Louisville Thoroughbred Society

Louisville Thoroughbred Society Breaks Its’ Maiden In Style

(The Louisville Thoroughbred Society Is Now Off & Running / Photo by Holly M. Smith) (Red carpet entrance into the “Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Louisville Thoroughbred Society / Photo by Holly M. Smith) On Wednesday night, the Louisville Thoroughbred Society opened its temporary doors and had its’ official “Ground Breaking Ceremony” at 209...

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Breeding

Keeneland November Sale Update: Dialed In Weanling Tops Monday Session

(Lane’s End was leading consignor at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale on Monday / Photo by Gene McLean) From the Keeneland Media Team: Brookstone Farm paid the session-topping price of $145,000 for a weanling colt by Dialed In whose half-sister is Grade 2-placed Belle Laura during Monday’s eighth session of the Keeneland November Breeding...

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Handicapping

McLean Handicapping Update At Churchill Downs / Top Jockey Standings

Gene WDRB

Day Results 10-2-6-2 2018 Overall 1706 626-615-751 Win % of Top Pick 36.69% Payoff % of Top 3 Picks Overall 38.92% Top Selection ITM / CD Nov 51-84 60.71% Top Selection Win / CD Nov 25-84 29.76% “Key Horses” @ CD Nov: 18-5-4-1 27.78% It has been a tough to pick winners so far...

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KY Racing Commission To Make Final Decision on Oak Grove License Soon; KY Downs May Have New Owner Soon

(Artist rendering of Keeneland-Churchill Downs proposal for Oak Grove / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland-Churchill Downs) For over a year now, the Kentucky Racing Commission has known that there has been a significant and sincere interest in building a new racetrack — along with a parlor for Historical Racing Machines — in Oak Grove, KY....

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Opinion

OPINION: KY Racing Commission Has A Chance to Help Entire Horse Industry on Tuesday; We Can Only Hope That It Does Just That

(The Kentucky Racing Commission is schedule to meet at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30 to decide on racing applications for Oak Grove. Here is the artist rendering from the Keeneland-Churchill Downs proposal / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland-Churchill Downs) At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Kentucky Racing Commission will convene a meeting in Lexington, KY....

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Perspective

Why Own a Racehorse: The Love of a Youngster Warms Your Heart on a Bone-Chilling Day

(Diamond Solitude and I got caught up this morning. She was exactly what I needed on a cold morning. Photo by Lori Hebel-Osborne) Just when you thought, for just a second, that things could not get much colder, and brutal, you hear the chilling news of a catastrophe at Churchill Downs. Just minutes after...

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Quotes

I had everything my way. I was out there galloping and he was nice and happy – he had his ears straight up. I figured once I got into him he would really explode, but he just stayed steady.”

Drayden Van Dyke , Rider of beaten favorite War of Will, who finished fourth

We had a really, really good trip, but turning for home my horse – he’s just a 2-year-old – he got a little lost out there. He got to looking around at the Grandstand and stuff like that and it cost him. He didn’t run on like we thought he was going to. He was kind of looking around. But he’ll outgrow that.”

Brian J. Hernandez Jr. , Rider of third-place finisher Salvator Mundi

He ran a big race again (after winning the Kentucky Downs Juvenile in his last race). This will absolutely set him up for the Breeders’ Cup.”

Mike Maker , Trainer of Henley’s Joy

I had a good trip, sat inside, waited for a spot and asked him in the stretch. He finished up strong – he just didn’t get the bob. I had a lot of confidence when we hit the wire. I was a little worried because the 10 (Current) was running strong late. When we galloped out he ran by us pretty quickly, but I was just hoping we got to the wire quick enough.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rider of runner-up Henley’s Joy

When we straightened for home, I felt like he started running. I put him in the clear, but when I hit him left-handed, he drifted out in the two or three path. But he was running. Inside the eighth pole to the wire, I was hoping I’d get there. It was so close, I didn’t know if I had it. He broke OK. He was very relaxed the whole time, and that’s the point, get your horse to relax. He kicked home very well.”

Jose Ortiz, Winning rider

Podcast

The Pressbox Show November 3

The Pressbox Show Saturday November 3. The Pressbox show is hosted by world renowned broadcaster Dave Baker and Gene McLean. Drop us an email or give us a shout on Twitter or Facebook as we entertain and educate on this week’s great, upcoming Stakes schedule.

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Workouts

Workouts That May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Copper Bullet, Believe in Royalty, Mr. Freeze, Dunph

(Copper Bullet winning at Churchill Downs / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs) Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over the country.  We are looking for workouts that may be of interest and helpful to you — as both race fans and handicappers.  Some of the horses we will be tracking,...

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