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Keeneland is at the forefront of fan education and this fall will introduce new programming targeting the intermediate fan that further enhances the track’s BETology efforts.

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Among the new programs are Pop-Up BETology, with Keeneland’s famed BETologists going directly to the fans via a “BET Mobile” golf cart that will invade The Hill tailgate area and parking lots to offer quick BETology sessions. Each race day, Keeneland will present organized short-form BETology 101 and 201 level seminars at 12:05 p.m. and 12:20 p.m, respectively, at Wagering Central. Topics for the beginner or intermediate fan include “The Vocabulary of Betting” and “Understanding Odds”.

Keeneland and Daily Racing Form have collaborated on programming and more advanced materials that target the intermediate bettor. The partnership includes Saturday 201 sessions with a “Play Like a Player” segment about how to read a Form, understand Beyer Speed Figures and more. In addition, Keeneland and the Form have developed materials to guide conversations with BETologists about how to use more advanced handicapping tools.

You can also plug into and Keeneland’s social media platforms to keep pace with all the racing action and special events fun. Follow Keeneland on Facebook @Keeneland, Instagram @Keeneland and Twitter @KeenelandRacing and @BetKeeneland. Bet from anywhere via your phone with the Keeneland Select app.

Returning this fall is the popular @BetKeeneland on Twitter, an interactive handle that provides horseplayers with real-time handicapping tips and insights while benefiting the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) through its Handicapper of the Day Series. Guest handicappers slated for this fall include Britney Eurton, TVG reporter and part of the NBC Sports Triple Crown broadcast team; Gabby Gaudet, on-air racing analyst for the New York Racing Association and its Fox Sports telecasts; Scott Hazelton, on-air host and reporter for TVG; Richard Migliore, retired jockey and racing and workout analyst for XBTV; Jeff Siegel, noted Southern California handicapper and analyst/on-air host for XBTV; and Steve Sherack, senior editor of Thoroughbred Daily News.

The free Keeneland Race Day App offers a number of options to make your race day more memorable. Among the features available at your fingertips: live streaming of Keeneland races and race replays; entries and results; Expert Picks; special events information and a GPS-enabled interactive map of Keeneland. A Bet Simulator shows you each step in placing a wager, calculating the cost of a bet and projected simple will-pays. App users may also receive exclusive access to daily promotions, contests and giveaways.

Return of popular Pick Fours and Pick Fives

Each race day, Keeneland offers a daily Pick 6 in addition to its early and late Pick Fours and Pick Fives. Highlighting the Fall Meet schedule are a number of Pick Fours and Pick Fives with guaranteed pools:

· $200,000-guaranteed Friday Pick Four Presented by TVG (Fridays, Oct. 5, 12, 19).

· $350,000-guaranteed All-Stakes Pick Four Presented by TVG on Saturday, Oct. 6, on races 7-10: Thoroughbred Club of America, First Lady, Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity and Shadwell Turf Mile.

· $250,000-guaranteed All-Stakes Pick Five Presented by TVG on Saturday, Oct. 6, on races 6-10: Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select, Thoroughbred Club of America, First Lady, Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity and Shadwell Turf Mile.

· $350,000-guaranteed Pick Four Presented by TVG (Saturday, Oct. 13 and 20).

Source: Keeneland

Breeders’ Cup 2018: Keeneland’s Fall Stars Weekend

Keeneland Green LogoFour graded stakes winners from Keeneland’s 2017 Fall Stars Weekend, including Suedois (FR), who took the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), are among the list of horses nominated to this year’s Fall Stars Weekend on Oct. 5-7, opening weekend of Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet that runs through Oct. 27.

Fall Stars Weekend features 10 stakes, nine of which are graded, worth $3.95 million. Five of those races are Grade 1 events, and nine of them are Breeders’ Cup Challenge races that are “Win and You’re In” contests for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2-3.

The 33rd running of the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), for 3-year-olds and up and a Win and You’re In race for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), drew 31 nominations and will be run Saturday, Oct. 6.

Owned by George Turner and Clipper Logistics and trained by David O’Meara, Suedois won last year’s Shadwell Turf Mile by a half-length over Heart to Heart, who also is nominated to this year’s race.

In addition to Suedois and Heart to Heart, winner of this spring’s Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) at Keeneland, other Grade/Group 1 winners nominated to the Shadwell Turf Mile are Almanaar (GB), Divisidero, Lightning Spear (GB) and Voodoo Song.

The other defending champions nominated to Fall Stars Weekend stakes are Whitmore (Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix-G2), Miss Sunset (Thoroughbred Club of America-G2) and Bucchero (Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select-G2).

Keeneland’s Fall Stars Weekend

Opening day, Oct. 5

Grade 1 stakes action on Fall Stars Weekend begins opening day with the 67th running of the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades for 2-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on dirt. A Win and You’re In race for the $2 million Tito’s Handmade Vodka Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), the Darley Alcibiades drew 44 nominations headed by Joel Politi’s Serengeti Empress.

Trained by Tom Amoss, Serengeti Empress won the Pocahontas (G2) at Churchill Downs by 19½ lengths on Sept. 15 at the Darley Alcibiades distance. Prior to that, she won the Ellis Park Debutante by 13½ lengths.

Whitmore is nominated to the 166th running of the $250,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix, a Win and You’re In race for $2 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint Owned by Robert LaPenta, Head of Plains Partners and trainer Ron Moquett’s Southern Springs Stables, he won the Forego (G1) at Saratoga in his most recent start.

Among the 23 nominees to the 6-furlong dirt test are 2017 champion male sprinter and Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Roy H; H. Allen Jerkens Presented by Runhappy (G1) winner Promises Fulfilled; and multiple graded stakes winner Limousine Liberal.

Saturday, Oct. 6

The Shadwell Turf Mile anchors an 11-race card on Saturday, Oct. 6. Post time for the first race that day is 12:40 p.m. (but is 1:05 p.m. on all other days).

The 105th running of the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on dirt attracted 56 nominations. The race is a Win and You’re In test for the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1).

Included among the nominations are Hopeful (G1) winner Mind Control, Iroquois (G3) winner Cairo Cat and multiple graded stakes-placed Tight Ten.

The third Grade 1 race on Oct. 6 is the 21st running of the $400,000 First Lady for fillies and mares going a mile on turf. Attracting 27 nominations, the First Lady is a Win and You’re In race for the $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1).

Chad Brown trains four nominees, including Grade 1 winners A Raving Beauty (GER) and Off Limits (IRE) plus Ballston Spa (G2) winner Quidura (GB) and multiple graded stakes winner Rymska (FR).

Alan Klein and Phil Lebherz’s Miss Sunset, trained by Jeff Bonde, tops a roster of 25 nominees to the 38th running of the $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) for fillies and mares going 6 furlongs on dirt. The race is a Win and You’re In dash for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1).

Among the other nominees are 2017 TCA runner-up Chalon and Grade 2 sprint winners Ivy Bell, Lucy N Ethel, Mia Mischief, Stormy Embrace and Vertical Oak.

Ironhorse Racing Stable’s Bucchero, who sprang a 26-1 upset in the 2017 Woodford, tops a list of 35 nominees to the 22nd running of the $200,000 Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select for 3-year-olds and up going 5½ furlongs on the turf.

Trained by Tim Glyshaw, Bucchero finished fifth in the 5-furlong Turf Monster (G3) at Parx on Sept. 3 behind other Woodford nominees Pure Sensation, Vision Perfect and Rainbow Heir.

Sunday, Oct. 7

The fifth Grade 1 event of Fall Stars Weekend is the 63rd running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster for fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles on dirt. Scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 7, the Juddmonte Spinster is a Win and You’re In race for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1).

The Juddmonte Spinster drew 23 nominations headed by the nation’s top 3-year-old filly, Monomoy Girl, and Alabama (G1) winner Eskimo Kisses.

Completing the Fall Stars Weekend lineup on Oct. 7 are two Win and You’re In races for 2-year-olds, the 28th running of the $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon (G3) and the inaugural running of the $200,000 Indian Summer.

The Dixiana Bourbon, which drew 54 nominations, is run at 1 1/16 miles on turf and is a Win and You’re In for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1). Heading the nominees is Opry, winner of the With Anticipation (G3) at Saratoga, undefeated Kentucky Downs Juvenile winner Henley’s Joy and Del Mar Juvenile Turf winner King of Speed.

The Indian Summer, slated for 5½ furlongs on the turf, is a Win and You’re In for the inaugural $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.

The Indian Summer drew 49 nominees, 11 of which are trained by Wesley Ward. Among the Ward nominees are Shang Shang Shang, winner of the Norfolk (G2) at Royal Ascot; Stillwater Cove, winner of the Bolton Landing at Saratoga; and Moonlight Romance, winner of the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint.

NBC to cover Breeders’ Cup Challenge races

On Oct. 6-7, NBC will cover four of Keeneland’s Breeders’ Cup Challenge races as part of its “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In, presented by America’s Best Racing.”

The $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) and $400,000 First Lady (G1) on Oct. 6 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.

Source: Press Release

Stronach 5 Wager for Friday 10/5/18

Friday’s edition of the Stronach 5, a national wager with a $1 minimum and industry-low takeout of 12 percent, will feature four turf races, big fields, and a guaranteed pool of $50,000.

The Stronach 5 kicks off Friday, Oct. 5 with Santa Anita’s third race at 5:03 ET (2:03 PT) with a field of nine going six furlongs.

Last week’s inaugural Stronach 5 rewarded 14 bettors with winning tickets of $9,888.30.

Friday’s Stronach 5 Wager sequence is:

Leg One – Santa Anita Third Race (9 horses) 5:03 ET, 2:03 PT

Leg two – Gulfstream West Eighth Race (10 horses, turf) 5:10 ET, 2:10 PT

Leg Three – Laurel Ninth Race (15 horses, turf) 5:22 ET, 2:22 PT

Leg Four: Laurel 10th Race (14 horses, turf) 5:54 ET, 2:54 PT

Leg Five – Santa Anita 5th Race (10 horses, turf) 6:08 ET, 3:08 PT

The minimum wager on the multi-race, multi-track Stronach 5 Wager will be $1. If there are no tickets with five winners, the entire pool will be carried over to the next Friday.

For the Stronach 5, if a change in racing surface is made after the wagering closes, each selection on any ticket will be considered a winning selection. If a betting interest is scratched, that selection will be substituted with the favorite in the win pool when wagering closes.

The Maryland Jockey Club serves as host of the Stronach 5.

Breeders’ Cup 2018: Will the Euros Own the Turf Races?

Breeders’ Cup Mile & Turf Figure Ripe for the Euro Taking

The Europeans have long been major players in both the Breeders’ Cup Mile and Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf and this year figures to be no different, as the American contingent has been sorting itself out all year in both divisions. Any European participation is still to be determined but any number of potential shippers would warrant serious looks, should they come for either race.

Qatar Racing’s LIGHTNING SPEAR (GB) qualified for the Mile when he won the “Win and You’re In” Sussex (GI) at Glorious Goodwood in August for trainer David Simcock. The 7-year-old son of Pivotal (GB), who is 7-for-25 lifetime, has been a stalwart on the European Group I scene in recent years and would be a huge threat should he make the trip to Louisville, while Sarl Darpat France’s RECOLETOS (FR), who won the Prix de Moulin de Longchamp (GI) September 9 for trainer Carlos Laffon-Parias, has proven European Group I form and 7-for-13 lifetime.

The Americans are led by Amerman Racing’s homebred OSCAR PERFORMANCE, who won the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita and earned an automatic Mile berth when he won Saturday’s “Win and You’re In” Ricoh Woodbine Mile (GI, see race recap below). The 4-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy is 8-for-14 lifetime for trainer Brian Lynch and should relish a two-turn mile.

Multiple Grade I winner HEART TO HEART gives Lynch a serious 1-2 punch, while HUNT (IRE) earned an automatic Mile berth when he won the “Win and You’re In” Shoemaker Mile (GI) at Santa Anita in May for trainer Phil D’Amato, and Delta Prince, a half-brother to two-time Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Royal Delta who was a close fourth as the favorite in the Woodbine Mile for trainer Jimmy Jerkens also has plenty of talent. CATAPULT, RAGING BULL (FR), SYNCRONY and VOODOO SONG are also pointing for the Breeders’ Cup Mile for the Americans, while ANNA NERIUM (GB), EXPERT EYE (GB), PLUMATIC (GB) and SUEDOIS (FR) could come from Europe.

The Longines Turf, run at 1 ½ miles, would have a pair of imposing favorites should ROARING LION and POET’S WORD (IRE) ship in from Europe, which is no guarantee at this point. The former, a 3-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy, stands as Europe best turf horse after a win in Saturday’s “Win and You’re In” QIPCO Irish Champion (GI, see race recap below) at Leopardstown for trainer John Gosden. Roaring Lion had already qualified for the Turf with his win in York’s “Win and You’re In” Juddmonte International (GI) in August and is 7-for-11 lifetime. While he is likely to run next in the Champion Stakes (GI) October 20 at Ascot, his connections have flirted with the idea of running in the Turf all year. Poet’s Word, a 5-year-old son of Poet’s Voice (GB), qualified for the Turf when he won Ascot’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Sponsored by QIPCO (GI) in July for trainer Sir Michael Stoute and the 7-for-17 lifetime runner was last seen running second to Roaring Lion in the International.

The Americans will be led by a trio of “Win and You’re In” qualifiers in Little Red Feather Racing and Marsha Naify’s FASHION BUSINESS (GB), who won the Del Mar Handicap Presented by the Japan Racing Association (GII) August 18 for trainer Phil D’Amato, Matthew Schera’s GLORIOUS EMPIRE (IRE), who wired Saratoga’s “Win and You’re In” Sword Dancer (GI) August 25 for trainer Chuck Lawrence, and Convento Viejo’s ROBERT BRUCE (CHI), who won the Arlington Million (GI) August 11 for trainer Chad Brown. The former could prep for the Turf in Santa Anita’s John Henry Turf Championship September 30 while the latter pair could run in Belmont Park’s September 29 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (GI), which is also a “Win and You’re In” for the Turf.

Godolphin’s defending Turf champion TALISMANIC (GB) is gearing up for a title defense. The 5-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro, who is 8-for-21 lifetime, including an upset win in the Turf last year at Del Mar, was recently second in the Prix Foy (GII) September 16 at Longchamp for trainer Andre Fabre. LA EXTRANA DAMA (ARG) and QUARTETO DE CORDAS (BRZ) won “Win and You’re In” races in Argentina and Brazil, this spring, respectively, and could run in the Turf, as could Americans ARKLOW and CHANNEL MAKER.

Eziyra Points to Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

The Aga Khan’s homebred EZIYRA (IRE) won Sunday’s Blandford (GII) at The Curragh and will step up in class for her next two starts, which trainer Dermot Weld hopes ends with a run in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. The 4-year-old daughter of Teofilo (IRE) improved off a third-place finish in York’s August “Win and You’re In” Darley Yorkshire Oaks (GI), an automatic qualifier for the Filly & Mare Turf. Eziyra is 6-for-11 lifetime and will head to North America to embark on an ambitious late-season double.

“I’ve had it in my mind to go to Canada for the E.P. Taylor (GI, October 13) and that would be possible for her next race,” Weld said. “And then we’ll go on for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.”

Source: Breeders’ Cup

$7M Turf Race Added. Pegasus Tickets Open Today

The Stronach Group, owners of the Pegasus World Cup, announced an exciting new element to what has become, in just two short years, one of the premier events on the Thoroughbred racing calendar. The Pegasus World Cup 2019, to be held on January 26, will be adding a Grade 1 turf stakes to this year’s race-day festivities.

The addition of the turf race, which will be run at 1 3/16 miles, aims to attract and showcase twelve of the best older turf horses from around the world turning the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational into a Championship Invitational Series. The total purse for the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational will sit at $7 million with $3 million awarded to the winner. The Pegasus World Cup Invitational, to be contested on the dirt at 1 1/8 miles, will offer a $9 million purse with a $4 million prize waiting for the winner of the twelve-horse field.

“The appetite for a turf race is strong and the decision to include a premier turf race is part of the ongoing evolution of the Pegasus World Cup,” said Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President, The Stronach Group. “We are excited to expand this event for both horse owners and fans, adding to what is already an incredible day of entertainment and world-class racing at Gulfstream Park.”

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Any horse owner who purchases a spot in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational will be given preference to purchase a spot in the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational. The cost to secure an entry spot and enter a horse is $500,000 per race.

“As an international owner I am thrilled that the Pegasus World Cup will include a turf race,” said John Magnier, Founder, Coolmore. “Coolmore, like The Stronach Group, believes in growing our sport and there is no better way to do that than to provide a new platform to showcase the world’s best Thoroughbreds.”

pegasus world cup logoAs an added incentive and as part of the commitment to provide new, lucrative opportunities for horse owners, The Stronach Group will offer a $1 million bonus to the owner who wins both the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational.
The Stronach Group will also introduce a new wager, the Pegasus Pick 24. The Pegasus Pick 24 will offer up the chance to bet on the exact finish order for both the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, adding another layer to the race-day excitement. A whopping $5 million bonus awaits the lucky fan who hits on the Pegasus Pick 24.

Blending entertainment, innovation and Thoroughbred horse racing like no other event of its kind, the Pegasus World Cup has captured the attention of the racing industry, celebrities and fans from around the world. Past winners include Arrogate, the Horse of the Year for 2017 and the top earning Thoroughbred of all time, and 2018 Horse of the Year, Gun Runner.

Tickets for the 2019 Pegasus World Cup will be available at starting today October 1.

Marylou Whitney accepts Racing Hall of Fame honor for 3 generations

William Collins Whitney, grandfather of Marylou’s late husband, Cornelius C.V. “Sonny” Whitney, purchased the Saratoga Race Course in 1900 and resuscitated the expiring Victorian lady, and, with August Belmont II, created Belmont Park.

Sonny’s father, Harry Payne Whitney, won the Kentucky Derby twice as well as the Preakness and Belmont four times each. He was the top breeder in the country by earnings 11 times and the nation’s top owner by earnings eight times.

Marylou Whitney accepts Racing Hall of Fame honor for 3 generations…

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Study States that Sports Betting Could Help Sports Attract Younger Fans

Las Vegas sportsbook contestSports-betting adults are more affluent, younger, more diverse and better educated adults than the general population, according to an American Gaming Association (AGA) commissioned study from Nielsen Sports.

The research identifies groundbreaking demographic and behavioral characteristics of self-identified bettors who the AGA believes will populate the future legal U.S. betting landscape. A second, forthcoming element of the project will estimate the amount of revenue this demographic can help unlock for the major U.S. sports leagues….

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‘The horse racing industry is vital to the national economy’

‘The horse racing industry is vital to the national economy’ in Ireland

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Placing a winning bet on horse racing

PA Horse Racing – winning bet on horse racing?

“The system is broken, and needs to be fixed,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding at the equine/agricultural site  Country Folks. “This problem has persisted for years. There has been a 71 percent decline in wagers placed on live horse racing in the state [of Pennsylvania] since 2001. This means there has been less revenue for the oversight of the industry.”

To the rescue comes the recently-formed Pennsylvania Horse Racing Association (PHRA) who wants to get Pennsylvanians  back to the tracks, millennials, in particular, who have never been anywhere near a horse, and couldn’t tell a trifecta from a trip or a tag. To that end…

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Breeders’ Cup 2018: Diversify On Target for Saturday’s Jockey Club Gold Cup

Lauren Evans and Ralph M. Evans’ multiple Grade 1 winner Diversify wrapped up his major preparations for his title defense in the Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park with a five-furlong breeze Friday morning (9/21), covering the distance in 58.97 seconds, his second bullet work in as many weeks.

Diversify worked solo under jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. over the main track shortly after the renovation break. The breeze was the fastest of 16 at the distance. NYRA clockers caught the 5-year-old New York-bred gelding by Bellamy Road galloping out six furlongs in 1:12 4/5.

Friday’s move was the fourth work for Diversify, the expected favorite for the 1 ¼-mile Breeders’ Cup Classic qualifier on Super Saturday, September 29, since recording a 3 ½-length victory in the Grade 1 Whitney on August 4 at Saratoga Race Course. Last Friday, Diversify breezed five furlongs in a bullet 58.88 seconds, his first appearance on the Belmont work tab since shipping from Saratoga earlier this month for trainer Rick Violette, Jr.

“It was another great breeze,” said Violette’s assistant Melissa Cohen. “We were planning on going a little slower, but he was very happy to do what he did and he couldn’t have done it any easier. We’re happy, he came back happy, barely blowing a match. He’s happy, relaxed.

“It was almost an exact replica of last week, so I think he’s telling us he’s ready,” she added. “All systems go.”

Diversify is coming into the Gold Cup off three straight wins, including the one-mile Commentator for New York-breds in May and the Grade 2 Suburban at 1 ¼ miles on July 7 prior to the Whitney. Last year, he won a pair of New York-bred stakes, capped by an 11 ½-length romp in the Evan Shipman at Saratoga, and successfully stretched out to 1 ¼ miles for the first time with a gutsy one-length victory in the 2017 Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Cohen said Diversify will jog Saturday morning and walk Sunday as part of his normal post-work routine.

Source: NYRA