Category: Keeneland

2018 Raven Run Stakes Preview

This Saturday’s featured race at Keeneland is the Grade 2 Raven Run Stakes. The race has been run since 1999, and has always been a seven-furlong sprint for three-year-old fillies over the Keeneland main track. It earned Grade 3 status in 2002, and gained its current Grade 2 designation in 2006. As with so many... Read more »

2018 Shadwell Turf Mile Preview and Keeneland Weekend Stakes Selections

Opening weekend at Keeneland, with its stakes-laden Fall Stars cards, takes place this weekend. It offers a host of final Breeders’ Cup tune-ups — nine of the ten races are  Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In preps. Both of Friday’s stakes races have Breeders’ Cup berths on the line; the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes (G2)... Read more »

2018 Lexington Stakes Preview

The last few Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks points are up for grabs this weekend.  The only 100-point preps are at Oaklawn: Friday’s Fantasy Stakes (G3) for Oaks-bound fillies, and Saturday’s Arkansas Derby (G1) for the Derby set.  Keeneland already had its 100-point prep last week, the Blue Grass (G2), but it also offers one... Read more »
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2018 Beaumont Stakes Preview

Though the three-year-old trails visit Aqueduct, Keeneland, and Santa Anita on Saturday, make sure to save some energy for Sunday’s action, as well.  The Grade 3 Beaumont Stakes is the second of two Oaks preps to be run opening weekend at Keeneland.  Unlike Saturday’s Ashland, and other recent preps, it does not offer enough points... Read more »

2018 Blue Grass Stakes and Ashland Stakes Preview

The three-year-old trails are reaching do-or-die time. This weekend features the second to last Saturday of Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks points preps, and they will run from coast to coast.  This piece focuses on the pair of points preps at Keeneland: the Ashland (G1) for the fillies, and a loaded renewal of the Blue Grass... Read more »

2017 Raven Run Stakes Preview

This Saturday’s featured race at Keeneland is the Grade 2 Raven Run Stakes. The race has been run since 1999, and has always been a seven-furlong sprint for three-year-old fillies over the Keeneland main track. It earned Grade 3 status in 2002, and gained its current Grade 2 designation in 2006. The race takes its... Read more »
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2017 Woodford Stakes Preview and Weekend Keeneland Stakes Selections

Opening weekend at Keeneland, with its stakes-laden Fall Stars cards, takes place this weekend. We will have picks for all nine graded races at Keeneland Friday through Sunday, and detailed analysis of the Woodford Stakes (G2).  The Woodford is as classy a turf sprint as you’ll see in the United States outside the Breeders’ Cup.  Particularly since... Read more »

2017 Blue Grass Stakes and Ashland Stakes Preview

The Derby Trail is nearing its end. This weekend features the second to last Saturday of Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks points preps, and they will run from coast to coast.  This piece focuses on the pair of points preps at Keeneland: the Ashland (G1) for the fillies, and a loaded renewal of the Blue Grass... Read more »

2016 Fayette Stakes Preview

The Breeders’ Cup pre-entries may be out, but don’t get too far ahead of yourself: Keeneland is still going on, after all, and Picks and Ponderings is hitting the road to Lexington. The Keeneland fall meet draws to a close on Saturday, and that card features the final graded stakes race of the meet: the... Read more »
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2016 Raven Run Stakes Preview

This Saturday’s featured race at Keeneland is the Grade II Raven Run Stakes. The race has been run since 1999, and has always been a seven-furlong sprint for three-year-old fillies over the Keeneland main track. It earned Grade III status in 2002, and gained its current Grade II designation in 2006. The race takes its... Read more »