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

Big Cap winner Combatant heads deep Oaklawn Handicap

Oaklawn Park media notes by the track’s publicity department (Coady Photography photo of Combatant): HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, May 1, 2020) – It’s not far-fetched to think that more than half of the 14-horse field entered in Saturday’s $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) will be among the starters in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 7 at Keeneland based […] Continue Reading

Whitmore wins Count Fleet Sprint for record third time

Oaklawn Park stakes recap (Coady Photography photos) HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, April 18, 2020) – Oaklawn-loving Whitmore stepped up to the plate and easily defeated one of the toughest fields he’s faced in winning his third $350,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3). The 3-1 favorite settled into fifth place as Bobby’s Wicked One and Share the Upside set the early […] Continue Reading

Moquett’s Whitmore bids to be first three-time Count Fleet winner

From Oaklawn Park’s media department (Coady Photography photos of Whitmore taking last month’s Hot Springs Stakes and the 2018 Count Fleet) HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, April 17, 2020) – He’s been there and done that. Now, millionaire Grade 1 winner Whitmore will try to do it again in the $350,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) for older horses Saturday at […] Continue Reading

New First Saturday in May: Arkansas Derby (for 2020)

An Oaklawn Park press release: HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, March 20, 2020) – Oaklawn announced today that it is moving its signature race – the Arkansas Derby (G1) – from Saturday, April 11 to Saturday, May 2, closing day of the 2020 live meet. Due to the closing of the casino and racetrack to the public, Oaklawn could have raced […] Continue Reading

Keeneland cancels spring meet due to COVID-19 concerns

LEXINGTON, KY (March 16, 2020) – Keeneland officials today announced the cancellation of the track’s upcoming Spring Meet, which was scheduled for April 2-24, due to health and safety concerns surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19. The decision was made following a guidance announcement issued Sunday, March 15, by the Center for Disease Control, which warned against holding large events and […] Continue Reading