Essential Quality 10-1 individual favorite in first 2021 Derby Future Wager pool

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of Essential Quality winning TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, Nov. 23, 2020) – Godolphin’s undefeated $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) winner Essential Quality is the 10-1 individual favorite among 24 betting interests in Pool 1 of the 2021 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which kicks off a four-day run at Churchill Downs […] Continue Reading

Cox goes after fifth straight Fair Grounds training title

A Fair Grounds Race Course media release: New Orleans (November 23, 2020) – Fresh off a record-tying four wins at the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland earlier this month, trainer Brad Cox will look to parlay that success to his fifth straight Fair Grounds trainer’s title when the 149th meet kicks off Thanksgiving Day. Cox, who won 40 races last year […] Continue Reading

BC Juv third Keepmeinmind seeks first win in KY Jockey Club

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of Keepmeinmind galloping at Keeneland in preparation for the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020) – Cypress Creek and Arnold Bennewith’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) third-place finisher Keepmeinmind will be in search of his first-career victory against a competitive field of nine 2-year-olds, which includes stakes winners […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs building new turf course after 2021 spring meet

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of Digital Age winning the Grade 1 Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic on Sept. 5 over the Matt Winn Turf Course) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, Nov. 23, 2020) – Churchill Downs Racetrack will invest $10 million to install a new turf course that will widen the running surface and increase the durability to allow […] Continue Reading

TAA awards $3.5M to 81 accredited aftercare organizations

A Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance press release The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced today that $3,500,000 will be awarded as grants to 81 Thoroughbred aftercare organizations that currently hold TAA accreditation. Since inception in 2012, the TAA has now awarded more than $20.7 million in grants to accredited Thoroughbred aftercare organizations. “We are grateful to the TAA’s many supporters that have allowed […] Continue Reading

By My Standards joins $500K Clark field

Today’s Churchill Downs media notes (Coady Photography photo of By My Standards winning Churchill’s Grade 2 Alysheba): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Nov. 20, 2020) – Allied Racing Stable’s multiple graded stakes winner By My Standards is probable to enter next Friday’s $500,000 Clark presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) following a half-mile move in :49.40 Friday at Churchill Downs. Also donning […] Continue Reading

Geroux streaks to top of Churchill Downs standings

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of Florent Geroux winning Saturday’s Mrs. Revere Stakes on Princess Grace.) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020) – Jockey Florent Geroux’s success after last weekend’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships continued at Churchill Downs as he vaulted to the top of the rider standings after he won with seven of his last 11 mounts […] Continue Reading

Six Churchill Downs horses win Breeders’ Cup races

(Photo above: Brad Cox wearing the garland from Essential Quality’s victory in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, one of four races the trainer won. Coady Photography) A Churchill Downs media release LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020) – It was a monumental weekend for horses based at Churchill Downs and its training center Trackside Louisville as they accounted for six […] Continue Reading

Kentucky-based trainers dominate Breeders’ Cup entries

(Photo above: Serengeti Empress, last year’s Kentucky Oaks winner, training for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. Coady Photography) By Jennie Rees, Kentucky HBPA communications        LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday Nov. 3, 2020) —Serving as an advertisement for the burgeoning strength of the Kentucky circuit, more than 60 horses based in the commonwealth were entered in […] Continue Reading

Churchill to allow fans in reserved seating during fall meet

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020) – The Kentucky horse racing circuit shifts from Keeneland in Lexington to Churchill Downs in Louisville on Sunday as the historic home of the Kentucky Derby readies to open its 131st Fall Meet with an 11-race program – all for promising 2-year-old Thoroughbreds – at 1 p.m. […] Continue Reading