Mr. Misunderstood repeats in River City

Churchill Downs’ stakes recap: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019) – In the last 28 years, only three horses have won five career stakes races at Churchill Downs: 2012-13 Horse of the Year Wise Dan, crack sprinter Limousine Liberal and now Mr. Misunderstood, who added his name to the list after successfully defending his title in Saturday’s 42nd running of […] Continue Reading

Mark Casse honored with publicists’ Big Sport of Turfdom Award

The Turf Publicists of America (TPA) announced today that the 2019 Big Sport of Turfdom award, which recognizes a person or group of people who enhances coverage of Thoroughbred racing through cooperation with media and racing publicists, will be presented to trainer Mark Casse. Casse, who was born into the business as the son of Norman Casse, an owner, trainer and breeder […] Continue Reading

Year after getting first Breeders’ Cup win, Cox back with five chances

By Jennie Rees LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In a career that has skyrocketed in recent years, Brad Cox last year won his first Breeders’ Cup race in the Longines Distaff with Kentucky Oaks winner Monomoy Girl, who that spring gave the trainer his first Grade 1 victory in Keeneland’s Ashland Stakes. Cox had four Breeders’ Cup horses last year, his other […] Continue Reading

Gentle Ruler dominates Keeneland’s Dowager

Keeneland’s recap of Sunday’s Dowager Stakes: LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 20, 2019) – Morsches Stable’s Gentle Ruler shot to the front at midstretch and easily held off Elysea’s World (IRE) by 2 ½ lengths to win the 28th running of the $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) for fillies and mares before a Sunday afternoon crowd of 14,735. Trained by Ian […] Continue Reading

Former KHBPA president Pete Salmen dies at 81

Obituary for our former president, Pete Salmen: Peter W. Salmen Jr., age 81, died on Thursday, October17, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. Pete was born April 18, 1938 in Hazel Park, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Donna Oak Salmen. He is survived by his children, Peter W. Salmen, III (Rachel), Susan S. Bunning (Mark) […] Continue Reading

Sycamore: Maker turns ex-claimer Marzo into graded-stakes winner

Keeneland media recap: Click here for a replay of the race and the post-race interview with the winning connections LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 17, 2019) – Three Diamonds Farm’s Marzo stalked the early pace, moved to the lead inside the three-sixteenths pole and drew away to a comfortable 1¼-length victory over Nakamura to win the 25thrunning of the $150,000 Sycamore (G3) […] Continue Reading

Correas making Breeders’ Cup plans for repeat Spinster winner Blue Prize

Today’s dark-day Keeneland barn notes: ALL’S WELL IN BLUE PRIZE (ARG) CAMP FOLLOWING REPEAT JUDDMONTE SPINSTER VICTORY Trainer Ignacio Correas IV reported that Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize (ARG) exited her repeat victory in Sunday’s $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) in good shape as preparations began for Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) run at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. “She ate up everything […] Continue Reading

Their win put ’em in Breeders’ Cup: Blue Prize, Peace Achieved, Kimari

Keeneland’s recap of Sunday’s stakes races, with the three winners all receiving an entry fees-paid berth in the corresponding Breeders’ Cup event. LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 6, 2019) – Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize (ARG) ran down odds-on favorite Elate in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the 64th running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) for fillies and mares […] Continue Reading

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

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