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Roadster moves to the top of the NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll following win in Santa Anita Derby

After knocking off reigning juvenile male champion Game Winner in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby this past Saturday, Speedway Stable’s Roadster has bested his stablemate once more, this time taking over the top position in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll. (Click to enlarge) Game Winner had held the lead position among voters since the first poll of...

Vekoma punches KY Derby ticket with Blue Grass win, Out for a spin pulls off shocker in the Ashland

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Never before had Keeneland seen such a large crowd on the opening Saturday of a meet. Vekoma draws off from the field to an impressive 3 1/2 length win in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland Saturday, stamping his ticket to the Kentucky Derby (photos by Mark Hansel). The combination of perfect weather, spots in the starting gate of the Kentucky...

Maximum Security enters top 5 in 3-year-old poll; Dubai World Cup card winners make presence felt

A handy victory by Maximum Security in the Grade 1 Xpressbet Florida Derby and some stirring performances on the Dubai World Cup card provided some movement in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll and NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll, respectively. Click to enlarge Trained by Jason Servis, Maximum Security remained unbeaten in four career starts and earned 100...

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...

Despite loss, Game Winner retains top spot in NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll; Monomoy Girl tops thoroughbreds

Despite suffering his first career defeat at the hands of Omaha Beach this past weekend, reigning juvenile male champion Game Winner still retained the No. 1 spot on the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll this week. Click to Enlarge In his first start since capturing the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November 2, Game Winner fell a nose short of Omaha Beach...

Richard Nelson: Hold the horses, reign in Oak Grove Casino project; it makes community less stable

Ever hear the saying “hold your horses?” Well, it looks like West Kentucky Development Corp. needs to reign theirs’ in. This is the partnership between Churchill Downs and Keeneland spearheading a new Standardbred track with up to 12 days of horse racing and 365 days of video slot machines in Oak Grove. But the project hit a bump in the road as a competing race track filed a lawsuit...

Justify’s Triple Crown voted NTRA Moment of the Year, connections to be honored at Eclipse Awards

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced thatJustify’s dominant victory in the 150th Belmont Stakes to become just the 13th Triple Crown winner has been voted the 2018 NTRA Moment of the Year based on the results of 2,260 votes cast via Twitter and an online poll. Jockey Mike Smith raises his arms to the heavens as he guides Justify to the Winner’s Circle following his...

Meeting at Breeders’ Cup World Championships brings friends who were strangers together

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor A group of “friends’ who had never met got together at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs this weekend. They were brought together through the Thoroughbred Horse Racing Discussion (T.H.R.D.) Facebook page, which was formed in June of 2017. Some horse racing fans who had only communicated through the Facebook group Thoroughbred Horse...

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.

Future Stars Friday at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs delivers

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor The first day of the Breeders’ Cup 2018 World Championships at Churchill Downs was touted as Future Stars Friday and at least a few two-year olds staked a claim to that title. Game Winner (No. 9) streaks past 40-1 longshot Knicks Go to take the Sentient Jet Juvenile and stamp himself as an early favorite for the 2019 Kentucky Derby (photos by Mark Hansel). Newspaperofrecord...

Restless Rider headlines overflow field for Friday’s 67th running of the Darley Alcibiades at Keeneland

Three Chimneys Farm and Fern Circle Stables’ Restless Rider, runner-up in the Spinaway (G1) in her most recent start, headlines a field of 14 2-year-old fillies plus two also-eligibles entered Tuesday for Friday’s 67th running of the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades at 1 1/16 miles on the main track. The Darley Alcibiades serves as the centerpiece of the opening-day program for the 17-day Fall Meet that...

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...

Churchill Downs opens its new Derby City Gaming in L’ville, a $65m historical racing entertainment facility

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) is celebrating the grand opening of Derby City Gaming, a $65 million state-of-the-art historical racing machine (HRM) facility located at 4520 Poplar Level Road in Louisville. Kentucky state and local officials and members of the horse racing community joined the CDI team today to officially open the entertainment facility to the public on Friday.   Derby City Gaming...

Horse racing world mourns the death of Churchill Downs VP, Racing Communications John Asher

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Condolences are pouring in from throughout the thoroughbred horse racing industry and beyond after the unexpected death of Churchill Downs Vice President, Racing Communications John Asher. Asher Asher died Monday of an apparent heart attack while vacationing in Florida. Darren Rogers, Senior Director, Communications & Media Services for Churchill Downs,...

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...

Undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify retired from racing; connections disappointed, but thankful

KyForward staff Undefeated Kentucky Derby winner Justify has been retired from racing. The announcement came Wednesday. Justify crosses the finish line at Churchill Downs to win the Kentucky Derby and begin his successful pursuit of horse racing’s Triple Crown. The undefeated colt was retired from racing Wednesday (Photo by Mark Hansel). “Justify had some filling in his ankle, and he is just...

Keeneland announces format changes to September Yearling, November Breeding Stock Sales

Keeneland announced Thursday significant sales-related developments: a change to the Week 1 format of its 2018 September Yearling Sale, the creation of a boutique one-day Book 1 session to kick off the 2018 November Breeding Stock Sale and the return of its April Sale in 2019. These adjustments were made with input from participating consignors and buyers and reflect market trends, Keeneland officials...

Justify delivers stirring victory as the favorite in rain-soaked 144th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Justify did not disappoint as the favorite in the 144th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, sloshing though the slop to score an impressive win in the most exciting two minutes in sports. Jockey Mike Smith raise his arms to the heavens as he guides Justify to the Winner’s Circle following his victory in the 144th Kentucky Derby (photos by Mark Hansel). Justify...

Kentucky Oaks Day: Great racing, disputed finish in feature (Monomoy Girl wins) and some perspecive

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor The 144th Grade I Kentucky Oaks was a thrilling renewal of the classic race that saw morning line favorite Monomoy Girl battle longshot Wonder Gadot the length of the stretch. Eventual winner Monomoy Girl is barely visible inside Wonder Gadot (#5). The two fillies engaged in a hotly contested stretch duel in the 144th running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks at...