We’re raffling off three TVs to help Odanis Acuna’s family

Help Odanis Acuna’s family and you might win a TV   The Kentucky HBPA’s foundation is raffling off one 40-inch and two 32-inch televisions, with proceeds going to the family of Odanis Acuna, the 42-year-old veteran exercise rider killed Saturday morning in a training accident at Churchill Downs. Acuna, nicknamed Cuba for his homeland, leaves a wife and three young […] Continue Reading

Norm Casse seeks first stakes win with Angel of Mischief

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018) – Trainer Norm Casse is closing in on his first year as a trainer with 14 victories but the 35-year-old Louisville-native hopes improving filly Angel of Mischief can give him his first stakes victory in the $200,000 Mrs. Revere (Grade II) on Friday, Nov. 23 at Churchill Downs. “This is going to be the most logical spot to run her in,” Casse said. […] Continue Reading

Hot Springs now 4 for 4 on Churchill turf after Commonwealth score

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018) – Woodford Racing’s 3-year-old colt Hot Springs pulled away from front-running Marzo inside the final sixteenth of a mile and held off a late run by Zero Gravity to win Saturday’s 15th running of the $100,000 Commonwealth Turf (Grade III) at Churchill Downs by 1 ½ lengths. Ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr. and trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, Hot Springs trailed the field of seven […] Continue Reading

Exercise rider Odanis Acuna killed in training accident

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018) – Odanis Acuna, a veteran exercise rider for trainer Kenny McPeek, died early Saturday morning during a training accident at Churchill Downs. He was 42. The tragic accident occurred at approximately 5:45 a.m. when Acuna was breezing unraced 2-year-old New York Harbor. Nearing completion of the workout, the colt and Acuna suddenly fell about […] Continue Reading

March to the Arch seeks first graded-stakes win in Commonwealth Turf

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Nov. 9, 2018) – Trainer Mark Casse’s locally-based assistant Nick Tomlinson is eagerly awaiting Saturday’s $100,000 Commonwealth Turf (Grade III) as his “barn favorite” March to the Arch tries for his first graded stakes win at Churchill Downs. “He’s been one of those horses that I absolutely love to be around at the barn,” said Tomlinson, 24, who oversees about 36 horses for Casse at the historic […] Continue Reading

Gaffalione hoping to ride full-time in Kentucky

Today’s Churchill Downs media notes, written by Kevin Kerstein LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018) – One of the new editions to the Churchill Downs jockey colony for the Fall Meet is Florida-native Tyler Gaffalione. Through the first seven days of the 21-day meet, the 24-year-old rider has already made headway in the highly-competitive roster of journeyman riders at Churchill Downs with five […] Continue Reading

Monomoy Girl: From Ellis Park to 3-year-old filly champ

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018) — On horse racing’s biggest global stage, Monomoy Girl became only the third Kentucky Oaks winner to also take the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff in the same year. She further entrenched her status as the country’s best 3-year-old filly in Saturday’s length victory over Wow Cat at Churchill Downs. “That’s what you’re […] Continue Reading

Friday Breeders’ Cup update: ‘Biscuits’, Whitmore, Thunder Snow among workers

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Oct. 26, 2018) – On a soggy Friday morning beneath the historic Twin Spires, nine Breeders’ Cup contenders completed their major preparation for the World Championships on Nov. 2-3 at Churchill Downs.   MIND YOUR BISCUITS TUNES UP FOR THE CLASSIC – Trainer Chad Summers’ top Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) contender Mind Your Biscuits completed what appeared […] Continue Reading

Amoss on Lone Sailor: Amoss on OK Derby winner Lone Sailor: ‘I think he’s finally put the pieces together’

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  — G M B Racing’s Lone Sailor has run well throughout his 14-race career to date, well enough to have earned $873,237. But until he won Remington Park’s $400,000, Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby on Sept. 13, Lone Sailor possessed a lone victory. While even that second triumph came in a three-horse photo, trainer Tom Amoss sees a lot to like […] Continue Reading

Ward hoping to get six in new BC Juvenile Turf Sprint

WESLEY WARD REPRESENTED BY EIGHT BREEDERS’ CUP PRE-ENTRANTS (Photo: Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Moonlight Romance beat the boys in the inaugural $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint. Grace Clark/Reed Palmer Photography) Keeneland-based trainer Wesley Ward said eight horses he trains have been pre-entered in the Nov. 2-3 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs. All are fillies and mares. Breeders’ […] Continue Reading