Keeneland Barn Notes: “Today at Keeneland” Gains More Exposure

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From the Keeneland Media Team:

“Today at Keeneland” Widens Exposure for 2018 Fall Meet

Five Breeders’ Cup Challenge races to air on NBC

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 4, 2018) – Keeneland’s 2018 Fall Meet, which will cover 17 days from Oct. 5-27, will feature an expanded viewing audience for its race-day preview show, “Today at Keeneland,” as well as NBC coverage of five Breeders’ Cup Challenge races on opening weekend.


“Today at Keeneland” is a 30-minute program about the day’s card that begins at 11:30 a.m. ET. Fans can watch the program live on TVG2; catch live streaming on, Keeneland Select, and; and watch on The CW Lexington at noon Wednesday through Friday.


Based at Wagering Central on the first floor of Keeneland’s Grandstand, “Today at Keeneland” is hosted by Keeneland handicapper and Paddock Host Jesse Ullery. Throughout the meet, he will be joined by Keeneland handicapper Tom Leach, “The Voice of the Wildcats,” TVG hosts and reporters at Keeneland and other special guest handicappers.


Keeneland launched “Today at Keeneland” during the 2018 Spring Meet. Fans at the track are welcome to watch the live program from Wagering Central.


TVG’s live, on-site coverage begins at 1 p.m. each racing day.


NBC to cover Breeders’ Cup Challenge races

On Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7, NBC will cover five of Keeneland’s Breeders’ Cup Challenge races on opening weekend of the Fall Meet as part of its “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In, presented by America’s Best Racing.”

On Oct. 6, the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) and $400,000 First Lady (G1) will air from 4:30-6 p.m. ET.

The following day, NBC will broadcast the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) and $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon (G3) from 4:30-6 p.m.

More Keeneland on Radio and Online

Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization, will provide live coverage of Keeneland on Wednesdays through Fridays from 3-6 p.m. as well as live coverage of these stakes:


  • Oct. 5 (4:30-5:30 p.m.) – Darley Alcibiades (G1) and Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2).
  • Oct. 6 (5-6 p.m.) – Breeders’ Cup Challenge Day, including the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) and Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1).
  • Oct. 7 (5-6 p.m.) – Juddmonte Spinster (G1) and Dixiana Bourbon (G2).
  • Oct. 10 (4-4:30 p.m.) – JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2).
  • Oct. 13 (4:30-5:30 p.m.) – Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1).
  • Oct. 20 (4:30-5:30 p.m.) – Lexus Raven Run (G2).


Another HRRN program, “Equine Forum,” airs every Saturday from 8-10 a.m.


HRRN is streamed worldwide on its website,, and can be heard throughout North America on Sirius/XM. Check the website for complete channel information.


“Kentucky Winner’s Circle,” hosted by E.J. Clark, will air its “Road to the Breeders’ Cup” series live on Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 2-4 p.m. The Oct. 5 show will be broadcast from Keeneland’s Racing Office. Shows can be heard on WXVW 1450 AM and 96.1 FM and streamed live on

“Horse Tales with Ercel Ellis” will air Saturdays from 8-10 a.m. on Rewind 105.5 FM in Lexington and streamed live on iHeartRadio and Past programs are archived on the website.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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