Oaklawn barn notes: Rebel Day a smash; Market King awaits another Derby prep

Today’s Oaklawn Park barn notes, with Kentucky horsemen prominent as always: Rebel Day Sets Records Rebel Day has clearly become Oaklawn’s second-biggest business day. For the next three weeks, at least, it will be the biggest day after an all-time record for total pari-mutuel handle was set on Saturday’s 11-race card. According to figures released Saturday night by the track, […] Continue Reading

Ky Derby update: Taking a look at the Louisiana, Sunland Derbys

Churchill Downs’ weekly Kentucky Derby and Oaks update: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, March 21, 2019) – No rival has yet made a dent in War of Will‘s leadership of the 3-year-old division in New Orleans this winter, but 10 will make a belated attempt to do so Saturday in the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (Grade I) at Fair Grounds. The 1 1/8-mile […] Continue Reading

Casse-trained War of Will to take on 10 in Louisiana Derby

Fair Grounds press release by Ryan Martin: NEW ORLEANS (March 16, 2019) – A field of 11 sophomores has been set for Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ final prep on the Road To The Kentucky Derby – the 106th running of the Grade II $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby on Saturday, March 23. Six weeks out from the Grade I $3 million Kentucky […] Continue Reading

KY Derby: Churchill launches ‘Homestretch Sweepstakes’ with Rocket Mortgage

·         Nation’s largest mortgage lender to send 20 sweepstakes finalists to 2019 Kentucky Derby – one will get $250,000 toward a mortgage. ·         Enter sweepstakes now by visiting HomestretchSweepstakes.com  Contest running for limited time; entry period ends April 7, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. ET A Churchill Downs press release: DETROIT March 18, 2019 – Detroit-based Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest mortgage […] Continue Reading

Oaklawn: Moquett-trained Whitmore wins third Hot Springs Stakes

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, March 9, 2019) – Heavy favorite Whitmore, making his first start since a runner-up performance in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) last November, came from off the pace to win his third straight $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes Saturday before a crowd of 16,000. With his regular pilot Ricardo Santana Jr. in the irons, Whitmore was reluctant […] Continue Reading

Turfway: Skychai’s Somelikeithotbrown dominates Jeff Ruby Steaks

SOMELIKEITHOTBROWN TRIUMPHS IN JEFF RUBY STEAKS AT TURFWAY PARK Bourbonette Oaks Winner Naughty Joker Gives Ward, Bejarano Third Stakes Win on the Day Turfway Park press release March 9, 2019 (FLORENCE, Ky.) –  Somelikeithotbrown set a brisk pace and then turned the corner into a 20 mph headwind but had plenty left to win the $200,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) […] Continue Reading

Derby trail: Colebrook-trained Knicks Go sees to get back on track in Gotham

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Grade 1 winners Knicks Go and Mind Control, along with undefeated California raider Instagrand, headline a formidable field of eight in the Grade 3, $300,000 Gotham, a one-turn mile for 3-year-olds on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. As part of New York’s “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series, the Gotham offers 50-20-10-5 qualifying points to the first […] Continue Reading

Game Winner again heads KY Derby Future Wager Pool 3; Oaks wager on tap

BAFFERT’S GAME WINNER, IMPROBABLE HEAD KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER  Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Runs Concurrently, Betting Menu Includes Oaks/Derby Future Double LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, March. 5, 2019) – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s Grade I-winning duo of Game Winner and Improbable along with last weekend’s Fountain of Youth (Grade II) winner Code of Honor are the individual morning line […] Continue Reading

Turfway: Skychai’s Somelikeithotbrown heads Jeff Ruby prospects

Monday’s Jeff Ruby Steaks media notes from Turfway’s PR department: March 4, 2019 (FLORENCE, Ky.) – The gate for Saturday’s 48th running of the $200,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) at Turfway Park is approaching full, with 11 so far expected to enter. The 1 1/8 mile race for 3-year-olds offers 34 points toward the Kentucky Derby: 20 to the winner, […] Continue Reading

Fair Grounds: Davis-trained Student Body aces Mardi Gras Stakes

NEW ORLEANS (March 5, 2019) – Gary Broad’s Student Body ($24.80, $14.40 and $10.20) broke sharp from the starting gate and never looked back in Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ Fat Tuesday feature – the $75,000 Mardi Gras Stakes over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course. While trainer Chris Davis last year relocated to Arlington Park, he often ships down to […] Continue Reading