Asmussen ties Romans for all-time Churchill Downs win lead

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photos). Excellent interview with Churchill Downs publicity department! LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, June 11, 2020) – Hall of Fame horseman Steve Asmussen tied South Louisville native Dale Romans as the all-time leading trainer in Churchill Downs history on Thursday when 2-year-old filly Thoughtfully rolled to a comfortable 8 ¾-length victory in the second race for win […] Continue Reading

Arklow returns to racing in Churchill Downs’ Louisville Stakes

Stakes advance by Churchill Downs’ publicity department (Reed Palmer photo above of Arklow winning the 2018 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup at Kentucky Downs) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, June 10, 2020) – Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger and Peter Coneway’s 2019 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (Grade I) winner Arklow leads a cast of 12 turf marathoners that were entered in Saturday’s $100,000 […] Continue Reading

Chester Thomas: Phasing out Lasix will make it even tougher to break even

Chester Thomas is a businessman and entrepreneur from Madisonville, Ky.  His Allied Racing stable ranks No. 7 this year in North American purse earnings at $1,013,208. This commentary first ran as a letter to the editor in the June 6, 2020 edition of Thoroughbred Daily News. By Chester Thomas The past two years Allied Racing LLC has achieved our dreams […] Continue Reading

McPeek-trained Swiss Skydiver romps in Santa Anita Oaks

Santa Anita stakes recap (Benoit photo of Swiss Skydiver winning Santa Anita Oaks under Mike Smith) ARCADIA, Calif. (June 6, 2020) — Heavily favored midwestern invader Swiss Skydiver went to the early lead and waltzed to an ultra impressive four-length victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Anita Oaks-her third consecutive graded stakes tally.  Trained by Ken McPeek and ridden […] Continue Reading

Volatile puts Asmussen within one win of Romans’ career CD win mark

Churchill Downs’ stakes recaps (Coady photo above of Volatile’s Aristides win under Ricardo Santana Jr.) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 6, 2020) – Volatile stamped himself as one of America’s top sprinters while clocking six furlongs in 1:07.57 – just two one-hundredths of a second off the 13-year-old track record – with an eight-length demolition job over Honest Mischief  in Saturday’s […] Continue Reading

Ellis Park opening Monday for HHR gaming

Ellis Park press release (photo of training last year at Ellis Park)           HENDERSON, Ky. (Friday, June 5, 2020) —Ellis Park will reopen for Historical Horse Racing gaming this Monday at 10 a.m. Central. Following coronavirus safety protocols, the facility will be limited to 33-percent occupancy and every employee and guest will have their temperature measured […] Continue Reading

Kentucky Downs reopening for HHR gaming on Wednesday

A Kentucky Downs press release (photo provides a glimpse of the new spacing  between gaming terminals to allow for social distancing)       FRANKLIN, Ky. (Friday, June 5, 2020) — Kentucky Downs will reopen its Historical Horse Racing gaming on Wednesday, June 10 at 9 a.m. Central. The facility will open at 33-percent capacity and guests will undergo temperature […] Continue Reading

Four Graces joins stakes company in Dogwood; Bobby’s Wicked One tops Aristides

Churchill Downs’ stakes previews by the track’s publicity department (Coady photo above of Four Graces winning a Churchill Downs allowance race) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, June 3, 2020) – Whitham Thoroughbreds’ Four Graces, an impressive winner of a first-level allowance event three weeks ago beneath the Twin Spires, will attempt her first try at stakes competition as she tops eight 3-year-old […] Continue Reading

Secret Message, Bell’s the One take Saturday stakes at Churchill Downs

Saturday’s stakes recaps by Churchill Downs’ publicity office (Coady photo above of Secret Passage taking the Mint Julep under John Velazquez): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 30, 2020) – Secret Message edged La Signare (FR) by a head at the wire in a thrilling finish to Saturday’s 44th running of the $100,000 Old Forester Mint Julep (Grade III) at Churchill Downs. […] Continue Reading

Break Even carries Klein family legacy into Winning Colors

Today’s Churchill Downs barn notes authored by Kevin Kerstein (Coady photo of Break Even winning last year’s Eight Belles) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, May 28, 2020) – For more than three decades the Klein Family Racing Stable has been synonymous with success at Churchill Downs. On Saturday, the current patriarch of the family, Richard, hopes that his family’s homebred Break Even […] Continue Reading