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

Serengeti Empress takes on full field on G1 Apple Blossom

Oaklawn Park press release (with Coady Photography photo of Serengeti Empress winning the Azeri) HOT SPRINGS, AR – Serengeti Empress had to beat 13 rivals to win the country’s biggest race for 3-year-old fillies last year. She will have to beat the same number to win one of the country’s biggest two-turn races for older fillies and mares Saturday at […] Continue Reading

Trainers: Forgivable loans can cover your payroll for two months

Federal government’s 100% forgivable loans cover eight weeks of payroll and certain expenses – if you keep all your employees Here’s how it works: Congress’ recently passed bills battle against the economic fallout amid the coronavirus public-health emergency. Many, if not most trainers, will qualify for the zero-fee, 100-percent forgivable loans offered to encourage small-business owners to keep their employees […] Continue Reading

Derby, Oaks moved to September pending KHRC approval

Churchill Downs Inc. press release: The 146th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve will be rescheduled from May 2, 2020 to September 5, 2020 and the 146th Longines Kentucky Oaks will be rescheduled from May 1, 2020 to September 4, 2020. These dates are contingent upon final approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission which we expect to receive on […] Continue Reading

Ellis Park hires Barajas as track super; Thompson to stay on for 70th season

Ellis Park news release HENDERSON, KY. (Friday, Feb. 27, 2020) — Javier Barajas, who has tended to horse tracks and courses around the globe, is Ellis Park’s new track superintendent. Glenn Thompson, a veteran of almost 70 years maintaining the track, helped Ellis Park become one of the safest racetracks in the country and will continue to work with Barajas, Ellis management announced.   […] Continue Reading

Dennis’ Moment: ‘Long four months waiting … to prove how good he is’

By Jennie Rees Trainer Dale Romans believes he has a “superstar” in Dennis’ Moment. That leads him to feel both confidence and anxiety as Albaugh Family Stables’ standout colt prepares to run in Saturday’s $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes, a Grade 2 stepping stone to the Kentucky Derby. After all, it’s the first race since Dennis’ Moment stumbled badly […] Continue Reading

Look it up! Bayakoa goes to Go Google Yourself

Oaklawn Park media release HOT SPRINGS, AR (Monday, Feb. 17, 2020) – Jay Em Ess Stable’s Go Google Yourself wore down 6-5 favorite Whoa Nellie in the final strides to win Monday’s $200,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3). Making her first start since a runner-up effort in the Falls City Handicap (G2) at Churchill Downs last November, Go Google Yourself broke on […] Continue Reading