Longtime track photographer Pat Lang announced May 1 he is retiring after more than 30 years in the business.
Out-of-competition testing on more than 75 horses nominated to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (both gr. I), as well as other stakes on the May 2-3 cards at Churchill Downs, came back clean.
Pablo Del Monte, the also-eligible who got a chance to draw in to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) following the withdrawal of Rebel Stakes (gr. II) winner Hoppertunity, will not run in the classic.
Untapable, the overwhelming 4-5 morning line favorite in the May 2 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), has worked hard for the odds she received.
California-based jockey will use his experience in five previous Derbys to help California Chrome wear the roses.
Two of the 3-year-olds that have looked best in the mornings working toward a start in the Kentucky Derby, Dance With Fate and Medal Count, have the biggest question marks in terms of dirt form.
Fate has indeed brought together a far-reaching partnership group that races Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner Dance With Fate, who ships in from California in a bid to take his second grade I race in three weeks in Kentucky.
An injured left front foot will keep Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) runner-up Hoppertunity from competing in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Three-time stakes winner Storming Inti and grade III winner Global View lead a well-balanced field of 11 3-year-olds entered in the American Turf Stakes Presented by Ram Trucks (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs May 3.
The thought of capturing the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) under the Twin Spires with Carl Pollard's homebred filly Kiss Moon made trainer David Vance's eyes brim with tears.
The odds for Congress passing legislation related to equine medication and Internet gambling this year are long, a Washington, D.C.-based official said May 1 during the University of Kentucky Equine Law Conference.
Owner Chip McEwen will have several veterans with him May 3 at the Kentucky Derby, but Churchill Downs didn't help with their tickets or access.
Effie Trinket, stablemate of Derby runner Samraat, will be tough to beat in the May 3 Churchill Downs Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIT). Nine older fillies and mares will battle for $300,000.
Maggi Moss' Delaunay faces a deep and talented field of sprinters going seven furlongs in the Churchill Downs Stakes a year after winning the race by four lengths in the slop.
Fritz Widaman has been named Director of Business Development for Blood-Horse Publications. He begins May 19.
They saw the potential of their futures played out in furious rallies, wire-to-wire rumbles, by the widest of margins and the slimmest of victories. Weeks like this bring back those memories.
Owner/trainer Wesley Ward's Judy the Beauty, a seven-time winner who never has finished worse than third in 15 starts, eyes consecutive grade I victories in the $300,000 Humana Distaff Stakes at Churchill May 3.
California Chrome, the morning-line favorite for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), drew post 5 of 20.
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan didn't scare away many rivals as he attempts to take down a second edition of the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) May 3 at Churchill Downs.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said April 30 it has far more evidence gleaned from an undercover investigator in trainer Steve Asmussen's barn in 2013, but gave no indication when it intends to make it public.
Kentucky Oaks contender (gr. I) My Miss Sophia, whose namesake is Bill and Terry Mathis' 11-year-old daughter, is the current standout of the couple's three-horse stable.
Jockey Rosie Napravnik will serve a four-day suspension after she rides Vicar's in Trouble in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 3.
With industry sources indicating a 2015 Breeders' Cup at Keeneland has a better-than-good chance of becoming reality, the president of the racetrack and auction company said April 30 it is in the due diligence phase.
Mike Pegram, who has raced champions such as Silverbulletday, Midnight Lute, and Real Quiet, is back with his fourth Derby starter in the Any Given Saturday colt Hoppertunity, co-owned with Karl Watson and Paul Weitman.
Four days before the Saturday race, most of the trainers with horses in the classic shared a stage and a laugh or two at the annual Kentucky Derby Trainers Dinner.
Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte, two-time Derby winner with Secretariat and Riva Ridge, issues April 30 statement: "This lack of basic consideration also applies to many others who helped shape Churchill Downs' history..."
Travel packages that take care of all arrangements for one price have doubled in the past six years.
Every racing fan, whether they realize it or not, is hurtling down the road of inevitability that lands squarely beneath the Twin Spires (or at least in the vicinity thereof). To aid in your endeavors, this handy lifeline.
The graded stakes-winning son of Speightstown has won one of two stakes starts so far this year.
Winchell Thoroughbreds homebred Untapable will break from the outside post 13 as the 4-5 morning line favorite in the May 2 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Multiple grade I winner won't run in May 3 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, it was revealed April 29, due to owner/trainer Carlo Vaccarezza's conflict with the KHRC and Churchill over out-of-competition testing.
Will Take Charge, last year's champion 3-year-old male, tops a Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) reunion in the May 2 Alysheba Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. Four runners from last year's Derby are entered.
One year after coming up just short, Anita Cauley homebred On Fire Baby will give the $300,000 La Troienne Stakes (gr. I) another try Friday, May 2 at Churchill Downs.
Champion juvenile filly She's a Tiger, disqualified from a win in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in her final start of 2013, makes her first start of the year in the Eight Belles Stakes (gr. III) May 2 Churchill Downs.
A poll of Horseplayers Association of North America (HANA) members revealed that 90.2% of respondents will be withholding either some or all of their dollars from Churchill Downs Inc. racetracks and services.
Belterra Park received its meet approvals from the Ohio State Racing Commission April 29 and is on schedule to begin its 2014 meet May 8.
Trainer Gary Contessa, the winner of more than 2,000 races, sends out his first Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) starter May 3 with New York-bred Uncle Sigh.
Starlight Racing, owner of Intense Holiday, and Skychai Racing, owner of Harry's Holiday, team up to buy additional Kentucky Derby starter General a Rod less than one week before the race.
One day after being purchased by new connections, General a Rod breezed at Churchill Downs the morning of April 29, showing marked improvement over his work at the track last week as the Kentucky Derby draws closer.
California Chrome, Dance With Fate, and Samraat all took to the track April 29 at Churchill Downs, the morning after arriving in Louisville, Ky.
Trainer Tom Proctor confirmed the morning of April 29 that he will enter Niall Racing's homebred filly Please Explain in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). Jockey Jose Lezcano will ride the dark bay or brown filly.
Aron Wellman and Lee Midkiff have grown a fledgling partnership group into the program producing grade I winners such as In Lingerie, Byrama, Capo Bastone, and now Arkansas Derby (gr. I) victor Danza.
In stature Vicar's in Trouble will be one of the smallest starters in this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), but he will carry big hopes for not just his connections but the state of Louisiana as well.
He'd never been on an airplane before, so California Chrome didn't necessarily know how to get off one, either.
Keeneland announced April 28 that all-sources handle for the 15-day meet that ended April 25 totaled $141,119,476 compared to $161,990,603 wagered during the 16-day spring meet in 2013.
Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) runner-up Fiftyshadesofgold will be pointed to the $175,000 Eight Belles Stakes (gr. III) Friday, May 2 instead of the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sent Hoppertunity through his final move for the Kentucky Derby and Ria Antonia through her prep for the Oaks on April 28, squeezing in the drills between downpours at Churchill Downs.
Tapiture smoothly rocketed through the turn on the sloppy track on his way to completing four furlongs in :50 April 28 at Churchill in his final timed work before this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Starlight Racing's Intense Holiday was the 'buzz' horse April 27 at Churchill Downs. He was one of four workers for trainer Todd Pletcher.
Following 5 1/2 years as Fasig-Tipton's executive vice president and chief operating officer, Dan Pride will return to Darley, where he was integral in the development of its American operations between 2002 and 2008.
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