- A couple of readers mentioned the redesigned website at Keeneland, and you'll be able to watch all the races live on this page here.
- Ten late nominations at $6,000 each for the Triple Crown races, including Etude, who's turned some heads in Maryland. Since adding blinkers and jockey Luis Garcia after three second place finishes, he's won three in a row by a combined 17 lengths, including an easy win in the Private Terms stakes. He looks like he could be this year's local laying-in-wait horse for the Preakness. Trainer Richard Small said:
"Blinkers certainly helped, but it's the maturity....He was kind of green the first few times he ran, sort of awkward and not knowing what was going on. He finally caught on. The blinkers and his catching on sort of happened at the same time." [BRIS]Etude is a son of the Broad Brush stallion Include, 6th on last year's first-year sire list. His stud fee doubled to $25,000 for this year. Etude is out of the stakes winning dam Groovy Feeling, by sprint champ Groovy. Include is inbred 4x4x4 to Turn-to, and this mating adds yet another cross of that stallion, and makes Etude 4x4 to Tom Fool.
- Fairbanks was the $1.85 million sales topper at Saratoga in 2004, and now, at the age of four, he may be starting to pay off for Team Valor. His win in the Tokyo City was accomplished, according to the stable's website, with a dynamite Beyer of 115, which is the highest earned by any horse in the nation going a mile or farther this year.
“He wants to run all day,” said Barry Irwin..“I don’t know what is next, but he likes Belmont Park and Saratoga. I cannot wait until we can stretch him out for a truer test of his stamina.