Kurofune and Grass Eiko O, both 3-year-old sons of French Deputy, finished first and second, respectively, Sunday in the NHK Mile (Jpn-I) at Tokyo Racecourse. The winner, trained by Kunihide Matsuda for owner Makoto Kaneko, completed the mile on grass in 1:33.
Staying at home has its advantages. Short commute. Close to the family. Favorite restaurant around the corner. For jockey Chris McCarron, it was sweeping a pair of $150,000 stakes races at Hollywood Park on the weekend of May 5-6.
Friday at Churchill Downs
The Maryland Jockey Club lists 12 horses as possible entrants for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), led by Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Monarchos.
A rare double dead heat occurred during the fifth race at Hollywood Park Sunday, when Scattergun and Bonotto tied for second place and Capote Sun and Clure finished on even terms for sixth.
Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey's Rollin With Nolan has been retired from racing after breaking down during the running of the Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II) on the Kentucky Derby undercard Saturday, according to trainer Nick Zito.
Peeping Tom rated just off the pace set by Hook and Ladder and swept to the lead on the outside to post a 1 1/2-length victory in the $300,000 Carter Handicap (gr. I), Sunday's feature race on closing day of the Aqueduct meet. The winner earned his first grade I win and stopped the timer in 1:21.33 for the seven furlongs run on a fast track.
Polite applause, or the local equivalent of a heart pounding ovation, greeted 43-year-old Jerry Bailey and Gaviola upon their triumphant return. The broad-grinning Hall of Famer had just guided the roan filly to a popular triumph in the May 6 Beaugay Handicap (gr. IIIT) and in the process recorded career victory number 5,000. Within this snapshot atop Aqueduct's rubber tiled paddock lived the dichotomy of the modern Kentucky Derby weekend in New York.
Michael Jarvis-trained Ameerat dueled for the lead with Muwakleh through the final furlong of the one-mile Sagitta One Thousand Guineas (GB-I) Sunday at Newmarket, earning a neck-length victory in the first British Classic of the year for fillies. Ameerrat's win earned Jarvis his first British classic wins and the third for jockey Philip Robinson.
Other Views of the Kentucky Derby, including NBC's telecast, Saturday's track condition, trainers, and efforts by Churchill to purchase houses near the track:
NBC, which paid a reported $51.5 million to telecast the Triple Crown for five years and end a 26-year run for ABC, saw a 26% increase in the overnight ratings for Saturday's Kentucky Derby. In figures compiled by the A.C. Nielsen Co., the Derby garnered an 8.3 rating in 51 television markets nationwide and a 20% share. That's up from the 6.6 rating and 17 share the Derby received in 2000 on ABC.
After checking on the horses at his Keeneland-based stable near Lexington, Ky. trainer John Ward arrived at Churchill Downs Sunday morning to reflect on the significance of winning his first Kentuckky Derby with Monarchos on Saturday. "As far as having any euphoria about winning the race, I was happy that we won the race and everything...I guess the feeling is it is a reinforcement that everything you believe isn't just a myth," Ward said.
Trainers of horses that finished behind Monarchos in the Kentuckky Derby comment on the race.
Jockeys of horses that finished behind Monarchos in the Kentucky Derby comment on the race.
Jockeys of horses that finished behind Monarchos in the Kentucky Derby comment on the race.
Sportsman John Oxley reflects on his feelings after Monarchos won the 2001 Kentucky Derby.
Futural edged betting favorite Skimming by a length Saturday in the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park. Ridden by Chris McCarron, Futural ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.02, and paid $5.40, $2.80 and $2.20.
Monarchos exploded to the lead as the field straightened for home and won the 127th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday. The track had been playing fast all day and it did again in the Derby, Monarchos recording the second fastest winning time in Derby history. He covered the 1 1/4-miles in 1:59.97. Secretariat ran 1:59 2/5 (before timing in hundredths) in 1973.
Richly Blended rebounded from a third-place finish behind Kentucky Derby runners Congaree and Monarchos in last month's Wood Memorial (gr. II) to win the one-mile, $150,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) by 4 1/4 lengths Saturday at Aqueduct. With the win, Richly Blended remains undefeated in races contested at one mile or less.
Amid sunny, hot, humid wearther, the second-largest crowd in Kentucky Derby history was on hand at Churchill Downs on Saturday. The track reported attendance of 154,210, which susrpassed last year's 153,204. The largest crowd for the Derby was the 163,628 for the 100th renewal in 1974. While on-track betting declined, Churchill reported overall handle on the day rose to a record $107.3 million.
Amid sunny, hot, humid wearther, the second-largest crowd in Kentucky Derby history was on hand at Churchill Downs on Saturday. The track reported attendance of 154,210, which susrpassed last year's 153,204. The largest crowd for the Derby was the 163,628 for the 100th renewal in 1974.
With a three-wide move under Gary Stevens on the turn, White Heat took the lead in the stretch and held off favorite King Cugat to win the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) by a neck.
Shortly after Bill Mott trainees Iftiraas and Dream Supreme won their respective stakes races Saturday at Churchill Downs, another of his charges led at every call to win the $112,900 Fort Marcy Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Aqueduct. Under Richard Migliore, Strategic Mission completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.62 on a firm turf course.
Dream Supreme won the Humana Distaff Handicap (gr. II) Saturday at Churchill Downs, possibly aided by the fact Alex Solis, aboard La Feminn, dropped his whip in the stretch.
Obviously when you have three track records in the first three races on Kentucky Derby Day, the track superintendent is going to have to answer questions as to why the racing surface is so fast.
Jerry Bailey bided his time, then sent Iftiraas to the front and held off a late-charging Gino's Spirit to win the Citgo Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs Saturday by a neck.
It is getting to be expected at Churchill Downs on Saturday. Three track records set during the first four races on the Kentuckky Derby card. In fact, in the fourth race, the Three Chimneys Juvenile, two horses set a track record--City Street and Open Story dead-heated.
Alannan set a track record, the second established Saturday at Churchill Downs in just three races, in winning the Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II). The race was marred by and injury suffered by Rollin With Nolan.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has reached an agreement in principle with CNBC to televise a new series of races beginning this summer, the NTRA and CNBC announced today. Carrying a potential bonus of $1.3 million, the NTRA Two-Year-Old Challenge is a series of races for two-year-old colts and geldings from top tracks across the country leading up to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, part of the Breeders' Cup Championship to be run at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. The Breeders' Cup Championship will air October 27 on NBC.
The race trainer Bob Baffert wants to win Saturday at Churchill Downs is the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). He saddles the favorite, Point Given, as well as possible second-choice Congaree.
"Poor Pepe looked like a gerbil hanging on to a piece of PVC pipe," Bob Baffert said Saturday morning after Kentucky Derby favorite Point Given gave the trainer a scare following a routine gallop over the Churchill Downs surface. Baffert said Point Given came off the track, wheeled, and repeatedly reared straight up in the air, flailing his front legs, and causing exercise rider Pepe Aragon to hold on for dear life.
Glenn Webster, the lead outrider at Churchill Downs, was in critical condition late Saturday at Ceritas Medical Center in Louisville, Ky. Webster collapsed shortly after the running of Friday's Kentucky Oaks.
As the Kentucky Derby win pool grew to $6.3 million by 4:00 p.m. (EDT) Saturday, Point Given was still favored at 2-1 odds. That is a radical departure from advance wagering Friday, when Dollar Bill was favored over Point Given.
Even though Hall of Fame Thoroughbred trainer D. Wayne Lukas will miss Saturday's Kentucky Derby for the first time since 1980, the conditioner will have six Quarter Horse runners in the May 5 trials for the $392,900 Kindergarten Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos. Lukas' wife Laura trains the couple's American Quarter Horse runners.
Ask Bobby Frankel about Flute, and the 59-year-old trainer starts acting like a teen-ager in love. His eyes grow soft, his mouth stretches into a dopey smile, and his gruff voice turns into a warm purr. "What a sweetheart she is," Frankel said as he patted the friendly bay filly's nose one morning on the Churchill Downs backstretch. "She's a doll; she's my baby. Sometimes, I think she's almost human; she's so nice."
In a thrilling finish, Strategic Partner just got past Baptize, and then withstood an objection to win the $100,000 Crown Royal American Turf (gr. III) Friday at Churchill Downs.
Secret Status won the Kentucky Oaks a year ago. This year on Kentucky Oaks Day, she ran out as the 4-to-5 favorite in the $250,000 Louisville Breeders' Cup (gr. II). The winner in a photo was the Bob Baffert-trained Saudi Poetry over a fast closing Royal Fair.
$100,000 Aegon Turf Sprint (gr. III) Friday at Churchill Downs, the first stakes race on the weekend that will culminate Saturday with the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Hat hoopla started early Friday with Tony Offutt's mechanized table-sized hat. Offutt attracted the attention of the backside's most popular man this morning, Al Roker. Let's amend that...the most popular man besides trainer Bob Baffert.
A chapter in horse racing history in New Jersey, and in fact nationally, ended early Thursday evening when the last race was run at Garden State Park in Cherry Hill. The $180-million facility will be demolished and replaced with a residential and retail complex.
A bill to assist jockeys that passed both houses of the West Virginia legislature is set to become law today.
As expected, Raging Fever was scratched Friday morning from the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Magna Entertainment reported an 87% increase in earnings to 28 cents per share along with double digit increases in revenue and net income for the first quarter ending March 31.
Grade II winner Appealing Skier was represented by his first winner when his daughter Charming Skier won a three-furlong race May 3 at Tampa Bay Downs for breeder/owner/trainer Don Rice.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, who with other members of his family operates Godolphin Racing, created a buzz on the backstretch at Churchill Downs Friday. Godolphin is seeking its first Kentucky Derby triumph with Express Tour. With a strong contingent of horses running in England on Saturday, it was uncertain whether Mohammed would be at Churchill Downs. Mohammed and entourage arrived Thursday in a jet that passed over the racetrack on its approach to the Louisville airport.
Carl F. Pollard's Caressing, the 2000 Eclipse Award-winning two-year-old filly who captured the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) here at Churchill Downs last November, made a triumphant return to competition Thursday with a powerful victory in the featured grade III $121,000 La Troienne Stakes. Also on the card, Chilean-bred Separata, an invader from California trained by new Hall of Fame inductee Richard Mandella, sped to the front shortly after the start and never was seriously threatened in winning the $109,700 Mamzelle Stakes for older fillies and mares today at Churchill Down
As a throng descended upon Churchill Downs Saturday morning for the 127th Kentucky Derby, the National Weather Service was forecasting a possibility of afternoon thunderstorms.
A large majority of casual Thoroughbred racing fans said they had heard of the Breeders' Cup, but more than half did not know it was racing's championship event, according to an ESPN Sports Poll conducted last year.
Jim Host discusses his new contract with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association to secure corporate sponsors for horse racing and the Breeders' Cup. The Lexington sports marketing pioneer also discusses why an ESPN Sports Poll shows most casual racing fans don't realize the Breeders' Cup is Thoroughbred racing's championship day.
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