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

West’s top 20 Kentucky Derby rankings for Feb. 26

On the road to Kentucky By Gary West The Kentucky Derby will be run May 2 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., over the classic distance of 1 1/4 miles. Based on points accumulated in designated stakes (including races in Japan and Europe), the field will be limited to 20 starters, with four also-eligibles.      No. Horse (Trainer) Starts-Wins-Seconds-Thirds […] Continue Reading

#EarsUp! Midnight Bisou: Dream horse gets chance to keep giving

Video: Mike Smith on champion mare Midnight Bisou in Saudi Cup By Alicia Hughes, for Thoroughbred News Service To a man, those closest to Midnight Bisou all kept coming back to the same descriptor over and over again. She was the dream come true, they said, the manifestation of all the reasons people sink their time, money and hearts into […] Continue Reading

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