Videos from BC contenders at Churchill Downs

October 30, 2021

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Cox on delaying Essential Quality, Knicks Go works

Cox horses training b-roll

KRA’s Jun Park on possible Classic favorite Knicks Go

Danny Ramsey on Juvenile contender Rattle N Roll

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The majority of videos will be housed on the Kentucky HBPA Youtube Channel. Media members, as well as racing fans and enthusiasts, can get the coverage delivered straight into their inbox by emailing a request to Jennie Rees at

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Today’s videos

Trainer Brad Cox discusses delaying the Breeders’ Cup Classic workouts for Essential Quality and Knicks Go, as well as Breeders’ Cup Distaff candidate Shedaresthedevil – and more

Interview with Jun Park, racing manager for the Korea Racing Authority, owner of Knicks Go

B-roll of Essential Quality, Knicks Go and Turnerloose (winner of Ellis Park maiden, $500K Aristocrat at Kentucky Downs and third in Keeneland’s G2 Jessamine) and Ready to Purrform (winner of Ellis Park maiden and Laurel Futurity; needs defection to run) working together. Video does not include Shedaresthedevil.

Kenny McPeek exercise rider Danny Ramsey works Keeneland’s Grade 1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity winner Rattle N Roll in advance of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

Friday’s videos

Brad Cox on Keeneland’s G1 Alcibiades winner Juju’s Map (worked 5F in 59.60 seconds for Juvenile Fillies), Kentucky Downs’ $500K Aristocrat Juvenile Fillies winner Turnerloose (Juvenile Fillies Turf)

Florent Geroux on Juju’s Map, Turnerloose

Mark Casse assistant trainer David Carroll on Got Stormy (worked half-mile in 48.60 seconds for the Mile on turf). (Got Stormy finished sixth in the $1 million FanDuel Turf Sprint at Kentucky Downs after winning the KD Ladies Sprint in 2020)

Trainer Bret Calhoun on Juvenile Fillies contender and Churchill Downs’ G3 Pocahontas winner Hidden Connection (worked five-eighths in 1:00.80 on Thursday)

Wednesday’s videos

Trainer Rusty Arnold on Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint contender Gear Jockey, winner of Kentucky Downs’ $1 million, Grade 3 FanDuel Turf Sprint

Trainer Paulo Lobo on his Breeders’ Cup Mile contenders In Love (winner of Kentucky Downs’ TVG Stakes and G1 Keeneland Turf Mile in his last two starts) and Ivar (who won last year’s Turf Mile at Keeneland when it was the Shadwell Turf Mile and whose fourth place in the BC Mile was the best for an American-based horse)

Note: We will have video later up on the Kentucky HBPA Youtube page with Alberto Figueiredo, CEO of Bonne Chance Farm, owner of In Love and Ivar.

Last Saturday

Brad Cox on Essential Quality (Classic) and Shedaresthedevil (Distaff) after their penultimate works

Brad Cox on Knicks Go (Classic) after work (6F in 1:12.40)

Jockey Florent Geroux on Shedaresthedevil after work – with comments on Essential Quality, whom he worked but does not ride

Jockey Brian Hernandez after working G1 Claiborne Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Rattle N Roll for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (also touches on Tiz the Bomb, winner of the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf and Castle & Key Bourbon)

Oct. 13 video from Keeneland

Owner Chris Walsh and trainer George Leonard after $5,500 purchase California Angel earns a free roll in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf after taking Keeneland’s Jessamine Stakes under Rafael Bejarano.

Oct 10 videos from Keeneland:

Jockey Irad Ortiz and trainer Fausto Gutierrez on Letruska after the big Breeders’ Cup Distaff favorite won her fourth Grade 1 stakes of the year and fifth graded stakes in 2022 in Keeneland’s Juddmonte Spinster.

Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. and trainer Kenny McPeek after they teamed to win a major Breeders’ Cup 2-year-old prep for the second straight day, this time with Kentucky Downs Juvenile Mile winner Tiz the Bomb taking Keeneland’s Grade 2 Castle & Key Bourbon on turf after first breaking through the gate. Note to Ellis Park media: Tiz the Bomb won an off-the-turf maiden race at Ellis Park by 14 lengths.

A huge winner’s circle crowd, many of them young children, greeted Averly Jane after the unbeaten 2-year-old filly beat the boys to take Keeneland’s $200,000 Indian Summer, earning a free spot in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.

First of two videos: Gatewood Bell, managing partner of the Hat Creek Racing syndicate that campaigns the filly.

Second: Averly Jane was bred by the University of Kentucky. We speak with equine-ag program students and staff about raising and selling a filly now on her way to the Breeders’ Cup.

Oct. 9 videos:

Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity puts Rattle N Roll in Kentucky Derby 2022 picture. Video with jockey Brian Hernandez, trainer Kenny McPeek and as a bonus, McPeek’s daughter Jenna, who celebrated turning 21 in the Keeneland winner’s circle.

In Love continues his roll, winning the Grade 1 Keeneland Turf Mile in jockey Alex Achard’s first Grade 1 appearance. Video with trainer Paulo Lobo, his big year continued after he and Bonne Chance Farm won two stakes at Kentucky Downs: In Love in the first division of the TVG Stakes and Imperador in the $1 million Calumet Turf Cup.

Gritty Bell’s the One takes the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America by a neck over Car Club. We speak with jockey Corey Lanerie and trainer Neil Pessin.

Oct. 8 videos

Juju’s Map wins Grade 1, $400,000 Darley Alcibiades by 4 1/4 lengths over Distinctlypossible to earn a free berth in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Del Mar. Interviews with winning jockey Florent Geroux and trainer Brad Cox.

Special Reserve, a $40,000 claim by trainer Mike Maker for Paradise Farms Corp. and Dave Staudacher and the 6-5 favorite, wins the Grade 2, $250,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix by a neck over second-choice Aloha West. We speak with winning jockey Joel Rosario, Maker and Staudacher.

Oct. 2

The $400,000 Lukas Classic won by Knicks Go: Video is long but it starts with b-roll of race, with interviews (in order) of jockey Joel Rosario, trainer Brad Cox and D. Wayne Lukas, who presented the trophy for the stakes bearing his name.

(Sept. 30)

Brad Cox talks about his two Breeders’ Cup Classic contenders: 2020 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Knicks Go, who races in Saturday’s $400,000 Lukas Classic, and Essential Quality, the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and 2-year-old champion whose victories this year include the Belmont and Travers Stakes. Part 1 of 2 parts.

Part 2: Cox talks about the retirement of two-time Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner and champion Monomoy Girl and his other Breeders’ Cup contenders.

There’s no hiding Hidden Connection – not after the 2-year-old filly won her debut by 7 1/2 lengths at Colonial Downs and Churchill Downs’ Grade 3 Pocahontas – a “Win and You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies by 9 1/4 lengths. We speak with former college basketball star Jake Ballis, whose Black Type Thoroughbreds bought into Hidden Connection after her first race, and Dan Hall of majority-owner Hidden Brook Farm, which bought Hidden Connection for $85,000 at a 2-year-old auction.

B-roll of Hidden Connection and Jake Ballis interview

Hidden Brook Farm’s Dan Hall on Hidden Connection

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