Oct. 28 Insights: Second-to-Last Leslie's Lady Foal Debuts at Keeneland

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 5th-KEE, $84k, Msw, 2yo, f, 6f, 3:08 p.m. ET One of the most prolific broodmares of the 21st century will be represented by her penultimate foal Thursday at Keeneland when MARR TIME (Not This Time--Leslie's Lady) opens her account for Clarkland Farm and Brad Cox in this sprint. Famously the producer of international superstar stallion Into Mischief (Harlan's Holiday), four-time champion Beholder (Henny Hughes) and GISW multimillionaire Mendelssohn (Scat Daddy), the now 25-year-old Leslie's Lady was retired from breeding after foaling a Kantharos filly last...

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2022 Kentucky Race Dates Set

Kentucky's live racing schedule for 2022 will largely mirror this season's template of race dates according to a calendar approved Tuesday by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. The following three tweaks stand out from 2021: 1) Churchill Downs will race through July 4 instead of closing in late June; 2) Kentucky Downs was granted a seventh racing date, up from six; 3) Keeneland Race Course will host the Breeders' Cup the first Friday and Saturday in November, directly book-ended by live racing at Churchill on the dates right before and...

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Half-Sister to Rattle N Roll Tops Keeneland October Digital Sale

Flaine (Outwork), a half-sister to recent GI Claiborne Breeders' Futurity winner Rattle N Roll (Connect), sold for $37,500 to St. Elias Stable, topping Tuesday's Keeneland October Digital Sale. The 3-year-old filly was consigned as a broodmare prospect by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. Of the 24 horses catalogued, 23 went through the ring with six selling for a gross of $112,000.

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'Swirl' the Girl in Raven Run

Caramel Swirl got just the better of an enervating final-furlong tussle in Saturday's GII Lexus Raven Run S. at Keeneland, dropping her nose down on the line just ahead of the over-achieving Joy's Rocket to earn her first stakes and graded stakes victory. The 33-10 second betting choice behind her Bill Mott stablemate Obligatory (Curlin), Caramel Swirl settled just behind midfield and raced three off the inside beneath Junior Alvarado before committing to a wide run around the turn. In hand approaching the quarter pole, she was angled six deep...

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Sunday's Racing Insights: F-T Saratoga Co-Topper Debuts at Belmont

5th-BEL, $90K, Msw, 3yo/up, 1 1/16mT, 2:43 p.m. ET CONQUER THE WORLD (Curlin), the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga $1.5-million co-topper, gets his career going on the lawn here. He is the first foal out of Wapi (Chi) (Scat Daddy), the 2016 champion 3-year-old filly in her native country. She brought $1.05 million from co-breeders Don Alberto Corp. and Three Chimneys Farm carrying Conquer the World at the 2017 KEENOV sale. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Conquer the World, drawn on the rail, is owned in partnership by Let's Go Stable, Aquis Farm,...

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Ghostzapper Filly Impresses at Keeneland

7th-Keeneland, $83,921, Msw, 10-22, 3yo/up, f/m, 6f, 1:09.85, ft, 8 1/2 lengths. GOODNIGHT OLIVE (f, 3, Ghostzapper--Salty Strike {MGSW, $485,266}, by Smart Strike) was second as 11-5 chalk at Keeneland back at Gulfstream in March, and proved worth the wait Friday with an impressive belated maiden breaker. Backed as the 2-5 chalk facing mostly firsters and a couple who had had plenty of chances, the FTKOCT grad showed good speed to vie for early command before being taken back adeptly by Tyler Gaffalione to let the top two go at...

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Big Field Set for Raven Run

A wide-open field of 13 sophomore filly sprinters will line up for Saturday's GII Lexus Raven Run S. at Keeneland. 'TDN Rising Star' Souper Sensational (Curlin) enters in good form in her last three starts since receiving a freshening. A powerful winner of Belmont's GIII Victory Ride S. July 10, the Live Oak colorbearer followed with a second-place finish behind likely GI Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint second choice Bella Sofia (Awesome Patriot) in the GI Longines Test S. Aug. 7 and repeated that same position behind the streaking...

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Notable US-Bred Runners in Japan: Oct. 23-24, 2021

In this continuing series, we take a look ahead at US-bred and/or conceived runners entered for the upcoming weekend at the tracks on the Japan Racing Association circuit, with a focus on pedigree and/or performance in the sales ring. Here are the horses of interest for this weekend running at Tokyo and Hanshin Racecourses. The 3-year-old fillies' Classics concluded with last weekend's G1 Shuka Sho and 3-year-old males get their final chance at Classics glory in Sunday's G1 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) at Hanshin. A full field of 17...

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Rubicon Sponsors Keeneland's Valley View

Rubicon, a Lexington-based software company that provides smart waste and recycling solutions, is the new sponsor of Keeneland's $150,000 GIII Valley View S., which will be run Friday, Oct. 29. The Rubicon Valley View, a 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies, is named for Kentucky's oldest recorded commercial business, the Valley View Ferry, which has operated since 1785. The ferry crosses the Kentucky River to connect Fayette and Madison counties. Stunning Sky (Declaration of War) won the most recent edition of the race, formerly known as the Pin Oak...

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Keeneland Catalogues 254 Horses of Racing Age for November Sale

A total of 254 head have been catalogued for the horses of racing age section of the upcoming Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. The single session will be held Nov. 19--the final day of the auction. The catalogue is now available online at The November sale begins Nov. 10. The Nov. 19 session will start at 10 a.m. with 148 cataloged head of breeding stock and will continue with the horses of racing age. Keeneland will continue to accept supplements to the horses of racing age section through the...

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Destination Lexington: The Brewgrass Trail

Since the conclusion of a dazzling Keeneland September Yearling Sale, buyers and sellers alike have been eager to return to Lexington for the 2021 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. There may be no better time of year to visit the Bluegrass as the vibrant trees in a kaleidoscope of fall hues serve as the backdrop for the some of racing's most talented broodmare prospects, stallion prospects and horses of racing age, as well as proven broodmares and promising weanlings. After a long day spent combing through the expansive catalogue of...

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Empire Maker Filly Stays Up This Time, Earns Rising Stardom

Two-year-old filly Haughty (Empire Maker), taken down from first to third for interference after a clear-cut debut victory at Belmont Sept. 17, and then unable to draw in off the also-eligible list for Wednesday's GII JPMorgan Jessamine S., bested a solid-looking bunch at Keeneland Sunday to officially earn her diploma as well as the 'TDN Rising Star' nod. She had been flattered since her unveiling when the put-up winner that day was a close second at long odds in last week's GIII Matron S., and the $310,000 OBS April grad...

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