Free from the likes of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runners Exaggerator, Danzing Candy, and Mor Spirit, Uncle Lino broke through for his first stakes win April 30 in the inaugural $150,000 California Chrome Stakes at Los Alamitos.
"I don't know if I'm still taking it in, it's still sinking in that we're here," Desormeaux said. "It is one of those subconscious goals that all trainers hope to achieve, but now that I'm here it's just a culmination of what we've put in."
Trainer Doug O’Neill said Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist “looked good and sound” April 30, a day after his one-mile breeze at Keeneland in his final prep for the May 7 classic and his van trip to Churchill Downs.
Danzing Candy on April 30 breezed through five furlongs in :59 4/5, with a gallop out to six furlongs in 1:13 2/5, in his final timed workout for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Both stallions will likely have three starters each in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), more than any other sires with Derby contenders this year.
Although only one of his horses is currently among the 20 horses with sufficient points for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Dale Romans sent Brody’s Cause and Cherry Wine out for workouts the morning of April 30.
Churchill Downs clockers caught Exaggerator in splits of :12 4/5, :25 1/5, :37 4/5, and :50 2/5, out in 1:15 3/5 and 1:29 3/5.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and Churchill Downs have outlined protocol for medication, drug testing, security, and safety during Kentucky Derby week, including out-of-competition testing and the monitoring of horses.
Pletcher said he is in a good place with his contenders coming into the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Trainer Eric Guillot was pleased with the morning performance by McCormick Racing and Southern Equine Stable's Laoban April 29 at Keeneland, as the grade III-placed Uncle Mo colt breezed six furlongs in 1:12 on a fast track under jockey Paco Lopez.
The Maryland Jockey Club April 29 said it will honor Zayat Stables, trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Victor Espinoza—the connections of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah—with the Preakness Special Award of Merit May 19 at the Alibi Breakfast.
While he took slightly different approaches with the two horses, trainer Doug O'Neill is as pleased with Nyquist going into the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) as he was with I'll Have Another, who won the 2012 edition of the Louisville classic.
Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Mohaymen was clocked in splits of :12 3/5, :23 4/5, :and 35 2/5, with a five-furlong gallop out in 1:00 4/5. Shagaf also worked for Shadwell and trainer Chad Brown.
With rain in the forecast for the weekend, many trainers of contenders for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) opted to get in their final works Friday, April 29, at Churchill Downs.
J. Keeler Johnson analyzes three Kentucky Derby longshots.
Jim Duley has been named recipient of the Jerry Frutkoff Memorial Award sponsored by Nikon, to be presented Thursday, May 19 at the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course.
Claire Novak, Tom LaMarra, and Ellis Starr take a look at the Kentucky Derby field as we head into the final week. Claire is also joined by a very special guest! Sponsored by Equibase
There are ample longshots in every running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), but one scheduled to make his way into the gate at Churchill Downs May 7 is unique.
Reddam Racing's Nyquist jogged on the synthetic training track at Keeneland the morning of April 28 and remains on schedule for his final work before the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Hoverboards are the only 2016 addition to Churchill Downs' list of security "do's and don'ts" for the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Making the Grade, which will run through the 2016 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), focuses on the winners or top performers of the big races, usually from the previous weekend, who could impact the next Triple Crown.
The 1986 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) win was the first for legendary trainer Charlie Whittingham, who believed in only bringing a horse to the race if he believed it was completely justified. Ferdinand rewarded that belief with a 2 1/4 length victory.
Steve Haskin fine tunes his Kentucky Derby Dozen as we approach the final week
Yutaka Take, Japan's most famous jockey, even came in for the work aboard the UAE Derby (UAE-II) winner, but Lani refused to get into gear until after a quarter of what was supposed to be a five-eighths work.
"It's going to be hard," Espinoza said of tackling the Run for the Roses on Whitmore. "But you never know. As long as I have a horse in the race, I always think I can win the Kentucky Derby."
Trainer Doug O'Neill believes versatility is a big advantage for Nyquist, who heads to the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) undefeated in seven starts.
Working in company with Jimbo Fallon, Mor Spirit was clocked in eighth-mile splits of :11 2/5, :22 2/5, :34 1/5, and :46, galloping out the six furlongs in 1:13 1/5 under Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens.
Her insistence to run the farm while her father's health failed instead of sell gave Meadow Stable the ride of a lifetime with Riva Ridge and his younger stablemate, Secretariat.
Fans who arrive early for Keeneland's closing day of the spring meet will get a chance to see Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist breeze.
Twin Creeks Racing Stables April 26 said Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners has acquired a minority interest in Destin, the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner and expected starter in the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Trainer Steve Asmussen, to be inducted in racing's Hall of Fame in August, worked two colts and five fillies at Churchill Downs April 25 in preparation for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (both gr. I).
Prominent Thoroughbred owner Stuart Subotnick will be honored at the 2016 Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration held Thursday, June 9, at the Bryant Park Grill in New York City.
Two very different workouts, but trainer Chad Brown was delighted with the training moves by his Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. 1) contenders My Man Sam and Shagaf April 24 at Churchill Downs.
The Nyquist Derby Express remains on track and is rolling full-stream toward the First Saturday in May.
Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner Destin breezed at Palm Beach Downs April 23 in his final South Florida tune-up ahead of a scheduled start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Exaggerator recorded his final timed Southern California workout April 23 in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Churchill Downs had its first special training session for 2016 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) horses April 23, with Fellowship, Brody's Cause, and Tom's Ready among those to work.
Back where he first learned to be a racehorse at San Luis Rey Training Center, Danzing Candy put in a surprisingly fast workout—at least to trainer Cliff Sise—in his first drill since his fourth-place finish the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist wanted to go early, but quickly settled into a smooth stride in his second-to-last breeze April 23 at Keeneland before the Louisville classic.
With Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez in the irons, Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Outwork had his penultimate breeze in preparation for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), covering a half-mile in :48 4/5 April 22 at Belmont Park.
Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, which accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations, has been named the honorary postmaster for the 141st Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course.
Dave's Friend was one of the best sprinters in the nation and Kauai King developed into a two-time classic winner, still holding the distinction of being the only Maryland-bred to win the Kentucky Derby.
Charles Stroble, director of news operations at WBAL-TV, and Richard Rosenblatt of the Associated Press have been named recipients of the 2016 Old Hilltop Award, to be given out Thursday, May 19 at the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course.
By the time a dozen or so horses hit the first turn at Pimlico Race Course in the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the Maryland Stadium Authority study on the future of the historic track may also be nearing its first turn.
This week we take a closer look at Creator, winner of the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) on April 16 at Oaklawn Park.
The Maryland Jockey Club announced April 20 that Bob Ehalt will receive the David F. Woods Memorial Award for excellence in journalism at the May 19 Alibi Breakfast in the Terrace Dining Room at Pimlico Race Course.
Mo Tom and Lani joined Mohaymen as three Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contenders on the April 20 worktab at Churchill Downs.
Shadwell Stable's son of Tapit cruised a half-mile in :46 4/5 under exercise rider Miguel Jaime, the fastest of 27 works at the distance, in his first workout since a Florida Derby (gr. I) fourth.
Victor Espinoza has committed to ride Whitmore in the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), co-owner Harry Rosenblum said April 20.
With his second pre-Derby breeze coming up for trainer Doug O'Neill April 22, Nyquist galloped a circuit at Keeneland the morning of April 20.
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