Wise Dan: March to the Arch edges past 71-1 shot All Right

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 15, 2019) – Live Oak Plantation’s 4-year-old gelding March to the Arch surged past 71-1 longshot All Right in the final yards to win Saturday night’s 30th running of the $250,000 Wise Dan (Grade II) at Churchill Downs by a neck. Admission Office, the 2-1 favorite in the field of 13 older horses, was another neck […] Continue Reading

Fleur de Lis: Elate gets her mojo back

Churchill Downs stakes recap: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 15, 2019) – Adele B. Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm’s Elate powered past Blue Prize (Arg) and She’s a Julie to capture Saturday night’s 44th running of the $250,000 Fleur de Lis presented by Budweiser (Grade II) at Churchill Downs. Elate, ridden by Jose Ortiz and trained by Bill Mott, ran 1 1/8 […] Continue Reading

War of Will be could Casse’s missing piece to Hall of Fame entry

By Alicia Wincze Hughes ELMONT, N.Y. -There were 600-plus miles separating David Carroll from his boss as he sat in his Kentucky home on the evening of May 18. But as the veteran horseman watched the middle leg of the Triple Crown reach its conclusion on NBC, the same grateful narrative rolled through both his mind and that of trainer […] Continue Reading

Keeneland institution ‘Spec’ Alexander dies at 80

From Keeneland’s publicity department: LEXINGTON, KY (June 4, 2019) – Lifelong horseman and longtime Keeneland Starter Robert Lee “Spec” Alexander, widely respected for his skill with Thoroughbred racehorses and a beloved ambassador of Keeneland, died Monday, June 3. He was 80. “Spec was a Keeneland institution, an unquestioned master of his craft,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “For […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs: Wilbo edges Petrov in Aristides

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 1, 2019) – With a furlong to run Saturday night’s 31st running of the $125,000 Aristides Presented by GE Appliances (Listed) at Churchill Downs, it looked as if six of the seven older horses could win, but it was Chris Wilkins’ 7-year-old gelding Wilbo who emerged as the victor in the final stages to beat Petrov […] Continue Reading

Brisset ships My Majestic Rose to Santa Anita to take G2 Summertime Oaks

A Santa Anita stakes recap:    ARCADIA, Calif. (May 26, 2019)-With Jerry Hollendorfer’s Sneaking Out and Bob Baffert’s Flor de La Mar ensuring a solid pace, Kentucky invader My Majestic Rose was well in-hand early and rallied strongly around the far turn in route to a half length win in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Flavien Prat […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs raises race purses 10.7 percent

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, May 27, 2019) – Effective Thursday, Churchill Downs Racetrack will raise purse offerings 10.7 percent for the second half of its 38-day Spring Meet thanks to robust business from state-of-the-art historical racing machines at Derby City Gaming. The Spring Meet’s second condition book, which covers 183 races from Thursday through closing day on June 29, has a $1.1 […] Continue Reading

Mena: ‘I’m a fighter and won’t let an injury put me out of the game’

Churchill Downs’ media notes by Kevin Kerstein: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, May 26, 2019) – One year ago jockey Miguel Mena was laying on his couch not knowing if he’d ever ride again after severely breaking his ankle in March 2018. Entering Sunday’s nine-race program at Churchill Downs, Mena left no doubt he was back in top form as he was […] Continue Reading

Ellis Park to offer average $330K/day in purses; Nine of 11 stakes worth at least $100K

Horsemen: Ellis Park’s Condition Book 1 will be available on Equibase.com (click on link below and then click on Ellis Park) later today or first thing in the morning. http://www.equibase.com/static/horsemen/horsemenareaCB.html      HENDERSON, Ky. (Thursday, May 23, 2019) — Ellis Park will offer the highest purses in the track’s 97-year history at its 2019 summer race meet, including a record […] Continue Reading

Cox earns MJC’s $50K bonus for Preakness weekend stakes participation

(A Maryland Jockey Club press release)           Brad Cox Earns Richest Preakness Weekend Trainer Bonus             BALTIMORE – Brad Cox edged Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen to claim the top prize in the Maryland Jockey Club’s $100,000 bonus program offered to trainers for their participation in stakes races over Preakness weekend at Pimlico Race Course. Cox […] Continue Reading