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

Keeneland requesting July 8-12 summer meet

Editor’s note: Ellis Park currently holds those race dates. But Keeneland brass has been public that they’ve been speaking to Ellis Park about acquiring some dates. It’s extremely implausible that the KHRC would try to oversee racing at two tracks on the same day.  Keeneland press release (Coady photo of Vekoma winning last year’s Toyota Blue Grass) LEXINGTON, KY (May […] Continue Reading

Walsh on Maxfield’s return: ‘We always thought his best races were ahead of him’

Today’s Churchill Downs media notes (Coady photo of Maxfield winning Keeneland’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity last fall) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, May 21, 2020) – Godolphin’s Maxfield was made the 5-2 morning line favorite for his highly-anticipated 3-year-old debut in Saturday’s $150,000 Matt Winn presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade III). “I feel like all of us have been anticipating his next […] 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

Tom’s d’Etat: All dressed up, nowhere to race

Tom’s d’Etat started his 2020 season with victory over Improbable in the Oaklawn Mile. Coady Photography By Jennie Rees, Kentucky HBPA communications The frustration earlier in the career of Grade 1 Clark Handicap winner Tom’s d’Etat was that G M B Racing’s talented horse missed so much racing while sidelined with niggling physical issues. “He’s had a lot of stay […] 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

Whitmore wins Count Fleet Sprint for record third time

Oaklawn Park stakes recap (Coady Photography photos) HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, April 18, 2020) – Oaklawn-loving Whitmore stepped up to the plate and easily defeated one of the toughest fields he’s faced in winning his third $350,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3). The 3-1 favorite settled into fifth place as Bobby’s Wicked One and Share the Upside set the early […] 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