Art Collector heads field of nine in Kelly’s Landing

Today’s Churchill Downs barn notes by Kevin Kerstein (Coady Photography photo of Art Collector winning last summer’s $200,000 RUNHAPPY Ellis Park Derby under Brian Hernandez Jr.): LOUISVILLE, KY (Sunday, June 20, 2021) – Bruce Lunsford’s Blue Grass (GII) stakes winning-homebred Art Collector leads a field of nine colts and geldings that were entered in Friday’s $110,000 Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes […] Continue Reading

Bell’s the One edges Sconsin in Roxelana

Churchill Downs stakes recap (Coady Photography photos. At top: Bell’s the One galloping out under Corey Lanerie after her victory over Sconsin)  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 19, 2021) – Bell’s the One, winner of the $500,000 Derby City Distaff (Grade I) last September, ran down Winning Colors (GIII) heroine and 6-5 favorite Sconsin in deep stretch to prevail in Saturday’s […] Continue Reading

Maxfield heads probables for $600K Stephen Foster

Today’s Churchill Downs barn notes (Above: Maxfield winning Churchill Downs’ Alysheba Stakes on the Kentucky Oaks card. Coady Photography) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 19, 2021) – With five days remaining in the 2021 Spring Meet at Churchill Downs, next Saturday’s closing day stakes spectacular is beginning to take shape. The 11-race program is scheduled to headlined by Godolphin’s Grade I […] Continue Reading

Art Collector targeting Churchill’s 7F Kelly’s Landing for comeback race

(Photo: Keeneland’s Grade 2 Blue Grass winner Art Collector shown winning last August’s $200,000 Ellis Park Derby under Brian Hernandez Jr. Coady Photography) Today’s Churchill Downs barn notes penned by Kevin Kerstein: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, June 13, 2021) – Bruce Lunsford’s 2020 Blue Grass (Grade II)-winning homebred Art Collector will target the $110,000 Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes at Churchill Downs […] Continue Reading

Call it the Mintd Julep as 12-1 shot upsets Juliet Foxtrot

(Photo: Mintd and jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. wore down heavy-favorite Juliet Foxtrot to win Saturday’s Old Forester Mint Julep for her first stakes victory. Coady Photography photos) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 12, 2021) – Mintd (IRE) ran down 1-2 favorite Juliet Foxtrot (GB) in deep stretch to score a half-length victory at odds of 12-1 in Saturday night’s 45th running […] Continue Reading

G1 winner Juliet Foxtrot heads G3 Mint Julep

(Photo: Juliet Foxtrot winning the G1 Jenny Wiley at Keeneland under Tyler Gaffalione. Coady Photography) LOUISVILLE, KY (Thursday, June 10, 2021) – Juddmonte and trainer Brad Cox were not originally planning to run Grade I winner Juliet Foxtrot (GB) in Saturday night’s $150,000 Old Forester Mint Julep (GIII) at Churchill Downs but the team altered her campaign in hopes they […] Continue Reading

Essential Quality gives Cox first Triple Crown win in Belmont

(Photo: Louisville’s Brad Cox hoists the Belmont Stakes trophy after Essential Quality gave him his first Triple Crown race victory) By Brian Bohl, NYRA Communications ELMONT, N.Y. — Godolphin Stable’s Essential Quality accomplished everything that could be achieved in 2020, winning a pair of Grade 1s, including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, en route to an Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old. […] Continue Reading

Super shock! Asmussens’ Super Stock takes Arkansas Derby

Oaklawn Park’s Arkansas Derby recap (Coady Photography photos): Hot Springs, Ark. (Saturday, April 10, 2021) – The public missed the chance to get in on the ground floor, but Super Stock is offering up a dividend for the Asmussen family business after his upset victory in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) and punched his ticket for the Kentucky Derby […] Continue Reading

Orseno: Let’s set record straight on Imprimis

(Coady Photography photo above of victorious Bound for Nowhere and Imprimis (#2 on rail) coming to the wire of Keeneland’s Grade 2 Shakertown.) Statement from trainer Joe Orseno: Published reports and social media have had some incorrect information about what did and didn’t happen to my horse Imprimis, who finished second by a nose to Bound for Nowhere in Keeneland’s […] Continue Reading

Half-siblings Micheline, Proxy run Saturday at Keeneland

Today’s Keeneland media notes (Grace Clark photo above of Micheline winning Kentucky Downs’ 2020 Dueling Grounds Oaks): MICHELINE, BROWN DUO HEADLINE FIELD OF SIX FOR COOLMORE JENNY WILEY PROXY FACES NINE FOES IN STONESTREET LEXINGTON SILVER DUST TOPS FIELD OF FIVE FOR BEN ALI INTO MYSTIC AMONG 10 ENTRANTS IN GIANT’S CAUSEWAY GODOLPHIN HALF-SIBLINGS MICHELINE AND PROXY BOTH RUNNING SATURDAY […] Continue Reading