Jennie Rees

Mexican Star Kukulkan ‘Has A Lot Of Confidence’ Ahead Of Indiana’s Schaefer Memorial

One of the most intriguing horses running on Saturday’s showcase card at Indiana Grand is the Mexican-bred Kukulkan in the $100,000 Michael G. Schaefer Memorial for older horses on dirt. The 4-year-old colt went 13 for 13 in his native country and is 15 for 16 overall. Kukulkan won the $300,000 Caribbean Classic (or Clasico […]

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Outside Post ‘Not A Big Concern’ For Indiana Derby Favorite Mr. Money

Trainer Bret Calhoun admits he would feel worse about his 6-to-5 favorite Mr. Money breaking from the extreme outside in Saturday night’s $500,000, Grade 3 Indiana Derby had it not been for the colt’s last start. It wasn’t that Mr. Money had a challenging post to overcome in Churchill Downs’ Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes […]

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UAE Derby Runner-Up, ‘Road Warrior’ Gray Magician Bound For Indiana Derby

The two-hour ship from Churchill Downs to Indiana Grand for Saturday night’s $500,000 Indiana Derby should feel like a mere sprint to Gray Magician, runner-up in the $2.5 million UAE Derby in Dubai. After starting his career out in Southern California, the 3-year-old dark gun-metal gray trekked to Maryland and back, to Dubai and back […]

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‘Come-From-Behind’ Roiland Seeks Indiana Derby Upset

Tom Amoss — who tied for the 2018 Indiana Grand trainers title and won the crown outright in 2017 — tries to win the $500,000, Grade 2 Indiana Derby for the first time Saturday, sending out James and Mary Durlacher’s Roiland. The son of Successful Appeal is a deep closer whose biggest credential is his […]

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‘Once In A Lifetime’ Street Band Brings Sophie Doyle Back To Indiana Grand

After riding all Sunday afternoon at Chicago’s Arlington Park, jockey Sophie Doyle drove to Louisville for Fair Grounds Oaks winner Street Band’s final timed workout for Saturday’s $200,000, Grade 3 Indiana Oaks at Indiana Grand. No way she was going to have someone else on the Larry Jones-trained and co-owned 3-year-old filly for a workout, […]

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Mr. Money Using Indiana Derby As ‘Building’ Block For Bigger Stakes

Allied Racing’s Mr. Money, who off a pair of Grade 3 stakes victories at Churchill Downs stamped himself as one of the fastest and most-improved 3-year-olds in the country, is headed to Saturday night’s $500,000 Indiana Derby at Indiana Grand. Regular rider Gabriel Saez has the mount. Trainer Bret Calhoun had debated running Mr. Money, […]

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‘Professional’ American Pharoah Filly Wins Debut Over Ellis Turf

The 2-year-old filly Envied did something her famous dad failed to do: win her first start. Envied became the fourth winner from the first crop of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, capturing Ellis Park’s fifth race by neck over favored Swanage. American Pharoah was fifth in his first start but went on to win […]

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Mena Scores Hat Trick On Opening Day At Ellis

Miguel Mena won three races on the opening day card at Ellis Park, capped by Dixiana Farm’s 4-year-old filly Brie’s Lucky Charm taking the nightcap, a $50,000 maiden special race on turf. Mena, who missed last year’s meet while recovering from heel and ankle fractures resulting from a spill in mid-March at the Fair Grounds, […]

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Ellis Park’s New Owner ‘Committed To Improving The Facility’

Ellis Park’s live race meet begins Sunday, but there were plenty of people at the track Saturday with staff, contractors, vendors and temporary employees hard at work painting, cleaning, pressure-washing, mowing, weed-eating and setting out flowers for the opener. “LDC and Saratoga are committed to improving the facility, and this is just the start,” said […]

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Hancock Brothers Could Sweep Closing Day Juvenile Stakes At Churchill

Saturday’s closing-day stakes at Churchill Downs could be preps for Ellis Park’s 2-year-old stakes in August. When one of the Hancock brothers, trainers John and Jack, has a young horse running in June, you know Ellis Park is likely in the plans as a subsequent start. The Hancocks are third-generation horsemen who make their family’s […]

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