The Keeneland Experience

first_imgSally and I joined two other couples and went to Keeneland Raceway last weekend.  As I have written before, this beautiful facility in Lexington, Kentucky, becomes an experience just by being there.  Add to that the fact that this track attracts some of the finest horses in the world for its meet makes it even more fun for the betting enthusiast.Keeneland recently changed from a synthetic racing surface back to a dirt surface for its main track.  Keeneland was a dirt track for most of its 80 years, but like so many facilities, they thought the maintenance and drainage on a synthetic surface would improve the racing experience.  However, most horse owners believe the artificial surface causes more racing injuries and, thus, they prefer the dirt track.The dirt surface is comprised of sand, silt, and clay native to Kentucky.  It features a unique drainage system that is found only at Keeneland.  It would take too long to describe this system in this article.  In a nutshell, they place the dirt mixture on a very porous base and then add two large draining tracts along the rail and the outside fence.  The water literally goes through this surface as if it were a kitchen sieve.Keeneland did this for the safety factor and they also needed a dirt surface to qualify to host the 2015 Breeder’s Cup.  You have one week left to visit this beautiful facility.  I recommend you do so.last_img read more

Liverpool v Cardiff: Fabinho in first league start, Salah, Mane, Firmino playing

first_img 3 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City gameday cracker deals 3 Klopp insists Cardiff will get the respect they deserve 3 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Meanwhile, Cardiff pair Harry Arter and Josh Murphy are fitness doubts for the Premier League trip to Liverpool.Gary Madine could return to the squad after a virus, but Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (knee), Lee Peltier (shoulder) and Danny Ward (knee) remain sidelined as Joe Ralls serves the second game of a three-match ban.Confirmed starting line-ups:Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Moreno, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Lallana, Salah, Firmino, Mane.Subs: Milner, Gomez, Sturridge, Mignolet, Shaqiri, Robertson, Matip.Cardiff City: Etheridge, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett, Hoilett, Victor Camarasa, Gunnarsson, Josh Murphy, Reid, Paterson.Subs: Zohore, Smithies, Connolly, Cunningham, Damour, Harris, Madine. REVEALED Liverpool summer signing Fabinho will make his first Premier League start in Saturday’s clash against Cardiff City, with front-three Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino also named in the starting line-up.The Reds can find themselves at the top of the Premier League – for two days at least – with a win over Cardiff at Anfield on Saturday, kick-off 3pm. tense no dice REVEALED Josh Murphy picked up a knock in training while Harry Arter could also miss the game with an ankle injury shining Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Neil Warnock (Cardiff): “It’s virtually impossible for any team [to beat Liverpool at Anfield] in the current game.“I think the front three is probably the best in the world.“We’ve all got to play at the top of our potential to give them a good game and hope they have an off day.”Revealed: How Neil Warnock ALMOST signed Liverpool defender Virgil van DijkTeam newsThe game has come too soon for Liverpool pair Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita, who are still recovering from hamstring injuries. The rest of the squad are fully fit other than Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars The Reds will be looking for three wins inside a week Jurgen Klopp’s Reds currently sit second and level on points with leaders Manchester City, but the champions do not play until Monday night away to Tottenham.However, Cardiff will not be a pushover and go into the game with added confidence having claimed their first win of the season at Fulham’s expense last weekend.The visitors have also had longer to prepare for this game as Jurgen Klopp’s men were in Champions League action on Wednesday night – running out 4-0 winners against Red Star Belgrade.What the managers are sayingJurgen Klopp (Liverpool): “Cardiff deserve all our respect and they will get it.“I’m really looking forward to meeting Neil Warnock, maybe not in the 90 minutes. He’s one of the most experienced managers in the world, and what he did in the past is unbelievable.” Latest Premier League Newslast_img read more