John Ortiz, Rocco team to win Commonwealth with Mr Dumas

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019) – Mr Dumas ranged into contention on the final turn, grabbed the lead in the stretch and turned back a late challenge from 7-2 favorite Tracksmith to win Saturday’s 16th running of the $175,000 Commonwealth Turf (Grade III) at Churchill Downs by a half-length. The victory gave jockey Joe Rocco Jr. his first graded […] Continue Reading

British Idiom, Covfefe give Cox two more champions

       ARCADIA, Calif. (Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019) — A year ago, Kentucky Oaks winner Monomoy Girl won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Brad Cox’s hometown track of Churchill Downs to secure the 3-year-old filly title for the trainer’s first champion. In a 22-hour span at Santa Anita Park, Cox locked up his second and third equine championships with […] Continue Reading

Dennis’ Moment draws rail for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

By Jennie Rees ARCADIA, Calif. (Monday, Oct. 28, 2019) — Trainer Dale Romans wants Dennis’ Moment to be No. 1. But he wants that for the end of Friday’s $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, not necessarily in the starting gate.          But Dennis’ Moment — who burst onto the national racing scene with a 19 1/4-lengths […] Continue Reading

Mott sends out mare Elate, Yoshida in Breeders’ Cup Classic

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019) — Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott has won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff a record five times and the Breeders’ Cup Classic twice. He again has a top female and male horse, but this year will run the 5-year-old mare Elate against the boys for the first time in a field for the $6 […] Continue Reading

Lot riding (including emotions) on McKinzie in BC Classic

ARCADIA, Calif. (Monday, Oct. 28, 2019) — There’s a lot on the line for McKinzie when the 4-year-old colt breaks from the gate for Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park. A victory keeps him in the hunt for Horse of the Year, as well as champion older male. It enhances any future stallion deal. There’s also […] Continue Reading

Sadler hoping Higher Power can give him second Breeders’ Cup Classic

Trainer John Sadler got the 0-for-44 Breeders’ Cup monkey off his back last year by winning the Classic with Accelerate. And if Higher Power is a long shot to follow Accelerate as champion older male, the 4-year-old colt has credentials to give Sadler and Eclipse Award-winning owner Hronis Racing a second straight victory in the $6 million Classic that concludes […] Continue Reading

One on one: Romans, Baffert on their BC Juvenile favorites

Video: Dale Romans (Dennis’ Moment) and Bob Baffert (Eight Rings) hold a conversation on their TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile  favorites.        ARCADIA, Calif. (Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019) — Trainers Dale Romans and Bob Baffert are good friends along with being frequent competitors in America’s top races for 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds. They face off again in Friday’s $2 million […] Continue Reading

2-for-2 South Bend heads Churchill’s opening Street Sense

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019) – Sagamore Farm’s two-time winner South Bend tops a field of 11 2-year-olds that were entered in Sunday’s $120,000-added Street Sense Overnight Stakes, the featured event on the 11-race Stars of Tomorrow I program that opens the 26-day Fall Meet at Churchill Downs. The Street Sense is carded as Race 10 Sunday and is […] Continue Reading

Serengeti Empress owner: ‘Zero doubt … that she’s a great filly’

By Jennie Rees Serengeti Empress has lost her three races since winning Churchill Downs’ $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks, but owner Dr. Joel Politi says he has “zero doubt in confidence that she’s a great filly.” The Oaks winner will get a chance to show that on the world’s largest stage for international horse racing. Serengeti Empress was pre-entered in […] Continue Reading