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

Calhoun (Who Took the Money), Cox (Australasia), Stewart (Classy John) take La-bred stakes

Fair Grounds Race Course recaps of its state-bred stakes on Louisiana Derby Day (Lou Hodges Jr. photo of Who Took the Money winning Crescent City Derby): New Orleans (March 20, 2021) – On a 14-race card that included eight stakes and culminated with Hot Rod Charlie’s win in the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2), Kentucky-based trainers swept three undercard […] Continue Reading

Hot Rod Charlie motors to LaDerby score over Midnight Bourbon

A Fair Grounds Race Course press release: New Orleans (March 20, 2021) – In a battle with Lecomte (G3) winner Midnight Bourbon from the word go, Roadrunner Racing, Boat Racing and Will Strauss’ Hot Rod Charlie put that stubborn rival away in the deep stretch to post a two-length win in the 108th running of the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana […] Continue Reading

Travel Column likely KY Oaks favorite after FG Oaks victory

A Fair Grounds Race Course press release (Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges above) New Orleans (March 20, 2021) – Travel Column two, Clairiere one. The rivalry continues. Churchill Downs awaits. OXO Equine’s Travel Column took advantage of a decided race flow edge and easily held off the late rally of her nemesis, Stonestreet Stables’ homebred Clairiere, by 2 ¾ lengths in the […] Continue Reading

Geroux making most of second Oaklawn experience

Today’s Oaklawn Park barn notes by Robert Yates (Coady Photography photo of Monomoy Girl winning Oaklawn Park’s Azeri Stakes: HOT SPRINGS, AR. (Friday, March 19, 2021) — Perhaps the surest bet this year at Oaklawn was that Kentucky-based jockey Florent Geroux would have a much bigger impact on the jockey standings than he did during his first stint as a regular […] Continue Reading

Rupp Racing’s Owendale favored in G2 New Orleans Classic

A Fair Grounds Race Course press release: New Orleans (March 16, 2021) – In Rupp Racing’s multiple graded-stakes winner Owendale headlines a competitive field of eight older horses for Saturday’s 96th running of the $400,000 New Orleans Classic (G2) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Run at 1 1/8 miles, the New Orleans Classic is Race 11 of 14 […] Continue Reading