By My Standards owner: ‘Couldn’t be happier; couldn’t be more relieved’

NTRA top thoroughbred poll Churchill Downs revised spring stakes schedule By Jennie Rees, Kentucky HBPA communications Social distancing could only last so long when Chester Thomas’ By My Standards won Saturday’s $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap by 1 3/4 lengths over Warrior’s Charge. Thomas, the Madisonville, Ky., entrepreneur who races in the named of Allied Racing, and wife Jennifer had one of […] Continue Reading

Trainers, attending vets must agree to these CDI rules to race

From Churchill Downs (Coady Photography photo of #9 Gamblin Train winning Churchill allowance) Printable PDF of document CDI Rules and Conditions for Racing and Training As a condition to, and in consideration for the undersigned trainer (“Trainer”) being permitted to race, work, or train any horse at Churchill Downs Racetrack (CDRT) and Churchill Downs Training Center (Trackside) the Trainer and the […] Continue Reading

Please read: Churchill Downs safety initiatives in effect this spring

From Churchill Downs (Coady Photography photo: Mr. Money winning the 2019 Pat Day Mile):   Horsemen Notification  Of Equine Safety Initiatives Click here for PDF document There have been several equine safety initiatives that have been implemented for the 2020 Spring Meet at Churchill Downs.  Below are the changes and how they affect you. Horsemen-Veterinarian Agreement:  This must be signed and […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs spring meet: $559K in purses, 16 stakes

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography picture) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, May 4, 2020) – Churchill Downs Racetrack released its first condition book of races for the 2020 Spring Meet late Sunday, and horsemen will be able to compete for an average of $559,000 each day. Opening day of the 2020 Spring Meet will be Saturday, May 16. After opening weekend […] Continue Reading

Baffert sweeps ArkDerby with Charlatan, Nadal; By My Standards roll

Oaklawn Park stakes recap (Coady Photography photo above of Charlatan and Martin Garcia) HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, May 2, 2020) – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is well on his way to his record-tying sixth Kentucky Derby (G1) after both heavily favored  Charlatan and Nadal remained undefeated in their respective Arkansas Derby (G1) victories Saturday. Oaklawn split the race […] Continue Reading

McPeek-trained Swiss Skydiver rolls in Fantasy

Oaklawn Park stakes recap, with Coady Photography photos: HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, May 1, 2020) – Peter J. Callahan’s Swiss Skydiver, despite her #1 ranking on the Kentucky Oaks Leaderboard, was overlooked at odds of 16-1, but this will probably be the last time her connections can cash a big ticket after she pulled away late to defeat 4-5 favorite […] Continue Reading

Big Cap winner Combatant heads deep Oaklawn Handicap

Oaklawn Park media notes by the track’s publicity department (Coady Photography photo of Combatant): HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, May 1, 2020) – It’s not far-fetched to think that more than half of the 14-horse field entered in Saturday’s $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) will be among the starters in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 7 at Keeneland based […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs (without fans) to reopen for racing May 16

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, April 30, 2020) – Churchill Downs Racetrack officials today determined that opening day of the 2020 Spring Meet will be Saturday, May 16. After opening weekend on May 16-17, racing at the historic Louisville racetrack will be staged Thursdays through Sundays with a special holiday Monday card on Memorial Day, […] Continue Reading

Martin Garcia, heading to KY after Oaklawn, teams again with Baffert

Oaklawn Park media department’s barn notes for Wednesday, dominated by Kentucky-connected horses, jockeys and trainers (Coady Photography photo of jockey Martin Garcia): Jockey Martin Garcia had a memorable Sunday at Oaklawn, and it included more than picking up two live mounts in upcoming major stakes races for Southern California-based trainer Bob Baffert. Garcia said he was struck in his right […] Continue Reading

Horses can get into Churchill Downs starting May 11, governor says; Racing still TBD

Churchill Downs press release (Jennie Rees photo) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, April 29, 2020) – Churchill Downs Racetrack today received approval from state officials to reopen its stable areas at both Churchill Downs Racetrack and the auxiliary training center Trackside on Monday, May 11 under strict guidelines to effectively mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The stable areas will reopen under a […] Continue Reading