Peru extends Maker, Ramseys’ all-time Claiming Crown record with Tiara win; Amoss takes Distaff Dash

(Photo: Claiming Crown career leading-owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Peru won the Claiming Crown Tiara under Julien Leparoux and all-time Claiming Crown-winning trainer Mike Maker. Leslie Martin/Coglianese Photography)        HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – One year after coming up a nose short in the same race, Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Peru came flying with a furious late rally down the center of the […] Continue Reading

Leofric nips Bravazo to take G1 Clark; 2017 winner Seeking the Soul third

Churchill Downs’ stakes recap: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Nov. 23, 2018) – Fayette Stakes (Grade II) winner Leofric turned back a determined challenge by 3-year-old Bravazo in deep stretch to win a thrilling renewal of Friday’s 144thrunning of the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) by a neck. Defending Clark Handicap champion Seeking the Soul, the 123-pound starting […] Continue Reading

Calumet’s English Affair bags first stakes win in Cardinal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018) – English Affair split horses in late stretch to score a half-length victory over Amboseli in Thursday’s 45th running of the $100,000 Cardinal Handicap (Grade III) for fillies and mares on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs. English Affair, a 4-year-old filly owned and bred by Brad Kelley’s Calumet Farm, ran 1 1/8 miles over “yielding” turf in 1:54.26 to collect the first stakes […] Continue Reading

Prado’s Sweet Ride Wires field in G2 Falls City

Churchill Downs’ stakes recap:  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018) – Darrell and Sadie Brommer’s 6-year-old homebred mare Prado’s Sweet Ride led every step of the way and drew off in deep stretch for a decisive 4 ¾-length triumph over odds-on 3-5 favorite Devine Miss Grey in the 103rd running of the $200,000 Falls City Handicap (Grade II) for fillies and mares on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs. Prado’s […] Continue Reading

Mr. Misunderstood triggers 1-2 River City finish for Cox

(Florent Geroux guided Mr. Misunderstood to a half-length victory over stablemate Big Changes in Churchill Downs’ River City Handicap. Coady Photography photo) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018) – Staton Flurry’s 4-year-old gelding Mr. Misunderstood remained perfect in four starts on the Churchill Downs turf course when he collared stablemate Big Changes inside the final furlong to score a half-length victory in Saturday’s 41st running of the $100,000 River City […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs: Morales’ finishing up ‘bug’ on high note

Today’s Churchill Downs’ media notes penned by Kevin Kerstein LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018) – Jockey Edgar Morales will lose the five-pound weight allowance that is granted to apprentice riders on Saturday, but the 20-year-old Puerto Rico native has made the most of his final week with the “bug” by winning three races Wednesday to vault to the top […] Continue Reading

We’re raffling off three TVs to help Odanis Acuna’s family

Help Odanis Acuna’s family and you might win a TV   The Kentucky HBPA’s foundation is raffling off one 40-inch and two 32-inch televisions, with proceeds going to the family of Odanis Acuna, the 42-year-old veteran exercise rider killed Saturday morning in a training accident at Churchill Downs. Acuna, nicknamed Cuba for his homeland, leaves a wife and three young […] Continue Reading

Norm Casse seeks first stakes win with Angel of Mischief

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018) – Trainer Norm Casse is closing in on his first year as a trainer with 14 victories but the 35-year-old Louisville-native hopes improving filly Angel of Mischief can give him his first stakes victory in the $200,000 Mrs. Revere (Grade II) on Friday, Nov. 23 at Churchill Downs. “This is going to be the most logical spot to run her in,” Casse said. […] Continue Reading

Hot Springs now 4 for 4 on Churchill turf after Commonwealth score

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018) – Woodford Racing’s 3-year-old colt Hot Springs pulled away from front-running Marzo inside the final sixteenth of a mile and held off a late run by Zero Gravity to win Saturday’s 15th running of the $100,000 Commonwealth Turf (Grade III) at Churchill Downs by 1 ½ lengths. Ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr. and trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, Hot Springs trailed the field of seven […] Continue Reading

Exercise rider Odanis Acuna killed in training accident

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018) – Odanis Acuna, a veteran exercise rider for trainer Kenny McPeek, died early Saturday morning during a training accident at Churchill Downs. He was 42. The tragic accident occurred at approximately 5:45 a.m. when Acuna was breezing unraced 2-year-old New York Harbor. Nearing completion of the workout, the colt and Acuna suddenly fell about […] Continue Reading