Derby runner-up Mandaloun ekes out Pegasus win

Monmouth Park press release (Photo above by Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO): OCEANPORT, N.J. – Whatever plans trainer Brad Cox and jockey Florent Geroux had in their minds for how Sunday’s TVG.com Pegasus Stakes would unfold for Kentucky Derby runner-up Mandaloun were dashed a few jumps out of the Monmouth Park starting gate. Forced to steady at the start and off last in […] Continue Reading

Art Collector targeting Churchill’s 7F Kelly’s Landing for comeback race

(Photo: Keeneland’s Grade 2 Blue Grass winner Art Collector shown winning last August’s $200,000 Ellis Park Derby under Brian Hernandez Jr. Coady Photography) Today’s Churchill Downs barn notes penned by Kevin Kerstein: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, June 13, 2021) – Bruce Lunsford’s 2020 Blue Grass (Grade II)-winning homebred Art Collector will target the $110,000 Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes at Churchill Downs […] Continue Reading

Call it the Mintd Julep as 12-1 shot upsets Juliet Foxtrot

(Photo: Mintd and jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. wore down heavy-favorite Juliet Foxtrot to win Saturday’s Old Forester Mint Julep for her first stakes victory. Coady Photography photos) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 12, 2021) – Mintd (IRE) ran down 1-2 favorite Juliet Foxtrot (GB) in deep stretch to score a half-length victory at odds of 12-1 in Saturday night’s 45th running […] Continue Reading

G1 winner Juliet Foxtrot heads G3 Mint Julep

(Photo: Juliet Foxtrot winning the G1 Jenny Wiley at Keeneland under Tyler Gaffalione. Coady Photography) LOUISVILLE, KY (Thursday, June 10, 2021) – Juddmonte and trainer Brad Cox were not originally planning to run Grade I winner Juliet Foxtrot (GB) in Saturday night’s $150,000 Old Forester Mint Julep (GIII) at Churchill Downs but the team altered her campaign in hopes they […] Continue Reading

Rock on! Downs After Dark returns June 12

(Photo: Downs After Dark on May 22. Coady Photography) Churchill Downs release LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, June 10, 2021) – Churchill Downs will get loud Saturday night as the Louisville, Ky. racetrack hosts the final Downs After Dark presented by Budweiser of the Spring Meet. The theme for Saturday night’s Downs After Dark is “Rock the Downs.” Guests are encouraged to […] Continue Reading

Busy summer: Pedroza among jocks to ride at Ellis Park, Indiana Grand

Photo: Marcelino Pedroza rides Bango to victory in Churchill Downs’ $150,000 Aristides Stakes for trainer Greg Foley. Coady Photography HENDERSON, Ky. (Friday, June 11, 2021)— Ellis Park’s riding colony the past few years has been pretty much an extension of Churchill Downs’ jockey population. This summer the Ellis jocks’ room also will look a lot like Indiana Grand. Ellis Park […] Continue Reading

Essential Quality gives Cox first Triple Crown win in Belmont

(Photo: Louisville’s Brad Cox hoists the Belmont Stakes trophy after Essential Quality gave him his first Triple Crown race victory) By Brian Bohl, NYRA Communications ELMONT, N.Y. — Godolphin Stable’s Essential Quality accomplished everything that could be achieved in 2020, winning a pair of Grade 1s, including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, en route to an Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old. […] Continue Reading

Ellis Park open for training: ‘It’s great for the community’

HENDERSON, Ky. (Monday, May 24, 2021) — Ellis Park’s 2021 racing season is only five weeks away, with the trickle of horse vans and trailers bringing in the racing stock soon to become a steady stream. Western Kentucky’s annual summer race meet opens Sunday June 27 and closes Saturday Sept. 4, with racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays along with Thursday […] Continue Reading

Essential Quality works (5F in 59.80) for expected Belmont start

Today’s Churchill Downs barn notes by Kevin Kerstein (Coady Photography photos of Essential Quality training for the Kentucky Derby): LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 22, 2021) – Godolphin’s Essential Quality, the Kentucky Derby (Grade I) favorite and likely top betting choice for the June 7 Belmont Stakes (GI), breezed a sharp five furlongs in :59.80 Saturday morning at Churchill Downs, the […] 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