Oaklawn barn notes: Rebel Day a smash; Market King awaits another Derby prep

Today’s Oaklawn Park barn notes, with Kentucky horsemen prominent as always: Rebel Day Sets Records Rebel Day has clearly become Oaklawn’s second-biggest business day. For the next three weeks, at least, it will be the biggest day after an all-time record for total pari-mutuel handle was set on Saturday’s 11-race card. According to figures released Saturday night by the track, […] Continue Reading

Ky Derby update: Taking a look at the Louisiana, Sunland Derbys

Churchill Downs’ weekly Kentucky Derby and Oaks update: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, March 21, 2019) – No rival has yet made a dent in War of Will‘s leadership of the 3-year-old division in New Orleans this winter, but 10 will make a belated attempt to do so Saturday in the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (Grade I) at Fair Grounds. The 1 1/8-mile […] Continue Reading

Casse-trained War of Will to take on 10 in Louisiana Derby

Fair Grounds press release by Ryan Martin: NEW ORLEANS (March 16, 2019) – A field of 11 sophomores has been set for Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ final prep on the Road To The Kentucky Derby – the 106th running of the Grade II $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby on Saturday, March 23. Six weeks out from the Grade I $3 million Kentucky […] 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

KY thoroughbred breeders fund pays out $14.2 million for 2018

Edited press release issued by Kentucky’s Public Protection Cabinet FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 18, 2019) – The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) today announced payment of more than $14.2 million in breeder awards from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Fund (KTBIF). Kentucky-bred horses won over 4,000 races across the globe in 2018, which made breeders eligible for these incentive payments. KTBIF horses […] Continue Reading

Commission approves Winchell, Falcone as KY Downs owners; sale expected to close around March 1

FRANKLIN, Ky. (Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019) — The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission today approved noted horseman and entrepreneur Ron Winchell and prominent gaming executive Marc Falcone as majority owners of Kentucky Downs. The sale of the track and year-round entertainment center to Winchell (photo) and Falcone is expected to close around March 1. Ted Nicholson will continue as Kentucky Downs’ senior […] Continue Reading