Esther Marr

  • Funds Still Needed for Noor to Old Friends

    In my last blog post, I mentioned that sufficient funds had been raised for the body of Hall of Famer Noor to be transferred to Old Friends. It has been brought to my attention that this not the case, however.

  • St. John's River finished second in the Kentucky Oaks.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    St. John's River Looking to Shine in Oaks

    St. John's River may not have a stakes win under her belt like the majority of her rivals in the July 9 Delaware Oaks (gr. II), but considering her recent hard trying efforts, she appears ready for a major triumph.

  • Turbulent Descent faces 5 in the Acorn.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Turbulent Descent Headlines Acorn Field

    Turbulent Descent, the only filly with grade I status entered in the TVG Acorn Stakes, will be tough to beat if the excellent form she has exhibited on the California circuit and Keeneland carries over to Belmont Park.

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    Ashland Winner Lilacs and Lace Sold to Japan

    Ashland Stakes (gr. I) winner Lilacs and Lace was sold to a Japanese breeder for an undisclosed amount and was sent to that country shortly after the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), according to former majority owner Jim Covello

  • John Velazquez (left) and Angel Cordero

    Cordero Has Confidence, Pride in Velazquez

    Jockey's agent Angel Cordero, who is looking forward to watching Velazquez ride Animal Kingdom in the Belmont, discussed the temperment and riding style similarities and differences between himself and the jockey.

  • Scat Daddy Sires First Winner

    Dual grade I winner and 2007 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender Scat Daddy sired his first winner when his daughter Little Miss Muffet won her career debut.

  • Kegasus

    'Kegasus' Does Part to Boost Preakness

    Two days following the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico, MJC president Tom Chuckas admitted a large part of this year's InfieldFest success rested on the shoulders of its centaur mascot Kegasus.

  • No Explaining pulls away to win the Gallorette Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    No Explaining Scores Victory in Gallorette

    Irish-bred No Explaining finally held on for the first black-type score of her career when she prevailed impressively by a length over a strong late challenge from two rivals in the May 21 Gallorette Handicap (gr. III).

  • Emma-Jayne Wilson celebrates victory in the Pimlico Female Jockey Challenge.

    Wilson Wins Pimlico Female Jockey Challenge

    When Canadian Emma-Jayne Wilson won the inaugural $30,000 Pimlico Female Jockey Challenge at Pimlico Race Course in Maryland May 20, it was a no-brainer for her to turn around and donate the winner's share to a worthy cause.

  • Ventana is the only previous graded stakes winner entered in the Maryland Sprint.

    Ventana Seeks First Non-CA Win in MD Sprint

    Ventana, the only previous graded stakes winner entered in the Maryland Sprint (gr. III), is seeking his first score outside California. The race, which attracted a field of nine, will be contested at six furlongs May 21.

  • Michael Baze

    Baze Autopsy Reports Inconclusive

    Preliminary autopsy results on jockey Michael Baze, who was found dead in his vehicle May 10 in the Churchill Downs stable area, point to no anatomical cause of death pending a toxicology report.

  • Ellis Park

    Flooding Delays Training at Ellis Park

    Ellis Park director of operations Bob Jackson said in spite of the Kentucky River flooding around the facility a week prior to the Kentucky Derby, simulcast numbers were not significantly affected.

  • My Oaks/Derby Week in Photos

    From the heartbreaking phone call I made to John Greathouse about his ill-fated filly Devil May Care, to the quiet beauty of the descending twilight on Oaks night, to the thrilling Derby finish of Animal Kingdom

  • Battle of Hastings

    Battle of Hastings Doing Well After Surgery

    Multiple graded stakes winner Battle of Hastings, who suffered a condylar fracture to his right front leg during the May 7 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs, came out of surgery well May 8.

  • Her Smile - Churchill Downs, 05/5/11.

    Backstretch Snapshot: Her Smile

    Her Smile is a filly that came into the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) game a little late and lacks the buzz factor that has surrounded some of the other contenders in the Run for the Lilies.

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    Devil May Care Loses Battle With Cancer

    Multiple grade I winner Devil May Care, a starter in the 2010 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), was euthanized May 4 after a confirmed diagnosis of lymphosarcoma, a form of cancer.

  • Joyful Victory at Churchill Downs.

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    Joyful Victory Favored in Deep Oaks Field

    Fox Hills Farms' Joyful Victory, runaway winner of Oaklawn Park's Honeybee (gr. III) and Fantasy (gr. II) in her past two starts, tops a stellar cast of 13 3-year-old fillies entered in the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Daisy Devine

    Oaks-Bound Fillies Work at Churchill

    Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) hopeful fillies R Heat Lightning, Plum Pretty, Holy Heavens, and Daisy Devine all posted workouts during a busy morning at Churchill Downs April 26.

  • Midnight Interlude at Churchill Downs.

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    Midnight Interlude Posts Bullet Work

    Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Midnight Interlude posted his third consecutive bullet workout when he covered six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 on the Churchill Downs main track the morning of April 26.

  • Dancinginherdreams

    Dancinginherdreams No Longer Oaks-Bound

    Dancinginherdreams, who had been working toward the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), will skip the Run for the Lilies due to her poor performance in the April 9 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.

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    Lilacs and Lace: Ready for Lilies

    There are several special aspects of the story of Lilacs and Lace, a homebred daughter of Flower Alley who burst onto the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) scene with a victory in the April 9 Ashland Stakes (gr. I).

  • Kathmanblu

    Kathmanblu: An Unlikely Superstar

    Even with her third-place effort in the April 9 Ashland Stakes (gr. I), grade III winner Kathmanblu has high hopes resting on her shoulders leading up to the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Kathmanblu, a stakes winner on grass and dirt, tries Polytrack in the Central Bank Ashland.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Kathmanblu Heads Deep Ashland Field

    Five D Thoroughbreds and Wind River Stables' homebred filly Kathmanblu, a stakes winner on grass and dirt, will attempt to transfer that form to Keeneland's Polytrack surface April 9 in the Central Bank Ashland (gr. I).

  • Women Riders Stepping Up

    Esther Marr talks with Karma Kitaj, author of the book 'Women Riders Who Could...and Did: Life Stories of Top Level Equestriennes.'

  • JRA Reports Farms OK But Tracks Damaged

    Reports from different areas of Japan have so far indicated no major farm damage on Hokkaido as a result of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Tracks and OTBs in the Northeast district have been damaged.

  • Key Issues Discussed at KY Immigration Forum

    The fairly new concept of e-verification for immigration workers was one of the topics at a March 8 forum hosted by Blue Grass Farms Charities in conjunction with attorneys from Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs in Lexington.