Amidst growing speculation regarding the status of Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Girvin, trainer Joe Sharp said April 26 the colt is still on track to have his last serious workout for the Kentucky Derby (G1) in the coming days.
For the first time in nearly a month, trainer Todd Pletcher had all of his Kentucky Derby hopefuls in one shedrow.
Luis Saez has been named to ride Gotham Stakes (G3) winner J Boys Echo in the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), the colt's connections confirmed April 26.
Hill 'n' Dale Farms-based stallion Power Broker picked up his first winner April 21 when Jade Girl won a maiden-claiming race at Hipodromo de las Americas in Mexico City.
Mike Tirico, who was recently named NBC's primetime Olympics host, will be taking the Triple Crown hosting reins from Tom Hammond, an award-winning member of NBC Sports' horse racing team for more than three decades.
Multiple grade 1 winner Private Zone has been retired to Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky, Old Friends founder Michael Blowen said April 25.
Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's gritty homebred I'm a Chatterbox will transition into her second career, as a broodmare whose first visit will come this season to Darley stallion Medaglia d'Oro.
Tim Capps' death April 22, related to complications following a stroke in mid-February, leaves an enormous gap to fill, not only for the program, but in the hearts of the students and faculty whose lives he enriched.
He grew up around horses and he’s learned from some of the most prominent horsemen in recent history; now, Kent Sweezey is taking his shot at the big time.
Whether McCraken becomes the latest Derby winner to come out of Churchill's Barn 26 remains to be seen, but the bay colt put in five-furlong drill in 1:00 3/5 April 24 that was nearly as buzz worthy as Street Sense's final move before his triumph.
Jockey Robby Albarado sustained a fracture of his lower left leg after falling at Keeneland April 23 and will be off mounts for three to four weeks, including Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) hopeful J Boys Echo, agent Ron Ebanks said.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) hopefuls J Boys Echo and Fast and Accurate breezed five furlongs at Churchill Downs and Trackside Louisville, respectively, April 23.
The turf marathon niche has proven one that suits Jed Cohen's Itsinthepost as the bay gelding scored his second straight graded triumph when he captured the $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes (G2T) by 1 1/4 lengths over Charming Kitten.
Cloud Computing, the third-place finisher in the April 8 Wood Memorial Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G2), has been removed from contention for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) and will point to the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1).
After making her connections sweat, Unbridled Mo allowed them to celebrate as the 4-year-old bay filly turned back Power of Snunner in the lane en route to taking the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (G3) by three-quarters of a length.
Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller has purchased an interest in Kendall Hansen’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) hopeful Fast and Accurate, it was announced April 21.
Irap, who broke his maiden with a three-quarter-length win in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) April 8, put in his first move since that shocker, working a mile in 1:44 at Keeneland Friday morning.
State of Honor and Salty both put in five-furlong moves for trainer Mark Casse April 21 at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) May 6 and the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) May 5.
Battle of Midway, runner-up in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) and 17th on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, has been purchased in partnership by WinStar Farm and Don Alberto Stable.
Buy Sell Hold, a Violence filly out of stakes winner Melody Lady, went 4 1/2 furlongs wire-to-wire in :51.84 in the second race April 20 at Keeneland. She is owned by J. Kirk and Judy Robison.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit unanimously ruled April 19 in favor of Exacta Systems in the trademark lawsuit originally filed by the Oaklawn Jockey Club and several Stronach Group racetracks.
For the third consecutive year, tracks and racing venues will participate in a Kentucky Derby Day Silent Auction to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund (PDJF) on May 6.
Highlighted by two new graded-stakes events and a record $8.4 million in purses and supplemental Kentucky-bred monies, Kentucky Downs will offer one of the world's most lucrative racing programs during its five-day, all-turf season Sept. 2-14.
Long-winded turf winners will run for $250,000 in the Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes (G2T) with a deep field headed by Itsinthepost and Danish Dynaformer.
The quick bay filly, bred in Kentucky by Brandywine Farm and racing for Donna Hancock and Charles Brown, won a $60,000 maiden special weight April 19 at Keeneland by a length over males.
Bay filly out of the Pulpit daughter Thine won April 19 at Gulfstream Park in her first start.
Trainer Lynn Whiting, who 25 years ago saddled Lil E. Tee to a Kentucky Derby (G1) upset, died April 19. He was 77.
Red Oak Stable's homebred Unbridled Mo, winner of five of seven starts and two grade 3 events, heads a field of five fillies and mares entered for the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (G3) at Keeneland April 21.
Robert Masterson's two-time defending champion turf female Tepin has been retired, trainer Mark Casse announced April 18.
They were there to roast their mentor, but by the end of the night April 17 at the Keeneland sales pavilion, the seven prominent trainers who cut their teeth under legendary D. Wayne Lukas ended up toasting their former boss.
Back at his home track, Churchill Downs, McCraken showed composure before and during his half-mile drill April 18 in :47 4/5.
Kentucky State Senator Damon Thayer discussed the state of the equine industry during the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association's educational symposium April 17.
Calumet Farm's Sunland Derby (G3) winner Hence and Albaugh Family Stable's Gotham Stakes (G3) winner J Boys Echo worked April 17 at Churchill Downs in preparation for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.
Kentucky-based entities Kentucky Downs and EquiLottery have entered into an agreement that will allow the use of races from the Franklin, Ky., racetrack as the basis for EquiLottery, a new lottery game based on the results of live horse racing.
The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has named Jamie Haydon vice president and Holly White director of development, effective April 17.
Spectacular weather and one of North America's highest purse structures that drew some of the top horses in training combined to boost the numbers in every major statistical category for Keeneland's first seven days.
Trainer Miguel Hernandez said Conquest Mo Money came out of the Arkansas Derby (G1) well and that he and owner Tom McKenna will discuss whether to pay the $200,000 for a supplemental nomination to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
Less than 24 hours after champion Classic Empire crossed the wire first in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), trainer Mark Casse was overseeing approximately 20 of his runners put in their first works at Churchill Downs April 16.
Facing a group of turf distaffers as good as any a racing secretary could amass outside of Breeders' Cup day, Dickinson showed she was well on her way to becoming the latest unique talent in Kiaran McLaughlin's barn.
Instead of listening to outside noise, Mark Casse heeded what his champion charge was telling him. And when the rubber hit the road in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 15, the Hall of Fame finalist's instincts where proven dead-on accurate.
Fern Circle Stables' Senior Investment nabbed West Coast at the wire after circling the field in a thrilling finish of the $200,000 the Stonestreet Lexington Stakes (G3) April 15 at Keeneland.
Godolphin Racing's Dickinson ran by 1-2 choice Lady Eli in the shadow of the wire April 15 at Keeneland to claim the $350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1T).
Lady Aurelia earned every style point April 15 in her first outing since last September when she whipped her way off the final turn to a 2 1/2-length victory in the $100,000 Giant's Causeway Stakes over the Keeneland lawn.
Godolphin's Watershed finally broke through in graded stakes company when he won the $200,000 Ben Ali Stakes (G3) in a late drive over Eagle April 15 at Keeneland.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) contender Girvin recorded his first breeze since winning the TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) with a half-mile move in :47 4/5 April 15 at Trackside Louisville.
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week we have the final preps for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) at Oaklawn Park and Keeneland.
Reserved at the start but flying at the end, WinStar Farm's American Patriot nipped hard-trying Heart to Heart in the final strides of the $300,000 Maker's 46 Mile (G1T) April 14 at Keeneland.
At this point, handicappers can be excused for being a trifle gun-shy when it comes to evaluating this crop of 3-year-olds, simply because the most consistent thing about them has been their inconsistency.
La Coronel stamped herself the pro-tem leader of a deep bunch of 3-year-old turf fillies when she handily bested an 11-horse field that included 2016 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1T) winner New Money Honey and runner-up Coasted.
More than five months after falling short in the Breeders' Cup, La Coronel got her redemption by proving much the best over those who were best that day when she drew clear by 3 1/4 lengths in the Keeneland stretch to win the Appalachian Stakes.
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