Hot Rod Charlie wins PaDerby; did he again impede Midnight Bourbon?

By Tim Wilkin, for PARX Racing (EquiPhoto photos) Bensalem, Pa. (Saturday, September 25, 2021) – The first career Grade 1 victory came to Roadrunner Racing, Williams Strauss, Boat Racing and Gainesway Stables’ Hot Rod Charlie in Saturday’s 41st running of the Grade I, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby. But it did not come without controversy. The ownership group, trainer Doug O’Neill, jockey […] Continue Reading

Carribean Caper goes to 5 for 5; King Fury romps by 13 lengths

Churchill Downs stakes recaps by the CD publicity team (Churchill Downs/Coady Photography photo of Carribean Caper and jockey Colby Hernandez winning the G3 Dogwood): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021) – Columbine Stable’s Carribean Caper swept three-wide on the turn to reel in the early leaders and drew away in the stretch for an easy six-length victory over Someone Said […] Continue Reading

Keeneland sale grosses $352 million; 15 yearlings go for $1M or more

Keeneland’s sales wrap-up report (Keeneland photo of the $1.7 million colt by City of Lights that topped the sale): LEXINGTON, KY (Sept. 24, 2021) – Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, a bellwether event for the Thoroughbred industry, concluded Friday with gross sales of $352 million, sixth-highest in sale history, and record cumulative average and median prices. Large crowds of enthusiastic buyers […] Continue Reading

Jeff Hiles shoots for first stakes win with Shesa Mystery in G3 Dogwood

Churchill Downs media notes penned by Kevin Kerstein (Churchill Downs/Coady Photography photo of Jeff Hiles): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Sept. 24, 2021) – Jeff Hiles launched his training career just four years ago but the 41-year-old United States Marine Corp. veteran could be poised to record his first stakes victory with 3-year-old filly Shesa Mystery in Saturday’s $275,000 Dogwood (Grade III) […] Continue Reading

Cox on Monomoy Girl: ‘Meant the world to my career’

Churchill Downs’ media notes by Kevin Kerstein (Coady Photography photo above of Monomou: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021) – Spendthrift Farm and trainer Brad Cox announced Wednesday afternoon the retirement of multiple champion mare Monomoy Girl. Cox reflected Thursday about Monomoy Girl and what she’s meant to his career. “She’s simply a remarkable mare and has meant the world […] Continue Reading

No hiding Hidden Connection in Pocahontas blowout

Churchill Downs stakes recap (Coady Photography photo of Hidden Connection’s big victory under Reylu Gutierrez in Saturday night’s $300,000, Grade 3 Pocahontas at Churchill Downs) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021) – Hidden Brook Farm’s Hidden Connection reaffirmed that her flashy 7 ½-length debut win at Colonial Downs wasn’t a fluke as she rolled to a 9 ½ length victory […] Continue Reading

LTS Stakes latest time Just Might just does

Churchill Downs stakes recap (Coady Photography photo of Just Might and Rafael Bejarano’s victory in the new $275,000 Louisville Thoroughbred Society Stakes) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021) – Griffon Farms and Michelle Lovell’s 5-year-old homebred gelding Just Might led every step of the way in Saturday night’s inaugural $275,000 Louisville Thoroughbred Society at Churchill Downs to collect his fourth […] Continue Reading

Sconsin takes this battle with Bell’s the One in Open Mind

(Churchill Downs stakes recap. Coady Photography photo of Sconsin’s half-length victory over Bell’s the One, at left, in Saturday night’s $300,000 Open Mind.) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021) – Lloyd Madison Farms IV’s homebred Sconsin got the first run on Bell’s the One down the stretch in Saturday night’s 12th running of the $300,000 Open Mind (Listed) at Churchill […] Continue Reading

Shedaresthedevil nips Crystal Ball in $400K Locust Grove

Churchill Downs stakes recap (Coady Photography photo of Shedaresthedevil’s victory over Crystal Ball in Saturday night’s Locust Grove under Florent Geroux): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021) – Qatar Racing, Flurry Racing Stables and Big Aut Farms’ 2020 Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) hero Shedaresthedevil broke fast from the gate, dictated the pace throughout and determinedly held off Crystal Ball […] Continue Reading

Salute! Major General now earliest leader on Road to 2022 Derby

(Churchill Downs stakes recap. Coady Photography photo of Major General and jockey Javier Castellano capturing Churchill Downs’ $300,000, Grade 3 Iroquois Stakes Saturday night by a neck over Tough to Tame and Sophie Doyle.) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021) – WinStar Farm and Siena Farms’ Major General is the early points leader on the 2022 “Road to the Kentucky […] Continue Reading