Louisville Thoroughbred Society

A Close-Up Look at the Louisville Thoroughbred Society Renovations: In Pictures

Work continues on the Louisville Thoroughbred Society, which is scheduled to open for full business later this year. Work continues on the outside, with the construction of a new parking garage. The rooftop will serve as an “open air” bar and entertainment zone for the new, private membership club and will house one of...

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Breeding

Fair Grounds Barn Notes: Mr. Money Could Rise Up in Risen Star on Saturday

(Mr. Money winning at Churchill Downs in 2018 / Coady Photography & Courtesy of Churchill Downs) By Ryan Martin, Fair Grounds Media Team: CALHOUN HOPEFUL THAT MR. MONEY CAN GET BACK ON TRACK IN GRADE II RISEN STAR In this business, successfully campaigning a Thoroughbred is just as much timing as it is skill....

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Handicapping

McLean’s Selectrions for the Fair Grounds on Saturday, Feb. 16

Gene McLean

Day Results 9-1-3-4 2019 Overall 234 234/85-92-109 Win % of Top Pick 36.32% Payoff % of Top 3 Picks Overall 40.74% 2019 Top Pick in the Money –159 of 234 67.95% Top Selection ITM / FG Nov-Mar 286-413 69.25% Top Selection Win / FG Nov-Mar 158-413 38.26% “Key Horses” @ FG Nov-Mar 93-41-18-12 44.09%...

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It’s Here: G2 Risen Star, G2 Rachel Alexandra at Fair Grounds Today

(Dunph wins the Spendthrift Farm Stakes at Churchill Downs / Coady Photography & Courtesy of Churchill Downs) By Ryan Martin, Fair Grounds Media Team: WYCOFF HOPEFUL THAT DUNPH CAN PUT HIM ON THE DERBY TRAIL Striking gold in major races in North America are the reason why Three Diamonds Farm owner Kirk Wycoff is...

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Opinion

OPINION: “The Pressbox’s” 2019 KY Derby Rankings — First Edition / Guest Commentators (New 1 Added) / & Gift Give-Away

(Trainer Bob Baffert chats after Game Winner’s victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November / Photo by Holly M. Smith) Horse Trainer Jockey Last Race Next Race Comments 1 Game Winner Bob Baffert Joel Rosario 1st in Breeders’Cup Juvenile G2 San Felipe Stakes on 3/9/19 Undefeated 2YO Champ 2 Improbable Bob Baffert Drayden...

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Perspective

Ryan Dickey: Goes With Oxy Lady in the G2 Rachel Alexandra Stakes on Saturday

(Ryan Dickey, Ace Handicapper) By Ryan Dickey, Ace Handicapper The first 85-point race on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks trail will take place this Saturday at Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Fifty points will be awarded to the winner of the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (Race 11), going two turns at a...

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Quotes

(Well Defined) has a ton of natural talent and I was going to take advantage of that today,” Morales explained. “I wasn’t too worried about where I was going to be because we were really lucky with the draw position on the outside, so I figured I was going to ride a cool race.

“The horse is naturally fast and has a super-long stride, so I was going to come out running, but if somebody wanted to take the lead, I was OK with that,” Morales said. No one did, and he stretched the lead to three lengths from Knicks Go up the backstretch.

“All I wanted to do was ride a cool and collected race and keep my horse running,” Morales said. “I didn’t feel like I was going that fast at all, and my horse was going as comfortable as he possible could.

“I knew he was doing it relaxed and very much on his own. I had a lot of horse going into the second turn, so I figured I was going to ask him a little more and not wait for them to get me. If they were going to catch me, they were really going to have to come running.”

PABLO MORALES, RIDER OF THE WINNER WELL DEFINED

That’s very, very special to do it at Tampa Bay,” an emotional O’Connell said after Well Defined’s two-and-three-quarter length victory from a charging Kentucky Wildcat in 1:42.70 for the mile-and-a-sixteenth, .26 seconds off 2018 winner Flameaway’s stakes record. So Alive finished a distant third, with the 19-10 favorite, Knicks Go, getting nipped for fourth at the wire by Counter Offer.

“He’s had little things that have happened and he’s grown up mentally and physically, and today he showed up with his game face on,” O’Connell said of the Florida-bred Well Defined, a son of With Distinction by Fru Fru, out of Medaglia d’Oro. “I like this horse a lot and the decision (on what’s next) will be up to the owners (Gilbert and Marilyn Campbell’s Stonehedge, LLC), but we just want him healthy. Maybe the (Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 9) – who knows.”

“His rear end slipped out from underneath him in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile,” she said, “and he was compromised on early position when he ran in the Mucho Macho Man and got bottled up inside. He’s a young horse who is improving, mind-wise and everything-wise.”

KATHLEEN O’CONNELL, TRAINER OF WINNER WELL DEFINED

I was absolutely dancing into the Winner’s Circle. It was so exciting and Joel has been like one of my kids ever since he came from Bay Meadows. We tease each other a lot. We greet each other by grunting and everybody looks at us like, ‘what’s that all about’ but we’ve been doing it for years. So it’s wonderful to win with him. The owners are great people that really deserve something like this.

“This horse seems like he’s more adept at seven furlongs to a mile so I’m not sure he wants a mile and a quarter …

“I could tell my horse had won, but I was so excited in the stretch I thought I was gonna pass out.

“We are very happy with the way our horse had trained for this race, but it’s always scary when you get a look at those Baffert ‘Maseratis’, it pretty much unfolded the way we had hoped.

“The people that own this horse, they’ve got this colt a seven furlong-miler type maybe time will tell differently, but the other colt they are focusing on him going the two turns.”

JEFF BONDE, SPARKY VILLE, WINNER

I moved too soon.  He fought back when he saw that horse…He ran great.

FLAVIEN PRAT, DESSMAN, SECOND

Going into the far turn, I was in tight, but I had to wait because I thought those horses were moving a little early.  When we left the quarter pole, I asked him and he really picked it up.  I thought those horses would come back to me and we would win easy, but (Dessman) kept fighting and it was close.  I knew he had run well with Gary (Stevens, recently retired Hall of Famer) and I’m happy with the way he ran today.  He was comfortable sitting in behind those horses and I like the way he picked it up when I asked him to go.”

JOEL ROSARIO, SPARKY VILLE, WINNER

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Workouts

Work Tab for Friday, Feb. 15: Binoculars Focused On Bourbon War, Giuseppe the Great, Reride, Others

(Mark Hennig trains Bourbon War / Photo Courtesy of NYRA) 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, you will...

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