‘Hotbrown’ gives Maker a stakes quartet on Preakness Weekend

BALTIMORE – Skychai Racing and Sand Dollar Stable’s Somelikeithotbrown continued trainer Mike Maker’s Preakness Weekend to remember by setting a course record wwhile notching his third career graded-stakes victory in Saturday’s $250,000 Dinner Party (G2) at Pimlico Race Course. The 120th running of the 1 1/16-mile Dinner Party for 3-year-olds and up on the grass was the eighth of 10 stakes, six […] Continue Reading

Double of Maker: Army Wife marches to Black-Eyed Susan score

Maryland Jockey Club press release     BALTIMORE – Three Diamonds Farm’s Army Wife was able to extricate herself from tight quarters leaving the backstretch, tipped outside to challenge long shot pacesetter Lady Traveler midway around the turn and opened up on the field once straightened for home to earn her first career stakes win in Friday’s $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) […] Continue Reading

Another Maker claim to fame as Last Judgment takes Pimlico Special

(Above: Last Judgment, with Jose Ortiz up, gave Kentucky-based trainer Mike Maker his first victory in the $250,000, Grade 3 Pimlico Special on Friday. Jim McCue/MJC photo) BALTIMORE – Michael Dubb, Steve Hornstock, Bethlehem Stables and Nice Guys Stables’ Last Judgment, who became a graded-stakes winner two starts back, led all the way around to add another graded triumph to his […] Continue Reading

Ellis Park to be at full capacity for live meet

Ellis Park press release HENDERSON, KY (Friday, May 14, 2021) — Ellis Park Racing and Gaming announced today that in accordance with the CDC and Commonwealth of Kentucky, the facility will adhere to the revised guidance for the current mask mandate. Today, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced that vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear a mask nor socially distance from […] Continue Reading

Mattress Mack makes point to place $2M bet at track

(Photo: James McIngvale at Claiborne Farm with his stallion and 2015 champion sprinter Runhappy. Courtesy Gallery Furniture) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, April 29, 2021) — James McIngvale, the colorful Houston furniture magnate and horse owner known as Mattress Mack, will make the largest wager in Kentucky Derby history Saturday on unbeaten favorite Essential Quality — and he’s betting the $2 million […] Continue Reading

Ellis Park’s 2021 meet: Record purses, two new 3yo turf stakes

(Photo: The Brad Cox-trained Factor This, with Shaun Bridgmohan up, won Ellis Park’s 2020 Kentucky Downs Preview Turf Cup for the second straight year. The 1 1/4-mile stakes gets a $25,000 purse increase to $125,000 this year. Coady Photography) HENDERSON, Ky. (Sunday, Aug. 25, 2021) — Ellis Park is back on track to offer record purses while adding two new […] Continue Reading

Super shock! Asmussens’ Super Stock takes Arkansas Derby

Oaklawn Park’s Arkansas Derby recap (Coady Photography photos): Hot Springs, Ark. (Saturday, April 10, 2021) – The public missed the chance to get in on the ground floor, but Super Stock is offering up a dividend for the Asmussen family business after his upset victory in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) and punched his ticket for the Kentucky Derby […] Continue Reading

Orseno: Let’s set record straight on Imprimis

(Coady Photography photo above of victorious Bound for Nowhere and Imprimis (#2 on rail) coming to the wire of Keeneland’s Grade 2 Shakertown.) Statement from trainer Joe Orseno: Published reports and social media have had some incorrect information about what did and didn’t happen to my horse Imprimis, who finished second by a nose to Bound for Nowhere in Keeneland’s […] Continue Reading

Half-siblings Micheline, Proxy run Saturday at Keeneland

Today’s Keeneland media notes (Grace Clark photo above of Micheline winning Kentucky Downs’ 2020 Dueling Grounds Oaks): MICHELINE, BROWN DUO HEADLINE FIELD OF SIX FOR COOLMORE JENNY WILEY PROXY FACES NINE FOES IN STONESTREET LEXINGTON SILVER DUST TOPS FIELD OF FIVE FOR BEN ALI INTO MYSTIC AMONG 10 ENTRANTS IN GIANT’S CAUSEWAY GODOLPHIN HALF-SIBLINGS MICHELINE AND PROXY BOTH RUNNING SATURDAY […] Continue Reading

Keepmeinmind arrives at Keeneland for Blue Grass

Today’s Keeneland barn notes (Coady Photography photo above of Keepmeinmind taking Churchill Downs’ Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club): THURSDAY IS SCHOOLING DAY FOR THE TOYOTA BLUE GRASS FAVORITE, UNDEFEATED CHAMPION ESSENTIAL QUALITY KEEPMEINMIND ARRIVES FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS ROMBAUER RETURNS TO KEENELAND FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS PESSIN CONFIDENT BELL’S THE ONE WILL FIRE FRESH IN THE MADISON SLUMBER PARTY TAKES […] Continue Reading