Casse’s CD maiden winner War of Will in Lecomte

(Photo: War of Will winning Nov. 24 at Churchill Downs. Coady Photography) Today’s Fair Grounds media notes: With Road to the Derby Kickoff Day five weeks away, trainers have already started making plans with some of their highly regarded soon-to-be 3-year-olds. Trainer Mark Casse is never short of up-and-coming talent during Kentucky Derby prep season and this year appears to […] Continue Reading

Equibase, Keeneland test GPS for workout data collection

Equibase Company, in partnership with Keeneland and at the request of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, conducted a test at the Lexington, Ky., track to collect workout data using global positioning satellite (GPS) technology, it was announced today. Equibase currently has GPS systems at Woodbine Racetrack, Golden Gate Fields, Laurel Park, and Pimlico, and is the official timer at those […] Continue Reading

Keeneland adds two spring stakes

LEXINGTON, KY (Dec. 12, 2018) – Keeneland today announced expansions to its 2019 Spring Meet, which will open Thursday, April 4, a day earlier than in previous years, and present two new stakes, both $100,000 turf sprints, to its schedule for a total of 18 stakes worth a season record $4.6 million in purse money. Topping the 16-day meet, to be […] Continue Reading

Cox lands 1,000th career win with Play On’s FG score

A Fair Grounds release: NEW ORLEANS (November 18, 2018) – Trainer Brad Cox was pretty anxious to get career win number 1,000, but the defending two-time leading trainer at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots finally did just that in the fifth race on Sunday afternoon with Play On. “It seemed like over the last few weeks we had a […] Continue Reading

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