Kentucky horses dominant in Houston festival – Midnight Bisou, Bigger Picture star

Sam Houston Race Park recap (Coady Photography pictures)  (Houston, TX) – Mother Nature was much kinder to Houston, Texas than Florida, giving ideal conditions to the contenders in the annual Houston Racing Festival at Sam Houston Race Park. The marquee event of the 2019 Thoroughbred racing season was highlighted by exhilarating performances byMidnight Bisou in the Grade 3, $300,000 Houston Ladies Classic and […] Continue Reading

Fires-trained Gray Attempt wins Oaklawn’s Smarty Jones

By Oaklawn Park’s media office HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, Jan. 25, 2019) – Dwight Pruett’s Gray Attempt earned his third straight victory with his front-running win in Friday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes before an opening day crowd of 20,000. Ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, Gray Attempt went straight to the lead from his far outside post and led the field of […] Continue Reading

Midnight Pleasure takes Forego in four-horse photo

Turfway Park press release (Coady Photography photo) Jan. 18, 2019 (FLORENCE, Ky.) – Midnight Pleasure charged from last to first in the $50,000 Forego Stakes Friday at Turfway Park, gobbling up the last half-furlong to win by a neck in a four-way rush to the wire. Mr Ashley, off at 67-1, was second, a nose better than third-place Torazo, who […] Continue Reading

Keeneland January sale: Four days, $46.75 million

Keeneland press release (photo of $5 million sales-topper Abel Tasman courtesy Keeneland) Strong Commerce Yields Sizable Gains as Keeneland January Sale Concludes                           Auction headlined by sale of champion Abel Tasman for record $5 million LEXINGTON, KY (Jan. 10, 2019) – Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale closed Thursday […] Continue Reading

$3 million KY Derby heads Churchill Downs stakes hikes

Churchill Downs press release: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019) – The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) on Saturday, May 4 will be the richest in history as the purse for America’s greatest race and first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown has been elevated to a guaranteed $3 million. The substantial $1 million increase […] Continue Reading

Amoss standouts back on track

Monday’s Fair Grounds’ media notes by Ryan Martin: AMOSS’ GRADED STAKES WINNERS RETURN TO PREPARE FOR 2019 Blessed with a trio of graded stakes winners in 2018, trainer Tom Amoss knew when it was time to take his foot off the gas.  After brief freshenings, Grade II Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks winner Chocolate Martini, Grade II Pocahontas victoress Serengeti Empress and Grade III […] Continue Reading

Snapper Sinclair in Tenacious Stakes

Kentucky horsemen dominate Fair Grounds media notes: BLOOM’S CONFIDENCE IN SNAPPER SINCLAIR HAS NOT WAVERED Best known for his narrow defeat earlier this year in the Grade II Risen Star at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Tenacious Stakes contender Snapper Sinclair has had his ups and downs during a nine-race career, but owner Jeff Bloom believes the 3-year-old son of City […] Continue Reading

Casse’s CD maiden winner War of Will in Lecomte

(Photo: War of Will winning Nov. 24 at Churchill Downs. Coady Photography) Today’s Fair Grounds media notes: With Road to the Derby Kickoff Day five weeks away, trainers have already started making plans with some of their highly regarded soon-to-be 3-year-olds. Trainer Mark Casse is never short of up-and-coming talent during Kentucky Derby prep season and this year appears to […] Continue Reading

Equibase, Keeneland test GPS for workout data collection

Equibase Company, in partnership with Keeneland and at the request of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, conducted a test at the Lexington, Ky., track to collect workout data using global positioning satellite (GPS) technology, it was announced today. Equibase currently has GPS systems at Woodbine Racetrack, Golden Gate Fields, Laurel Park, and Pimlico, and is the official timer at those […] Continue Reading

Keeneland adds two spring stakes

LEXINGTON, KY (Dec. 12, 2018) – Keeneland today announced expansions to its 2019 Spring Meet, which will open Thursday, April 4, a day earlier than in previous years, and present two new stakes, both $100,000 turf sprints, to its schedule for a total of 18 stakes worth a season record $4.6 million in purse money. Topping the 16-day meet, to be […] Continue Reading