Hernandez gets 2,000th win on Baker-trained horse

A Fair Grounds press release (Photo of Hernandez’ 200th win courtesy Hodges Photography: In 2004, Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. earned the Eclipse Award for outstanding apprentice jockey. A mere 15-years later in Thursday’s fifth race at Fair Grounds, the Lafayette, Louisiana native captured career win number 2,000 aboard Afleet Roger for trainer Jimmy Baker. Both Hernandez and Baker are Louisville […] 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

Donna Brothers to deliver keynote speech at HBPA Convention

A National HBPA press release: LEXINGTON, Ky. (Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019) — Donna Barton Brothers — the accomplished jockey who has become even more prominent as an award-winning racing analyst for NBC Sports, advocate for responsible equine welfare and author — will be the keynote speaker at the National HBPA’s annual convention in March. “Donna is exactly the type of […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs trainers, jockeys finalize winter plans

Churchill Downs media department’s barn notes by Kevin Kerstein: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Nov. 29, 2019) – The 2019 racing season at Churchill Downs is entering the final stretch and several local jockeys and trainers have firmed up their winter plans with many staying in Kentucky the month of December to run at Turfway Park. “It’s very exciting with the enhanced […] Continue Reading

Future bright as Turfway Park opens Dec. 4

FLORENCE, Ky. (Nov. 26, 2019) – While construction of Turfway Park’s new facility won’t begin until the spring of 2020, changes that herald a bright future for the Northern Kentucky Thoroughbred racetrack are already evident as it opens its 44th holiday meet Dec. 4. The changes result from Churchill Downs Inc.’s purchase of Turfway in mid-October. Most notably, purses for […] Continue Reading

Ky Derby first Future Wager pool this week

A Churchill Downs press release: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, Nov. 25, 2019) – Unbeaten Nashua Stakes (Grade III) winner Independence Hall and upset Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) winner Storm the Court are among the 24 betting interests in Pool 1 of the 2020 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which kicks off a four-day run at Churchill Downs on Thanksgiving Day. Both Independence […] Continue Reading

Tom’s d’Etat, 2017 winner Seeking the Soul headline Clark

Today’s Churchill Downs media notes penned by Kevin Kerstein:        LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019) – G M B Racing’s multiple graded stakes winner Tom’s d’Etat is set to bid for Grade I glory in Friday’s $600,000 Clark Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI) against Charles Fipke’s 2017 Clark champion Seeking the Soul and 10 others in a competitive […] Continue Reading

National HBPA CEO’s statement on new safety coalition

       LEXINGTON, Ky. (Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019) — Today we saw several of the nation’s leading Thoroughbred racetracks and the Breeders’ Cup announce the creation of an effort to unify the industry in enhancing existing protections and working together to develop new reforms to ensure the safety of the sport’s equine and human athletes.        We applaud the […] 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