Skychai hopes Fancy Liquor is toast of Canadian Turf

Gulfstream Park press release (Coady Photography photos of Fancy Liquor winning Churchill Downs’ American Turf under Florent Geroux on the delayed Kentucky Derby card): HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – After two uncharacteristic off-the-board performances, Fancy Liquor steps right back into graded stakes company Saturday in the 54th running of Canadian Turf Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park. Contested at a mile since […] Continue Reading

Could Run Classic follow Calhoun-trained By My Standards hoof steps?

News feature by the Fair Grounds’ media department (Hodges Photography photo of Run Classic’s Feb. 13 maiden win): New Orleans (February 19, 2021) – If trainer Bret Calhoun has his way, lightning will strike twice at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on March 20. Two years ago, the Calhoun-trained By My Standards broke his maiden on the Risen Star […] Continue Reading

Juddmonte’s blinkered Mandaloun takes Risen Star for Cox, Geroux

Fair Grounds stakes recap (Hodges Photography photos) New Orleans (February 13, 2021) – Whether it was the addition of blinkers, experience, or added distance, it all came together for Mandaloun in the $400,000 Risen Star (G2), presented by Lamarque Ford-Lincoln at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Juddmonte Farms’ homebred rebounded from a third-place finish at odds-on in the local […] Continue Reading

Long an Oaklawn hero, Whitmore now also a national champ

Today’s Oaklawn Park media notes by Robert Yates (Coady Photography photo of Whitmore winning the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Keeneland): Oaklawn’s top male sprinter last year can now be called the best nationally, too. The ultra-popular Whitmore, a seven-time Oaklawn stakes winner co-owned and trained by Ron Moquett of Hot Springs, was named the country’s champion male sprinter of 2020 […] Continue Reading

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Reeves hoping Tax can provide Pegasus breakthrough

From Gulfstream Park’s publicity department (Photo: Left to right – Randy Hill, trainer Danny Gargan and Dean Reaves. Coglianese Photos) Video: Danny Gargan interview HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – No owners have supported Gulfstream Park’s Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational program more than Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and R.A. Hill Stable. With Tax in Saturday’s $3 million Pegasus World Cup (G1) for the […] Continue Reading

KY Derby trail: Midnight Bourbon the toast of Lecomte

Saturday’s Fair Grounds stakes recaps by the track’s publicity office (Hodges Photography photos): New Orleans (January 16, 2021) – Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Midnight Bourbon took the lead from the start in Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ $200,000 Lecomte (G3) for 3-year-olds and held that position to the wire en route to a 1-length win over Proxy, who headed out heavily […] Continue Reading

At 85, Lukas back at Oaklawn, still coaching

Today’s Oaklawn Park media notes penned by Robert Yates, with Kentucky horsemen again prominent (Coady Photography photo above of D. Wayne Lukas at Oaklawn): If it’s hard to keep a good man down, what about a great trainer? The legendary D. Wayne Lukas, 85, has returned to Oaklawn, his winter base for more than a decade, after recently losing another one […] 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

Cox-trained Caddo River targeting Oaklawn’s Smarty Jones

Oaklawn Park’s media notes, headed by Kentucky-based trainer Brad Cox (Caddo River photo by Robert Yates): Powerful maiden winner Caddo River will make his stakes and two-turn debut in the $150,000 Smarty Jones for 3-year-olds Jan. 22 at Oaklawn, the colt’s trainer, Brad Cox, said Tuesday morning. The 1-mile Smarty Jones is Oaklawn’s first of four Kentucky Derby points races, […] Continue Reading