We look back at a huge Saturday night card at Churchill Downs which included the Stephen Foster, Elate winning the Fleur de Lis, and more. We also talk about the Poker Stakes at Belmont and Maximum Security's return to the races at Monmouth Park.
B. B. Dude winning his debut at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Sunday’s $300,000 Spendthrift Juvenile Stallion Stakes at Churchill Downs might have a hefty purse, but it also has an unusual condition for eligibility. According to the official race conditions, the seven-furlong event is “for two-year-olds, sired by any Spendthrift owned stallion that stood at Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky, or any other location, including Louisiana, Maryland, New York, or Canada in the 2015 breeding season.” That might [...]
Strike Silver (dark bay) edges Nitrous (gray) in a maiden race at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Saratoga… they call it the “Graveyard of Favorites,” but it could also be considered the “Birthplace of Champions.” After all, with its terrific program of races for two-year-olds—seven graded stakes races supported by literally dozens of maiden races—Saratoga has been a major step on the road to success for many of racing’s biggest stars. Over the last five years, the Triple [...]
Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Want to get an early start looking for 2019 Kentucky Derby contenders? Then you won’t want to miss Saturday’s $100,000 Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs! The six-furlong spring is the first graded stakes race of the year for two-year-olds, and in 2016 the race was won by future juvenile champion and Preakness Stakes runner-up Classic Empire, so there’s always a chance that the Bashford Manor could produce a future star. [...]
A Valentine's Day edition of the BARN and we welcome in Norm Casse to talk about his first starter as a trainer, the process of building up his new stable, check in on some of his dad's big horses, and much more!