Lenny Shulman talks to Chip Woolley, who trained Mine That Bird to win the 2009 Kentucky Derby. Sponsored by Three Chimneys. Watch Video
Eric Mitchell recaps Kentucky Oaks Day for 2012, highlighted by the victory by Believe You Can and Rosie Napravnik in the Kentucky Oaks. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm.
Eric Mitchell recaps Kentucky Oaks Day for 2012, highlighted by the victory by Believe You Can and Rosie Napravnik in the Kentucky Oaks. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm. Watch Video
Brereton Jones' homebred daughter of Proud Citizen runs past Broadway's Alibi to win the grade I Kentucky Oaks by three-quarters of a length.
With Believe You Can's win in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), some nice prices can be found in Churchill Downs' Oaks/Derby double pool.
The two wagering favorites dominated Friday's Grade 3, $110,000 Eight Belles for three-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs, with even-money choice Contested taking over from pacesetter Good Deed at the three-sixteenths pole and drawing away to win by 4 3/4 lengths. Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert and campaigned by his wife, Jill, Contested returned $4.20, $3 and $2.80.
Fresh off a dominating, wire-to-wire victory in the Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland, Mark Bacon and Dana Wells' Silver Max dished out the same treatment to his rivals in Friday's Grade 2, $238,200 American Turf at Churchill Downs. The biggest difference was the winning rider. With Robby Albarado off his mounts after reportedly being arrested Friday morning for domestic violence, Rafael Bejarano picked up the mount and gave him a textbook ride.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Stephanie's Kitten pounced to a stakes record-setting victory in Friday's $184,800 Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs, setting her up for a bold assault on the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot June 22. The winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf over the same course last November, the even-money favorite completed 1 1/16 miles on the firm turf in 1:40.94, best in 27 runnings of the Edgewood.
Silver Max took the lead soon after the start and was never headed as he staved off a couple of late challengers to win the American Turf Stakes (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs May 4.
Dr. Foster Northrop, racetrack practitioner and AAEP member, describes the care vets give Derby and Oaks horses, along with what it's like to be a Derby horse vet. Watch Video
Stakes records continued to fall at Churchill Downs Friday as Mort Fink's homebred Successful Dan was timed in 1:41 in winning the Grade 2, $337,800 Alysheba for older horses. Not only was it the fastest time achieved in the nine-year history of the event, but it also bested the previous track-record time of 1:41 1/5 set by Brass Hat in 2007.
Calumet Farm's devil's red and blue silks may be returning to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May atop Brad Kelley's homebred Optimizer.
Chicagoland racing fans who annually enjoy the Arlington experience may be unfamiliar with the name of jockey Jeffrey Sanchez, but the 26-year-old native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, has rapidly made a strong, positive impression among the nation's more discerning horsemen on other major league circuits.
Successful Dan took advantage of a contested early pace and wore down the leaders to set a new Churchill Downs 1 1/16 mile track record while winning the $337,800 Alysheba Stakes (gr. II) May 4.
The infield at Churchill Downs was in the process of being evacuated and the American Turf (gr. IIT) delayed for at least 45 minutes as a strong line of storms approached Louisville, Ky., from the west at about 4:30 p.m. EDT.
The New York Racing Association has fired president Charles Hayward May 4 following revelations he may have known the racing group was violating state law by not lowering takeouts on exotic wagers.
Last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IIT) winner Stephanie's Kitten returned to the Churchill Downs turf course and put in another dominating performance, setting a stakes record in the Edgewood Stakes.
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William S. and Graydon Patterson's Juanita kept pace with 2-5 favorite Plum Pretty on the front end of Friday's Grade 2, $327,000 La Troienne Stakes at Churchill Downs before putting that rival away and just holding for the win as St. John's River came with a game late rally in the final strides. Sent off the 16-1 fifth pick, the Mineshaft filly ran 1 1/16 miles on the fast main track in 1:42 4/5 to pay $35.40, $13.20 and $5.
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David C. Parrish Jr., an important player in the horse business and insurance business in Central Kentucky, died May 2 in Paris, Ky., because of complications from Parkinson's disease.
The promising filly Contested disposed of pacesetter Good Deed near mid-stretch and cruised to victory in the $110,000 Eight Belles (gr. III), her stakes debut for trainer Bob Baffert May 4 at Churchill Downs.
Brisk trade was the order of the day at the Tattersalls Guineas breeze up and horses in training sale May 4 in England.
William S. and Graydon Patterson's Juanita overtook heavily favored Plum Pretty in upper stretch and ran off to a 16-1 upset under Ramon Dominguez in the $327,000 La Troienne (gr. II) May 4 at Churchill Downs.
As Saturday's Group 1 Two Thousand Guineas draws near, attention is already turning toward the Epsom Derby Festival on June 1-2.
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The Group 1, £376,500 One Thousand Guineas, run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket Sunday, has attracted 18 runners. The final field for the first fillies' classic of the season includes the well supported ante-post favorite Maybe, who rounded off an unbeaten juvenile campaign with a smooth victory in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes in August. The daughter of Galileo and her stablemate Homecoming Queen, who won the Leopardstown One Thousand Guineas Trial in April, will be bidding to give their trainer Aidan O'Brien a second success in the race after Virginia Waters' runaway victory in 2005.
T. J. Comerford, asst. to trainer Aidan O'Brien, discusses Daddy Long Legs' first appearance ar Churchill Downs after clearing quarantine. Watch Video
Trainer Dale Romans and owner Jim Culver discussed Thoroughbred ownership and the relationship between owners and trainers during a seminar hosted by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association May 3.
Impacted partly by the decision of Gulfstream Park to alter its 2011-12 schedule, wagering on United States racing fell 7% in April, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators.
Ahmed Zayat has been second in the Kentucky Derby twice in the past three years, and his Eskendereya, the would-be favorite in 2010, was scratched the day of the race.
Lenny Shulman talks to Chip Woolley, who trained Mine That Bird to win the 2009 Kentucky Derby. Sponsored by Three Chimneys.
Jockey Robby Albarado has been suspended from racing after his arrest on a charge of accosting a woman who says she was breaking up with him.
Atlantic City Race Course wrapped up its six-day turf meet with large crowds and what was said to be the largest crowd at the New Jersey track in 25 years.
Lenny Shulman talks to Bob Baffert about his Derby horses, and his health. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm.
As the rumor mill, fueled by Twitter reports, swirled around Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender Creative Cause the morning of May 4, trainer Mike Harrington said there were no plans to scratch the colt.
Lenny Shulman talks to Bob Baffert about his Derby horses, and his health. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm. Watch Video
The daughter of Vindication, who is the co-second choice in the Oaks at 4-1, has developed fast and furious in the last few weeks, enough to convince her connections she's ready to reach for the Lilies. read blog
Dr. Foster Northrop, racetrack practitioner and AAEP member, describes the care vets give Derby and Oaks horses, along with what it's like to be a Derby horse vet.
Dullahan is the now the only likely starter for the Kentucky Derby with two grade I wins.
There is no true standout in the 2012 Kentucky Derby, but despite it being a wide-open affair, that shouldn't be mistaken for inconsistency. A record nine Derby starters return from last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
T. J. Comerford, asst. to trainer Aidan O'Brien, discusses Daddy Long Legs' first appearance ar Churchill Downs after clearing quarantine.
A group of researchers recently evaluated how food deprivation affects a horse's autonomic nervous system and found that it slows the animals' heart rates, a conclusion opposite of the team's original hypothesis.
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