Derby runner-up Mandaloun ekes out Pegasus win

Monmouth Park press release (Photo above by Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO): OCEANPORT, N.J. – Whatever plans trainer Brad Cox and jockey Florent Geroux had in their minds for how Sunday’s TVG.com Pegasus Stakes would unfold for Kentucky Derby runner-up Mandaloun were dashed a few jumps out of the Monmouth Park starting gate. Forced to steady at the start and off last in […] Continue Reading

Art Collector targeting Churchill’s 7F Kelly’s Landing for comeback race

(Photo: Keeneland’s Grade 2 Blue Grass winner Art Collector shown winning last August’s $200,000 Ellis Park Derby under Brian Hernandez Jr. Coady Photography) Today’s Churchill Downs barn notes penned by Kevin Kerstein: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, June 13, 2021) – Bruce Lunsford’s 2020 Blue Grass (Grade II)-winning homebred Art Collector will target the $110,000 Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes at Churchill Downs […] Continue Reading

Call it the Mintd Julep as 12-1 shot upsets Juliet Foxtrot

(Photo: Mintd and jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. wore down heavy-favorite Juliet Foxtrot to win Saturday’s Old Forester Mint Julep for her first stakes victory. Coady Photography photos) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 12, 2021) – Mintd (IRE) ran down 1-2 favorite Juliet Foxtrot (GB) in deep stretch to score a half-length victory at odds of 12-1 in Saturday night’s 45th running […] Continue Reading

G1 winner Juliet Foxtrot heads G3 Mint Julep

(Photo: Juliet Foxtrot winning the G1 Jenny Wiley at Keeneland under Tyler Gaffalione. Coady Photography) LOUISVILLE, KY (Thursday, June 10, 2021) – Juddmonte and trainer Brad Cox were not originally planning to run Grade I winner Juliet Foxtrot (GB) in Saturday night’s $150,000 Old Forester Mint Julep (GIII) at Churchill Downs but the team altered her campaign in hopes they […] Continue Reading

Essential Quality gives Cox first Triple Crown win in Belmont

(Photo: Louisville’s Brad Cox hoists the Belmont Stakes trophy after Essential Quality gave him his first Triple Crown race victory) By Brian Bohl, NYRA Communications ELMONT, N.Y. — Godolphin Stable’s Essential Quality accomplished everything that could be achieved in 2020, winning a pair of Grade 1s, including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, en route to an Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old. […] Continue Reading

Essential Quality works (5F in 59.80) for expected Belmont start

Today’s Churchill Downs barn notes by Kevin Kerstein (Coady Photography photos of Essential Quality training for the Kentucky Derby): LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 22, 2021) – Godolphin’s Essential Quality, the Kentucky Derby (Grade I) favorite and likely top betting choice for the June 7 Belmont Stakes (GI), breezed a sharp five furlongs in :59.80 Saturday morning at Churchill Downs, the […] Continue Reading

Ellis Park’s 2021 meet: Record purses, two new 3yo turf stakes

(Photo: The Brad Cox-trained Factor This, with Shaun Bridgmohan up, won Ellis Park’s 2020 Kentucky Downs Preview Turf Cup for the second straight year. The 1 1/4-mile stakes gets a $25,000 purse increase to $125,000 this year. Coady Photography) HENDERSON, Ky. (Sunday, Aug. 25, 2021) — Ellis Park is back on track to offer record purses while adding two new […] Continue Reading

Super shock! Asmussens’ Super Stock takes Arkansas Derby

Oaklawn Park’s Arkansas Derby recap (Coady Photography photos): Hot Springs, Ark. (Saturday, April 10, 2021) – The public missed the chance to get in on the ground floor, but Super Stock is offering up a dividend for the Asmussen family business after his upset victory in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) and punched his ticket for the Kentucky Derby […] Continue Reading

Keepmeinmind arrives at Keeneland for Blue Grass

Today’s Keeneland barn notes (Coady Photography photo above of Keepmeinmind taking Churchill Downs’ Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club): THURSDAY IS SCHOOLING DAY FOR THE TOYOTA BLUE GRASS FAVORITE, UNDEFEATED CHAMPION ESSENTIAL QUALITY KEEPMEINMIND ARRIVES FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS ROMBAUER RETURNS TO KEENELAND FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS PESSIN CONFIDENT BELL’S THE ONE WILL FIRE FRESH IN THE MADISON SLUMBER PARTY TAKES […] Continue Reading

Champ Essential Quality 3-5 favorite in Blue Grass

Keeneland’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes draw story (Coady Photography photo of Essential Quality capturing Oaklawn Park’s Southwest): LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY (March 30, 2021) — Godolphin’s undefeated homebred Essential Quality, the champion 2-year-old male of 2020, is the 3-5 morning line choice in a field of nine 3-year-olds entered Tuesday for Saturday’s 97th running of the $800,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G2) going […] Continue Reading