Lady and The Track | December 12, 2017

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Elate Takes On Elders In Beldame

September 29, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon With Abel Tasman’s loss in the Cotillion Stakes (G1) last Saturday, the 3-year-old filly championship could still be up for grabs. Elate will look to add to her credentials for that award by facing her elders for the first time in the Beldame Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park this Saturday. Elate comes […]

Heat, Firm Conditions Mark Royal Ascot Opening Day; Lady Aurelia, Churchill Heavily Favored

June 19, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom A year ago, Royal Ascot racegoers — as well as horseman — braced themselves for rain of biblical proportions. This year, everyone headed toward Berkshire, England, is bracing themselves for an unusual heat wave at least through Wednesday with highs reaching into the upper 80s. Anyone who knows anything about London area […]

Kentucky Derby Week 2017 Photo Gallery

May 16, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon Following are images from the mornings and afternoons during Kentucky Derby week 2017 at Churchill Downs, including thrilling racing moments, morning training, paddock schooling and some backside fun. Click on image to enlarge. Enjoy! Photos ©Lady and the Track/Jordan Sigmon  

My First Derby or How to Have Fun In the Mud

May 14, 2017 |

By Mary Purdue If you’re like me, you’ve always wanted to see the Kentucky Derby in person. It’s a “bucket list” item for lots of us. This year, when a friend bought tickets and offered one to me as a gift, I finally got my chance. Packing my suitcase a few days prior, I ditched […]

Kentucky Derby Winner Living Proof ‘Dreams’ Do Come True

May 6, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom MeB Racing Stables, Brooklyn Boys Stables, Teresa Viola, St. Elias Stable’s and Siena Thoroughbreds’ Always Dreaming turned Kentucky Derby dreams into amazing realities on Saturday with his 2 ¾-length score in the $2 million running of the historic race held the first Saturday in May for 143 consecutive years under the Twin […]

Abel Tasman Squishes to Kentucky Oaks Victory

May 5, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom China Horse Club and Clearsky Farm’s Abel Tasman on Friday unleashed an impressive last-to-first performance over a main Churchill Downs track that can be best described as a quagmire to win the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (GI). The daughter of Quality Road defeated a field of 13 of the best in her […]

Kentucky Derby 143 Analysis and Selections

May 5, 2017 |

By John DaSilva The day everyone has been waiting for has finally arrived. The first Saturday in May. The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby. It is always tough to pick the winner of the race. This year the task becomes tougher as at least two inches of rain hit the Louisville area and made […]

Champion Classic Empire Favored in Kentucky Derby 143

May 5, 2017 |

(Churchill Downs Press Release) John Oxley’s Classic Empire, the unanimous Eclipse Award selection as champion 2-year-old of 2016 and a three-time Grade I winner, has been established as the 4-1 morning-line favorite in a field of 20 3-year-olds and two also-eligibles entered for Saturday’s 143rd running of the $2,395,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands […]

A Different Way to Bet the Kentucky Derby

May 5, 2017 |

By John DaSilva It is Kentucky Derby weekend and while the whole world concentrates on selecting the Kentucky Derby winner, there are ways that people can make money on the Kentucky Derby without making a direct win wager. You do have to handicap the race, but, if you play your cards right, you could set […]

Playful McCraken Sitting on ‘Go’ For Kentucky Derby

May 4, 2017 |

By Jordan Sigmon Whitham Thoroughbreds LLC’s Kentucky Derby (GI) contender McCraken comes into the classic race as one of the leading contenders, despite his disappointing third-place finish in the Blue Grass Stakes (GII) most recently. Prior to that race, the son of Ghostzapper had won the Sam F. Davis Stakes (GIII) at Tampa Bay Downs […]