The early prep races for the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby are starting to heat up. Trainer Bob Baffert once again has several top horses pointed for the May 5, 2019, race at Churchill Downs. Baffert won last year’s Derby with Justify.
Kentucky Wildcat — a well-bred colt for Godolphin racing — will run in the Sam F. Davis Stakes on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs. A good showing in the Kentucky Derby prep race will keep him on the trail.
The 2018 Lexington Herald-Leader Kentucky Sports Figure of the Year Award winner will be revealed Wednesday night, simultaneously, on Kentucky.com and at the Bluegrass Sports Awards Banquet from among 10 finalists.
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.
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 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.
Justify, the latest Triple Crown-winning Thoroughbred champion, arrived at his new home at Ashford Stud on Monday, where he’ll be stabled across from the last horse to achieve the same feat, American Pharoah.
Accelerate, Catholic Boy, Diversify, Good Magic and Gronkowski were all among the options in the first Breeders’ Cup Classic future wager pool, which closed Sunday evening. The final results and odds here.
Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza fractured his C3 vertebrae in a training accident at Del Mar in July. He was initially paralyzed. He has since regained feeling in everything except his left arm, yet his mobility is greatly limited and his muscles are wracked with uncertainty.
Justify’s ownership group announced Wednesday that the Triple Crown champion is being retired from racing. Justify won six of six races in 112 days to become the 13th thoroughbred to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
Former Kentucky Wildcats football star Sam Ball, two-time Triple Crown-winning Thoroughbred horse trainer Bob Baffert and ultra-successful Jessamine County Thoroughbred horse owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey headline the seven inductees in the 2018 Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame class