Kentucky Derby day Scenesetter with Claire Novak at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2016.
John Servis, who saddled Cathryn Sophia to win the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), said it's unbelievable that he could add the filly classic to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) he captured with the popular Smarty Jones in 2004.
The farm bred Kentucky Oaks contender Weep No More and Divisidero, in the Turf Classic. It also owns the dam of Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist.
Representatives of the National Hockey League were on the backstretch at Churchill Downs the morning of May 7 and had Nyquist, favored for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) later in the day, pose with the Stanley Cup trophy.
Churchill Downs issued a statement saying it is tweaking its admissions procedures that resulted in lengthy delays for some ticketholders for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) card May 6.
Great Minds and jockey C. J. McMahon won a stretch duel with Shotgun Kowboy to post a half-length victory in the $200,000 Texas Mile (gr. III) on the May 6 night card at Lone Star Park.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin discusses Mohaymen on the morning of the Kentucky Derby.
Yutaka Take has a robust resume bursting at the seams, which should be considered when examining his impact on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) this year.
All-sources handle for Kentucky Oaks day rose 6% to $49 million.
Based on early Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) wagering, undefeated Nyquist will be a solid favorite in the 1 1/4-mile classic May 7 at Churchill Downs.
Tarabilla Farms' grade III winner Home Run Kitten snapped an eight race winless streak in an off-the-turf version of the $100,000 American Stakes May 6 at Santa Anita Park.
Thoroughbred racing will return to Suffolk Downs for three two-day racing festivals, officials at the Massachusetts track said May 5. The mini-meets will be held in July, August, and September.
Cash is King's Cathryn Sophia rebounded from a third-place finish in the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) with an impressive off-the-pace win in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 6 at Churchill Downs.
Watch the connections of Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia talk about their big win.
Claire Novak recaps Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs.
When the rubber hit the road on raceday May 6, the Canadian Horse of the Year was in the zone for her sixth straight victory
Jockey Corey Lanerie and 13-1 shot Majestic Harbor made a steady rally on the outside rounding the second turn and put away a stiff stretch challenge to win the $400,000 Alysheba Stakes (gr. II) by 2 1/2 lengths at Churchill Downs.
Rocket Heat led virtually the whole way and blasted to victory in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint on the Longines Kentucky Oaks undercard at Churchill Downs May 6.
Curalina returned to her grade I form May 6 at Churchill Downs, where she drew off to an easy victory in the $300,000 La Troienne Stakes (gr. I) presented by Spirited Funds.
Carina Mia, the 3-5 favorite, ran to her backing while drawing clear in the seven-furlong Eight Belles Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies May 6 at Churchill Downs.
The theme for this year's American Horse Council National Issues Forum, to be held June 12-15 in Washington, D.C., is advocacy in Congress.
Grade I winner Force the Pass hooks up against multiple grade II winner Ironicus and multiple graded winner Red Rifle in nine-furlong grass race.
Claire Novak sets the stage for Kentucky Oaks Day.
NBC Sports will produce the first virtual reality horse racing coverage.
It was a routine, quiet morning in the stable area of Churchill Downs May 6, with the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) entrants on the track early for their routine exercise.
Steve's observations, strategy, and wagers for the 2016 Kentucky Derby.
Assessing the Kentucky Derby field based on speed numbers.
Trainer Doug O'Neill discusses Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist on Kentucky Oaks Day.
Claire Novak introduces us to the horses who help out our Kentucky Derby contenders. Meet the Kentucky Derby ponies Satire, Harley, Smokey, Chester, and Red.
Hronis Racing's Nancy From Nairobi, a British-bred 5-year-old mare, gets her first graded stakes win while winning her third straight mile turf race at Santa Anita in the May 5 Royal Heroine Stakes (gr. IIT).
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Kentucky Derby on location at Churchill Downs. What do they think about the 2016 field and who do they pick? Watch to find out! Sponsored by Equibase
Trainer Richard Mandella admits he'll be nervous when Beholder makes her way to the gate for her 6-year-old debut May 8 at Santa Anita Park in the $100,000 Adoration Stakes (gr. III).
Several presenters during the afternoon session of the National Conference on Equine Law May 5 at Keeneland in Lexington emphasized the importance of transparency in various horse dealings.
Big Blue Kitten, the champion older turf male of 2015, headlines a field of 13 for the 29th running of the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) May 7 at Churchill Downs.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) featuring Rachel's Valentina, Land Over Sea, Mokat, Cathryn Sophia, Weep No More, Go Maggie Go, and Lewis Bay. Sponsored by Equibase.
The 6-year-old Candy Ride son is seeking that elusive first graded stakes victory following five consecutive graded-stakes placings.
Bewitch, Guineas, Miami Mile, California Chrome, San Francisco Mile, William Walker
Trainer Doug O'Neill said he's confident in the training strategy he has employed with Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist, who did a little more than jog the morning of May 5 at Churchill Downs.
While her trainer and part owner may be preoccupied 2,000 miles away May 7, Decked Out will look to win her second straight grade III event over the Santa Anita Park turf course in the $100,000 Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Lady Aurelia, impressive track record-setter at Keeneland in her career debut, was scratched from the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes at Churchill Downs May 5 to await the Queen Mary Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot.
Mike Repole, the former owner of Uncle Mo, believes the horse's eye-opening success with his first crop as a sire offers insight into what might have been.
Black Hornet is training strongly to defend his title in the Vigil, Stakes where he will face graded stakes winners Dimension and Canadian champion sprinter Stacked Deck. The field will be rounded out by a trio of stakes winners.
Claire Novak reports on the activities of the Derby horses for Thursday, including Oscar Nominated, Laoban, Whitmore, and Nyquist.
A tax law attorney said May 5 that a recent federal court decision expanded the number of arguments attorneys can make when trying to make a case that a client is running a horse operation as a business as opposed to a hobby.
Trainer Chad Brown has a strong pair in Sea Calisi and Guapaza for the May 7 Sheepshead Bay Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park. The 1 3/8-mile race drew six older fillies and mares.
Expect some "Who Dat" chants from the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) crowd May 7 as supporters of Gayle and Tom Benson's Mo Tom and Tom's Ready try to bring some Mardi Gras to Louisville's biggest party.
The last time Baltas was at Churchill with a Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) horse was back in 1992, as an assistant to Richard Mandella, when Golden Treat ran fourth under his care. Mokat is his first Oaks entry on his own.
Todd Pletcher doesn't hesitate to put Rachel's Valentina in the company of his trio of previous Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winners as she's set to contend Friday's race. A full field of 14 will go postward after champion Songbird's defection due to fever.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will almost triple the number of veterinarians it has on a typical race day to assist with the two biggest programs of the year May 6-7 at Churchill Downs.
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