Fair Grounds barn notes: Monomoy Girl back at track with Cox

Thursday’s Fair Grounds barn notes by Ryan Martin, with Kentucky horses dominating the news MONOMOY GIRL SETTLING IN WELL FOLLOWING BRIEF FRESHENING When Monomoy Girl left Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots last March, the Grade II Rachel Alexandra Stakes was her lone graded stakes triumph. Upon returning to the Brad Cox barn on Monday evening, she brought not only five Grade […] Continue Reading

Keeneland January sale: Four days, $46.75 million

Keeneland press release (photo of $5 million sales-topper Abel Tasman courtesy Keeneland) Strong Commerce Yields Sizable Gains as Keeneland January Sale Concludes                           Auction headlined by sale of champion Abel Tasman for record $5 million LEXINGTON, KY (Jan. 10, 2019) – Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale closed Thursday […] Continue Reading

Amoss standouts back on track

Monday’s Fair Grounds’ media notes by Ryan Martin: AMOSS’ GRADED STAKES WINNERS RETURN TO PREPARE FOR 2019 Blessed with a trio of graded stakes winners in 2018, trainer Tom Amoss knew when it was time to take his foot off the gas.  After brief freshenings, Grade II Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks winner Chocolate Martini, Grade II Pocahontas victoress Serengeti Empress and Grade III […] Continue Reading

Snapper Sinclair in Tenacious Stakes

Kentucky horsemen dominate Fair Grounds media notes: BLOOM’S CONFIDENCE IN SNAPPER SINCLAIR HAS NOT WAVERED Best known for his narrow defeat earlier this year in the Grade II Risen Star at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Tenacious Stakes contender Snapper Sinclair has had his ups and downs during a nine-race career, but owner Jeff Bloom believes the 3-year-old son of City […] Continue Reading

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