Blue Grass meets Black-Eyed Susan: Top 5 in Preakness from Kentucky

BALTIMORE (Sunday, May 19, 2019) —The Preakness Stakes is staged at Maryland’s Pimlico Race Course, but Saturday’s results proved a Kentucky landslide. Keyed by War of Will’s 1 1/4-length victory over Everfast, the top five finishers are all based at Churchill Downs or Keeneland. The superfecta filled out by the Mark Casse-trained 6-1 shot War of Will, 29-1 Everfast (Dale […] Continue Reading

Country House returns to Churchill Downs

Friday, May 17, Churchill Downs barn notes by Kevin Kerstein Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) winner Country House returned to Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott’s Barn 19 at Churchill Downs Wednesday after an examination at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. “He looks good and I think the plan is to start him back […] Continue Reading

KY Derby: Churchill Downs’ April 24 barn notes

Compiled by Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby notes team (Coady Photography photo of Omaha Beach galloping April 24): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, April 24, 2019) – William S. Farish’s Code of Honor, winner of the Fountain of Youth (GII) and most recently third in the Florida Derby (GI), arrived at Churchill Downs early Wednesday afternoon fromKeeneland where he had been training for […] Continue Reading

Hamelback on announced Lasix ban: Not a safety reform

Statement from National HBPA chief executive officer Eric Hamelback on some tracks’ announced plan to phase-out Lasix: LEXINGTON, Ky. (Thursday, April 18, 2019) — As CEO of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (National HBPA) I — along with all HBPA members — am as concerned as any about the recent events in our industry. I firmly believe in […] Continue Reading

Kentucky Derby: Omaha Beach, Tacitus arrive at Churchill Downs

From Churchill Downs’ publicity team department: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, April 16, 2019) – Two of the likely top contenders for the Grade I, $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve – Arkansas Derby (GI) winner Omaha Beach and Wood Memorial victor Tacitus – arrived at Churchill Downs on Tuesday to begin their preparation for the “Run for the Roses.” Omaha Beach, trained by Hall […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: War of Will works from gate for Kentucky Derby

Today’s Keeneland barn notes, compiled by track publicity department: WAR OF WILL TUNES UP FOR KENTUCKY DERBY WITH WORK FROM STARTING GATE Gary Barber’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) hopeful War of Will breezed 5 furlongs from the starting gate in :59 over a fast track Saturday morning at Keeneland. His time was the best of 44 works […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: Stewart-trained Out for a Spin takes Ashland by neck at 52-1 odds

Keeneland’s Ashland recap: LEXINGTON, KY (April 6, 2019) – Commonwealth Stable’s Out for a Spin, the longest shot on the board at 52-1, turned back a challenge from Restless Rider in the stretch to win the 82nd running of the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) for 3-year-old fillies by a neck. Trained by Dallas Stewart and ridden by Paco Lopez, […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: Blue Grass winner Vekoma bringing Weaver back to Louisville

LEXINGTON, KY (April 6, 2019) – Gatsas Stable and R.A. Hill Stable’s Vekoma took command from Somelikeithotbrown in the middle of the far turn and went on to post a 3½-length victory over Win Win Win in the 95th running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) for 3-year-olds before a crowd of 34,775, a record for an opening Saturday of […] Continue Reading

Kentucky Derby: Game Winner, Maximum Security head Pool 4 of Future Wager

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, April 2, 2019) – Gary and Mary West’s champion 2-year-old Game Winner and undefeated Florida Derby (Grade I) hero Maximum Security are 8-1 co-morning line favorites in Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) which opens on Friday. The three-day pool will offer win and exacta betting on 23 individual horses and an option to […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: Champion filly Jaywalk works for Ashland Stakes

Keeneland’s barn notes for Sunday, March 31, by the track’s publicity department: (Photo of Jaywalk by Coady Photography) SERVIS WORKS CHAMPION JAYWALK FOR CENTRAL BANK ASHLAND,  LUCKY LEE FOR BLUE GRASS D.J. Stable and Cash is King’s champion filly Jaywalk tuned up for an expected start in Saturday’s $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) by working a half-mile on her own in […] Continue Reading