Jennie Rees

Sisterson Looking For Big Finish For Calumet Runners At Kentucky Downs

Jack Sisterson, the former University of Louisville soccer player turned horseman, could have his biggest day as a trainer on Thursday’s closing card of the RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs. As private trainer for Calumet Farm, Sisterson is running Coachwhip in the $500,000 Ramsey Farm Stakes, followed by Lexitonian in the $500,000, Grade 3 Nevada […]

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Beschizza Enjoying ‘Fruitful’ Five-Win Meet At Kentucky Downs

Jose Ortiz, Kentucky Downs’ defending leading rider, enjoys a substantial three-win advantage in the standings heading into Thursday’s final day of the RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs, with eight victories overall. Tied for second with five wins are past meet champions Florent Geroux and Julien Leparoux as well as Adam Beschizza. It’s already been a […]

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Totally Boss ‘Really Turned It Around’ For Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint

Ellis Park stakes-winner Totally Boss is headed to the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint after winning Saturday’s $700,000 RUNHAPPY Turf Sprint at Kentucky Downs. Totally Boss earned an automatic spot in the RUNHAPPY Turf Sprint by capturing the $100,000 Kentucky Downs Preview Turf Sprint on Aug. 4 at Ellis Park. Now, by tacking on […]

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Kentucky Downs Continues To Break Wagering Records Over 2019 Season

A total of $7,564,345 was wagered Sunday at Kentucky Downs, up from the corresponding fourth day of the meet last year, when $7,329,490 was bet on a Sunday card that was postponed to the following Wednesday after a deluge of rain flooded the region. Kentucky Downs has topped its previous mark for wagering from all […]

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Jose Ortiz Doubles Up In Dueling Grounds Derby, Oaks

Jockey Jose Ortiz missed opening day of the five-date RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs, but the track’s 2018 riding champion has made the most of the three days he has ridden, including sweeping Sunday’s $600,000 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Derby under Social Paranoia and the $348,250 Fifth Third Insurance Dueling Grounds Oaks with Princesa Carolina. […]

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Imprimis Looking To Get His Season Back On Track In RUNHAPPY Turf Sprint

Saturday’s $700,000, Game 3 RUNHAPPY Turf Sprint at Kentucky Downs will be the first race for Breeze Easy LLC’s Imprimis since the 5-year-old gelding finished sixth in the Group 1 King’s Stand at Royal Ascot on June 18. Trainer Joe Orseno believes the 4 3/4 lengths by which Imprimis was defeated that day would have […]

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Cambria Shows ‘Heart’ To Beat The Boys In Juvenile Turf Sprint

Whether a 2-year-old sprint race is in Europe, or over a European-style course like Kentucky Downs, trainer Wesley Ward and owner Stonestreet Farm mean business. The trainer-owner combination, who teamed a few years ago with multiple overseas Group 1 winner and European juvenile champion Lady Aurelia, struck again Saturday at Kentucky Downs when Cambria scored […]

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‘A Massive Future’: Ellis Park Meet’s Bottom Line Showcases Potential

The end of Ellis Park’s 2019 highly successful race meet — which saw wagering increase 21 percent over 2018 and purses paid to horsemen go up 30 percent — conjures bigger visions for 2020. Ken Mimmack, manager of new owner Ellis Entertainment LLC, was mesmerized by the huge crowd that turned out Sunday for Kids Day. “While Ellis […]

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Mr. Misunderstood ‘Looks As Good As He Ever Has’ Ahead Of Thursday’s Old Friends Stakes

Thursday’s $250,000 Old Friends Stakes on the second of five days of the RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs is a restricted stakes — limited to horses that have not won a stakes in 2019 — but the field is worthy of the graded status that designates America’s top races. Two of the horses in the […]

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Legendary ‘Cowboy’ Jones Enjoys Ellis Winner’s Circle In A New Light

R.A. “Cowboy” Jones for many years was a fixture in the Ellis Park winner’s circle. He’s still a fixture at the track, but until Sunday his last time in the winner’s circle was aboard Awtair on Aug. 24, 2004, according to Equibase. But that was Cowboy front and center in the winner’s circle — however, […]

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