A deep field of 12 older sprinters heads to the gate for Saturday's $400,000, seven-furlong Commonwealth Breeders' Cup (gr. II) at Keeneland.
Claiborne Farm's Wend, owner of a five-race winning streak on the East Coast last year, returns to her Lexington home as the 5-2 morning line favorite in Saturday's $200,000 Jenny Wiley (gr. IIT) on the Keeneland turf.
Fred Carrillo and Dan Cassella's California-bred invader Bordonaro, the 2-5 favorite trained by Bill Spawr and ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, won the $150,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III) by 1 1/4 lengths over Friendly Island Thursday at Oaklawn Park.
Joseph Allen's Teammate returns to New York from a solid Florida campaign this winter as the likely favorite in the $150,000 Comely (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies going one mile at Aqueduct Saturday.
TVG's "The Works: Derby 2006" expands to one hour this year for for the seventh straight year of its preview coverage of the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Purdedel Stable's Sharp Humor, winner of the Swale (gr. II) and runner-up in the Florida Derby (gr. I), worked a sizzling five furlongs on Thursday at Churchill Downs in preparation for a planned start in the May 6 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I.
Put up or shut up; now or never; do or die. You get the picture. With the running of Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) and Arkansas Derby (gr. II), we finally will have a good idea who will be in the starting lineup for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
With the Keeneland main track favoring speed, Cornelio Velasquez guided Diplomat Lady to a front-running 2 1/4-length victory Thursday in the $250,000 Stonerside Beaumont (gr. II).
The first foal sired by Tropical Storm arrived Feb. 2 and was bred by Jane M. Braugh.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced April 13 the launch of "Beat the Handicapper," a free, eight-week contest at www.ntra.com that challenges fans to correctly handicap one designated race each week.
Rockport Harbor, a multiple graded stakes winner, has been purchased by Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation and will enter stud at Darley at Jonabell near Lexington.
J. Curtis Linnell, who has been employed by the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau as a wagering analyst since 2003, has been appointed director of wagering analysis for the organization.
Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro has rejected requests of three groups seeking to put the issue of video lottery terminals at racetracks on the ballot this year.
While some top 3-year-olds were preparing for Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Barbaro settled into Barn 25 at Keeneland for some quiet relaxation before shipping to Louisville, Ky., for the May 6 Kentucky Derby.
The Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau announced April 13 the promotion of J. Curtis Linnell to the position of director of wagering analysis.
Two-time steeplechase champion McDynamo and multiple grade I winner Sur La Tete are among 11 Thoroughbreds nominated the 2 1/2 mile $150,000 Royal Chase (NSA-I) at Keeneland April 21.
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