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

Fair Grounds: Marquee Prince takes Maestri Memorial

Fair Grounds’ recap: MARQUEE PRINCE CROWNED WITH VICTORY IN ‘CAPTAIN’ MAESTRI MEMORIAL OVERNIGHT STAKES NEW ORLEANS (February 2, 2019) – Following two unplaced efforts against stakes company over the main track,  Kentucky-based Marquee Prince ($6.20, $4.00 and $3.00) made a successful return to turf when taking the Lloyd ‘Captain’ Maestri Memorial Overnight Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Guided […] Continue Reading

Hartman-trained Excessivespending takes Nelson Menard

A Fair Grounds press release by Ryan Martin NEW ORLEANS (February 2, 2019) – After knocking on the door in several stakes events, Joey Keith Davis’ Excessivespending ($10.20, $4.20 and $3.80) finally secured a triumph against such caliber in Saturday’s Nelson J. Menard Memorial Overnight Stakes. The 5-year-old daughter of Shackleford sat off the pace led by Fiesta who recorded […] 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

Seeking the Soul could be Dubai World Cup-bound

Today’s Fair Grounds barn notes, penned by Ryan Martin: (Photo at left: Seeking the Soul. Credit Coady Photography) Following their respective second and ninth-place finishes in the Grade I Pegasus World Cup, Seeking the Soul and Tom’s d’Etat returned to their home winter base at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on Monday and will likely go down different paths for their next start. […] Continue Reading

Kentucky horses dominant in Houston festival – Midnight Bisou, Bigger Picture star

Sam Houston Race Park recap (Coady Photography pictures)  (Houston, TX) – Mother Nature was much kinder to Houston, Texas than Florida, giving ideal conditions to the contenders in the annual Houston Racing Festival at Sam Houston Race Park. The marquee event of the 2019 Thoroughbred racing season was highlighted by exhilarating performances byMidnight Bisou in the Grade 3, $300,000 Houston Ladies Classic and […] Continue Reading

Fires-trained Gray Attempt wins Oaklawn’s Smarty Jones

By Oaklawn Park’s media office HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, Jan. 25, 2019) – Dwight Pruett’s Gray Attempt earned his third straight victory with his front-running win in Friday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes before an opening day crowd of 20,000. Ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, Gray Attempt went straight to the lead from his far outside post and led the field of […] 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