The Keeneland Files

Behind-the-scenes stories from Keeneland’s spring and fall race meets by BloodHorse.com staff writers.

Kentucky Derby Stars Come Out at Keeneland

Racing Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas promised "more stories than Mother Goose," and the four-time Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner delivered on that promise at the It's my Derby evening Friday, April 18 at Keeneland.... Read More

Ladies of the Turf Reunited at Keeneland

During an April 13 event called "Ladies of the Turf," there was a historic gathering of nearly 30 retired and active female jockeys at Keeneland, including those who were first allowed to ride in 1969 and some of the most accomplished members of their profession. The female jocks signed a commemorative poster created by noted cartoonist Peb which fans could purchase for $10. All proceeds benefited... Read More

All Blue Grass (almost) All the Time

Connections were out full-force today for the post position draw, where owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey entertained the media--or, mostly, Mr. Ramsey entertained the media while Mrs. Ramsey kept him under a good-natured eye.... Read More

Ashland Winners Have Stories to Tell

by Esther Marr The stories behind Ashland Stakes (gr. I) winners Rosalind and Room Service, the first horses in Keeneland history to dead heat in a grade I race, are worthy of sharing as both fillies go forward toward possible starts in the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). Rosalind, who trainer Ken McPeek said emerged from the race in good shape, is one of just 10 horses owned by Ray Struder's Landaluce... Read More

Rosie Napravnik On the Run

Jockey Rosie Napravnik didn't have much time to celebrate her historic triumph as the first female to capture the leading rider title at Keeneland at the conclusion of the meet Oct. 27. After "sleeping in" until about 9 a.m. the next day, the 25-year-old hit the road to Louisville to prepare for the 10 mounts she was slated to ride at Churchill Downs. ... Read More

Ramseys Break Win Record at Keeneland; Rahystrada Returns Oct. 24

No matter how many records he shatters, owner Ken Ramsey is always working his way up to the next level. On Oct. 20, Ramsey and his wife Sarah recorded their 13th victory of the Keeneland fall meet when their homebred Captain Cook scored a frontrunning four-length victory in the 10th and final race. With the performance, the Ramseys broke the record for most wins by an owner during the fall meet that... Read More

Fall Stars Surprises

Fall Stars weekend brought a bevy of surprises as favorites were felled in the major races and a record rainfall pelted Keeneland on the afternoon of Oct. 5. But it was no surprise that many runners will continue on to the Breeders' Cup.... Read More

Youth on the Rise As Meet Begins

Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. I) contenders Purely Hot and Tanglewood Tale make starts for their young trainers, Wayne Catalano gears up for a big meet, and Keeneland's technological advances benefit fans as the Oct. 4-26 fall racing season gets underway. ... Read More

New Beginnings at Season's End

An interview with new trainer Will VanMeter, Mike Smith's visit with Zenyatta, and a stop at Patchen Wilkes Farm to visit Lisa Danielle, dam of 2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan. ... Read More

McPeek's Busy Meet

Trainer Kenny McPeek shared thoughts on Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) hopeful Pure Fun, who will take on the boys in the April 20 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. III), as well as Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I)-bound Java's War, who had his first gallop since winning the Toyota Blue Grass at Keeneland April 17. ... Read More

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