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

Maker sweeps Keeneland’s Elkhorn, Transylvania

Keeneland’s closing-day stakes recaps (Photo above: Tyler Gaffalione guides Zulu Alpha to Elkhorn victory. Coady Photography)  Click here for a replay of the TVG Elkhorn and interviews with jockey Tyler Gaffalione and trainer Mike Maker Michael Hui’s even-money favorite Zulu Alpha surged past longshot pacesetter Postulation in deep stretch by  three-quarters of a length to win Sunday afternoon’s 35th running […] Continue Reading

Drury wins first graded stakes as Art Collector takes G2 Blue Grass

Keeneland’s Blue Grass recap (Coady Photography photos) Click here for a replay of the race and interviews with jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. and trainer Tom Drury Jr. Click here for a replay of the post-race Zoom interviews with owner-breeder Bruce Lunsford and with Drury. Bruce Lunsford’s homebred Art Collector roared past the filly Swiss Skydiver at the eighth pole and […] Continue Reading

War of Will nips Parlor in Maker’s Mark Mile; Four Graces rolls

Keeneland’s recap of today’s stakes action (Photo above: War of Will, in pink silks, nailed Parlor, in white blinkers on the hedge, in the final stride to win the Grade 1 Maker’s Mark Mile) Click here for a video recap of the third day of Keeneland’s five-day Summer Meet. War of Will Nips Parlor to Win Grade 1 Maker’s Mark […] 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

Amoss-trained No Parole takes G1 Woody Stephens

By Brian Bohl, New York Racing Association publicity department (Coglianese photo)   ELMONT, N.Y. – Maggi Moss and Greg Tramontin’s No Parole took no prisoners and remained undefeated in sprints, breaking sharply from the inside post and leading at every point-of-call before surging home to a 3 3/4-length victory in the seven-furlong Grade 1, $250,000 Woody Stephens presented by Claiborne Farm […] Continue Reading

Man in the Can earns shot at Blue Grass

Sunday’s Churchill Downs media notes (Coady photo above of Man in the Can’s allowance win Friday: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, June 14, 2020) – JRita Young Thoroughbreds’ four-time winner Man in the Can will take his next step on the Road to the Kentucky Derby in the $600,000 Blue Grass (Grade II) on July 11 at Keeneland following his 1 ½-length […] 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

Congratulations Ken and Sarah Ramsey on 500th Churchill Downs win!

Churchill Downs’ press release (Coady Photography photo above) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, May 24, 2020) – Owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey won their unprecedented 500th career race at Churchill Downs on Sunday when 5-year-old gelding Spanned prevailed in the third race. The Ramseys, multiple Eclipse Award winners who race their horses in the familiar white and red silks branded with an “R,” […] Continue Reading

Maxfield’s smashing Matt Winn caps huge card; $19M+ bet

Churchill Downs’ stakes recaps of Stephen Foster Preview Day (Coady Photography photos, including above of Maxfield) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 23, 2020) – Godolphin’s talented Grade I winning-homebred Maxfield made a triumphant return to the races Saturday at Churchill Downs when he rallied in deep stretch to beat Ny Traffic by one length in the 23rd running of the $150,000 […] Continue Reading