Blue Grass meets Black-Eyed Susan: Top 5 in Preakness from Kentucky

BALTIMORE (Sunday, May 19, 2019) —The Preakness Stakes is staged at Maryland’s Pimlico Race Course, but Saturday’s results proved a Kentucky landslide. Keyed by War of Will’s 1 1/4-length victory over Everfast, the top five finishers are all based at Churchill Downs or Keeneland. The superfecta filled out by the Mark Casse-trained 6-1 shot War of Will, 29-1 Everfast (Dale […] Continue Reading

Country House returns to Churchill Downs

Friday, May 17, Churchill Downs barn notes by Kevin Kerstein Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) winner Country House returned to Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott’s Barn 19 at Churchill Downs Wednesday after an examination at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. “He looks good and I think the plan is to start him back […] Continue Reading

KY Derby: Churchill Downs’ April 24 barn notes

Compiled by Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby notes team (Coady Photography photo of Omaha Beach galloping April 24): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, April 24, 2019) – William S. Farish’s Code of Honor, winner of the Fountain of Youth (GII) and most recently third in the Florida Derby (GI), arrived at Churchill Downs early Wednesday afternoon fromKeeneland where he had been training for […] Continue Reading

ARCI: Scientists find no link between Lasix and breakdowns

An April 10 press release from the Association of Racing Commissioners International: The Scientific Advisory Group of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) has reported that there is no current science linking furosemide treatments to muscular skeletal issues that may be a contributing cause of equine breakdowns in racing. The group reported to a meeting of the RCI’s Drug […] Continue Reading

Hamelback on announced Lasix ban: Not a safety reform

Statement from National HBPA chief executive officer Eric Hamelback on some tracks’ announced plan to phase-out Lasix: LEXINGTON, Ky. (Thursday, April 18, 2019) — As CEO of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (National HBPA) I — along with all HBPA members — am as concerned as any about the recent events in our industry. I firmly believe in […] Continue Reading

Kentucky Derby: Omaha Beach, Tacitus arrive at Churchill Downs

From Churchill Downs’ publicity team department: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, April 16, 2019) – Two of the likely top contenders for the Grade I, $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve – Arkansas Derby (GI) winner Omaha Beach and Wood Memorial victor Tacitus – arrived at Churchill Downs on Tuesday to begin their preparation for the “Run for the Roses.” Omaha Beach, trained by Hall […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: War of Will works from gate for Kentucky Derby

Today’s Keeneland barn notes, compiled by track publicity department: WAR OF WILL TUNES UP FOR KENTUCKY DERBY WITH WORK FROM STARTING GATE Gary Barber’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) hopeful War of Will breezed 5 furlongs from the starting gate in :59 over a fast track Saturday morning at Keeneland. His time was the best of 44 works […] Continue Reading

Keeneland-loving Flameaway set for Ben Ali

KEENELAND-LOVING FLAMEAWAY READY FOR BEN ALI John Oxley’s Flameaway has shown an affinity for Keeneland during his career, winning the Dixiana Bourbon (G3) on a sloppy track as a 2-year-old in 2017 and finishing second to Good Magic in last spring’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2). On Saturday, he will try to add success in the Ben Ali (G3) […] Continue Reading

Blue Grass undercard: Spiced Perfection, Bobby’s Wicked One, Imprimis star

Keeneland stakes recap, compiled by the track’s publicity staff: LEXINGTON, KY (April 6, 2019) – Pantofel Stable, Wachtel Stable and Peter Deutsch’s Spiced Perfection inched away from Amy’s Challenge in the final yards after a prolonged stretch duel to score a neck victory in the 18th running of the $300,000 Madison (G1) for fillies and mares, the first of four […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: Stewart-trained Out for a Spin takes Ashland by neck at 52-1 odds

Keeneland’s Ashland recap: LEXINGTON, KY (April 6, 2019) – Commonwealth Stable’s Out for a Spin, the longest shot on the board at 52-1, turned back a challenge from Restless Rider in the stretch to win the 82nd running of the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) for 3-year-old fillies by a neck. Trained by Dallas Stewart and ridden by Paco Lopez, […] Continue Reading