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

Art Collect puts Drury in Triple Crown after 30 years of paying dues

(Photo: Tommy Drury and Art Collector at Skylight Training Center) BALTIMORE – Tommy Drury Jr. had never won a graded stake until Bruce Lunsford’s Art Collector captured Keeneland’s Toyota Blue Grass (G2) less than three months ago. But he’d certainly played a role in the training process for a lot of graded-stakes winners. Now, after more than 30 years in the […] Continue Reading

Lunsford on Art Collector in Preakness: ‘I’ll take my chances’

Photo: Bruce Lunsford and trainer Tommy Drury at Skylight Training Center. Jennie Rees photo LOUISVILLE — Bruce Lunsford, who will have his first Preakness Stakes (G1) entrant when Art Collector takes on Kentucky Derby winner Authentic Saturday at Pimlico, knows something about tough races and taking on formidable opponents. After all, as the Democratic nominee for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat […] Continue Reading

Keeneland, Ky Downs owners team up for harness track, HHR in eastern Kentucky

Keeneland press release (Photo: Kentucky Downs co-owner Ron Winchell) LEXINGTON, KY (Sept. 21, 2020) – Keeneland and the majority owners of Kentucky Downs announced today their filing of an application for a racing license and proposed construction of a state-of-the-art racing facility and related track extension in Kentucky to be located in Corbin and Williamsburg, respectively. The proposed facilities will […] Continue Reading

Maker sweeps Keeneland’s Elkhorn, Transylvania

Keeneland’s closing-day stakes recaps (Photo above: Tyler Gaffalione guides Zulu Alpha to Elkhorn victory. Coady Photography)  Click here for a replay of the TVG Elkhorn and interviews with jockey Tyler Gaffalione and trainer Mike Maker Michael Hui’s even-money favorite Zulu Alpha surged past longshot pacesetter Postulation in deep stretch by  three-quarters of a length to win Sunday afternoon’s 35th running […] Continue Reading

Drury wins first graded stakes as Art Collector takes G2 Blue Grass

Keeneland’s Blue Grass recap (Coady Photography photos) Click here for a replay of the race and interviews with jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. and trainer Tom Drury Jr. Click here for a replay of the post-race Zoom interviews with owner-breeder Bruce Lunsford and with Drury. Bruce Lunsford’s homebred Art Collector roared past the filly Swiss Skydiver at the eighth pole and […] Continue Reading

Bejarano, Leparoux joining Ellis Park jockey colony

Story and videos by Jennie Rees, Ellis Park publicity (Coady Photography photo above of Julien Leparoux winning Churchill Downs’ Grade 3 Dogwood on Four Graces)  Rafael Bejarano on returning to Kentucky, Ellis Park Rafael Bejarano on uniting with agent, mentor Julio Espinoza Julien Leparoux on why he’s staying in Kentucky this summer HENDERSON, Ky. (Thursday, June 25, 2020) — Rafael Bejarano and […] Continue Reading

Factor This, Field Pass win Churchill Downs turf stakes

Stakes recap by Churchill Downs’ publicity department. Coady photo above of Factor This winning the Wise Dan. LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 20, 2020) – Gaining Ground Racing LLC’s 5-year-old Factor This collected his third consecutive stakes win with a hard-fought, front-running triumph while holding off a fast-closing English Bee in Saturday’s 31st running of the $200,000 Wise Dan presented by […] Continue Reading