Mena: ‘I’m a fighter and won’t let an injury put me out of the game’

Churchill Downs’ media notes by Kevin Kerstein: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, May 26, 2019) – One year ago jockey Miguel Mena was laying on his couch not knowing if he’d ever ride again after severely breaking his ankle in March 2018. Entering Sunday’s nine-race program at Churchill Downs, Mena left no doubt he was back in top form as he was […] Continue Reading

Ellis Park to offer average $330K/day in purses; Nine of 11 stakes worth at least $100K

Horsemen: Ellis Park’s Condition Book 1 will be available on Equibase.com (click on link below and then click on Ellis Park) later today or first thing in the morning. http://www.equibase.com/static/horsemen/horsemenareaCB.html      HENDERSON, Ky. (Thursday, May 23, 2019) — Ellis Park will offer the highest purses in the track’s 97-year history at its 2019 summer race meet, including a record […] Continue Reading

Cox earns MJC’s $50K bonus for Preakness weekend stakes participation

(A Maryland Jockey Club press release)           Brad Cox Earns Richest Preakness Weekend Trainer Bonus             BALTIMORE – Brad Cox edged Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen to claim the top prize in the Maryland Jockey Club’s $100,000 bonus program offered to trainers for their participation in stakes races over Preakness weekend at Pimlico Race Course. Cox […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs: Let It Ride Mom back in G3 Winning Colors

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, May 22, 2019) – Live Oak Plantation’s multiple stakes-winning mare Let It Ride Mom heads a competitive field of 12 filly and mare sprinters that were entered in Saturday’s 16th running of the $100,000 Winning Colors (Grade III) at Churchill Downs. The six-furlong Winning Colors, which honors the Hall of Fame filly that prevailed against colts in the […] Continue Reading

Blue Grass meets Black-Eyed Susan: Top 5 in Preakness from Kentucky

BALTIMORE (Sunday, May 19, 2019) —The Preakness Stakes is staged at Maryland’s Pimlico Race Course, but Saturday’s results proved a Kentucky landslide. Keyed by War of Will’s 1 1/4-length victory over Everfast, the top five finishers are all based at Churchill Downs or Keeneland. The superfecta filled out by the Mark Casse-trained 6-1 shot War of Will, 29-1 Everfast (Dale […] Continue Reading

Country House returns to Churchill Downs

Friday, May 17, Churchill Downs barn notes by Kevin Kerstein Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) winner Country House returned to Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott’s Barn 19 at Churchill Downs Wednesday after an examination at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. “He looks good and I think the plan is to start him back […] Continue Reading

KY Derby: Churchill Downs’ April 24 barn notes

Compiled by Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby notes team (Coady Photography photo of Omaha Beach galloping April 24): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, April 24, 2019) – William S. Farish’s Code of Honor, winner of the Fountain of Youth (GII) and most recently third in the Florida Derby (GI), arrived at Churchill Downs early Wednesday afternoon fromKeeneland where he had been training for […] Continue Reading

ARCI: Scientists find no link between Lasix and breakdowns

An April 10 press release from the Association of Racing Commissioners International: The Scientific Advisory Group of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) has reported that there is no current science linking furosemide treatments to muscular skeletal issues that may be a contributing cause of equine breakdowns in racing. The group reported to a meeting of the RCI’s Drug […] Continue Reading

Hamelback on announced Lasix ban: Not a safety reform

Statement from National HBPA chief executive officer Eric Hamelback on some tracks’ announced plan to phase-out Lasix: LEXINGTON, Ky. (Thursday, April 18, 2019) — As CEO of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (National HBPA) I — along with all HBPA members — am as concerned as any about the recent events in our industry. I firmly believe in […] Continue Reading

Kentucky Derby: Omaha Beach, Tacitus arrive at Churchill Downs

From Churchill Downs’ publicity team department: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, April 16, 2019) – Two of the likely top contenders for the Grade I, $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve – Arkansas Derby (GI) winner Omaha Beach and Wood Memorial victor Tacitus – arrived at Churchill Downs on Tuesday to begin their preparation for the “Run for the Roses.” Omaha Beach, trained by Hall […] Continue Reading