Keeneland: Champion filly Jaywalk works for Ashland Stakes

Keeneland’s barn notes for Sunday, March 31, by the track’s publicity department: (Photo of Jaywalk by Coady Photography) SERVIS WORKS CHAMPION JAYWALK FOR CENTRAL BANK ASHLAND,  LUCKY LEE FOR BLUE GRASS D.J. Stable and Cash is King’s champion filly Jaywalk tuned up for an expected start in Saturday’s $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) by working a half-mile on her own in […] Continue Reading

Keeneland celebrating special Thursday spring opener, April 4

Keeneland press release LEXINGTON, KY (March 29, 2019) – Keeneland welcomes spring to the Bluegrass by kicking off its 2019 racing season a day earlier than usual with a special opening-day celebration on Thursday, April 4, headlined by a 3 p.m. post time, the inaugural Palisades Turf Sprint and Central Bank Thursday Night Live at Keeneland. Opening Thursday is among […] Continue Reading

Arkansas Derby: Fires has Elliott as ‘backup plan’ on Gray Attempt

Today’s Oaklawn Park barn notes as penned by the track media staff: (Photo: Jon Court guided Gray Attempt to victory in Oaklawn’s Gazebo Stakes as a prep for the Arkansas Derby. Coady Photography) Gray Attempt Gets New Rider In addition to preparing Gray Attempt for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 13 at Oaklawn, trainer Jinks Fires of Hot […] Continue Reading

Oaklawn Park’s March 28 barn notes: Decision time for Amy’s Challenge

Decisions, Decisions, For Amy’s Challenge Amy’s Challenge is scheduled to make her next start April 6. Whether it’s in Arkansas or Kentucky still isn’t clear. After watching Amy’s Challenge work an easy half-mile in :48.20 Thursday morning, trainer Mac Robertson said he plans to enter his multiple stakes winner in the $150,000 Carousel Stakes at Oaklawn and the $300,000 Madison […] Continue Reading

Keeneland barn notes: Signalman heads probables for full Blue Grass

Thursday’s Keeneland barn notes by the track’s publicity team: FULL GATE POSSIBLE FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS; FIELD OF EIGHT PROBABLE FOR CENTRAL BANK ASHLAND OPENING WEEK STAKES PROBABLES LIMOUSINE LIBERAL GEARS UP FOR 2019 DEBUT   FULL GATE POSSIBLE FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS; FIELD OF EIGHT PROBABLE FOR CENTRAL BANK ASHLAND Less than a week before entries for the 95th […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs’ weekly Derby Dispatch: Hidden Scroll Fla. Derby favorite

HIDDEN SCROLL FAVORED TO MAKE AMENDS IN FLORIDA DERBY LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, March 28, 2019) – The fact Hidden Scroll only lost last month’s Fountain of Youth (Grade II) by three lengths to more experienced rivals after setting a scorching pace following a troubled start was, by any measure, an admirable performance. On Saturday, in the $1 million Florida Derby (GI) at Gulfstream […] Continue Reading

Watch out, Louisville! Chester Thomas has a Derby horse in By My Standards

Video: b-roll of Louisiana Derby stretch run, Chester Thomas of Madisonville, Ky., leading By My Standards into winner’s circle and Thomas interview Video: trainer Bret Calhoun discusses By My Standards – and Chester Thomas Video: Henderson’s Larry Jones wins his fourth Fair Grounds Oaks as Street Band gives Sophie Doyle the biggest victory of her riding career. NEW ORLEANS, La. […] Continue Reading

Copper Bullet seeks 2nd graded stakes in G2 New Orleans ‘Cap

From Friday’s Fair Grounds barn notes: COPPER BULLET SEEKS ANOTHER GRADED STAKES VICTORY IN GRADE II NEW ORLEANS ‘CAP  Since the beginning of his racing career, the connections have always thought highly of Copper Bullet. In six of his seven career starts he has always showed up to bring his A game, and he’ll seek a second graded stakes triumph […] Continue Reading

Oaklawn barn notes: Rebel Day a smash; Market King awaits another Derby prep

Today’s Oaklawn Park barn notes, with Kentucky horsemen prominent as always: Rebel Day Sets Records Rebel Day has clearly become Oaklawn’s second-biggest business day. For the next three weeks, at least, it will be the biggest day after an all-time record for total pari-mutuel handle was set on Saturday’s 11-race card. According to figures released Saturday night by the track, […] Continue Reading

Ky Derby update: Taking a look at the Louisiana, Sunland Derbys

Churchill Downs’ weekly Kentucky Derby and Oaks update: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, March 21, 2019) – No rival has yet made a dent in War of Will‘s leadership of the 3-year-old division in New Orleans this winter, but 10 will make a belated attempt to do so Saturday in the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (Grade I) at Fair Grounds. The 1 1/8-mile […] Continue Reading