Juan Cano takes over late mentor Angel Montano’s barn

An Ellis Park news feature by Jennie Rees (Rees photo above of Juan Cano with Super Sol at Churchill Downs): Juan Cano might not be a familiar name to Ellis Park racing enthusiasts, but he should be a familiar face. The 31-date RUNHAPPY Meet at Ellis Park begins this Sunday and concludes Saturday Sept. 4. Racing is Friday, Saturday and Sundays, […] Continue Reading

Walsh on Foster-bound Maxfield: ‘We’re ready … and excited’

From Churchill Downs’ media department (Coady Photography photo of Maxfield winning Churchill Downs’ Grade 2 Alysheba under Jose Ortiz):  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, June 23, 2021) – Godolphin’s multiple graded stakes-winning homebred Maxfield leads a field of nine older horses that were entered in Saturday afternoon’s featured 40th running of the $600,000 Stephen Foster (Grade II) – one of seven stakes […] Continue Reading

Art Collector heads field of nine in Kelly’s Landing

Today’s Churchill Downs barn notes by Kevin Kerstein (Coady Photography photo of Art Collector winning last summer’s $200,000 RUNHAPPY Ellis Park Derby under Brian Hernandez Jr.): LOUISVILLE, KY (Sunday, June 20, 2021) – Bruce Lunsford’s Blue Grass (GII) stakes winning-homebred Art Collector leads a field of nine colts and geldings that were entered in Friday’s $110,000 Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes […] Continue Reading

Bell’s the One edges Sconsin in Roxelana

Churchill Downs stakes recap (Coady Photography photos. At top: Bell’s the One galloping out under Corey Lanerie after her victory over Sconsin)  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 19, 2021) – Bell’s the One, winner of the $500,000 Derby City Distaff (Grade I) last September, ran down Winning Colors (GIII) heroine and 6-5 favorite Sconsin in deep stretch to prevail in Saturday’s […] Continue Reading

Maxfield heads probables for $600K Stephen Foster

Today’s Churchill Downs barn notes (Above: Maxfield winning Churchill Downs’ Alysheba Stakes on the Kentucky Oaks card. Coady Photography) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 19, 2021) – With five days remaining in the 2021 Spring Meet at Churchill Downs, next Saturday’s closing day stakes spectacular is beginning to take shape. The 11-race program is scheduled to headlined by Godolphin’s Grade I […] Continue Reading

Churchill horsemen share life lessons from their dads

Great stuff in today’s Churchill Downs media notes by Kevin Kerstein (Churchill Downs photo of Buff Bradley and his late father, Fred) LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, June 18, 2021) – There are many second and third generation trainers and horse people on the backside of Churchill Downs. In honor of Father’s Day, we asked several what advice or life lessons they […] Continue Reading

Dynamic duo: Mitchell-Hartman combo heats up Churchill standings

An Ellis Park press release (Photo above: The Chris Hartman-trained Necker Island winning a June 6 Churchill Downs allowance race under Mitchell Murrill. Coady Photography) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, June 18, 2021) — The hottest trainer-jockey combination in Kentucky racing is heading to Ellis Park after Churchill Downs’ spring meet ends June 26. Ellis Park opens Sunday June 27 and closes Sept. 4, […] Continue Reading

Ellis Park: Record purses, high-def – and crowds!

(Photo: Henderson  horse owner Bill Latta and Ellis Park director of racing operations Jeff Hall. Jennie Rees/Ellis Park) HENDERSON, Ky. (Thursday, June 17, 2021) — Ellis Park’s 99th season will feature record purses, horse races shown in high-definition and arguably its deepest jockey roster ever. But what is Ellis Park General Manager Jeff Inman most fervently awaiting? Crowds. Having people […] Continue Reading

Derby runner-up Mandaloun ekes out Pegasus win

Monmouth Park press release (Photo above by Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO): OCEANPORT, N.J. – Whatever plans trainer Brad Cox and jockey Florent Geroux had in their minds for how Sunday’s TVG.com Pegasus Stakes would unfold for Kentucky Derby runner-up Mandaloun were dashed a few jumps out of the Monmouth Park starting gate. Forced to steady at the start and off last in […] Continue Reading

Art Collector targeting Churchill’s 7F Kelly’s Landing for comeback race

(Photo: Keeneland’s Grade 2 Blue Grass winner Art Collector shown winning last August’s $200,000 Ellis Park Derby under Brian Hernandez Jr. Coady Photography) Today’s Churchill Downs barn notes penned by Kevin Kerstein: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, June 13, 2021) – Bruce Lunsford’s 2020 Blue Grass (Grade II)-winning homebred Art Collector will target the $110,000 Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes at Churchill Downs […] Continue Reading