Louisville Thoroughbred Society tour: The bar & old-time roulette!
Somehow we neglected to add into our original video two of the coolest -- the bar and an antique horse-themed roulette game -- among many cool features for the Louisville Thoroughbred Society, a private club in downtown Louisville on Main Street's Whiskey Row.
Pegasus Watch: Cox on Knicks Go's first work since Breeders' Cup Classic
B-roll of Korea Racing Authority's Knicks Go Saturday, Dec. 4, morning at Churchill Downs in the 5-year-old horse's first victory since winning the $6 million Longines Breeders' Cup Classic four weeks ago. Trainer Brad Cox is preparing Knicks Go for his career finale in Gulfstream Park's $3 million Pegasus World Cup, a Grade 1 race the horse won last year after taking the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. We catch up with Cox afterward.
Tejano Twist takes $200K Lively Shively
Tom Durant's Tejano Twist, whose turned into a real racehorse after being gelded, captures Churchill Downs' inaugural $200,000 Lively Shively for 2-year-old sprinters. Afterward we speak with jockey Joe Rocco and Dennis "Peaches" Geier, assistant to trainer Bret Calhoun.
Marissa's Lady goes to 2-for-2, takes $200K Fern Creek
Boone Family Trust and Tillema Family Trust's Marissa's Lady, with Rafael Bejarano up, held off favored Matareya by a length to take Churchill Downs' $200,000 inaugural running of the Fern Creek for 2-year-old filly sprinters. We speak with trainer Billy Morey, who is embarking on his third year in Kentucky after relocating from California, after he earned his first Churchill Downs stakes victory.
KY Jockey Club: McPeek wins with Smile Happy after his favored Tiz the Bomb scratches
Trainer Kenny McPeek, who had already won three races on the card, won Churchill Downs' $400,000, Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club with Smile Happy after his program favorite, Tiz the Bomb, was forced to scratch with an infection. The victory gives Louisville's Mackin family's Lucky Seven Stable two Kentucky Derby horses, also owning Keeneland's Grade 1 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity winner Rattle N Roll.
2021 Golden Rod goes to Dream Lith
The Robertino Diodoro-trained Dream Lith, owned by Cypress Creek Equine and Arnold Bennewith, wore down front-running Yuugiri to take Churchill Downs' $400,000, Grade 2 Golden Rod for 2-year-old fillies by a length. We speak with Cypress Creek farm manager Ryder Finney and jockey Ramon Vazquez afterward.
Maxfield wins Clark in career finale (Jose Ortiz, Banahan interviews)
Godolphin's 4-year-old Maxfield completed his star-crossed career with a big victory in Churchill Downs' $750,000, Grade 1 Clark Stakes, shaking off Happy Saver by a half-length and with the 3-year-old Midnight Bourbon third. Video starts with b-roll, then interviews with jockey Jose Ortiz and Michael Banahan, Darley/Godolphin USA's director of bloodstock. Interview with trainer Brendan Walsh in separate video.