Blue Grass horses gets feel for Keeneland surface

Today’s Keeneland barn notes by the track’s publicity department (Coady Photography photo above of Rombauer training at Keeneland for last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile): ********** ·       UNTREATED GETS FIRST FEEL OF MAIN TRACK FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS ·       DUBAI WORLD CUP WINNER MYSTIC GUIDE SCHEDULED TO RETURN TO KEENELAND ·       HARTY HOPES RACING LUCK COMES FAIR MAIDEN’S WAY IN MADISON […] Continue Reading

Champ Essential Quality 3-5 favorite in Blue Grass

Keeneland’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes draw story (Coady Photography photo of Essential Quality capturing Oaklawn Park’s Southwest): LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY (March 30, 2021) — Godolphin’s undefeated homebred Essential Quality, the champion 2-year-old male of 2020, is the 3-5 morning line choice in a field of nine 3-year-olds entered Tuesday for Saturday’s 97th running of the $800,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G2) going […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: Hush of a Storm targeting Blue Grass

Keeneland media notes by the track’s publicity team (Keeneland photo above): Joseph P. Morey Jr. Revocable Trust’s Hush of a Storm, a winner of three consecutive races, could make his next start Saturday in the 97th running of Keeneland’s $800,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G2). The race is worth 170 qualifying points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1). “We hope […] Continue Reading

Van Dyke guides Ward-trained Like the King to Jeff Ruby victory

Recap of Turfway Park’s Jeff Ruby Steaks card, written by Kevin Kerstein of Churchill Downs’ publicity office (Coady Photography photo above: Like the King winning the $250,000 Jeff Ruby under Drayden Van Dyke to secure a spot in the Kentucky Derby) Jeff Ruby video with Ward, Van Dyke LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, March 27, 2021) – M Racing Group’s Like the […] Continue Reading

A ‘little short’ in Battaglia, Gretzky the Great can stand tall in Jeff Ruby

Kentucky HBPA communications media release. (Photo: Gretzy the Great galloping at Keeneland in preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Coady Photography) FLORENCE, Ky. (Friday, March 26, 2021) — Trainer Mark Casse sent Gretzky the Great to Turfway Park to take advantage of the track’s new Tapeta synthetic surface. Now he hopes to take advantage of Turfway’s signature race, Saturday’s […] Continue Reading

Jeff Ruby Steaks: Tarantino no-sale proved smart business move

A Kentucky HBPA news feature (Photo: Tarantino winning a Gulfstream Park allowance race. Coglianese Photography/Lauren King) When Tarantino returned East last fall to try a different racetrack and/or go through the auction ring, trainer Bob Baffert cautioned the owners not to sell the colt too cheaply. And when the $610,000 yearling purchase brought a high bid of $240,000 at Keeneland’s […] Continue Reading

King’s Ovation could have Jeff Ruby presenting trophy to himself

(Kentucky HBPA media release by Jennie Rees. Photo by Kareem Elgazzar: Restaurateur and Turfway’s Jeff Ruby Steaks sponsor Jeff Ruby at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse in downtown Cincinnati. )        Prominent restaurateur Jeff Ruby figures to be in the Turfway Park winner’s circle for the stakes he sponsors. His partners in King’s Ovation just hope their horse is in there as […] Continue Reading

Larry Melancon (1955-2021): Remembering a top jockey, horseman – and good guy

(Above: Churchill Downs photo) Obituary By Jennie Rees, Kentucky HBPA Communications Larry Melancon might not have been the top jockey at Churchill Downs during his long career, though he ranks among the winningest riders at the historic Louisville track even a decade after his retirement. But no Churchill Downs jockey can match the resilience and longevity of  Melancon, whose tenure […] Continue Reading

Hush of a Storm, Gretzky the Great hook up again in Jeff Ruby

Churchill Downs press release (above Coady Photography photo of Gretzky the Great training at Keeneland for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, in which he was sixth) FLORENCE, Ky. (Wednesday, March 24, 2021) – Joseph P. Morey Trust’s $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes winner Hush of a Storm, along with Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gary Barber’s Grade I-winning colt Gretzky the […] Continue Reading

Hot Rod Charlie motors to LaDerby score over Midnight Bourbon

A Fair Grounds Race Course press release: New Orleans (March 20, 2021) – In a battle with Lecomte (G3) winner Midnight Bourbon from the word go, Roadrunner Racing, Boat Racing and Will Strauss’ Hot Rod Charlie put that stubborn rival away in the deep stretch to post a two-length win in the 108th running of the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana […] Continue Reading