Keeneland: Henley’s Joy tops field for Friday’s Transylvania

Keeneland’s barn notes for Tuesday, April 2, as penned by the track’s publicity department: HENLEY’S JOY TOPS FIELD OF 11 FOR KENTUCKY UTILITIES TRANSYLVANIA Bloom Racing Stable’s Henley’s Joy tops a well-balanced field of 11 runners entered Tuesday for Friday’s 31st running of the $150,000 Kentucky Utilities Transylvania (G3) for 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Post time […] Continue Reading

Kentucky Derby: Game Winner, Maximum Security head Pool 4 of Future Wager

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, April 2, 2019) – Gary and Mary West’s champion 2-year-old Game Winner and undefeated Florida Derby (Grade I) hero Maximum Security are 8-1 co-morning line favorites in Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) which opens on Friday. The three-day pool will offer win and exacta betting on 23 individual horses and an option to […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: All the special events at a special meet

All about Keeneland’s spring meet, as compiled by the track’s publicity office MONDAY, APRIL 1 Keeneland’s 2019 Spring Meet opens Thursday, April 4, with a 3 p.m. ET first post. First post for the remainder of meet is 1:05 p.m. The 16-day season runs through Friday, April 26. Keeneland is closed Easter Sunday, April 21. ********** Click here for the lists of […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: Champion filly Jaywalk works for Ashland Stakes

Keeneland’s barn notes for Sunday, March 31, by the track’s publicity department: (Photo of Jaywalk by Coady Photography) SERVIS WORKS CHAMPION JAYWALK FOR CENTRAL BANK ASHLAND,  LUCKY LEE FOR BLUE GRASS D.J. Stable and Cash is King’s champion filly Jaywalk tuned up for an expected start in Saturday’s $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) by working a half-mile on her own in […] Continue Reading

Keeneland celebrating special Thursday spring opener, April 4

Keeneland press release LEXINGTON, KY (March 29, 2019) – Keeneland welcomes spring to the Bluegrass by kicking off its 2019 racing season a day earlier than usual with a special opening-day celebration on Thursday, April 4, headlined by a 3 p.m. post time, the inaugural Palisades Turf Sprint and Central Bank Thursday Night Live at Keeneland. Opening Thursday is among […] Continue Reading

Oaklawn Park’s March 28 barn notes: Decision time for Amy’s Challenge

Decisions, Decisions, For Amy’s Challenge Amy’s Challenge is scheduled to make her next start April 6. Whether it’s in Arkansas or Kentucky still isn’t clear. After watching Amy’s Challenge work an easy half-mile in :48.20 Thursday morning, trainer Mac Robertson said he plans to enter his multiple stakes winner in the $150,000 Carousel Stakes at Oaklawn and the $300,000 Madison […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs’ weekly Derby Dispatch: Hidden Scroll Fla. Derby favorite

HIDDEN SCROLL FAVORED TO MAKE AMENDS IN FLORIDA DERBY LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, March 28, 2019) – The fact Hidden Scroll only lost last month’s Fountain of Youth (Grade II) by three lengths to more experienced rivals after setting a scorching pace following a troubled start was, by any measure, an admirable performance. On Saturday, in the $1 million Florida Derby (GI) at Gulfstream […] Continue Reading

Watch out, Louisville! Chester Thomas has a Derby horse in By My Standards

Video: b-roll of Louisiana Derby stretch run, Chester Thomas of Madisonville, Ky., leading By My Standards into winner’s circle and Thomas interview Video: trainer Bret Calhoun discusses By My Standards – and Chester Thomas Video: Henderson’s Larry Jones wins his fourth Fair Grounds Oaks as Street Band gives Sophie Doyle the biggest victory of her riding career. NEW ORLEANS, La. […] Continue Reading

Copper Bullet seeks 2nd graded stakes in G2 New Orleans ‘Cap

From Friday’s Fair Grounds barn notes: COPPER BULLET SEEKS ANOTHER GRADED STAKES VICTORY IN GRADE II NEW ORLEANS ‘CAP  Since the beginning of his racing career, the connections have always thought highly of Copper Bullet. In six of his seven career starts he has always showed up to bring his A game, and he’ll seek a second graded stakes triumph […] Continue Reading

Oaklawn barn notes: Rebel Day a smash; Market King awaits another Derby prep

Today’s Oaklawn Park barn notes, with Kentucky horsemen prominent as always: Rebel Day Sets Records Rebel Day has clearly become Oaklawn’s second-biggest business day. For the next three weeks, at least, it will be the biggest day after an all-time record for total pari-mutuel handle was set on Saturday’s 11-race card. According to figures released Saturday night by the track, […] Continue Reading