Fair Grounds barn notes: Monomoy Girl back at track with Cox

Thursday’s Fair Grounds barn notes by Ryan Martin, with Kentucky horses dominating the news MONOMOY GIRL SETTLING IN WELL FOLLOWING BRIEF FRESHENING When Monomoy Girl left Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots last March, the Grade II Rachel Alexandra Stakes was her lone graded stakes triumph. Upon returning to the Brad Cox barn on Monday evening, she brought not only five Grade […] Continue Reading

$3 million KY Derby heads Churchill Downs stakes hikes

Churchill Downs press release: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019) – The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) on Saturday, May 4 will be the richest in history as the purse for America’s greatest race and first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown has been elevated to a guaranteed $3 million. The substantial $1 million increase […] Continue Reading

Coffeepot’s Liora gives Catalano, Hill a third Golden Rod victory

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018) – Coffeepot Stables’ 2-year-old filly Liora – the longest shot in the field of eight 2-year-old fillies at odds of 27-1 – led every step of the way and narrowly repelled a late bid by odds-on 3-5 favorite and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade I) runner-up Restless Rider to win Saturday’s 75th running of […] Continue Reading

Signalman holds off Plus Que Parfait to take Ky Jockey Club

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018) – Signalman, who finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) just 22 days ago, grabbed the lead with three-sixteenths of a mile to run and turned back a late charge from Plus Que Parfait to win Saturday’s 92nd running of the $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II) at Churchill Downs by a […] Continue Reading

Princess Warrior bags first stakes in G2 Mrs. Revere

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Nov. 23, 2018) – Princess Warrior commenced her run midway around the far turn and edged past Cool Beans inside the final furlong to win Saturday’s 28thrunning of the $200,000 Mrs. Revere (Grade II) at Churchill Downs by one length over a surgingGet Explicit. Owned by Evan, Matthew and Andrew Trommer, Princess Warrior ran 1 1/16 miles […] Continue Reading

Leofric nips Bravazo to take G1 Clark; 2017 winner Seeking the Soul third

Churchill Downs’ stakes recap: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Nov. 23, 2018) – Fayette Stakes (Grade II) winner Leofric turned back a determined challenge by 3-year-old Bravazo in deep stretch to win a thrilling renewal of Friday’s 144thrunning of the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) by a neck. Defending Clark Handicap champion Seeking the Soul, the 123-pound starting […] Continue Reading

Calumet’s English Affair bags first stakes win in Cardinal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018) – English Affair split horses in late stretch to score a half-length victory over Amboseli in Thursday’s 45th running of the $100,000 Cardinal Handicap (Grade III) for fillies and mares on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs. English Affair, a 4-year-old filly owned and bred by Brad Kelley’s Calumet Farm, ran 1 1/8 miles over “yielding” turf in 1:54.26 to collect the first stakes […] Continue Reading

Prado’s Sweet Ride Wires field in G2 Falls City

Churchill Downs’ stakes recap:  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018) – Darrell and Sadie Brommer’s 6-year-old homebred mare Prado’s Sweet Ride led every step of the way and drew off in deep stretch for a decisive 4 ¾-length triumph over odds-on 3-5 favorite Devine Miss Grey in the 103rd running of the $200,000 Falls City Handicap (Grade II) for fillies and mares on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs. Prado’s […] Continue Reading

Mr. Misunderstood triggers 1-2 River City finish for Cox

(Florent Geroux guided Mr. Misunderstood to a half-length victory over stablemate Big Changes in Churchill Downs’ River City Handicap. Coady Photography photo) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018) – Staton Flurry’s 4-year-old gelding Mr. Misunderstood remained perfect in four starts on the Churchill Downs turf course when he collared stablemate Big Changes inside the final furlong to score a half-length victory in Saturday’s 41st running of the $100,000 River City […] Continue Reading

Maker-trained Dunph seeks to go to 3 for 3 in Kentucky Jockey Club

Today’s Churchill Downs barn notes, authored by Kevin Kerstein: (Photo by Coady Photography: Dunph winning Churchill Downs’ Spendthrift Juvenile Stallion Stakes) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018) – Three Diamonds Farm and Joseph Besecker’s undefeated 2-year-old colt Dunph will attempt to land his third career victory in next Saturday’s $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II) at Churchill Downs – a race that awards 10 points to the winner […] Continue Reading