Oaklawn: Moquett-trained Whitmore wins third Hot Springs Stakes

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, March 9, 2019) – Heavy favorite Whitmore, making his first start since a runner-up performance in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) last November, came from off the pace to win his third straight $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes Saturday before a crowd of 16,000. With his regular pilot Ricardo Santana Jr. in the irons, Whitmore was reluctant […] Continue Reading

Derby trail: Colebrook-trained Knicks Go sees to get back on track in Gotham

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Grade 1 winners Knicks Go and Mind Control, along with undefeated California raider Instagrand, headline a formidable field of eight in the Grade 3, $300,000 Gotham, a one-turn mile for 3-year-olds on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. As part of New York’s “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series, the Gotham offers 50-20-10-5 qualifying points to the first […] Continue Reading

Game Winner, War of Will head 137 Blue Grass nominations

Keeneland press release LEXINGTON, KY (Feb. 26, 2019) – Gary and Mary West’s champion Game Winner and Gary Barber’s War of Will, a two-time graded stakes winner this year, are among the 10 leading point earners on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) who are nominated to the 95th running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on April 6, opening Saturday of […] Continue Reading

Super Steed comes through at 62-1 for Ellis Park-area owners

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Monday, Feb. 18, 2019) – Michael Pressley and Steed Jackson’s Super Steed overcame two disappointing starts in his last two outs to pull one of the biggest upsets in Oaklawn stakes history by winning Monday’s $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) at odds of 62-1. The Gleaner’s Kevin Patton talks with owners Michael Pressley and Steed Jackson about Super Steed’s […] Continue Reading

Turfway: Somelikeithotbrown takes Battaglia

FLORENCE, Ky. (Friday, Feb. 15, 2019) – A smart, measured ride by jockey Rafael Hernandez put Somelikeithotbrown in the winner’s circle of the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes Friday at Turfway Park. The race was the colt’s first stakes victory and his first start since he finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) November 2. Three times graded stakes-placed, […] Continue Reading

Revived Keeneland 2-year-old sale adds horses of racing age

Deadline to enter horses of racing age is March 15 From Keeneland’s publicity department LEXINGTON, Ky. — Keeneland has expanded the 2019 April Sale, which traditionally features two-year-olds in training, to include horses of racing age. The April Sale is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, immediately following the Spring Meet opening weekend that kicks off Thursday, April 4. Headlining the […] Continue Reading

Keeneland January sale: Four days, $46.75 million

Keeneland press release (photo of $5 million sales-topper Abel Tasman courtesy Keeneland) Strong Commerce Yields Sizable Gains as Keeneland January Sale Concludes                           Auction headlined by sale of champion Abel Tasman for record $5 million LEXINGTON, KY (Jan. 10, 2019) – Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale closed Thursday […] Continue Reading