Epicenter takes Gun Runner Stakes for Gun Runner’s connections

Stakes recaps by the Fair Grounds publicity team of Joe Kristufek and Kevin Kilroy (Hodges Photography photo above of Epicenter): New Orleans (December 26, 2021) – Victories in the 2016 Risen Star (G2) and Louisiana Derby (G2) put Gun Runner on a path towards nearly $16 million in career earnings on the track and leading first crop sire honors off […] 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

$5,500 purchase California Angel now California-bound after Jessamine upset

Today’s Keeneland barn notes by track’s publicity department (Grace Clark photo above: Rafael Bejarano guided California Angel to victory over Diamond Wow and Turnerloose): CALIFORNIA IS NEXT STOP FOR JPMORGAN CHASE JESSAMINE WINNER CALIFORNIA ANGEL GAINES HOPING SCRIPT FLIPS IN CLOSING REMARKS’ FAVOR IN QUEEN ELIZABETH II CHALLENGE CUP PRESENTED BY DIXIANA UPCOMING POTENTIAL KEENELAND STAKES FIELDS GALLOPING OUT FALL […] Continue Reading

Pea soup: New Boss takes off-turf Pea Patch at Ellis Park

Ellis Park press release by Jennie Rees (Coady Photography photos of Adam Beschizza riding New Boss to victory in the Pea Patch) HENDERSON, Ky. (Sunday, July 18, 2021) — Trainer Bret Calhoun very much had misgivings when a storm blew in as his 3-year-old filly New Boss was in the paddock for Sunday’s $60,000 Pea Patch Overnight Stakes at the […] Continue Reading

Apprentice Andrea Rodriguez wins Ellis Park debut

Ellis Park press release by Jennie Rees Video interview with Rodriguez HENDERSON, Ky. (Saturday, July 3, 2021) — Andrea Rodriguez had never even been to Ellis Park before, let alone ridden in a race. But the 23-year-old apprentice jockey wasted no time locating the winner’s circle. Rodriguez rode 11-shot Artie’s Lady to a head victory over 14-1 Midnight Lewis in […] Continue Reading

Everything to know about Ellis Park (except who’s going to win)

An Ellis Park press release (Coady Photography photo of multiple graded-stakes winner Crazy Beautiful winning the 2020 RUNHAPPY Ellis Park Debutante for co-meet-leading trainer Kenny McPeek): HENDERSON, Ky. (Thursday, June 24, 2021) — They’re approaching the starting gate for the RUNHAPPY Meet at Ellis Park. Here’s a look at the 31-date session that kicks off this Sunday, June 27, and runs […] Continue Reading

Busy summer: Pedroza among jocks to ride at Ellis Park, Indiana Grand

Photo: Marcelino Pedroza rides Bango to victory in Churchill Downs’ $150,000 Aristides Stakes for trainer Greg Foley. Coady Photography HENDERSON, Ky. (Friday, June 11, 2021)— Ellis Park’s riding colony the past few years has been pretty much an extension of Churchill Downs’ jockey population. This summer the Ellis jocks’ room also will look a lot like Indiana Grand. Ellis Park […] Continue Reading

KY horsemen: Please note Indiana’s 2021 regulatory changes

(Coady Photography photo above) The Indiana HBPA wants to make sure Kentucky horsemen are aware of 2021 Indiana regulatory changes. Please be advised that Indiana’s regulations involving running on Lasix have not changed. You can run horses on Lasix that has been administered no closer than four hours before post time. New 2021 Indiana Horse Racing Commission Regulations  71 IAC […] Continue Reading

Ky Oaks winner Shedaresthedevil takes 4yo debut by a head

An Oaklawn Park press release (Coady Photography photos): HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, March 13, 2021) – 2020 Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Honeybee Stakes (G3) winner Shedaresthedevil, making her first start since last October, led gate to wire to win Saturday’s $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) determinedly by a head over 3-2 favorite Letruska at Oaklawn Park. Breaking from the outside post […] Continue Reading