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

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

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

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

Lunsford on Art Collector in Preakness: ‘I’ll take my chances’

Photo: Bruce Lunsford and trainer Tommy Drury at Skylight Training Center. Jennie Rees photo LOUISVILLE — Bruce Lunsford, who will have his first Preakness Stakes (G1) entrant when Art Collector takes on Kentucky Derby winner Authentic Saturday at Pimlico, knows something about tough races and taking on formidable opponents. After all, as the Democratic nominee for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat […] Continue Reading

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