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

Into Mischief Colt Tops First Day of Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale

(Session Topper from Day One of the Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale / Photo Courtesy of Fasig-Tipton) From the Media Team at Fasig-Tipton: The first session of The October Sale posted significant gains over last year’s opening session. Across-the-board gains were driven in part by a greatly improved median, which was the highest of any...

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Handicapping

McLean Has a “Super Sunday,” & A Look at the “Jockey’s Standings” at Keeneland’s Fall Meet

(Jose Ortiz, left, and Julie Leparoux are tied with 10 wins apiece at this Keeneland Fall meet / Photos Courtesy of Keeneland) Day Results 9-5-1-3 2018 Overall 1575 584-569-690 Win % of Top Pick 37.08% Payoff % of Top 3 Picks Overall 39.01% Top Selection ITM / KEE: 81-124 65.32% Top Selection Win /...

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The Pressbox Staff

interview with Jockey Agent Jimmy Riccio — who represents both Jose Ortiz & Joe Bravo. Two of the best riders in the land. We go through the entire Breeders’ Cup Card & go over their mounts per race! Interesting stuff…

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Latest News

Opinion

OPINION: “Letter to the Editor” Submitted by Bea Burt, Mayor of Oak Grove, KY

The following “Letter to the Editor” was submitted by Bea Burt, the Mayor of Oak Grove, KY.  As mayor, I’m the first to tell people what makes Oak Grove so special. The people, local businesses, culture, I could go on and on. Knowing these things, it came as no surprise when the two biggest names...

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Perspective

Keeneland’s “The Hill:” Tail Gating As It Was Meant To Be

(Hanging out at “The Hill” / Photo by Gene McLean) Oh, my gosh. That’s really all one can say. And, in this case, write. Oh, my gosh. For some time now, I have heard about the tailgating parties that are alive and well on “The Hill” at Keeneland. I have heard how much fun...

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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 October 20

The Pressbox Show Saturday October 20. 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 Moonlight Romance, Kirby’s Penny, Astrollinthepark

(Trainer Wesley Ward conditions Moonlight Romance, a contender for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland) 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....

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