‘I need this job. It’s my livelihood’

Photos by Joe Clabes. Jeff Greenhill at Turfway Park above        By Joe Clabes        FLORENCE, Ky. (Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021) – As the Kentucky State Senate passed SB 120, Turfway Park horsemen are making their case for the importance of protecting Historical Horse Racing. They say protecting HHR, as it is known, is critical to saving […] Continue Reading

Long an Oaklawn hero, Whitmore now also a national champ

Today’s Oaklawn Park media notes by Robert Yates (Coady Photography photo of Whitmore winning the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Keeneland): Oaklawn’s top male sprinter last year can now be called the best nationally, too. The ultra-popular Whitmore, a seven-time Oaklawn stakes winner co-owned and trained by Ron Moquett of Hot Springs, was named the country’s champion male sprinter of 2020 […] Continue Reading

Asmussen becomes second trainer to win 700 at Oaklawn

Today’s Oaklawn Park media notes authored by Robert Yates (Coady Photography photo): Hall of Fame Trainer Steve Asmussen Hits Another Oaklawn Milestone Steve Asmussen became the second trainer to reach 700 career victories at Oaklawn when even-money favorite Swiftsure captured Saturday’s seventh race under Ricardo Santana Jr. Asmussen entered the 2021 Oaklawn meeting that began Friday with 696 career victories […] Continue Reading

How you can help keep Historical Horse Racing in KY

CALL TO ACTION: WE NEED YOUR HELP If you like running for our current purses, please read the above. We need everyone’s help — and we make it easy — to make sure the Kentucky Legislature understands what is at stake with Historical Horse Racing: Jobs and economic development and tourism dollars.

Knicks Go on ‘go’ for Pegasus

Gulfstream Park media notes (Coady Photography photo of Knicks Go leading turning for home in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile): HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Knicks Go, the likely favorite for next Saturday’s $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) at Gulfstream Park, signaled he’s on “go” Saturday morning with his final workout in preparation for the 1 1/8-mile stakes at Fair Grounds. […] Continue Reading

KY Derby trail: Midnight Bourbon the toast of Lecomte

Saturday’s Fair Grounds stakes recaps by the track’s publicity office (Hodges Photography photos): New Orleans (January 16, 2021) – Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Midnight Bourbon took the lead from the start in Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ $200,000 Lecomte (G3) for 3-year-olds and held that position to the wire en route to a 1-length win over Proxy, who headed out heavily […] Continue Reading

La. Derby winner Wells Bayou returns in G3 Louisiana Stakes

Saturday’s Fair Grounds’ stakes previews by the track’s publicity department, with Kentucky horses leading the way (Hodges Photography Photo above of Wells Bayou winning last year’s $1 million Louisiana Derby): New Orleans (January 13, 2021) – It’s been a long road back but Clint and Lance Gasaway, Madaket Stables, and Wonder Stables’ Wells Bayou, who won last year’s Louisiana Derby […] Continue Reading

At 85, Lukas back at Oaklawn, still coaching

Today’s Oaklawn Park media notes penned by Robert Yates, with Kentucky horsemen again prominent (Coady Photography photo above of D. Wayne Lukas at Oaklawn): If it’s hard to keep a good man down, what about a great trainer? The legendary D. Wayne Lukas, 85, has returned to Oaklawn, his winter base for more than a decade, after recently losing another one […] Continue Reading

Martin Garcia prepares to resume riding at Oaklawn

 Today’s Oaklawn Park media notes, with Kentucky horses and horsemen prominent (Coady Photography photo above of Martin Garcia): HOT SPRINGS, AR (Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021) — Jockey Martin Garcia never really left, but his riding resurgence in 2020 abruptly ended when he fractured his collarbone in an Oct. 18 spill at Keeneland. Garcia got on horses for the first time […] Continue Reading

Brendan Walsh-trained Into Mystic takes Nelson Menard

Fair Grounds stakes recap (Hodges Photography photo above) New Orleans (January 9, 2021) – They do say revenge is a dish best served cold. George Chris Coleman and Brad King’s Into Mystic, who ran out of room trying to catch Elle Z in last month’s locally run Pan Zareta, reeled her in this time on a chilly Saturday afternoon at […] Continue Reading