Nyquist, the undefeated champion who is favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), jogged twice around the main track at Keenelanmd Racecourse the morning of April 9.
On a raiding trip from Canada for Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield, Ontario-bred Shakhimat galloped to his first graded score in the $100,000 Transylvania (gr. IIIT) April 8 on Keeneland's spring meet opening day.
Not surprisingly, trainer Wesley Ward began the Keeneland spring meet April 8 with a 2-year-old winner. But this one is a filly he bred.
Catch a Glimpse worked a half-mile in :49 2/5 while Curalina went five furlongs in 1:00 2/5, both prepping for upcoming stakes at the meet. Maker's 46 Mile (gr. IT) contender Heart to Heart was also on the tab.
Keeneland will begin its spring meet with a bump in overnight purses, but track officials hope it's the start of steady growth made possible by revenue from Lexington's historical race wagering facility.
Contingent upon test results showing he no longer has an elevated white blood cell count, Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist is scheduled to make his first appearance at Keeneland Saturday.
In addition, it will also air the Equine Forum, its weekly talk show, on Saturday and provide live coverage of the Commonwealth, Shakertown, and Madison from Keeneland in its three-hour broadcast.
The supporters, known as War Emblem's "inner circle," gathered from across the country to meet the Derby and Preakness winner at a private reception.
Smoove It will try for a second straight stakes victory sprinting down the hill at Santa Anita Park when the 5-year-old Square Eddie mare faces other fillies and mares in the $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes April 10.
With a hefty purse and 170 Kentucky Derby Leaderboard points on the line, the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) April 9 drew a lineup of youngsters whose connections hope a stop at Keeneland paves the way to Churchill.
An April 7 town hall meeting organized by the Association of Racing Commissioners International revealed consensus on the need for a central governing structure for horse racing, but little agreement on how to achieve it.
NBCSN will present an April 9 telecast of the key classic preps with coverage of the Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) from Aqueduct, the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) from Keeneland, and the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
Nyquist, who was to have trained April 7 for the first time since winning the April 2 Florida Derby (gr. I) impressively, has a slightly elevated white blood cell count and will not go to the track until April 8 or April 9.
Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm's millionaire Departing and a trio of recently turned 4-year-old graded stakes sprint winners headline a field of 10 the $250,000 Commonwealth Stakes (gr. II) April 9 at Keeneland.
Keeneland's spring meet will be broadcast live on multiple platforms, including national television, local radio networks and Keeneland.com, as part of extensive coverage of the 16-day season that opens Friday, April 8.
Jim and Linda McIngvale, the Houston-based philanthropists and owners of reigning champion male sprinter Runhappy, will give away a $10,000 college scholarship during Keeneland's College Scholarship Day April 8.
John Menary and trainer Gail Cox's Something Extra will attempt to repeat his 2015 victory in the Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIT) for turf sprinters on the April 9 Blue Grass Stakes card at Keeneland.
Mi Querido Capi wins in Mexico at first asking
There will be few graded stakes during the 16-day Keeneland Racecourse meet that will draw as tough of a field as the April 9 $300,000 Madison Stakes (gr. I) for older fillies and mares sprinting seven furlongs.
Donegal Racing's Keen Ice, the Curlin colt who beat Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) last year, has been moved from the barn of trainer Dale Romans to Todd Pletcher.
Bill and Susan Casner's Well Dressed, the dam of Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Well Armed, was euthanized April 4 due to complications from foaling. She was 19.
Cash is King's unbeaten Cathryn Sophia is the even-money morning-line favorite for Keeneland's April 9 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I).
Tranquility Lake, who won a pair of grade I races and produced a pair of grade I winners as a broodmare, has died at age 21.
Shakhimat, among the early favorites for Canada's Queen's Plate this year, tops the nine-horse field that will contest the Transylvania Presented by Keeneland Select (gr. IIIT) on the April 8 opening-day card at Keeneland.
Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's grade I winner I'm a Chatterbox zipped through five furlongs in a bullet :59 at Keeneland April 4 as the 4-year-old filly prepares for the April 22 Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. I).
Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's Gun Runner, impressive winner of the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (gr. II), put in his first work at Churchill Downs the morning of April 4.
Keeneland officials said Zulu, second to Mohaymen in the Fountain of Youth Stakes, is among 13 3-year-olds now considered probable for the April 9 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission announced April 4 Steve May has been appointed supervisor of Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Compliance.
Mohaymen is 8-1 second choice in final pool, mutuel field is 10-1 third choice.
Japan's UAE Derby (UAE-II) winner Lani arrived at Churchill Downs April 3 following a 5 1/2-hour van ride from Chicago and was bedded down in Barn 17.
Colt bounced out of Florida Derby fourth, will ship to Louisville next week.
Wonderment, a New York-bred filly by Cosmonaut, wins Turfway Park's Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) in wire-to-wire fashion, getting the mile in 1:39.04.
Trainer Larry Jones, who won his first race at Ellis Park in his native Kentucky, bagged his 1,000th win at Turfway Park in Kentucky April 2.
American Dubai put in his final major work April 2 in preparation for the April 9 running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) by working five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 after the renovation break at Keeneland.
Trainer Todd Pletcher, jockey Javier Castellano, and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey were honored by Gulfstream Park April 1 for leading their respective standings during the 2015-2016 championship meet.
Champion Tepin and grade I winner Catch a Glimpse got a final chance to stretch their legs in sunny Florida for trainer Mark Casse April 1, before shipping to Kentucky where Keeneland engagements await.
Keeneland officials said that as of April 1 eight 3-year-olds, including Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) winner Brody's Cause, are probable for the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) April 9.
Turfway Park near Florence, Ky., has earned reaccreditation from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Safety and Integrity Alliance, the NTRA announced April 1.
In light of a slow start that left him with plenty to do to close into a soft pace, Team Valor International and Gary Barber's Kasseopia put in an impressive run to get third in the Feb. 13 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III).
Unbridled was a star as a runner and a sire. While those mattered incredibly to his connections, trainer Nafzger's lingering memories center around the Derby race call he gave owner Mrs. Genter, and Unbridled's gentle nature.
Larry Jones hopes to find an easy debut spot in the 1 1/16-mile Doubledogdare for grade I winner I'm a Chatterbox, who was rested this winter at Fair Grounds. Her first big target is the June 11 Ogden Phipps (gr. I).
These measures help ensure the integrity of the race and offer a great deal of transparency in terms of all medications administered, as well as providing 24-hour security for each entrant.
Thoroughbred owner and trainer Hal Woodford Steele Jr., died March 30 in Lexington.
Richard Thalheimer, an expert on gaming and the Thoroughbred industry, died March 25 in Nicholasville, Ky., due to the effects of ALS. He was 72.
ARCI has scheduled three additional "Town Hall" meetings in an effort to unify the racing industry and develop a consensus path to improve the policing of the sport and advance uniform regulatory policies.
John Oxley's Airoforce, who turned in an uncharacteristically dull effort in the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) last time out, seeks to rebound in the $500,000 Spiral Stakes (gr. III) April 2 at Turfway Park.
Edward "Buddy" Bishop, 80, served as registrar for 19 years.
The fourth and final 2016 Kentucky Derby Future Wager this weekend times up well with the Florida Derby (gr. I) showdown of unbeatens in Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen and Reddam Racing's 2-year-old champion Nyquist.
Larry and Cindy Jones' homebred colt Jensen isn't nominated to the Triple Crown, but he will attempt to follow in the footsteps of his broodmare sire, Hard Spun, in the April 2 Spiral Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway.
With the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) fast approaching, New York's off-track betting corporations and Churchill Downs Inc. have resumed negotiations to end a bitter dispute over simulcast fees.
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