Keyword: Jinks Fires

  • Discreetness (right) battles Synchrony (left) to win the Smarty Jones.

    Making the Grade: Discreetness

    This week we take a closer look at Discreetness, winner of the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes on Jan. 18 at Oaklawn.

  • Discreetness

    Discreetness, Whitmore Work for Southwest

    Smarty Jones Stakes winner Discreetness went five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 Jan. 30 at Oaklawn gearing up for the Feb. 15 Southwest Stakes (gr. III). Also working toward the Southwest that morning was Whitmore.

  • Jinks Fires

    Annual Derby Trainers' Dinner a Big Hit

    Jinks Fires, Kathy Ritvo, and the duo of Todd Pletcher and Mike Repole were among the highlights at the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' trainers' dinner, an annual event held on the Tuesday leading up to the Derby.

  • Archarcharch

    Archarcharch, Nehro Heading for Louisville

    Archarcharch and Nehro, first and second, respectively in the $1 million Arkansas Derby April 16, are both destined for the 2011 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 7, according to their connections.

  • Archarcharch and Jon Court capture the Arkansas Derby.

    Longshot Archarcharch Wins Arkansas Derby

    The parade of longshots to win major Kentucky Derby trail prep races continued April 16 when Archarcharch came from off the pace to win the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park.

  • The Rebel is next for Southwest winner Archarcharch.

    Rebel Likely Next for Top Southwest Finishers

    Two days after a rough running of the Southwest Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park on Presidents' Day, connections for the top four finishers are making tentative plans to join the next dance in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II).

  • Essex winner Spotsgone is the morning-line favorite for the Hanshin Cup.

    Spotsgone Tries to Repeat in Hanshin Cup

    This time one year ago, Robert Yagos' Spotsgone was sent off at odds of 81-1 in the $100,000 Hanshin Cup Handicap (gr. III). In the 2008 edition to be held May 24 at Arlington Park, the son of Bright Launch was installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite. Of course, the drastic change in odds may have a little something to do with Spotsgone lighting up the toteboard with a $165 mutual in last year's edition.

  • Fires Wires Hanshin Cup With 81-1 Spotsgone

    Robert Yagos' Spotsgone broke on the lead for Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires and never looked back en route to a 2 1/4-length victory over 6-5 favorite Lewis Michael in the $100,000 Hanshin Cup (gr. III) on Saturday at Arlington Park.

  • First U.S. Winner for Officer at Churchill Downs

    Officer was represented by his first winner in the United States on May 21 at Churchill Downs when his first-crop 2-year-old colt Run Alex Run defeated a $46,500 maiden special field.

  • Dr. Alex Harthill.

    Friends, Colleagues Reflect on Harthill's Life

    When Dr. Alex "Doc" Harthill died July 16 at a Louisville, Ky. hospice of complications from pneumonia and a stroke at age 80, it marked the end of an era in veterinary medicine at Churchill Downs. Some of those within the racing community who knew him best reflect on Harthill's career.