Keeneland: 9 Breeders’ Cup preps on the agenda for opening week

Elate winning the Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2) - Coady Photography On a huge opening weekend of racing at Keeneland, nine “Win and You’re In” qualifiers for the November 1-2 Breeders’ Cup will be conducted. With the action spread across Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you won’t want to miss a single day of racing. To help you stay up to speed, here’s a quick rundown of all Keeneland’s Breeders’ Cup preps, including race numbers and post times (all [...]

Spot plays for Keeneland: October 4-5, 2019

Keeneland Photo Friday, October 4 is opening day of the Keeneland fall meet, which means large, competitive fields and exciting, high-class races are just around the corner. Looking for horses to bet across the board, or to feature prominently in exotic wagers like the trifecta or Pick 3? We’ve got you covered with four spot plays for opening week at Keeneland. Friday, October 4 Race 8: Stoll Keenon Phoenix Stakes (G2) There is a ton of speed entered [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Picks and Plays for Keeneland Opening Weekend

Keeneland Photo Get ready, everyone! The much-anticipated Keeneland fall meet kicks off on Friday, and opening weekend is packed with top-class stakes races featuring some of the best horses in the country. With high-class competition, large fields, and low-takeout wagers, Keeneland is always popular among horsemen and handicappers alike. Looking to get in on the action? Here are a few prospective picks and plays to get you started…. Friday, October 5 Race 8: Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes [...]

Dude has another crack at Fall Highweight Handicap

Stallwalkin' Dude will be hard to beat in the Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct. Pic: NYRA. Defeated in a close finish in the Fall Highweight Handicap (G3) last year, the seemingly ageless Stallwalkin’ Dude is out to make amends in 2017. The 7-year-old gelding was just nabbed near the line last year by Heaven’s Runway, to whom he was conceding 11 pounds, and he’ll have to concede between four and nine pounds to his rivals this year. However, [...]

Churchill Downs return should benefit Limousine Liberal

Limousine Liberal wins the Aristides Stakes at Churchill Downs. Pic: Coady Photography. If Bet on Sunshine Stakes favorite Limousine Liberal could run all his races at Churchill Downs, his record would probably be even better than it is. The son of Successful Appeal has won four races from six starts at the Louisville track, including three this year: the Churchill Downs Stakes (G2), the Aristides Stakes (G3), and the Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes. He’s since finished third in [...]

Limousine Liberal Seeks Another Stakes Victory

Popular sprinter Limousine Liberal seeks his fourth stakes win of the year when he contests the Stoll Keenan Ogden Phoenix Stakes (G2) at Keeneland Oct. 6. The son of Successful Appeal is a deserved 5-2 morning-line favorite in the Phoenix Stakes, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race for which the winner will earn direct entry to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). Limousine Liberal finished fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint last year. In 2017 he’s taken out three graded races at [...]

Stakes races highlight Friday cards

Those interested in both the upcoming Breeders Cup Championship races for thoroughbreds and the Breeders Crown events for trotters and pacers will get an early taste of what to expect on those occasions on Friday when Keeneland Race Course hosts a pair of lucrative, graded stakes and Dayton Raceway offers a pair of Derby's, one each for trotters and pacers. Friday afternoon's feature at Keeneland, coincidentally the site of the Breeders Cup races on Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. [...]