$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 […] 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

Peru extends Maker, Ramseys’ all-time Claiming Crown record with Tiara win; Amoss takes Distaff Dash

(Photo: Claiming Crown career leading-owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Peru won the Claiming Crown Tiara under Julien Leparoux and all-time Claiming Crown-winning trainer Mike Maker. Leslie Martin/Coglianese Photography)        HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – One year after coming up a nose short in the same race, Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Peru came flying with a furious late rally down the center of the […] Continue Reading

Turfway Park: Goldberry takes Holiday Inaugural

(Photo: Goldberry takes Turfway Park’s Holiday Inaugural under Rogelio Mirando. Coady Photography) November 30, 2018 (FLORENCE, Ky.) – Karen Schaeffer’s Goldberry earned her first black type win Friday, taking the $50,000 Holiday Inaugural Stakes at Turfway Park by 1 ¼ lengths over Natural Wonder. Dreamin was another length back in third in the six-furlong race for fillies and mares 3-years-old […] Continue Reading

Coffeepot’s Liora gives Catalano, Hill a third Golden Rod victory

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018) – Coffeepot Stables’ 2-year-old filly Liora – the longest shot in the field of eight 2-year-old fillies at odds of 27-1 – led every step of the way and narrowly repelled a late bid by odds-on 3-5 favorite and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade I) runner-up Restless Rider to win Saturday’s 75th running of […] Continue Reading

Signalman holds off Plus Que Parfait to take Ky Jockey Club

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018) – Signalman, who finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) just 22 days ago, grabbed the lead with three-sixteenths of a mile to run and turned back a late charge from Plus Que Parfait to win Saturday’s 92nd running of the $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II) at Churchill Downs by a […] Continue Reading