Scabbard on target for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

By Jennie Rees Joseph Sutton’s Scabbard, who finished second to huge favorite Dennis’ Moment in Churchill Downs’ Grade 3 Iroquois Stakes, had his penultimate work before the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Thursday, starting off behind two stablemates and finishing well to be timed the half-mile in 48 4/5 seconds. “We were trying to give him a little target, just […] Continue Reading

Fox on Dennis’ Moment after 5F work in 58 3/5: ‘Spooky good’

By Jennie Rees The goal of the electrifying 2-year-old Dennis’ Moment’s timed workout Friday morning at Churchill Downs was to go a little slower than the prior week’s 58 4/5 seconds, if possible. It wasn’t. With regular exercise rider Tammy Fox in the saddle, Albaugh Family Stables’ standout colt cruised the five furlongs in 58 3/5 seconds in his penultimate […] Continue Reading

Walsh: Juvenile-bound Maxfield is ‘like the perfect employee’

By Alicia Hughes LEXINGTON, Ky. (Friday, Oct. 18, 2o19) — There are certain things that happen around a trainer’s barn when an unbeaten Grade 1 winner is within the shedrow. For one, otherwise routine workouts become a crowd-drawing event. As Godolphin’s homebred Maxfield headed to the Keeneland main track Friday morning for his first breeze since capturing the Grade 1 […] Continue Reading

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile watch: Dennis’ Moment ‘moves like a Cadillac, fast as a Ferrari’

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Oct. 11, 2019) — When Tammy Fox comes back from a morning workout on a racehorse, the ultimate sign of approval is the former jockey flashing two thumbs up as they come off the track. After Albaugh Family Stables’ 2-year-old colt Dennis’ Moment cruised five-eighths of a mile in 58 1/5 seconds Friday at Churchill Downs, Fox […] Continue Reading

Correas making Breeders’ Cup plans for repeat Spinster winner Blue Prize

Today’s dark-day Keeneland barn notes: ALL’S WELL IN BLUE PRIZE (ARG) CAMP FOLLOWING REPEAT JUDDMONTE SPINSTER VICTORY Trainer Ignacio Correas IV reported that Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize (ARG) exited her repeat victory in Sunday’s $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) in good shape as preparations began for Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) run at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. “She ate up everything […] Continue Reading

Walsh on Maxfield: ‘We’ve been excited about him since he walked into the barn’

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019) — The morning after winning the first Grade 1 stakes of his career, Brendan Walsh reported cheerfully that Keeneland’s Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity winner Maxfield came out of Saturday’s $500,000 race in far better order than his trainer. “We did a bit of celebrating last night,” Walsh said. “But if you don’t celebrate that, what […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: British Idiom takes Alcibiades, Engage wins Phoenix

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 4, 2019) – Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group, Madaket Stables and Bethlehem Stables’ British Idiom swept to the lead at the head of the stretch and romped to a 6½-length victory to win the 68th running of the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1) for 2-year-old fillies before a Fall Meet opening-day crowd of 16,427. Keeneland’s race video Race […] Continue Reading

Following an icon, Jordan adds Keeneland to his circuit as starter

Today’s opening day of the Fall Meet marks the debut of head starter Scott Jordan, who fills a position at Keeneland made famous by the late Robert “Spec” Alexander. Alexander, who died June 3 at age 80, had been Keeneland’s head starter since the 1980s. He was a widely respected horseman and a beloved ambassador for the track. “He was […] Continue Reading

Sisterson works his Falls Stars Weekend roster

Today’s Keeneland barn notes compiled by the track’s publicity team: Starting with Vexatious at 5:30 a.m. on the dirt and concluding with Bandua at 10 a.m. on the turf, trainer Jack Sisterson had his Calumet Farm roster of Fall Stars Weekend hopefuls go through their final major preparations Sunday morning at Keeneland. Vexatious came to Sisterson’s barn in May after […] Continue Reading

Williamson hitting stride at Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs’ barn notes compiled by Kevin Kerstein: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019) – Trainer Brian Williamson began making Churchill Downs his “second home” about four years ago. Now, the Chicagoland-native is finding his best stride in the September Meet with two victories and a narrow runner-up finish with his small string of 10 horses based in Barn 16. […] Continue Reading