McIngvale’s $10K bet makes Smile Happy 8-1 individual fave in Derby Future Wager

Churchill Downs press release (Churchill Downs/Coady Photography photo of Smile Happy): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021) – With the Kentucky Derby still 23 weeks away, the pari-mutuel field of “All Other 3-Year-Old Colts and Geldings” closed as the 3-5 favorite in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) and Smile Happy was the 8-1 second choice. Smile […] Continue Reading

Mackins on Derby trail as Smile Happy takes Ky Jockey Club

Churchill Downs stakes recap (Coady Photography photos): Video: Interviews with Mike Mackin and Kenny McPeek LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021) – Trainer Kenny McPeek had to scratch Tiz the Bomb, the 3-1 morning line favorite in Saturday’s 95th running of the $400,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II) because of a minor ailment, but Plan B worked out just fine […] Continue Reading

Maxfield caps career with victory in G1 Clark

Churchill Downs stakes recap (Coady Photography photos): Video: Jose Ortiz and Darley/Godolphin USA’s Michael Banahan Video: Brendan Walsh on Maxfield LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Nov. 26, 2021) – Multiple graded stakes winner Maxfield, one of the top older horses in North America, capped his racing career in style Friday at Churchill Downs as the 4-year-old colt swept past favorite Midnight Bourbon […] Continue Reading

Betting opens on first 2022 KY Derby Future Wager

Churchill Downs press release (Coglianese Photos/NYRA photo of Jack Christopher winning Belmont Park’s Champagne): LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – The pari-mutuel field of “All Other Colts and Geldings from the 2019 Foal Crop” is likely to be a strong even-money favorite in Pool 1 of the 2022 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which kicks off a four-day run at Churchill Downs on Thanksgiving […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs barn notes: Howling Time heads Ky Jockey Club

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of Howling Time): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021) – The Road to the Kentucky Derby resumes Saturday from Churchill Downs where Albaugh Family Stables’ undefeated colt Howling Time, the winner of the $200,000 Street Sense four weeks ago, tops an ultra-competitive cast of 14 colts and geldings that entered the $400,000 Kentucky […] Continue Reading

Cox wins publicists’ Big Sport of Turfdom award

A Turf Publicists of America release (Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders’ Cup photo of media interview after Cox won the Breeders’ Cup Classic with Korea Racing Authority’s Knicks Go): The Turf Publicists of America (TPA) announced today that the 2021 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 […] Continue Reading

Maxfield draws post 8/8 for G1 Clark

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of Mayfield winning the Grade 2 Stephen Foster): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021) – Godolphin’s multiple graded stakes winning colt Maxfielddrew post No. 8 and will face a talented field of seven rivals that entered Friday’s 147th running of the Grade I, $750,000 Clark presented by Norton Healthcare, the premier race of […] Continue Reading

Knicks Go: From Ellis Park to Breeders’ Cup Classic glory

Kentucky HBPA release (Alex Evers/Eclipse Thoroughbred/Breeders’ Cup photo above) Video: Post-Classic interviews Video: B-roll, Baffert on Medina Spirit’s second          DEL MAR, Calif. (Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021) — A year ago, Brad Cox won a record-tying four Breeders’ Cup races at Keeneland. While he came three victories shy of that total this year, Cox’s triumph came in […] Continue Reading

Arnold hoping to ‘Gear’ up for first Breeders’ Cup win

(Gear Jockey training Tuesday AM at Del Mar. Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders’ Cup Photos) Video: Trainer Rusty Arnold at Keeneland DEL MAR, Calif. — It took a few races — OK, 12 — to figure out what Calumet Farm’s 4-year-old colt Gear Jockey really wanted to do. But the wait and perseverance paid off this summer and fall, with Kentucky Downs’ $1 […] Continue Reading

Everything you need to know about Churchill Downs’ 132nd fall meet (except the winners!)

From Churchill Downs’ media department (Keeneland/Coady Photography photo of Bell’s the One, #6 under Corey Lanerie, winning the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America. Trainer Neil Pessin is skipping the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint and will run in Churchill Downs’ $300,000 Dream Supreme): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021) – Thoroughbred racing in Kentucky shifts from Keeneland to […] Continue Reading