KY Derby trail: Midnight Bourbon the toast of Lecomte

Saturday’s Fair Grounds stakes recaps by the track’s publicity office (Hodges Photography photos): New Orleans (January 16, 2021) – Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Midnight Bourbon took the lead from the start in Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ $200,000 Lecomte (G3) for 3-year-olds and held that position to the wire en route to a 1-length win over Proxy, who headed out heavily […] Continue Reading

La. Derby winner Wells Bayou returns in G3 Louisiana Stakes

Saturday’s Fair Grounds’ stakes previews by the track’s publicity department, with Kentucky horses leading the way (Hodges Photography Photo above of Wells Bayou winning last year’s $1 million Louisiana Derby): New Orleans (January 13, 2021) – It’s been a long road back but Clint and Lance Gasaway, Madaket Stables, and Wonder Stables’ Wells Bayou, who won last year’s Louisiana Derby […] Continue Reading

At 85, Lukas back at Oaklawn, still coaching

Today’s Oaklawn Park media notes penned by Robert Yates, with Kentucky horsemen again prominent (Coady Photography photo above of D. Wayne Lukas at Oaklawn): If it’s hard to keep a good man down, what about a great trainer? The legendary D. Wayne Lukas, 85, has returned to Oaklawn, his winter base for more than a decade, after recently losing another one […] Continue Reading

Martin Garcia prepares to resume riding at Oaklawn

 Today’s Oaklawn Park media notes, with Kentucky horses and horsemen prominent (Coady Photography photo above of Martin Garcia): HOT SPRINGS, AR (Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021) — Jockey Martin Garcia never really left, but his riding resurgence in 2020 abruptly ended when he fractured his collarbone in an Oct. 18 spill at Keeneland. Garcia got on horses for the first time […] Continue Reading

Brendan Walsh-trained Into Mystic takes Nelson Menard

Fair Grounds stakes recap (Hodges Photography photo above) New Orleans (January 9, 2021) – They do say revenge is a dish best served cold. George Chris Coleman and Brad King’s Into Mystic, who ran out of room trying to catch Elle Z in last month’s locally run Pan Zareta, reeled her in this time on a chilly Saturday afternoon at […] Continue Reading

Fair Grounds announces second purse increase (10%)

Fair Grounds press release: New Orleans (January 8, 2021) – For the second time in the young 2020-21 meet, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has announced a 10% purse increase across the board. Much like the first, the boost was inspired by strong simulcast handle during the first seven weeks of the 149th racing season, which includes solid bettor response […] Continue Reading

Monomoy Girl looking to return in Oaklawn’s Feb. 15 Bayakoa

Today’s Oaklawn media notes, featuring Kentucky horsemen (Coady Photography photo of Monomoy Girl winning Breeders’ Cup Distaff under Florent Geroux): Monomoy Girl Remains on Target to Make 2021 Debut in Bayakoa Champion Monomoy Girl remains on track to make her 2021 debut in the $250,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) for older females Feb. 15 at Oaklawn, trainer Brad Cox said. Monomoy […] Continue Reading

Cox-trained Caddo River targeting Oaklawn’s Smarty Jones

Oaklawn Park’s media notes, headed by Kentucky-based trainer Brad Cox (Caddo River photo by Robert Yates): Powerful maiden winner Caddo River will make his stakes and two-turn debut in the $150,000 Smarty Jones for 3-year-olds Jan. 22 at Oaklawn, the colt’s trainer, Brad Cox, said Tuesday morning. The 1-mile Smarty Jones is Oaklawn’s first of four Kentucky Derby points races, […] Continue Reading

Claiming Crown can add to Maker’s banner season

National HBPA release (Grace Clark photo of Jakarta winning a $100,000 starter-allowance race that served as a prep for the Claiming Crown) Winding down the best season of his career and coming in off the Churchill Downs’ fall title, trainer Mike Maker looks to add to his record 17 victories when the 2020 Claiming Crown returns to Gulfstream Park on […] Continue Reading

KTO honors Asmussen with Warner Jones Award

Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners release (Coady Photography photo) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020) — Steve Asmussen — who this year became Churchill Downs’ all-time win leader and only the second trainer to achieve 9,000 career victories — is the 2020 recipient of the Louisville-based Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners’ Warner L. Jones Jr. Horseman of the Year Award. The award recognizes individuals […] Continue Reading