Bellarmine hoops coach truly playing game of horse with Lamartine

Ellis Park news feature by Jennie Rees (Bellarmine University photo of women’s basketball coach Chancellor Dugan) HENDERSON, Ky. (Friday, July 16, 2021) — Two Dimes Stable’s Lamartine fulfilled Chancellor Dugan’s life-long dream of owning (at least part of) a racehorse when the 6-year-old gelding ran at Churchill Downs on June 26. The fact that the Juan Cano-trained Lamartine made Dugan […] Continue Reading

3-for-3 Carribean Caper could run back in Audubon Oaks

Ellis Park press release (Coady Photography photos) Columbine Stable’s Carribean Caper remained unbeaten in three starts, beating older fillies and mares to take Saturday’s second race, a second-level allowance race. Bet down to 1-5 odds in the field of five, Carribean Caper drew off in the stretch for a 4 1/2-length victory over Queen Bridget, covering 6 1/2 furlongs in […] Continue Reading

Kenneally earns 1,000th win with He’s Pretty Lucky

Ellis Park press release (Coady Photography photos) HENDERSON, Ky. (Saturday, July 10, 2021) — Some of the toughest victories to knock out seem to come during a countdown to a landmark. And when trainer Eddie Kenneally earned his 1,000th career victory Saturday at the RUNHAPPY Meet at Ellis Park, his 3-year-old He’s Pretty Lucky kept the outcome in suspense until right […] Continue Reading

She’sonthewarpath wins battle and war in Ellis Park Turf

Coady Photography photos of She’sonthewarpath, Adam Beschizza up, edging favored Dominga to take the $75,000 Ellis Park Turf. Video: She’sonthewarpath jockey Adam Beschizza, trainer Steve Margolis HENDERSON, Ky. (Sunday, July 4, 2021) — She’sonthewarpath was. And the result was a neck victory over favored Dominga in Sunday’s $75,000 Ellis Park Turf at the RUNHAPPY Meet at Ellis Park. Trainer by […] Continue Reading

Highlights from Ellis Park opener

Ellis Park wrap up of Sunday’s opening day. Coady Photography pic of Eric Foster. HENDERSON, Ky. (Sunday, June 27, 2021) — The RUNHAPPY Meet at Ellis Park kicked off Sunday before an enthusiastic crowd welcoming back horse racing in the Tri-State area with fans in the stands for the first time since 2019. COVID protocols forced last summer’s meet to […] Continue Reading

Everything to know about Ellis Park (except who’s going to win)

An Ellis Park press release (Coady Photography photo of multiple graded-stakes winner Crazy Beautiful winning the 2020 RUNHAPPY Ellis Park Debutante for co-meet-leading trainer Kenny McPeek): HENDERSON, Ky. (Thursday, June 24, 2021) — They’re approaching the starting gate for the RUNHAPPY Meet at Ellis Park. Here’s a look at the 31-date session that kicks off this Sunday, June 27, and runs […] Continue Reading

Juan Cano takes over late mentor Angel Montano’s barn

An Ellis Park news feature by Jennie Rees (Rees photo above of Juan Cano with Super Sol at Churchill Downs): Juan Cano might not be a familiar name to Ellis Park racing enthusiasts, but he should be a familiar face. The 31-date RUNHAPPY Meet at Ellis Park begins this Sunday and concludes Saturday Sept. 4. Racing is Friday, Saturday and Sundays, […] Continue Reading

Walsh on Foster-bound Maxfield: ‘We’re ready … and excited’

From Churchill Downs’ media department (Coady Photography photo of Maxfield winning Churchill Downs’ Grade 2 Alysheba under Jose Ortiz):  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, June 23, 2021) – Godolphin’s multiple graded stakes-winning homebred Maxfield leads a field of nine older horses that were entered in Saturday afternoon’s featured 40th running of the $600,000 Stephen Foster (Grade II) – one of seven stakes […] Continue Reading

Art Collector heads field of nine in Kelly’s Landing

Today’s Churchill Downs barn notes by Kevin Kerstein (Coady Photography photo of Art Collector winning last summer’s $200,000 RUNHAPPY Ellis Park Derby under Brian Hernandez Jr.): LOUISVILLE, KY (Sunday, June 20, 2021) – Bruce Lunsford’s Blue Grass (GII) stakes winning-homebred Art Collector leads a field of nine colts and geldings that were entered in Friday’s $110,000 Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes […] Continue Reading

Bell’s the One edges Sconsin in Roxelana

Churchill Downs stakes recap (Coady Photography photos. At top: Bell’s the One galloping out under Corey Lanerie after her victory over Sconsin)  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 19, 2021) – Bell’s the One, winner of the $500,000 Derby City Distaff (Grade I) last September, ran down Winning Colors (GIII) heroine and 6-5 favorite Sconsin in deep stretch to prevail in Saturday’s […] Continue Reading