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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...

Six Grade or Group 1 winners highlight Saturday’s $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland

Six Grade or Group 1 winners, including Suedois (FR) and NextShares — the past two victors of the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile — are among the 14 horses and two also-eligibles entered Wednesday morning for Saturday’s 34th running of the prestigious race. The $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile serves as the centerpiece of a blockbuster 11-race program Saturday that features five graded stakes, three...

Keeneland’s November Sale to begin a day later (Nov. 6) to accommodate buyers traveling to Kentucky

Keeneland has announced that its 2019 November Breeding Stock Sale will begin on Nov. 6 at noon and run through Nov. 17. The November Sale, originally scheduled to begin Nov. 5, was moved back a day to allow buyers more time to travel to Kentucky from the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita in Southern California and inspect horses at the sale. “In keeping with Keeneland’s...

TVG, Jockeys’ Guild announce telethon For Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund Sunday

Hall of Fame jockeys and TVG talent will team up Sunday, April 7, as they host the second annual telethon to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) live on TVG, America’s Horse Racing Network. Last year was a great success with nearly $230,000 raised. “2018 was an amazing success and we’re looking forward to beating that total” said Kip Levin, CEO of TVG. “The recent...

BCTC brings in expert ‘Ubercapper’ Ellis Starr to teach horse racing Handicapping 101 on April 19

Bluegrass Community & Technical College is helping Central Kentucky prepare for the spring horse racing season by bringing handicapping expert Ellis Starr to the Bluegrass. Starr will conduct Handicapping 101, the basics of picking the winners, at the Thoroughbred Center in Lexington on April 19. Starr, racing analyst, handicapper, fan educator, and known as the “Ubercapper,” has...

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...

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...

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...

Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome among headliners in 31st Breeders’ Cup

By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   The eyes of the Thoroughbred racing world will turn to Santa Anita in Southern California on Friday and Saturday for the 31st renewal of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Next year’s edition of the star-studded event will be held for the first time at Keeneland in Lexington.   The most recognizable name in this year’s races is California...

Kentucky-bred horses will be in the spotlight at this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup showdown

By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   The Breeders’ Cup World Championships — 11 Thoroughbred races in various categories this weekend, Nov. 1 and 2, at Santa Anita Park in California — often is compared to showdowns like the Super Bowl when the best of the best compete. Winners such as Kentucky-based runners Wise Dan and Groupie Doll generally are voted Eclipse Award champions for...

Kentucky-bred horses will be in the spotlight at this weekend's Breeders' Cup showdown

By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   The Breeders’ Cup World Championships — 11 Thoroughbred races in various categories this weekend, Nov. 1 and 2, at Santa Anita Park in California — often is compared to showdowns like the Super Bowl when the best of the best compete. Winners such as Kentucky-based runners Wise Dan and Groupie Doll generally are voted Eclipse Award champions for...

Banner year for Midway breeder Alfred Nuckols Jr. includes Breeders’ Cup starter

Midway thoroughbred breeder Alfred Nuckols Jr., left, and his son Hurst were in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in August for the Fasig Tipton yearling sale. (Photo courtesy of Photosbyz.com)   By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   Some might think Alfred Nuckols Jr. works all day, every day. But in others ways, Nuckols does not work at all. That is because his countless chores—from horse...