Could Run Classic follow Calhoun-trained By My Standards hoof steps?

News feature by the Fair Grounds’ media department (Hodges Photography photo of Run Classic’s Feb. 13 maiden win): New Orleans (February 19, 2021) – If trainer Bret Calhoun has his way, lightning will strike twice at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on March 20. Two years ago, the Calhoun-trained By My Standards broke his maiden on the Risen Star […] Continue Reading

Keeneland to allow limited attendance at spring meet

A Keeneland press release (Coady Photography photo) LEXINGTON, KY (Feb. 17, 2021) – Keeneland has announced plans to allow a limited number of fans to attend its 2021 Spring Meet, to be held April 2-23. The COVID-19 pandemic forced Keeneland to cancel the 2020 Spring Meet and hold an unprecedented five-day Summer Meet in July. The 2020 Summer and Fall […] Continue Reading

Road to KY Oaks: Clairiere turns tables on Travel Column

Fair Grounds stakes recap (Hodges Photography photo) New Orleans (February 13, 2020) – True rivalries in horse racing are few and far between, but there just might be a good one brewing in New Orleans between two very talented 3-year-old fillies on the road to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1). In what was her 3-year-old debut, the Stonestreet Stables homebred […] Continue Reading

Juddmonte’s blinkered Mandaloun takes Risen Star for Cox, Geroux

Fair Grounds stakes recap (Hodges Photography photos) New Orleans (February 13, 2021) – Whether it was the addition of blinkers, experience, or added distance, it all came together for Mandaloun in the $400,000 Risen Star (G2), presented by Lamarque Ford-Lincoln at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Juddmonte Farms’ homebred rebounded from a third-place finish at odds-on in the local […] Continue Reading

‘I need this job. It’s my livelihood’

Photos by Joe Clabes. Jeff Greenhill at Turfway Park above        By Joe Clabes        FLORENCE, Ky. (Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021) – As the Kentucky State Senate passed SB 120, Turfway Park horsemen are making their case for the importance of protecting Historical Horse Racing. They say protecting HHR, as it is known, is critical to saving […] Continue Reading

Jockey Jon Court going strong at 60

Today’s Oaklawn media notes by Robert Yates (Coady Photography photo of Will’s Secret after her Martha Washington win): Jockey Jon Court rode his first Oaklawn stakes winner at the age of 24, his 10th at 42, his 20th at 51 and his 30th at 56. If it’s still a race against Father Time, Court is still winning. Now 60, Court […] Continue Reading

Long an Oaklawn hero, Whitmore now also a national champ

Today’s Oaklawn Park media notes by Robert Yates (Coady Photography photo of Whitmore winning the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Keeneland): Oaklawn’s top male sprinter last year can now be called the best nationally, too. The ultra-popular Whitmore, a seven-time Oaklawn stakes winner co-owned and trained by Ron Moquett of Hot Springs, was named the country’s champion male sprinter of 2020 […] Continue Reading

Dale Romans: HHR game-changer for good

(Photo: Trainer Dale Romans at a horse sale. Gwen Davis/Davis Innovation) By Dale Romans As a second-generation horse trainer and Kentuckian, my entire life has been spent in Thoroughbred racing. I’ve seen Kentucky racing at its finest, and I’ve seen how quickly out-of-state competition can render us increasingly irrelevant. Right now Kentucky is at the top. But it doesn’t have […] Continue Reading

Asmussen becomes second trainer to win 700 at Oaklawn

Today’s Oaklawn Park media notes authored by Robert Yates (Coady Photography photo): Hall of Fame Trainer Steve Asmussen Hits Another Oaklawn Milestone Steve Asmussen became the second trainer to reach 700 career victories at Oaklawn when even-money favorite Swiftsure captured Saturday’s seventh race under Ricardo Santana Jr. Asmussen entered the 2021 Oaklawn meeting that began Friday with 696 career victories […] Continue Reading

Knicks Go rolls in Pegasus World Cup

Gulfstream Park’s stakes recap (Coglianese Photography photos):            HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 2021 racing season started the same way last year ended for Korea Racing Authority’s Knicks Go Saturday at Gulfstream Park, where the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) unleashed another display of sheer brilliance and class to capture the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational […] Continue Reading