The annual Kentucky Derby Trainer's Dinner gives trainers a chance to laugh a little and blow off some steam. Trainer Mike Maker was first up May 2 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Louisville, and he stole the show.
The Racetrack Rehoming Agent Initiative is fairly simple: rehoming agents, likely employed through the local horsemen's groups, will act as liaisons between the horsemen and the potential buyer or aftercare organization.
With his deep ties to the Garden State, New Jersey is rallying around Wood Memorial Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G2) winner Irish War Cry as he prepares for a start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) May 6 at Churchill Downs.
Live Oak Plantation's homebred Holding Gold looks to score another graded win in the $150,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes (G3T), but he'll face some familiar competition in the five-furlong turf test May 5 at Churchill Downs.
After registering three straight stakes wins during the Fair Grounds meet, Honorable Duty will try to continue that winning form in Kentucky when he starts in the $400,000 Alysheba Stakes Presented by Big Fish Casino (G2) May 5 at Churchill Downs.
Notes from Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks for May 2.
John Piesen, a long-time handicapper for the New York Post, died after a brief illness. He was 80.
When Keystone Jones flashed past the wire by 4 1/2 lengths in her red, white & blue Posse Racing Stable silks Friday at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, it marked the 300th career win for Jack Damico and his many partners.
Tenno Sho, Aoba Sho, Miami Mile, Thunder Road, Bewitch, Santa Barbara, San Francisco Mile, Busan Handicap, Queen Mother Memorial Cup, Campanile, Foxy J G, Silky Sullivan, Powder Break and Fury.
Champion Finest City will make her first venture outside of California as scheduled this week. Where the daughter of City Zip is set to land, however, is still to be determined.
The undercard for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) May 5 at Churchill Downs drew 14 sophomore fillies sprinting seven furlongs in the Eight Belles, named for the last filly to compete in the Kentucky Derby.
A "reasoned gamble" is how Hill 'n' Dale Farms owner John Sikura described the recent deal to acquire the breeding rights to multiple graded stakes winner Irish War Cry ahead of the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
McCraken appears to be on the upswing, Girvin going other way.
The 2017 Thoroughbred racing season at Harrah's Louisiana Downs commences on Saturday, May 6. Opening day will include seven live races beginning at 3:15 pm (Central) and the simulcast of the 143rd Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs.
Breeder/owner Chris Baccari brought Salty along slowly; the Quality Road filly earns a spot in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).
Despite a very wet month of April, handle and field size for the recently concluded spring meet at Hawthorne increased over 2016.
While Todd Pletcher acknowledges three starts going into this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) is not ideal for Patch, the Calumet Farm homebred has enough working in his favor that Pletcher believes he has earned his shot.
Godolphin Racing's group 1 winner Thunder Snow cleared quarantine as expected the morning of May 2, and headed out around 8:30 a.m. EDT to continue his preparations for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
After being exceptionally headstrong in his training for the first leg of the Triple Crown since arriving at Churchill Downs, the Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) winner was on his best behavior yet May 2 as he headed out under exercise rider Nick Bush.
Claire Novak updates us on Thunder Snow, Irish War Cry, Gormley, State of Honor, Classic Empire, the Kentucky Oaks draw, and more!
Jerry Moss, who has campaigned greats such as Zenyatta and built the hugely successful record label A&M Records, hopes to repeat his Derby success of 12 years ago with Giacomo when he sends Gormley to the starting gate.
The Argentina-bred winner of the Gran Premio Criadores (G1) has earned a place in the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) starting gate.
Richard Mandella-trained Paradise Woods, winner of the April 8 Santa Anita Oaks (G1), drew post four in the 14-horse lineup for the May 5 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) and was installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite.
Gunnevera, a colt from the first crop of Dialed In, was purchased as a yearling for $16,000 and is the least expensive of the 20 likely starters in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks coverage begins May 2
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