoss / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland) We chatted with trainer Tom Amoss a couple of times last week, and had him on “The Pressbox” podcast show. Every time we talked, you sensed a feeling that he may be sitting on a good meet. You got the inkling that he may have some horses ready...

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Interview with Bob Elliston – Vice President of Keeneland on the Keeneland September Sales

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Opinion

Neat Update: Keeneland September Memory: Purim’s Dancer Was a Runner / Now She Is Trying To Make Them

An Update to Our Story: Earlier today, May Y. sent an email in response to this story over at HorseRacingNation.com. That site regularly carries some of our original material. In short, Mary Y. bet on Purim’s Dance in the Wishing Well Stakes at Santa Anita in 2013, and still had the original Pick 3...

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Perspective

Grandsons, Ford and Jack, Go Off To School / Time Marches On

(Ford and Jack head into school for the first time / Photo by Kate Bunnell McLean) It wasn’t that long ago, or so it seems, that I walked by son, Brad, and daughter, Alex, down the street to catch the big, yellow, school bus for the first time. As soon as they climbed on...

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Quotes

It was perfect,” said Ortiz, the 2017 Eclipse Award winner as North America’s outstanding jockey. “She broke good. She was on the lead for a little bit then the 4 horse rushed through it. I just sat off her a little bit, when I was ready to make my move, she was there for me the entire time. Nice filly.”

Jose Ortiz,, Rider of the winner

We’re going to prep them all now at Royal Ascot and bring them to Ky Downs, the way it is working out,” joked Ward. “I had a lot of confidence in her going to the Royal Ascot race. Mr. Ramsey has a yearning desire to win over there, and I was second the first year we went with Cannonball. Of all the ones I ever brought since, this is the one I thought would win. There are so many things that can go wrong before, even during the race. But there was a filly that lost a shoe in the paddock, so she was walking behind the gate with 27 other horses for about 20 minutes and she just sort of got hot and nervous and the gate opened and she got left at the gate and forget it. Fortunately for us today, she rebounded and won a big purse for Mr. Ramsey and we’re on to the Breeders’ Cup now (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint).”

Wesley Ward, Trainer of the winner Moonlight Romance

She had trained beautifully,” said David Carroll, assistant to trainer Mark Casse. “Mark took her up to Saratoga to breeze her on the turf and she breezed beautifully. So it gave us a lot of confidence. Obviously until you do it, you don’t know for sure. Florent gave her a great ride and it was just a shame to get beat. Congratulations to the winner. We’re very, very proud of her.”

David Carroll, Trainer of the runner-up Valadorna

The horses came in early, they went to the training center (at Keeneland) for a couple of days because this place wasn’t open,” he said. “We shipped in, got a couple of gallops over the track. (Assistant trainer) Aime Dollase did a great job, she was here the whole time. Everything looked really good when we got here. The horses were happy. I never won two in a row like this, in stakes. It’s pretty good.”

The Ladies Turf was the 19th career start for the 5-year-old mare, who won for the fifth time in her career. She came into Kentucky Downs off a four-month layoff following a last-pace finish in the Grade 2 Distaff Turf Mile at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby day.

“The owners are pretty happy right now,” Baltas said. “We’re just very grateful. She was actually coming off a layoff so we gave her some time after the Santa Anita meet. She was a little sore, just body sore and needed a little break. I got her back at the beginning of Del Mar, so I got like four or five works on the grass at Del Mar. We were looking for a race, and the guys said let’s send her here. They found the spot. We were thinking the Ladies Sprint or here. We thought this would probably be better, the mile. It was an owner-trainer decision and just worked out.”

Richard Baltas, Trainer of the winner

I’m riding good horses, that’s key,” said Van Dyke, fresh off his first riding title at a major California track when he won the Del Mar crown. “My agent is doing a fabulous job getting me on nice horses and I’m capitalizing on it. I was being patient with her. it’s a long stretch. I felt I had a lot of horse underneath me and I was waiting for the right time, thought that was the key to asking.”

Drayden Van Dyke, Rider of the winner Insta Erma

Podcast

The Pressbox Show September 15 Churchill Stakes

The Pressbox Show Saturday September 15. The Pressbox show is hosted by world renowned broadcaster Dave Baker and Gene McLean. Drop us an email or give us a shout on Twitter or Facebook as we entertain and educate on this week’s great, upcoming Stakes schedule.

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Workouts

Workouts That May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Finley’sluckycharm, Abel Tasman, Vasilika, Bal Harbour

Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over the country.  We are looking for workouts that may be of interest and helpful to you — as both race fans and handicappers.  Some of the horses we will be tracking, you will know.  Some of them, you may not know — as...

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