Royal Prince, Adventuring & Hieronymus work for Ky Downs Preview Weekend
B-roll of Royal Prince (KY Downs TVG Preview Dueling Grounds Derby), Adventuring (Ky Downs TVG Preview Dueling Grounds Oaks) and Hieronymus (Ky Downs TVG Preview Mint Million) working Sunday morning at Ellis Park. See related video with Brad Cox assistant trainer Jorje Abrego discussing the horses.
Ky Downs TVG Preview Weekend: Abrego discusses Cox runners
Reigning Eclipse Award-winning trainer Brad Cox doesn't sit out many big days of racing, and he figures to be well-equipped for the Aug. 7-8 Kentucky Downs TVG Preview Weekend stakes at the RUNHAPPY Meet at Ellis Park. Check out Sunday's works by three of his prospective runners, ROYAL PRINCE working with ADVENTURING, followed by HIERONYMUS. Jorje Abrego, who oversees Cox's Ellis Park division, talks about those horses afterward. Work video courtesy Cox assistant Cathy Riccio.
David Cabrera wins first - and second - races at Ellis Park
Jockey David Cabrera wins boatloads of races at Remington Park, Oaklawn Park and Lone Star Park. But he got off to a slow start on his busman's holiday to Kentucky - where he came to ride during the six-week break between Lone Star's closing and Remington's opening. That changed as Cabrera went 2 for 2 Saturday, sweeping the early double. We spoke with David, who said the summer is setting the plate to ride full-time in Kentucky after Oaklawn ends next year. The jockey said he likes Ellis Park, adding, "I've never seen a track with plants on the inside of the track." Welcome to the Pea Patch!
She'sonthewarpath works for Ky Downs TVG Preview Ladies Turf
She'sonthewarpath works half-mile in lively 48 seconds Saturday at Ellis Park in preparation for next Sunday's Kentucky Downs TVG Preview Ladies Mile, a race in which she was second last year. This year, the 5-year-old mare comes in off victory in the Ellis Park Turf. Video starts with b-roll before and after her work, along with interview with trainer Steve Margolis.
Assistant Darren Fleming on Steve Asmussen's pursuit of #1
Darren Fleming, currently overseeing the Ellis Park division, has worked for Steve Asmussen since 1994. Even back then, when the stable had about 20 horses and shared a barn with another trainer, Asmussen was saying he'd be No. 1 some day, Fleming says.
Southern Sky (part of 3-horse stable) wins prep for Ellis Park stakes
Southern Sky blasted from last under apprentice jockey Andrea Rodriguez to win Ellis Park's allowance prep for the $125,000 RUNHAPPY Debutante on Aug. 15. Afterward we talk to trainer Madelyn Royal, who has a three-horse stable at Skylight training center in Oldham County.
Ellis Park: Steve Asmussen (9,434 wins) discusses chasing Dale Baird's record (9,445)
Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen was at Ellis Park for a couple of hours Friday morning to watch his horses train before flying back to Saratoga. He took time out to discuss his pursuit of Dale Baird's all-time win record of 9,445 victories. Asmussen entered Friday's racing with 9,434 victories, of which 116 came at Ellis Park. He had three horses entered in two races Friday at Ellis. Media: This video is available for any editorial use, courtesy the Kentucky HBPA and Ellis Park.