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Essential Quality wins the Jim Dandy (Joe Labozetta/Coglianese Photos)
Essential Quality fends off Keepmeinmind in Jim Dandy

Heavily favored champion Essential Quality overcame a wide trip, and a strong challenge from Keepmeinmind, to prevail in Saturday’s $582,000 Jim Dandy S. (G2) at Saratoga. The Godolphin homebred had to pull out extra in deep stretch to avert an upset, and defy…

Jul 31, 2021

Essential Quality wins the Belmont (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
Essential Quality preps for Travers in Jim Dandy

Champion Essential Quality will kick off the second half of his campaign in Saturday’s $600,000 Jim Dandy S. (G2) at Saratoga. Freshened since his thrilling Belmont S. (G1) victory over Hot Rod Charlie, the Brad Cox trainee is tuning up for the Aug. 28 Travers…

Jul 29, 2021

C Z Rocket wins the Count Fleet Sprint (Photo by Coady Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: Bing Crosby Stakes

A stout field of nine will travel six panels on the Del Mar main surface in Saturday’s $300,000 Bing Crosby S. (G1). The deep and well-matched cast features some of the fleetest runners on the West Coast in what promises to be a thrilling feature on the…

Jul 29, 2021

Homestretch Club Bar View
Churchill Downs Announces Multi-Year Projects to Transform the Legendary Racetrack

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, July 28, 2021) – Churchill Downs announced three major multi-year capital investments to transform key areas at the home of the Kentucky Derby. These projects will ultimately provide new, unique and extraordinary guest experiences…

Jul 28, 2021


Kentucky Derby 147
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History was made on Saturday at Churchill Downs when Medina Spirit sprung a 12-1 upset in the 147th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby (G1), giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert a record seventh victory in the “Run for the Roses.”
MEDINA SPIRIT Trainer Bob Baffert, (First)
Trainer Quotes From The 147th Kentucky Derby

MEDINA SPIRIT Trainer Bob Baffert, (First): “This little horse coming in here, he’s always shown he’s an overachiever. His heart is bigger than his body. When he turned for home, something just told me. He reminded me of Silver Charm (Baffert’s 1st Derby winner).…

May 2, 2021

Jockey's of the 147th Kentucky Derby
Jockey Quotes From The 147th Kentucky Derby

MEDINA SPIRIT Jockey John Velazquez, (First): “Every time I asked him to give more he kept fighting on. You couldn’t ask for more of a horse. When you ride a horse like this who is competitive you can’t ask for anything else." MANDALOUN Jockey Florent Geroux,…

May 2, 2021

Derby Week
Going Global wins the Honeymoon Stakes (Benoit Photo)
Expert Pick of the Week: San Clemente Stakes

A full field of 12 sophomore fillies will contest Saturday’s $200,000 San Clemente S. (G2).at Del Mar. The mile turf test is led by the exciting Going Global, who shows an unblemished mark from four races since arriving in the U.S. Trained by Phil d’Amato,…

Jul 22, 2021

Mandaloun (pink cap) won the Haskell via DQ (photo by Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO)
Mandaloun wins Haskell via disqualification of Hot Rod Charlie

Mandaloun came up a nose short on the finish line in Saturday’s $1 million Haskell S. (G1), but the three-year-old was elevated to first by the Monmouth Park stewards, who disqualified Hot Rod Charlie for drifting in and clipping heels with Midnight Bourbon…

Jul 18, 2021

Hot Rod Charlie winning the Louisiana Derby (G2) - Photo by Jamie Newell/TwinSpires
Study Guide: 2021 Haskell Stakes

Saturday's $1 million Haskell S. (G1) over 1 1/8 miles at Monmouth Park has drawn a strong field of Triple Crown veterans mixed with intriguing newcomers, all vying for a "Win and You're In" berth to the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1). Following Sea Total…

Jul 15, 2021

Hot Rod Charlie winning the Louisiana Derby (G2) - (Jamie Newell/TwinSpires.com)
Hot Rod Charlie favored over Mandaloun, Midnight Bourbon in seven-horse Haskell

Mandaloun, Midnight Bourbon, and Hot Rod Charlie, the respective second-place finishers in the Kentucky Derby (G1), Preakness (G1), and Belmont S. (G1), highlight a nice edition of Saturday’s $1 million Haskell S. (G1) at Monmouth Park. Seven three-year-olds…

Jul 14, 2021

Hard Love wins the 2021 Woodhaven S. (Coglianese Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes

A superb field of nine sophomores will travel 1 1/4 miles on the Belmont inner turf in Saturday’s lucrative $1 million Belmont Derby Invitational S. (G1). The cast features strong domestic runners, as well as, a pair of stout international contenders, in…

Jul 8, 2021

Will's Secret winning the Martha Washington S. at Oaklawn (photo by Coady)
Fulsome brings three-race win streak to Indiana Derby; Will’s Secret tops Oaks

Three-year-olds will take center stage Wednesday evening in the $300,000 Indiana Derby (G3) and $250,000 Indiana Oaks (G3). The featured events headline a 12-race card at Indiana Grand that features six total stakes. Fulsome is the one to beat in the…

Jul 2, 2021

Happy Saver wins at Belmont Park (Photo by Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photos)
Expert Pick of the Week: Suburban Stakes

A rematch between the top two finishers of the 2020 Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) will be the headline attraction in Saturday’s $400,000 Suburban S. (G2) at Belmont Park. The unbeaten Happy Saver defeated recent Dubai World Cup (G1) winner Mystic Guide by three-quarters…

Jul 1, 2021

Kentucky Derby Logo 148
Churchill Downs Releases Official Logo for Kentucky Derby 148

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Day, Date, 2021) – Churchill Downs Racetrack today unveiled the official Kentucky Derby 148 logo. Featuring the iconic Twin Spires, the logo honors the legendary setting of “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” The 148th running of the…

Jun 25, 2021

Maxfield wins the 2019 Breeder's Futurity (Coady Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2021 Stephen Foster Stakes

A strong field of nine will travel 1 1/8 miles in Saturday’s $600,000 Stephen Foster S. (G2) at Churchill Downs. The feature on a huge day of racing is led by the once-beaten Maxfield from the barn of Brendan Walsh. A graded stakes winner at two, three,…

Jun 24, 2021

Maxfield winning the Matt Winn S. (G3) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography
Study Guide: 2021 Stephen Foster Stakes

With a $600,000 purse, Saturday's Stephen Foster S. (G2) at Churchill Downs is a major early-summer target for some of the best older horses in training. The fact the 1 1/8-mile race awards a "Win and You're In" berth to the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) only…

Jun 24, 2021

King Fury wins the Lexington (Coady Photography/Keeneland)
King Fury gets back in the ring for Ohio Derby

Scratched from the Kentucky Derby (G1) with a fever, King Fury hopes to resume his progress in Saturday’s $500,000 Ohio Derby (G3) at Thistledown. The 1 1/8-mile test has attracted an intriguing cast of Triple Crown trail veterans and sophomores just now on…

Jun 21, 2021

Sconsin wins the Eight Belles S. (Coady Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: Roxelana Stakes

A graded stakes-quality field of six will go postward in Saturday’s $110,000 Roxelana S. at Churchill Downs. Three contenders who own previous graded tallies will lead the way in the 6 1/2-furlong affair, including the in-form Sconsin. Trained by Greg…

Jun 18, 2021

Mandaloun (Coady Photography)
Mandaloun returns in Pegasus

Grade 2 victor Mandaloun, who crossed the wire second in the Kentucky Derby (G1) in his latest offering, makes his first start since the Run for the Roses in Sunday’s $150,000 Pegasus S. at Monmouth Park. The Brad Cox trainee first served notice that…

Jun 11, 2021

Juliet Foxtrot winning the Jenny Wiley (G1) at Keeneland - Coady Photography
Study Guide: 2021 Mint Julep Stakes

Stakes racing at the Churchill Downs spring meet continues on Saturday with the $150,000 Mint Julep S. (G3). The 1 1/16-mile turf test for fillies and mares has attracted a competitive field of 11, led by Grade 1 winner Juliet Foxtrot.  Mintd Total…

Jun 11, 2021

Juliet Foxtrot wins the Jenny Wiley Stakes (Photo by Coady Photography)
Expert Pick of the Week: 2021 Mint Julep Stakes

A field of 11 fillies and mares will travel 1 1/16 miles over the Churchill Downs turf in the Saturday feature, the $150,000 Mint Julep S. (G3). The grassy endeavor is led by the recent Jenny Wiley S. (G1) queen Juliet Foxtrot, who will be tough to upend…

Jun 10, 2021

Essential Quality wins the 2021 Belmont Stakes
Essential Quality back on winning form in Belmont Stakes

Essential Quality capped a huge day for Godolphin on Saturday by giving the worldwide racing behemoth its second transatlantic classic victory of the day, and its first on American soil, in the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1). The reigning juvenile champion,…

Jun 5, 2021


Tales from the Crib
Follow the Road to the Roses all the way back to the barn, with Kellie Reilly
Like the King as a foal (Sparks View Farm)
Tales from the Crib: Like the King

“Babysitter” isn’t normally the kind of experience listed on the resume of a Kentucky Derby (G1) contender, but that was the reason why Like the King was purchased as a weanling. Like the King was bred by Roddy and Perry Harrison’s Horseshoe Racing. The small-scale…

Apr 27, 2021

Midnight Bourbon as a foal (Stonestreet Farm)
Tales from the Crib: Midnight Bourbon

Handsome is as handsome does, as the saying goes. But Midnight Bourbon often runs up to his movie-star good looks. The striking son of Hall of Famer Tiznow was bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, Barbara Banke’s farm that is also responsible for three…

Apr 26, 2021

Rock Your World as a Keeneland September yearling (Photos by Z/Keeneland)
Tales from the Crib: Rock Your World

Ron McAnally will be remembered forever for training the legendary John Henry, the rags-to-riches gelding with an indomitable character, and fellow Hall of Famers Bayakoa and Paseana. But now at the age of 88, the horseman has a chance of adding an extraordinary…

Apr 26, 2021

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Pedigree Fun Facts
Essential Quality at the Breeders' Cup (Coady Photography)
Pedigree fun facts: 2021 Belmont Stakes

If champion Essential Quality can rebound in Saturday’s Belmont S. (G1), he would become a record-equaling fourth winner sired by Tapit. The only stallion to achieve that feat is the 19th-century patriarch Lexington, who sired General Duke (1868), Kingfisher…

Jun 3, 2021

Ram at Pimlico for the Preakness (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Pedigree fun facts: 2021 Preakness Stakes

Several Preakness S. (G1) contenders with strong pedigree ties to the middle jewel are longshots. Might that portend an upset brewing at Pimlico on Saturday? Triple Crown champion American Pharoah (2015) is trying to join the exclusive club of Preakness…

May 14, 2021

Kentucky Derby trophy (Churchill Downs)
Pedigree fun facts: 2021 Kentucky Derby

All 20 runners in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby (G1) – from the most expensive yearlings and aristocratic homebreds to the bargain basement specials – have ancestral ties to great champions.  Here’s a look at some of the fascinating pedigree angles in the 147th…

Apr 29, 2021

Bourbonic upsets the Wood Memorial (NYRA/Coglianese/Chelsea Durand)
Pedigree fun facts: Bourbonic

Bourbonic aims to become the fourth straight generation of his male line to win a classic. Moreover, his female line is responsible for one of the greatest horses ever to lose the Kentucky Derby (G1).Bourbonic’s sire, champion Bernardini, captured the 2006…

Apr 21, 2021

Like the King after his Jeff Ruby Steaks win (Coady Photography)
Pedigree fun facts: Like the King

Although Like the King has yet to win on dirt, his pedigree is filled with American classic winners.Like the King is by 2013 Belmont (G1) hero Palace Malice. A star from the first crop of Hall of Famer Curlin, Palace Malice had suffered narrow losses earlier…

Apr 19, 2021

Super Stock upsets the Arkansas Derby (Coady Photography)
Pedigree fun facts: Super Stock

Super Stock will try to wear the roses that eluded both his sire and broodmare sire in their respective attempts in the Kentucky Derby (G1).Super Stock’s sire, Dialed In, ranked as the lukewarm 5-1 favorite here in 2011 after late-running heroics in the Holy…

Apr 18, 2021

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Kentucky Derby Updates
Kentucky Oaks Morning
Kentucky Derby Update: Friday, April 30, 2021

A QUIET MORNING ON DERBY EVE  LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, April 30, 2021) – Galloping and jogging over a track listed as good dominated the morning activity on the day before the 147th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (GI). BOURBONIC,…

Apr 30, 2021

Brooklyn Strong
Kentucky Derby Update: Thursday, April 29, 2021

BROOKLYN STRONG GALLOPS AT CHURCHILL DOWNS FOR FIRST TIME; DERBY HOPEFULS BEAT THE RAIN BUT NOT THE SLOPLOUISVILLE, KY (Thursday, April 29, 2021) – Mark Schwartz’s Brooklyn Strong made his first appearance on the track at Churchill Downs Thursday morning, galloping…

Apr 29, 2021

Tuesday Works at Churchill Downs
Kentucky Derby Update: Wednesday, April 28, 2021

TWO TUESDAY DERBY ARRIVALS GET FIRST MORNING OF TRAINING AT CHURCHILL DOWNS LOUISVILLE, KY (Wednesday, April 28, 2021) – Two of the three final Kentucky Derby entrants to arrive at Churchill Downs on Tuesday got their first feel for the main track beneath…

Apr 28, 2021

Derby 147 Contender Essential Quality
Kentucky Derby Update: Tuesday, April 27, 2021

ESSENTIAL QUALITY HEADLINES FIELD OF 20 ENTERED FOR DERBY 147; BROOKLYN STRONG, HIDDEN STASH, LIKE THE KING ARRIVE AT CHURCHILL DOWNS LOUISVILLE, KY (Tuesday, April 27, 2021) – Godolphin’s undefeated Essential Quality was made the 2-1 morning line favorite…

Apr 27, 2021

Midnight Bourbon
Kentucky Derby Update: Monday, April 26, 2021

Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Midnight Bourbon worked five furlongs in 1:02.40 over a fast track at Churchill Downs while earlier at Parx, Mark Schwartz’s Brooklyn Strong worked five furlongs in 1:00.92 to punch his ticket to Louisville for Kentucky Derby 147 for…

Apr 26, 2021

Pauline's Pearl
Kentucky Derby Update: Sunday, April 25, 2021

Shortleaf Stable’s homebred Caddo River was taken out of Kentucky Derby consideration Sunday morning by trainer Brad Cox because of an elevated temperature.     The defection of Caddo River moves Mark Schwartz’s Brooklyn Strong into No. 20 on the Road to…

Apr 25, 2021


Kentucky Oaks 147
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Shadwell Stable’s Malathaat edged Search Results by a neck after a stretch battle of undefeated fillies to win the 147th running of the $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) for 3-year-old fillies before a crowd of 41,472 on a sun-drenched Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Jockey Quotes From The 147th Running Of The Kentucky Oaks
Jockey Quotes From The 147th Running Of The Kentucky Oaks

OHN VELAZQUEZ, jockey of Malathaat (First) – “She didn’t get away the best, but I got a spot with her. She was running well and when I turned for home I had a target (Search Results) to send her after. We got up next to her and my filly went by. Then she waited…

Apr 30, 2021

Kentucky Oaks nd Jockeys
Trainer Quotes From The 147th Running Of The Kentucky Oaks

TODD PLETCHER, trainer of Malathaat (First) – “She got away from there just a bit slow, but Johnny (Velazquez) moved her up and got her in a much better position. He had to lose some ground and go wide to do it, but it was the right thing to do. She wants a…

Apr 30, 2021