Watch out, Louisville! Chester Thomas has a Derby horse in By My Standards

Video: b-roll of Louisiana Derby stretch run, Chester Thomas of Madisonville, Ky., leading By My Standards into winner’s circle and Thomas interview Video: trainer Bret Calhoun discusses By My Standards – and Chester Thomas Video: Henderson’s Larry Jones wins his fourth Fair Grounds Oaks as Street Band gives Sophie Doyle the biggest victory of her riding career. NEW ORLEANS, La. […] Continue Reading

Copper Bullet seeks 2nd graded stakes in G2 New Orleans ‘Cap

From Friday’s Fair Grounds barn notes: COPPER BULLET SEEKS ANOTHER GRADED STAKES VICTORY IN GRADE II NEW ORLEANS ‘CAP  Since the beginning of his racing career, the connections have always thought highly of Copper Bullet. In six of his seven career starts he has always showed up to bring his A game, and he’ll seek a second graded stakes triumph […] Continue Reading

Oaklawn barn notes: Rebel Day a smash; Market King awaits another Derby prep

Today’s Oaklawn Park barn notes, with Kentucky horsemen prominent as always: Rebel Day Sets Records Rebel Day has clearly become Oaklawn’s second-biggest business day. For the next three weeks, at least, it will be the biggest day after an all-time record for total pari-mutuel handle was set on Saturday’s 11-race card. According to figures released Saturday night by the track, […] Continue Reading

Ky Derby update: Taking a look at the Louisiana, Sunland Derbys

Churchill Downs’ weekly Kentucky Derby and Oaks update: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, March 21, 2019) – No rival has yet made a dent in War of Will‘s leadership of the 3-year-old division in New Orleans this winter, but 10 will make a belated attempt to do so Saturday in the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (Grade I) at Fair Grounds. The 1 1/8-mile […] Continue Reading

Casse-trained War of Will to take on 10 in Louisiana Derby

Fair Grounds press release by Ryan Martin: NEW ORLEANS (March 16, 2019) – A field of 11 sophomores has been set for Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ final prep on the Road To The Kentucky Derby – the 106th running of the Grade II $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby on Saturday, March 23. Six weeks out from the Grade I $3 million Kentucky […] Continue Reading

National HBPA statement on Santa Anita equine fatalities

Statement from CEO Eric Hamelback on behalf of the National HBPA (Hamelback photo at left by Denis Blake/National HBPA): In light of the recent tragedies at Santa Anita, we wish to express sadness for the loss of those magnificent equines. The mission of the National HBPA, indeed the very heart of our mission, is to encourage the highest standards of […] Continue Reading

KY Derby: Churchill launches ‘Homestretch Sweepstakes’ with Rocket Mortgage

·         Nation’s largest mortgage lender to send 20 sweepstakes finalists to 2019 Kentucky Derby – one will get $250,000 toward a mortgage. ·         Enter sweepstakes now by visiting HomestretchSweepstakes.com  Contest running for limited time; entry period ends April 7, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. ET A Churchill Downs press release: DETROIT March 18, 2019 – Detroit-based Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest mortgage […] Continue Reading

Court wins division of Rebel on Horton’s Long Range Toddy

Oaklawn Park’s Rebel Stakes recap: HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, March 16, 2019) – Before a record Rebel Stakes crowd of 45,500, local hero Long Range Toddy, owned by Willis Horton of Marshall, AR, won the first division of the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) by a neck over 2-5 favorite Improbable. Fox Hill Farm’s recent impressive maiden winner Omaha Beach edged champion […] Continue Reading

Hamelback proposes Stewards Advisory Review Committee

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. — Eric Hamelback, chief executive officer of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, is developing a concept he believes would help stewards navigate the increasingly complex world when highly sophisticated testing collides with environmental contamination and the inadvertent transfer of matter to racehorses. Speaking Friday on the last day of programming at the National HBPA Convention at […] Continue Reading

U of L economist on racing research: Have data, will study

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. — Economist Steven Vickner, an associate professor in the University of Louisville College of Business’ equine industry program, knows the possibilities of cutting-edge research that could help horse racing make smarter business decisions. He just needs the data. So continued the call Thursday at the National Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association Convention for greater sharing of data and […] Continue Reading