Cox goes after fifth straight Fair Grounds training title

A Fair Grounds Race Course media release: New Orleans (November 23, 2020) – Fresh off a record-tying four wins at the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland earlier this month, trainer Brad Cox will look to parlay that success to his fifth straight Fair Grounds trainer’s title when the 149th meet kicks off Thanksgiving Day. Cox, who won 40 races last year […] Continue Reading

BC Juv third Keepmeinmind seeks first win in KY Jockey Club

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of Keepmeinmind galloping at Keeneland in preparation for the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020) – Cypress Creek and Arnold Bennewith’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) third-place finisher Keepmeinmind will be in search of his first-career victory against a competitive field of nine 2-year-olds, which includes stakes winners […] Continue Reading

By My Standards joins $500K Clark field

Today’s Churchill Downs media notes (Coady Photography photo of By My Standards winning Churchill’s Grade 2 Alysheba): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Nov. 20, 2020) – Allied Racing Stable’s multiple graded stakes winner By My Standards is probable to enter next Friday’s $500,000 Clark presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) following a half-mile move in :49.40 Friday at Churchill Downs. Also donning […] Continue Reading

Angel Montano: An appreciation of a life well-lived

“What he has done, I don’t think will ever be repeated.” – Rick Fischer Angel Montano’s funeral service is Thursday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. at Ratterman Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Road, Louisville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Backside Learning Center at Churchill Downs (mailing address: 3131 S. 2nd St. #389 Louisville, KY 40208). LOUISVILLE, Ky. […] Continue Reading

Former Churchill Downs executive Jerry Lawrence dies

       Jerry Lawrence, who served as Churchill Downs’ general manager, executive vice president and COO from 1984-1991, died Oct. 1. He was 81.         Lawrence came to Churchill Downs from Yonkers Raceway, where he served as vice president-general manager. He came to Churchill Downs as the No. 2 man to new track president Tom Meeker, […] Continue Reading

McPeek-trained Ky Oaks runner-up Swiss Skydiver beats Authentic in second-fastest Preakness

Maryland Jockey Club release. Maryland Jockey Club/Jim McCue photos BALTIMORE – Peter Callahan’s Swiss Skydiver prevailed over Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Authentic in a thrilling stretch duel to capture Saturday’s 145th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico, becoming the sixth filly to win the 1 3/16-mile classic for 3-year-olds. The Preakness, traditionally the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, concluded the […] Continue Reading

Art Collect puts Drury in Triple Crown after 30 years of paying dues

(Photo: Tommy Drury and Art Collector at Skylight Training Center) BALTIMORE – Tommy Drury Jr. had never won a graded stake until Bruce Lunsford’s Art Collector captured Keeneland’s Toyota Blue Grass (G2) less than three months ago. But he’d certainly played a role in the training process for a lot of graded-stakes winners. Now, after more than 30 years in the […] Continue Reading

Lunsford on Art Collector in Preakness: ‘I’ll take my chances’

Photo: Bruce Lunsford and trainer Tommy Drury at Skylight Training Center. Jennie Rees photo LOUISVILLE — Bruce Lunsford, who will have his first Preakness Stakes (G1) entrant when Art Collector takes on Kentucky Derby winner Authentic Saturday at Pimlico, knows something about tough races and taking on formidable opponents. After all, as the Democratic nominee for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat […] Continue Reading

Asmussen seeks 3rd Preakness as he pursues all-time win record

(Photo: Steve Asmussen at Pimlico/Maryland Jockey Club) BALTIMORE – Steve Asmussen last week became only the second trainer to win 9,000 races, the landmark win coming on Troy Ounce in the second race at Oklahoma City’s Remington Park. That left him 446 victories — since whittled to 434 heading into Friday’s racing — shy of becoming the sport’s all-time winningest […] Continue Reading

No fans at Kentucky Derby (or entire Derby Week)

Churchill Downs Inc. press release LOUISVILLE, KY., (August 21, 2020) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) announced today its decision to run the 146th Kentucky Derby on September 5, 2020 without fans. CDI issued the following statement: The Kentucky Derby is a time-honored American tradition which has always been about bringing people together. However, the health and safety of […] Continue Reading