Churchill to invest $5.6M in Tapeta surface at Turfway

Churchill Downs Inc. press release FLORENCE, Ky., (Feb. 18, 2020) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) announced today plans to invest $5.6 million to replace the existing track at Turfway Park (“Turfway”) with a new Tapeta synthetic track, one of the world’s leading surfaces for racing and training, through an agreement withTapeta Footings, Inc. (“Tapeta”). The removal of Turfway’s […] Continue Reading

Look it up! Bayakoa goes to Go Google Yourself

Oaklawn Park media release HOT SPRINGS, AR (Monday, Feb. 17, 2020) – Jay Em Ess Stable’s Go Google Yourself wore down 6-5 favorite Whoa Nellie in the final strides to win Monday’s $200,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3). Making her first start since a runner-up effort in the Falls City Handicap (G2) at Churchill Downs last November, Go Google Yourself broke on […] Continue Reading

Warrior’s Charge takes Oaklawn’s $500K Razorback

Oaklawn Park press release HOT SPRINGS, AR (Monday, Feb. 17, 2020) – Ten Strike Racing and Madakat Stable LLC’s Warrior’s Charge kicked off his 4-year-old campaign with an impressive, hard-fought victory in Monday’s $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) before a crowd of 19,500. Breaking from post 6 under jockey Florent Geroux, Warrior’s Charge broke on top and never looked back as […] Continue Reading

Nominations open for Ky Oaks Day Survivors’ Parade

Churchill Downs Continues Partnership with Derby Divas and Norton Cancer Institute to Support Women’s Health in the Local Community  Churchill Downs press release: LOUISVILLE, KY (Monday, February 17, 2020) – Churchill Downs, Derby Divas and Norton Cancer Institute today opened the online nomination process to select 146 breast and ovarian cancer survivors to participate in the Survivors Parade presented by […] Continue Reading

Ward sweeps Turfway Park’s 3-year-old stakes

Turfway Park press release Florence, Ky., (February 14, 2020) – Both stakes for 3-year-olds Friday at Turfway Park went into the win column of trainer Wesley Ward, with Invader taking the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial (listed) and Karak obliterating her competition in the $75,000 black-type Cincinnati Trophy. Jockey Albin Jimenez contained Invader as long as he could, but once let […] Continue Reading

Nadal, Tiz the Law head KY Derby Future Wager 2

(Photo of Nadal winning the Holy Bull by Benoit Photography) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020) – With the Kentucky Derby 12 weeks away, the pari-mutuel field of “All Other 3-Year-Old Colts and Geldings” closed as the 2-1 favorite in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) with San Vicente (GII) winner Nadal and Holy Bull (Grade III) […] Continue Reading

Reminder: All new horse ‘tattoos’ now will be digital

A TRPB release distributed by the National HBPA: Following the recent introduction of a new Digital Tattoo system to identify Thoroughbreds, the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) plans to continue its educational efforts throughout the country to ensure that regulators and operators of small racetracks and fair meets are taking steps to adopt the new process. “Digital Tattoos are the […] Continue Reading

Indiana Grand’s GM Jon Schuster passes at 61

Very sad to hear about the death of Indiana Grand’s vice president and general manager Jon Schuster. Here is the obituary: Jonathan Blair Schuster, 61, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at his residence. Born September 5, 1958 in Brazil, Indiana, he was the son of William Schuster & Rosemary (Rohloff) Schuster. He married Janie (Scott) Schuster on […] Continue Reading

Hernandez gets 2,000th win on Baker-trained horse

A Fair Grounds press release (Photo of Hernandez’ 200th win courtesy Hodges Photography: In 2004, Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. earned the Eclipse Award for outstanding apprentice jockey. A mere 15-years later in Thursday’s fifth race at Fair Grounds, the Lafayette, Louisiana native captured career win number 2,000 aboard Afleet Roger for trainer Jimmy Baker. Both Hernandez and Baker are Louisville […] Continue Reading

Cox loaded for Fair Grounds’ Santa Super Saturday

Fair Grounds’ barn notes New Orleans (December 18, 2019) – Billed as “Santa Super Saturday”, the December 21 card at Fair Grounds Racecourse is loaded with quality. With an early first post of noon CT, the 14-race program will include six stakes, and a more than handful of salty maiden special weight and allowance races. Louisville product Brad Cox, whose […] Continue Reading