Baffert sweeps ArkDerby with Charlatan, Nadal; By My Standards roll

Oaklawn Park stakes recap (Coady Photography photo above of Charlatan and Martin Garcia) HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, May 2, 2020) – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is well on his way to his record-tying sixth Kentucky Derby (G1) after both heavily favored  Charlatan and Nadal remained undefeated in their respective Arkansas Derby (G1) victories Saturday. Oaklawn split the race […] Continue Reading

McPeek-trained Swiss Skydiver rolls in Fantasy

Oaklawn Park stakes recap, with Coady Photography photos: HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, May 1, 2020) – Peter J. Callahan’s Swiss Skydiver, despite her #1 ranking on the Kentucky Oaks Leaderboard, was overlooked at odds of 16-1, but this will probably be the last time her connections can cash a big ticket after she pulled away late to defeat 4-5 favorite […] Continue Reading

Big Cap winner Combatant heads deep Oaklawn Handicap

Oaklawn Park media notes by the track’s publicity department (Coady Photography photo of Combatant): HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, May 1, 2020) – It’s not far-fetched to think that more than half of the 14-horse field entered in Saturday’s $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) will be among the starters in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 7 at Keeneland based […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs (without fans) to reopen for racing May 16

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, April 30, 2020) – Churchill Downs Racetrack officials today determined that opening day of the 2020 Spring Meet will be Saturday, May 16. After opening weekend on May 16-17, racing at the historic Louisville racetrack will be staged Thursdays through Sundays with a special holiday Monday card on Memorial Day, […] Continue Reading

Martin Garcia, heading to KY after Oaklawn, teams again with Baffert

Oaklawn Park media department’s barn notes for Wednesday, dominated by Kentucky-connected horses, jockeys and trainers (Coady Photography photo of jockey Martin Garcia): Jockey Martin Garcia had a memorable Sunday at Oaklawn, and it included more than picking up two live mounts in upcoming major stakes races for Southern California-based trainer Bob Baffert. Garcia said he was struck in his right […] Continue Reading

Horses can get into Churchill Downs starting May 11, governor says; Racing still TBD

Churchill Downs press release (Jennie Rees photo) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, April 29, 2020) – Churchill Downs Racetrack today received approval from state officials to reopen its stable areas at both Churchill Downs Racetrack and the auxiliary training center Trackside on Monday, May 11 under strict guidelines to effectively mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The stable areas will reopen under a […] Continue Reading

KY-based Mia Mischief, Long Weekend take Oaklawn Stakes

(Coady Photography photo: Stonestreet Stables’ Mia Mischief rolled to victory in Oaklawn Park’s Carousel Stakes under Ricardo Santana Jr.) HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, April 25, 2020) – Stonestreet Stables LLC’s Grade 1 winner Mia Mischief drew off impressively to win Saturday’s $125,000 Carousel Stakes by 4 ½ lengths and in the process gave Louisville-based Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs delays opening stable area until at least May 5

(Coady Photography photo) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, April 23, 2020) – Churchill Downs Racetrack announced today that it must delay the reopening of its stable areas at both Churchill Downs Racetrack and the auxiliary training center Trackside to at least Tuesday, May 5. Churchill Downs officials are in ongoing discussions with state and local officials and public health experts about reopening […] Continue Reading

Whitmore wins Count Fleet Sprint for record third time

Oaklawn Park stakes recap (Coady Photography photos) HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, April 18, 2020) – Oaklawn-loving Whitmore stepped up to the plate and easily defeated one of the toughest fields he’s faced in winning his third $350,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3). The 3-1 favorite settled into fifth place as Bobby’s Wicked One and Share the Upside set the early […] Continue Reading

Moquett’s Whitmore bids to be first three-time Count Fleet winner

From Oaklawn Park’s media department (Coady Photography photos of Whitmore taking last month’s Hot Springs Stakes and the 2018 Count Fleet) HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, April 17, 2020) – He’s been there and done that. Now, millionaire Grade 1 winner Whitmore will try to do it again in the $350,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) for older horses Saturday at […] Continue Reading