Articles posted April 27, 2009

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International Drug Coalition Meets Recently

The International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities Advisory Council on Prohibited Substances and representatives of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium recently met in Lexington during the 75th convention of the Association of Racing Commissioners International and were sponsored by The Jockey Club.

Gross, Average Rise in Australian Sale

The gross revenue rose 31.4% from a year ago to Aust$2,610,750 (approximately $1,889,661 in U.S. funds) during the William Inglis & Son Melbourne autumn yearling sale, which ended its two-day run April 27 in Australia. The average price for the 262 horses that sold was Aust$9,965 ($7,213), up 14%, and the median price was Aust$7,500 ($5,429). The clearance rate was 89%.

Quality Road Out of Derby Contention

Quality Road Out of Derby Contention

Quality Road, who figured to be among the top choices for Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will not start in the Run for the Roses, it was confirmed Monday morning by Chris Baker, farm manager of Edward Evans' Spring Hill Farm. Jockey John Velazquez will now ride Mr. Hot Stuff.

Friesan Fire Sizzles in Final Pre-Derby Work

Friesan Fire Sizzles in Final Pre-Derby Work

Friesan Fire burned up the track April 27 at Churchill Downs, working five furlongs in a blazing :57 4/5 during his final serious move before the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I). Wearing red and white blinkers and carrying jockey Gabriel Saez, the 3-year-old son of A.P. Indy turned in splits of :11 1/5, :22 1/5, :33 3/5, and 45:1/5. Friesan Fire galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.

Pioneerof the Nile Cruises in 1:01 Work

Pioneerof the Nile Cruises in 1:01 Work

Pioneerof the Nile didn't turn in the fastest five-furlong work April 27 at Churchill Downs, but that wasn't the goal for his trainer, Bob Baffert. The 3-year-old son of Empire Maker cruised through five furlongs in 1:01 and impressed onlookers with his long, free-flowing stride in his final breeze before the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I).

Win Willy Preps for Kentucky Derby

Win Willy Preps for Kentucky Derby

Win Willy, the son of Monarchos who entered the Triple Crown picture with an upset victory in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II), turned in his final preparation for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a five-furlong work in 1:02 2/5 April 27 at Churchill Downs.

Larry Jones Interview

Larry Jones Interview

Lenny Shulman speaks with Larry Jones, trainer of Kentucky Derby contender Friesan Fire. Jones talks about his colt's training pattern leading up to the Derby and also having the pedigree to get the Derby distance.

Kentucky Derby News Minute - 04/27/09

Kentucky Derby News Minute - 04/27/09

Ron Mitchell reports on the large number of workouts from Monday morning, plus the status of a trio of Kentucky Derby possible starters from the Todd Pletcher barn.Stay tuned throughout the week for the latest from Churchill Downs.

Past Derby Winners: Funny Cide

Past Derby Winners: Funny Cide

2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide is perhaps best known as being one of only eight geldings to win the Derby. Read Esther Marr's blog Visiting with Past Kentucky Derby Winners.

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