She’s baaaack! Ky Oaks winner Shedaresthedevil returns in Azeri

An Oaklawn Park press release (Coady Photography photo of Shedaresthedevil winning the Kentucky Oaks under Florent Geroux): HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, March 11, 2021) – Kentucky Oaks winner Shedaresthedevil, a finalist for an Eclipse Award as the country’s champion 3-year-old filly of 2020, will make her seasonal debut in the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) for older fillies and mares Saturday […] Continue Reading

Cox’s Caddo River takes on Baffert in Rebel

An Oaklawn Park press release (Coady Photography photo above of Caddo River and jockey Florent Geroux winning the Smarty Jones): HOT SPRINGS, AR (Friday, March 12, 2021) – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has dominated Oaklawn’s four-race Kentucky Derby prep series the last decade. But it’s Eclipse Award-winning trainer Brad Cox who has owned 2021. Cox sent out Caddo River, […] Continue Reading

You are invited! Backside Learning Center virtual fundraiser April 6

If you know Donna Barton Brothers, you know how persuasive she can be. And she wants all of us to attend the Backside Learning Center’s April 6th virtual fundraiser GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT during happy hour, with Donna, Caton Bredar and Britney Eurton handicapping the Kentucky Derby and Oaks. This is the COVID-version of one of the Churchill Downs-located BLC’s major […] Continue Reading

McPeek champ Swiss Skydiver makes 4yo debut in G1 Beholder Mile

A Santa Anita Park media release (Maryland Jockey Club/Jim McCue photo of Swiss Skydiver and Robby Albarado winning Preakness Stakes) ARCADIA, Calif. (March 10, 2021)-Last year’s Eclipse Champion 3-year-old Filly, Swiss Skydiver arrived at Santa Anita from her Gulfstream Park base on Tuesday and is poised to make her 4-year-old debut as she heads a field of eight older fillies and […] Continue Reading

Ageless Jon Court wins G3 Honeybee on Will’s Secret

An Oaklawn Park press release (Coady Photography photos): HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, March 6, 2021) – Willis Horton Racing LLC’s Will’s Secret secured a place in the starting gate for the $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) with her third straight victory in Saturday’s $300,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3). The triumph was worth 50 points towards eligibility in the Oaks and put […] Continue Reading

Skychai hopes Fancy Liquor is toast of Canadian Turf

Gulfstream Park press release (Coady Photography photos of Fancy Liquor winning Churchill Downs’ American Turf under Florent Geroux on the delayed Kentucky Derby card): HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – After two uncharacteristic off-the-board performances, Fancy Liquor steps right back into graded stakes company Saturday in the 54th running of Canadian Turf Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park. Contested at a mile since […] Continue Reading

Could Run Classic follow Calhoun-trained By My Standards hoof steps?

News feature by the Fair Grounds’ media department (Hodges Photography photo of Run Classic’s Feb. 13 maiden win): New Orleans (February 19, 2021) – If trainer Bret Calhoun has his way, lightning will strike twice at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on March 20. Two years ago, the Calhoun-trained By My Standards broke his maiden on the Risen Star […] Continue Reading

Keeneland to allow limited attendance at spring meet

A Keeneland press release (Coady Photography photo) LEXINGTON, KY (Feb. 17, 2021) – Keeneland has announced plans to allow a limited number of fans to attend its 2021 Spring Meet, to be held April 2-23. The COVID-19 pandemic forced Keeneland to cancel the 2020 Spring Meet and hold an unprecedented five-day Summer Meet in July. The 2020 Summer and Fall […] Continue Reading

Road to KY Oaks: Clairiere turns tables on Travel Column

Fair Grounds stakes recap (Hodges Photography photo) New Orleans (February 13, 2020) – True rivalries in horse racing are few and far between, but there just might be a good one brewing in New Orleans between two very talented 3-year-old fillies on the road to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1). In what was her 3-year-old debut, the Stonestreet Stables homebred […] Continue Reading

Juddmonte’s blinkered Mandaloun takes Risen Star for Cox, Geroux

Fair Grounds stakes recap (Hodges Photography photos) New Orleans (February 13, 2021) – Whether it was the addition of blinkers, experience, or added distance, it all came together for Mandaloun in the $400,000 Risen Star (G2), presented by Lamarque Ford-Lincoln at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Juddmonte Farms’ homebred rebounded from a third-place finish at odds-on in the local […] Continue Reading