Secret Message, Bell’s the One take Saturday stakes at Churchill Downs

Saturday’s stakes recaps by Churchill Downs’ publicity office (Coady photo above of Secret Passage taking the Mint Julep under John Velazquez): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 30, 2020) – Secret Message edged La Signare (FR) by a head at the wire in a thrilling finish to Saturday’s 44th running of the $100,000 Old Forester Mint Julep (Grade III) at Churchill Downs. […] Continue Reading

Break Even carries Klein family legacy into Winning Colors

Today’s Churchill Downs barn notes authored by Kevin Kerstein (Coady photo of Break Even winning last year’s Eight Belles) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, May 28, 2020) – For more than three decades the Klein Family Racing Stable has been synonymous with success at Churchill Downs. On Saturday, the current patriarch of the family, Richard, hopes that his family’s homebred Break Even […] Continue Reading

Triple Crown late nominations due June 3

Churchill Downs press release: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, May 27, 2020) – The deadline for late nominations to the rescheduled 2020 Triple Crown will be Wednesday, June 3. Owners and trainers can make 3-year-old Thoroughbreds eligible for the three-race series with a payment of $3,000. Delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional order and dates for the Triple Crown were revised: […] Continue Reading

KHRC committee approves Keeneland getting July 8-12 from Ellis

Keeneland press release (Coady photo of Out for a Spin winning the 2019 Central Bank Ashland) LEXINGTON, KY (May 27, 2020) – The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Race Dates Committee today approved Keeneland’s request to conduct a spectator-free, five-day Summer Meet, to be held Wednesday, July 8 through Sunday, July 12.  “Keeneland appreciates the quick response of the Commission to […] Continue Reading

Congratulations Ken and Sarah Ramsey on 500th Churchill Downs win!

Churchill Downs’ press release (Coady Photography photo above) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, May 24, 2020) – Owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey won their unprecedented 500th career race at Churchill Downs on Sunday when 5-year-old gelding Spanned prevailed in the third race. The Ramseys, multiple Eclipse Award winners who race their horses in the familiar white and red silks branded with an “R,” […] Continue Reading

Maxfield’s smashing Matt Winn caps huge card; $19M+ bet

Churchill Downs’ stakes recaps of Stephen Foster Preview Day (Coady Photography photos, including above of Maxfield) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 23, 2020) – Godolphin’s talented Grade I winning-homebred Maxfield made a triumphant return to the races Saturday at Churchill Downs when he rallied in deep stretch to beat Ny Traffic by one length in the 23rd running of the $150,000 […] Continue Reading

Velazquez, other NY jockeys to leave Churchill for June 3 Belmont opener

Today’s Churchill Downs barn notes by Kevin Kerstein (Coady photo of Jose Ortiz winning an allowance race May 16 aboard the Eddie Kenneally-trained Oxide): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 23, 2020) – The majority of the riding colonies from New York, Indiana and Ohio converged on Churchill Downs throughout the opening two weeks of the Spring Meet but several riders such as […] Continue Reading

Keeneland requesting July 8-12 summer meet

Editor’s note: Ellis Park currently holds those race dates. But Keeneland brass has been public that they’ve been speaking to Ellis Park about acquiring some dates. It’s extremely implausible that the KHRC would try to oversee racing at two tracks on the same day.  Keeneland press release (Coady photo of Vekoma winning last year’s Toyota Blue Grass) LEXINGTON, KY (May […] Continue Reading

Romans hoping Attachment Rate can fill in for Dennis’ Moment

Friday’s Churchill Downs barn notes by Kevin Kerstein (Coady photo of trainer Dale Romans): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, May 22, 2020) – With trainer Dale Romans’ highly-regarded Kentucky Derby prospect Dennis’ Moment on the sidelines, the Churchill Downs all-time leading conditioner hopes Jim Bakke and Gerald Isbister’s $150,000 Matt Winn Stakes (Grade III) contender Attachment Rate will get him to the […] Continue Reading

Walsh on Maxfield’s return: ‘We always thought his best races were ahead of him’

Today’s Churchill Downs media notes (Coady photo of Maxfield winning Keeneland’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity last fall) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, May 21, 2020) – Godolphin’s Maxfield was made the 5-2 morning line favorite for his highly-anticipated 3-year-old debut in Saturday’s $150,000 Matt Winn presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade III). “I feel like all of us have been anticipating his next […] Continue Reading