D. Wayne Lukas took the opportunity to take a couple of good-natured jabs at his friend Bob Baffert, who was an unexpected no-show at the annual dinner April 27 in Louisville
Take a trip to the '80s as I revisit the victories by Ferdinand, Alysheba, Winning Colors, and Sunday Silence. As well as some of the other characters I found along the way. Read Blog
Awesome Act worked in :48 1/5 and galloped out in 1:00 2/5 on April 27. Jockey Julien Leparoux was in the irons.
Setsuko, whose runner-up effort in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) didn't earn him enough in graded stakes company to make the May 1 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), instead will contest the American Turf Stakes at CD April 30.
The Derby gods could very well have a few tricks up their sleeve this year.
Southwest Stakes (gr. III) winner Conveyance lit up the muddy Churchill track Tuesday morning, turning in five furlongs in :59 4/5. The move was Conveyance's final major work in advance of the May 1 Kentucky Derby.
The steady rain that deluged Louisville since Saturday, April 24, has moved out of the area, but the respite will not last over next weekend. There is a 40% chance of rain, with thunderstorms possible, for Saturday, May 1.
Probable Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) favorite Blind Luck drew post 5 during the official post position draw at Churchill Downs April 27.
In post position order, here are the fillies contesting the 2010 Ky Oaks. View Slideshow
A lawsuit between Churchill Downs Inc. and a horsemen's group and some individuals over alleged antitrust violations has been settled between the parties.
- By Esther Marr
Ailalea, stablemate to Devil May Care, is looking to score her first major win in the Oaks. Does she has what it takes to face this field? Read Blog
The Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) April 30 at Churchill Downs the day before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) is a homecoming of sorts for some former Kentucky Derby contestants.
Prediction from a few racing industry executives: If you're a racetrack without slot machines, you're doomed.
The April 30 Churchill Downs Turf Sprint Stakes (gr. IIIT) has drawn a competitive field of 11 older turf sprinters, headlined by three-time grade III winner Silver Timber.
His connections may be different, but Bribon will attempt the same goal as he did at this time last year: win the $100,000 Westchester (gr. III) on opening day at Belmont Park April 30.
Southern Equine not only has Champagne d'Oro in the April 30 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, but its champion broodmare, Better Than Honour, is also scheduled to deliver a Street Cry filly any day.
Trainer Wesley Ward ran one-two in last year's race and has a pair for this year's running. Also, last year's third-place finisher was Mission Impazible, who runs in Saturday's Kentucky Derby.
Starting for the first time in Louisville since her record-setting Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) a year ago, Rachel Alexandra headlines a field of six in the $400,000 La Troienne Stakes (gr. III).
Fifteen of the 25 most recent Kentucky Derby winners were reported as being sold once or more at public auction before they captured the classic. Read Blog
Sidney's Candy could give Jenny Craig the Kentucky Derby victory that eluded her and Chocolate Candy a year ago.
Who will win this year's Kentucky Oaks? Who will finish last? Now is your chance to see how your picks stack up against the rest of the BloodHorse.com community. Rank 'em!
Lenny Shulman reports on works by Conveyance and Awesome Act, and the weather. Presented by Taylor Made Stallions. Watch Now
More Than Ready, who has sired 69 stakes winners, once again will shuttle to Tom Simon's Vinery Australia near Scone, New South Wales
Kentucky Senate President David Williams said April 27 issues in the horse racing and pari-mutuel industry are "complicated," but lawmakers intend to continue working on ways to strengthen the business.
Todd Pletcher still might have as many as five Kentucky Derby (gr. I) starters, but he no longer has the horse to beat now that Eskendereya is out of the May 1 race.
The Unwanted Horse Coalition has launched an additional resources page on the organization's Web site.
One day after saying it was unlikely that Interactif would enter the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), trainer Todd Pletcher indicated the colt is still being considered and that a final decision won't be made until Wednesday, April 28
Taylor Made Stallions presents a week of exclusive video coverage of the Kentucky Derby.
Lenny Shulman interviews jockey Garrett Gomez, who will ride Kentucky Derby favorite Lookin At Lucky in the run for the roses. Presented by Taylor Made Stallions. Watch Video
In 52 of the last 55 runnings of the Kentucky Derby, the winner was either on the lead with an eighth of a mile to go in the race, within a length of the lead, or running second although more than a length off the leader.
Smarty Jones is known as the first unbeaten Derby winner since Seattle Slew 1977. After being retired at the end of 2004 due to chronic bruising, he was acquired for stud duty by Three Chimneys. Watch Video
Dr. Larry Bramlage, representing the AAEP, to assist NBC, ESPN with horse-health related issues regarding Derby, Oaks programs.
After indicating earlier in the day that he was still considering cross-entering Devil May Care in the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks, trainer Todd Pletcher reiterated that she would be pointed only toward the Derby.
The son of Afleet Alex brought $525,000 at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling auction.
Derby contenders Awesome Act (4f, :48 1/5) and Conveyance (5f, :59 4/5) work Tuesday morning over a "muddy" track at Churchill Downs.
- By Tom LaMarra
A Delaware Bankruptcy Court judge April 26 confirmed a reorganization plan submitted by Magna Entertainment Corp., parent company MI Developments, and a committee of unsecured MEC creditors.
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