Jennie Rees, Author at Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

‘Just An Amazing Animal’: Beverly Park Eyes 13th Win Of Year In Claiming Crown

For those lamenting that horses today don’t run enough, meet Beverly Park. If ever there was a horse that the Claiming Crown was meant to showcase it’s the 5-year-old Beverly Park, who runs in the $100,000 Claiming Crown Ready’s Rocket Express in Saturday’s eighth race at Churchill Downs. Blue collar? Check. Work horse? Check. Helping […]

‘Whatever Happens, This Isn’t The End Of The Story’: 28-Year-Old Jesse Cruz Enters Haskell Runner Benevengo In Claiming Crown Jewel

Benevengo is a prime example of how young horses can change. Because of that, trainer Jesse Cruz has his first Claiming Crown horse with the 3-year-old colt — known as Benny around the barn — going in Saturday’s 1 1/8-mile Jewel at Churchill Downs. The race, for horses which have raced in a $35,000 claiming […]

Claiming Crown: Digital A True Jewel For Kentucky HBPA President Rick Hiles

Longtime Kentucky HBPA president Rick Hiles knows how big a deal it is for racing’s rank-and-file horsemen to participate in the Claiming Crown, the series of big-money starter-allowance races for horses that are or have been claimers. Hiles is one of those “every-day” horsemen — his words. While he once had a barn full of […]

Claiming Crown: Moti’s Irish Owners Parlay Winnings To Visit America For First Time

The Claiming Crown was created 24 years ago to serve as a Breeders’ Cup-style event celebrating the blue-collar horses that populate most of America’s racing programs. With the eight-race series coming to Churchill Downs for the first time Saturday, trainer Carl O’Callaghan is hoping the impressive showing by the Irish in last week’s Breeders’ Cup […]

‘We’ve Continually Set The Bar Higher’: Despite Weekend Weather Woes, Kentucky Downs Has Record Meet

The FanDuel Meet at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky., concluded Wednesday with record wagering topping $80 million for the seven-day run. Purses again set a record, reaching almost $18 million paid out to horse owners. With $12,896,355 bet on Wednesday’s closing card, total wagering on the meet reached $80,175,928, clipping Kentucky Downs’ previous record of […]

Trainer Mike Maker Hoping To End Record-Setting Meet With A Bang

With an unprecedented 11 wins and $2,048,712 in purse earnings, trainer Mike Maker already has enjoyed a record run at the FanDuel Meet at Kentucky Downs this year — with the opportunity to further pad his statistics. Maker, working on breaking his own record of six Kentucky Downs training titles, had five horses scheduled to […]

‘Incredible Ride’: Apprentice Jockey Gets Shot In $1 Million Stakes

Gage Holmes is getting a rare experience for a jockey who just started her race-riding career in late January. The 26-year-old Penn State graduate is riding Cambus-Kenneth Farm’s Henrietta Topham in the Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf, whose $750,000 purse will increase to $1 million with the presence of Grade 1 winner Dalika in the field […]