Keeneland Selections: Day 1–Friday, April 8, 2022

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Repole Stable, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, and Michael House’s Nest, shown winning the Suncoast Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on February 12, will face seven rivals in the $600,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1) on Friday, April 8 at Keeneland Race Course. SV Photography

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Grade One Ashland Kicks Off Spring Meet

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Robert and Lawana Low’s My Prankster is the 9-5 morning line favorite for the $400,000 Lafayette Stakes on April 8 at Keeneland. Coglianese Photos/Lauren King

Keeneland’s 15-day 2022 Spring Meet begins on Friday, April 8 with a 10-race program on the docket at the historic Central Kentucky racetrack.

The card is highlighted by three stakes races–the $400,000 Lafayette Stakes for three-year-olds going seven-furlongs on the main track, the $400,000 Kentucky Utilities Transylvania Stakes (G3T), an eight and one half-furlong turf test for three-year-olds, and the $600,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1) for three-year-old fillies slated for an 8.5-furlong trip on the main track.

In the Ashland Stakes (G1)–the card’s centerpiece–Repole Stable, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, and Michael House’s Nest, a six-length winner of the Suncoast Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in her last start on February 12, is the 2-1 morning line favorite in a field that attracted eight entrants. Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. has the call on the bay daughter of Curlin for Hall-of-Fame trainer Todd Pletcher.

Saez, Ward Return To Defend Spring Titles

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Trainer Wesley Ward has five horses entered on April 8 at Keeneland. Coady Photography

Luis Saez, who has seven mounts on Friday’s program and was the leading rider at Keeneland last spring with 29 wins, returns to Lexington, Ky. to try and parlay last April’s success into a 2022 meet title. Trainer Wesley Ward, who has five horses entered on opening day, annexed the training title last spring at Keeneland, saddling 20 winners.

Post time for the first of 10 races at Keeneland on Friday, April 8 is 1:00 P.M. (Eastern).

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