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

War of Will secures KY Derby spot with Risen Star score

Risen Star recap by the Fair Grounds media department  NEW ORLEANS (February 16, 2019) – Gary Barber’s War of Will had to work a bit harder than he did last couple of times, but nevertheless he once again proved that he was the best when garnering up another victory on the Road to the Kentucky Derby in Saturday evening’s Grade II $400,000 Risen […] Continue Reading

Turfway: Somelikeithotbrown takes Battaglia

FLORENCE, Ky. (Friday, Feb. 15, 2019) – A smart, measured ride by jockey Rafael Hernandez put Somelikeithotbrown in the winner’s circle of the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes Friday at Turfway Park. The race was the colt’s first stakes victory and his first start since he finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) November 2. Three times graded stakes-placed, […] Continue Reading

Calhoun hopeful Mr. Money can get the money in Risen Star

Wednesday’s Fair Grounds barn notes by Ryan Martin with lots of info on Kentucky-based horses, horsemen: CALHOUN HOPEFUL THAT MR. MONEY CAN GET BACK ON TRACK IN GRADE II RISEN STAR On Kentucky HBPA Youtube Channel: Bret Calhoun discusses Mr. Money In this business, successfully campaigning a Thoroughbred is just as much timing as it is skill. Unfortunately time was […] Continue Reading

Fair Grounds blockbuster card showcases War of Will, Limonite, Owendale, Hogi & more

Kentucky horses and horsemen dominate Thursday’s Fair Grounds barn notes by Ryan Martin  For the past seven years, longtime bloodstock agent Justin Casse has traveled nearly every corner of the globe in search of quality Thoroughbreds to import to North America. Little did he know that a recent journey (May 2018) to Deauville, France, for the Arqana Breeze Up Sale […] Continue Reading

Game Winner, Improbable head Derby Future Wager Pool 2

Churchill Downs press release Pool 2 Opens Friday and Concludes Sunday at 6 p.m. EDT LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019) – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s Grade I-winning duo of Game Winner and Improbable are the individual morning line favorites in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager but “All Other 3-Year-Olds” is expected to be the […] Continue Reading

Kentucky-based Harvey Wallbanger (29-1), Everfast (128-1) finish 1-2 in Holy Bull

Harvey Wallbanger Pulls 29-1 Upset in $350,000 Holy Bull (G2)                    Favored Maximus Mischief Fades to Third in Florida Derby Prep HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The Kentucky-based duo of Harvey Wallbanger and Everfast accounted for a $1,101.70 payoff for a $1 exacta in Saturday’s $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park. The Kenny McPeek-trained Harvey Wallbanger parlayed a ground-saving trip […] Continue Reading