Lightly raced but perfectly primed for a big effort, Mike Tarp's homebred Go Maggie Go soared to her second grade II victory May 20 in the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) at Pimlico Race Course.
Fred Bradley, a former Kentucky state senator, attorney for the state's horse racing commission, and the owner/breeder of stars Groupie Doll and Brass Hat, died May 20 at age 85.
Owner and trainer Otabek Umarov has been ejected and excluded from Churchill Downs and suspended by Kentucky stewards.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission May 17 approved a new agreement that will increase losing mount fees on lower-purse races in the state.
Steve Asmussen officially took Gun Runner, the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner who finished third in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), out of consideration for the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) the morning of May 17.
According to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, all participants in this year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) have tested negative for any prohibited substances.
The Wesley Ward-trained Acapulco, easy winner of the Unbridled Sidney Stakes May 14 at Churchill Downs, came out of the race fine and is set for a trip to Royal Ascot.
Multiple graded stakes-placed maiden Laoban breezed six furlongs in 1:14 2/5 at Keeneland the morning of May 14 in preparation for the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Graded stakes-placed Cherry Wine turned in a typically steadfast move in preparation for his expected start in the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), working five furlongs May 14 in a handy 1:01 3/5 at Churchill Downs.
Speedway Stable’s multiple grade III winner Collected punched his ticket to the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) when he breezed seven furlongs in 1:24 4/5 over a track labeled “good” May 13 at Churchill Downs.
Management and horsemen at Belterra Park Gaming plan to meet later in the morning of May 12 to discuss a plan to resurface the main track only two weeks after the meet began.
Director Louise Osmond's interviews and story-telling capture the joys and pains of horse ownership, as well as the fun and challenges of being involved in a partnership.
Breeders' Cup intends to legislatively pursue a pari-mutuel tax break for its 2018 World Championships at Churchill Downs, but the form it takes could hinge on input from members of the Kentucky General Assembly.
NBC Sports Group's coverage of the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) averaged 15.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen Company data released May 10.
Wallenda, who won graded stakes in three consecutive seasons in the early 1990s, was put down May 9 at Old Friends near Georgetown, Ky.
Trainer Doug O'Neill caught an early flight back to Southern California the morning of May 8, but Reddam Racing's champion Nyquist is headed to the other coast following his May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) victory.
TVG, a leading advance deposit wagering provider, said human error was responsible for a May 7 systems breakdown that halted online wagering for more than two hours during the running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Trainers of some of the horses that finished behind Reddam Racing’s Nyquist in the champion colt’s May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) said Sunday morning they were impressed with what they saw the previous day.
The overnight rating for the race portion of the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) was down almost 14% from last year to 9.3 with a 21 share, according to Nielsen ratings and NBC Sports Group, which televised the event.
Alternating between falling asleep and trying to playfully nip at assistant trainer Julie Clark May 8 in his stall at Churchill Downs, it was clear Exaggerator came out of his second-place run in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) in good order.
A crowd of 167,227 attended the Kentucky Derby May 7. The all-sources handle for the day was $192.6 million.
Whatever has been thrown at Reddam Racing's Nyquist, he has been able to handle. And May 7 he added the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) to his already impressive résumé.
Divisidero edged ahead of World Approval late to win the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes (gr. IT) by neck. The son of Kitten's Joy got the nine furlongs in 1:47.37.
Gelftenstein Farm's Sharp Azteca, in from South Florida, took the lead approaching the stretch and powered away to win the $250,000 Pat Day Mile (gr. III) for 3-year-olds May 7 at Churchill Downs.
Bravely rallying along the hedge, Camelot Kitten edged Beach Patrol by a head to score an upset victory in the $300,000 American Turf Stakes presented by Ram Trucks (gr. IIT) May 7 at Churchill Downs.
Back at arguably her best distance, Taris shined brightest in the $300,000 Humana Distaff (gr. I) May 7 at Churchill Downs.
Catalina Red outsprinted eight others in taking Churchill Downs Stakes with favorite Speightster finishing unplaced in seven-furlong test.
Champion Tepin came out to play May 7 at her home base of Churchill Downs, and trounced a field of rivals to repeat in the $300,000 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIT).
John Servis, who saddled Cathryn Sophia to win the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), said it's unbelievable that he could add the filly classic to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) he captured with the popular Smarty Jones in 2004.
The farm bred Kentucky Oaks contender Weep No More and Divisidero, in the Turf Classic. It also owns the dam of Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist.
Representatives of the National Hockey League were on the backstretch at Churchill Downs the morning of May 7 and had Nyquist, favored for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) later in the day, pose with the Stanley Cup trophy.
All-sources handle for Kentucky Oaks day rose 6% to $49 million.
Based on early Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) wagering, undefeated Nyquist will be a solid favorite in the 1 1/4-mile classic May 7 at Churchill Downs.
Cash is King's Cathryn Sophia rebounded from a third-place finish in the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) with an impressive off-the-pace win in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 6 at Churchill Downs.
When the rubber hit the road on raceday May 6, the Canadian Horse of the Year was in the zone for her sixth straight victory
Jockey Corey Lanerie and 13-1 shot Majestic Harbor made a steady rally on the outside rounding the second turn and put away a stiff stretch challenge to win the $400,000 Alysheba Stakes (gr. II) by 2 1/2 lengths at Churchill Downs.
Rocket Heat led virtually the whole way and blasted to victory in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint on the Longines Kentucky Oaks undercard at Churchill Downs May 6.
Curalina returned to her grade I form May 6 at Churchill Downs, where she drew off to an easy victory in the $300,000 La Troienne Stakes (gr. I) presented by Spirited Funds.
Carina Mia, the 3-5 favorite, ran to her backing while drawing clear in the seven-furlong Eight Belles Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies May 6 at Churchill Downs.
It was a routine, quiet morning in the stable area of Churchill Downs May 6, with the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) entrants on the track early for their routine exercise.
Several presenters during the afternoon session of the National Conference on Equine Law May 5 at Keeneland in Lexington emphasized the importance of transparency in various horse dealings.
Big Blue Kitten, the champion older turf male of 2015, headlines a field of 13 for the 29th running of the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) May 7 at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Doug O'Neill said he's confident in the training strategy he has employed with Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist, who did a little more than jog the morning of May 5 at Churchill Downs.
Lady Aurelia, impressive track record-setter at Keeneland in her career debut, was scratched from the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes at Churchill Downs May 5 to await the Queen Mary Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot.
Mike Repole, the former owner of Uncle Mo, believes the horse's eye-opening success with his first crop as a sire offers insight into what might have been.
A tax law attorney said May 5 that a recent federal court decision expanded the number of arguments attorneys can make when trying to make a case that a client is running a horse operation as a business as opposed to a hobby.
Expect some "Who Dat" chants from the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) crowd May 7 as supporters of Gayle and Tom Benson's Mo Tom and Tom's Ready try to bring some Mardi Gras to Louisville's biggest party.
The last time Baltas was at Churchill with a Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) horse was back in 1992, as an assistant to Richard Mandella, when Golden Treat ran fourth under his care. Mokat is his first Oaks entry on his own.
Todd Pletcher doesn't hesitate to put Rachel's Valentina in the company of his trio of previous Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winners as she's set to contend Friday's race. A full field of 14 will go postward after champion Songbird's defection due to fever.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will almost triple the number of veterinarians it has on a typical race day to assist with the two biggest programs of the year May 6-7 at Churchill Downs.
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