Maxfield heads probables for $600K Stephen Foster

Today’s Churchill Downs barn notes (Above: Maxfield winning Churchill Downs’ Alysheba Stakes on the Kentucky Oaks card. Coady Photography) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 19, 2021) – With five days remaining in the 2021 Spring Meet at Churchill Downs, next Saturday’s closing day stakes spectacular is beginning to take shape. The 11-race program is scheduled to headlined by Godolphin’s Grade I […] Continue Reading

Churchill horsemen share life lessons from their dads

Great stuff in today’s Churchill Downs media notes by Kevin Kerstein (Churchill Downs photo of Buff Bradley and his late father, Fred) LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, June 18, 2021) – There are many second and third generation trainers and horse people on the backside of Churchill Downs. In honor of Father’s Day, we asked several what advice or life lessons they […] Continue Reading

Dynamic duo: Mitchell-Hartman combo heats up Churchill standings

An Ellis Park press release (Photo above: The Chris Hartman-trained Necker Island winning a June 6 Churchill Downs allowance race under Mitchell Murrill. Coady Photography) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, June 18, 2021) — The hottest trainer-jockey combination in Kentucky racing is heading to Ellis Park after Churchill Downs’ spring meet ends June 26. Ellis Park opens Sunday June 27 and closes Sept. 4, […] Continue Reading

Ellis Park: Record purses, high-def – and crowds!

(Photo: Henderson  horse owner Bill Latta and Ellis Park director of racing operations Jeff Hall. Jennie Rees/Ellis Park) HENDERSON, Ky. (Thursday, June 17, 2021) — Ellis Park’s 99th season will feature record purses, horse races shown in high-definition and arguably its deepest jockey roster ever. But what is Ellis Park General Manager Jeff Inman most fervently awaiting? Crowds. Having people […] Continue Reading

Derby runner-up Mandaloun ekes out Pegasus win

Monmouth Park press release (Photo above by Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO): OCEANPORT, N.J. – Whatever plans trainer Brad Cox and jockey Florent Geroux had in their minds for how Sunday’s Pegasus Stakes would unfold for Kentucky Derby runner-up Mandaloun were dashed a few jumps out of the Monmouth Park starting gate. Forced to steady at the start and off last in […] Continue Reading

Art Collector targeting Churchill’s 7F Kelly’s Landing for comeback race

(Photo: Keeneland’s Grade 2 Blue Grass winner Art Collector shown winning last August’s $200,000 Ellis Park Derby under Brian Hernandez Jr. Coady Photography) Today’s Churchill Downs barn notes penned by Kevin Kerstein: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, June 13, 2021) – Bruce Lunsford’s 2020 Blue Grass (Grade II)-winning homebred Art Collector will target the $110,000 Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes at Churchill Downs […] Continue Reading

Call it the Mintd Julep as 12-1 shot upsets Juliet Foxtrot

(Photo: Mintd and jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. wore down heavy-favorite Juliet Foxtrot to win Saturday’s Old Forester Mint Julep for her first stakes victory. Coady Photography photos) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 12, 2021) – Mintd (IRE) ran down 1-2 favorite Juliet Foxtrot (GB) in deep stretch to score a half-length victory at odds of 12-1 in Saturday night’s 45th running […] Continue Reading

G1 winner Juliet Foxtrot heads G3 Mint Julep

(Photo: Juliet Foxtrot winning the G1 Jenny Wiley at Keeneland under Tyler Gaffalione. Coady Photography) LOUISVILLE, KY (Thursday, June 10, 2021) – Juddmonte and trainer Brad Cox were not originally planning to run Grade I winner Juliet Foxtrot (GB) in Saturday night’s $150,000 Old Forester Mint Julep (GIII) at Churchill Downs but the team altered her campaign in hopes they […] Continue Reading

Rock on! Downs After Dark returns June 12

(Photo: Downs After Dark on May 22. Coady Photography) Churchill Downs release LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, June 10, 2021) – Churchill Downs will get loud Saturday night as the Louisville, Ky. racetrack hosts the final Downs After Dark presented by Budweiser of the Spring Meet. The theme for Saturday night’s Downs After Dark is “Rock the Downs.” Guests are encouraged to […] Continue Reading

Busy summer: Pedroza among jocks to ride at Ellis Park, Indiana Grand

Photo: Marcelino Pedroza rides Bango to victory in Churchill Downs’ $150,000 Aristides Stakes for trainer Greg Foley. Coady Photography HENDERSON, Ky. (Friday, June 11, 2021)— Ellis Park’s riding colony the past few years has been pretty much an extension of Churchill Downs’ jockey population. This summer the Ellis jocks’ room also will look a lot like Indiana Grand. Ellis Park […] Continue Reading