Extra! Extra! Chester Thomas’ Mr. Big News takes Oaklawn Stakes at 46-1

Oaklawn Park stakes recap HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, April 11, 2020) – Mr. Big News, owned by Chester Thomas of Madisonville, Ky., and trained by Louisville-based Bret Calhoun, made some big noise with his 46-1 upset in Saturday’s $200,000 Oaklawn Stakes and has now earned an automatic berth to both the $750,000 Arkansas Derby (G1) May 2 and $1.5 million […] Continue Reading

LaDerby winner Wells Bayou gears for May 2 Arkansas Derby

Kentucky-based horsemen and horses dominate today’s Oaklawn Park media notes: (Coady Photography photo of Wells Bayou winning an Oaklawn allowance race on Jan. 26) Wells Bayou returned to the work tab for the first time since winning the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) March 21 at Fair Grounds, covering a half-mile in :49.80 Monday morning at Oaklawn. The track was […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs delays stable area opening until April 28; meet start TBD

Churchill Downs press release (A set of Eddie Kenneally-trained horses wait to go on the track last fall. Jennie Rees photo): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, April 7, 2020) – After consultation with local and state public health officials amid public health concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Churchill Downs Racetrack announced today that it will extend the delay in the reopening of its stable […] Continue Reading

Triple Crown late nomination deadline extended; new closing TBD

Churchill Downs press release LOUISVILLE, KY. (Sunday, March 29, 2020) – The late Triple Crown nomination deadline, which was scheduled for Monday, March 30, will be extended to a yet-to-be-determined date later this year. The extension was agreed upon by racing officials at Churchill Downs Racetrack, the Maryland Jockey Club and New York Racing Association. On March 17, Churchill Downs […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs backstretch now to reopen April 14

Churchill Downs update (Coady Photography photo of Mr. Money) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, March 24, 2020) – Churchill Downs Racetrack announced today that it will delay the reopening of its stable areas at both Churchill Downs Racetrack and the auxiliary training center Trackside until Tuesday, April 14. The decision was made after ongoing consultation with public health officials amid public health […] Continue Reading

By My Standards wins New Orleans Classic year after LaDerby score

Fair Grounds press release New Orleans (March 21, 2020) – The 3-year-olds may have taken center stage on “Louisiana Derby Day” at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, but Allied Racing Stable’s By My Standards put on a show in the $400,000 New Orleans Classic (G2) run at 1 1/8th miles over the main track rated fast for the marquee […] Continue Reading

Cox dominates closing card as Wells Bayou rolls in Louisiana Derby

Fair Grounds press release (Amanda Hodges Weir photo above):          New Orleans (March 21, 2020) – As the world is in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fair Grounds’ signature race day unfolded in front of a vacant grandstand, with just horsemen and essential employees allowed on site, and keeping their distance from one another.     […] Continue Reading

New First Saturday in May: Arkansas Derby (for 2020)

An Oaklawn Park press release: HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, March 20, 2020) – Oaklawn announced today that it is moving its signature race – the Arkansas Derby (G1) – from Saturday, April 11 to Saturday, May 2, closing day of the 2020 live meet. Due to the closing of the casino and racetrack to the public, Oaklawn could have raced […] Continue Reading

Derby, Oaks moved to September pending KHRC approval

Churchill Downs Inc. press release: The 146th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve will be rescheduled from May 2, 2020 to September 5, 2020 and the 146th Longines Kentucky Oaks will be rescheduled from May 1, 2020 to September 4, 2020. These dates are contingent upon final approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission which we expect to receive on […] Continue Reading

Keeneland cancels spring meet due to COVID-19 concerns

LEXINGTON, KY (March 16, 2020) – Keeneland officials today announced the cancellation of the track’s upcoming Spring Meet, which was scheduled for April 2-24, due to health and safety concerns surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19. The decision was made following a guidance announcement issued Sunday, March 15, by the Center for Disease Control, which warned against holding large events and […] Continue Reading