Following an icon, Jordan adds Keeneland to his circuit as starter

Today’s opening day of the Fall Meet marks the debut of head starter Scott Jordan, who fills a position at Keeneland made famous by the late Robert “Spec” Alexander. Alexander, who died June 3 at age 80, had been Keeneland’s head starter since the 1980s. He was a widely respected horseman and a beloved ambassador for the track. “He was […] Continue Reading

Hog Creek Hustle among strong Kentucky contingent looking at Breeders’ Cup

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019) — The Breeders’ Cup is at California’s Santa Anita Park, but Kentucky’s tracks figure to send a bumper crop of horses to racing’s championship series, with Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs in position to further establish themselves as launching pads to stardom. Video The last round of major American prep races for the Nov. […] Continue Reading

Sisterson works his Falls Stars Weekend roster

Today’s Keeneland barn notes compiled by the track’s publicity team: Starting with Vexatious at 5:30 a.m. on the dirt and concluding with Bandua at 10 a.m. on the turf, trainer Jack Sisterson had his Calumet Farm roster of Fall Stars Weekend hopefuls go through their final major preparations Sunday morning at Keeneland. Vexatious came to Sisterson’s barn in May after […] Continue Reading

Keeneland barn notes: Blue Prize works for Spinster repeat

Today’s Keeneland barn notes compiled by the track’s publicity team: BLUE PRIZE (ARG) WORKS TOWARD JUDDMONTE SPINSTER TITLE DEFENSE Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize (ARG) completed her major preparations for next Sunday’s $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) by working 5 furlongs in 1:03 over a fast main track Saturday morning. Working on her own at 7:30 a.m., Blue Prize posted fractions of […] Continue Reading

Everything you need to know about Keeneland’s fall meet (except for the winners!)

From Keeneland’s publicity team LEXINGTON, KY (Sept. 27, 2019) – Keeneland’s Fall Meet begins Friday, Oct. 4, celebrating 17 days of some of the finest Thoroughbred racing in North America that kicks off with the blockbuster Fall Stars Weekend, featuring nine of the meet’s 10 Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” races. The season offers a full slate of special […] Continue Reading

Kentucky horses in limelight at Parx

Pennsylvania Derby/Cotillion notes from Parx featuring Kentucky-based horses: Mr. Money strong again in final Parx gallop Peter Mudd stood in the shedrow in front of Mr. Money’s stall, wiped a few drops of sweat on his forehead and upper lip and gave trainer Bret Calhoun the two-word scoop on the colt’s second day of training early Friday morning at Parx […] 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

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