Southwest winner Super Steed off Derby trail

Today’s Oaklawn Park barn notes by the track’s publicity department: Super Steed, winner of the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 18 at Oaklawn, is off the Kentucky Derby trail because of bone bruising in a front leg, trainer Larry Jones said Sunday morning. Jones said the problem was discovered Saturday and isn’t career threatening, but Super Steed will need 60-90 […] Continue Reading

Cha-ching! Churchill offering record pur$e$ for spring meet

RECORD PURSES ON TAP FOR CHURCHILL DOWNS’ 145TH SPRING MEET  First Condition Book Up 46% from 2018, Offers Unprecedented $20.1 Million in Prize Money  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019) – Record prize money for horsemen will be distributed at Churchill Downs’ 145th Spring Meet thanks to early returns from state-of-the-art historical racing machines at Derby City Gaming. The first […] Continue Reading

Fountain of Youth heads Derby qualifying action; Mott-trained Hidden Scroll favored

Churchill Downs’ weekly Derby Dispatch ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES HEATS UP WITH FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019) – Following a week of minimal action on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, the Championship Series returns Saturday with all eyes focused on the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (Grade II) at Gulfstream Park. The 73rd renewal of the Fountain […] Continue Reading

Derby Trail: McPeek-trained Signalman heads Fountain of Youth

  HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Saturday’s $400,000 Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth (G2) will pit experience against potential Saturday at Gulfstream Park, where graded-stakes winner Signalman will make his 2019 debut in a talent-rich field of 11 3-year-olds that will include several less accomplished but nevertheless brilliant contenders.             The Fountain of Youth, the key prep for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby […] Continue Reading

Game Winner, War of Will head 137 Blue Grass nominations

Keeneland press release LEXINGTON, KY (Feb. 26, 2019) – Gary and Mary West’s champion Game Winner and Gary Barber’s War of Will, a two-time graded stakes winner this year, are among the 10 leading point earners on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) who are nominated to the 95th running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on April 6, opening Saturday of […] Continue Reading

Super Steed comes through at 62-1 for Ellis Park-area owners

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Monday, Feb. 18, 2019) – Michael Pressley and Steed Jackson’s Super Steed overcame two disappointing starts in his last two outs to pull one of the biggest upsets in Oaklawn stakes history by winning Monday’s $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) at odds of 62-1. The Gleaner’s Kevin Patton talks with owners Michael Pressley and Steed Jackson about Super Steed’s […] Continue Reading

Serengeti Empress resumes winning ways in Rachel Alexandra

Rachel Alexandra recap by the Fair Grounds publicity department: NEW ORLEANS (February 16, 2019) – Following a disappointing effort when well beaten in last year’s Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, Joel Politi’s Serengeti Empress returned to her winning ways with a facile score in Saturday’s Grade II $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots to earn 50 qualifying points […] Continue Reading

War of Will secures KY Derby spot with Risen Star score

Risen Star recap by the Fair Grounds media department  NEW ORLEANS (February 16, 2019) – Gary Barber’s War of Will had to work a bit harder than he did last couple of times, but nevertheless he once again proved that he was the best when garnering up another victory on the Road to the Kentucky Derby in Saturday evening’s Grade II $400,000 Risen […] Continue Reading

Calhoun hopeful Mr. Money can get the money in Risen Star

Wednesday’s Fair Grounds barn notes by Ryan Martin with lots of info on Kentucky-based horses, horsemen: CALHOUN HOPEFUL THAT MR. MONEY CAN GET BACK ON TRACK IN GRADE II RISEN STAR On Kentucky HBPA Youtube Channel: Bret Calhoun discusses Mr. Money In this business, successfully campaigning a Thoroughbred is just as much timing as it is skill. Unfortunately time was […] Continue Reading

Fair Grounds blockbuster card showcases War of Will, Limonite, Owendale, Hogi & more

Kentucky horses and horsemen dominate Thursday’s Fair Grounds barn notes by Ryan Martin  For the past seven years, longtime bloodstock agent Justin Casse has traveled nearly every corner of the globe in search of quality Thoroughbreds to import to North America. Little did he know that a recent journey (May 2018) to Deauville, France, for the Arqana Breeze Up Sale […] Continue Reading