Trainer Dravo Foley, a veteran of more than five decades in Kentucky's horse industry and the father of trainers Greg and Vickie Foley, died March 29 in Louisville, Ky., following a long illness. He was 75.
Trainer Greg Foley notched his 1,000th career victory Jan. 23 when Cherokee Nation wired the field by nine lengths in the final race at Turfway Park.
Pleasant Hill may have been 20-1 on the morning line for the $150,000 Gardenia Handicap (gr. III) at muggy Ellis Park Aug. 18, but the bettors weren't having it. The 4-year-old daughter of Pleasant Tap led all the way in her stakes debut at odds of 7-2 to win by one length over High Heels.
A pair of Kentucky trainers were issued fines and suspension after horses in their care tested positive for banned substances following races at Turfway Park and Keeneland, according to John Veitch, chief state steward.
Turfway Park closed its 2005 holiday meet Dec. 31 with increases in virtually every category over the same period in 2004, most of them double-digit improvements.
Twenty-three-year-old Rafael Bejarano won the 1,000th race of his career on Thursday when he piloted the Greg Foley-trained Northern Vacation to victory in the first race at Keeneland.
Lloyd Madison Farms IV LLC's multiple graded stakes winner Champali figures to be a short-priced favorite in a small field of five for Saturday's $150,000 Arlington Breeders' Cup Sprint at Arlington Park.
Champali set a fast pace but had enough left to hold off the late challenge of Clock Stopper by a nose in an exciting four-horse photo finish to the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. III) at Calder Race Course Saturday.
Churchill Downs' $100,000-added Debutante Stakes (gr. III) has the makings of a family affair. Siblings Greg and Vickie Foley will saddle two of the major contenders in Sunday's importantearly test for 2-year-old fillies.
Trainer Greg Foley hopes to wrap up the 2004 Churchill Downs Spring Meet on a high note when he sends out Bakster Farm's unbeaten Sweet Miss El in the $100,000-added Debutante (gr. III) on Sunday.
National riding leader Rafael Bejarano continues to impress Churchill Downs trainers, where he is running away with the 2004 jockey title.
Now that his veteran stakes winner Champali has returned to the winner's circle, trainer Greg Foley is looking toward a future on both the main track and the turf course for his 4-year-old star.
Turfway Park, which wrapped up its winter/spring meet April 1, reported across-the-board business increases even though it lost nine full cards and parts of six others during the session that began Jan. 1.
Marylou Whitney's Birdstone was installed the even-money favorite against 10 rivals for Saturday's Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park. The 3-year-old son of Grindstone drew post one for the 1 1/8-mile race.
Marylou Whitney Stables' homebred Birdstone, winner of the grade I Champagne Stakes at Belmont last year, is the talk of Turfway leading up to their signature Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prep, Saturday's Lane's End Stakes (gr. II). However, the diminutive son of Grindstone hasn't exactly scared anyone off from the $500,000 race with as many as 14 others considering the race.
Silver Minister drew off easily to win the $50,000 WEBN Stakes Saturday at Turfway Park.
Turfway Park ended its 2003 holiday meet with a tie for leading trainer that came down to the last race of the last card, total handle that was nearly as close a call, and a leading rider record that was away and gone before the meet even ended.
Winstar Farm's Awesome Humor leads a well-matched field of 12 entered for Friday's $300,000 Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. III) at Hoosier Park.
Lloyd Madison Farm's Champali, winner of three straight stakes at Turfway Park earlier this year, returns as the morning-line favorite for Saturday's Kentucky Cup Sprint (gr. III). He'll face 11 rivals in the six-furlong race for 3-year-olds. The last of five stakes on the card, the Sprint has a post time of 6:33 p.m. EST.
Golden Marlin, winner of the Dogwood Stakes (gr. III) on the dirt in her most recent race, switches to the grass against favored Edgewood Stakes winner Forest Shadows and 10 other promising 3-year-old turf fillies in Saturday's $200,000-added Regret Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
Lloyd Madison Farm's Champali, named in honor of legendary heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, will be looking to score a knockout of his own when he returns from an illness to head a field of eight 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Northern Dancer Stakes on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Two major contenders for Saturday's $100,000-added Northern Dancer Stakes -- Lloyd Madison Farm's Champali and James McIngvale's During -- turned in sharp works on Sunday in preparation for the one-mile race.
Lloyd Madison Farm's Champali, winner of the Iroquois (gr. III) and runner-up to Midas Eyes in the Derby Trial (gr. III) breezed a strong half-mile Saturday in 48.80 at Churchill Downs.
Passed briefly inside the half-mile pole, Golden Marlin repelled the challenge and went on to post a one-length victory in Saturday's $109,000 Dogwood Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs.
A case of colic has knocked Champali out of Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I). Lloyd Madison Farms, IV's son of Glitterman was to ship to Pimlico in Baltimore from his base at Churchill Downs Wednesday morning.
Three Churchill Downs-based contenders for Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) completed their serious training for the second jewel of the Visa Triple Crown with workouts on Tuesday at the Kentucky track.
Three Churchill Downs-based contenders for Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course put in their final works on Tuesday morning at the Louisville oval.
Edmund Gann's Midas Eyes, another dazzling star from the powerhouse stable of Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, heads a small field of six 3-year-olds in Saturday's running of the $150,000-added Derby Trial (gr. III), the opening day feature of the 52-day Spring Meet at Churchill Downs.
Michael Tabor's Lion Tamer drew the outside post 9 for Saturday's Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park. The son of Will's Way, who will be making his first start beyond seven furlongs, was installed the 6-5 morning live favorite by Mike Battaglia. Second-choice Champali, the local hope for the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds, will break from post 2.
The good news for Allspice is the $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies does not possess a dominating presence like 2002 winner Take Charge Lady or undefeated Lady Tak.
Lloyd Madison Farms LLC's Champali, the unbeaten winner of the Iroquois (gr. III), tuned up for a scheduled run in the Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) with a strong five furlong work Saturday at Churchill Downs.
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