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Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Master and Commander

Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Master and Commander

All eyes were on Wood Memorial (gr. I) runner-up Master David, who was the only Kentucky Derby (gr. I) worker at Churchill Downs this morning, and the pocket-sized chestnut brought a smile to trainer Bobby Frankel's face when he worked five furlongs in 1:01 2/5, which was exactly what Frankel was looking for.

Kentucky Appoints Chief Steward for Derby Week

Dr. Ted Hill, a steward for the New York Racing Association appointed by The Jockey Club, will serve as interim chief state steward during Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week.

Kentucky Appoints Chief Steward for Derby Week

Dr. Ted Hill, a steward for the New York Racing Association appointed by The Jockey Club, will serve as interim chief state steward during Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week.

Strike Up the Band for Stewart Elliott

Strike Up the Band for Stewart Elliott

Despite his local success, [Stewart] Elliott hasn't exactly been a household name outside of Philadelphia. Yet he is going to ride the most consistent horse in Kentucky Derby 130, the six-for-six Smarty Jones, who will attempt to become the first undefeated Kentucky Derby winner since Seattle Slew in 1977.

Song Well Sung

Song Well Sung

By Ray Paulick -- Robert Sangster was not only forward-thinking, he was universal in his approach to the business...

Bonuses and Purses

By Dan Liebman -- If Smarty Jones wins the Kentucky Derby it will be a great story...but it should not be allowed to distort Smarty Jones' earnings as a racehorse or his sire's place on the list of 2004 leading sires.

TVG Airs Derby Special April 30

TVG will present a live one-hour Kentucky Derby Preview Show from Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY, April 30, the night before the 130th Run for the Roses.

Fair Grounds Plan Calls for Track to be Auctioned

Fair Grounds, after failing to reach an agreement with Churchill Downs Inc. on a sale of the track, filed in bankruptcy court Monday evening a Chapter 11 reorganization plan that would allow for an auction of the track through the court.

Churchill Hires Hettel as Racing Consultant

Bernie Hettel, the former chief state steward and executive director of the defunct Kentucky Racing Commission, has been hired by Churchill Downs as a consultant on racing issues.

Kentucky Moves Ahead With Drug-Testing Contract

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority is moving forward with renewal of an equine drug-testing contract with Iowa State University pending review of the document by the state Finance Cabinet and assurances test results will be expedited.

Steve Haskin's Derby Report: The Search Begins

Steve Haskin's Derby Report: The Search Begins

Live from Churchill Downs, it's the countdown to the 130th Run for the Roses, which can best be described as Derby Daze. If you thought it was an adventure finding Nemo, good luck trying to find this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner. After three months of confusion, the final leg of the journey starts today.

Memorial Planned for Son of Horseman Kip Elser

A memorial service will be held Friday, April 23, at 10 a.m. at the Carolina Cup offices on Springdale Race Course in Camden, S. C. in memory of Christopher Elser, son of horseman Kip Elser.

The Cliff's Edge Sizzles at Churchill

The Cliff's Edge Sizzles at Churchill

Although the final time might have been a little faster than he would have preferred, trainer Nick Zito was pleased with Monday's workout by The Cliff's Edge as the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner continued to prepare for the May 1 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

Pollard's Vision Breezes at Keeneland

Edgewood Farm's Pollard's Vision, impressive winner of the Illinois Derby (gr. II), breezed after the track renovation Sunday morning at Keeneland, with trainer Todd Pletcher supervising from the grandstand.

Robert Vanaman Dead

Robert Lawrence Vanaman, 57, died April 11 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center

Megahertz Zaps Her Santa Barbara Foes

Megahertz Zaps Her Santa Barbara Foes

Defending champion Megahertz rallied from last to first in the stretch, scoring a one-length victory over Noches De Rosa in the $200,000 Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares at Santa Anita Park.

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