Racing! Wrona named Kentucky Downs announcer

Michael Wrona on the mic Bolt d’Oro’s thrilling but controversial win over DQed McKinzie in 2018 San Felipe Accelerate gives John Sadler his first Santa Anita Handicap Cigar wins Arlington’s 1996 Citation Challenge for record-tying16th straight win FRANKLIN, Ky. (Tuesday, November 6, 2018) — Michael Wrona, one of the world’s preeminent race-callers and the voice of Santa Anita Park, has been […] Continue Reading

KyHBPA launches new website, #KyBCKids social-media initiative

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, October 26, 2018) — The Kentucky HBPA has launched a redesigned website, kyhbpa.org, along with its latest social-media initiative, #KyBCKids, as part of the organization’s mission to serve horsemen and promote thoroughbred racing. The Kentucky HBPA, a division of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association, represents about 6,000 thoroughbred owners and trainers and is the only […] Continue Reading

Ward hoping to get six in new BC Juvenile Turf Sprint

WESLEY WARD REPRESENTED BY EIGHT BREEDERS’ CUP PRE-ENTRANTS (Photo: Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Moonlight Romance beat the boys in the inaugural $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint. Grace Clark/Reed Palmer Photography) Keeneland-based trainer Wesley Ward said eight horses he trains have been pre-entered in the Nov. 2-3 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs. All are fillies and mares. Breeders’ […] Continue Reading

John Ortiz wins first graded stakes as trainer

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 18, 2018) – John Ortiz earned his first graded-stakes triumph less than two years into his training career as Michael Hui’s Zulu Alpha slipped through along the inside rail at the sixteenth pole to get the lead from favored Arklow and went on to a 2-length victory in the 24th running of Keeneland’s $100,000 Sycamore (G3). Ridden by Channing […] Continue Reading

Arklow using Keeneland’s Sycamore as Breeders’ Cup Turf test

While most of the heavy lifting for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 2-3 at Churchill Downs figures to be complete this weekend, trainer Brad Cox will use Keeneland’s $100,000 Sycamore (G3) at 1½ miles next Thursday as a likely springboard to the $4 million Turf (G1) for Arklow, winner of Kentucky Downs’ $750,000 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup in […] Continue Reading

Blue Prize ducks out but still lands Spinster

Keeneland’s recap LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 7, 2018) – Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize (ARG) overcame an adventurous run in the stretch to turn back Champagne Problems by three-quarters of a length to win the 63rd running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) for fillies and mares before a Sunday afternoon crowd of 14,223. Trained by Ignacio Correas IV and ridden by […] Continue Reading

Next Shares lands BC Mile berth with 23-1 Shadwell victory

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 6, 2018) – Michael and Jules Iavarone, Jerry McClanahan, Christopher Dunn, William Marasa, Ritchie Robershaw and Mark Taylor’s Next Shares rode a rail-skimming trip to a 3¼-length victory over Great Wide Open (IRE) to win the 33rdrunning of the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) before a sun-baked Saturday afternoon crowd of 24,142. The day featured five […] Continue Reading

Whitmore v. Limousine Liberal: Round 5 in Keeneland’s Phoenix

TUESDAY, OCT. 2 Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet opens Friday and concludes Saturday, Oct. 27, with racing Wednesdays through Sundays. Post time for the first race each day is 1:05 p.m. ET except Saturday, Oct. 6, when the first post is 12:40 p.m. ********** FIFTH MATCHUP OF WHITMORE AND LIMOUSINE LIBERAL SPICES STOLL KEENON OGDEN PHOENIX FIELD OF SIX CONSISTENT SYNCHRONY […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: Restless Rider headlines overflow Alcibiades

Keeneland press release: Restless Rider Headlines Overflow Field for Opening-Day Darley Alcibiades (Photo: Restless Rider winning Churchill Downs’ Debutante under Brian Hernandez Jr. Coady Photography) LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 2, 2018) – Three Chimneys Farm and Fern Circle Stables’ Restless Rider, runner-up in the Spinaway (G1) in her most recent start, headlines a field of 14 2-year-old fillies plus two also-eligibles entered Tuesday for […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: McPeek shoots for fourth Alcibiades with Restless Rider

KEENELAND’S BARN NOTES MONDAY, OCT. 1 Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet opens Friday and concludes Saturday, Oct. 27, with racing Wednesdays through Sundays. Post time for the first race each day is 1:05 p.m. ET except Saturday, Oct. 6, when the first post is 12:40 p.m. ********** RESTLESS RIDER TUNES UP FOR DARLEY ALCIBIADES FOR McPEEK MOQUETT HAS 1-2 PUNCH FOR […] Continue Reading