Hamelback on announced Lasix ban: Not a safety reform

Statement from National HBPA chief executive officer Eric Hamelback on some tracks’ announced plan to phase-out Lasix: LEXINGTON, Ky. (Thursday, April 18, 2019) — As CEO of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (National HBPA) I — along with all HBPA members — am as concerned as any about the recent events in our industry. I firmly believe in […] Continue Reading

Kentucky Derby: Omaha Beach, Tacitus arrive at Churchill Downs

From Churchill Downs’ publicity team department: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, April 16, 2019) – Two of the likely top contenders for the Grade I, $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve – Arkansas Derby (GI) winner Omaha Beach and Wood Memorial victor Tacitus – arrived at Churchill Downs on Tuesday to begin their preparation for the “Run for the Roses.” Omaha Beach, trained by Hall […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: War of Will works from gate for Kentucky Derby

Today’s Keeneland barn notes, compiled by track publicity department: WAR OF WILL TUNES UP FOR KENTUCKY DERBY WITH WORK FROM STARTING GATE Gary Barber’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) hopeful War of Will breezed 5 furlongs from the starting gate in :59 over a fast track Saturday morning at Keeneland. His time was the best of 44 works […] Continue Reading

Keeneland-loving Flameaway set for Ben Ali

KEENELAND-LOVING FLAMEAWAY READY FOR BEN ALI John Oxley’s Flameaway has shown an affinity for Keeneland during his career, winning the Dixiana Bourbon (G3) on a sloppy track as a 2-year-old in 2017 and finishing second to Good Magic in last spring’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2). On Saturday, he will try to add success in the Ben Ali (G3) […] Continue Reading

Blue Grass undercard: Spiced Perfection, Bobby’s Wicked One, Imprimis star

Keeneland stakes recap, compiled by the track’s publicity staff: LEXINGTON, KY (April 6, 2019) – Pantofel Stable, Wachtel Stable and Peter Deutsch’s Spiced Perfection inched away from Amy’s Challenge in the final yards after a prolonged stretch duel to score a neck victory in the 18th running of the $300,000 Madison (G1) for fillies and mares, the first of four […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: Stewart-trained Out for a Spin takes Ashland by neck at 52-1 odds

Keeneland’s Ashland recap: LEXINGTON, KY (April 6, 2019) – Commonwealth Stable’s Out for a Spin, the longest shot on the board at 52-1, turned back a challenge from Restless Rider in the stretch to win the 82nd running of the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) for 3-year-old fillies by a neck. Trained by Dallas Stewart and ridden by Paco Lopez, […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: Blue Grass winner Vekoma bringing Weaver back to Louisville

LEXINGTON, KY (April 6, 2019) – Gatsas Stable and R.A. Hill Stable’s Vekoma took command from Somelikeithotbrown in the middle of the far turn and went on to post a 3½-length victory over Win Win Win in the 95th running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) for 3-year-olds before a crowd of 34,775, a record for an opening Saturday of […] Continue Reading

Keeneland selling 2yos, racehorses Tuesday in revived auction

Keeneland press release LEXINGTON, KY (April 5, 2019) – A total of 167 horses, including 73 juveniles and 94 horses of racing age, are cataloged for Keeneland’s April Sale, to be held Tuesday, April 9, at 2 p.m. ET.  Two 3-year-old fillies, Crafty’s Dream and Sass Machine, were recent supplements to the April Sale.  Crafty’s Dream, by Bodemeister, was a two-time […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: Bulletin 3-for-3 after taking Palisades

Stakes recap by Keeneland’s publicity department: LEXINGTON, KY (April 4, 2019) – WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint winner Bulletin shot to the front out of the gate and never trailed, posting a 1½-length victory over Real News to win Thursday’s inaugural running of the $100,000 Palisades Turf Sprint before a Spring Meet […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: Henley’s Joy tops field for Friday’s Transylvania

Keeneland’s barn notes for Tuesday, April 2, as penned by the track’s publicity department: HENLEY’S JOY TOPS FIELD OF 11 FOR KENTUCKY UTILITIES TRANSYLVANIA Bloom Racing Stable’s Henley’s Joy tops a well-balanced field of 11 runners entered Tuesday for Friday’s 31st running of the $150,000 Kentucky Utilities Transylvania (G3) for 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Post time […] Continue Reading