A start in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland is the first choice for Classic Empire's final Derby prep, but the race's downgraded status has prompted his connections to put other options back into the discussion.
Addition of world's richest race makes upcoming Championship Meet even more important.
The $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) will be celebrated April 1 at Gulfstream Park, highlighting a record stakes schedule announced Thursday for the 2016-2017 Championship Meet.
Trainer Ben Jones helped reroute the Derby trail from South Florida to Churchill Downs' winner's circle
Nyquist, who has kept to an easy training schedule since arriving at Keeneland April 3, is expected to turn in his first work since winning the April 2 Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 15 around 7 a.m. EDT.
Reddam Racing's Nyquist had another quiet morning at Keeneland April 13, with his first work since a victory in the April 2 Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) for trainer Doug O'Neill coming up soon.
Nyquist, the undefeated champion who is favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), jogged twice around the main track at Keenelanmd Racecourse the morning of April 9.
The bay colt Nyquist, who looks like a sleek sports car in a world of SUVs, seems to go best when he's carrying a chip in the only place you'd want a horse to have one -- on his shoulder. read blog
Gulfstream Park reported record total pari-mutuel handle of $807 million for its 85-day Championship meet that concluded April 3. Average daily handle was $9.49 million.
Colt bounced out of Florida Derby fourth, will ship to Louisville next week.
Champion Nyquist is doing well after his impressive victory in the Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2 at Gulfstream Park. The day after he arrived at Keeneland, where he will train up to the Kentucky Derby.
Gulfstream Park reported record total pari-mutuel handle of $32.09 million for its 14-race Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) program April 2.
Nyquist pushed his perfect record to seven-for-seven with a clear victory in the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2 at Gulfstream Park, while his previously undefeated rival Mohaymen finished fourth.
The Stronach Group founder and honorary chairman Frank Stronach April 1 said that mid-April could offer a time slot for his proposed world's richest race, a $12 million event for older horses.
Owner Reddam is more than willing to play catch-us-if-you-can with Mohaymen now and leave the future to the future. "...There is no guarantee we're going to make the Kentucky Derby," he said.
Horse Racing Radio Network's inaugural "Saturdays at Gulfstream" series concludes this weekend with exclusive live coverage of the Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I).
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park. read blog
"If they peak that race before, it will be hard for them, even with five weeks, to come back and give their best effort," trainer John Servis said of Nyquist and Mohaymen.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra discuss the epic showdown of undefeated Nyquist and Mohaymen in the Florida Derby. watch video
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra discuss the epic showdown of undefeated Nyquist and Mohaymen in the Florida Derby. Presented by Equibase. Download Equibase Past Performances for the Florida Derby.
Five weeks before they chase the penultimate prize in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), the stakes are huge for both star 3-year-olds as they tower over the rest of their Florida Derby competition.
Reddam Racing's undefeated 2-year-old male champion Nyquist completed his cross-country trip late in the afternoon of March 29 and arrived at Gulfstream Park for the April 2 Florida Derby (gr. I).
Trainers Kiaran McLaughlin and Doug O'Neill on March 29 offered their views on Mohaymen and Nyquist, both of whom are undefeated, as they prepare for their first matchup in the $1 million Florida Derby April 2.
In his final timed workout in preparation for the April 2 Florida Derby (gr. I), trainer Doug O'Neill kept the distance the same for Reddam Racing's undefeated Nyquist, but added some company to spice things up March 25.
Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen on March 24 turned in his final work in preparation for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Two of the three reigning Eclipse Award winners put in timed works March 18 at Santa Anita Park, and the third is nearing her first of the season.
Shadwell Stable's multiple grade II-winning son of Tapit soared through a five-furlong breeze in 1:01 Friday morning over the main track at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park's satellite training facility in Palm Beach County.
Jacks or Better Farm's homebred 3-year-old colt Fellowship, who has a pair of third-place finishes in grade II stakes this year, hopes to improve on that in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2.
After an easy half-mile breeze in his first timed workout since his score in the San Vicente (gr. II) Feb. 15, Reddam Racing's Nyquist got back to his standard two-turn workout assignment March 10 at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Doug O'Neill confirmed March 9 that undefeated champion Nyquist is scheduled to arrive at Gulfstream Park March 28 for a highly anticipated clash with undefeated multiple grade II winner Mohaymen in the Florida Derby.
Pre-Derby clash between Mohaymen, Nyquist a step back in time read blog
Trainer Doug O'Neill moved up Nyquist's workout, his first since his victory in the Feb. 15 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II), to March 3 anticipating and hopefully avoiding a pair of storms expected to hit Southern California.
The promising 3-year-old colt Cherry Wine will miss the Feb. 27 Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes because of a fever that spiked Feb.23, trainer Dale Romans said.
Online wagering provider Xpressbet has signed on as the title sponsor of Gulfstream Park's preeminent races for 3-year-olds, the Florida Derby (gr. I) and Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II).
Both of Reddam Racing's Southern California-based Triple Crown contenders are scheduled to head out of town for their next, and likely last, preps for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
With Nyquist already making plans to head east for the Florida Derby (gr. I), Mor Spirit is more likely to stay home in Southern California for his Triple Crown preps.
Awesome Banner and Cherry Wine, two leading candidates for the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 27, turned in impressive five-furlong workouts this morning at Gulfstream Park.
Hialeah's signature 3-year-old event was among nation's best
Retired jockey Herb McCauley will make his debut on Horse Racing Radio Network when HRRN kicks off its "Saturdays at Gulfstream" series Feb. 6 with coverage of the Donn Handicap (gr. I).
Jacks or Better Farm's homebred Awesome Banner led from the start in the $150,000 Swale Stakes (gr. II) and opened up in the stretch to win by five lengths Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park and remain unbeaten.
Zulu, an impressive winner of his first two starts, will skip the Jan. 30 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) and resurface in the Feb. 27 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
Undefeated Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Nyquist worked four furlongs on Santa Anita Park's fast main track Dec. 27 in preparation for his 3-year-old debut in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II).
Coming on the heels of its successful "Saturdays at Saratoga" series, Horse Racing Radio Network announced the debut of their newest broadcast series titled "Saturdays at Gulfstream".
Gulfstream Park will present a stakes program worth a record $11.61 million in purses during its 2015-2016 "Championship Meet," highlighted by the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2.
Sire Afleet Alex will have an undefeated son in Materiality start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, a race in which Afleet Alex finished third.
Ed Harrell and Gil Moutray formed Alto Racing to participate at racing's highest level, and they have accomplished that dream with Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Materiality.
WinStar Farm has acquired a minority interest in Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) hopeful Upstart from owner Ralph Evans.
Six days after missing a scheduled move because of a fever, Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) winner Upstart breezed four furlongs in a bullet :47 2/5 on Friday, April 17 at Palm Meadows training center.
Lambholm South Holy Bull (gr. II) winner Upstart was scheduled to breeze the morning of April 11 at Rick Violette's Palm Meadows base in Boynton Beach, Fla., but the workout was postponed when the colt developed a fever.
Tanya Gunther helps manage and plan the matings for the 330-acre Glennwood operation. The results have been impressive, producing runners such as Stay Thirsty, Stevie Wonderboy, and My Miss Sophia.
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