Triple Crown winner Justify and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Accelerate are the two favorites for 2018 Horse of the Year honors when the Eclipse Awards are announced Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Three jockeys were injured and two horses euthanized after a racing accident at Laurel Park in Maryland on Friday. Jockeys Trevor McCarthy, Horacio Karamanos and Jomar Torres were all taken to hospitals.
Churchill Downs, citing impressive returns from its historic gaming facility, has increased the purse for the Kentucky Derby to $3 million as part of a huge enhancement to the prizes offered in its Spring Meet.
Justify, Accelerate and Monomoy Girl were the three finalists announced Saturday for Horse of the Year. The top prize will be handed out at the Eclipse Awards on Jan. 24. Justify won the Triple Crown, Accelerate won the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Monomoy Girl capped her year with a win in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
A massive bronze sculpture of Triple Crown winner Secretariat will be installed at the traffic circle in Lexington where Alexandria Drive meets Old Frankfort Pike. The process, from start to finish, is an expensive and detailed endeavor.
A new study suggests a $424 million investment to rebuild Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. The track is home of the Preakness Stakes, the second jewel in Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. The facility opened in 1870.
The first day of the 2018 Breeders’ Cup in Louisville Friday was designed to highlight the 2-year-old stars in horse racing, and it saw dominant victories from horses who could be back for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.
Horse trainer Chad Summers was a walk-on football kicker at the University of Kentucky. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, he will send Mind Your Biscuits to the post in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in Louisville.