Rupp Racing’s Owendale favored in G2 New Orleans Classic

A Fair Grounds Race Course press release: New Orleans (March 16, 2021) – In Rupp Racing’s multiple graded-stakes winner Owendale headlines a competitive field of eight older horses for Saturday’s 96th running of the $400,000 New Orleans Classic (G2) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Run at 1 1/8 miles, the New Orleans Classic is Race 11 of 14 […] Continue Reading

Cox-trained Mandaloun strong favorite in Louisiana Derby

A Fair Grounds Race Course press release (Hodges Photography photos): New Orleans (March 15, 2021) – Mention Juddmonte Farms’ homebred Mandaloun to trainer Brad Cox and the reaction is telling. And immediate. Cox is looking forward to showing the rest of the racing world what he’s thought all along—that Mandaloun is one serious 3-year-old—when he starts as a strong favorite […] Continue Reading

Ky Oaks winner Shedaresthedevil takes 4yo debut by a head

An Oaklawn Park press release (Coady Photography photos): HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, March 13, 2021) – 2020 Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Honeybee Stakes (G3) winner Shedaresthedevil, making her first start since last October, led gate to wire to win Saturday’s $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) determinedly by a head over 3-2 favorite Letruska at Oaklawn Park. Breaking from the outside post […] Continue Reading

McPeek champ Swiss Skydiver rolls in G1 Beholder Mile

Santa Anita Park press release:    ARCADIA, Calif. (March 13, 2021)-Mission accomplished.  Idle since a disappointing run in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Distaff Nov. 7, trainer Ken McPeek’s reigning Eclipse Champion Filly Swiss Skydiver saved ground early and went on to register a powerful 2   length victory in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Beholder Mile at Santa Anita.  Ridden by […] Continue Reading

She’s baaaack! Ky Oaks winner Shedaresthedevil returns in Azeri

An Oaklawn Park press release (Coady Photography photo of Shedaresthedevil winning the Kentucky Oaks under Florent Geroux): HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, March 11, 2021) – Kentucky Oaks winner Shedaresthedevil, a finalist for an Eclipse Award as the country’s champion 3-year-old filly of 2020, will make her seasonal debut in the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) for older fillies and mares Saturday […] Continue Reading

Cox’s Caddo River takes on Baffert in Rebel

An Oaklawn Park press release (Coady Photography photo above of Caddo River and jockey Florent Geroux winning the Smarty Jones): HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, March 12, 2021) – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has dominated Oaklawn’s four-race Kentucky Derby prep series the last decade. But it’s Eclipse Award-winning trainer Brad Cox who has owned 2021. Cox sent out Caddo River, […] Continue Reading

You are invited! Backside Learning Center virtual fundraiser April 6

If you know Donna Barton Brothers, you know how persuasive she can be. And she wants all of us to attend the Backside Learning Center’s April 6th virtual fundraiser GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT during happy hour, with Donna, Caton Bredar and Britney Eurton handicapping the Kentucky Derby and Oaks. This is the COVID-version of one of the Churchill Downs-located BLC’s major […] Continue Reading

McPeek champ Swiss Skydiver makes 4yo debut in G1 Beholder Mile

A Santa Anita Park media release (Maryland Jockey Club/Jim McCue photo of Swiss Skydiver and Robby Albarado winning Preakness Stakes) ARCADIA, Calif. (March 10, 2021)-Last year’s Eclipse Champion 3-year-old Filly, Swiss Skydiver arrived at Santa Anita from her Gulfstream Park base on Tuesday and is poised to make her 4-year-old debut as she heads a field of eight older fillies and […] Continue Reading

Ageless Jon Court wins G3 Honeybee on Will’s Secret

An Oaklawn Park press release (Coady Photography photos): HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, March 6, 2021) – Willis Horton Racing LLC’s Will’s Secret secured a place in the starting gate for the $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) with her third straight victory in Saturday’s $300,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3). The triumph was worth 50 points towards eligibility in the Oaks and put […] Continue Reading

Skychai hopes Fancy Liquor is toast of Canadian Turf

Gulfstream Park press release (Coady Photography photos of Fancy Liquor winning Churchill Downs’ American Turf under Florent Geroux on the delayed Kentucky Derby card): HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – After two uncharacteristic off-the-board performances, Fancy Liquor steps right back into graded stakes company Saturday in the 54th running of Canadian Turf Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park. Contested at a mile since […] Continue Reading