China Horse Club and Clearsky Farms' Abel Tasman rallied on the outside in the stretch to score a 1 1/4-length victory May 5 in the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs.
La Coronel, on her way to England to compete at Royal Ascot, made a successful stop at Churchill Downs to prevail from entry mate Dream Dancing in a wet Edgewood Stakes.
Shortleaf Stable's Benner Island, a 3-year-old daughter of Speightstown, holds off the late surge of Union Strike to win the Eight Belles Stakes (G2) May 5 at Churchill Downs. She covers the trip in 1:24.28.
The term "wide-open" has been tossed about the Churchill Downs backstretch like a baseball of late whenever the connections of Kentucky Derby aspirants are asked about the complexion of this year's Run for the Roses.
Narrowly denied a graded win last out, Sheikh Abdullah Saeed Almaddah's Green Mask flew by frontrunner Latent Revenge in the stretch to win the $150,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint presented by TwinSpires.com (G3T)
Start to finish, Bird Song led the field in the $400,000 Alysheba Stakes presented by Big Fish Casino (G2) May 5 at Churchill Downs.
The Todd Pletcher barn was busy and humming Friday morning, a day before Kentucky Derby 143.
Topped by Tapwrit's $1.2 million price, a dozen of the 20 horses in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) were purchased at public auction, several of them more than once.
Tom Amoss-trained Big World made her game form last all the way on the front end in the $300,000 La Troienne Stakes (G1), setting comfortable early fractions and turning back a late run from Romantic Vision to earn her first top-level score.
Steady rain provided a wet start to the May 5 Kentucky Oaks day card at Churchill Downs and was forecast to continue throughout the day. Also there were no scratches out of the May 6 Kentucky Derby before the 9 a.m. Friday scratch deadline.
In the first major-circuit stakes of the year for 2-year-olds, Buy Sell Hold battled down the stretch with McErin and held off a late bid from Amberspatriot to win the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes at Churchill Downs May 4.
Divisidero has rewarded Buff Bradley's patience with glimpses of brilliance throughout his career. Now he's set to return to the grade 1 ranks as the morning line favorite for the May 6 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1T).
Miss Sky Warrior's trainer Kelly J. Breen notes the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) has a 'Final Four' feel, but the talent runs much deeper for Churchill Downs' main event May 5.
Handicapper Dave Litfin sizes up the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby.
While the world may know the Casse barn for its work in campaigning two-time champion turf female Tepin, Classic Empire may be the poster boy for the resolve of the connections who say they want a Derby triumph above all prizes.
Hall of Fame rider Angel Cordero Jr. has served as a mentor to fellow Hall of Famer John Velazquez, who has in turn passed riding knowledge to Jose Ortiz.
Solomon Del-Valle has been a friend and client of trainer Antonio Sano for 40 years, and the pair team up with Gunnevera for what would be the biggest victory for Venezuela since Canonero II won the 1971 Kentucky Derby
Mopotism, bought by Dennis O'Neill for $300,000 out of the Fasig-Tipton Florida March sale of 2-year-olds in training, is most expensive filly entered in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).
An attorney who handled a prominent negligence case against a Kentucky compounder advises veterinarians and horse owners to make sure they are acting legally when administering a compounded drug to a horse.
Vincent Viola went to Aqueduct Racetrack with his father early in life, and learned lessons that have helped him in his profession and a market trader, business founder, and Thoroughbred owner, lessons he is using with Derby hopeful Always Dreaming.
But for the toss of a dart, Girvin might not have been foaled and would not be a major contender for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
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Siena Farm homebred Admiral Jimmy became the first winner for Spendthrift Farm's freshman sire Jimmy Creed when he took a Gulfstream Park maiden special weight May 3 by 3 1/2 lengths for trainer Todd Pletcher as the even-money favorite.
Two stallions represented in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) already bear the mantle of Derby-winning sire. Their racing careers and their paths as stallions could not be more different.
Before another venture to Royal Ascot can be booked, Miss Temple City must clear the first hurdle of showing she is the same runner that has wreaked havoc on rivals of both sex.
Local Hero and Uncontested, one-time Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) hopefuls, face a new challenge cutting back to one-turn for the May 6 Pat Day Mile Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs.
A quality field of 11 runners will face off in the 8 1/2-furlong American Turf on Derby Day undercard at Churchill Downs, with champion Oscar Performance squaring off against the filly La Coronel
Grade 1 winner Denman's Call will make his first start out of California when he faces a field of 14 going seven furlongs in the $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes (G2) May 6.
Paulassilverlining will try for a second straight grade 1 win for her new connections when she starts in the $300,000 Humana Distaff Stakes May 6 at Churchill Downs.
Anthony Bonomo, whose Brooklyn Boyz Stables is one of the partners on Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming, said his first trip to Saratoga Springs, N.Y.—a visit that was his wife Mary Ellen’s idea—drew him into the sport.
The only experience Tyler Gaffalione has had with the first leg of the Triple Crown has been watching the Louisville classic on television. But come May 6, the jockey will be aboard Patch in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
La Coronel and Dream Dancing are the 8-5 co-morning-line favorites. Sweeping Paddy has the best wet turf record in the field.
Irap, the maiden who won the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2), could give his owners their third Kentucky Derby (G1) victory in the past six years, following Reddam Racing's triumphs with I'll Have Another and Nyquist.
Calumet Farm's Vexatious, trained by Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale, has had excuses in all three of her 2017 starts, but may put it all together in the May 5 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).
John Oxley's Classic Empire was made the 4-1 morning-line favorite for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) after drawing post 14.
Brad Grady's Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Girvin took his first ever spin around the Churchill Downs oval when he galloped over the surface May 3.
Churchill Downs Inc. officials say they'll try again next year to get a Japanese horse in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (G1)—with hopes to add to the international draw and revenues of its signature event.
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.
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.
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).
Breeder/owner Chris Baccari brought Salty along slowly; the Quality Road filly earns a spot in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).
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.
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.
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.
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