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Keeneland grads fair well at Eclipse Award ceremony

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 19, 2010) – Keeneland Association sales graduates excelled during last night’s 39th annual Eclipse Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Five horses – either sold at Keeneland sales or who won major stakes races during one of its meets -- won six awards during the ceremony, honoring the best in the Thoroughbred industry at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. In addition, Julien Leparoux, who won his fourth Keeneland riding title in April, was named best jockey.

Winners and their Keeneland connections include:

Zenyatta earned champion older female honors, having capped an undefeated record by becoming the first female to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). Owners Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Moss bought the five-year-old daughter of Street Cry (IRE) at Keeneland for $60,000 from Winter Quarter Farm, agent for Maverick Productions Ltd.

· Lookin at Lucky was named best two-year-old male. Co-owner Mike Pegram purchased the Smart Strike colt for $475,000 from Jerry Bailey Sales Agency, agent, at the 2009 April Two-Year-olds in Training Sale.

· Gio Ponti was named both best Older Male and Male Turf Horse of the year. Gio Ponti was consigned by Castleton Lyons, agent, to the 2006 September Sale.

· Kodiak Kowboy was voted best Male Sprinter. Kodiak Cowboy was sold as a weanling at the 2005 November sale.

· Informed Decision, who captured two graded stakes at Keeneland in 2009, was named best female sprinter.

“I want to congratulate these incredible horses and their owners, breeders, trainers and consignors,” said Nick Nicholson, president and CEO of Keeneland. “2009 was an outstanding year for racing and these wonderful animals demonstrate that excellence. I also want to congratulate Julien, whose incredible riding during this past year, and his sustained excellence at Keeneland, were justly recognized.

“At Keeneland, our goal is – as with everything we do – to invest in the health and betterment of racing. These performances are a testament to our commitment as well.”


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