Churchill Downs trainers, jockeys finalize winter plans

Churchill Downs media department’s barn notes by Kevin Kerstein: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Nov. 29, 2019) – The 2019 racing season at Churchill Downs is entering the final stretch and several local jockeys and trainers have firmed up their winter plans with many staying in Kentucky the month of December to run at Turfway Park. “It’s very exciting with the enhanced […] Continue Reading

Ky Derby first Future Wager pool this week

A Churchill Downs press release: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, Nov. 25, 2019) – Unbeaten Nashua Stakes (Grade III) winner Independence Hall and upset Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) winner Storm the Court are among the 24 betting interests in Pool 1 of the 2020 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which kicks off a four-day run at Churchill Downs on Thanksgiving Day. Both Independence […] Continue Reading

Mark Casse honored with publicists’ Big Sport of Turfdom Award

The Turf Publicists of America (TPA) announced today that the 2019 Big Sport of Turfdom award, which recognizes a person or group of people who enhances coverage of Thoroughbred racing through cooperation with media and racing publicists, will be presented to trainer Mark Casse. Casse, who was born into the business as the son of Norman Casse, an owner, trainer and breeder […] Continue Reading

Dennis’ Moment draws rail for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

By Jennie Rees ARCADIA, Calif. (Monday, Oct. 28, 2019) — Trainer Dale Romans wants Dennis’ Moment to be No. 1. But he wants that for the end of Friday’s $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, not necessarily in the starting gate.          But Dennis’ Moment — who burst onto the national racing scene with a 19 1/4-lengths […] Continue Reading

Lot riding (including emotions) on McKinzie in BC Classic

ARCADIA, Calif. (Monday, Oct. 28, 2019) — There’s a lot on the line for McKinzie when the 4-year-old colt breaks from the gate for Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park. A victory keeps him in the hunt for Horse of the Year, as well as champion older male. It enhances any future stallion deal. There’s also […] Continue Reading

One on one: Romans, Baffert on their BC Juvenile favorites

Video: Dale Romans (Dennis’ Moment) and Bob Baffert (Eight Rings) hold a conversation on their TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile  favorites.        ARCADIA, Calif. (Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019) — Trainers Dale Romans and Bob Baffert are good friends along with being frequent competitors in America’s top races for 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds. They face off again in Friday’s $2 million […] Continue Reading

2-for-2 South Bend heads Churchill’s opening Street Sense

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019) – Sagamore Farm’s two-time winner South Bend tops a field of 11 2-year-olds that were entered in Sunday’s $120,000-added Street Sense Overnight Stakes, the featured event on the 11-race Stars of Tomorrow I program that opens the 26-day Fall Meet at Churchill Downs. The Street Sense is carded as Race 10 Sunday and is […] Continue Reading

Serengeti Empress owner: ‘Zero doubt … that she’s a great filly’

By Jennie Rees Serengeti Empress has lost her three races since winning Churchill Downs’ $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks, but owner Dr. Joel Politi says he has “zero doubt in confidence that she’s a great filly.” The Oaks winner will get a chance to show that on the world’s largest stage for international horse racing. Serengeti Empress was pre-entered in […] Continue Reading

Kentucky horsepower in high gear at Breeders’ Cup

     LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky horsepower will be on full display during the 14-race, $30 million Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita Park. The bumper crop headed to California includes several anticipated race favorites. At least 36 of the 188 pre-entered horses could be termed Kentucky-based, depending on how one defines where a horse is […] Continue Reading