Cox on Monomoy Girl: ‘Meant the world to my career’

Churchill Downs’ media notes by Kevin Kerstein (Coady Photography photo above of Monomou: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021) – Spendthrift Farm and trainer Brad Cox announced Wednesday afternoon the retirement of multiple champion mare Monomoy Girl. Cox reflected Thursday about Monomoy Girl and what she’s meant to his career. “She’s simply a remarkable mare and has meant the world […] Continue Reading

Shedaresthedevil nips Crystal Ball in $400K Locust Grove

Churchill Downs stakes recap (Coady Photography photo of Shedaresthedevil’s victory over Crystal Ball in Saturday night’s Locust Grove under Florent Geroux): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021) – Qatar Racing, Flurry Racing Stables and Big Aut Farms’ 2020 Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) hero Shedaresthedevil broke fast from the gate, dictated the pace throughout and determinedly held off Crystal Ball […] Continue Reading

She’sonthewarpath wins battle and war in Ellis Park Turf

Coady Photography photos of She’sonthewarpath, Adam Beschizza up, edging favored Dominga to take the $75,000 Ellis Park Turf. Video: She’sonthewarpath jockey Adam Beschizza, trainer Steve Margolis HENDERSON, Ky. (Sunday, July 4, 2021) — She’sonthewarpath was. And the result was a neck victory over favored Dominga in Sunday’s $75,000 Ellis Park Turf at the RUNHAPPY Meet at Ellis Park. Trainer by […] Continue Reading

Highlights from Ellis Park opener

Ellis Park wrap up of Sunday’s opening day. Coady Photography pic of Eric Foster. HENDERSON, Ky. (Sunday, June 27, 2021) — The RUNHAPPY Meet at Ellis Park kicked off Sunday before an enthusiastic crowd welcoming back horse racing in the Tri-State area with fans in the stands for the first time since 2019. COVID protocols forced last summer’s meet to […] Continue Reading

Everything to know about Ellis Park (except who’s going to win)

An Ellis Park press release (Coady Photography photo of multiple graded-stakes winner Crazy Beautiful winning the 2020 RUNHAPPY Ellis Park Debutante for co-meet-leading trainer Kenny McPeek): HENDERSON, Ky. (Thursday, June 24, 2021) — They’re approaching the starting gate for the RUNHAPPY Meet at Ellis Park. Here’s a look at the 31-date session that kicks off this Sunday, June 27, and runs […] Continue Reading

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 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