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

  • Sol Kumin

    Kumin Sends Out Trio in Search of Derby Glory

    Owner Sol Kumin has a sprinkling of yearling buys and more recent private purchases as his Monomoy Girl seeks to win the Longines Kentucky Oaks while Justify, Audible, and My Boy Jack go looking for roses in the Kentucky Derby.

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Morning scenes at Churchill Downs on April 28, 2018 Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

    Oaks-Derby Track Notes, April 28

    Updates of Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) and Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) from the Churchill Downs notes team.

  • Flameaway (outside) works four furlongs in company at Churchill Downs

    Flameaway Whips Through Half-Mile Work

    While Flameaway's works are usually more on the solid than flashy end of the spectrum, the chestnut colt let it be known April 28 he was feeling himself in advance of his expected start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1).

  • Free Drop Billy gets ready to breeze April 28 at Churchill Downs

    Free Drop Billy, Promises Fulfilled on Schedule

    With his two Kentucky Derby (G1) hopefuls on different schedules, trainer Dale Romans mapped different workout assignments for Free Drop Billy and Promises Fulfilled April 28 and gave each a passing grade after their Churchill Downs breezes.

  • Bill Nack at Churchill Downs on Derby day 2008.

    Nack BackTrack: Reliving That First Kentucky Derby

    And then, suddenly, there came this comber of sound rolling across the Downs as 157,770 soul mates—the second largest crowd ever to witness a Kentucky Derby—cheered the horses leaping from the gate.

  • Champion Good Magic has settled in at Churchill Downs

    Top Trainers Take Momentum Into Kentucky Derby

    The three trainers who accounted for the six winners of the 170-point Road to the Kentucky Derby races contested in the United States sounded confident April 26 when they gathered for an NTRA teleconference call with media members.

  • Trainer Bob Baffert during early morning workouts at Santa Anita

    Interview: Baffert Looking Forward to Derby Week

    Tom Pedulla is interviewing prominent owners, trainers and jockeys for America's Best Racing as they travel the Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve on May 5 at Churchill Downs.

  • The 2017 Turf Classic field

    Old Forester to Sponsor Turf Classic at Churchill Downs

    Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky announced today that it is the new title sponsor of the Turf Classic thoroughbred horse race; the race runs each year just prior to the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

  • D. Wayne Lukas and Todd Pletcher at Churchill Downs in 2007

    Nack BackTrack: Lukas Looks for One More Score

    "See all those people down there?" D. Wayne Lukas was saying as he surveyed the tumultuous scene below. "What they are having is an out-of-body experience. It's an experience that changes you forever."

  • Tom Amoss will train the latest horse for the Churchill Downs Racing Club

    New Churchill Downs Racing Club Opportunity

    Up to 200 people can experience the excitement of Thoroughbred racehorse ownership this spring with unraced 2-year-old, the latest addition to the popular Churchill Downs Racing Club stable.

  • Hofburg gallops a mile and a quarter at Churchill Downs

    Hofburg Takes First Spin Around Churchill Downs

    Juddmonte Farms' Hofburg, runner-up in the Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) in his most recent start, made his first visit to the track at Churchill Downs the morning of April 25 in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1).

  • Horse Country Partners with Legacy Equine Academy

    Horse Country is proud to announce a new partnership with Legacy Equine Academy, the mission of which is to provide racially diverse middle and high school students opportunities to build life skills through horsemanship.

  • Coolmore's Magnier Making Headlines in Art World

    While owners associated with John Magnier's Coolmore operation hope to make headlines with Mendelssohn May 5 at the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), the Irish breeder also is expected to make headlines next month in the art world.

  • Magnum Moon gallops April 24 at Churchill Downs

    Pletcher's Derby Hopefuls Get to Work at Churchill

    Trainer Todd Pletcher's four Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) hopefuls arrived at Churchill Downs at 2:30 Monday afternoon with the trainer following a few hours later. On Tuesday morning, it was back to work.

  • Boyd Martin will ride off-track Thoroughbred Steady Eddie in the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

    Off-Track Thoroughbreds Ready for KY Three-Day Event

    While fans near and far will notice a change at the Kentucky Three-Day Event this year with Land Rover taking over the title sponsorship from Rolex, one thing won't be changing ... off-track Thoroughbreds coming to Kentucky to compete.

  • Flameaway at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale, where he was purchased by John Oxley for $400,000

    Flameaway a Pinhooking Success for Partnership

    Flameaway, who has gone on to win five stakes and is a leading contender for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), was a successful yearling pinhook for Taylor Made Sales partnership entity.

  • Good Magic works four furlongs April 21 at Keeneland

    Good Magic Smooth in Four-Furlong Work

    With trainer Chad Brown watching from the Keeneland boxes, Good Magic gave the two-time Eclipse Award winner reason to stay loose and happy as the chestnut colt cruised through a four-furlong work in :48 flat April 21.

  • Flameaway clears workmate Ride a Comet while clocking five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 at Churchill Downs

    Flameaway, Monomoy Girl Work at Churchill Downs

    The first day of the special training time at Churchill Downs reserved for entrants in its two biggest races was busy April 21 with several turning in workouts for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) or Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).

  • Bolt d'Oro, one of three Kentucky Derby contenders bred by WinStar Farm, ahead of the Santa Anita Derby

    WinStar Holds Strong Hand in KY Derby as Breeder

    Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm is the breeder of three Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) contenders with Bolt d'Oro, Noble Indy, and Quip locked into the 20-horse field for the May 5 classic race in Louisville.

  • An artist's rendering of the new access to Churchill Downs.

    Website Outlines Kentucky Derby Parking, Traffic Plan

    Churchill Downs, home of the world-famous Kentucky Derby, announced today new entry procedures that will be in effect for guests visiting the track any day of Derby Week (Saturday, April 28, 2018 through Saturday, May 5, 2018).

  • HRRN Logo

    HRRN to Cover Charles Town Classic

    Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN) announced Thursday it will broadcast the 10th running of the $1.2 million Charles Town Classic (G2) live this Saturday, April 21.

  • Gronkowski gallops under jockey Jamie Spencer

    Patriots' Gronkowski Buys Stake in Namesake

    NFL star Rob Gronkowski partnered with the equine Gronkowski's owner to acquire a minority stake in the 3-year-old colt, who won the March 30 32rRed Burradon Stakes at Newcastle and secured an invitation to the first leg of the Triple Crown.