Indiana Derby, Oaks move to July 8; revised condition book, stakes schedule out

Indiana Grand press release (Coady Photo of  Allied Racing’s Mr. Money winning the 2019 Indiana Derby under Gabe Saez) SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (May 19, 2020) – Indiana Grand Racing & Casino has released its revised Condition Book and Stakes Schedule for the 2020 season.  Both are contingent upon the approval of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission on the recently proposed racing […] Continue Reading

2020 Belmont Stakes: June 20, 1 1/8miles, $1M, no fans

NYRA press release (Coglianese Photography photo of trainer Mark Casse after Sir Winston won last year’s Belmont)        ELMONT, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced that live racing, to be conducted without spectators, will return on Wednesday, June 3, at Belmont Park.        Following the five-day opening week, live racing throughout […] 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

Monomoy Girl cruises off 18-month layoff as Churchill Downs opens

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of Monomoy Girl’s win) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 16, 2020) – Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, The Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stable’s 2018 Champion Monomoy Girl made her triumphant return Saturday at Churchill Downs, winning a one-mile allowance event in Saturday’s fourth race on opening day of the 26-day Spring Meet. Trained by Brad Cox […] Continue Reading

And they’re off! (for training) at Churchill Downs

Today’s Churchill Downs barn notes, penned by Kevin Kerstein (Churchill Downs photo of this morning’s training): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, May 13, 2020) – With a steady rain falling at 5:29 a.m. (all times Eastern), Churchill Downs’ outrider Lee Lockwood spoke on the track radio with the words so many people have been anticipating, “We are open for business. Gap Attendants, […] Continue Reading

Indiana Grand could open June 15; plans to run Mondays-Thursdays

Indiana Grand press release (John Engelhardt photo of Mr. Money winning 2019 Indiana Derby, finishing behind horse who had unseated rider) SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (May 12, 2020) – Pending approval from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, and after consultation with Indiana horsemen, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino has revised its proposed Live Racing calendar for the 2020 season.  The Shelbyville racetrack […] Continue Reading

Monomoy Girl heads Churchill Downs opening card with fields averaging 11.3 horses

Link to Overnight:  Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of 2018 Kentucky Oaks and Eclipse Award winner Monomoy Girl powering to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs later that year) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, May 12, 2020) – Horses are back at Churchill Downs and they are ready to run. Saturday’s Opening Day program of the […] Continue Reading

Matt Winn, Ellis Park Derby now 50 points to winner on Ky Derby trail

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of Gray Magician, outside under Corey Lanerie, winning the 2019 Ellis Park Derby): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, May 12, 2020) – Churchill Downs Racetrack today released a preliminary list of races that could be used for the extension of the “Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve,” pending agreeable race placement by […] Continue Reading

Indiana Grand begins to reopen barn area on Monday

Indiana Grand press release (Coady Photo of Kentucky-based Street Band winning the 2019 Indiana Oaks) SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (May 7, 2020) – After receiving approval from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will begin to reopen its barn area in full on Monday, May 11th.  The utilization of the entire racetrack property is a precursor to the kick […] Continue Reading

Tom’s d’Etat: All dressed up, nowhere to race

Tom’s d’Etat started his 2020 season with victory over Improbable in the Oaklawn Mile. Coady Photography By Jennie Rees, Kentucky HBPA communications The frustration earlier in the career of Grade 1 Clark Handicap winner Tom’s d’Etat was that G M B Racing’s talented horse missed so much racing while sidelined with niggling physical issues. “He’s had a lot of stay […] Continue Reading