Trainer Mike Maker gets career win 2,000 at Turfway Park Thursday with a horse owned by the Ramseys

Trainer Mike Maker scored his 2,000th career victory Thursday, as Tomahawk Kitten scored his first, cruising home a 4 1/4-length winner in the first race at Turfway Park. Maker (file photo) Fittingly, Tomahawk Kitten was bred and is owned by Maker’s longtime clients Ken and Sarah Ramsey. The 2-year-old colt sat off the pace down the backstretch of the one-mile maiden claiming race, swept five wide...

American Patriot, Divisidero the headliners for Keeneland’s Fall Stars opening weekend

WinStar Farm’s American Patriot, winner of this spring’s Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) at Keeneland, and two-time Grade 1 winner Divisidero headline the list of horses nominated to Keeneland’s Fall Stars Weekend on Oct. 6-8, the opening weekend of the 17-day Fall Meet that runs through Oct. 28. Fall Stars Weekend features nine graded stakes worth $3.75 million. Five of those races are Grade 1 events...

Nominations open for 28th annual John W. Galbreath equine industry entrepreneurship award

Nominations are open for the 28th annual John W. Galbreath Award, which recognizes outstanding entrepreneurship in the equine industry. The University of Louisville College of Business Equine Industry Program has given the award annually since 1990 to honor entrepreneurial leadership that has had a significant and positive impact on the equine industry. Past recipients have included Hall of Fame trainer...

Billy Reed’s Derby Diary: Lots of memories, just two misses in 48 years of coverage

A little before 5:30 a.m. on a black and rainy morning, I drove through Gate 5 at Churchill Downs to begin my 48th consecutive year of covering the Kentucky Derby backstretch the week before the race. In the interests of full disclosure, I must confess that I have missed two runnings of the Derby since my first one in 1966. But even in those two years, I spent the week on the backstretch before having...

Billy Reed's Derby Diary: Lots of memories, just two misses in 48 years of coverage

A little before 5:30 a.m. on a black and rainy morning, I drove through Gate 5 at Churchill Downs to begin my 48th consecutive year of covering the Kentucky Derby backstretch the week before the race. In the interests of full disclosure, I must confess that I have missed two runnings of the Derby since my first one in 1966. But even in those two years, I spent the week on the backstretch before having...

Billy Reed: Calumet jockey not wearing devils’ red-and-blue? Horse-racing blasphemy, I say!

As in most things, I’m a traditionalist when it comes to sports uniforms. The New York Yankees must always be in pinstripes. The Indiana University basketball team must never give up the candy-striped warmup pants. The University of Michigan should stop playing football before changing the Wolverine helmets.   Gary Stevens rode Oxbow to Preakness victory in black and gold - not the devils' red-and-blue...

Billy Reed: Calumet jockey not wearing devils' red-and-blue? Horse-racing blasphemy, I say!

As in most things, I’m a traditionalist when it comes to sports uniforms. The New York Yankees must always be in pinstripes. The Indiana University basketball team must never give up the candy-striped warmup pants. The University of Michigan should stop playing football before changing the Wolverine helmets.   Gary Stevens rode Oxbow to Preakness victory in black and gold - not the devils' red-and-blue...