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Vino Rosso surges to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Mongolian Groom suffers catastrophic injury

KyForward staff Arcadia, CA – Vino Rosso charged to victory in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita in dominating fashion. Vino Rosso gave trainer Todd Pletcher his first win in the classic with the 4 1/4 length victory over favored McKinzie. “It’s one thing that was missing,” Pletcher said. “It feels great.’’ Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. celebrates in the...

Storm the Court pulls off shocker in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Future Stars Friday at Santa Anita

NKyTribune staff Arcadia, Calif. – The final race of Future Stars Friday ended in fireworks when the 45/1 longshot Storm the Court re-rallied late to defeat Anneau d’Or and typhoon Friday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita Park. Storm the Court (inside) and Anneau d’Or (#7) locked up in furious stretch duel in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Future Stars Friday...

Bowies Hero wins $1m Shadwell Turf for Breeders’ Cup berth; Keeneland smashes Pick Five mark

Agave Racing Stable, ERJ Racing and Madaket Stables’ Bowies Hero emerged from a crowded pack in the stretch to win the 34th running of the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) for 3-year-olds and up by three-quarters of a length before a chamber of commerce Saturday afternoon crowd of 26,567. Keeneland smashed its Fall Meet all-sources and Pick Five wagering records, both set on Fall Stars Saturday...

Charitable Impact Group to host Derby handicapping event benefiting thoroughbred charities April 26

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA), the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), and New Vocations have been named the co-beneficiaries of the Charitable Impact Group’s fifth annual Kentucky Oaks and Derby Handicapping Benefit Dinner. The event will be held at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington on April 29 at 6 p.m. NBC racing analyst Donna Brothers will host a panel of handicappers including Daily...

Louisiana Derby upsetter By My Standards joins top ten in NTRA 3-year-old poll; Game winner still leads

An upset result in the Grade 2 Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots allowed By My Standards to crash the top 10 while reigning juvenile male champion Game Winner strengthened his position atop the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll this week. Click to enlarge By My Standards came into the Louisiana Derby off a maiden win and looked...

Accelerate gives trainer Sadler first Breeders’ Cup World Championships win, and its a Classic

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Prior to the running of Saturday’s $6 million Classic, trainer John Sadler did not look like a man who had not led a horse to the winner’s circle in any of the previous 44 Breeders’ Cup World Championship races he had entered.

Horsewoman Bellocq earns NTWAB Bill Mooney Award; burned saving horses at San Luis Rey fire

The National Turf Writers and Broadcasters will present Martine Bellocq, a lifelong horsewoman who rushed into a burning barn trying to save her horses in a wildfire that decimated much of the San Luis Rey Downs training center last December, with the Bill Mooney Award for displaying courage in the face of tremendous adversity. Bellocq (courtesy of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club) Bellocq suffered severe...

Keeneland, Equestricon form expanded partnership around fan development and wagering

As the fall meet at Keeneland begins, and less than a month until the second-annual Equestricon convention and festival, the two organizations have announced details of an exciting new collaboration. Fans can expect to see a larger presence from the BETologist program — which educates patrons on all aspects of handicapping and wagering — at both Keeneland this fall and at Equestricon. Keeneland...

Covington’s Braxton Brewing Company is the Official Beer of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships

Since 1984, the world’s finest thoroughbreds have competed in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for a place in history. Now, we make ours. With the utmost excitement, Covington-based Braxton Brewing Company has announced its place as the official beer partner of the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, taking place on November 2 and 3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville For this historic...

John Asher, VP, Racing Communications at Churchill Downs, winner of five Eclipse Awards, has died

KyForward staff John Asher, vice president, Racing Communications at Churchill Downs has died. Asher, 62, was one of the most recognizable faces in the industry, and condolences are pouring in from around the world on social media. Asher Asher, who has worked in the thoroughbred racing industry for more than 30 years, reportedly died of a heart attack while on vacation in Florida. Asher earned five...

Louisville Breeders’ Cup Festival announces lineup to celebrate horse racing’s world championships

In a downtown ceremony on Thursday, Mayor Greg Fischer, city officials, business community leaders and the Louisville Breeders’ Cup Festival officially announced their lineup of events for Breeders’ Cup week. Fischer The Festival is a week-long community-wide celebration of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs, November 2-3 and it features enjoyable events and activities for...

Keeneland announces record $5.575 million stakes schedule, new Breeders’ Cup Challenge race

Keeneland will award $5.575 million in stakes purses for its 17-day Fall Meet to be held Oct. 5-27. It will mark a record for a season without the Breeders’ Cup World Championships while offering Shadwell Farm’s 20th year of sponsorship of the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1); the addition of the $200,000 Indian Summer as the season’s 10th Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In”...

Lexington’s Historic Courthouse restoration wins Kentucky Heritage Council preservation award

Lexington’s transformation of the Historic Courthouse on Main Street into a modern mixed-use office and event space earned one of the state’s most prestigious statewide historic preservation awards this week. The Historic Courthouse under renovation (file photo) The Kentucky Heritage Council, the state’s historic preservation office, said the rehabilitation of the Courthouse “required innovative...

Gun Runner wins Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year; Frank Stronach receives Award of Merit

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters announced Thursday evening that Gun Runner was voted the 2017 Horse of the Year at the 47th Annual Eclipse Awards Ceremony at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Images courtesy of NTRA Gun Runner was the winner of four Grade 1 races culminating with the $6 million Breeders’ Cup...

Seven horses sold at Keeneland score victories at 34th Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar

Seven horses who sold at Keeneland, including three graduates of the 2016 September Yearling Sale, or raced or trained here during the 2017 Fall Meet scored victories during the 34th Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 3-4 at Del Mar. Smith, Magnier and Tabor’s Mendelssohn, who sold for $3 million to top the 2016 September Sale, captured the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1). Mendelssohn,...

First ever Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar starts today; Kentucky’s Bob Elliston helped make it happen

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward Del Mar, CA – The 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which consists of 13 Grade I races with purses and awards totaling more than $28 million, kick off today at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Bob Elliston was instrumental in bringing the Breeders’ Cup to Keeneland in 2015 and to Del Mar this year. Elliston, shown here in his office at Keeneland...

Liane Crossley: International racing stars to shine in California at Breeders’ Cup World Championships

Thoroughbred racing’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships is often compared to the Super Bowl and the World Series—the sport’s unofficial grand finale that showcases the very best. The two-day Breeders’ Cup is 13 races with total prize money of $28-million. Races comprise virtually every division in Thoroughbred racing—dirt, turf, age, male and female horses, sprint and distance. Designed...

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...

European champion Lady Aurelia returning to Keeneland to train for next start in Breeders’ Cup

Keeneland-based trainer Wesley Ward said Monday that European champion Lady Aurelia would return at week’s end from England, where last Friday a hard-charging rival named Marsha nosed her out to win the Coolmore Nunthorpe (G1) at York. Lady Aurelia, who has five wins, one second and one third in seven starts and has earned $814,945, came out of the Coolmore Nunthorpe “perfect,” Ward said.

Keeneland’s fall stakes schedule offers total of $5.3 million; First Lady debuts as Breeders’ Challenge

Keeneland’s 2017 Fall Meet, which covers 17 days from Oct. 6-28, will present six Grade 1 races among 17 graded stakes worth $5.325 million and will showcase many of the nation’s top contenders aiming for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships during its signature Fall Stars Weekend on the first three days of the season. Among the most prestigious race meets in the country, Keeneland’s Fall...