Amerman Racing Stables' Coffee Clique will attempt to become the second mare to score a repeat victory in $300,000 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Presented by Longines (gr. IIT) when she takes on 12 rivals May 2 at Churchill.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert talks about post 18 for American Pharoah and 8 for Dortmund drawn April 29 for the May 2 Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Watch Video
Trainer Wesley Ward pulled no punches with the season debut of champion Judy the Beauty, entering her in top-level company on the biggest day of the North American racing year in the $300,000 Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I).
TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Frosted and Lambholm South Holy Bull (gr. II) winner Upstart were both on the track for the first time at Churchill April 29, joined by multiple graded-stakes winner El Kabeir.
Claire Novak updates us on who galloped at Churchill Downs today, El Kabeir, Rick Violette, Mubtaahij schooling, and Stellar Wind sneaking out early to jog. watch video
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin talks about the arrival of Kentucky Derby contender Frosted April 29. watch video
Dortmund impressed Baffert in his first gallop over the track, as International Star and Mubtaahij also took a spin April 28. El Kabeir stayed in the shedrow but will train April 29 according to trainer John Terranova.
The 8-year-old son of Wiseman's Ferry was cleared April 24 for light on-track training by Dr. Larry Bramlage at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, and jogged at Keeneland the next day.
Claire Novak recaps the news of the day, including Carpe Diem, Mubtaahij, and International Star on track, comments from trainer Mike de Kock, and the Oaks post position draw. Watch Video
Likely Kentucky Derby favorite American Pharoah gets a bath April 28 at Churchill Downs. watch video
Kaleem Shah's undefeated Dortmund got reacquainted with the Twin Spires April 27, making his first trip around Churchill Downs this year after arriving from California. Firing Line and Bolo were also on the track Monday.
Claire Novak gives us an update on how Bold Conquest worked and his plans while sitting at 22nd. We also learn of yesterday's arrivals first look at the track and those yet to arrive's schedules. watch video
Kentucky Derby contender Dortmund gets a bath April 27 at Churchill Downs. Watch Video
Trainer Steve Asmussen said April 27 that Bold Conquest, No. 22 on the leaderboard for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), would likely not enter to sit on the also-eligible list for the May 2 classic.
Undefeated Dortmund strode off the horse van April 26 at Churchill Downs and Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert was one step closer, one less thing to worry about, as the days count down to the May 2 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Social Inclusion finished second in his 2015 debut and first start for trainer Chad Brown April 26, as front-runner Big Looie stole a $46,000 allowance event going one mile at Gulfstream Park.
Kentucky Derby contender Dortmund arrives at Churchill Downs April 26. watch video
Trainer Bob Baffert and owners Ahmed and Justin Zayat discuss American Pharoah and the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Watch Video
Instead of 3-5 favorite Wicked Strong winning in his second start of the season, it was the 6-1 Effinex who made a sweeping move on the final turn and put away pacesetter Red Rifle to win the 1 1/4-mile test.
Donegal Racing founder talks about contenders for Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Woodford Reserve (gr. IT). watch video
Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) winner Carpe Diem turned in the second of two maintenance works since that win when he cruised four furlongs in :48 3/5 under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez April 25 at Keeneland.
Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak take an early look at the potential Kentucky Derby contenders. Watch to see which contenders to keep a closer watch on as they work this weekend. watch video
Mike Smith likely saved multiple grade I winner Shared Belief from additional injury by pulling him up in the April 18 Charles Town Classic (gr. II), as diagnostic work revealed a non-displaced fracture of his right hip.
Trainer Wesley Ward needed the April 18 season debut of Hootenanny to help gauge the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) winner's conditioning levels. It took just over a minute at Keeneland to find out good to go.
Whiskey Ticket came off the one and only start of his career -- a March 19 maiden special weight victory at first asking at Santa Anita -- and bravely held off Conquest Curlinate to win the $400,000 Illinois Derby (gr. III).
The longest price on the board delivered a game performance at Keeneland April 18, 30-1 shot Dramedy putting pressure on frontrunner My Afleet all the way around and then just holding off the late charge of Dynamic Sky.
Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad returned to the races and to her winning ways April 18, galloping by 5 1/4 lengths over three rivals in the $200,000 Distaff Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct.
Trainer Todd Pletcher discusses the works of Carpe Diem, Materiality, Stanford, and Itsaknockout on April 18. Watch Video
Todd Pletcher started his morning well before daylight April 18, breezing his three Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hopefuls in Florida before catching a private plane to Lexington to supervise the work of Carpe Diem.
Sam-Son Farm's homebred Deceptive Vision just held over traffic-troubled Lunar Surge in the $100,000 Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. III) April 17 at Keeneland, winning her first graded stakes race on the dirt.
Mubtaahij has never raced on the anti-bleeding medication Lasix, and he will run without it in the Kentucky Derby, becoming the first horse in 10 years to do so.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Charles Town Classic featuring Shared Belief. Watch Video
Defending U.S. Horse of the Year California Chrome had Robbie Mills aboard for the first time April 15 at Newmarket, getting acquainted with the rider who will be his regular partner in the Rae Guest yard.
The 3-year-old son of Quality Road is finally ready for his first start of 2015, and will make that outing at Keeneland in the fourth race on the April 18 card.
It looked like a two-horse battle coming down to the wire in the $100,000 Transylvania Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 15 at Keeneland, but Night Prowler was lurking and unleashed a furious rally to get up just in time.
Zayat Stables' homebred American Pharoah continued his tour de force of the Oaklawn Park 3-year-old prep series April 11, blowing away seven in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) with an impressive eight-length score.
Divining Rod came into the $250,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland with the best credentials in the seven-horse field, and did not disappoint April 11.
Will Farish and Steve Mooney's Ball Dancing, making her second start off the layup, returned to the Keeneland course she seems to enjoy and posted a solid victory in the $300,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IT) April 11.
- By Claire Novak
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Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the final 100 point Kentucky Derby prep race of the year, the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. watch video
Champion Untapable will get another chance at Oaklawn Park and should be sharper in her second start of the season against unlikely rival Gold Medal Dancer in the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) April 10.
Barry Schwartz's homebred Princess Violet held off a late run from Stopchargingmaria to win the $350,000 Madison Stakes (gr. I) April 4 at Keeneland.
Carpe Diem won for fun in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) April 4 at Keeneland, living up to his 2-5 favoritism and the hype that surrounded him leading into the race.
Dubai Sky, winner of the March 21 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (gr. III), is off the Triple Crown trail after sustaining a cannon bone fracture in his left hind leg April 4.
As a heavy deluge of rain hit Keeneland and the Lexington area April 3, racetrack officials called off the last four races on the opening-day card.
- By Claire Novak
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California Chrome arrived in Newmarket April 1 and is settling in at the yard of trainer Rae Guest, who will supervise the U.S. Horse of the Year's preparations for a tilt at Royal Ascot.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra are on location at Keeneland, handicapping the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes. The Blue Grass Stakes is a Kentucky Derby prep race worth 100 points to the winner. Hear about contender Carpe Diem. watch video
The Big Beast, a ginormous long-striding runner with a penchant for peppermints, will return to the big leagues April 4 in the $400,000 Carter Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Carpe Diem won the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) by 6 1/4 lengths during the fall meet in his graded debut and returns to Lexington after winning the March 7 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) in his first start of 2015.
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