McPeek unveils another Derby contender in Dash Attack

Oaklawn Park barn notes by Robert Yates (Coady Photography/Oaklawn Park photo) Kentucky-based trainer Kenny McPeek has a problem, but it’s a good problem for a trainer on New Year’s Day. McPeek enters 2022 with several live Kentucky Derby prospects to maneuver, including Oaklawn-based Dash Attack, who celebrated his birthday with a victory in Saturday’s $250,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds […] Continue Reading

Hartman-trained Elle Z rolls under Murrill in Nelson Menard

Fair Grounds stakes-recap (Hodges Photography photo): New Orleans (January 1, 2022) – Having proven quick with no quit, M Bar O’s Elle Z loomed large over a field that, on paper, seemed likely to contest the newly-turned 5-year-old mare’s front-running style. But the gate-to-wire winner of the 3rd running of the $75,000 Nelson J Menard Memorial Stakes instead took it […] Continue Reading

Gutierrez goes 7 for 17 – including five stakes wins

Stakes recaps by the Fair Grounds publicity team of Joe Kristufek and Kevin Kilroy (Above: Hodges Photography photo of Excess Magic) New Orleans (December 27, 2021) – We could Chattalot about the Lovely Ride jockey Reylu Gutierrez has been on in 2021, but during the post-Christmas stakes extravaganza at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the 26-year-old native of Rochester, […] Continue Reading

A look at Monday’s Fair Grounds stakes quintet

Fair Grounds stakes preview by track’s publicity department (Hodges Photography photo of Excess Magic) New Orleans (December 24, 2021) – If Sunday’s “Road to the Derby Kickoff Day” card wasn’t enough, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots doubles up on the post-holiday cheer with five more stakes on Monday, December 27. The 10-race program begins at 1:05 p.m. CT (2:05 […] Continue Reading

HBPA: Time to expand KTDF to claiming races (and panel agrees)

(File photo of Senator Damon Thayer courtesy NKY Tribune) FRANKFORT, Ky. (Friday, Nov. 19, 2021) — Expanding purse supplements for Kentucky-breds to include claiming races would shore up the state’s year-round horse-racing circuit, keeping horses and jobs in Kentucky, the leading horsemen’s association told a legislative committee Friday. Rick Hiles, president of the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association (KHBPA), […] Continue Reading

Knicks Go: From Ellis Park to Breeders’ Cup Classic glory

Kentucky HBPA release (Alex Evers/Eclipse Thoroughbred/Breeders’ Cup photo above) Video: Post-Classic interviews Video: B-roll, Baffert on Medina Spirit’s second          DEL MAR, Calif. (Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021) — A year ago, Brad Cox won a record-tying four Breeders’ Cup races at Keeneland. While he came three victories shy of that total this year, Cox’s triumph came in […] Continue Reading

Ellis announces plans for Owensboro HRM venue; track upgrades

An Ellis Park press release (photo: rendition of Ellis Entertainment Owensboro exterior): Henderson, KY. (October 26, 2021) – As preparations begin to celebrate the centennial anniversary of Ellis Park Racing and Gaming, Ellis Entertainment has announced plans to open a new historical racing machine (“HRM”) entertainment venue. Ellis Entertainment Owensboro, in Owensboro, Kentucky will include a new 60,000-square-foot racing and […] Continue Reading

Turnerloose heads Jessamine; 11 invited to QEII Challenge Cup

Today’s Keeneland media notes penned by the track’s publicity department (Coady Photography photo above of Turnerloose taking Kentucky Downs’ $500,000 Aristocrat Juvenile Fillies under Florent Geroux. UNDEFEATED TURNERLOOSE HEADS OVERFLOW FIELD FOR JPMORGAN CHASE JESSAMINE ELEVEN FILLIES INVITED TO QUEEN ELIZABETH II CHALLENGE CUP PRESENTED BY DIXIANA DREAM SEASON CONTINUES FOR ARRIAGADA AND ESTILO TALENTOSO BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE PICK 6 […] Continue Reading

Juju’s Map: No problem finding Alcibiades winner’s circle

Stakes recap by Keeneland’s publicity department (Keeneland/Coady Photography photo above of Florent Geroux guiding Juju’s Map to victory.) Juju’s Map Much the Best in Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades on Opening Day of Keeneland’s Fall Meet LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 8, 2021) – Albaugh Family Stables’ Juju’s Map swept to the lead on the far turn and cruised to a 4¼-length victory […] Continue Reading

A look at Keeneland’s FallStars Weekend stakes

Today’s Keeneland media notes (Coady Photography photo of Phoenix contender Just Might capturing Churchill Downs’ Louisville Thoroughbred Society Stakes. Paradise Farms Corp. and David Staudacher’s Special Reserve headlines a field of seven sprinters entered Tuesday for Friday’s 169th running of the $250,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) going 6 furlongs on the main track. Friday is opening day of Keeneland’s […] Continue Reading