Fires-trained Gray Attempt wins Oaklawn’s Smarty Jones

By Oaklawn Park’s media office HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, Jan. 25, 2019) – Dwight Pruett’s Gray Attempt earned his third straight victory with his front-running win in Friday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes before an opening day crowd of 20,000. Ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, Gray Attempt went straight to the lead from his far outside post and led the field of […] Continue Reading

$3 million KY Derby heads Churchill Downs stakes hikes

Churchill Downs press release: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019) – The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) on Saturday, May 4 will be the richest in history as the purse for America’s greatest race and first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown has been elevated to a guaranteed $3 million. The substantial $1 million increase […] Continue Reading

Equibase, Keeneland test GPS for workout data collection

Equibase Company, in partnership with Keeneland and at the request of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, conducted a test at the Lexington, Ky., track to collect workout data using global positioning satellite (GPS) technology, it was announced today. Equibase currently has GPS systems at Woodbine Racetrack, Golden Gate Fields, Laurel Park, and Pimlico, and is the official timer at those […] Continue Reading

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