Trainers: Forgivable loans can cover your payroll for two months

Federal government’s 100% forgivable loans cover eight weeks of payroll and certain expenses – if you keep all your employees Here’s how it works: Congress’ recently passed bills battle against the economic fallout amid the coronavirus public-health emergency. Many, if not most trainers, will qualify for the zero-fee, 100-percent forgivable loans offered to encourage small-business owners to keep their employees […] Continue Reading

$50K claim Dontblamerocket shoots for stars in Muniz

By Alicia Hughes, director of NTRA Communications New Orleans (March 20, 2020) – Timing has a tendency to break one of two ways in Thoroughbred racing, either thrilling horsemen when it lands on the fortuitous side of the equation or testing their resolve when it arrives in the form of hard luck. It is one of the more fitful intangibles […] Continue Reading

Derby, Oaks moved to September pending KHRC approval

Churchill Downs Inc. press release: The 146th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve will be rescheduled from May 2, 2020 to September 5, 2020 and the 146th Longines Kentucky Oaks will be rescheduled from May 1, 2020 to September 4, 2020. These dates are contingent upon final approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission which we expect to receive on […] Continue Reading

Cox loaded for Fair Grounds’ Santa Super Saturday

Fair Grounds’ barn notes New Orleans (December 18, 2019) – Billed as “Santa Super Saturday”, the December 21 card at Fair Grounds Racecourse is loaded with quality. With an early first post of noon CT, the 14-race program will include six stakes, and a more than handful of salty maiden special weight and allowance races. Louisville product Brad Cox, whose […] Continue Reading

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

John Ortiz, Rocco team to win Commonwealth with Mr Dumas

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019) – Mr Dumas ranged into contention on the final turn, grabbed the lead in the stretch and turned back a late challenge from 7-2 favorite Tracksmith to win Saturday’s 16th running of the $175,000 Commonwealth Turf (Grade III) at Churchill Downs by a half-length. The victory gave jockey Joe Rocco Jr. his first graded […] 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