The 2011 Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course had a little bit of everything, including laughter and tears.
After a frustrating couple of months, Pin Oak Stable's homebred Alternation redeemed himself with a hard-fought win in the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) May 14 at Belmont Park.
Embur's Song stalked a hot pace, took over approaching the eighth pole, and glided to her second straight graded stakes victory May 14 in the $182,500 Hendrie (Can-III) at Woodbine.
Jeff Bonde is hoping Sway Away's inability to draw into the Derby will be a blessing in disguise for the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course.
Owner John Fort bypassed the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) in favor of the Preakness (gr. I) for Flashpoint. The Pomeroy colt is now under the guidance of new trainer Wesley Ward, who took over for Rick Dutrow Jr.
Illinois Derby (gr. III) winner Joe Vann and Jerome (gr. II) winner Adios Charlie lead a field of 11 for the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II), which returns to Belmont Park May 14 after a one-year hiatus.
Kentucky Derby 137 has come and gone, and before we move on to the Preakness let's take a few moments to dissect the race. I have several observations, but let's start out with the winner. Read Blog
Vinery Stables' Regally Ready ran down Bridgetown in the late stages to win the $111,200 Twin Spires Turf Sprint (gr. IIIT) May 7 at Churchill Downs.
Glen Hill Farm's Banned redeemed himself from a failed effort in last year's Breeders' Cup, as he came with a powerful run under Garrett Gomez to score the $237,400 American Turf Presented by Ram (gr. IIT) May 6 at Churchill.
Jason Shandler gives his two cents on the Kentucky Derby. Read Blog
Ever since the four final major preps produced significant upsets, the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) has painted a murky and muddled picture.
Frank L. Jones' Tapitsfly, winner of the 2009 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita, drew favoritism in the $200,000-added Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Presented by American Commercial Lines (gr. IIT).
Uncle Mo has been the talk of the Churchill Downs backstretch all week and the subject of an intense rumor mill. Will he or won't he run in the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I)?
Jinks Fires, Kathy Ritvo, and the duo of Todd Pletcher and Mike Repole were among the highlights at the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' trainers' dinner, an annual event held on the Tuesday leading up to the Derby.
Led by Air Support and Great Mills, who were separated by a nose in their last start, a jam-packed field of 14 3-year-olds was drawn for the $200,000 American Turf Stakes (IIT) May 6 at Churchill Downs.
There are several longshots worthy of a second look in this wide-open Derby. Read Blog
Master of Hounds, the lone European chance for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), arrived at Churchill Downs on Tuesday, May 2.
Courtlandt Farm's homebred Machen came roaring down the center of the track and ran down Dominus in the final jump to win the Derby Trial (gr. III) by a neck April 30 on opening night at Churchill Downs.
Making his first start for Mike Repole and Todd Pletcher after being claimed for $62,500, Caixa Eletronica pulled a 10-1 upset in the $100,000 Westchester (gr. III) April 30 at Belmont Park.
Nine-year-old Musketier defended his title in the $150,000 Elkhorn, as he rallied from off the pace to score by 1 1/4 lengths in the closing day feature April 29 at Keeneland.
Arkansas Derby (gr. I) winner Archarcharch blitzed through his final Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) work on Friday, April 29 at Churchill Downs.
The Derby is getting closer. Are you ready? Join Jason Shandler for a live, one hour chat this Friday at Noon EDT to discuss all things Derby. Read Transcript
Fountain of Youth (gr. II) winner Soldat turned in his final Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) breeze Friday, April 29 at Palm Meadows under the watchful eye of trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
Barbara Hunter's homebred mare Keertana took over from Honimiere approaching the sixteenth pole and bounded home for a convincing 1 1/4-length victory in the $150,000 Grey Goose Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 28 at Keeneland
Borel's agent, Jerry Hissam, confirmed April 27 that his client would be aboard Twice the Appeal in the May 7 Derby.
The Cliff's Edge Derby Trial (gr. III) isn't much of a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trial anymore, but that has not prevented the race from drawing a strong mix of sprinters/milers on opening night at Churchill Downs.
Jockey Ramon Dominguez will keep the mount on Stay Thirsty for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), owner Mike Repole said April 26.
Millionaire Rahy's Attorney, who defeated Musketier last out, will try to tackle his rival once again when they meet in the $150,000 Elkhorn Stakes (gr. IIT) April 29 on closing day at Keeneland.
The Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) is starting to become a little bit clearer; at least, as far as which horses will be in the starting gate on May 7 at Churchill Downs.
Derby Kitten capped a big day for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, as the homebred 3-year-old got up in the late stages to win the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. III) April 23 on a stormy day at Keeneland.
Wertheimer and Frere's Kentucky homebred Exhi had no problem returning from his six-month layoff, as he took a short field wire-to-wire in the $150,000 Ben Ali (gr. III) April 23 for his second graded stakes win at Keeneland.
Embur's Song shot to an early lead and never looked back, as she held off a late bid from Check the Label to win the $125,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (gr. III) in track record time April 22 at Keeneland.
History has shown that stretch leaders have a great chance to win the Derby. Read Blog
Winter Memories, who has been off since finishing second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IIT), made a smashing season debut April 21, running down Dos Lunas late to win the Appalachian Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Despite making his season debut, multiple stakes winner Exhi figures to be well-backed in a short field entered for the $150,000 Ben Ali (gr. III) April 23 at Keeneland.
Silver Medallion is the lone Coolmore Lexington (gr. III) entrant with a chance to make the Kentucky Derby; Casper's Touch would point toward the Preakness (gr. I) with a good effort in the April 23 race.
Check the Label, who jumpstarted her four-race win streak on the Keeneland turf last year, makes her season debut in Lexington as the 121-pound high weight in the $125,000 Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. III) April 22.
Handicapping Derby 137 will be an especially daunting challenge. Read Blog
Live Oak Plantation's 19-1 longshot Brilliant Speed nosed out Twinspired to win a thrilling edition of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) April 16 at Keeneland.
Aikenite rallied from off the pace, collared Cool Bullet at the sixteenth-pole, and drew away for a decisive victory in the $175,000 Commonwealth Stakes (gr. II) on April 16.
Making his stakes debut against a stellar field of turf sprinters, Stratford Hill ran down pacesetter Great Attack late to score the $100,000 Shakertown (gr. IIIT) by a half-length April 16 at Keeneland.
Get Stormy broke on top and never looked back, kicking away in the stretch to post a decisive victory in the $300,000 Maker's Mark Mile (gr. IT) April 15 at Keeneland.
Join Jason Shandler for a live, one hour chat this Friday at Noon EDT. Be ready to talk Derby and anything else that's on your mind. Join Now!
If he wins the Arkansas Derby, The Factor will be the one to beat at Churchill. Read Blog
According to a release issued by the connections April 14, the blood work performed on the Indian Charlie colt "concluded that Uncle Mo has a GI tract infection."
Shotgun Gulch passed favored Amen Hallelujah in deep stretch to post an 11-1 upset in the $300,000 Vinery Madison (gr. I) April 14 at Keeneland.
Turbulent Descent, a winner of a pair of grade I races in California, ships into Lexington to lead a field of six in the $150,000 Beaumont (gr. II) April 17 at Keeneland.
Led by 8-5 morning-line favorite Nicole H, a field of only five filly and mare sprinters will line up for the $150,000 Distaff Handicap (gr. II) April 16 at Aqueduct.
On paper, a decent case can be made for all dozen 3-year-olds entered in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), possibly opening the door for yet another outsider to jump into the Triple Crown mix.
Grade I winner Gypsy's Warning will make her season debut as the 123-pound high weight in a full field of fillies and mares shooting for the $200,000 Jenny Wiley (gr. IIT) April 16 at Keeneland.
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