Jeff Ruby Steaks: Curlin Grey finally gets 1 1/8 miles

March 7, 2019 (Florence, Ky.) –  Curlin Grey started his career racing at a mile, quickly moved on to 1 1/16 miles and in the Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) Saturday at Turfway Park he will have his chance to take the step trainer Kenny McPeek believes he wants. “He’s begging for a mile and an eighth,” said McPeek, “so I think he’ll like the […] Continue Reading

Derby trail: Colebrook-trained Knicks Go sees to get back on track in Gotham

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Grade 1 winners Knicks Go and Mind Control, along with undefeated California raider Instagrand, headline a formidable field of eight in the Grade 3, $300,000 Gotham, a one-turn mile for 3-year-olds on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. As part of New York’s “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series, the Gotham offers 50-20-10-5 qualifying points to the first […] Continue Reading

Game Winner again heads KY Derby Future Wager Pool 3; Oaks wager on tap

BAFFERT’S GAME WINNER, IMPROBABLE HEAD KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER  Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Runs Concurrently, Betting Menu Includes Oaks/Derby Future Double LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, March. 5, 2019) – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s Grade I-winning duo of Game Winner and Improbable along with last weekend’s Fountain of Youth (Grade II) winner Code of Honor are the individual morning line […] Continue Reading

Turfway: Skychai’s Somelikeithotbrown heads Jeff Ruby prospects

Monday’s Jeff Ruby Steaks media notes from Turfway’s PR department: March 4, 2019 (FLORENCE, Ky.) – The gate for Saturday’s 48th running of the $200,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) at Turfway Park is approaching full, with 11 so far expected to enter. The 1 1/8 mile race for 3-year-olds offers 34 points toward the Kentucky Derby: 20 to the winner, […] Continue Reading

Southwest winner Super Steed off Derby trail

Today’s Oaklawn Park barn notes by the track’s publicity department: Super Steed, winner of the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 18 at Oaklawn, is off the Kentucky Derby trail because of bone bruising in a front leg, trainer Larry Jones said Sunday morning. Jones said the problem was discovered Saturday and isn’t career threatening, but Super Steed will need 60-90 […] Continue Reading

Cha-ching! Churchill offering record pur$e$ for spring meet

RECORD PURSES ON TAP FOR CHURCHILL DOWNS’ 145TH SPRING MEET  First Condition Book Up 46% from 2018, Offers Unprecedented $20.1 Million in Prize Money  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019) – Record prize money for horsemen will be distributed at Churchill Downs’ 145th Spring Meet thanks to early returns from state-of-the-art historical racing machines at Derby City Gaming. The first […] Continue Reading

Fountain of Youth heads Derby qualifying action; Mott-trained Hidden Scroll favored

Churchill Downs’ weekly Derby Dispatch ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES HEATS UP WITH FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019) – Following a week of minimal action on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, the Championship Series returns Saturday with all eyes focused on the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (Grade II) at Gulfstream Park. The 73rd renewal of the Fountain […] Continue Reading

Derby Trail: McPeek-trained Signalman heads Fountain of Youth

  HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Saturday’s $400,000 Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth (G2) will pit experience against potential Saturday at Gulfstream Park, where graded-stakes winner Signalman will make his 2019 debut in a talent-rich field of 11 3-year-olds that will include several less accomplished but nevertheless brilliant contenders.             The Fountain of Youth, the key prep for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby […] Continue Reading

Game Winner, War of Will head 137 Blue Grass nominations

Keeneland press release LEXINGTON, KY (Feb. 26, 2019) – Gary and Mary West’s champion Game Winner and Gary Barber’s War of Will, a two-time graded stakes winner this year, are among the 10 leading point earners on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) who are nominated to the 95th running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on April 6, opening Saturday of […] Continue Reading

Super Steed comes through at 62-1 for Ellis Park-area owners

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Monday, Feb. 18, 2019) – Michael Pressley and Steed Jackson’s Super Steed overcame two disappointing starts in his last two outs to pull one of the biggest upsets in Oaklawn stakes history by winning Monday’s $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) at odds of 62-1. The Gleaner’s Kevin Patton talks with owners Michael Pressley and Steed Jackson about Super Steed’s […] Continue Reading