Mattress Mack makes point to place $2M bet at track

(Photo: James McIngvale at Claiborne Farm with his stallion and 2015 champion sprinter Runhappy. Courtesy Gallery Furniture) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, April 29, 2021) — James McIngvale, the colorful Houston furniture magnate and horse owner known as Mattress Mack, will make the largest wager in Kentucky Derby history Saturday on unbeaten favorite Essential Quality — and he’s betting the $2 million […] 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

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

Keepmeinmind arrives at Keeneland for Blue Grass

Today’s Keeneland barn notes (Coady Photography photo above of Keepmeinmind taking Churchill Downs’ Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club): THURSDAY IS SCHOOLING DAY FOR THE TOYOTA BLUE GRASS FAVORITE, UNDEFEATED CHAMPION ESSENTIAL QUALITY KEEPMEINMIND ARRIVES FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS ROMBAUER RETURNS TO KEENELAND FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS PESSIN CONFIDENT BELL’S THE ONE WILL FIRE FRESH IN THE MADISON SLUMBER PARTY TAKES […] Continue Reading

Betting on Turfway Park up 36.5% to $81.7 million

Turfway Park press release from Churchill Downs media department (Coady Photography photo of Like the King taking Saturday’s $250,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks): FLORENCE, Ky. (Wednesday, March 31, 2021) – A stout 36.5% increase of all sources handle, along with a rise in starters per race, topped Turfway Park’s 38-day Winter/Spring meet that opened Jan 1. and concluded Saturday. Turfway Park’s meet […] Continue Reading

Blue Grass horses gets feel for Keeneland surface

Today’s Keeneland barn notes by the track’s publicity department (Coady Photography photo above of Rombauer training at Keeneland for last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile): ********** ·       UNTREATED GETS FIRST FEEL OF MAIN TRACK FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS ·       DUBAI WORLD CUP WINNER MYSTIC GUIDE SCHEDULED TO RETURN TO KEENELAND ·       HARTY HOPES RACING LUCK COMES FAIR MAIDEN’S WAY IN MADISON […] Continue Reading

Champ Essential Quality 3-5 favorite in Blue Grass

Keeneland’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes draw story (Coady Photography photo of Essential Quality capturing Oaklawn Park’s Southwest): LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY (March 30, 2021) — Godolphin’s undefeated homebred Essential Quality, the champion 2-year-old male of 2020, is the 3-5 morning line choice in a field of nine 3-year-olds entered Tuesday for Saturday’s 97th running of the $800,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G2) going […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: Hush of a Storm targeting Blue Grass

Keeneland media notes by the track’s publicity team (Keeneland photo above): Joseph P. Morey Jr. Revocable Trust’s Hush of a Storm, a winner of three consecutive races, could make his next start Saturday in the 97th running of Keeneland’s $800,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G2). The race is worth 170 qualifying points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1). “We hope […] Continue Reading

Van Dyke guides Ward-trained Like the King to Jeff Ruby victory

Recap of Turfway Park’s Jeff Ruby Steaks card, written by Kevin Kerstein of Churchill Downs’ publicity office (Coady Photography photo above: Like the King winning the $250,000 Jeff Ruby under Drayden Van Dyke to secure a spot in the Kentucky Derby) Jeff Ruby video with Ward, Van Dyke LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, March 27, 2021) – M Racing Group’s Like the […] Continue Reading

A ‘little short’ in Battaglia, Gretzky the Great can stand tall in Jeff Ruby

Kentucky HBPA communications media release. (Photo: Gretzy the Great galloping at Keeneland in preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Coady Photography) FLORENCE, Ky. (Friday, March 26, 2021) — Trainer Mark Casse sent Gretzky the Great to Turfway Park to take advantage of the track’s new Tapeta synthetic surface. Now he hopes to take advantage of Turfway’s signature race, Saturday’s […] Continue Reading