Breeders’ Cup Juvenile watch: Dennis’ Moment ‘moves like a Cadillac, fast as a Ferrari’

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Oct. 11, 2019) — When Tammy Fox comes back from a morning workout on a racehorse, the ultimate sign of approval is the former jockey flashing two thumbs up as they come off the track. After Albaugh Family Stables’ 2-year-old colt Dennis’ Moment cruised five-eighths of a mile in 58 1/5 seconds Friday at Churchill Downs, Fox […] Continue Reading

Correas making Breeders’ Cup plans for repeat Spinster winner Blue Prize

Today’s dark-day Keeneland barn notes: ALL’S WELL IN BLUE PRIZE (ARG) CAMP FOLLOWING REPEAT JUDDMONTE SPINSTER VICTORY Trainer Ignacio Correas IV reported that Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize (ARG) exited her repeat victory in Sunday’s $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) in good shape as preparations began for Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) run at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. “She ate up everything […] Continue Reading

Walsh on Maxfield: ‘We’ve been excited about him since he walked into the barn’

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019) — The morning after winning the first Grade 1 stakes of his career, Brendan Walsh reported cheerfully that Keeneland’s Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity winner Maxfield came out of Saturday’s $500,000 race in far better order than his trainer. “We did a bit of celebrating last night,” Walsh said. “But if you don’t celebrate that, what […] Continue Reading

Their win put ’em in Breeders’ Cup: Blue Prize, Peace Achieved, Kimari

Keeneland’s recap of Sunday’s stakes races, with the three winners all receiving an entry fees-paid berth in the corresponding Breeders’ Cup event. LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 6, 2019) – Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize (ARG) ran down odds-on favorite Elate in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the 64th running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) for fillies and mares […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: British Idiom takes Alcibiades, Engage wins Phoenix

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 4, 2019) – Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group, Madaket Stables and Bethlehem Stables’ British Idiom swept to the lead at the head of the stretch and romped to a 6½-length victory to win the 68th running of the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1) for 2-year-old fillies before a Fall Meet opening-day crowd of 16,427. Keeneland’s race video Race […] Continue Reading

Following an icon, Jordan adds Keeneland to his circuit as starter

Today’s opening day of the Fall Meet marks the debut of head starter Scott Jordan, who fills a position at Keeneland made famous by the late Robert “Spec” Alexander. Alexander, who died June 3 at age 80, had been Keeneland’s head starter since the 1980s. He was a widely respected horseman and a beloved ambassador for the track. “He was […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs buying Turfway Park; racing to go on as scheduled at Northern KY track

A Churchill Downs Inc. press release: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 3, 2019) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI” or “the Company”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) announced today that, through its wholly-owned subsidiary NKYRG, LLC (“NKYRG”), it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky from Jack Ohio LLC, an affiliate of JACK Entertainment LLC (“JACK”) and Hard Rock International for […] Continue Reading

Williamson hitting stride at Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs’ barn notes compiled by Kevin Kerstein: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019) – Trainer Brian Williamson began making Churchill Downs his “second home” about four years ago. Now, the Chicagoland-native is finding his best stride in the September Meet with two victories and a narrow runner-up finish with his small string of 10 horses based in Barn 16. […] Continue Reading

Lukas Classic contender Tenfold: ‘He just needs to put it all together’

Today’s Churchill Downs barn notes compiled by Kevin Kerstein: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019) – Winchell Thoroughbreds’ multiple graded stakes winner Tenfold is hoping to enter the Woodford Reserve Winner’s Circle at Churchill Downs for the first time in Saturday’s $250,000 Lukas Classic Presented by Budweiser (Grade III). “It really wasn’t until Monday when I made the decision to […] Continue Reading

Quip, Tenfold square off in Lukas Classic

Churchill Downs’ stakes previews by the track’s PR team: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019) – WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International and SF Racing’s multiple graded stakes winner Quip will take on Winchell Thoroughbreds’ four-time winner Tenfold and eight other rivals under the lights in Saturday’s seventh running of the $250,000 Lukas Classic Presented by Budweiser (Grade III) – […] Continue Reading