Epicenter takes Gun Runner Stakes for Gun Runner’s connections

Stakes recaps by the Fair Grounds publicity team of Joe Kristufek and Kevin Kilroy (Hodges Photography photo above of Epicenter): New Orleans (December 26, 2021) – Victories in the 2016 Risen Star (G2) and Louisiana Derby (G2) put Gun Runner on a path towards nearly $16 million in career earnings on the track and leading first crop sire honors off […] Continue Reading

A look at Monday’s Fair Grounds stakes quintet

Fair Grounds stakes preview by track’s publicity department (Hodges Photography photo of Excess Magic) New Orleans (December 24, 2021) – If Sunday’s “Road to the Derby Kickoff Day” card wasn’t enough, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots doubles up on the post-holiday cheer with five more stakes on Monday, December 27. The 10-race program begins at 1:05 p.m. CT (2:05 […] Continue Reading

Kentucky HBPA donates $25K to tornado relief fund

(Photo: Kentucky HBPA board member Buff Bradley (right), Franklin County extension agent Keenan Bishop (middle) and another volunteer helping to clear off trees so a Bremen, Ky., cattle farmer can replace fencing.) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, December 17, 2021) — The Kentucky HBPA, on behalf of its member owners and trainers at the state’s five thoroughbred tracks, is donating $25,000 to […] Continue Reading

Chester Thomas, John Ortiz, Sen Schickel on KY Racing Spotlight

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, December 16, 2021) — Horse owner Chester Thomas, trainer John Ortiz and Kentucky State Senator John Schickel are this week’s featured guests on Kentucky Racing Spotlight presented by the Kentucky HBPA this Friday from 6-7 p.m. ET on Louisville’s ESPN 680 AM/105.7 FM. Thomas, who campaigned multiple stakes-winners Mr. Money and By My Standards, lives in Hanson, […] Continue Reading

On eve of riding finale, Albarado on Kentucky Racing Spotlight

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021) — Robby Albarado, rider of two Horses of the Year and two Preakness Stakes winners, will be in studio for the second edition of Kentucky Racing Spotlight presented by the Kentucky HBPA this Friday from 6-7 p.m. ET on Louisville’s ESPN 680/105.7. Albarado’s final mount in a career spanning 34,113 races, 5,222 victories and […] Continue Reading

Baffert statement on death of Medina Spirit

Statement from trainer Bob Baffert regarding this morning’s death of Kentucky Derby first-place finisher Medina Spirit of apparent heart attack following a workout at Santa Anita. The statement was issued by Baffert attorney Craig Robertson (photo by Coady Photography): “It is with great sadness that I am reporting Medina Spirit passed away today from a heart attack at Santa Anita […] Continue Reading

Pan Zareta: Kenneally-trained Brooke Marie earns first stakes win

A Fair Grounds stakes recap (Hodges Photography photos): New Orleans (December 4, 2021) – In a field full of speed, the late turn of Castleton Lyon’s Brooke Marie proved best in Saturday’s $75,000 Pan Zareta Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Elle Z led every step of the way except the last inch, as she was corralled by […] Continue Reading

Bauer-trained Mariah’s Princess romps in Oaklawn’s Mistletoe

Oaklawn Park press release (Oaklawn Park/Coady photos): HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021) – Trainer Phil Bauer has had Saturday’s $150,000 Mistletoe Stakes circled on his calendar for a while and his plan came together perfectly when Rigney Racing LLC’s Mariah’s Princess drew off to win the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies impressively. Ridden confidently by Martin Garcia […] Continue Reading

Almost $5M up for grabs at Turfway’s holiday meet

A Churchill Downs/Turfway Park press release (above: rendering of Turfway Park’s future grandstand/gaming facility, which won’t be open for this meet): FLORENCE, Ky. (Monday, Nov. 29, 2021) – Thoroughbred racing on the Kentucky circuit shifts from Churchill Downs in Louisville to its sister track Turfway Park Racing & Gaming, 94 miles to the northeast in Florence, on Thursday, Dec. 2 […] Continue Reading

KY Racing Spotlight to air 6-7p ET Fridays on ESPN 680 through March 4

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021) — Lucky 7 Stable’s Mike Mackin, horse owner/celebrity bettor Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale and Kentucky Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer are among the guests as Kentucky Racing Spotlight presented by the Kentucky HBPA debuts Friday. The weekly radio program will air 6-7 p.m. ET Fridays through March 4 on Louisville’s ESPN 680/105.7, the […] Continue Reading