Asmussen sends out Stellar Tap, Guntown in G3 Iroquois

Photo above: Guntown, shown winning an Ellis Park maiden race on Aug. 13, is one of two horses Steve Asmussen will run in Saturday night’s $300,000 Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs. Coady Photography Today’s Churchill Downs media notes penned by Kevin Kerstein: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Sept. 17, 2021) – Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen arguably recorded one of […] Continue Reading

‘D. Wayne & Dale: A Conversation’ – Don’t miss this free event Saturday, Aug. 14 at Ellis Park!

(Above: D. Wayne Lukas at Ellis Park. Jennie Rees photo) HENDERSON, Ky. (Friday, Aug. 6, 2021) — Tri-State horse-racing and sports enthusiasts can enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience watching legendary trainer D. Wayne Lukas and Kentucky stalwart Dale Romans exchange stories, interview each other and take questions from the public on Saturday Aug. 14 at Ellis Park. “D. Wayne and Dale: […] Continue Reading

Bango proves firecracker in Ellis Park’s Good Lord

Ellis Park press release (all photos by Coady Photography) Video: pre-race, stretch, interviews with Pedroza and Foley HENDERSON, Ky. (Saturday, July 17, 2021) — It turns out that Bango loves Ellis Park, too. Fred and Debbie Schwartz’ 4-year-old colt came into Saturday’s $75,000 Good Lord Stakes with six of his seven career victories coming at Churchill Downs, trainer Greg Foley’s […] Continue Reading

Walsh on Foster-bound Maxfield: ‘We’re ready … and excited’

From Churchill Downs’ media department (Coady Photography photo of Maxfield winning Churchill Downs’ Grade 2 Alysheba under Jose Ortiz):  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, June 23, 2021) – Godolphin’s multiple graded stakes-winning homebred Maxfield leads a field of nine older horses that were entered in Saturday afternoon’s featured 40th running of the $600,000 Stephen Foster (Grade II) – one of seven stakes […] Continue Reading

Bell’s the One edges Sconsin in Roxelana

Churchill Downs stakes recap (Coady Photography photos. At top: Bell’s the One galloping out under Corey Lanerie after her victory over Sconsin)  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 19, 2021) – Bell’s the One, winner of the $500,000 Derby City Distaff (Grade I) last September, ran down Winning Colors (GIII) heroine and 6-5 favorite Sconsin in deep stretch to prevail in Saturday’s […] Continue Reading

Maxfield heads probables for $600K Stephen Foster

Today’s Churchill Downs barn notes (Above: Maxfield winning Churchill Downs’ Alysheba Stakes on the Kentucky Oaks card. Coady Photography) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 19, 2021) – With five days remaining in the 2021 Spring Meet at Churchill Downs, next Saturday’s closing day stakes spectacular is beginning to take shape. The 11-race program is scheduled to headlined by Godolphin’s Grade I […] 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

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

Blue Grass horses gets feel for Keeneland surface

Today’s Keeneland barn notes by the track’s publicity department (Coady Photography photo above of Rombauer training at Keeneland for last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile): ********** ·       UNTREATED GETS FIRST FEEL OF MAIN TRACK FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS ·       DUBAI WORLD CUP WINNER MYSTIC GUIDE SCHEDULED TO RETURN TO KEENELAND ·       HARTY HOPES RACING LUCK COMES FAIR MAIDEN’S WAY IN MADISON […] 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