Keeneland: Champion filly Jaywalk works for Ashland Stakes

Keeneland’s barn notes for Sunday, March 31, by the track’s publicity department: (Photo of Jaywalk by Coady Photography) SERVIS WORKS CHAMPION JAYWALK FOR CENTRAL BANK ASHLAND,  LUCKY LEE FOR BLUE GRASS D.J. Stable and Cash is King’s champion filly Jaywalk tuned up for an expected start in Saturday’s $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) by working a half-mile on her own in […] Continue Reading

Keeneland celebrating special Thursday spring opener, April 4

Keeneland press release LEXINGTON, KY (March 29, 2019) – Keeneland welcomes spring to the Bluegrass by kicking off its 2019 racing season a day earlier than usual with a special opening-day celebration on Thursday, April 4, headlined by a 3 p.m. post time, the inaugural Palisades Turf Sprint and Central Bank Thursday Night Live at Keeneland. Opening Thursday is among […] Continue Reading

Oaklawn Park’s March 28 barn notes: Decision time for Amy’s Challenge

Decisions, Decisions, For Amy’s Challenge Amy’s Challenge is scheduled to make her next start April 6. Whether it’s in Arkansas or Kentucky still isn’t clear. After watching Amy’s Challenge work an easy half-mile in :48.20 Thursday morning, trainer Mac Robertson said he plans to enter his multiple stakes winner in the $150,000 Carousel Stakes at Oaklawn and the $300,000 Madison […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs’ weekly Derby Dispatch: Hidden Scroll Fla. Derby favorite

HIDDEN SCROLL FAVORED TO MAKE AMENDS IN FLORIDA DERBY LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, March 28, 2019) – The fact Hidden Scroll only lost last month’s Fountain of Youth (Grade II) by three lengths to more experienced rivals after setting a scorching pace following a troubled start was, by any measure, an admirable performance. On Saturday, in the $1 million Florida Derby (GI) at Gulfstream […] Continue Reading

Watch out, Louisville! Chester Thomas has a Derby horse in By My Standards

Video: b-roll of Louisiana Derby stretch run, Chester Thomas of Madisonville, Ky., leading By My Standards into winner’s circle and Thomas interview Video: trainer Bret Calhoun discusses By My Standards – and Chester Thomas Video: Henderson’s Larry Jones wins his fourth Fair Grounds Oaks as Street Band gives Sophie Doyle the biggest victory of her riding career. NEW ORLEANS, La. […] Continue Reading

Copper Bullet seeks 2nd graded stakes in G2 New Orleans ‘Cap

From Friday’s Fair Grounds barn notes: COPPER BULLET SEEKS ANOTHER GRADED STAKES VICTORY IN GRADE II NEW ORLEANS ‘CAP  Since the beginning of his racing career, the connections have always thought highly of Copper Bullet. In six of his seven career starts he has always showed up to bring his A game, and he’ll seek a second graded stakes triumph […] Continue Reading

National HBPA statement on Santa Anita equine fatalities

Statement from CEO Eric Hamelback on behalf of the National HBPA (Hamelback photo at left by Denis Blake/National HBPA): In light of the recent tragedies at Santa Anita, we wish to express sadness for the loss of those magnificent equines. The mission of the National HBPA, indeed the very heart of our mission, is to encourage the highest standards of […] Continue Reading

KY Derby: Churchill launches ‘Homestretch Sweepstakes’ with Rocket Mortgage

·         Nation’s largest mortgage lender to send 20 sweepstakes finalists to 2019 Kentucky Derby – one will get $250,000 toward a mortgage. ·         Enter sweepstakes now by visiting HomestretchSweepstakes.com  Contest running for limited time; entry period ends April 7, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. ET A Churchill Downs press release: DETROIT March 18, 2019 – Detroit-based Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest mortgage […] Continue Reading

Hamelback proposes Stewards Advisory Review Committee

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. — Eric Hamelback, chief executive officer of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, is developing a concept he believes would help stewards navigate the increasingly complex world when highly sophisticated testing collides with environmental contamination and the inadvertent transfer of matter to racehorses. Speaking Friday on the last day of programming at the National HBPA Convention at […] Continue Reading

U of L economist on racing research: Have data, will study

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. — Economist Steven Vickner, an associate professor in the University of Louisville College of Business’ equine industry program, knows the possibilities of cutting-edge research that could help horse racing make smarter business decisions. He just needs the data. So continued the call Thursday at the National Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association Convention for greater sharing of data and […] Continue Reading