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

Colonel Liam eyes G1 Old Forester after Muniz victory

A Fair Grounds Race Course stakes recap: New Orleans (March 20, 2021) – In the days leading up to the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Classic Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, trainer Todd Pletcher remarked that his grade 1-winning charge Colonel Liam had been training so well on the dirt of late that he may entertain giving 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

McPeek champ Swiss Skydiver rolls in G1 Beholder Mile

Santa Anita Park press release:    ARCADIA, Calif. (March 13, 2021)-Mission accomplished.  Idle since a disappointing run in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Distaff Nov. 7, trainer Ken McPeek’s reigning Eclipse Champion Filly Swiss Skydiver saved ground early and went on to register a powerful 2   length victory in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Beholder Mile at Santa Anita.  Ridden by […] Continue Reading

Cox’s Caddo River takes on Baffert in Rebel

An Oaklawn Park press release (Coady Photography photo above of Caddo River and jockey Florent Geroux winning the Smarty Jones): HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, March 12, 2021) – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has dominated Oaklawn’s four-race Kentucky Derby prep series the last decade. But it’s Eclipse Award-winning trainer Brad Cox who has owned 2021. Cox sent out Caddo River, […] Continue Reading

McPeek champ Swiss Skydiver makes 4yo debut in G1 Beholder Mile

A Santa Anita Park media release (Maryland Jockey Club/Jim McCue photo of Swiss Skydiver and Robby Albarado winning Preakness Stakes) ARCADIA, Calif. (March 10, 2021)-Last year’s Eclipse Champion 3-year-old Filly, Swiss Skydiver arrived at Santa Anita from her Gulfstream Park base on Tuesday and is poised to make her 4-year-old debut as she heads a field of eight older fillies and […] Continue Reading

Long an Oaklawn hero, Whitmore now also a national champ

Today’s Oaklawn Park media notes by Robert Yates (Coady Photography photo of Whitmore winning the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Keeneland): Oaklawn’s top male sprinter last year can now be called the best nationally, too. The ultra-popular Whitmore, a seven-time Oaklawn stakes winner co-owned and trained by Ron Moquett of Hot Springs, was named the country’s champion male sprinter of 2020 […] Continue Reading

Asmussen becomes second trainer to win 700 at Oaklawn

Today’s Oaklawn Park media notes authored by Robert Yates (Coady Photography photo): Hall of Fame Trainer Steve Asmussen Hits Another Oaklawn Milestone Steve Asmussen became the second trainer to reach 700 career victories at Oaklawn when even-money favorite Swiftsure captured Saturday’s seventh race under Ricardo Santana Jr. Asmussen entered the 2021 Oaklawn meeting that began Friday with 696 career victories […] Continue Reading