Anonymous Owner Donates $5K To Carmouche Toward Jockey’s Recovery

By Jennie Rees FRANKLIN, Ky. (Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018) — A stakes-winning owner during Kentucky Downs recent meet is donating $5,000 for assistance to Kendrick Carmouche, the jockey who sustained a severely fractured leg when his mount fell after being forced to clip heels. “Our group was fortunate enough to win a large purse at Kentucky Downs,” said the owner, who did not want to be identified. “Sadly, Kendrick Carmouche did not fare as well as we did. “Jockeys are as integral a part of our sport as are owners and the horses themselves. Kendrick is expected to be sidelined four to six months. Even with insurance, that’s a very long time to be unable to work, and expenses mount quickly. We are pleased to share some of our good fortune with Kendrick and his family for their use during his recovery. We hope other owners who benefited from the racing at Kentucky Downs will do the same.” Those wishing to contribute can send checks (or similar) made out to Kendrick Carmouche and mailed to the Jockeys’ Guild, 448 Lewis Hargett Circle, Suite 220, Lexington, KY 40503. The Guild will ensure all contributions go directly to the jockey and his family. Carmouche’s mount, Chattel, was among the leaders in midstretch of the $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint on Sept. 8 when another horse vying for the lead, Sovereign...

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Carmouche Sustains Hairline Leg Fracture In Spill

Kentucky Downs Press Release (Jennie Rees) FRANKLIN, Ky. (Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018) — Kendrick Carmouche sustained a hairline fracture of his right femur when he went down in a spill after his mount Chattel clipped heels in the stretch during Saturday’s $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint, according to Daily Racing Form writer Marty McGee and confirmed by the jockey’s agent. Carmouche told McGee, who spoke with the jockey by phone early Sunday, that he would be transferred from the TriStar Skyline Medical Center north of Nashville to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for surgery. Kevin Bubser, the jockey’s agent, said the surgery would be either late Sunday or early Monday. “I had another set of X-rays taken and there’s no separation in the bone,” Carmouche told McGee. “They’re going to put a screw in it and I’m going to be able to put pressure on the leg” soon thereafter. “They’re saying seven to eight weeks before I’m back riding.” Chattel was battling for the lead with eventual winner Moonlight Romance and Sovereign Impact, when Sovereign Impact came out sharply and caused Chattel to clip heels and fall, sending Carmouche hard to the ground. Chattel sustained a fractured right shoulder in the spill and had to be euthanized. Sovereign Impact, ridden by Adam Beschizza, was disqualified from third to last, for causing interference. The filly Moonlight Romance wound up winning...

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Geroux Caps Big Day With Arklow

Kentucky Downs (Jennie Rees & Dick Downey) FRANKLIN, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2018) — Jockey Florent Geroux won two stakes and was second in two others on a day he capped with his third victory in Kentucky Downs’ Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup as Arklow captured the $750,000, Grade 3 stakes by a half-length over Bigger Picture. A total of $10,039,008 was bet on Saturday’s 10-race card, smashing the track-record $8,487,323 on the same day last year. “Our goal is to present first-class thoroughbred racing with an attractive wagering takeout,” said Kentucky Downs president Corey Johnsen. “So it is very gratifying to reach the $10 million handle milestone. The horseplayers have spoken. And we want to thank all the members of the horse industry for their support. What a great day for the sport.” With one win from 14 starts in the first two days of the Kentucky Downs meet, Florent Geroux got off to a slow start. That all changed when he won two stakes races on day three, including the $750,000, Grade 3 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup, to vault to the top of the earnings list. Arklow, who gave trainer Brad Cox his first win of the meet, was key to Geroux’s success, winning the Kentucky Turf Cup by a half-length over Bigger Picture. “He’s a big horse, very long stride and very good mover. I always...

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Bravo! Proforma Takes Turf Sprint

Kentucky Downs Press Release (Jennie Rees & Dick Downey) In the fourth of five stakes races worth $2.7 million on Saturday’s card, Proforma pulled the upset in the $500,000, Grade 3 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint Stakes Presented by Coca-Cola. Bet down to 7-1 off a 20-1 morning line, Proforma got by 5-2 favorite White Flag late in the stretch to get the win by a head. Never far back, Proforma was 1 3/4 lengths back of a quick 46.16-second half-mile pace set by the dueling Done Deal and Little Chesney. Hugging the rail into the stretch, Proforma was set down for the drive in Kentucky Downs’ long stretch by Joe Bravo. At the furlong marker, he was only a length back before prevailing in the photo finish. “It unfolded really good to the eighth pole,” Bravo said. “You think, ‘Great, we’re going to break loose from everybody and explode.’ And you look over and see them running, and we really didn’t know who won the photo. All I can say that both horses laid it on the line.” Proforma rallied to be a good third in a Monmouth Park stakes in his last start, but Bravo said, “You watch his last race, he was the only horse in the race that was really closing. It was a speed-biased track, and he overcome a lot intuit race. I was expecting...

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Van Dyke Guides Next Shares to Old Friends Victory

By Jennie Rees FRANKLIN, Ky. (Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018) — Next Shares, a horse that loves Santa Anita, proved on Thursday that he also loves Kentucky Downs, winning the $250,000 Old Friends Stakes under Drayden Van Dyke by 1 3/4-lengths over Siem Riep. A total of $5,815,464.58 was wagered on the 10-race card, fourth-highest all time and the highest for a weekday. There was $5,402,255 bet on the first Thursday last year. Trainer Richard Baltas shipped in Next Shares from California, where he had most recently run a poor 12th in the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile after stalking the pace for six furlongs. He was made the favorite in the Old Friends off the strength of three on-the-board finishes in two Grade 1 stakes and a Grade 3 at Santa Anita this year. The Old Friends is for 3-year-olds and up that haven’t won a stakes race in 2018. “He was too close the last couple times,” Baltas said. “He really wants to be back. He wants to be settled. Doesn’t want to be rushed at all. At Del Mar there were 13-horse fields and small turns. I don’t know if he really liked the Del Mar course. This was a good spot for him.” With the first half-mile timed in a solid 48.50 seconds, Next Shares sat seven lengths off a pace set by Siem Riep down...

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