Jennie Rees, Author at Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

‘Field Of Dreams’: Ellis Park Derby Winner Steal Sunshine May Target Pennsylvania Derby

Boston-raised, Florida-based trainer Bobby Dibona had never before raced a horse at Ellis Park. But he had a memorable day Sunday, winning the $200,000 RUNHAPPY Ellis Park Derby with Steal Sunshine. Dibona’s first Ellis Park starter actually was Tap’er Light, who finished third at 23-1 in the RUNHAPPY Ellis Park Debutante, one of five stakes […]

Fifteen Percent Takeout: Churchill, Ellis Park Team For Two-Day, All-Stakes Pick 6

Ellis Park and Churchill Downs are partnering on a two-day, all-stakes wager this weekend that showcases the major racing at both tracks in the Commonwealth. The Bluegrass Pick 6 is a $1 wager with a low 15-percent takeout and mandatory payout. The bet starts with three stakes from Churchill Downs’ special Arlington Million card on […]

Ellis Park’s Turf Stakes Pick 4 Pays Record $85,939

When Sunday’s all-stakes Pick Four paid a track-record $85,939.92 for a 50-cent bet, you know it wasn’t business as usual at the RUNHAPPY Meet at Ellis Park. For a pair of young female jockeys, it was exceptional business as 26-year-old apprentice Gage Holmes won the $100,000 Centennial Distaff Turf Mile on Henrietta Topham and 27-year-old […]

Saturday Stakes Pays Tribute To Ellis Park’s ‘Rockstar In Stirrups’

If there was racing at Ellis Park, Cowboy was here. That’s how everybody knew him. No need to identify him by his first name, Robert. Or initials, R.A. And while there are a lot of Joneses, and while there might be a fair number of cowboys at the Pea Patch, there was just one Cowboy […]

Kentucky Downs: Three Stakes Purses Could Be Raised To $1 Million If Grade 1 Winner Starts

The seven-day FanDuel Meet at Kentucky Downs could have up to six races worth $1 million for registered Kentucky-breds with purse incentives added to the $750,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf (Grade 3), $600,000 Franklin-Simpson (G2) and $600,000 Mint Ladies Sprint (G3). Kentucky Downs will bump any of those purses to $1 million, including money from […]

Shea Stuart Working To Make Most Of Three-Horse Stable At Ellis Park

Trainer Shea Stuart, in his first full summer racing in Kentucky, has a three-horse stable. But two of those horses are scheduled to run in stakes this weekend at the RUNHAPPY Meet at Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky. Stuart plans to run Tut’s Revenge in either Saturday’s $70,000 R.A. Cowboy Jones Overnight Stakes at a […]

Kentucky Downs Will Offer $250,000 Allowance Races For 2-Year-Old Keeneland September Grads

There’s never a bad time to try to earn $150,000 with a young racehorse. So as trainers begin thinking about late-summer objectives for their 2-year-olds, Kentucky Downs offers a new option this year in collaboration with its horsemen and the Keeneland Association: A pair of $250,000 allowance races restricted to horses who went through the […]

Ellis Park Boosts Maiden, Allowance Purses By $10,000

Ellis Park has increased purses for registered Kentucky-breds by $10,000 for every maiden and allowance race for the remainder of the meet. Horses eligible for the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund (KTDF) purse supplements now will compete for $60,000 in non-claiming maiden races, with allowance purses starting at $61,000. The increases come from the transfer of […]