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  • We've won three out of our last four – Nick Papagiorgio wins at Laurel.
  • Irish Access continues strong season, winning again at Laurel.
  • Tri Poker breaks her maiden in a photo at Laurel.
  • Tom Hagen runs huge in first start for stable.
  • Stable goes over $1 million in earnings for the season.
  • Still Having Fun finishes third in $250,000 stakes at Mahoning Valley.
  • Still Having Fun wins Grade 2 Woody Stephens at Belmont Park.
  • Gotta love a Maryland-bred, Tattooed wins again at Laurel.
  • Perfect Deal wins at Laurel.
  • Still Having Fun wins again, taking the Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel.
  • Cyndara wins at Laurel.
  • Still Having Fun romps in Frank Whiteley Jr. Stakes at Laurel. Now 2-for-3. 
  • Nothing like a Maryland-bred. Tattooed wins at Laurel.
  • Bay of Sighs wins by 9 lengths at Laurel.
  • Still Having Fun produces a strong effort to finish second in the Maryland Juvenile.
  • Irish Access wins in a romp. 
  • Tribute to a Legend – Mr Small wins at Laurel. 
  • Bestkindoftrouble wins easily. 
  • Now that's a debut – Homebred Still Having Fun romps.
  • Road Trip – Chobee Girl wins at Charles Town. 
  • Double Play – Chobee Girl and Sunrise Sunset win at Laurel.
  • Now that's a sermon – Preachin' George wins.
  • Sweet – Honey Bun wins.
  • Bestkindoftrouble breaks maiden 
  • Coast to Coast – Connemara Coast wins.
  • Corporate Queen lights up tote board in debut win. 
  • We finish 2016 with 21 wins and a training title. 
  • The Title: We tied Hamilton Smith for leading trainer at Laurel.
  • Outfielder makes 10 wins at the Laurel meet.
  • We can barely keep up – Coastal Sea stays unbeaten, our ninth win this meet.
  • D K's Brigantia makes six wins at Laurel – atop trainer's standings.
  • Connemara Coast lights up the board in return.
  • Four in three days – All Fired Up strolls at Laurel.
  • Sunday Mass – E Lizzy wins easily.
  • Well, Hello – Coastal Sea wins debut
  • Outfielder wins as favorite at Laurel.
  • Zippity Gal wins.
  • E Double. Elusive Breeze and E Lizzy win.
  • Welcome back to Laurel Park. Dubious Intent wins nightcap.
  • Wow! Great Soul wins Wide Country Stakes.
  • Happy New Year: Understanding wins Sunday feature.
  • And that's two in a row. Monkey's Medal wins again.
  • Happy Thanksgiving. Irina Baranova brings home the stuffing.
  • Another winner: Monkey's Medal makes it 37 on the year.
  • Maryland Million Double: Irina Baranova and Minor Legend win.
  • Double: Dixie Victory lights up board, Elusive Breeze scores.
  • Win #31. Not Tonight Berta scores.
  • Another Seven wins again for our 30th victory of the year.
  • Connemara Coast wins feature at Laurel.
  • Bold Treasure wins Sunday nightcap.
  • Saturday Double: Team Tim, Another Seven win.
  • Team Tim wins.
  • Lady Terps wins allowance at Laurel.
  • D K's Brigantia and Amelia Green light up toteboard.
  • Consistency wins at Laurel.
  • Connemara Coast wins allowance at Laurel.
  • Nicely Played wins at Delaware. $18.60 to win!
  • Double. Trusted Choice and Dixie Victory win.
  • Exacta! Team Tim and Stonebriar go 1-2.
  • See What Happens wins again.
  • And another: McCarthur Parkway wins.
  • Barn favorite Lunar Rock wins.
  • Causeworthy wins by a nose. That makes 10 for the year.
  • See What Happens wins. Pays big. We didn't even tell our friends...!
  • Friday Double: Rottingdean at Pimlico. Understanding at Aqueduct.
  • Debut winner. How My Heart Works lights up the board.
  • Causeworthy breaks maiden at Laurel.
  • Hello! Streamsong wins debut.
  • Happy New Year! Street Poet kicks off 2015 in style.
  • Lady Terp wires em at Laurel.
  • Who wants to be a Millionaire? Eighttofasttocatch wins Jennings, goes over $1 million, retires.
  • Understanding upsets maiden. Pays $22.60. Website manager bet!
  • Good news/bad news: Heavenly Sky wins, gets claimed.
  • Lunar Rock wins and gets claimed. Cool horse, hate to see him go.
  • Stable goes over $1 million in earnings for the year.
  • Aix En Provence wins at Laurel.
  • The Big Horse Eighttofasttocatch wins Maryland Million Classic for third time.
  • Nine Forty wins debut for us. Congratulations Shamrock Farm.
  • And that makes 30...Goodnight Angel wins.
  • Kilcoole Miss wins debut...hope you bet. $23.60.
  • Evelyn's Colors rallies to win at Penn National.
  • And that makes 3, Monkey's Medal wins again.
  • Holly Red Rocket rockets at Timonium.
  • Monkey's Medal wins again, takes allowance at Parx.
  • Understanding, at 57-1, finishes third at Charles Town.
  • Goodnight Angel wins at Delaware. 24 for the year!
  • Aix En Provence wins at Delaware.
  • See What Happens cruises to maiden win at Delaware Park.
  • Monkey's Medal makes it 21 on the year, winning maiden at Parx.
  • And that makes 19, tying last year's mark, as Lucy Boo pays $26.40 to win.
  • Happy Memorial Day. Dorchester County wins.
  • Evelyn's Colors runs well to finish second at Parx.
  • Lunar Rock wins Deputed Testamony Stakes on Preakness Day.
  • Ascauga makes first start for stable, finishing a strong second to favorite.
  • First-time starter Evelyn's Colors wins for Owner Gary Hacker.
  • Triple. Respectful Ed, Don'tstop Theparty, It's My Perogative win at Pimlico. All 3 claimed.
  • Rojo Perfecto wins again. And, again, a big price. Pays $19. Dinner's on us.
  • Roll on, Roll on. Rojo Perfecto makes it win number 11 on the year. Big price, too. Did you bet?
  • Baltersan wins Wednesday's finale. Number 10 on the year. Rolling.
  • Goodbye great owner, great friend. Read John Feinstein's tribute to Arnie Heft.
  • We are rolling. 1/5 favorite Connemara Coast wins easily for Dumbarton Farm and Sheldon Russell. Watch it HERE.
  • Favorite Lady Terp wins at Laurel. Seven wins on the year. Watch it HERE.
  • Glimpse wins again at Laurel. Six wins – so far – on the year.
  • Good Time Henny, fresh off the claim, wins allowance at Laurel. Great start, 5 wins in January. Watch if HERE.
  • It's My Perogative wins at Laurel.
  • Bet The Cat lights up the board with $44.60 shocker, continues 90 percent in the money in 2014.
  • Glimpse wins as 4/5 favorite, second win of the year, third on the card for Sheldon Russell. Watch it HERE.
  • Symphonic Hero wins, continues 100 percent in-the-money for 2014. Watch it HERE.
  • Eighttofasttocatch wins Broad Brush – 10th career stakes triumph. Watch it HERE.
  • Tim finishes the Ironman. Read Scott Wykoff's take on the achievement HERE.
  • Eighttofasttocatch wins third consecutive edition of the Jennings Handicap. Watch it HERE.
  • Ironman. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to donate to cancer research and Thoroughbred Retirement.
  • Eighttofasttocatch wins second Maryland Million. Watch it here.
  • Eighttofasttocatch aims at Maryland Million. Read about it here.
  • Respectful Ed wins at Laurel.
  • Chambers Bay wins first start for stable.
  • Ave Nox wins debut at Laurel.
  • Eighttofasttocatch breezes at Laurel.
  • Who Needs wins allowance at Delaware, now two-for-three in her career.
  • Hidden Ball Trick wins allowance at Presque Isle Downs.
  • Eighttofasttocatch nearly wires Pimlico Special, passes $700,000 in career earnings. Watch here.
  • Royalty For One wins at Pimlico. Watch it here.
  • Pay The Lady wins at Pimlico. Watch it here.
  • Who Needs wins debut by nearly 3 lengths. Pays $18.60. (I forgot to tell tell web manager!) Watch it here.
  • Eighttofasttocatch back in the winner's circle after wiring Henry Clark at Pimlico. Watch it here.
  • Eighttofasttocatch runs highest number of the week. Click here to read.

Welcome to Timothy L. Keefe Racing Stable

It rained yesterday, it’s raining today, and it’s going to rain tomorrow. Simply put, it’s been a wet week so far in Baltimore. While it may put a damper on the weekend overall, it might not be such a bad thing for our entrants.

Last week:

Bay of Sighs showed her usual early speed when running on grass for the first time in Thursday’s seventh. The 3-year-old filly raced prominently until turned for home when she tired to finish seventh.

As expected, Best Way showed improvement in his second start when competing in Friday’s sixth. Unlike his debut, the 3-year-old raced forwardly from the outset, dueling for the lead until upper stretch. He responded when asked for more by Sheldon Russell and put in a valiant effort to hold on to second.

“He got a little lost around the turn, being in front,” Tim said. “I thought Sheldon gave him a perfect ride, he got beat by a horse who was a little more experienced. (Owner Tom Teal) was very happy. He was pleased that the horse was able to jump up and show something.”

Three seems to be Flight Crew’s magic number lately as the 5-year-old put in another solid effort to finish third in Sunday’s second. He dropped back during the early stages of the 5-furlong event but made a big move through the muddy stretch run to only be beaten 1 3/4 lengths.

“If he had broken better and not given that up there, I think he could’ve been second,” Tim said. “He goes out there and tries, which obviously, you really like that in a horse.”

Another who always tries, Emma’sdiamonddiva did not disgrace herself when finishing third in Sunday’s ninth. She was far behind the runaway winner, who looks to be a smart filly, but still earned a decent check for her effort against a tougher group than she faced in the past.

“Certainly nobody was going to beat the winner,” Tim said. “I was happy with her. She tries and keeps grinding it out. Because she’s a Maryland-bred, she was able to catch that extra money, so she made a little over $6,000 for finishing third.”

This week:

It will be a long wait until 6:31 p.m. EDT in a race that Tim jokingly agreed is scheduled to go off his past his bedtime, but Le Weekend’s ability to run on multiple surfaces will almost certainly benefit her in the finale Black-Eyed Susan Day. The 5-furlong allowance set to go as Friday’s 14th race will most likely be moved from the turf to a wet main track. Le Weekend ran very well at 6 furlongs on dirt in her last effort and races for the third time since her winter break.

“She’s the type of filly that I don’t think anything or any type of surface is going to bother her,” Tim said. “She tries every time, she’s an absolute racehorse. I don’t think she’s going to have any issue with an off track if that’s where we run.”

Bestkindoftrouble has handled a wet track before and will likely run again over a track containing moisture when competing in Saturday’s third. He’s done well since knocking out the open first-level allowance condition last month at Laurel and faces a solid group this weekend.

A few hours later at 2:45 p.m. EDT, Still Having Fun will contest the $200,000 Chick Lang Stakes. The 3-year-old colt returns to racing around his preferred trip of one-turn but faces a deep group of quality sprinters. He continues to do well following his latest run and completed a 5-furlong work in :58:4 last Saturday.

“The track was lightning fast,” Tim said. “I was happy with him. Sheldon thought he felt great. His attitude is great and he’s sharp. I wanted a sharp work in him and we got that. He came out of it well and he’s been training well all week.”

Still Having Fun has Sheldon Russell back aboard this weekend and breaks from the inside post. Although he won the Miracle Wood Stakes on a track listed good, that was more of a snow-covered surface and he will face a truly wet track for the first time.

“He’s a closing sprinter. He doesn’t mind dirt in his face and I don’t think he’ll mind the mud, but it’s a new experience for him,” Tim said. “It’s certainly not an easy field but we’ll just have to see what kind of horse he is.”

Other news:

While taking her final high school exams this week, Ryan Keefe has also been taking a test at Laurel proctored by her dad.

“Ryan has been coming in and galloping for me. She’s been out here the last three mornings,” Tim said Thursday. “It’s her first time out here, I’ve purposefully tried to keep her away. It’s good for her riding, it’s a different kind of riding. It teaches her how to gallop, she can gauge her speed a little bit more so it’s been good.”

Some sad news to report, as Tim’s grandfather Alan English passed away earlier this week at the age of 102.

“He and my grandmother used to come to the races all the time and loved it,” Tim said. “He was a bettor, he loved coming out and watching. He and Grandma used to get the American Turf Magazine all the time and go through it. There would be a section on horses to watch and they would get so excited when they would see one of my horses in there.”


Chick Lang Preview

The publicity staff at the Maryland Jockey Club previewed Saturday's Chick Lang, leading off with Still Having Fun. Here's their piece:

Still Having Fun Shortens Up for $200,000 ClearSpan Chick Lang

Before Kentucky Derby winner Justify and runner-up Good Magic have their rematch against six others in the 143rd running of the $1.5 million Preakness, the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, 3-year-olds will be also be in the spotlight in a pair of supporting stakes Saturday at legendary Pimlico Race Course.

The ninth running of the $200,000 ClearSpan Chick Lang at 6 furlongs and the 21st running of the $100,000 LARC Sir Barton to benefit Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance at 1 1/16 miles are among eight stakes, four graded, worth $2.55 million on the 14-race program. First race post time is 10:30 a.m.

Gary Barber’s, Wachtel Stable’s and Terp Racing’s Still Having Fun, already a two-time stakes winner in Maryland, returns to sprinting in the Chick Lang after back-to-back off-the-board finishes in his last two races, both around two turns.

Still Having Fun opened his sophomore campaign with wins in the 7-furlong Frank Whiteley Jr. Jan. 27 and 1-mile Miracle Wood Feb. 17, but stumbled at the start and got pinched on the first turn of the Private Terms March 17 and wound up fourth, beaten 2 1/4 lengths.

Trainer Tim Keefe opted to give Still Having Fun another shot around two turns in the 1 1/8-mile Federico Tesio, where he raced in contention along the inside for a half-mile but faded to be sixth behind Preakness contender Diamond King.

“He came out of it fine. He proved to us there that he’s probably not a two-turn, mile-and-an-eighth, mile-and-a-sixteenth kind of horse. So we shortened him back up,” Keefe said. “I think that’s probably what he prefers to the longer distances so we thought we’d give it a try on Preakness Day.

“Pimlico is a little bit different kind of track. Sometimes it can be a speed-favoring track just going three-quarters, but he’s got a lot of natural speed,” he added. “That kick at the end that he’s shown us when we were sprinting them he just didn’t have going the two turns but we’re excited about him. He’s doing great and I’m looking forward to trying him up there. He’s coming into the race very, very well.”

Jacks or Better Farm homebred Old Time Revival, second by a neck to Still Having Fun in the Miracle Wood, steps back into stakes company for the Chick Lang. The Brethren colt found himself briefly on the Triple Crown trail after finishing second while setting the pace in the 1-mile Gotham March 10 at Aqueduct, but couldn’t duplicate that effort four weeks later in the Wood Memorial tiring to be eighth of nine.

Trainer Ken Decker brought Old Time Revival back in an open six-furlong entry-level allowance April 27 at Laurel, where he again showed early foot to lead through four furlongs but gave way late and wound up third as the favorite.

“He ran a good race and come out of it good. We decided we’d sprint him in the Chick Lang and we’ve been pointing there,” Decker said. “We might go back to some distance later on but right now he kind of looks like he wants to be a sprinter so we’re going to give it a try.

“I don’t really think that distance is a limitation to him. He just kind of right now kind of wants to sprint,” he added. “We may need a little more maturity before we stretch him back out. We’re going to take what’s in front of us right now and he’s doing well. Hopefully we get a good trip Saturday.”

Another multiple stakes winner in the field is GoldMark Farm’s homebred Soutache, who capped his juvenile season with successive wins in the seven-furlong Affirmed and 1 1/16-mile In Reality divisions of the Florida Sire Stakes series at Gulfstream Park. Trained by Ralph Nicks, Soutache has raced one this year, finishing second in the 6-furlong Hutcheson March 24 at Gulfstream.

Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, who will send out Tenfold in the Preakness, has two for the Chick Lang – Bill and Corinne Helligbrodt’s Mitole, winner of the Bachelor Stakes April 12 at Oaklawn Park, and Scott Dilworth and Norma McKathan’s Pure Shot, exiting an off-the-board finish in five-furlong turf stakes April 28 at Churchill Downs.

Kaleem Shah’s Run Away will be making his 3-year-old debut in the Chick Lang after winning four of six starts in California as a 2-year-old for trainer Simon Callaghan. Run Away won his first three starts including the 6 1/2-furlong Best Pal and was third in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity behind Bolt d’Oro.

Also entered are Aqua Bel Sar, Clouded Judgement and Curly’s Rocket.

The Chick Lang is named for the Baltimore native and racing industry legend who served as a trainer, jockey’s agent and racing official as well as director of racing and vice president and general manager of Pimlico, retiring in 1987. He continued to promote racing until his death in 2010 at age 83.

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