Maxfield caps career with victory in G1 Clark

Churchill Downs stakes recap (Coady Photography photos): Video: Jose Ortiz and Darley/Godolphin USA’s Michael Banahan Video: Brendan Walsh on Maxfield LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Nov. 26, 2021) – Multiple graded stakes winner Maxfield, one of the top older horses in North America, capped his racing career in style Friday at Churchill Downs as the 4-year-old colt swept past favorite Midnight Bourbon […] Continue Reading

Lovell’s Just Might repeats in FG’s Thanksgiving Classic

A Fair Grounds stakes recap by Kevin Kilroy (Photo above of Just Might winning the Thanksgiving Classic by Hodges Photography): New Orleans, LA (November 25, 2021) – The outside draw gave jockey Colby Hernandez options, but seeing Just Might’s effort in The 97th running of the $150,000 Thanksgiving Classic, it didn’t seem to matter. There was no asking needed—only the […] Continue Reading

Whitmore preparing for second career as stable pony

Oaklawn Park’s barn notes authored by Robert Yates (Coady Photography photo of Whitmore winning Oaklawn’s 2020 Count Fleet Stakes), with Kentucky horsemen, horses prominent: Whitmore won Oaklawn’s Hot Springs Stakes for older sprinters a record four times and if the feisty 8-year-old gelding cooperates, he’ll be leading the field again in 2022. Whitmore has returned to Arkansas, but instead of […] Continue Reading

Envoutante repeats in Falls City; Asmussen wins 5

Churchill Downs’ stakes recap (Coady Photography photos) Video: Hernandez, McPeek on Envoutante’s repeat LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021) – It was déjà vu all over again for Three Chimneys Farm and Walking L Thoroughbreds’ Envoutante as the 4-year-old filly upset favored Bonny South by six lengths in Thursday’s $500,000 Falls City (Grade II), the traditional Thanksgiving Day fixture for fillies […] Continue Reading

Betting opens on first 2022 KY Derby Future Wager

Churchill Downs press release (Coglianese Photos/NYRA photo of Jack Christopher winning Belmont Park’s Champagne): LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – The pari-mutuel field of “All Other Colts and Geldings from the 2019 Foal Crop” is likely to be a strong even-money favorite in Pool 1 of the 2022 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which kicks off a four-day run at Churchill Downs on Thanksgiving […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs barn notes: Howling Time heads Ky Jockey Club

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of Howling Time): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021) – The Road to the Kentucky Derby resumes Saturday from Churchill Downs where Albaugh Family Stables’ undefeated colt Howling Time, the winner of the $200,000 Street Sense four weeks ago, tops an ultra-competitive cast of 14 colts and geldings that entered the $400,000 Kentucky […] Continue Reading

Cox wins publicists’ Big Sport of Turfdom award

A Turf Publicists of America release (Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders’ Cup photo of media interview after Cox won the Breeders’ Cup Classic with Korea Racing Authority’s Knicks Go): The Turf Publicists of America (TPA) announced today that the 2021 Big Sport of Turfdom award, which recognizes a person or group of people who enhances coverage of Thoroughbred racing through cooperation with media and racing […] Continue Reading

Maxfield draws post 8/8 for G1 Clark

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of Mayfield winning the Grade 2 Stephen Foster): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021) – Godolphin’s multiple graded stakes winning colt Maxfielddrew post No. 8 and will face a talented field of seven rivals that entered Friday’s 147th running of the Grade I, $750,000 Clark presented by Norton Healthcare, the premier race of […] Continue Reading

Obligatory obliges at 3-2 odds in Chilukki

Churchill Downs stakes recap (Coady Photography photo) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021) – Juddmonte’s 3-year-old homebred filly Obligatory raced into a comfortable position early on and closed into a swift pace down the stretch to run down Matera and Miss Bigly in Saturday’s 36th running of the $300,000 Chilukki (Grade III) at Churchill Downs with a 2 ¼-length triumph […] Continue Reading

Crum pays $825K for 2yo as Keeneland November sale totals $203M

Keeneland press release (Coady Photography photo of Strava winning a Keeneland maiden race): LEXINGTON, KY (Nov. 19, 2021) – Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale, the most important auction of its kind in the world, closed Friday with gross sales of $203 million, the highest for the sale since 2016, and a record median of $37,000 to signal a resumption of […] Continue Reading