Kentucky-based Harvey Wallbanger (29-1), Everfast (128-1) finish 1-2 in Holy Bull

Harvey Wallbanger Pulls 29-1 Upset in $350,000 Holy Bull (G2)                    Favored Maximus Mischief Fades to Third in Florida Derby Prep HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The Kentucky-based duo of Harvey Wallbanger and Everfast accounted for a $1,101.70 payoff for a $1 exacta in Saturday’s $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park. The Kenny McPeek-trained Harvey Wallbanger parlayed a ground-saving trip […] Continue Reading

Hartman-trained Excessivespending takes Nelson Menard

A Fair Grounds press release by Ryan Martin NEW ORLEANS (February 2, 2019) – After knocking on the door in several stakes events, Joey Keith Davis’ Excessivespending ($10.20, $4.20 and $3.80) finally secured a triumph against such caliber in Saturday’s Nelson J. Menard Memorial Overnight Stakes. The 5-year-old daughter of Shackleford sat off the pace led by Fiesta who recorded […] Continue Reading

Turfway: Iva captures Cincinnati Trophy

Turfway Park recap: Feb. 1, 2019 (FLORENCE, Ky.) –  All Iva needed was room to run, and when jockey Julio Garcia found it for her, the filly dug deep through the stretch to score by 1 ¼ lengths in Friday’s $50,000 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes at Turfway Park. Workaholic was second, half a length ahead of Malibu Party in third. Final […] Continue Reading

Oaklawn: Vacation over for BC Sprint runner-up Whitmore

Kentucky horses highlight today’s Oaklawn Park barn notes, authored by Oaklawn’s media department: Whitmore Nearing First Work of 2019 Whitmore is maybe two weeks away from his first work of the year, with the $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes March 9 at Oaklawn being targeted as the gelding’s comeback spot, co-owner/trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs said Friday morning. Freshened in […] Continue Reading

Fair Grounds barn notes: Monomoy Girl back at track with Cox

Thursday’s Fair Grounds barn notes by Ryan Martin, with Kentucky horses dominating the news MONOMOY GIRL SETTLING IN WELL FOLLOWING BRIEF FRESHENING When Monomoy Girl left Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots last March, the Grade II Rachel Alexandra Stakes was her lone graded stakes triumph. Upon returning to the Brad Cox barn on Monday evening, she brought not only five Grade […] Continue Reading

Seeking the Soul could be Dubai World Cup-bound

Today’s Fair Grounds barn notes, penned by Ryan Martin: (Photo at left: Seeking the Soul. Credit Coady Photography) Following their respective second and ninth-place finishes in the Grade I Pegasus World Cup, Seeking the Soul and Tom’s d’Etat returned to their home winter base at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on Monday and will likely go down different paths for their next start. […] Continue Reading

Kentucky horses dominant in Houston festival – Midnight Bisou, Bigger Picture star

Sam Houston Race Park recap (Coady Photography pictures)  (Houston, TX) – Mother Nature was much kinder to Houston, Texas than Florida, giving ideal conditions to the contenders in the annual Houston Racing Festival at Sam Houston Race Park. The marquee event of the 2019 Thoroughbred racing season was highlighted by exhilarating performances byMidnight Bisou in the Grade 3, $300,000 Houston Ladies Classic and […] Continue Reading

Fires-trained Gray Attempt wins Oaklawn’s Smarty Jones

By Oaklawn Park’s media office HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, Jan. 25, 2019) – Dwight Pruett’s Gray Attempt earned his third straight victory with his front-running win in Friday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes before an opening day crowd of 20,000. Ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, Gray Attempt went straight to the lead from his far outside post and led the field of […] Continue Reading

Midnight Pleasure takes Forego in four-horse photo

Turfway Park press release (Coady Photography photo) Jan. 18, 2019 (FLORENCE, Ky.) – Midnight Pleasure charged from last to first in the $50,000 Forego Stakes Friday at Turfway Park, gobbling up the last half-furlong to win by a neck in a four-way rush to the wire. Mr Ashley, off at 67-1, was second, a nose better than third-place Torazo, who […] Continue Reading

Keeneland January sale: Four days, $46.75 million

Keeneland press release (photo of $5 million sales-topper Abel Tasman courtesy Keeneland) Strong Commerce Yields Sizable Gains as Keeneland January Sale Concludes                           Auction headlined by sale of champion Abel Tasman for record $5 million LEXINGTON, KY (Jan. 10, 2019) – Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale closed Thursday […] Continue Reading