Jeff Ruby Steaks: Tarantino no-sale proved smart business move

A Kentucky HBPA news feature (Photo: Tarantino winning a Gulfstream Park allowance race. Coglianese Photography/Lauren King) When Tarantino returned East last fall to try a different racetrack and/or go through the auction ring, trainer Bob Baffert cautioned the owners not to sell the colt too cheaply. And when the $610,000 yearling purchase brought a high bid of $240,000 at Keeneland’s […] Continue Reading

King’s Ovation could have Jeff Ruby presenting trophy to himself

(Kentucky HBPA media release by Jennie Rees. Photo by Kareem Elgazzar: Restaurateur and Turfway’s Jeff Ruby Steaks sponsor Jeff Ruby at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse in downtown Cincinnati. )        Prominent restaurateur Jeff Ruby figures to be in the Turfway Park winner’s circle for the stakes he sponsors. His partners in King’s Ovation just hope their horse is in there as […] Continue Reading

Larry Melancon (1955-2021): Remembering a top jockey, horseman – and good guy

(Above: Churchill Downs photo) Obituary By Jennie Rees, Kentucky HBPA Communications Larry Melancon might not have been the top jockey at Churchill Downs during his long career, though he ranks among the winningest riders at the historic Louisville track even a decade after his retirement. But no Churchill Downs jockey can match the resilience and longevity of  Melancon, whose tenure […] Continue Reading

Hush of a Storm, Gretzky the Great hook up again in Jeff Ruby

Churchill Downs press release (above Coady Photography photo of Gretzky the Great training at Keeneland for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, in which he was sixth) FLORENCE, Ky. (Wednesday, March 24, 2021) – Joseph P. Morey Trust’s $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes winner Hush of a Storm, along with Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gary Barber’s Grade I-winning colt Gretzky the […] Continue Reading

Colonel Liam eyes G1 Old Forester after Muniz victory

A Fair Grounds Race Course stakes recap: New Orleans (March 20, 2021) – In the days leading up to the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Classic Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, trainer Todd Pletcher remarked that his grade 1-winning charge Colonel Liam had been training so well on the dirt of late that he may entertain giving the […] Continue Reading

Calhoun (Who Took the Money), Cox (Australasia), Stewart (Classy John) take La-bred stakes

Fair Grounds Race Course recaps of its state-bred stakes on Louisiana Derby Day (Lou Hodges Jr. photo of Who Took the Money winning Crescent City Derby): New Orleans (March 20, 2021) – On a 14-race card that included eight stakes and culminated with Hot Rod Charlie’s win in the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2), Kentucky-based trainers swept three undercard […] Continue Reading

Hot Rod Charlie motors to LaDerby score over Midnight Bourbon

A Fair Grounds Race Course press release: New Orleans (March 20, 2021) – In a battle with Lecomte (G3) winner Midnight Bourbon from the word go, Roadrunner Racing, Boat Racing and Will Strauss’ Hot Rod Charlie put that stubborn rival away in the deep stretch to post a two-length win in the 108th running of the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana […] Continue Reading

Travel Column likely KY Oaks favorite after FG Oaks victory

A Fair Grounds Race Course press release (Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges above) New Orleans (March 20, 2021) – Travel Column two, Clairiere one. The rivalry continues. Churchill Downs awaits. OXO Equine’s Travel Column took advantage of a decided race flow edge and easily held off the late rally of her nemesis, Stonestreet Stables’ homebred Clairiere, by 2 ¾ lengths in the […] Continue Reading

Chess Chief pulls New Orleans Classic upset in thriller

A Fair Grounds Race Course press release (Hodges Photography photo): New Orleans (March 20, 2021) – The Estate of James Coleman’s  Trained by Dallas Stewart and ridden by Luis Saez, Chess Chief completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.24.              In the early stages of the race, Roadster, with jockey John Velazquez in the saddle, led into the first turn […] Continue Reading

Geroux making most of second Oaklawn experience

Today’s Oaklawn Park barn notes by Robert Yates (Coady Photography photo of Monomoy Girl winning Oaklawn Park’s Azeri Stakes: HOT SPRINGS, AR. (Friday, March 19, 2021) — Perhaps the surest bet this year at Oaklawn was that Kentucky-based jockey Florent Geroux would have a much bigger impact on the jockey standings than he did during his first stint as a regular […] Continue Reading