Calhoun showing hot hand at Fair Grounds

A Fair Grounds news feature by Kevin Kilroy (Hodges Photography photo of Bret Calhoun) New Orleans (January 15, 2022) – When Martin Mueller, Richard Reid and Donald Ladd’s Gentle Soul crossed the finish line in front in the eighth race on Thursday at Fair Grounds Race Course & slots, Bret Calhoun climbed into a tie with four-time champion Brad Cox. […] Continue Reading

Epicenter takes Gun Runner Stakes for Gun Runner’s connections

Stakes recaps by the Fair Grounds publicity team of Joe Kristufek and Kevin Kilroy (Hodges Photography photo above of Epicenter): New Orleans (December 26, 2021) – Victories in the 2016 Risen Star (G2) and Louisiana Derby (G2) put Gun Runner on a path towards nearly $16 million in career earnings on the track and leading first crop sire honors off […] Continue Reading

A look at Monday’s Fair Grounds stakes quintet

Fair Grounds stakes preview by track’s publicity department (Hodges Photography photo of Excess Magic) New Orleans (December 24, 2021) – If Sunday’s “Road to the Derby Kickoff Day” card wasn’t enough, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots doubles up on the post-holiday cheer with five more stakes on Monday, December 27. The 10-race program begins at 1:05 p.m. CT (2:05 […] Continue Reading

Churchill Downs barn notes: Howling Time heads Ky Jockey Club

Churchill Downs press release (Coady Photography photo of Howling Time): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021) – The Road to the Kentucky Derby resumes Saturday from Churchill Downs where Albaugh Family Stables’ undefeated colt Howling Time, the winner of the $200,000 Street Sense four weeks ago, tops an ultra-competitive cast of 14 colts and geldings that entered the $400,000 Kentucky […] Continue Reading

Everything you need to know about Churchill Downs’ 132nd fall meet (except the winners!)

From Churchill Downs’ media department (Keeneland/Coady Photography photo of Bell’s the One, #6 under Corey Lanerie, winning the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America. Trainer Neil Pessin is skipping the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint and will run in Churchill Downs’ $300,000 Dream Supreme): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021) – Thoroughbred racing in Kentucky shifts from Keeneland to […] Continue Reading

Juju’s Map: No problem finding Alcibiades winner’s circle

Stakes recap by Keeneland’s publicity department (Keeneland/Coady Photography photo above of Florent Geroux guiding Juju’s Map to victory.) Juju’s Map Much the Best in Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades on Opening Day of Keeneland’s Fall Meet LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 8, 2021) – Albaugh Family Stables’ Juju’s Map swept to the lead on the far turn and cruised to a 4¼-length victory […] Continue Reading

Asmussen reaches 800 Churchill Downs winners – of course he’s the first!

Churchill Downs release (Coady Photography photo) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021) – In the midst of a milestone-filled 2021, Steve Asmussen became the first trainer in Churchill Downs history to saddle 800 winners beneath the Twin Spires when promising 2-year-old Dr. Perry won Saturday’s sixth race. Asmussen, who scored his record-breaking 9,446th career win on Aug. 6, is the […] Continue Reading

Crazy Beautiful wears down Played Hard to take Seneca

A Churchill Downs’ stakes recap by the track’s publicity department (Coady Photography photos): LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Oct. 1, 2021) – Phoenix Thoroughbred III Ltd.’s three-time graded stakes winner Crazy Beautiful wore down Rigney Racing LLC’s front-running, even-money favorite Played Hard in deep stretch for a neck victory in Friday’s inaugural running of the $155,568 Seneca Overnight Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at […] Continue Reading

Cox on Monomoy Girl: ‘Meant the world to my career’

Churchill Downs’ media notes by Kevin Kerstein (Coady Photography photo above of Monomou: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021) – Spendthrift Farm and trainer Brad Cox announced Wednesday afternoon the retirement of multiple champion mare Monomoy Girl. Cox reflected Thursday about Monomoy Girl and what she’s meant to his career. “She’s simply a remarkable mare and has meant the world […] Continue Reading

No hiding Hidden Connection in Pocahontas blowout

Churchill Downs stakes recap (Coady Photography photo of Hidden Connection’s big victory under Reylu Gutierrez in Saturday night’s $300,000, Grade 3 Pocahontas at Churchill Downs) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021) – Hidden Brook Farm’s Hidden Connection reaffirmed that her flashy 7 ½-length debut win at Colonial Downs wasn’t a fluke as she rolled to a 9 ½ length victory […] Continue Reading