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

Arklow returns to racing in Churchill Downs’ Louisville Stakes

Stakes advance by Churchill Downs’ publicity department (Reed Palmer photo above of Arklow winning the 2018 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup at Kentucky Downs) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, June 10, 2020) – Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger and Peter Coneway’s 2019 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (Grade I) winner Arklow leads a cast of 12 turf marathoners that were entered in Saturday’s $100,000 […] Continue Reading

Kentucky Downs reopening for HHR gaming on Wednesday

A Kentucky Downs press release (photo provides a glimpse of the new spacing  between gaming terminals to allow for social distancing)       FRANKLIN, Ky. (Friday, June 5, 2020) — Kentucky Downs will reopen its Historical Horse Racing gaming on Wednesday, June 10 at 9 a.m. Central. The facility will open at 33-percent capacity and guests will undergo temperature […] Continue Reading

Congratulations Ken and Sarah Ramsey on 500th Churchill Downs win!

Churchill Downs’ press release (Coady Photography photo above) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, May 24, 2020) – Owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey won their unprecedented 500th career race at Churchill Downs on Sunday when 5-year-old gelding Spanned prevailed in the third race. The Ramseys, multiple Eclipse Award winners who race their horses in the familiar white and red silks branded with an “R,” […] Continue Reading

‘Start of bigger things down the road,’ Maker says of Chimney Rock’s win

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of Chimney Rock’s win) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, May 17, 2020) – Three Diamonds Farm’s Chimney Rock, the runner-up in last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (Grade II), collared pacesetter Jack and Noah (FR) in deep stretch to win Sunday’s $58,309 feature race at Churchill Downs by a head. Four Wheel Drive, who won […] Continue Reading

Big Cap winner Combatant heads deep Oaklawn Handicap

Oaklawn Park media notes by the track’s publicity department (Coady Photography photo of Combatant): HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, May 1, 2020) – It’s not far-fetched to think that more than half of the 14-horse field entered in Saturday’s $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) will be among the starters in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 7 at Keeneland based […] Continue Reading

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