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

Game Winner, Improbable head Derby Future Wager Pool 2

Churchill Downs press release Pool 2 Opens Friday and Concludes Sunday at 6 p.m. EDT LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019) – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s Grade I-winning duo of Game Winner and Improbable are the individual morning line favorites in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager but “All Other 3-Year-Olds” is expected to be the […] Continue Reading

Jeff Hiles makes first starts at Oaklawn after opening stable

Sunday’s Oaklawn Park media notes. Update: Jeff finished third with Loran Holiday at 41-1 odds and second with second-choice Fake Solution. Trainer Jeff Hiles Sends Out First Oaklawn Starters Jeff Hiles has two horses entered Sunday, the trainer’s first scheduled Oaklawn starters since going out on his own late last year after previously serving as an assistant to Kenny McPeek. […] Continue Reading

Tax pays dividends for Louisville product Gargan

Tax pays dividends with G3 Withers victory By Brian Bohl, NYRA Media department OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Earlier in the week, trainer Danny Gargan said Tax was “bred to run all day,” and the Arch gelding proved his connections prophetic, surging up the rail to overtake Our Braintrust and Not That Brady in deep stretch to win the Grade 3, $250,000 […] Continue Reading

Kentucky-based Harvey Wallbanger (29-1), Everfast (128-1) finish 1-2 in Holy Bull

Harvey Wallbanger Pulls 29-1 Upset in $350,000 Holy Bull (G2)                    Favored Maximus Mischief Fades to Third in Florida Derby Prep HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The Kentucky-based duo of Harvey Wallbanger and Everfast accounted for a $1,101.70 payoff for a $1 exacta in Saturday’s $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park. The Kenny McPeek-trained Harvey Wallbanger parlayed a ground-saving trip […] Continue Reading

Oaklawn: Vacation over for BC Sprint runner-up Whitmore

Kentucky horses highlight today’s Oaklawn Park barn notes, authored by Oaklawn’s media department: Whitmore Nearing First Work of 2019 Whitmore is maybe two weeks away from his first work of the year, with the $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes March 9 at Oaklawn being targeted as the gelding’s comeback spot, co-owner/trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs said Friday morning. Freshened in […] Continue Reading

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