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King’s Ovation could put Jeff Ruby in the winner’s circle at Turfway today to pick up his own trophy

By Jennie Rees KY HBPA Communications Prominent restaurateur Jeff Ruby figures to be in the Turfway Park winner’s circle for the stakes he sponsors. His partners in King’s Ovation just hope their horse is in there as well after today’s $250,000, Grade 2 Jeff Ruby Steaks. Ruby is a partner in Peacock Stable, headed by a pair of iconic sports personalities in retired NBC Sports broadcaster Tom...

Dale Romans: Historical horse racing is a game-changer that is good for Kentucky

As a second-generation horse trainer and Kentuckian, my entire life has been spent in Thoroughbred racing. I’ve seen Kentucky racing at its finest, and I’ve seen how quickly out-of-state competition can render us increasingly irrelevant. Right now Kentucky is at the top. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. I currently have 50 employees and do business with more than 100 vendors in Kentucky...

Dale Romans’ trainee Dennis’ Moment set to begin road to the Derby in Saturday’s Fountain of Youth

By Jennie Rees Thoroughbred News Service Trainer Dale Romans believes he has a “superstar” in Dennis’ Moment. That leads him to feel both confidence and anxiety as Albaugh Family Stables’ standout colt prepares to run in Saturday’s $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes, a Grade 2 stepping stone to the Kentucky Derby. After all, it’s the first race since Dennis’ Moment stumbled...

That’s a Winner: Asmussen become just third trainer in Churchill Downs history to notch 600 wins

Steve Asmussen became only the third trainer in Churchill Downs history to saddle 600 winners at the home of the Kentucky Derby when the Hall of Fame horseman won Friday’s second race with 2-year-old filly She’s a Julie. Asmussen, 51, only trails fellow Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott (700) and Louisville native Dale Romans (685) for most wins as a trainer at Churchill Downs. Trainer Steve Asmussen...

Kentucky Derby Full Court Press: Not This Time’s injury opens door for three new players

By Jennie Rees Special to KyForward Note: We’re breaking from the gate for a blog series on the behind-the-scenes work involved in getting a horse ready for the May 6 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. “Kentucky Derby: Full Court Press” centers on Albaugh Family Stable’s 3-year-old colt J Boys Echo and his team. In this first installment, J Boys Echo is coming off a victory in Aqueduct’s...

Brody’s Cause surges to Toyota Blue Grass win, punches ticket into Kentucky Derby field

The Albaugh Family Stable’s Brody’s Cause surged to the front at midstretch and cruised to a 1¾-length victory over My Man Sam to win the 92nd running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1) before a crowd of 20,848 on a sunny but cool Saturday afternoon at Keeneland. Trained by Dale Romans and ridden by Luis Saez, Brody’s Cause covered the 1 1/8 miles on a fast main track in 1:50.20. The victory...