Maker sweeps Keeneland’s Elkhorn, Transylvania

Keeneland’s closing-day stakes recaps (Photo above: Tyler Gaffalione guides Zulu Alpha to Elkhorn victory. Coady Photography)  Click here for a replay of the TVG Elkhorn and interviews with jockey Tyler Gaffalione and trainer Mike Maker Michael Hui’s even-money favorite Zulu Alpha surged past longshot pacesetter Postulation in deep stretch by  three-quarters of a length to win Sunday afternoon’s 35th running […] Continue Reading

Drury wins first graded stakes as Art Collector takes G2 Blue Grass

Keeneland’s Blue Grass recap (Coady Photography photos) Click here for a replay of the race and interviews with jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. and trainer Tom Drury Jr. Click here for a replay of the post-race Zoom interviews with owner-breeder Bruce Lunsford and with Drury. Bruce Lunsford’s homebred Art Collector roared past the filly Swiss Skydiver at the eighth pole and […] Continue Reading

War of Will nips Parlor in Maker’s Mark Mile; Four Graces rolls

Keeneland’s recap of today’s stakes action (Photo above: War of Will, in pink silks, nailed Parlor, in white blinkers on the hedge, in the final stride to win the Grade 1 Maker’s Mark Mile) Click here for a video recap of the third day of Keeneland’s five-day Summer Meet. War of Will Nips Parlor to Win Grade 1 Maker’s Mark […] Continue Reading

Tom’s d’Etat, Midnight Bisou head to Saratoga

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo above of Tom’s d’Etat’s Stephen Foster victory): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, June 28, 2020) – G M B Racing’s brilliant $500,000 Stephen Foster (Grade II) winner Tom’s d’Etat along with Bloom Racing, Madaket Stables and Allen Racing’s ultra-classy $200,000 Fleur de Lis (GII) hero Midnight Bisou both exited Saturday’s races in good shape and will head […] Continue Reading

Bejarano, Leparoux joining Ellis Park jockey colony

Story and videos by Jennie Rees, Ellis Park publicity (Coady Photography photo above of Julien Leparoux winning Churchill Downs’ Grade 3 Dogwood on Four Graces)  Rafael Bejarano on returning to Kentucky, Ellis Park Rafael Bejarano on uniting with agent, mentor Julio Espinoza Julien Leparoux on why he’s staying in Kentucky this summer HENDERSON, Ky. (Thursday, June 25, 2020) — Rafael Bejarano and […] Continue Reading

Maxfield’s smashing Matt Winn caps huge card; $19M+ bet

Churchill Downs’ stakes recaps of Stephen Foster Preview Day (Coady Photography photos, including above of Maxfield) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 23, 2020) – Godolphin’s talented Grade I winning-homebred Maxfield made a triumphant return to the races Saturday at Churchill Downs when he rallied in deep stretch to beat Ny Traffic by one length in the 23rd running of the $150,000 […] Continue Reading

Keeneland requesting July 8-12 summer meet

Editor’s note: Ellis Park currently holds those race dates. But Keeneland brass has been public that they’ve been speaking to Ellis Park about acquiring some dates. It’s extremely implausible that the KHRC would try to oversee racing at two tracks on the same day.  Keeneland press release (Coady photo of Vekoma winning last year’s Toyota Blue Grass) LEXINGTON, KY (May […] Continue Reading

‘Start of bigger things down the road,’ Maker says of Chimney Rock’s win

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of Chimney Rock’s win) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, May 17, 2020) – Three Diamonds Farm’s Chimney Rock, the runner-up in last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (Grade II), collared pacesetter Jack and Noah (FR) in deep stretch to win Sunday’s $58,309 feature race at Churchill Downs by a head. Four Wheel Drive, who won […] Continue Reading

By My Standards owner: ‘Couldn’t be happier; couldn’t be more relieved’

NTRA top thoroughbred poll Churchill Downs revised spring stakes schedule By Jennie Rees, Kentucky HBPA communications Social distancing could only last so long when Chester Thomas’ By My Standards won Saturday’s $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap by 1 3/4 lengths over Warrior’s Charge. Thomas, the Madisonville, Ky., entrepreneur who races in the named of Allied Racing, and wife Jennifer had one of […] Continue Reading

McPeek-trained Swiss Skydiver rolls in Fantasy

Oaklawn Park stakes recap, with Coady Photography photos: HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, May 1, 2020) – Peter J. Callahan’s Swiss Skydiver, despite her #1 ranking on the Kentucky Oaks Leaderboard, was overlooked at odds of 16-1, but this will probably be the last time her connections can cash a big ticket after she pulled away late to defeat 4-5 favorite […] Continue Reading