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Trophy presentation for the Shakertown. Trophies at Keeneland are always silver julep cups.
There were two graded stakes events on Friday at Keeneland Race Course, both over the turf course. A record Friday crowd of 23,882 was on hand, enjoying sunny skies and the 85-degree temperatures. First of the day was the $100,000 Shakertown Stakes (G3), a 5 1/2 furlong sprint. A full field of twelve went to the gate here, with two-time winner and 2004 Canadian Horse of the Year Soaring Free the 5-2 favorite with new jockey John Velazquez aboard.
|A close finish in the Shakertown Stakes.|
Atticus Kristy in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Garrett Gomez said, "Yeah, I had a pretty good trip all the way except when we first started the in turn I got shuffled a little bit, but from then on I had a really good trip. (Trainer) Mel (Scherer) told me he had tactical speed and I kind of nursed him along. I uncovered him when we turned for home and he did what he was supposed to do and what I was expecting him to do." Winning trainer Mel Scherer said, "He likes this one (turf course). He got beat in a picture here last year (beaten a nose by Sgt. Bert in the 2005 Woodford). He likes the turf very much, but he likes the dirt too." Scherer said he would start next at Churchill Downs, possibly in the Aegon Turf Sprint.
Second place finisher Around the Cape in the post parade.
Third place finisher Man of Illusion in the post parade.
Beaten favorite and sixth place finisher Soaring Free in the paddock.
|Miesque's Approval and jockey Eddie Castro after winning the Maker's Mark|
|Maker's Mark winner Miesque's Approval passes eventual third place finisher Good Reward enroute to victory.|
Miesque's Approval acting up in the winner's circle. A tearful Karla Wolfson, wife and assistant of winning trainer Marty Wolfson (far left), said, "I want to thank (winning owner) Mrs. Charlotte Weber for the opportunity to train this horse. A tremendous ride from Eddie Castro as usual. He is a better jockey than even he knows he is. He is one of a kind."
Second place finisher and beaten favorite Artie Schiller at the finish. His jockey Garrett Gomez said, "He ran a really good race. I had him in good position just off the four horse (leader Gulch Approval), so it was mission accomplished. I pushed him a little but he wasn't getting on his feet. Then he found another gear. The other horse (winner Miesque's Approval) was coming on so fast I don't think he (Artie Schiller) saw him. But it was a really good effort for him coming off a layoff."
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