Churchill Downs trainers, jockeys finalize winter plans

Churchill Downs media department’s barn notes by Kevin Kerstein: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Nov. 29, 2019) – The 2019 racing season at Churchill Downs is entering the final stretch and several local jockeys and trainers have firmed up their winter plans with many staying in Kentucky the month of December to run at Turfway Park. “It’s very exciting with the enhanced […] Continue Reading

Future bright as Turfway Park opens Dec. 4

FLORENCE, Ky. (Nov. 26, 2019) – While construction of Turfway Park’s new facility won’t begin until the spring of 2020, changes that herald a bright future for the Northern Kentucky Thoroughbred racetrack are already evident as it opens its 44th holiday meet Dec. 4. The changes result from Churchill Downs Inc.’s purchase of Turfway in mid-October. Most notably, purses for […] Continue Reading

Ky Derby first Future Wager pool this week

A Churchill Downs press release: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, Nov. 25, 2019) – Unbeaten Nashua Stakes (Grade III) winner Independence Hall and upset Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) winner Storm the Court are among the 24 betting interests in Pool 1 of the 2020 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which kicks off a four-day run at Churchill Downs on Thanksgiving Day. Both Independence […] Continue Reading

Tom’s d’Etat, 2017 winner Seeking the Soul headline Clark

Today’s Churchill Downs media notes penned by Kevin Kerstein:        LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019) – G M B Racing’s multiple graded stakes winner Tom’s d’Etat is set to bid for Grade I glory in Friday’s $600,000 Clark Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI) against Charles Fipke’s 2017 Clark champion Seeking the Soul and 10 others in a competitive […] Continue Reading

National HBPA CEO’s statement on new safety coalition

       LEXINGTON, Ky. (Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019) — Today we saw several of the nation’s leading Thoroughbred racetracks and the Breeders’ Cup announce the creation of an effort to unify the industry in enhancing existing protections and working together to develop new reforms to ensure the safety of the sport’s equine and human athletes.        We applaud the […] Continue Reading

Mr. Misunderstood repeats in River City

Churchill Downs’ stakes recap: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019) – In the last 28 years, only three horses have won five career stakes races at Churchill Downs: 2012-13 Horse of the Year Wise Dan, crack sprinter Limousine Liberal and now Mr. Misunderstood, who added his name to the list after successfully defending his title in Saturday’s 42nd running of […] Continue Reading

Mark Casse honored with publicists’ Big Sport of Turfdom Award

The Turf Publicists of America (TPA) announced today that the 2019 Big Sport of Turfdom award, which recognizes a person or group of people who enhances coverage of Thoroughbred racing through cooperation with media and racing publicists, will be presented to trainer Mark Casse. Casse, who was born into the business as the son of Norman Casse, an owner, trainer and breeder […] Continue Reading

John Ortiz, Rocco team to win Commonwealth with Mr Dumas

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019) – Mr Dumas ranged into contention on the final turn, grabbed the lead in the stretch and turned back a late challenge from 7-2 favorite Tracksmith to win Saturday’s 16th running of the $175,000 Commonwealth Turf (Grade III) at Churchill Downs by a half-length. The victory gave jockey Joe Rocco Jr. his first graded […] Continue Reading

British Idiom, Covfefe give Cox two more champions

       ARCADIA, Calif. (Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019) — A year ago, Kentucky Oaks winner Monomoy Girl won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Brad Cox’s hometown track of Churchill Downs to secure the 3-year-old filly title for the trainer’s first champion. In a 22-hour span at Santa Anita Park, Cox locked up his second and third equine championships with […] Continue Reading

Dennis’ Moment draws rail for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

By Jennie Rees ARCADIA, Calif. (Monday, Oct. 28, 2019) — Trainer Dale Romans wants Dennis’ Moment to be No. 1. But he wants that for the end of Friday’s $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, not necessarily in the starting gate.          But Dennis’ Moment — who burst onto the national racing scene with a 19 1/4-lengths […] Continue Reading