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

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

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

COVID-19 Fallout: No spectators at Keeneland meet until at least April 15

Keeneland COVID-19 Update on 2020 Spring Race Meet and April Sale LEXINGTON, KY (March 12, 2020) – The health and safety of Keeneland’s fans, horsemen, athletes and staff are at the forefront of every decision our leadership makes about our racing, sales and hospitality operations. After detailed consultations with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Department for Public Health […] Continue Reading

British Idiom, Covfefe give Cox two more champions

       ARCADIA, Calif. (Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019) — A year ago, Kentucky Oaks winner Monomoy Girl won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Brad Cox’s hometown track of Churchill Downs to secure the 3-year-old filly title for the trainer’s first champion. In a 22-hour span at Santa Anita Park, Cox locked up his second and third equine championships with […] Continue Reading

Lot riding (including emotions) on McKinzie in BC Classic

ARCADIA, Calif. (Monday, Oct. 28, 2019) — There’s a lot on the line for McKinzie when the 4-year-old colt breaks from the gate for Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park. A victory keeps him in the hunt for Horse of the Year, as well as champion older male. It enhances any future stallion deal. There’s also […] Continue Reading

Year after getting first Breeders’ Cup win, Cox back with five chances

By Jennie Rees LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In a career that has skyrocketed in recent years, Brad Cox last year won his first Breeders’ Cup race in the Longines Distaff with Kentucky Oaks winner Monomoy Girl, who that spring gave the trainer his first Grade 1 victory in Keeneland’s Ashland Stakes. Cox had four Breeders’ Cup horses last year, his other […] Continue Reading

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

Keeneland selling 2yos, racehorses Tuesday in revived auction

Keeneland press release LEXINGTON, KY (April 5, 2019) – A total of 167 horses, including 73 juveniles and 94 horses of racing age, are cataloged for Keeneland’s April Sale, to be held Tuesday, April 9, at 2 p.m. ET.  Two 3-year-old fillies, Crafty’s Dream and Sass Machine, were recent supplements to the April Sale.  Crafty’s Dream, by Bodemeister, was a two-time […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: Bulletin 3-for-3 after taking Palisades

Stakes recap by Keeneland’s publicity department: LEXINGTON, KY (April 4, 2019) – WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint winner Bulletin shot to the front out of the gate and never trailed, posting a 1½-length victory over Real News to win Thursday’s inaugural running of the $100,000 Palisades Turf Sprint before a Spring Meet […] Continue Reading