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News and features for Kentucky farm owners, racehorse owners, and breeders

  • Trainer D. Wayne Lukas visits Charismatic Dec. 4 at Old Friends.

    Lukas Drops by to See Old Friend Charismatic

    On a cold day in early December D. Wayne Lukas made the 1 1/2-hour trip from Louisville, Ky. to Georgetown to catch up with the son of Summer Squall that he'd saddled to a surprise victory in the 1999 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Last year's Wood Memorial crowd at Aqueduct Racetrack

    Changing Schedules Impacted Wood, Blue Grass

    While the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack will be downgraded from grade I to grade II races next season, don’t expect an immediate impact on horsemen’s Triple Crown plans or field quality.

  • Blue Grass, Wood Memorial Downgraded

    In a dramatic reshaping of graded status of 2017 Triple Crown prep races, the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association has downgraded the Toyota Blue Grass and the Wood Memorial from grade I to grade II.

  • Anchor Down wins Kelso Stakes (gr. II)

    Anchor Down Retired to Gainesway

    Anchor Down, a multiple graded stakes-winning miler by Tapit who defeated eventual Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) victor Tamarkuz in the Kelso Handicap (gr. II), has been retired and will enter stud at Gainesway.

  • Sams

    Kentucky Drug Testing Lab Enjoys Expansion

    While the focus of the expanded LGC Science facility in Lexington will be on testing human-use supplements, as opposed to the lab's equine drug testing, the additional expertise on such supplements could provide crossover benefit.

  • Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Classic Empire is the 6-1 second choice in the first Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool

    KY Derby Future Wager Pool 1 Closes

    The pari-mutuel field of "all other 3-year-olds" closed as the 6-5 favorite in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW). Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Classic Empire was the 6-1 second choice.

  • McCraken wins the 2016 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes

    McCraken the Real Deal in KY Jockey Club

    The build up around McCraken live up to the billing in the 1 1/16 miles Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes as Janis Whitham's homebred used his big turn of foot to edge clear late under Brian Hernandez Jr. and remain unbeaten in three career starts.

  • Mont Saint Legame wins the 2016 Cattleya Sho

    Mont Saint Legame in Kentucky Derby Picture

    Mont Saint Legame tracked the pace in the Nov. 26 Cattleya Sho at Tokyo Racecourse, went by outside the leader in mid-straight, and claimed a 1 1/4-length victory, becoming the leading Japanese contender for the 2017 Kentucky Derby.

  • Linda and Brian Hernandez Jr. win Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs.

    Linda Powers Home to Win Mrs. Revere Stakes

    After dueling in early stretch with grade I winner Harmonize, Linda found another gear in the final furlong to register a clear win in the $200,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.

  • Gun Runner takes the Clark Handicap

    Gun Runner Overcomes Elders in Clark

    Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys' Gun Runner handily defeated older horses to earn his first grade I victory Nov. 25, turning back longshot Breaking Lucky for a gate-to-wire score in the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

  • Thatcher Street wins the 2016 River City Handicap

    Thatcher Street Caps Wilkes' Three-Win Day

    Thatcher Street capped a big day at Churchill Downs for Australian-born trainer Ian Wilkes when his 5-year-old gelding came back to beat chief rival Pleuven by a half-length to win the $100,000 River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 24.

  • Lady Fog Horn wins the 2016 Falls City Handicap

    Lady Fog Horn Makes the Grade in Falls City

    The Elkstone Group's Indiana homebred Lady Fog Horn—the reigning Indiana Horse of the Year—sounded off against open company Nov. 24 at Churchill Downs with a 1 1/2-length triumph over Streamline in the $200,000 Falls City Handicap (gr. II).

  • Dave Litfin - Litfin At Large

    A Thanksgiving Weekend Smorgasbord

    The holiday weekend marks the final stretch of important racing in Kentucky and New York, as Churchill Downs and Aqueduct conclude their respective grade I schedules with the Clark and Cigar Mile Handicaps.

  • Golden Rod Loaded with Talent

    Daddys Lil Darling is the lone graded stakes winner entered in the $200,000 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) for juvenile fillies at Churchill Downs Nov. 26, but she'll face plenty of competition.

  • Valadorna (outside) Oct. 22 at Keeneland

    Valadorna Receives a Racing Break

    Stonestreet Stables' Valadorna, runner-up in the Nov. 5 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), will bypass the Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Nov. 26 and be freshened for her sophomore campaign.

  • Harmonize in October at Keeneland.

    Harmonize, Hawksmoor on Again in Mrs. Revere

    After finishing a close second and third in the Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup Stakes presented by Lane's End (gr. IT) Oct. 15 at Keeneland, Harmonize and Hawksmoor (IRE) will meet again in the Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) Nov. 25 at Churchill Downs.

  • Noble Bird wins the 2016 Hagyard Fayette Stakes

    Noble Bird Brings Form Into Clark Handicap

    Noble Bird, the horse who has had a most fitful relationship with consistency, brings some of his best recent form to the table in the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) at Churchill Downs Nov. 25.

  • Kentucky to Require ADW Companies be Bonded

    In a special meeting Nov. 22 in Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) approved a rule that will require advance-deposit wagering (ADW) companies that operate in the state acquire a bond of up to $500,000 as a condition of licensing.

  • Farms in Focus

    Farms in Focus

    One of the benefits of a thriving Thoroughbred horse racing industry is the infrastructure of scenic and productive farmland needed to raise and cultivate racehorses.

  • Classic Empire won Breeders' Cup Juvenile earlier this month

    Classic Empire Top Individual in Derby Future

    While the ever-popular "all others" is the morning-line favorite for the first of four 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) pools, Classic Empire is the favorite among individual choices in the wager that opens its four-day run Thanksgiving Day.

  • Hip 4762 was the final horse into the sales ring at the Keeneland November sale

    Demand for Quality Paces Keeneland Sale

    Keeneland’s 13-day November breeding stock sale that ended Nov. 20 reflected a stable market that mirrored recent trends, in which there is continued demand for quality and buyers' unwillingness to take risks on horses that do not fit their criteria.

  • Go Maggie Go wins the Black Eyed Susan

    Go Maggie Go, 'Betty' Face Off in Falls City

    Two-time graded stakes winners Go Maggie Go and Include Betty will attempt to add another graded victory to their résumés Nov. 26 in the 1 1/8 miles Falls City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

  • Cash Control wins the 2016 Cardinal Handicap

    Cash Control Right at Home in Cardinal

    Bertram and Richard Klein's homebred Cash Control got an ideal stalking trip under Shaun Bridgmohan to score by four lengths over runner-up Kitten's Roar in the Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIIT) for her second career graded stakes triumph.

  • Keeneland Sale on Nearly Even Terms

    Following the Nov. 19 penultimate session of the 13-day Keeneland November breeding stock sale, the auction is on nearly even terms with the 2015 stand that totaled 12 days, with gross receipts down 2% and the average price almost identical.

  • Keeneland November

    Keeneland's Foreign Outreach Pays Dividends

    Keeneland's November breeding stock sale has substantial international appeal spread across all levels of the market, but it is particularly an important part of trade as the marathon auction nears the finish line.

  • The Keeneland November sale wrapped up its 10th session Nov. 17

    Pizmo Time Tops Keeneland November Session

    Racing prospect Pizmo Time, a winning 3-year-old gelding by City Zip from the family of two-time grade I winner Cavorting, sold for $120,000 to Caves Farm to lead the Nov. 17 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.