Oaklawn Park: John Ortiz approaching 15-win meet goal with two months to go

Kentucky horsemen dominated Oaklawn Park’s barn notes, penned by track’s PR department Trainer John Ortiz said his goal was to win 15 races in 2019 at Oaklawn. He may have to adjust that figure. Ortiz scored his 10th victory of the meeting – a single-season personal best in Hot Springs – when Marvella captured Thursday’s third race under Ronald Richard. Ortiz […] Continue Reading

Cha-ching! Churchill offering record pur$e$ for spring meet

RECORD PURSES ON TAP FOR CHURCHILL DOWNS’ 145TH SPRING MEET  First Condition Book Up 46% from 2018, Offers Unprecedented $20.1 Million in Prize Money  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019) – Record prize money for horsemen will be distributed at Churchill Downs’ 145th Spring Meet thanks to early returns from state-of-the-art historical racing machines at Derby City Gaming. The first […] Continue Reading

Fountain of Youth heads Derby qualifying action; Mott-trained Hidden Scroll favored

Churchill Downs’ weekly Derby Dispatch ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES HEATS UP WITH FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019) – Following a week of minimal action on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, the Championship Series returns Saturday with all eyes focused on the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (Grade II) at Gulfstream Park. The 73rd renewal of the Fountain […] Continue Reading

Derby Trail: McPeek-trained Signalman heads Fountain of Youth

  HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Saturday’s $400,000 Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth (G2) will pit experience against potential Saturday at Gulfstream Park, where graded-stakes winner Signalman will make his 2019 debut in a talent-rich field of 11 3-year-olds that will include several less accomplished but nevertheless brilliant contenders.             The Fountain of Youth, the key prep for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby […] Continue Reading

Game Winner, War of Will head 137 Blue Grass nominations

Keeneland press release LEXINGTON, KY (Feb. 26, 2019) – Gary and Mary West’s champion Game Winner and Gary Barber’s War of Will, a two-time graded stakes winner this year, are among the 10 leading point earners on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) who are nominated to the 95th running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on April 6, opening Saturday of […] Continue Reading

KY thoroughbred breeders fund pays out $14.2 million for 2018

Edited press release issued by Kentucky’s Public Protection Cabinet FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 18, 2019) – The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) today announced payment of more than $14.2 million in breeder awards from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Fund (KTBIF). Kentucky-bred horses won over 4,000 races across the globe in 2018, which made breeders eligible for these incentive payments. KTBIF horses […] Continue Reading

Commission approves Winchell, Falcone as KY Downs owners; sale expected to close around March 1

FRANKLIN, Ky. (Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019) — The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission today approved noted horseman and entrepreneur Ron Winchell and prominent gaming executive Marc Falcone as majority owners of Kentucky Downs. The sale of the track and year-round entertainment center to Winchell (photo) and Falcone is expected to close around March 1. Ted Nicholson will continue as Kentucky Downs’ senior […] Continue Reading

Super Steed comes through at 62-1 for Ellis Park-area owners

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Monday, Feb. 18, 2019) – Michael Pressley and Steed Jackson’s Super Steed overcame two disappointing starts in his last two outs to pull one of the biggest upsets in Oaklawn stakes history by winning Monday’s $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) at odds of 62-1. The Gleaner’s Kevin Patton talks with owners Michael Pressley and Steed Jackson about Super Steed’s […] Continue Reading

Serengeti Empress resumes winning ways in Rachel Alexandra

Rachel Alexandra recap by the Fair Grounds publicity department: NEW ORLEANS (February 16, 2019) – Following a disappointing effort when well beaten in last year’s Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, Joel Politi’s Serengeti Empress returned to her winning ways with a facile score in Saturday’s Grade II $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots to earn 50 qualifying points […] Continue Reading

War of Will secures KY Derby spot with Risen Star score

Risen Star recap by the Fair Grounds media department  NEW ORLEANS (February 16, 2019) – Gary Barber’s War of Will had to work a bit harder than he did last couple of times, but nevertheless he once again proved that he was the best when garnering up another victory on the Road to the Kentucky Derby in Saturday evening’s Grade II $400,000 Risen […] Continue Reading