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

War of Will be could Casse’s missing piece to Hall of Fame entry

By Alicia Wincze Hughes ELMONT, N.Y. -There were 600-plus miles separating David Carroll from his boss as he sat in his Kentucky home on the evening of May 18. But as the veteran horseman watched the middle leg of the Triple Crown reach its conclusion on NBC, the same grateful narrative rolled through both his mind and that of trainer […] Continue Reading

Keeneland institution ‘Spec’ Alexander dies at 80

From Keeneland’s publicity department: LEXINGTON, KY (June 4, 2019) – Lifelong horseman and longtime Keeneland Starter Robert Lee “Spec” Alexander, widely respected for his skill with Thoroughbred racehorses and a beloved ambassador of Keeneland, died Monday, June 3. He was 80. “Spec was a Keeneland institution, an unquestioned master of his craft,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “For […] 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

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

Hamelback on announced Lasix ban: Not a safety reform

Statement from National HBPA chief executive officer Eric Hamelback on some tracks’ announced plan to phase-out Lasix: LEXINGTON, Ky. (Thursday, April 18, 2019) — As CEO of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (National HBPA) I — along with all HBPA members — am as concerned as any about the recent events in our industry. I firmly believe in […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: War of Will works from gate for Kentucky Derby

Today’s Keeneland barn notes, compiled by track publicity department: WAR OF WILL TUNES UP FOR KENTUCKY DERBY WITH WORK FROM STARTING GATE Gary Barber’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) hopeful War of Will breezed 5 furlongs from the starting gate in :59 over a fast track Saturday morning at Keeneland. His time was the best of 44 works […] Continue Reading

Keeneland-loving Flameaway set for Ben Ali

KEENELAND-LOVING FLAMEAWAY READY FOR BEN ALI John Oxley’s Flameaway has shown an affinity for Keeneland during his career, winning the Dixiana Bourbon (G3) on a sloppy track as a 2-year-old in 2017 and finishing second to Good Magic in last spring’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2). On Saturday, he will try to add success in the Ben Ali (G3) […] Continue Reading

Blue Grass undercard: Spiced Perfection, Bobby’s Wicked One, Imprimis star

Keeneland stakes recap, compiled by the track’s publicity staff: LEXINGTON, KY (April 6, 2019) – Pantofel Stable, Wachtel Stable and Peter Deutsch’s Spiced Perfection inched away from Amy’s Challenge in the final yards after a prolonged stretch duel to score a neck victory in the 18th running of the $300,000 Madison (G1) for fillies and mares, the first of four […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: Stewart-trained Out for a Spin takes Ashland by neck at 52-1 odds

Keeneland’s Ashland recap: LEXINGTON, KY (April 6, 2019) – Commonwealth Stable’s Out for a Spin, the longest shot on the board at 52-1, turned back a challenge from Restless Rider in the stretch to win the 82nd running of the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) for 3-year-old fillies by a neck. Trained by Dallas Stewart and ridden by Paco Lopez, […] Continue Reading