KY Derby: Churchill launches ‘Homestretch Sweepstakes’ with Rocket Mortgage

·         Nation’s largest mortgage lender to send 20 sweepstakes finalists to 2019 Kentucky Derby – one will get $250,000 toward a mortgage. ·         Enter sweepstakes now by visiting HomestretchSweepstakes.com  Contest running for limited time; entry period ends April 7, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. ET A Churchill Downs press release: DETROIT March 18, 2019 – Detroit-based Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest mortgage […] Continue Reading

Turfway: Skychai’s Somelikeithotbrown dominates Jeff Ruby Steaks

SOMELIKEITHOTBROWN TRIUMPHS IN JEFF RUBY STEAKS AT TURFWAY PARK Bourbonette Oaks Winner Naughty Joker Gives Ward, Bejarano Third Stakes Win on the Day Turfway Park press release March 9, 2019 (FLORENCE, Ky.) –  Somelikeithotbrown set a brisk pace and then turned the corner into a 20 mph headwind but had plenty left to win the $200,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) […] Continue Reading

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