Ellis Park’s 2021 meet: Record purses, two new 3yo turf stakes

(Photo: The Brad Cox-trained Factor This, with Shaun Bridgmohan up, won Ellis Park’s 2020 Kentucky Downs Preview Turf Cup for the second straight year. The 1 1/4-mile stakes gets a $25,000 purse increase to $125,000 this year. Coady Photography) HENDERSON, Ky. (Sunday, Aug. 25, 2021) — Ellis Park is back on track to offer record purses while adding two new […] Continue Reading

‘I need this job. It’s my livelihood’

Photos by Joe Clabes. Jeff Greenhill at Turfway Park above        By Joe Clabes        FLORENCE, Ky. (Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021) – As the Kentucky State Senate passed SB 120, Turfway Park horsemen are making their case for the importance of protecting Historical Horse Racing. They say protecting HHR, as it is known, is critical to saving […] Continue Reading

How you can help keep Historical Horse Racing in KY

CALL TO ACTION: WE NEED YOUR HELP If you like running for our current purses, please read the above. We need everyone’s help — and we make it easy — to make sure the Kentucky Legislature understands what is at stake with Historical Horse Racing: Jobs and economic development and tourism dollars.

KY Derby trail: Midnight Bourbon the toast of Lecomte

Saturday’s Fair Grounds stakes recaps by the track’s publicity office (Hodges Photography photos): New Orleans (January 16, 2021) – Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Midnight Bourbon took the lead from the start in Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ $200,000 Lecomte (G3) for 3-year-olds and held that position to the wire en route to a 1-length win over Proxy, who headed out heavily […] Continue Reading

La. Derby winner Wells Bayou returns in G3 Louisiana Stakes

Saturday’s Fair Grounds’ stakes previews by the track’s publicity department, with Kentucky horses leading the way (Hodges Photography Photo above of Wells Bayou winning last year’s $1 million Louisiana Derby): New Orleans (January 13, 2021) – It’s been a long road back but Clint and Lance Gasaway, Madaket Stables, and Wonder Stables’ Wells Bayou, who won last year’s Louisiana Derby […] 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

Claiming Crown can add to Maker’s banner season

National HBPA release (Grace Clark photo of Jakarta winning a $100,000 starter-allowance race that served as a prep for the Claiming Crown) Winding down the best season of his career and coming in off the Churchill Downs’ fall title, trainer Mike Maker looks to add to his record 17 victories when the 2020 Claiming Crown returns to Gulfstream Park on […] Continue Reading

Kentucky-based trainers dominate Breeders’ Cup entries

(Photo above: Serengeti Empress, last year’s Kentucky Oaks winner, training for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. Coady Photography) By Jennie Rees, Kentucky HBPA communications        LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday Nov. 3, 2020) —Serving as an advertisement for the burgeoning strength of the Kentucky circuit, more than 60 horses based in the commonwealth were entered in […] Continue Reading

Four Graces returns to Keeneland in G2 Lexus Raven Run

News and notes by Keeneland’s publicity staff (Coady Photo of Four Graces winning Keeneland’s Beaumont): TRACK RECORD-HOLDER FOUR GRACES RETURNS FOR SATURDAY’S LEXUS RAVEN RUN When last seen at Keeneland, Whitham Thoroughbreds’ homebred Four Graces showed her hooves to four rivals in the July 10 Beaumont (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select in track-record time. She will be back in action […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: Harvey’s Lil Goil takes QEII; Mr Freeze ices Fayette

Keeneland’s recap of Saturday’s stakes races (Coady Photography photo above of Harvey’s Lil Goil edging Micheline in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup): Harvey’s Lil Goil Turns Back Micheline to Win Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Dixiana LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 10, 2020) – The Estate of Harvey Clarke and Paul Braverman’s Harvey’s Lil Goil grabbed the lead […] Continue Reading