Super shock! Asmussens’ Super Stock takes Arkansas Derby

Oaklawn Park’s Arkansas Derby recap (Coady Photography photos): Hot Springs, Ark. (Saturday, April 10, 2021) – The public missed the chance to get in on the ground floor, but Super Stock is offering up a dividend for the Asmussen family business after his upset victory in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) and punched his ticket for the Kentucky Derby […] Continue Reading

Betting on Turfway Park up 36.5% to $81.7 million

Turfway Park press release from Churchill Downs media department (Coady Photography photo of Like the King taking Saturday’s $250,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks): FLORENCE, Ky. (Wednesday, March 31, 2021) – A stout 36.5% increase of all sources handle, along with a rise in starters per race, topped Turfway Park’s 38-day Winter/Spring meet that opened Jan 1. and concluded Saturday. Turfway Park’s meet […] Continue Reading

Blue Grass horses gets feel for Keeneland surface

Today’s Keeneland barn notes by the track’s publicity department (Coady Photography photo above of Rombauer training at Keeneland for last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile): ********** ·       UNTREATED GETS FIRST FEEL OF MAIN TRACK FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS ·       DUBAI WORLD CUP WINNER MYSTIC GUIDE SCHEDULED TO RETURN TO KEENELAND ·       HARTY HOPES RACING LUCK COMES FAIR MAIDEN’S WAY IN MADISON […] Continue Reading

Kentucky Oaks: Malathaat, Simply Ravishing headline G1 Ashland

Keeneland’s Central Bank Ashland draw story (Coady Photography photo above Simply Ravishing capturing Keeneland’s Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades under Luis Saez): LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY (March 30, 2021) — Shadwell Stable’s undefeated Malathaat and Harold Lerner, Magdalena Racing and Nehoc Stables’ Simply Ravishing headline a field of six 3-year-old fillies for Saturday’s 84th running of the $400,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) going […] Continue Reading

A ‘little short’ in Battaglia, Gretzky the Great can stand tall in Jeff Ruby

Kentucky HBPA communications media release. (Photo: Gretzy the Great galloping at Keeneland in preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Coady Photography) FLORENCE, Ky. (Friday, March 26, 2021) — Trainer Mark Casse sent Gretzky the Great to Turfway Park to take advantage of the track’s new Tapeta synthetic surface. Now he hopes to take advantage of Turfway’s signature race, Saturday’s […] Continue Reading

Rupp Racing’s Owendale favored in G2 New Orleans Classic

A Fair Grounds Race Course press release: New Orleans (March 16, 2021) – In Rupp Racing’s multiple graded-stakes winner Owendale headlines a competitive field of eight older horses for Saturday’s 96th running of the $400,000 New Orleans Classic (G2) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Run at 1 1/8 miles, the New Orleans Classic is Race 11 of 14 […] Continue Reading

McPeek champ Swiss Skydiver rolls in G1 Beholder Mile

Santa Anita Park press release:    ARCADIA, Calif. (March 13, 2021)-Mission accomplished.  Idle since a disappointing run in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Distaff Nov. 7, trainer Ken McPeek’s reigning Eclipse Champion Filly Swiss Skydiver saved ground early and went on to register a powerful 2   length victory in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Beholder Mile at Santa Anita.  Ridden by […] Continue Reading

McPeek champ Swiss Skydiver makes 4yo debut in G1 Beholder Mile

A Santa Anita Park media release (Maryland Jockey Club/Jim McCue photo of Swiss Skydiver and Robby Albarado winning Preakness Stakes) ARCADIA, Calif. (March 10, 2021)-Last year’s Eclipse Champion 3-year-old Filly, Swiss Skydiver arrived at Santa Anita from her Gulfstream Park base on Tuesday and is poised to make her 4-year-old debut as she heads a field of eight older fillies and […] Continue Reading

Brendan Walsh-trained Into Mystic takes Nelson Menard

Fair Grounds stakes recap (Hodges Photography photo above) New Orleans (January 9, 2021) – They do say revenge is a dish best served cold. George Chris Coleman and Brad King’s Into Mystic, who ran out of room trying to catch Elle Z in last month’s locally run Pan Zareta, reeled her in this time on a chilly Saturday afternoon at […] Continue Reading

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