Friday Breeders’ Cup update: ‘Biscuits’, Whitmore, Thunder Snow among workers

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Oct. 26, 2018) – On a soggy Friday morning beneath the historic Twin Spires, nine Breeders’ Cup contenders completed their major preparation for the World Championships on Nov. 2-3 at Churchill Downs.   MIND YOUR BISCUITS TUNES UP FOR THE CLASSIC – Trainer Chad Summers’ top Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) contender Mind Your Biscuits completed what appeared […] Continue Reading

KyHBPA launches new website, #KyBCKids social-media initiative

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, October 26, 2018) — The Kentucky HBPA has launched a redesigned website, kyhbpa.org, along with its latest social-media initiative, #KyBCKids, as part of the organization’s mission to serve horsemen and promote thoroughbred racing. The Kentucky HBPA, a division of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association, represents about 6,000 thoroughbred owners and trainers and is the only […] Continue Reading

Amoss on Lone Sailor: Amoss on OK Derby winner Lone Sailor: ‘I think he’s finally put the pieces together’

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  — G M B Racing’s Lone Sailor has run well throughout his 14-race career to date, well enough to have earned $873,237. But until he won Remington Park’s $400,000, Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby on Sept. 13, Lone Sailor possessed a lone victory. While even that second triumph came in a three-horse photo, trainer Tom Amoss sees a lot to like […] Continue Reading

Ward hoping to get six in new BC Juvenile Turf Sprint

WESLEY WARD REPRESENTED BY EIGHT BREEDERS’ CUP PRE-ENTRANTS (Photo: Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Moonlight Romance beat the boys in the inaugural $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint. Grace Clark/Reed Palmer Photography) Keeneland-based trainer Wesley Ward said eight horses he trains have been pre-entered in the Nov. 2-3 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs. All are fillies and mares. Breeders’ […] Continue Reading

Warrior’s Club takes step toward Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Tuesday’s Churchill Downs’ Breeders’ Cup update: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018) – On a relatively quiet Tuesday morning on the Churchill Downs backstretch, the Churchill Downs Racing Club’s multiple stakes-winning sprinter Warrior’s Club took a major step towards a start in the $2 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (Grade I) on Nov. 3 with a half-mile breeze in :48.60 – the fastest of […] Continue Reading

Mott-trained Yoshida sparkles in BC Classic workout

Churchill Downs’ Monday Breeders’ Cup update: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, Oct. 22, 2018) – On a blustery Monday morning beneath the historic Twin Spires, Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) hopeful Yoshida (JPN) worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 in preparation for the 1 ¼-mile race on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs. Yoshida, the two-length winner of the Woodward Stakes (GI) on Sept. 1 at Saratoga, […] Continue Reading

John Ortiz wins first graded stakes as trainer

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 18, 2018) – John Ortiz earned his first graded-stakes triumph less than two years into his training career as Michael Hui’s Zulu Alpha slipped through along the inside rail at the sixteenth pole to get the lead from favored Arklow and went on to a 2-length victory in the 24th running of Keeneland’s $100,000 Sycamore (G3). Ridden by Channing […] Continue Reading

Arklow using Keeneland’s Sycamore as Breeders’ Cup Turf test

While most of the heavy lifting for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 2-3 at Churchill Downs figures to be complete this weekend, trainer Brad Cox will use Keeneland’s $100,000 Sycamore (G3) at 1½ miles next Thursday as a likely springboard to the $4 million Turf (G1) for Arklow, winner of Kentucky Downs’ $750,000 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup in […] Continue Reading

Blue Prize ducks out but still lands Spinster

Keeneland’s recap LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 7, 2018) – Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize (ARG) overcame an adventurous run in the stretch to turn back Champagne Problems by three-quarters of a length to win the 63rd running of the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) for fillies and mares before a Sunday afternoon crowd of 14,223. Trained by Ignacio Correas IV and ridden by […] Continue Reading

Next Shares lands BC Mile berth with 23-1 Shadwell victory

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 6, 2018) – Michael and Jules Iavarone, Jerry McClanahan, Christopher Dunn, William Marasa, Ritchie Robershaw and Mark Taylor’s Next Shares rode a rail-skimming trip to a 3¼-length victory over Great Wide Open (IRE) to win the 33rdrunning of the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) before a sun-baked Saturday afternoon crowd of 24,142. The day featured five […] Continue Reading