Martin Garcia prepares to resume riding at Oaklawn

 Today’s Oaklawn Park media notes, with Kentucky horses and horsemen prominent (Coady Photography photo above of Martin Garcia): HOT SPRINGS, AR (Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021) — Jockey Martin Garcia never really left, but his riding resurgence in 2020 abruptly ended when he fractured his collarbone in an Oct. 18 spill at Keeneland. Garcia got on horses for the first time […] Continue Reading

Brendan Walsh-trained Into Mystic takes Nelson Menard

Fair Grounds stakes recap (Hodges Photography photo above) New Orleans (January 9, 2021) – They do say revenge is a dish best served cold. George Chris Coleman and Brad King’s Into Mystic, who ran out of room trying to catch Elle Z in last month’s locally run Pan Zareta, reeled her in this time on a chilly Saturday afternoon at […] Continue Reading

Monomoy Girl looking to return in Oaklawn’s Feb. 15 Bayakoa

Today’s Oaklawn media notes, featuring Kentucky horsemen (Coady Photography photo of Monomoy Girl winning Breeders’ Cup Distaff under Florent Geroux): Monomoy Girl Remains on Target to Make 2021 Debut in Bayakoa Champion Monomoy Girl remains on track to make her 2021 debut in the $250,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) for older females Feb. 15 at Oaklawn, trainer Brad Cox said. Monomoy […] Continue Reading

Claiming Crown can add to Maker’s banner season

National HBPA release (Grace Clark photo of Jakarta winning a $100,000 starter-allowance race that served as a prep for the Claiming Crown) Winding down the best season of his career and coming in off the Churchill Downs’ fall title, trainer Mike Maker looks to add to his record 17 victories when the 2020 Claiming Crown returns to Gulfstream Park on […] Continue Reading

KTO honors Asmussen with Warner Jones Award

Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners release (Coady Photography photo) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020) — Steve Asmussen — who this year became Churchill Downs’ all-time win leader and only the second trainer to achieve 9,000 career victories — is the 2020 recipient of the Louisville-based Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners’ Warner L. Jones Jr. Horseman of the Year Award. The award recognizes individuals […] Continue Reading

McPeek shoots for 2yo stakes sweep (Simply Ravishing, King Fury)

Churchill Downs media notes (Coady Photography photo above of King Fury winning the Street Sense overnight stakes under Brian Hernandez Jr.) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020) – Fresh off winning Thursday’s Grade 2 Falls City with Envoutante, trainer Kenny McPeek has 13 horses entered in Saturday’s “Stars of Tomorrow II” program at Churchill Downs and among his rising juveniles […] Continue Reading

Cox goes after fifth straight Fair Grounds training title

A Fair Grounds Race Course media release: New Orleans (November 23, 2020) – Fresh off a record-tying four wins at the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland earlier this month, trainer Brad Cox will look to parlay that success to his fifth straight Fair Grounds trainer’s title when the 149th meet kicks off Thanksgiving Day. Cox, who won 40 races last year […] Continue Reading

BC Juv third Keepmeinmind seeks first win in KY Jockey Club

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of Keepmeinmind galloping at Keeneland in preparation for the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020) – Cypress Creek and Arnold Bennewith’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) third-place finisher Keepmeinmind will be in search of his first-career victory against a competitive field of nine 2-year-olds, which includes stakes winners […] Continue Reading

By My Standards joins $500K Clark field

Today’s Churchill Downs media notes (Coady Photography photo of By My Standards winning Churchill’s Grade 2 Alysheba): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Nov. 20, 2020) – Allied Racing Stable’s multiple graded stakes winner By My Standards is probable to enter next Friday’s $500,000 Clark presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) following a half-mile move in :49.40 Friday at Churchill Downs. Also donning […] Continue Reading

Geroux streaks to top of Churchill Downs standings

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of Florent Geroux winning Saturday’s Mrs. Revere Stakes on Princess Grace.) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020) – Jockey Florent Geroux’s success after last weekend’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships continued at Churchill Downs as he vaulted to the top of the rider standings after he won with seven of his last 11 mounts […] Continue Reading