Claire Novak sets the Churchill Downs scene with updates on the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby on May 1, 2015.
Owner Ahmed Zayat said El Kabeir did not go to the track at Churchill Downs the morning of May 1 because he took a couple of bad steps and was not sound but has not been scratched out of the Kentucky Derby.
KY Derby: American Pharoah Gallops Oaks Day watch video
Well before sunrise May 1, the first horses on the track at Churchill Downs were hopefuls for that day's Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
"I believe in fate," says Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. "I believe that something really good is about to happen... but it's something we're just going to have to wait and see."
The April 30 defection of Stanford from the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will allow also-eligible Frammento to run.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum's group II winner Mubtaahij had an easy three-eighths breeze timed in :37.40 with jockey Christophe Soumillon aboard Thursday, April 30 at Churchill Downs.
When the connections of Bolo look for a reason why the third-place Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) finisher could jump up and win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, the dirt surface at Churchill Downs provides hope.
Trainer Bob Baffert said Dortmund, the 3-1 second choice for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will be saddled on the path in the paddock rather than one of the enclosed stalls.
After again being skittish in the Churchill Downs paddock, Dortmund was very composed while being saddled in tunnel that leads from paddock to track. Watch Video
No horse entered in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) owns a more decisive victory than Firing Line, who won the Sunland Derby (gr. III) by 14 1/4 lengths.
American Pharoah, the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), drew post 18 for the 1 1/4-mile race May 2 at Churchill Downs.
Gunpowder Farms' Divisidero, a nice third in the Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park despite some trouble, will hope for a better trip in the $250,000 American Turf Stakes May 2 at Churchill Downs.
Amerman Racing Stables' Coffee Clique will attempt to become the second mare to score a repeat victory in $300,000 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Presented by Longines (gr. IIT) when she takes on 12 rivals May 2 at Churchill.
Juddmonte Farms' Seek Again, who just missed winning last year's Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs, will try again in his first start of the year in $500,000 turf stakes May 2 at the Kentucky track.
Trainer Bob Baffert's rich 3-year-old bench players Lord Nelson and Gimme Da Lute top a solid field of eight entered in the $200,000 Pat Day Mile (at Churchill Downs May 2 that also drew grade I winner Competitive Edge.
Kaleem Shah's Bayern, last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner, will make his 4-year-old debut in the $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes (gr. II) on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) undercard May 2.
Kentucky Derby contender Upstart on April 29, after going to the track for the first time. watch video
Trainer Wesley Ward pulled no punches with the season debut of champion Judy the Beauty, entering her in top-level company on the biggest day of the North American racing year in the $300,000 Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I).
Derby history shows that on occasion there have been a few "oops" moments when the horse that won wore the right colors but upstaged a more popular stablemate.
TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Frosted and Lambholm South Holy Bull (gr. II) winner Upstart were both on the track for the first time at Churchill April 29, joined by multiple graded-stakes winner El Kabeir.
Claire Novak updates us on who galloped at Churchill Downs today, El Kabeir, Rick Violette, Mubtaahij schooling, and Stellar Wind sneaking out early to jog. watch video
Claire Novak updates us on who galloped at Churchill Downs today, El Kabeir, Rick Violette, Mubtaahij schooling, and Stellar Wind sneaking out early to jog. Hear more from Rick Violette.
The Churchill Downs communications department said April 29 that sources confirmed 22 horses have been entered for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) for 3-year-olds going 1 1/4 miles.
Kentucky Derby contender Upstart on April 29, after going to the track for the first time.
Lenny Shulman gives his thoughts on the top 20 contenders, interviews Mark Casse about Danzig Moon, and reveals his favorite choice of chewing gum. Presented by Hill 'n' Dale Stallions watch video
In honor of the 20th anniversary of Thunder Gulch's 1995 Kentucky Derby win, see where each horse was at several crucial points of the race with our interactive slideshow.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin talks about the arrival of Kentucky Derby contender Frosted April 29. watch video
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin talks about the arrival of Kentucky Derby contender Frosted April 29.
Stellar Wind was installed as the 7-2 morning-line favorite when 15 fillies were entered for the May 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Fresh off a win in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) aboard California Chrome, Espinoza is back as the rider of American Pharoah, the likely favorite for the 2015 Run for the Roses.
Dortmund impressed Baffert in his first gallop over the track, as International Star and Mubtaahij also took a spin April 28. El Kabeir stayed in the shedrow but will train April 29 according to trainer John Terranova.
While Zayat Stables plans to enter three horses in Saturday's Kentucky Derby including grade II winner El Kabeir, multiple grade I-placed Mr. Z, the homebred American Pharoah is closest to his owner's heart.
Equine surgeon Keith Latson will represent the American Association of Equine Practitioners' On Call program and assist NBC Sports with horse health information during the May 1-2 live racing telecasts from Churchill Downs.
Lane's End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm's Honor Code will make his long-awaited Churchill Downs debut in the 12th running of the $400,000 Alysheba (Stakes (gr. II) on the May 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) undercard.
Ten Broeck Farm's grade I winner Sunset Glow, runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT), will try to get back to the winner's circle in the $150,000 Edgewood Stakes (gr. IIIT) May 1 at Churchill Downs.
Multiple graded stakes winner Something Extra looks to add to his resume in the $150,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs on May 1.
Much like his two horses in the May 2 Kentucky Derby, trainer Bob Baffert seems to be playing a strong hand in the May 1 Eight Belles with grade I winner Callback and multiple stakes winner Enchanting Lady.
After finishing second in last year's La Troienne Stakes (gr. I), Molly Morgan will again try for the first grade I victory of her career in this year's edition of the 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares.
Mike de Kock answers questions about Mubtaahij, who arrived at Churchill Downs on April 28, 2015.
Trainer Mike Maker and International Star are out of limelight at Churchill Downs. watch video
Likely Kentucky Derby favorite American Pharoah gets a bath April 28 at Churchill Downs. watch video
Planet Fitness Louisville and Churchill Downs announced April 28 that enhanced fitness options for the jockeys who compete at the racetrack will be added.
Forever Unbridled, out of 2006 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Lemons Forever, makes the gate for this year's Oaks. Her full sister, Unbridled Forever, was third in the race last year.
Likely Kentucky Derby favorite American Pharoah gets a bath April 28 at Churchill Downs.
Mr. Z galloping after a two furlong blow out for the Kentucky Derby.
American Pharoah, the likely morning-line favorite for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), tops the NTRA 3-year-old poll that was released April 27.
Kaleem Shah's undefeated Dortmund got reacquainted with the Twin Spires April 27, making his first trip around Churchill Downs this year after arriving from California. Firing Line and Bolo were also on the track Monday.
Churchill Downs Inc., reported April 27 first-quarter results that showed net revenues of $250 million, up 50% over the same quarter of 2014, primarily due to its acquisition of Big Fish Games.
Claire Novak gives us an update on how Bold Conquest worked and his plans while sitting at 22nd. We also learn of yesterday's arrivals first look at the track and those yet to arrive's schedules.
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