Six Churchill Downs horses win Breeders’ Cup races

(Photo above: Brad Cox wearing the garland from Essential Quality’s victory in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, one of four races the trainer won. Coady Photography) A Churchill Downs media release LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020) – It was a monumental weekend for horses based at Churchill Downs and its training center Trackside Louisville as they accounted for six […] Continue Reading

Kentucky-based trainers dominate Breeders’ Cup entries

(Photo above: Serengeti Empress, last year’s Kentucky Oaks winner, training for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. Coady Photography) By Jennie Rees, Kentucky HBPA communications        LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday Nov. 3, 2020) —Serving as an advertisement for the burgeoning strength of the Kentucky circuit, more than 60 horses based in the commonwealth were entered in […] Continue Reading

Churchill to allow fans in reserved seating during fall meet

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020) – The Kentucky horse racing circuit shifts from Keeneland in Lexington to Churchill Downs in Louisville on Sunday as the historic home of the Kentucky Derby readies to open its 131st Fall Meet with an 11-race program – all for promising 2-year-old Thoroughbreds – at 1 p.m. […] Continue Reading

Regulators’ organization asks who will pay for costs of federal bill

A press release from the Association of Racing Commissioners International: ARCI: FINANCIAL IMPACT AND IMPLEMENTATION DETAILS SHOULD BE KNOWN BEFORE FINAL PASSAGE OF FEDERAL LEGISLATION Expressing concerns about undefined cost mandates and implementation issues associated with S.4547, the proposed Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020, the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) believes Legislators should require more information about […] Continue Reading

Four Graces returns to Keeneland in G2 Lexus Raven Run

News and notes by Keeneland’s publicity staff (Coady Photo of Four Graces winning Keeneland’s Beaumont): TRACK RECORD-HOLDER FOUR GRACES RETURNS FOR SATURDAY’S LEXUS RAVEN RUN When last seen at Keeneland, Whitham Thoroughbreds’ homebred Four Graces showed her hooves to four rivals in the July 10 Beaumont (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select in track-record time. She will be back in action […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: Harvey’s Lil Goil takes QEII; Mr Freeze ices Fayette

Keeneland’s recap of Saturday’s stakes races (Coady Photography photo above of Harvey’s Lil Goil edging Micheline in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup): Harvey’s Lil Goil Turns Back Micheline to Win Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Dixiana LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 10, 2020) – The Estate of Harvey Clarke and Paul Braverman’s Harvey’s Lil Goil grabbed the lead […] Continue Reading

Angel Montano: An appreciation of a life well-lived

“What he has done, I don’t think will ever be repeated.” – Rick Fischer Angel Montano’s funeral service is Thursday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. at Ratterman Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Road, Louisville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Backside Learning Center at Churchill Downs (mailing address: 3131 S. 2nd St. #389 Louisville, KY 40208). LOUISVILLE, Ky. […] Continue Reading

Former Churchill Downs executive Jerry Lawrence dies

       Jerry Lawrence, who served as Churchill Downs’ general manager, executive vice president and COO from 1984-1991, died Oct. 1. He was 81.         Lawrence came to Churchill Downs from Yonkers Raceway, where he served as vice president-general manager. He came to Churchill Downs as the No. 2 man to new track president Tom Meeker, […] Continue Reading

McPeek-trained Ky Oaks runner-up Swiss Skydiver beats Authentic in second-fastest Preakness

Maryland Jockey Club release. Maryland Jockey Club/Jim McCue photos BALTIMORE – Peter Callahan’s Swiss Skydiver prevailed over Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Authentic in a thrilling stretch duel to capture Saturday’s 145th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico, becoming the sixth filly to win the 1 3/16-mile classic for 3-year-olds. The Preakness, traditionally the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, concluded the […] Continue Reading

Art Collect puts Drury in Triple Crown after 30 years of paying dues

(Photo: Tommy Drury and Art Collector at Skylight Training Center) BALTIMORE – Tommy Drury Jr. had never won a graded stake until Bruce Lunsford’s Art Collector captured Keeneland’s Toyota Blue Grass (G2) less than three months ago. But he’d certainly played a role in the training process for a lot of graded-stakes winners. Now, after more than 30 years in the […] Continue Reading