An unofficial poll of media members covering the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs put Spendthrift Farm's Medal Count at the top of the selections list May 3.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spendthrift's Medal Count is Derby-ready read blog
Trainer Dale Romans talks about why Medal Count is the best horse he's brought to the Kentucky Derby. watch video
Trainer Dale Romans talks about why Medal Count is the best horse he's brought to the Kentucky Derby.
Trainer Dale Romans expresses confidence in the son of Dynaformer who worked a smooth five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 April 26 at Churchill Downs. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.
Medal Count, runner-up in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes April 12, will make his next start in the Kentucky Derby May 3 at Churchill Downs, trainer Dale Romans confirmed April 1.
Trainer Dale Romans has liked Medal Count from early on, and Spendthrift Farm's Dynaformer colt rewarded his faith April 4 in the $100,000 Transylvania Stakes on opening day of the Keeneland spring meet.
Zayat Stables has terminated Steve Asmussen and moved all 12 of its horses that were previously in the trainer's care following an internal investigation on the PETA report and video that was published in the New York Times.
Veteran Guys Reward will bid for his second win of the year in the $150,000 Canadian Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Dale Romans said he is leaning toward running Medal Count in the $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 22.
Owner/breeder Carlos Vaccarezza got his first win as a trainer Feb. 9 at Gulfstream Park with first-time starter Little Alexis.
Halting a six-race winless stretch, Michael Bruder's Guys Reward stormed past favorite Salto late to complete a torrid last-to-first upset in the $150,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Stakes (gr. IIIT) Feb. 1.
Trainer Dale Romans talks about the prospects of Little Mike, who runs in the Hong Kong Cup on December 8. Watch Video
The two American entries drew reasonably well for the Dec. 8 Longines Hong Kong International Races, but not without a little drama for King Kreesa in the Hong Kong Mile (HK-I).
Multiple grade I winner Game On Dude and Travers (gr. I) victor Will Take Charge both drew well for the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) to be held Nov. 29 at Churchill Downs.
A trio of contenders for the Nov. 29 Clark Handicap (gr. I)--Golden Ticket, Bourbon Courage, and Finnegans Wake--turned in their final works Nov. 23 for the premiere race of Churchill's autumn meet.
Donegal Racing's undefeated Cleburne, winner of the Iroqouis Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, will miss the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) with a bucked shin, trainer Dale Romans confirmed Oct. 31.
This year's Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) features a rematch of the first two finishers in 2012, Little Mike and Point of Entry, but the road back to Santa Anita Park Nov. 2 has been anything but smooth for either horse.
Little Mike, back on the beam after a slow start to the 2013 campaign, is set to defend his title against a solid field of domestic and foreign entrants in the $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 2.
A good number of the Oct. 26 works at Santa Anita were by Breeders' Cup candidates getting in major licks before the Nov. 1-2 World Championships, including Classic contenders Mucho Macho Man and Moreno.
About 100 representatives of the southeast Florida horse industry took their "Horse Racing Keeps Florida Running!" message to an Oct. 23 public workshop on possible changes in pari-mutuel and gaming laws.
Multiple grade I winner Dullahan was euthanized on the morning of Oct. 20 after undergoing emergency surgery for colic during the night.
Hear what trainer Dale Romans' contenders are currently doing and what he thinks through prior to entering Breeders' Cup races. watch video
Trainer Dale Romans discusses Little Mike, Silver Max, and other Breeders' Cup contenders. 10/15/2013
Donegal Racing confirmed Oct. 14 the retirement of multiple grade I winner Dullahan, due to a tendon injury sustained after the colt's last start in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar Aug. 25.
Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan saw his nine-race win streak come to an end Oct. 5 at Keeneland when Silver Max delivered a front-running score in the Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (gr. II), which was moved to the main track.
Priscilla Vaccarezza's Little Mike got back on track after four consecutive losses with a narrow win in the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park Sept. 28.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey homebred Big Blue Kitten will try to secure his third straight grade I win when he faces an expected nine rivals in the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Classic Invitational Stakes Sept. 28 at Belmont Park.
Three of the most accomplished 2-year-olds on the grounds turned in major training moves at Churchill Downs Sunday Sept. 22 in preparation for what their connections hope will be a trip to the Breeders' Cup.
A pair of longshots trained by Dale Romans for Donegal Racing swept the exacta in the $171,750 Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 7 at Churchill Downs when Cleburne edged a fast-closing Smart Cover by a neck.
Mountaineer Juvenile winner Rise Up is the 120-pound highweight, while promising Ride On Curlin and Tapiture, runner-up to Hopeful (gr. I) winner Strong Mandate last out, are among those slated to run.
Eldaafer got the nod in a photo finish Sept. 2 at Parx Racing, nosing out Indian Jones for victory in the $200,000 Greenwood Cup (gr. III). The 8-year-old gelding is best known for his win in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Marathon.
Silver Max ran legitimate fractions early and had plenty left to finish up late in the $245,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) Aug. 31 at Saratoga Race Course.
If Little Mike makes Arlington Million history, it will be over the likes of Grandeur, Indy Point, The Apache, and Hunter's Light as top international turf contenders gather at Arlington Park for the oval's marquee event.
If Little Mike repeats in the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 17, breeder/owner Carlo Vaccarezza might use the Arlington Park winner's circle as a platform to challenge Horse of the Year Wise Dan to a match race.
- By Claire Novak
Trainer Dale Romans talks about the chances of 2012 Arlington Million (gr.I) winner Little Mike repeating in this year's edition, coming up Aug. 17. Watch Video
Eclipse Award-winning trainer Dale Romans talks about the chances of 2012 Arlington Million (gr.I) winner Little Mike repeating in this year's edition, coming up Aug. 17.
Little Mike, who took the 2012 Arlington Million (gr. IT), will defend his crown against a field that includes the winners of group I races on four other continents in the Aug. 17 running at Arlington Park.
Dullahan went five furlongs at Churchill Downs in :59 flat the morning of Aug. 11, best of 12 workouts at the distance in preparation for his title defense in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) Aug. 25.
Defending Arlington Million (gr. IT) champion Little Mike, trained by Dale Romans, was pre-entered along with 13 others for the 31st renewal of the prestigious race Aug. 17.
Joel Rosario, who guided Dullahan to victory in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic in 2012, will ride Game On Dude in the 23rd edition of Del Mar's signature event Aug. 25.
Last year's Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) winner Silver Max flashed speed from the gate to add the July 28 Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth to his portfolio for trainer Dale Romans and owners Mark Bacon and Dana Wells.
Donegal Racing's multiple grade I winner Dullahan takes on two-time Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT) victor Rahystrada in the July 13 renewal of the 1 1/4-mile turf event at Arlington Park.
After capturing three grade I victories on the turf last year, capped by a win in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, Little Mike will make his first U.S. start of the 2013 season in the United Nations Stakes.
Six horses are entered in the grade III, 1 1/8-mile race at Prairie Meadows on the night of June 29.
Last year's Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Little Mike breezed four furlongs in :50.80 June 11 on the Churchill Downs turf in preparation for a start in the United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) July 6 at Monmouth Park.
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