Warrendale Sales consigned three Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hopefuls at the 2014 Keeneland September yearling sale: Exaggerator, Mo Tom, and Suddenbreakingnews.
"I don't know if I'm still taking it in, it's still sinking in that we're here," Desormeaux said. "It is one of those subconscious goals that all trainers hope to achieve, but now that I'm here it's just a culmination of what we've put in."
Trainer Doug O’Neill said Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist “looked good and sound” April 30, a day after his one-mile breeze at Keeneland in his final prep for the May 7 classic and his van trip to Churchill Downs.
Trainer Ben Jones helped reroute the Derby trail from South Florida to Churchill Downs' winner's circle
Abashiri won the South African Derby (SAF-I) April 30 at Turffontein racecourse in Johannesburg to complete a sweep of nation's Triple Crown.
Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contender Cathryn Sophia worked at Keeneland in the pre-dawn hours April 30 because trainer John Servis was trying to beat the rain that would be moving through Central Kentucky.
Danzing Candy on April 30 breezed through five furlongs in :59 4/5, with a gallop out to six furlongs in 1:13 2/5, in his final timed workout for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Both stallions will likely have three starters each in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), more than any other sires with Derby contenders this year.
Al Shaqab Racing's Galileo Gold, a son of Paco Boy, cruised to a clear win in the QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) April 30 at Newmarket.
Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) winner Weep No More delivers consistency in her workouts, which is just fine with trainer Rusty Arnold.
Although only one of his horses is currently among the 20 horses with sufficient points for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Dale Romans sent Brody’s Cause and Cherry Wine out for workouts the morning of April 30.
Churchill Downs clockers caught Exaggerator in splits of :12 4/5, :25 1/5, :37 4/5, and :50 2/5, out in 1:15 3/5 and 1:29 3/5.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and Churchill Downs have outlined protocol for medication, drug testing, security, and safety during Kentucky Derby week, including out-of-competition testing and the monitoring of horses.
The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and Arlington International Racecourse April 29 signed a two-year contract that ensures Arlington's race meet will begin as scheduled May 6.
Keeneland concluded its spring meeting April 29 and reported gains in attendance and on-track and all-sources wagering.
Empire Way got his first winner April 29 when his son Dutt Bart, out of Applaud Dubai, by Essence of Dubai, won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight at Los Alamitos Race Course in his first start by 2 1/4 lengths.
Former trainer and Santa Anita Park stall manager Donn Luby died in his sleep April 26 from complications of cancer at the Life Care Center in Bridgeton, Mo. He was 71.
German-bred Olorda has found new life racing on the lead, as evidenced by a gate-to-wire win the $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares April 29, closing day of the spring meet at Keeneland.
A son of Le Havre stole the show late in the day April 29 at the Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-up Sale at Park Paddocks, going to Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock for 300,000 guineas (US$ 460,310).
Seven-time stakes winner Lady Shipman will look to build on her impressive resume when she headlines a field of seven in the $100,000 License Fee Stakes May 1 at Belmont Park.
Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings has a strong three-of-a-kind hand for the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) in Rachel's Valentina, Terra Promessa, and Royal Obsession.
Pletcher said he is in a good place with his contenders coming into the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Trainer Eric Guillot was pleased with the morning performance by McCormick Racing and Southern Equine Stable's Laoban April 29 at Keeneland, as the grade III-placed Uncle Mo colt breezed six furlongs in 1:12 on a fast track under jockey Paco Lopez.
Several contenders for the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) turned in works over a fast Churchill Downs main track April 29.
The Maryland Jockey Club April 29 said it will honor Zayat Stables, trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Victor Espinoza—the connections of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah—with the Preakness Special Award of Merit May 19 at the Alibi Breakfast.
Examining the family of Red Sunset for a look at why Thoroughbred families die.
While he took slightly different approaches with the two horses, trainer Doug O'Neill is as pleased with Nyquist going into the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) as he was with I'll Have Another, who won the 2012 edition of the Louisville classic.
Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Mohaymen was clocked in splits of :12 3/5, :23 4/5, :and 35 2/5, with a five-furlong gallop out in 1:00 4/5. Shagaf also worked for Shadwell and trainer Chad Brown.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that Belmont Park has earned re-accreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance. The track kicks off its spring/summer meet April 29.
The April winners are ReRun, Inc., Equine Encore Foundation, and the Foxie G Foundation. Each of the organizations is involved in Thoroughbred re-homing or retirement.
In advance of what it anticipates will be another successful Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week, Churchill Downs Inc. April 28 reported net income of $2.8 million for the first quarter of 2016.
New York-based trainer Rudy Rodriguez plans to keep a large string of horses in Maryland this summer and visited Laurel Park the week of April 24 to check out his new surroundings.
With rain in the forecast for the weekend, many trainers of contenders for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) opted to get in their final works Friday, April 29, at Churchill Downs.
J. Keeler Johnson analyzes three Kentucky Derby longshots.
A bill that would legalize online poker, and also send $60 million a year in subsidies to the horse racing industry in California, passed unanimously through a state assembly committee April 27.
Members of the Congressional Horse Caucus April 28 discussed the pros and cons of legislation that would grant the United States Anti-Doping Agency oversight of equine medication policy, testing, and enforcement.
More than 24 hours after Paulassilverlining won her second graded stakes, the Distaff (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack April 17, owner and breeder Vincent Scuderi was still beaming.
Ben Cat's is being pointed for the May 20 Jim McKay Turf Sprint, a race he's won four times, after his comeback in the Laurel Park allowance.
I Shod the Sheriff wins first time out gate to wire.
Act IV, Presented by Fasig-Tipton: Meet American Cleopatra, the sister of Triple Crown champion American Pharoah currently in training at McKathan Brothers Training Center. More at www.AmericasBestRacing.net.
Jim Duley has been named recipient of the Jerry Frutkoff Memorial Award sponsored by Nikon, to be presented Thursday, May 19 at the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced April 28 its board of directors had approved the association’s audited financial results for the fiscal year concluding Jan. 31, 2016, which showed positive net revenues.
The Mike Venezia Memorial Award is presented each year to a jockey who demonstrates the extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship that defined its namesake, who won over 2,300 races.
Claire Novak, Tom LaMarra, and Ellis Starr take a look at the Kentucky Derby field as we head into the final week. Claire is also joined by a very special guest! Sponsored by Equibase
Wilson begins his duties as the new track superintendent in early May, shortly before Delaware Park begins its 79th season of racing.
Del Mar and The Stronach Group this year will offer a $1 million bonus to a horse that sweeps three grade I races: the TVG Pacific Classic, Xpressbet.com Awesome Again Stakes, and Breeders' Cup Classic.
There are ample longshots in every running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), but one scheduled to make his way into the gate at Churchill Downs May 7 is unique.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that Churchill Downs has earned re-accreditation from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.
Reddam Racing's Nyquist jogged on the synthetic training track at Keeneland the morning of April 28 and remains on schedule for his final work before the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Hoverboards are the only 2016 addition to Churchill Downs' list of security "do's and don'ts" for the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
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