Asmussen sends out Stellar Tap, Guntown in G3 Iroquois

Photo above: Guntown, shown winning an Ellis Park maiden race on Aug. 13, is one of two horses Steve Asmussen will run in Saturday night’s $300,000 Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs. Coady Photography Today’s Churchill Downs media notes penned by Kevin Kerstein: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Sept. 17, 2021) – Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen arguably recorded one of […] Continue Reading

Keepmeinmind arrives at Keeneland for Blue Grass

Today’s Keeneland barn notes (Coady Photography photo above of Keepmeinmind taking Churchill Downs’ Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club): THURSDAY IS SCHOOLING DAY FOR THE TOYOTA BLUE GRASS FAVORITE, UNDEFEATED CHAMPION ESSENTIAL QUALITY KEEPMEINMIND ARRIVES FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS ROMBAUER RETURNS TO KEENELAND FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS PESSIN CONFIDENT BELL’S THE ONE WILL FIRE FRESH IN THE MADISON SLUMBER PARTY TAKES […] Continue Reading

Blue Grass horses gets feel for Keeneland surface

Today’s Keeneland barn notes by the track’s publicity department (Coady Photography photo above of Rombauer training at Keeneland for last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile): ********** ·       UNTREATED GETS FIRST FEEL OF MAIN TRACK FOR TOYOTA BLUE GRASS ·       DUBAI WORLD CUP WINNER MYSTIC GUIDE SCHEDULED TO RETURN TO KEENELAND ·       HARTY HOPES RACING LUCK COMES FAIR MAIDEN’S WAY IN MADISON […] Continue Reading

Kentucky Oaks: Malathaat, Simply Ravishing headline G1 Ashland

Keeneland’s Central Bank Ashland draw story (Coady Photography photo above Simply Ravishing capturing Keeneland’s Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades under Luis Saez): LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY (March 30, 2021) — Shadwell Stable’s undefeated Malathaat and Harold Lerner, Magdalena Racing and Nehoc Stables’ Simply Ravishing headline a field of six 3-year-old fillies for Saturday’s 84th running of the $400,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) going […] Continue Reading

Keeneland: Hush of a Storm targeting Blue Grass

Keeneland media notes by the track’s publicity team (Keeneland photo above): Joseph P. Morey Jr. Revocable Trust’s Hush of a Storm, a winner of three consecutive races, could make his next start Saturday in the 97th running of Keeneland’s $800,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G2). The race is worth 170 qualifying points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1). “We hope […] Continue Reading

Van Dyke guides Ward-trained Like the King to Jeff Ruby victory

Recap of Turfway Park’s Jeff Ruby Steaks card, written by Kevin Kerstein of Churchill Downs’ publicity office (Coady Photography photo above: Like the King winning the $250,000 Jeff Ruby under Drayden Van Dyke to secure a spot in the Kentucky Derby) Jeff Ruby video with Ward, Van Dyke LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, March 27, 2021) – M Racing Group’s Like the […] Continue Reading

Hush of a Storm, Gretzky the Great hook up again in Jeff Ruby

Churchill Downs press release (above Coady Photography photo of Gretzky the Great training at Keeneland for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, in which he was sixth) FLORENCE, Ky. (Wednesday, March 24, 2021) – Joseph P. Morey Trust’s $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes winner Hush of a Storm, along with Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gary Barber’s Grade I-winning colt Gretzky the […] Continue Reading

Travel Column likely KY Oaks favorite after FG Oaks victory

A Fair Grounds Race Course press release (Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges above) New Orleans (March 20, 2021) – Travel Column two, Clairiere one. The rivalry continues. Churchill Downs awaits. OXO Equine’s Travel Column took advantage of a decided race flow edge and easily held off the late rally of her nemesis, Stonestreet Stables’ homebred Clairiere, by 2 ¾ lengths in the […] Continue Reading

Geroux making most of second Oaklawn experience

Today’s Oaklawn Park barn notes by Robert Yates (Coady Photography photo of Monomoy Girl winning Oaklawn Park’s Azeri Stakes: HOT SPRINGS, AR. (Friday, March 19, 2021) — Perhaps the surest bet this year at Oaklawn was that Kentucky-based jockey Florent Geroux would have a much bigger impact on the jockey standings than he did during his first stint as a regular […] Continue Reading

Ky Oaks winner Shedaresthedevil takes 4yo debut by a head

An Oaklawn Park press release (Coady Photography photos): HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, March 13, 2021) – 2020 Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Honeybee Stakes (G3) winner Shedaresthedevil, making her first start since last October, led gate to wire to win Saturday’s $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) determinedly by a head over 3-2 favorite Letruska at Oaklawn Park. Breaking from the outside post […] Continue Reading