(Silver Knott / Photos by Coady Photography)

From the Keeneland Media Team / Amy Owens:

SILVER KNOTT (GB) WRAPS UP SUCCESSFUL GODOLPHIN INVASION WITH VISITLEX ELKHORN VICTORY

Trainer Charlie Appleby brought seven horses for Godolphin to Keeneland late last month to compete in graded stakes during the Spring Meet. Following the victory by Silver Knott (GB) in Saturday’s VisitLEX Elkhorn (G2), the final tally from those starters was two wins, three seconds plus a third and a fifth.

Arriving Friday night in time to watch the VisitLEX Elkhorn, which also featured a third-place finish from Bold Act (IRE), was Appleby assistant Chris Connett.

“It was good to see Silver Knott step up,” Connett said. “The (1½-mile) distance was a question. The slow pace did not help Bold Act, who was stuck inside and that’s not what you want to do. When he ran at Meydan (in the Dubai City Of Gold-G2), he had a nice gallop (in front of him).”

A few of the Godolphin runners are scheduled to run May 4 at Churchill Downs, and they will remain at Keeneland through their upcoming races before heading to Saratoga. Expected to join the group this week is Legend of Time (GB), who will quarantine at Churchill for 42 hours before coming here. He is to return to Churchill for the $600,000 American Turf (G2).

In the VisitLEX Elkhorn, Silver Knott won the race by 1½ lengths over Missed the Cut, who finished a neck in front of Bold Act.

“I thought he ran well, but the pace was too slow and not ideal for him,” said Juan Leyva, assistant to trainer John Sadler.

Missed the Cut is scheduled to return to Sadler’s Santa Anita base on Tuesday with plans to be determined.

“The owners have thought about taking him to Royal Ascot (in England) and that may still be in play,” Leyva said.

Missed the Cut began his career in England in 2022 and has a victory in his lone race at Ascot.

With Silver Knott’s victory, Godolphin won its fifth race of the Spring Meet and leads all owners by victories with four days remaining in the season.


KINGSBARNS HEADS TO CHURCHILL DOWNS FOLLOWING BEN ALI VICTORY

Spendthrift Farm’s Kingsbarns, the 3¼-length winner of Saturday’s Ben Ali (G3), was scheduled to ship to Churchill Downs Sunday to join the expanding string of Todd Pletcher runners arriving in Louisville.

“We will see how he bounces back and discuss strategy with the Spendthrift team,” Pletcher said via text following the victory, which was the third in the race for the trainer.

Kingsbarns blew past War Campaign at the top of the stretch and was not threatened in the run to the finish line.

“It looked pretty good turning for home,” trainer Phil Sims said of War Campaign’s brief lead. “I thought he ran very good. He is good this morning, and we will look at our options. It will be a month, but he likes Churchill Downs so it will probably be something there.”

SPRING MEET LEADERS

 

Through April 20 (12 days of 16-day season)

Jockey Starts Wins 2nd 3rd Purses
Tyler Gaffalione 84 15 11 14 $2,269,376
Jose Ortiz 50 13 9 8 $1,251,365
Irad Ortiz Jr. 67 10 14 9 $1,675,566
Luis Saez 71 9 7 15 $1,309,969

Trainer Starts Wins 2nd 3rd Purses
Wesley Ward 27 9 5 2 $694,814
Chad Brown 19 6 2 1 $1,362,233
Brad Cox 17 6 3 3 $1,040,670

Cherie DeVaux and Brendan Walsh have five wins each.

Owner Wins
Godolphin (Mohammed Al Maktoum et al) 5
Blue Heaven Farm (Adam Corndorf and Bonnie Baskin) 2
Calumet Farm (Brad Kelley) 2
Juddmonte (Fahad bin Khalid) 2
Red, White and Blue Racing (Randy Gullat) 2
Rigney Racing (Richard Rigney) 2
Stonestreet Stables (Barbara Banke) 2
Whisper Hill Farm (Mandy Pope) 2

 

THIRD WEEK SPECIAL EVENTS

Year-round

Official Keeneland Tours. Click here for availability and to purchase.

Through Aug. 16

Keeneland Library is recognizing this year’s historic running of the Toyota Blue Grass at its free exhibit, A Rite of Spring: The 100th Running of the Blue Grass Stakes. The exhibit features photographs that capture race highlights curated from Keeneland Library collections and public submissions from professional and amateur photographers along with memorabilia from noted jockeys Bill Shoemaker, Mike Manganello and Chris Antley and celebrated runners Whirlaway, Riva Ridge, Spectacular Bid and Strike the Gold.

Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Library is located on the Keeneland campus. Enter Keeneland at Gate 1 on Keeneland Blvd. and take the first right on Entertainment Ct. The Library is to the left of the Keene Barn and Entertainment Center.

Click here for the virtual companion to the exhibit.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

FINAL SUNDAY of The Hill. Keeneland’s popular tailgating area is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the Spring Meet, weather permitting. No ticket or reservation is required for The Hill, located adjacent to the Keene Barn & Entertainment Center and accessible via Gate 1 (at Man o’ War Blvd.) or Gate 4 (off Van Meter Road on the east side of Keeneland).

Fans on The Hill can watch the racing action via a jumbo TV and place their bets in a wagering tent while they enjoy live music presented by The Burl, food trucks and handicapping assistance from BETologists. Complimentary shuttles to the track are offered.

For fans who want to elevate their experience, Keeneland again is partnering with RevelXP to offer tailgate packages for groups of any size. RevelXP will organize tailgates by furnishing a designated tent, catering, amenities and more. Visit Keeneland.com/tailgating for full details.

The Hill is open from 8 a.m. to 60 minutes after the last race. Amenities are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

TODAY

 

Keeneland Kids Club Family Day Presented by Kentucky Children’s Hospital. The Keeneland Kids Club is the Official Kids Club for Keeneland fans 12 and younger. Kids Club members and their families are invited to a special day at the races and will receive free general admission and access to reserved Grandstand seating when they present their membership cards at admission entrances. Children’s activities, which will take place in the North Terrace from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., include face painting and activities with local community partners such as Amplify Horse Racing, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, LexArts, Lexington Ballet and Salvation Army. Sign up for the Kids Club at Keeneland.com/kidsclub.

PDJF Telethon. The fourth annual fundraising event for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund will be based in the Limestone Café in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion. Call 1 844 884 7353 between noon and 6 p.m. to participate in the telethon or donate directly at https://pdjf.org/donate/.