Albaugh on Dennis’ Moment: ‘This horse amazes me how easy he strides’

Churchill Downs’ barn notes: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Sept. 13, 2019) – The most publicized horse on the backstretch of Churchill Downs over the last two months was striking maiden winner Dennis’ Moment. On Saturday, the 2-year-old colt will see if he can live up to the hype as the 9-5 morning line favorite in the $200,000 Iroquois (Grade III). “It’s […] Continue Reading

Regret: Hard Legacy gives Norm Casse first stakes win as trainer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 15, 2019) – Marylou Whitney Stables’ Hard Legacy led wire-to-wire in Saturday’s $150,000 Regret (Grade III) at Churchill Downs to give trainer Norm Casse his first stakes victory. Hard Legacy, a 3-year-old daughter of Hard Spun, ran 1 1/8 miles over the firm Matt Winn Turf Course in 1:48.22 to win the Regret by a final […] Continue Reading

Stephen Foster: Seeking the Soul nips Quip, Tom’s d’Etat

Churchill Downs’ Stephen Foster recap: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 15, 2019) – Seeking the Soul prevailed in a thrilling three-horse stretch battle with Quip and Tom’s d’Etat to win Saturday night’s 38th running of the $600,000 Stephen Foster Presented by GE Appliances (Grade II) by a neck at Churchill Downs. Owned and bred by Charles Fipke, 6-year-old Seeking the Soul […] Continue Reading

Wise Dan: March to the Arch edges past 71-1 shot All Right

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 15, 2019) – Live Oak Plantation’s 4-year-old gelding March to the Arch surged past 71-1 longshot All Right in the final yards to win Saturday night’s 30th running of the $250,000 Wise Dan (Grade II) at Churchill Downs by a neck. Admission Office, the 2-1 favorite in the field of 13 older horses, was another neck […] Continue Reading

Keeneland institution ‘Spec’ Alexander dies at 80

From Keeneland’s publicity department: LEXINGTON, KY (June 4, 2019) – Lifelong horseman and longtime Keeneland Starter Robert Lee “Spec” Alexander, widely respected for his skill with Thoroughbred racehorses and a beloved ambassador of Keeneland, died Monday, June 3. He was 80. “Spec was a Keeneland institution, an unquestioned master of his craft,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “For […] Continue Reading

Mena: ‘I’m a fighter and won’t let an injury put me out of the game’

Churchill Downs’ media notes by Kevin Kerstein: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, May 26, 2019) – One year ago jockey Miguel Mena was laying on his couch not knowing if he’d ever ride again after severely breaking his ankle in March 2018. Entering Sunday’s nine-race program at Churchill Downs, Mena left no doubt he was back in top form as he was […] Continue Reading

Blue Grass meets Black-Eyed Susan: Top 5 in Preakness from Kentucky

BALTIMORE (Sunday, May 19, 2019) —The Preakness Stakes is staged at Maryland’s Pimlico Race Course, but Saturday’s results proved a Kentucky landslide. Keyed by War of Will’s 1 1/4-length victory over Everfast, the top five finishers are all based at Churchill Downs or Keeneland. The superfecta filled out by the Mark Casse-trained 6-1 shot War of Will, 29-1 Everfast (Dale […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs: Seeking the Soul on track for Stephen Foster

Thursday’s Churchill Downs barn notes by Kevin Kerstein: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, May 16, 2019) – Charles Fipke’s Grade I-winning homebred Seeking the Soul remains on track for the $600,000 Stephen Foster presented by GE Appliances (GI) on Saturday, June 15 following an easy half-mile move in :49.60 Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs. “We’re on track for the Foster,” trainer Dallas Stewart said. “He’s a Grade I winner over […] Continue Reading

Kentucky HBPA statement on proposed partial-ban of race-day Lasix

The Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association (KHBPA), unalterably opposes the recently-announced plan of several North American tracks, including Keeneland and Churchill Downs, to run 2-year-old races without the anti-bleeder medication Lasix in 2020 and all stakes races in 2021. The KHBPA is the recognized representatives at all five Thoroughbred tracks in the Commonwealth. It is untenable that the majority […] Continue Reading

Hamelback on announced Lasix ban: Not a safety reform

Statement from National HBPA chief executive officer Eric Hamelback on some tracks’ announced plan to phase-out Lasix: LEXINGTON, Ky. (Thursday, April 18, 2019) — As CEO of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (National HBPA) I — along with all HBPA members — am as concerned as any about the recent events in our industry. I firmly believe in […] Continue Reading