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

Colonel Liam eyes G1 Old Forester after Muniz victory

A Fair Grounds Race Course stakes recap: New Orleans (March 20, 2021) – In the days leading up to the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Classic Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, trainer Todd Pletcher remarked that his grade 1-winning charge Colonel Liam had been training so well on the dirt of late that he may entertain giving 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 Louisiana […] Continue Reading

Travel Column likely KY Oaks favorite after FG Oaks victory

A Fair Grounds Race Course press release (Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges above) New Orleans (March 20, 2021) – Travel Column two, Clairiere one. The rivalry continues. Churchill Downs awaits. OXO Equine’s Travel Column took advantage of a decided race flow edge and easily held off the late rally of her nemesis, Stonestreet Stables’ homebred Clairiere, by 2 ¾ lengths in the […] Continue Reading

Geroux making most of second Oaklawn experience

Today’s Oaklawn Park barn notes by Robert Yates (Coady Photography photo of Monomoy Girl winning Oaklawn Park’s Azeri Stakes: HOT SPRINGS, AR. (Friday, March 19, 2021) — Perhaps the surest bet this year at Oaklawn was that Kentucky-based jockey Florent Geroux would have a much bigger impact on the jockey standings than he did during his first stint as a regular […] Continue Reading