Youth will serve: Jason Barkley, Norm Casse, Bentley Combs on KyHBPA board

Above: Jason Barkley and partner Shelbi Kurtz at Trackside training center. Jennie Rees photo LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021) — A trio of thirty-something trainers has been elected as newcomers to the Kentucky HBPA board with the addition of Jason Barkley, Norm Casse and Bentley Combs. Rick Hiles was re-elected as Kentucky HBPA president, with Frank Jones re-elected as […] Continue Reading

McIngvale’s $10K bet makes Smile Happy 8-1 individual fave in Derby Future Wager

Churchill Downs press release (Churchill Downs/Coady Photography photo of Smile Happy): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021) – With the Kentucky Derby still 23 weeks away, the pari-mutuel field of “All Other 3-Year-Old Colts and Geldings” closed as the 3-5 favorite in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) and Smile Happy was the 8-1 second choice. Smile […] Continue Reading

Mackins on Derby trail as Smile Happy takes Ky Jockey Club

Churchill Downs stakes recap (Coady Photography photos): Video: Interviews with Mike Mackin and Kenny McPeek LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021) – Trainer Kenny McPeek had to scratch Tiz the Bomb, the 3-1 morning line favorite in Saturday’s 95th running of the $400,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II) because of a minor ailment, but Plan B worked out just fine […] Continue Reading

Maxfield caps career with victory in G1 Clark

Churchill Downs stakes recap (Coady Photography photos): Video: Jose Ortiz and Darley/Godolphin USA’s Michael Banahan Video: Brendan Walsh on Maxfield LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Nov. 26, 2021) – Multiple graded stakes winner Maxfield, one of the top older horses in North America, capped his racing career in style Friday at Churchill Downs as the 4-year-old colt swept past favorite Midnight Bourbon […] Continue Reading

Lovell’s Just Might repeats in FG’s Thanksgiving Classic

A Fair Grounds stakes recap by Kevin Kilroy (Photo above of Just Might winning the Thanksgiving Classic by Hodges Photography): New Orleans, LA (November 25, 2021) – The outside draw gave jockey Colby Hernandez options, but seeing Just Might’s effort in The 97th running of the $150,000 Thanksgiving Classic, it didn’t seem to matter. There was no asking needed—only the […] Continue Reading

Whitmore preparing for second career as stable pony

Oaklawn Park’s barn notes authored by Robert Yates (Coady Photography photo of Whitmore winning Oaklawn’s 2020 Count Fleet Stakes), with Kentucky horsemen, horses prominent: Whitmore won Oaklawn’s Hot Springs Stakes for older sprinters a record four times and if the feisty 8-year-old gelding cooperates, he’ll be leading the field again in 2022. Whitmore has returned to Arkansas, but instead of […] Continue Reading

Envoutante repeats in Falls City; Asmussen wins 5

Churchill Downs’ stakes recap (Coady Photography photos) Video: Hernandez, McPeek on Envoutante’s repeat LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021) – It was déjà vu all over again for Three Chimneys Farm and Walking L Thoroughbreds’ Envoutante as the 4-year-old filly upset favored Bonny South by six lengths in Thursday’s $500,000 Falls City (Grade II), the traditional Thanksgiving Day fixture for fillies […] Continue Reading

Betting opens on first 2022 KY Derby Future Wager

Churchill Downs press release (Coglianese Photos/NYRA photo of Jack Christopher winning Belmont Park’s Champagne): LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – The pari-mutuel field of “All Other Colts and Geldings from the 2019 Foal Crop” is likely to be a strong even-money favorite in Pool 1 of the 2022 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which kicks off a four-day run at Churchill Downs on Thanksgiving […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs barn notes: Howling Time heads Ky Jockey Club

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of Howling Time): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021) – The Road to the Kentucky Derby resumes Saturday from Churchill Downs where Albaugh Family Stables’ undefeated colt Howling Time, the winner of the $200,000 Street Sense four weeks ago, tops an ultra-competitive cast of 14 colts and geldings that entered the $400,000 Kentucky […] Continue Reading

Cox wins publicists’ Big Sport of Turfdom award

A Turf Publicists of America release (Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders’ Cup photo of media interview after Cox won the Breeders’ Cup Classic with Korea Racing Authority’s Knicks Go): The Turf Publicists of America (TPA) announced today that the 2021 Big Sport of Turfdom award, which recognizes a person or group of people who enhances coverage of Thoroughbred racing through cooperation with media and racing […] Continue Reading