Jennie Rees

Asmussen, Lanerie Take 2017 Ellis Park Titles

It came down to the next-to-last race of the 2017 Ellis Park meet that ended Monday. But 2016 meet-leader Steve Asmussen repeated as trainer champion, edging 2015 winner Brad Cox 18 wins to 17. Hall of Famer Jack Van Berg had a superb meet himself to finish third in wins, going 13 for 36. Jockey […]

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Half-Brother To Irish War Cry, Irish Strait Favored In Wednesday’s $400,000 Tourist Mile

Trainer Graham Motion was a bit surprised hear Irish Strait is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in Wednesday’s $400,000 Tourist Mile at Kentucky Downs. But the 5-year-old gelding is arguably the most consistent horse in the field of eight, especially on the turf. The son of turf champion English Channel won Monmouth Park’s Grade 3 Red […]

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Maker Works Parade Of Entrants For Kentucky Turf Cup

Trainer Mike Maker gave a final tuneup to three of his four expected entrants in Saturday’s $600,000 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup, and the parade of white-bridled horses taking flight one after another looked like O’Hare Airport. Make that Chicago’s smaller Midway Airport, since this came over Churchill Downs’ six-furlong Trackside training track. It was […]

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‘Young Horses’ Helping Van Berg Get Back In The Groove

Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg can add onto his best season in years in Kentucky Downs’ rescheduled $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Juvenile, in which he’s running Northern Trail and Make Noise. Northern Trail, with Channing Hill up for owner Jerry Caroom, nearly pulled off the upset at 81-1 in the $75,000 Ellis Park […]

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Flooding On Track Forces Ellis Park To Cancel After First Race

Ellis Park was forced to cancel after today’s first race because of flooding on parts of the racetrack, the byproduct of the rain deluge that gripped the Midwest in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Racing secretary Dan Bork said the cancelation came out of precaution for the safety of riders and horses. Ellis Park remains […]

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Kentucky Downs: ‘Best Value’ Track Offers Lowest Overall Takeout In Country

Kentucky Downs offers free admission and parking to its onsite guests at its five-date all-grass meet that begins Saturday. But the price break that customers both at the track and across the country appreciate is the cost of making a bet. America’s most-unique meet — offering the largest average daily purses in North America with […]

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Four Stakes Headline Opening Day At Kentucky Downs

Including overflow fields in three of four stakes, Saturday’s opening 10-race program at Kentucky Downs attracted a total of 199 entries Wednesday. Twelve horses can start in a race at Kentucky Downs’ all-grass meet, which runs Saturday, Sept. 7, 9 10 and 14. First post is 1:25 p.m. Central. Eight of the opening-card’s races had […]

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Kentucky Downs Launches Unique ‘Jockey7’ Wager For 2017 Meet

Kentucky Downs is launching another horse-racing innovation with Saturday’s debut of the Jockey7 wager, which allows the horseplayer to bet on individual jockeys and their mounts over each card’s last seven races. The Jockey7 wager will be conducted over Races 4 through 10 throughout Kentucky Downs’ unique five-date meet that starts this Saturday and continues […]

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The Player Wins ‘Confidence-Booster’ At Ellis, Points To Ack Ack

Trainer Buff Bradley put The Player in Sunday’s $42,000 Ellis Park allowance feature with the intention of getting a confidence boost in the 4-year-old colt’s third start off a year’s layoff. Mission accomplished as The Player took command through the stretch for a two-length victory over Shut the Box. The Player pushed the pace before […]

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‘Galloping Grandma’ Going Strong At Age 63

They call her the Galloping Grandma. But that doesn’t do Sue Martin justice. The jockey recently became a great-grandmother for the seventh time, with another on the way. Martin, mother of seven and grandmother of 18, is 63. She didn’t ride any races Friday afternoon. But that morning at Ellis Park she got on 10 […]

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