Kentucky Derby: Omaha Beach, Tacitus arrive at Churchill Downs

From Churchill Downs’ publicity team department: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, April 16, 2019) – Two of the likely top contenders for the Grade I, $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve – Arkansas Derby (GI) winner Omaha Beach and Wood Memorial victor Tacitus – arrived at Churchill Downs on Tuesday to begin their preparation for the “Run for the Roses.” Omaha Beach, trained by Hall […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: War of Will works from gate for Kentucky Derby

Today’s Keeneland barn notes, compiled by track publicity department: WAR OF WILL TUNES UP FOR KENTUCKY DERBY WITH WORK FROM STARTING GATE Gary Barber’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) hopeful War of Will breezed 5 furlongs from the starting gate in :59 over a fast track Saturday morning at Keeneland. His time was the best of 44 works […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: Blue Grass winner Vekoma bringing Weaver back to Louisville

LEXINGTON, KY (April 6, 2019) – Gatsas Stable and R.A. Hill Stable’s Vekoma took command from Somelikeithotbrown in the middle of the far turn and went on to post a 3½-length victory over Win Win Win in the 95th running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) for 3-year-olds before a crowd of 34,775, a record for an opening Saturday of […] Continue Reading

Kentucky Derby: Game Winner, Maximum Security head Pool 4 of Future Wager

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, April 2, 2019) – Gary and Mary West’s champion 2-year-old Game Winner and undefeated Florida Derby (Grade I) hero Maximum Security are 8-1 co-morning line favorites in Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) which opens on Friday. The three-day pool will offer win and exacta betting on 23 individual horses and an option to […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: All the special events at a special meet

All about Keeneland’s spring meet, as compiled by the track’s publicity office MONDAY, APRIL 1 Keeneland’s 2019 Spring Meet opens Thursday, April 4, with a 3 p.m. ET first post. First post for the remainder of meet is 1:05 p.m. The 16-day season runs through Friday, April 26. Keeneland is closed Easter Sunday, April 21. ********** Click here for the lists of […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: Champion filly Jaywalk works for Ashland Stakes

Keeneland’s barn notes for Sunday, March 31, by the track’s publicity department: (Photo of Jaywalk by Coady Photography) SERVIS WORKS CHAMPION JAYWALK FOR CENTRAL BANK ASHLAND,  LUCKY LEE FOR BLUE GRASS D.J. Stable and Cash is King’s champion filly Jaywalk tuned up for an expected start in Saturday’s $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) by working a half-mile on her own in […] Continue Reading

Keeneland celebrating special Thursday spring opener, April 4

Keeneland press release LEXINGTON, KY (March 29, 2019) – Keeneland welcomes spring to the Bluegrass by kicking off its 2019 racing season a day earlier than usual with a special opening-day celebration on Thursday, April 4, headlined by a 3 p.m. post time, the inaugural Palisades Turf Sprint and Central Bank Thursday Night Live at Keeneland. Opening Thursday is among […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs’ weekly Derby Dispatch: Hidden Scroll Fla. Derby favorite

HIDDEN SCROLL FAVORED TO MAKE AMENDS IN FLORIDA DERBY LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, March 28, 2019) – The fact Hidden Scroll only lost last month’s Fountain of Youth (Grade II) by three lengths to more experienced rivals after setting a scorching pace following a troubled start was, by any measure, an admirable performance. On Saturday, in the $1 million Florida Derby (GI) at Gulfstream […] Continue Reading

Watch out, Louisville! Chester Thomas has a Derby horse in By My Standards

Video: b-roll of Louisiana Derby stretch run, Chester Thomas of Madisonville, Ky., leading By My Standards into winner’s circle and Thomas interview Video: trainer Bret Calhoun discusses By My Standards – and Chester Thomas Video: Henderson’s Larry Jones wins his fourth Fair Grounds Oaks as Street Band gives Sophie Doyle the biggest victory of her riding career. NEW ORLEANS, La. […] Continue Reading

Oaklawn barn notes: Rebel Day a smash; Market King awaits another Derby prep

Today’s Oaklawn Park barn notes, with Kentucky horsemen prominent as always: Rebel Day Sets Records Rebel Day has clearly become Oaklawn’s second-biggest business day. For the next three weeks, at least, it will be the biggest day after an all-time record for total pari-mutuel handle was set on Saturday’s 11-race card. According to figures released Saturday night by the track, […] Continue Reading