Hernandez gets 2,000th win on Baker-trained horse

A Fair Grounds press release (Photo of Hernandez’ 200th win courtesy Hodges Photography: In 2004, Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. earned the Eclipse Award for outstanding apprentice jockey. A mere 15-years later in Thursday’s fifth race at Fair Grounds, the Lafayette, Louisiana native captured career win number 2,000 aboard Afleet Roger for trainer Jimmy Baker. Both Hernandez and Baker are Louisville […] Continue Reading

Donna Brothers to deliver keynote speech at HBPA Convention

A National HBPA press release: LEXINGTON, Ky. (Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019) — Donna Barton Brothers — the accomplished jockey who has become even more prominent as an award-winning racing analyst for NBC Sports, advocate for responsible equine welfare and author — will be the keynote speaker at the National HBPA’s annual convention in March. “Donna is exactly the type of […] Continue Reading

Ky Derby first Future Wager pool this week

A Churchill Downs press release: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, Nov. 25, 2019) – Unbeaten Nashua Stakes (Grade III) winner Independence Hall and upset Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) winner Storm the Court are among the 24 betting interests in Pool 1 of the 2020 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which kicks off a four-day run at Churchill Downs on Thanksgiving Day. Both Independence […] Continue Reading

Tom’s d’Etat, 2017 winner Seeking the Soul headline Clark

Today’s Churchill Downs media notes penned by Kevin Kerstein:        LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019) – G M B Racing’s multiple graded stakes winner Tom’s d’Etat is set to bid for Grade I glory in Friday’s $600,000 Clark Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI) against Charles Fipke’s 2017 Clark champion Seeking the Soul and 10 others in a competitive […] Continue Reading

National HBPA CEO’s statement on new safety coalition

       LEXINGTON, Ky. (Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019) — Today we saw several of the nation’s leading Thoroughbred racetracks and the Breeders’ Cup announce the creation of an effort to unify the industry in enhancing existing protections and working together to develop new reforms to ensure the safety of the sport’s equine and human athletes.        We applaud the […] Continue Reading

Mark Casse honored with publicists’ Big Sport of Turfdom Award

The Turf Publicists of America (TPA) announced today that the 2019 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 publicists, will be presented to trainer Mark Casse. Casse, who was born into the business as the son of Norman Casse, an owner, trainer and breeder […] Continue Reading

British Idiom, Covfefe give Cox two more champions

       ARCADIA, Calif. (Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019) — A year ago, Kentucky Oaks winner Monomoy Girl won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Brad Cox’s hometown track of Churchill Downs to secure the 3-year-old filly title for the trainer’s first champion. In a 22-hour span at Santa Anita Park, Cox locked up his second and third equine championships with […] Continue Reading

Dennis’ Moment draws rail for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

By Jennie Rees ARCADIA, Calif. (Monday, Oct. 28, 2019) — Trainer Dale Romans wants Dennis’ Moment to be No. 1. But he wants that for the end of Friday’s $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, not necessarily in the starting gate.          But Dennis’ Moment — who burst onto the national racing scene with a 19 1/4-lengths […] Continue Reading

Mott sends out mare Elate, Yoshida in Breeders’ Cup Classic

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019) — Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott has won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff a record five times and the Breeders’ Cup Classic twice. He again has a top female and male horse, but this year will run the 5-year-old mare Elate against the boys for the first time in a field for the $6 […] Continue Reading

Lot riding (including emotions) on McKinzie in BC Classic

ARCADIA, Calif. (Monday, Oct. 28, 2019) — There’s a lot on the line for McKinzie when the 4-year-old colt breaks from the gate for Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park. A victory keeps him in the hunt for Horse of the Year, as well as champion older male. It enhances any future stallion deal. There’s also […] Continue Reading