Calhoun, Thomas hope to ca$h in on Ind. Derby with Mr. Money

Video: Interview with Bret Calhoun, with video at beginning from Mr. Money’s win in Churchill Downs’ Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes. SHELBYVILLE, Ind.; July 8, 2019 — Allied Racing’s Mr. Money, who off a pair of Grade 3 stakes victories at Churchill Downs stamped himself as one of the fastest and most-improved 3-year-olds in the country, is headed to Saturday night’s […] Continue Reading

Bashford Manor favorite Phantom Boss gives Periban first Churchill start

Churchill Downs barn notes authored by Kevin Kerstein: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, June 27, 2019) – Trainer Jorge Periban has never started a horse beneath the historic Twin Spires of Churchill Downs but 2-year-old California-bred Phantom Boss is poised to give the 59-year-old conditioner his first victory as the 9-5 morning line favorite in Saturday’s $125,000 Bashford Manor (Grade III). “It’s […] Continue Reading

Cox-trained Owendale edges Math Wizard in Ohio Derby

Thistledown’s Ohio Derby recap: June 22, 2019 (NORTH RANDALL, Ohio) – The saying “pace makes the race” proved golden Saturday as Owendale drove by faltering speed to take the $500,000 Ohio Derby (G3) at JACK Thistledown Racino by a half-length over Math Wizard, who also made a late move. It was another 9 1/4 lengths back to Long Range Toddy in […] Continue Reading

Seeking the Soul’s next start up in air – but one definite spot is Breeders’ Cup Classic

A Churchill Downs release: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, June 16, 2019) – Veteran trainer Dallas Stewart was back to work Sunday at Churchill Downs to figure out the next option for Saturday’s $600,000 Stephen Foster Presented by GE Appliances (Grade I) winner Seeking the Soul. “We got back at it at 5 a.m. this morning and looking forward to the future,” Stewart said. “He bounced out […] Continue Reading

Matt Winn: Mr. Money gets the money!

Churchill Downs’ stakes recap: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 15, 2019) – Mr. Money, winner of the $400,000 Pat Day Mile (Grade III) on Kentucky Derby, returned to the Churchill Downs winner’s circle Saturday night after scoring a decisive 6 ½-length win over Signalman in the 22nd running of the $150,000 Matt Winn (Grade III) for 3-year-olds. Ridden by Gabriel Saez, […] Continue Reading

Mena: ‘I’m a fighter and won’t let an injury put me out of the game’

Churchill Downs’ media notes by Kevin Kerstein: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, May 26, 2019) – One year ago jockey Miguel Mena was laying on his couch not knowing if he’d ever ride again after severely breaking his ankle in March 2018. Entering Sunday’s nine-race program at Churchill Downs, Mena left no doubt he was back in top form as he was […] Continue Reading

Ellis Park to offer average $330K/day in purses; Nine of 11 stakes worth at least $100K

Horsemen: Ellis Park’s Condition Book 1 will be available on Equibase.com (click on link below and then click on Ellis Park) later today or first thing in the morning. http://www.equibase.com/static/horsemen/horsemenareaCB.html      HENDERSON, Ky. (Thursday, May 23, 2019) — Ellis Park will offer the highest purses in the track’s 97-year history at its 2019 summer race meet, including a record […] Continue Reading

Blue Grass meets Black-Eyed Susan: Top 5 in Preakness from Kentucky

BALTIMORE (Sunday, May 19, 2019) —The Preakness Stakes is staged at Maryland’s Pimlico Race Course, but Saturday’s results proved a Kentucky landslide. Keyed by War of Will’s 1 1/4-length victory over Everfast, the top five finishers are all based at Churchill Downs or Keeneland. The superfecta filled out by the Mark Casse-trained 6-1 shot War of Will, 29-1 Everfast (Dale […] Continue Reading

Watch out, Louisville! Chester Thomas has a Derby horse in By My Standards

Video: b-roll of Louisiana Derby stretch run, Chester Thomas of Madisonville, Ky., leading By My Standards into winner’s circle and Thomas interview Video: trainer Bret Calhoun discusses By My Standards – and Chester Thomas Video: Henderson’s Larry Jones wins his fourth Fair Grounds Oaks as Street Band gives Sophie Doyle the biggest victory of her riding career. NEW ORLEANS, La. […] Continue Reading

Derby trail: Colebrook-trained Knicks Go sees to get back on track in Gotham

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Grade 1 winners Knicks Go and Mind Control, along with undefeated California raider Instagrand, headline a formidable field of eight in the Grade 3, $300,000 Gotham, a one-turn mile for 3-year-olds on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. As part of New York’s “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series, the Gotham offers 50-20-10-5 qualifying points to the first […] Continue Reading