Maker sweeps Keeneland’s Elkhorn, Transylvania

Keeneland’s closing-day stakes recaps (Photo above: Tyler Gaffalione guides Zulu Alpha to Elkhorn victory. Coady Photography)  Click here for a replay of the TVG Elkhorn and interviews with jockey Tyler Gaffalione and trainer Mike Maker Michael Hui’s even-money favorite Zulu Alpha surged past longshot pacesetter Postulation in deep stretch by  three-quarters of a length to win Sunday afternoon’s 35th running […] Continue Reading

Tom’s d’Etat, Midnight Bisou head to Saratoga

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo above of Tom’s d’Etat’s Stephen Foster victory): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, June 28, 2020) – G M B Racing’s brilliant $500,000 Stephen Foster (Grade II) winner Tom’s d’Etat along with Bloom Racing, Madaket Stables and Allen Racing’s ultra-classy $200,000 Fleur de Lis (GII) hero Midnight Bisou both exited Saturday’s races in good shape and will head […] Continue Reading

Midnight Bisou headlines Asmussen’s 15 horses in last 3 days of Churchill meet

Today’s Churchill Downs barn notes by Kevin Kerstein LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, June 26, 2020) – Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen is poised to close the 2020 Churchill Downs Spring Meet on a charge with 15 horses entered in the final three days of racing including 2019 Champion Older Dirt Female Midnight Bisou (3-5 on the morning line) in the […] Continue Reading

Bejarano, Leparoux joining Ellis Park jockey colony

Story and videos by Jennie Rees, Ellis Park publicity (Coady Photography photo above of Julien Leparoux winning Churchill Downs’ Grade 3 Dogwood on Four Graces)  Rafael Bejarano on returning to Kentucky, Ellis Park Rafael Bejarano on uniting with agent, mentor Julio Espinoza Julien Leparoux on why he’s staying in Kentucky this summer HENDERSON, Ky. (Thursday, June 25, 2020) — Rafael Bejarano and […] Continue Reading

Stephen Foster: Tom’s d’Etat v. By My Standards, Owendale

Stakes advances by Churchill Downs’ publicity department (Coady photo of Tom’s d’Etat) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, June 21, 2020) – G M B Racing’s 2019 Clark (Grade I) winner Tom’s d’Etat will take on Allied Racing Stable’s multiple Grade II winner By My Standards and Rupp Racing’s recent Blame Stakes hero Owendale in Saturday’s 39th running of the $500,000 Stephen Foster presented […] Continue Reading

Amoss-trained No Parole takes G1 Woody Stephens

By Brian Bohl, New York Racing Association publicity department (Coglianese photo)   ELMONT, N.Y. – Maggi Moss and Greg Tramontin’s No Parole took no prisoners and remained undefeated in sprints, breaking sharply from the inside post and leading at every point-of-call before surging home to a 3 3/4-length victory in the seven-furlong Grade 1, $250,000 Woody Stephens presented by Claiborne Farm […] Continue Reading

Midnight Bisou: ‘Arguably best horse in the word’

Today’s Churchill Downs media notes by the track publicity department (Coady photo of Midnight Bisou paddock schooling Wednesday at Churchill Downs): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, June 18, 2020) – Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables and Allen Racing’s 2019 Eclipse Award-winner Midnight Bisou completed her most serious preparation for next Saturday’s $200,000 Fleur de Lis presented by Coca-Cola (Grade II) with a […] Continue Reading

Whitmore wins Count Fleet Sprint for record third time

Oaklawn Park stakes recap (Coady Photography photos) HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, April 18, 2020) – Oaklawn-loving Whitmore stepped up to the plate and easily defeated one of the toughest fields he’s faced in winning his third $350,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3). The 3-1 favorite settled into fifth place as Bobby’s Wicked One and Share the Upside set the early […] Continue Reading

Keeneland cancels spring meet due to COVID-19 concerns

LEXINGTON, KY (March 16, 2020) – Keeneland officials today announced the cancellation of the track’s upcoming Spring Meet, which was scheduled for April 2-24, due to health and safety concerns surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19. The decision was made following a guidance announcement issued Sunday, March 15, by the Center for Disease Control, which warned against holding large events and […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs: Record $14 million for spring stakes

A Churchill Downs release/Coady Photography photo  Stephen Foster Day Moved to Closing Day on June 27, with Seven Stakes New Seven-Stakes Stephen Foster Preview Night Created for Saturday, May 30 Action-Packed Schedule Includes Seven New Stakes Events 13 Stakes Races Receive Purse Hikes Derby Week Features 18 Stakes Events That Total $10.18 Million LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020) – […] Continue Reading