Drury assistant Jose Garcia on ride of life with Art Collector

Assistant trainers are one of the most labor-intensive positions in horse racing. But Jose Garcia, who has worked for trainer Tommy Drury for 22 years, has assumed an additional role as groom for Keeneland’s Toyota Blue Grass winner Art Collector, now one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby. “He’s an amazing horse,” said Garcia, who on Friday said his […] Continue Reading

Tom’s d’Etat, Midnight Bisou head to Saratoga

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo above of Tom’s d’Etat’s Stephen Foster victory): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, June 28, 2020) – G M B Racing’s brilliant $500,000 Stephen Foster (Grade II) winner Tom’s d’Etat along with Bloom Racing, Madaket Stables and Allen Racing’s ultra-classy $200,000 Fleur de Lis (GII) hero Midnight Bisou both exited Saturday’s races in good shape and will head […] Continue Reading

Bejarano, Leparoux joining Ellis Park jockey colony

Story and videos by Jennie Rees, Ellis Park publicity (Coady Photography photo above of Julien Leparoux winning Churchill Downs’ Grade 3 Dogwood on Four Graces)  Rafael Bejarano on returning to Kentucky, Ellis Park Rafael Bejarano on uniting with agent, mentor Julio Espinoza Julien Leparoux on why he’s staying in Kentucky this summer HENDERSON, Ky. (Thursday, June 25, 2020) — Rafael Bejarano and […] Continue Reading

Factor This, Field Pass win Churchill Downs turf stakes

Stakes recap by Churchill Downs’ publicity department. Coady photo above of Factor This winning the Wise Dan. LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 20, 2020) – Gaining Ground Racing LLC’s 5-year-old Factor This collected his third consecutive stakes win with a hard-fought, front-running triumph while holding off a fast-closing English Bee in Saturday’s 31st running of the $200,000 Wise Dan presented by […] Continue Reading

Midnight Bisou: ‘Arguably best horse in the word’

Today’s Churchill Downs media notes by the track publicity department (Coady photo of Midnight Bisou paddock schooling Wednesday at Churchill Downs): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, June 18, 2020) – Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables and Allen Racing’s 2019 Eclipse Award-winner Midnight Bisou completed her most serious preparation for next Saturday’s $200,000 Fleur de Lis presented by Coca-Cola (Grade II) with a […] Continue Reading

Ellis Park opening Monday for HHR gaming

Ellis Park press release (photo of training last year at Ellis Park)           HENDERSON, Ky. (Friday, June 5, 2020) —Ellis Park will reopen for Historical Horse Racing gaming this Monday at 10 a.m. Central. Following coronavirus safety protocols, the facility will be limited to 33-percent occupancy and every employee and guest will have their temperature measured […] Continue Reading

KHRC committee approves Keeneland getting July 8-12 from Ellis

Keeneland press release (Coady photo of Out for a Spin winning the 2019 Central Bank Ashland) LEXINGTON, KY (May 27, 2020) – The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Race Dates Committee today approved Keeneland’s request to conduct a spectator-free, five-day Summer Meet, to be held Wednesday, July 8 through Sunday, July 12.  “Keeneland appreciates the quick response of the Commission to […] Continue Reading

Matt Winn, Ellis Park Derby now 50 points to winner on Ky Derby trail

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of Gray Magician, outside under Corey Lanerie, winning the 2019 Ellis Park Derby): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, May 12, 2020) – Churchill Downs Racetrack today released a preliminary list of races that could be used for the extension of the “Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve,” pending agreeable race placement by […] Continue Reading

By My Standards owner: ‘Couldn’t be happier; couldn’t be more relieved’

NTRA top thoroughbred poll Churchill Downs revised spring stakes schedule By Jennie Rees, Kentucky HBPA communications Social distancing could only last so long when Chester Thomas’ By My Standards won Saturday’s $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap by 1 3/4 lengths over Warrior’s Charge. Thomas, the Madisonville, Ky., entrepreneur who races in the named of Allied Racing, and wife Jennifer had one of […] Continue Reading

Amoss serving as TV analyst for Apple Blossom featuring his star filly

A New York Racing Association release (Coady Photography photo of Tom Amoss hoisting the Kentucky Oaks trophy after Serengeti Empress’ win last year): ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Tom Amoss will be in a unique position ahead of Saturday’s Grade 1, $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap as the trainer of Serengeti Empress, but also as an analyst charged with offering color commentary […] Continue Reading