Breeders' Cup F&M Sprint: 2019 KY Oaks winner Serengeti Empress
Joel Politi's Serengeti Empress -- winner of the 2019 Kentucky Oaks, third in last year's Breeders' Cup Distaff and winner of the 2020 Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga before losing the G1 Derby City Gaming by a nose -- had a serious work Oct. 21 at Churchill Downs (half-mile in 47 4/5). We speak with trainer Tom Amoss afterward. Media: This video is available for your use in any capacity as part of the Kentucky HBPA's initiative to provide supplemental racing content to news outlets.
Breeders' Cup: Owner Rick Kueber on Juv Fillies Turf's Emro
Serial entrepreneur Rick Kueber, co-founder and CEO of Sun Tan City and Planet Fitness franchisee, last year bought six yearlings as he started his own stable, Kueber Racing. One of them, Emro is being pointed for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf after wins at Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs' $400,000 Untapable Stakes in her first two starts. Kueber (pronounced KEE-ber) also is a partner in Starlight Racing, and as such owns a piece of 2020 Derby winner Authentic and was in on 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify. Media members are welcome to use this and our other interviews on the Kentucky HBPA Youtube Channel for any legitimate purpose.
Breeders' Cup Classic: Bret Calhoun on By My Standards
Chester Thomas' By My Standards, the 2019 Louisiana Derby winner, stamped himself as one of America's leading older horses. He'll try to exit the $6 million Longines Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland as the best. Trainer Bret Calhoun talks about Churchill Downs' Grade 2 Ack Ack winner. This video, as with all content on our Youtube channel, is available to the media for any appropriate use.
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile: Mr. Money and Silver Dust
Chester Thomas' Ack Ack winner Mr. Money (4F in 47.40) and Tom Durant's G2 Alysheba 3rd Silver Dust (5F in 1:00.20) work Oct. 16 at Churchill Downs for $1 million Big Ass Fans Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. Trainer Bret Calhoun discusses both horses. "I know this is weird to say, but it seemed he was just mad, training like an angry horse almost in the fact that things had gone wrong all year long" before winning the Ack Ack, Calhoun says of Mr. Money.
Breeders' Cup: Kenny McPeek on Preakness winner Swiss Skydiver
We speak with trainer Kenny McPeek after his standout 3-year-old filly Swiss Skydiver has her first work -- dubbed a "happy half" in 49 seconds -- since beating the boys to take the Preakness Stakes two weeks ago. Swiss Skydiver is being pointed toward either the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff or the Longines Classic. This video is available for any media use as part of the Kentucky HBPA's initiative to provide supplemental racing content to news outlets. B-roll of this morning's work and Robby Albarado interview on a separate video.
Breeders' Cup: Preakness heroine Swiss Skydiver
Swiss Skydiver, who beat the boys including Kentucky Derby winner Authentic by a neck to take the Preakness Stakes, worked an easy half-mile in 49 seconds Saturday at Churchill Downs, her first step back toward a date in either the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup or the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic, both Nov. 7 at Keeneland. We speak with jockey Robby Albarado, who picked up the Preakness mount on Swiss Skydiver at the last minute. The media is welcome to use any video on this site produced by the Kentucky HBPA. Thanks to Churchill Downs' Kevin Kerstein and trainer Buff Bradley for the assistant with video segments.
Breeders' Cup Turf watch: Donegal's Arklow works 5f in 59.40
"Wow," was how trainer Brad Cox began his thoughts on Arklow's five-furlong work in 59.40 seconds under Florent Geroux in company with Gold Standard (inside horse). Churchill Downs' clockers caught Donegal Racing's Arklow in splits of 11.80, 23.40, 46.80 leading up to the fastest-of-the-morning 59.40, then galloping out six furlongs in 1:12.60. Hear what all Cox had to say about the horse who at age 6 added blinkers for the first time, and then promptly won Kentucky Downs' $1 million Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Classic. Next up: $4 million Longines Breeders' Cup Turf. Starts off with work video. Thanks to Churchill Downs' Kevin Kerstein and trainer Buff Bradley for the video help. This video is available for any appropriate media use, compliments of the Kentucky HBPA.
Breeders' Cup Distaff watch: 2018 champ Monomoy Girl works
Monomoy Girl, winner of 2018 Kentucky Oaks and Breeders' Cup Distaff, worked six furlongs in 1:14 under regular rider Florent Geroux for a return appearance in the Distaff at Keeneland, where she won the Grade 1 Ashland as a 3-year-old. The champ, 12 for 14 in her career, is 3 for 3 since a 1 1/2-year layoff following the 2018 Distaff, most recently taking Churchill Downs' Grade 1 LaTroienne. Monomoy Girl worked outside of Plainsman, with splits of 26, 37.3 and 1:01.4. We speak with trainer Brad Cox afterward. This video is available for any media use. Thanks to Churchill Downs' Kevin Kerstein and trainer Buff Bradley for sharing work video.
Breeders' Cup Classic Watch: Al Stall on Tom's d'Etat powerful in work
G M B Racing's Tom's d'Etat, winner of Churchill Downs' Grade 1 Clark Handicap and Stephen Foster, had a serious workout Saturday morning in preparation for the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland. The 7-year-old started the six-furlong workout at the half-mile pole and worked through the six-furlong pole, making it a two-turn work in 1:13.1. Per Churchill Downs' clockers, Tom started eight lengths behind his stablemates, whom he caught and split on the far turn and went in splits of 12.1, 24, 47.3 and a minute. We speak with trainer Al Stall afterward. This video is available for any media use. Thanks to Churchill Downs' Kevin Kerstein and trainer Buff Bradley for the video assist!