Churchill Downs building new turf course after 2021 spring meet

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of Digital Age winning the Grade 1 Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic on Sept. 5 over the Matt Winn Turf Course) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, Nov. 23, 2020) – Churchill Downs Racetrack will invest $10 million to install a new turf course that will widen the running surface and increase the durability to allow […] Continue Reading

By My Standards joins $500K Clark field

Today’s Churchill Downs media notes (Coady Photography photo of By My Standards winning Churchill’s Grade 2 Alysheba): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Nov. 20, 2020) – Allied Racing Stable’s multiple graded stakes winner By My Standards is probable to enter next Friday’s $500,000 Clark presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) following a half-mile move in :49.40 Friday at Churchill Downs. Also donning […] Continue Reading

Geroux streaks to top of Churchill Downs standings

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of Florent Geroux winning Saturday’s Mrs. Revere Stakes on Princess Grace.) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020) – Jockey Florent Geroux’s success after last weekend’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships continued at Churchill Downs as he vaulted to the top of the rider standings after he won with seven of his last 11 mounts […] Continue Reading

Six Churchill Downs horses win Breeders’ Cup races

(Photo above: Brad Cox wearing the garland from Essential Quality’s victory in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, one of four races the trainer won. Coady Photography) A Churchill Downs media release LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020) – It was a monumental weekend for horses based at Churchill Downs and its training center Trackside Louisville as they accounted for six […] Continue Reading

Kentucky-based trainers dominate Breeders’ Cup entries

(Photo above: Serengeti Empress, last year’s Kentucky Oaks winner, training for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. Coady Photography) By Jennie Rees, Kentucky HBPA communications        LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday Nov. 3, 2020) —Serving as an advertisement for the burgeoning strength of the Kentucky circuit, more than 60 horses based in the commonwealth were entered in […] Continue Reading

Churchill to allow fans in reserved seating during fall meet

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020) – The Kentucky horse racing circuit shifts from Keeneland in Lexington to Churchill Downs in Louisville on Sunday as the historic home of the Kentucky Derby readies to open its 131st Fall Meet with an 11-race program – all for promising 2-year-old Thoroughbreds – at 1 p.m. […] Continue Reading

Regulators’ organization asks who will pay for costs of federal bill

A press release from the Association of Racing Commissioners International: ARCI: FINANCIAL IMPACT AND IMPLEMENTATION DETAILS SHOULD BE KNOWN BEFORE FINAL PASSAGE OF FEDERAL LEGISLATION Expressing concerns about undefined cost mandates and implementation issues associated with S.4547, the proposed Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020, the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) believes Legislators should require more information about […] Continue Reading

Four Graces returns to Keeneland in G2 Lexus Raven Run

News and notes by Keeneland’s publicity staff (Coady Photo of Four Graces winning Keeneland’s Beaumont): TRACK RECORD-HOLDER FOUR GRACES RETURNS FOR SATURDAY’S LEXUS RAVEN RUN When last seen at Keeneland, Whitham Thoroughbreds’ homebred Four Graces showed her hooves to four rivals in the July 10 Beaumont (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select in track-record time. She will be back in action […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: Harvey’s Lil Goil takes QEII; Mr Freeze ices Fayette

Keeneland’s recap of Saturday’s stakes races (Coady Photography photo above of Harvey’s Lil Goil edging Micheline in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup): Harvey’s Lil Goil Turns Back Micheline to Win Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Dixiana LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 10, 2020) – The Estate of Harvey Clarke and Paul Braverman’s Harvey’s Lil Goil grabbed the lead […] Continue Reading

Angel Montano: An appreciation of a life well-lived

“What he has done, I don’t think will ever be repeated.” – Rick Fischer Angel Montano’s funeral service is Thursday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. at Ratterman Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Road, Louisville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Backside Learning Center at Churchill Downs (mailing address: 3131 S. 2nd St. #389 Louisville, KY 40208). LOUISVILLE, Ky. […] Continue Reading