Whitmore preparing for second career as stable pony

Oaklawn Park’s barn notes authored by Robert Yates (Coady Photography photo of Whitmore winning Oaklawn’s 2020 Count Fleet Stakes), with Kentucky horsemen, horses prominent: Whitmore won Oaklawn’s Hot Springs Stakes for older sprinters a record four times and if the feisty 8-year-old gelding cooperates, he’ll be leading the field again in 2022. Whitmore has returned to Arkansas, but instead of […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs barn notes: Howling Time heads Ky Jockey Club

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of Howling Time): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021) – The Road to the Kentucky Derby resumes Saturday from Churchill Downs where Albaugh Family Stables’ undefeated colt Howling Time, the winner of the $200,000 Street Sense four weeks ago, tops an ultra-competitive cast of 14 colts and geldings that entered the $400,000 Kentucky […] Continue Reading

Cox wins publicists’ Big Sport of Turfdom award

A Turf Publicists of America release (Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders’ Cup photo of media interview after Cox won the Breeders’ Cup Classic with Korea Racing Authority’s Knicks Go): The Turf Publicists of America (TPA) announced today that the 2021 Big Sport of Turfdom award, which recognizes a person or group of people who enhances coverage of Thoroughbred racing through cooperation with media and racing […] Continue Reading

Bell’s the One wins $300K on Lanerie’s birthday

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021) – Lothenbach Stables Inc.’s Bell’s the One, who bypassed a run in last week’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (Grade I) at Del Mar because of travel complications, sat off a hot early pace, rallied in the stretch and surged past Club Car inside the […] Continue Reading

Aloha West: First race comes at 4; BC Sprint champ 9 months later

Kentucky HBPA release (Photo above: Wayne Catalano after Aloha West’s victory. Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders’ Cup) Post-race video: DEL MAR, Calif. — One of the most popular victories of the Breeders’ Cup came in the $2 million Sprint won by the Wayne Catalano-trained 4-year-old Aloha West, who never even race until this past Feb. 7. But he bested a field that included […] Continue Reading

Knicks Go: From Ellis Park to Breeders’ Cup Classic glory

Kentucky HBPA release (Alex Evers/Eclipse Thoroughbred/Breeders’ Cup photo above) Video: Post-Classic interviews Video: B-roll, Baffert on Medina Spirit’s second          DEL MAR, Calif. (Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021) — A year ago, Brad Cox won a record-tying four Breeders’ Cup races at Keeneland. While he came three victories shy of that total this year, Cox’s triumph came in […] Continue Reading

On! On! U of K! Averly Jane carries Wildcats equine program banner

By Jennie Rees, KY HBPA (Coady Photography photo of the Indian Summer winner’s circle): Video: The UK team behind Averly Jane Video: Hat Creek Racing managing partner Gatewood Bell on Averly Jane after winning Keeneland’s Indian Summer DEL MAR, Calif. (Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021) — Already a national titlist in volleyball and rifle this year, the University of Kentucky seeks […] Continue Reading

Arnold hoping to ‘Gear’ up for first Breeders’ Cup win

(Gear Jockey training Tuesday AM at Del Mar. Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders’ Cup Photos) Video: Trainer Rusty Arnold at Keeneland DEL MAR, Calif. — It took a few races — OK, 12 — to figure out what Calumet Farm’s 4-year-old colt Gear Jockey really wanted to do. But the wait and perseverance paid off this summer and fall, with Kentucky Downs’ $1 […] Continue Reading

Everything you need to know about Churchill Downs’ 132nd fall meet (except the winners!)

From Churchill Downs’ media department (Keeneland/Coady Photography photo of Bell’s the One, #6 under Corey Lanerie, winning the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America. Trainer Neil Pessin is skipping the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint and will run in Churchill Downs’ $300,000 Dream Supreme): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021) – Thoroughbred racing in Kentucky shifts from Keeneland to […] Continue Reading

$5,500 purchase California Angel now California-bound after Jessamine upset

Today’s Keeneland barn notes by track’s publicity department (Grace Clark photo above: Rafael Bejarano guided California Angel to victory over Diamond Wow and Turnerloose): CALIFORNIA IS NEXT STOP FOR JPMORGAN CHASE JESSAMINE WINNER CALIFORNIA ANGEL GAINES HOPING SCRIPT FLIPS IN CLOSING REMARKS’ FAVOR IN QUEEN ELIZABETH II CHALLENGE CUP PRESENTED BY DIXIANA UPCOMING POTENTIAL KEENELAND STAKES FIELDS GALLOPING OUT FALL […] Continue Reading