Claiming Crown sets record with $14.6M bet on Gulfstream card

Gulfstream Park press release (Photos courtesy Coglianese Photo) HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – By the time the Claiming Crown had ended Saturday at Gulfstream Park – after a record $14.6 million was wagered on the event – it was clear how much the Claiming Crown had grown over the past nine years at Gulfstream. Not only was this a day when […] Continue Reading

Claiming Crown can add to Maker’s banner season

National HBPA release (Grace Clark photo of Jakarta winning a $100,000 starter-allowance race that served as a prep for the Claiming Crown) Winding down the best season of his career and coming in off the Churchill Downs’ fall title, trainer Mike Maker looks to add to his record 17 victories when the 2020 Claiming Crown returns to Gulfstream Park on […] Continue Reading

KTO honors Asmussen with Warner Jones Award

Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners release (Coady Photography photo) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020) — Steve Asmussen — who this year became Churchill Downs’ all-time win leader and only the second trainer to achieve 9,000 career victories — is the 2020 recipient of the Louisville-based Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners’ Warner L. Jones Jr. Horseman of the Year Award. The award recognizes individuals […] Continue Reading

Keepmeinmind takes Ky Jockey Club; Travel Column wins Golden Rod

Churchill Downs stakes recaps (Coady Photography photo above of Keepmeinmind winning the Kentucky Jockey Club under David Cohen) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020) – Keepmeinmind, who was made the 2-1 favorite after a third-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) 22 days ago, rallied down the middle of the stretch from last to run down Smiley Sobotka […] Continue Reading

Bodexpress holds off Code of Honor to take G1 Clark

Churchill Downs stakes recap (Coady Photography photos) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Nov. 27, 2020) – Bodexpress, who made headlines as the riderless horse in the 2019 Preakness, is now a Grade I winner. The 4-year-old colt grabbed the lead with three-sixteenths of a mile to run and turned back a challenge from 8-5 favorite Code of Honor to win Friday’s 146th […] Continue Reading

Cox running 13 juveniles on Stars of Tomorrow II card

Today’s Churchill Downs media notes penned by Kevin Kerstein (Coady Photography photo of Ten Strike and Kueber Racing’s Kentucky Jockey Club contender Swill winning a maiden race): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Nov. 27, 2020) – Trainer Brad Cox’s Barn 22 on the Churchill Downs backstretch will be bustling with activity Saturday as 13 of his promising juveniles are scheduled to make […] Continue Reading

Longtime racetrack vet Oscar Swanstrom dies at 80

The following tribute to long-time racetrack veterinarian Dr. Oscar Swanstrom upon his passing also ran in the Shelbyville Sentinel-News and The Courier-Journal. Swanny, also known as “Any Vet,” which he proudly displayed on his license plate, will be greatly missed but our memories of our friend endure. Louisville – On Saturday, November 21, 2020, Oscar G. Swanstrom, DVM, MS, passed […] Continue Reading

McPeek shoots for 2yo stakes sweep (Simply Ravishing, King Fury)

Churchill Downs media notes (Coady Photography photo above of King Fury winning the Street Sense overnight stakes under Brian Hernandez Jr.) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020) – Fresh off winning Thursday’s Grade 2 Falls City with Envoutante, trainer Kenny McPeek has 13 horses entered in Saturday’s “Stars of Tomorrow II” program at Churchill Downs and among his rising juveniles […] Continue Reading

Essential Quality 10-1 individual favorite in first 2021 Derby Future Wager pool

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of Essential Quality winning TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, Nov. 23, 2020) – Godolphin’s undefeated $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) winner Essential Quality is the 10-1 individual favorite among 24 betting interests in Pool 1 of the 2021 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which kicks off a four-day run at Churchill Downs […] Continue Reading

McPeek’s ‘other’ filly Envoutante rolls in Falls City

Churchill Downs stakes recap (Coady Photography photos) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020) – Three Chimneys Farm and Walking L Thoroughbreds’ 3-year-old filly Envoutante led every step of the way in a powerful six-length win over 4-5 favorite Bonny South in Thursday’s 105th running of the $200,000 Falls City (Grade II), the traditional Thanksgiving Day fixture for fillies and mares […] Continue Reading