If you think this year's road to the Kentucky Derby has been a bizarre one, imagine how scrambled your brain would be right now if Bobby Frankel hadn't brought some semblance of normalcy to the proceedings.
Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) hopeful Lady Tak, winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) and runner-up in the Ashland, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 Monday for trainer Steve Asmussen.
Derby Notes: Peace Rules Arrives; Atswhatimtalknbout Gallops in Blinkers; Offlee Wild Definite for Derby
Edmund Gann's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes winner Peace Rules arrived at Churchill Downs on Monday to prepare for the 129th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 3.
Trainer Jeff Mullins sent Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) hero Buddy Gil for a half-mile work in :46 4/6, handily, over the Arcadia oval's muddy training track Monday morning.
Tom Durant's Most Feared tuned up for a run in Sunday's Coolmore Lexington at Keeneland with a sharp five-furlong work on Monday at Churchill Downs.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has started more horses in the Kentucky Derby than any trainer in history and has won the "Run for the Roses" four times, but he is down to his final candidate for Derby 129 in Robert and Beverly Lewis' Scrimshaw.
Les Benton, chairman of the Dubai World Cup and chief executive of the Emirates Racing Association, submitted his resignation last week and will leave for Australia in mid-June.
Lockhart Spears, who campaigned homebred grade II winner Miss Baja, died April 11 in a Paris, Ky., nursing home after a lengthy illness
Monday's final under tack show for Keeneland's April sale of 2-year-olds in training was marred by a fatal injury to a Hennessy colt.
The Ohio Racing Commission has conditionally approved the sale of Scioto Downs, a Columbus Standardbred track, to MTR Gaming, owner of Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort in West Virginia.
Though racetrack slot machines still haven't been approved by the Pennsylvania legislature, the Bensalem Township Council is scheduled to vote April 14 on Philadelphia Park's plans for a building to house the machines.
A Prairie Meadows board member said that chairman Jim Rasmussen should temporarily step down until an investigation is completed regarding his possible involvement in an alleged illegal sports betting operation.
Directed Energy, a 15-year-old son of Fit to Fight out of the Buckpasser mare Turnabuck, has been moved to Blackwater Ranch near Fort Thomas, Ariz.
Grade I winner Tactical Cat was represented by his first winner April 12 when Fashion Girl won at 4 1/2 furlongs at Keeneland
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