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20 Oct 21 16:54
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Has anyone been to Keenland? I'm planning a trip to the Breeders Cup next year which will probably be 3 nights in Nashville, drive to Lexington for 4 nights, both days at the races & come home. I'm looking for any experiences others may have had of the area & particularly of the track.
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Report harry callaghan October 22, 2021 10:09 PM BST
Really good track..
A real shame last years meeting was run on a speed friendly dirt track, otherwise a perfectly fair dirt track..
They got it wrong last year, so hopefully they get it right for when you go chewy. I was considering it myself but am doubtful in all fairness.
The turf track requires a capable horse, very tight like a lot of American turf tracks.
I long for the day the breeders cup is run at saratoga myself but keenland and Churchill very good tracks imo. This del mar isn’t for me
Report chewy11 October 26, 2021 12:40 PM BST
Thanks Harry, Keenland certainly looks very nice. 99% chance of getting there for us if other factors don't reappear. Del Mar would have been good for some winter sun but I agree I don't like the look of it for Breeders Cup.
Report chewy11 December 3, 2021 10:14 AM GMT
Accomodation booked in Nashville & Lexington. Fingers crossed.
Report nocturnal December 3, 2021 1:13 PM GMT
Sounds like a blast ..... music,racing and everything in between.

Couple of "Superfectas" will do the trick Chewy.

Bin the return flights,straight up to chicago for route 66.

Couple of Harleys and your away,we only live once Wink

Have family in Denver,hopefully travel will have eased by the time you go.Bring this to the top nearer the time if things look dodgy,they might be able to give you the views from their end,if that helps in any way.

Enjoy the ride.
Report chewy11 December 3, 2021 1:28 PM GMT
Cheers Noc. We've booked two Airbnb's with full refunds up to a week before arrival, hopefully we'll make it but who knows? I've never ridden a motorbike with gears without falling off, the last time was about 35 years ago, I'll skip the Harley thanks!! Nashville & Lexington both look good, thats partly why we chose Keenland, Santa Anita can wait!
Report chewy11 May 10, 2022 9:09 AM BST
Got the tickets yesterday $200 for both days. Fly to Nashville on 31st October, 174 days!!
Report harry callaghan August 28, 2022 10:19 AM BST
Hey chewy you looking forward to your trip? Some decent trails been run recently.
You having any long term bets for the meeting ?
Report chewy11 August 28, 2022 1:28 PM BST
Hi Harry, 9 weeks tomorrow we go. I don't follow US racing so no ideas yet, any suggestions greatly appreciated. I'm really looking forward to it. Nashville looks great & 2 days racing, what can you want? Although 1 lad wants to fire an M16 assault rifleExcitedScared
Report harry callaghan August 28, 2022 2:48 PM BST
I quite like the sound of getting on the end of an m16 rifleGrineither that or a Gatling gunLaugh

I’ve had a little on epicenter at big odds for the classic, I’m not convinced of his figure yesterday though. I’ll let you if I come up with anything, I’m working on it like I normally do this time of year. I do quite like one in the sprint turf but I’ve talked myself out it.

That’ll be a great trip, everything up in the air betting wise at the moment for me as not sure who will go to what races
Report brandyontherocks August 28, 2022 3:36 PM BST
Flightline runs over 10f for the fist time at Del Mar on Saturday.
Report harry callaghan August 28, 2022 6:25 PM BST
He is the one out of the 3 top notchers, who gives himself a chance to get the distance flightline. He hasn’t met much flightline so be nice to see him against some proper opposition. I’ve not seen who is turning up in the pacific classic yet
Report brandyontherocks August 28, 2022 7:36 PM BST
Only 9 entered I think but according to Blood Horse. Com there won't be many actually running.
Report harry callaghan August 28, 2022 7:46 PM BST
Be nice if taiba turns up, he is a nice colt. Flightline does look a monster though so will be interesting to see him stretch out. His sire is yet to win a classic, however I do think this horse will stay and certainly hope on pedigree
Report brain dead jockeys September 4, 2022 2:11 AM BST
flightline just won the pacific classic (10f) by 19.25 L eased down.........made all in a very fast time. what a horse. q is though, will he be at keenland?........the horse is worth minimum 60 million......will they risk him?
Report brandyontherocks September 4, 2022 7:07 AM BST
Stunning performance.
Report harry callaghan September 4, 2022 10:47 AM BST
Looks like your in for a real treat in the classic chewy as these really are a top bunch of dirt horses. Flightline looked good again yesterday not that any of the others did any running. It’s muted he’ll take in the awesome again on route but I’d say knowing the trainer, he’ll go straight to the classic. The question is whether life is good will also turn up in the classic, fingers crossed they all make it
Report brandyontherocks September 4, 2022 12:23 PM BST
A son of top sire Tapit, Flightline turned heads on the East Coast in June when he won the Met Mile by six lengths.

The victory gives Flightline an automatic berth with fees paid to the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland on Nov. 5. Sadler said the colt won't race before then.
Report harry callaghan September 4, 2022 12:54 PM BST
It’s a shame he won’t take in the awesome again, the improvement a dirt horse can find when racing more often, can lead to big figures rather than off lay offs like flightline is doing. Oh well the classic will be great if they all turn up. I want life is good there myself. He could make it a tear up pace race tbh speed wise and I want this flightline to prove it against such a horse, even though I don’t think life is good really gets home at the distance, he is still capable of a proper pace. The draw will also be important as flightline has been outside horses in most of his races. The plot thickens
Report harry callaghan October 9, 2022 1:37 PM BST
Flightline working the house down by all accounts. Him and nest in the distaff could end up the punters bankers for the meeting looking at the betting along with cave rock who is looking a top juvenile for baffert
Report chewy11 October 10, 2022 1:54 PM BST
I said last year, Life is Good might just pay for our trip. Be interesting see where they choose for him. Seeing Flightline will be something else. We'll be on our way in 3 weeks. A sensible day in front of the tele this Saturday then keeping the powder dry til Friday 4th. One lad is already planning for Santa Anita, probably why he's not married!!
Report harry callaghan October 10, 2022 4:21 PM BST
It’s brewing up nicely chewy, finally starting to find a few bets as been putting in the hours. Malathaat in the distaff is a key horse for me against nest. She’s nicely coming to the boil and I’m pleased with the bet I’ve struck. Basically trying to get a price on any horse isn’t easy with vulchers circling all the time making it hard to get on at the right time with also being able to watch all the preps.

I’ll be frank with you chewy I’m not that keen on life is good, more that I don’t think he’s been as good since meydan but I want them to gun him from the gate, for me he is the only horse that can click the fractions on the lead I want. Flightline has looked awesome but this will be the first time he meets some proper good horses and epicenter and life is good are certainly up to scratch. Maybe they have been holding life is good back for this and he is a proper tool if on song
Report harry callaghan October 11, 2022 1:35 PM BST
Chewy I’ve pm you the top the steak house in the area by all accounts. Supposed to be top draw enjoyHappy
Report chewy11 October 11, 2022 9:56 PM BST
Cheers Harry, we'll certainly have a look, cheers.
Report nocturnal October 17, 2022 9:05 PM BST

Not long now Chewy ... I like the sound of "The Bourbon Country Guide".

Enjoy every minute,looks a lovely setting,let us know how you get on.
Report chewy11 October 18, 2022 9:16 AM BST
Cheers Noc, I agree the course looks stunning. The weather is meant to be good & the racing looks spectacular. Everything is in place, hopefully 1 of my mates who lives in Shanghai will get out of China & meet us over there. The trip to the Shooting range is bookedScared I'll report back in 3 weeks.
Report harry callaghan October 23, 2022 1:02 PM BST
Couldn’t see much but flightline worked nicely in his second last prep run before shipping to keenland not that I could see much in the dark. I thought life is good worked lovely in a maintenance workout. He just glides and looks on song in his preparation. This could be great duel if they both make the front but I’d doubt whether flightline could lay a glove on life is good from the gate. Nicely brewing up to the big race. Have fun chewy. A lot of races looking quite open affairs betting wise for various reasons. I don’t really do the juvenile turf races myself but an open competitive feel to the whole meeting betting wise
Report chewy11 October 23, 2022 3:00 PM BST
From what I saw Flightline looked very impressive when he quickened through the finishing line.

We're in for treat.
Report harry callaghan October 26, 2022 11:07 PM BST
Take some warm clothes chewy. Not warm over there at the moment.
Report chewy11 October 27, 2022 10:06 AM BST
Bloody Hell Harry, where do you live, Qatar? It's 20+ degrees in Nashville & Lexington. Vest & underpants weather to us Northern Monkeys!!
Report harry callaghan October 27, 2022 11:16 AM BST
ExcitedLaughwas 4 degree's yesterday morning chewy. Your northerners are made of graniteGrin
Report chewy11 November 10, 2022 1:08 PM GMT
What an experience. If you get the chance to go take it, what a set up. Didn't get my hands on an M16 but did shoot a 22 & a 9mm handgun & a 5.56 rifle, all disturbingly exhileratingSurprised.

The Saturday was like a fantasy day, we were backing winners & places all day & somehow ended up in the best lounge just after the Classic & the aftershow party at the Hilton in town.
Report brandyontherocks November 10, 2022 7:17 PM GMT
Glad you had a great time chewy
Report nocturnal November 10, 2022 7:30 PM GMT
Welcome Back .... "A Lister Chewy" ... Never in doubt Happy

Lets get down to the serious stuff ... Did you try the Bourbon,what was the course like,the food too?

Not forgetting the wonder horse,how did his performance go down with the locals?

Got me thinking now,do I add another one to the bucket list Excited
Report chewy11 November 10, 2022 8:43 PM GMT
Here we go Noc,

Yes. I was on J&D Coke on the plane & grew up a bit on arrival & was on Maker's Mark. Very good. A couple of good Margaritas & a Bloody Mary with a breakfast which nearly put me on the floor, were memorable highlights.

The course was amazing. Not big by any stretch, 45k on the Saturday but didn't feel crowded. 5 mins max for a beer or something to eat on Saturday on Friday no queses at all. Spotlessly clean. We were in the cheapest section but had brilliant views of the Parade Ring & got up to the front to roar Modern Games in the winners enclosure. £8 for a pint (plastic cup) basic scran the same.

Now the big fella. Not my kind of price but we spoke to some lads from Charlie Applebys yard who said they thought Modern Games wouldn't lose (we piled in) They'd been there 10 days & had seen Flightline a few times & were shaking their heads.

I decided I was going all in, my biggest bet ever by some way. I've said on this thread earlier, I thought Life is Good might pay for the trip & when they set about it I couldn't believe what I was seeing, the rest as they say is history.

I saw Kauto beat Long Run at Haydock, an atmosphere I'll never ever experience again but when Flightline hit the front it came pretty close. A privilege to be there.

If you get the opportunity to go, don't hesitate. The best race meeting I've been to by a country mile. We're a million miles behind re organisation, pricing & general attitude to customers.
Report nocturnal November 10, 2022 10:35 PM GMT
Budd ... Sounds like you had a blast.

Not many will be able to say they saw him live,that will stay with you,he was brilliant on the day.

Just looked at the 2023 venue,the back drop to Santa Anita looks amazing.

Need a few NH winners first Chewy ... To be continued Wink
Report chewy11 November 11, 2022 2:59 PM GMT
The 3 lads I went with were at Ascot for Frankel's last hoorah & a now part of very exclusive club.
Report harry callaghan November 12, 2022 9:36 AM GMT
Glad you had a good time chewy pal. Malathaat was a squeaky bum time for me but she got there right on the jam stick. Thought she’d chucked it tbh
Report chewy11 November 12, 2022 9:46 AM GMT
Hiya Harry, I only saw your messages when I got home, BF blocked out there. I was on Malathaat too, one of 2 photos I was on the right side of, Victoria Rd being the other. If you can, get yourself over to one.
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