Jennie Rees

Kentucky Downs Launches Expansion And Renovation Project

Kentucky Downs officially embarked on a new era under the ownership headed by Ron Winchell and Marc Falcone with Thursday’s groundbreaking for the $25 million first phase of the racetrack and year-round gaming and entertainment facility’s expansion and renovation. “Today was starting the process: We’re going to make it bigger and better from top to […]

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‘Very Driven Stable’: Cox Celebrates Two Breeders’ Cup Winners, Likely Champs In 2019

A year ago, Kentucky Oaks winner Monomoy Girl won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Brad Cox’s hometown track of Churchill Downs to secure the 3-year-old filly title for the trainer’s first champion. In a 22-hour span at Santa Anita Park, Cox virtually locked up his second and third equine championships with 3-for-3 British Idiom wearing […]

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Baffert On McKinzie: ‘We’re All Living Through This Horse, Thinking About Brad’

There’s a lot on the line for McKinzie when the 4-year-old colt breaks from the gate for Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park. A victory keeps him in the hunt for Horse of the Year, as well as champion older male. It enhances any future stallion deal. There’s also the $3.3 […]

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‘We Think We Have A Good Shot’: Sadler Seeking Classic Repeat With Higher Power

Trainer John Sadler got the 0-for-44 Breeders’ Cup monkey off his back last year by winning the Classic with Accelerate. And if Higher Power is a long shot to follow Accelerate as champion older male, the 4-year-old colt has credentials to give Sadler and Eclipse Award-winning owner Hronis Racing a second straight victory in the […]

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Mott: ‘Top-Class’ Elate Fits In Classic, Yoshida Should Be ‘In The Mix’

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott has won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff a record five times and the Breeders’ Cup Classic twice. He again has a top female and male horse, but this year will run the 5-year-old mare Elate against the boys for the first time in a field for the $6 million Classic […]

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‘Two Superstars In The Making’: Baffert, Romans Talk Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Hopefuls

Trainers Dale Romans and Bob Baffert are good friends along with being frequent competitors in America’s top races for 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds. They face off again in Friday’s $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita. Romans, Churchill Downs’ all-time win leader and lifelong Louisvillian, is sending out $400,000 Saratoga yearling Dennis’ Moment, Churchill’s […]

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Dennis’ Moment ‘Well Within Himself’ In Bullet Workout At Santa Anita

Each week Albaugh Family Stables’ electrifying 2-year-old colt Dennis’ Moment seems to work faster while making the exercise look easier on the lead-up to the $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. Right after Dennis’ Moment worked a half-mile under exercise rider Tammy Fox, trainer Dale Romans wondered aloud what […]

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‘I Had To Pinch Myself’: Brad Cox Has Five ‘Live’ Shots For 2019 Breeders’ Cup

In a career that has skyrocketed in recent years, Brad Cox last year won his first Breeders’ Cup race in the Longines Distaff with Kentucky Oaks winner Monomoy Girl, who that spring gave the trainer his first Grade 1 victory in Keeneland’s Ashland Stakes. Cox had four Breeders’ Cup horses last year, his other three […]

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‘You Don’t Get Many Shots’: Zulu Alpha Taking Hui To Breeders’ Cup Turf

Michael Hui is parlaying some of the money that Zulu Alpha won in taking Kentucky Downs’ $1 million Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup into a $100,000 bet on the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita. Monday was the deadline to pre-enter horses in racing’s world championships. It costs $50,000 […]

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‘Confident’ Arnold Has Pair Of Chances In Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Rusty Arnold, seeking his first Breeders’ Cup victory in a career spanning more than 40 years, sent out his two $1 million Turf Sprint contenders for timed workouts Sunday at Keeneland, with Totally Boss working on dirt about 6:15 in the morning and Leinster on turf at 10 a.m. Totally Boss earned his entry into […]

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