The BloodHorse.com News Update for Sunday April 27, 2014. Claire Novak provides insight on the stand out works, including times, and why Intense Holiday was the buzz of the track. Watch great video footage of these works. watch video
As typical of Derby works, the good ones drew waves of excitement, while others were overblown as bad works. And some were, well, just works. read blog
Sunland Derby (gr. III) winner Chitu worked six furlongs from the Churchill Downs' starting gate in 1:13 1/5 the morning of April 27 in his final preparations for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Trainer Billy Gowan supervised the final major preparations of Arkansas Derby (gr. I) runner-up Ride On Curlin on April 27, sending the Curlin colt through seven furlongs in 1:29 at Churchill Downs.
Stewart Elliott won the 2004 Kentucky Derby aboard Smarty Jones. Watch and learn about what Stewart's life has been like since that win. watch video
Jockey Pat Day reached the pinnacle of the sport during his 30-plus-year career, but for all his accomplishments on the racetrack, including a victory in the 1992 Kentucky Derby, he is best-known for his personal testimony. Read Feature
Trainer Graham Motion said because of a fever, Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) winner Ring Weekend is no longer being considered for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
If there was any concern about the plodding time turned in by Wildcat Red in his final serious move before the Kentucky Derby, it was not showing on trainer Jose Garoffalo, who seemed in good spirits after the Sunday breeze.
Something deserved by Garoffalo's family is the chance at watching a Derby run in person. But after decades spent in the industry in Venezuela, Jose Garoffalo Sr. will watch from home while his son chases history.
Trainer Dale Romans talks about why Medal Count is the best horse he's brought to the Kentucky Derby. watch video
Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner Dance With Fate drilled four furlongs on Santa Anita's main track April 26 in :47 flat for trainer Peter Eurton, his final major workout before shipping out for the Kentucky Derby.
- By Steve Haskin
From Kentucky to New York to California to Maryland, there were Kentucky Derby works galore the past two days. read blog
With many fans making their first-ever visit to Los Alamitos just to see him, California Chrome put in his final work April 26 before he heads to Louisville for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
On Saturday, April 26, trainer Mike Maker wrapped up serious work for two of his three Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hopefuls when Vicar's in Trouble and Harry's Holiday each breezed five furlongs at Churchill Downs.
California trainer John Sadler sent Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) winner Candy Boy through his final major preparations for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) April 26 at Churchill Downs.
Trainer John Sadler talks about the April 26 work of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contender Candy Boy. watch video
A few years ago Xavier Moreau was talking to his Ocala, Fla. area neighbor Wilson Winter when the retired businessman mentioned his interest in getting into Thoroughbred breeding.
Stars of the "Horseplayers" reality TV show will go head to head. Part of the winning proceeds from the contest will go to Thoroughbred Charities of America.
Churchill Downs April 25 re-emphasized its annual enhanced security measures for horses competing in the Kentucky Derby and the ongoing safety and integrity measures included in its "Safety from Start to Finish" program.
A Look At Winning Derby Pedigrees With Brisnet.com and Doug Salvatore. read blog
Welcome to the 2014 Kentucky Derby. read blog
Pablo Del Monte, third-place finisher in the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I), worked six furlongs at Keeneland April 25 to prepare for a possible start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
While Todd Pletcher often gives his horses more rest between starts than the three weeks afforded his Arkansas Derby (gr. I) winner Danza before this year's Kentucky Derby, he believes the Street Boss colt can deliver.
How does racing at age 2 impact a horse's chances in the Kentucky Derby? read blog
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin reports that Miller Lite Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) winner Cairo Prince is slated to undergo surgery April 25 in Lexington and could return for a late summer/early autumn campaign.
The Pioneerof the Nile colt breezed three furlongs in a swift :34.41 before galloping out four furlongs in :45 3/5 at Gulfstream Park April 24.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Derby Trial Stakes. read blog
As usual, trainer Bob Baffert has the racing world hanging on his every move leading up to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), even as he enters horses in the April 26 Derby Trial (gr. III).
Churchill Downs Inc. reported April 23 that the racetrack and gaming company's revenues increased $19.4 million to total a record $167.3 million during the first three months of 2014.
In preparations for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), grade I-placed General a Rod completed a leisurely five-furlong breeze in 1:03 2/5 on April 23 at Churchill Downs.
Grade II winner Hoppertunity breezed five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 April 23 at Churchill Downs as the son of Any Given Saturday prepares for a start in the upcoming Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Sunday Silence and Easy Goer battled through the Triple Crown 25 years ago.
If trainer Art Sherman seems calm for a Triple Crown newcomer who figures to be saddling this year's Kentucky Derby favorite in California Chrome, some of that confidence traces to his star's racing foundation.
NBC Sports Group announced April 22 that Olympic figure skaters Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski have been added to its coverage of the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), it was announced April 22.
Horse Racing Radio Network announced April 22 it has reached an agreement with Yahoo! Sports Radio to carry the network's 2014 Triple Crown broadcasts on more than 70 Yahoo! Sports Radio affiliates across the U.S.
Steve Haskin shares his thoughts on Danza's shocking performance in the Arkansas Derby and what it could mean for the Kentucky Derby contender.
Evan Hammonds recaps his top 5 Kentucky Derby prep race performances by horses still on the Kentucky Derby trail. watch video
Wildcat Red, working a half-mile at Gulfstream Park the morning of April 20, was reunited with jockey Luis Saez for the first time since they teamed for a front-running victory in the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth.
Dynamic Impact continued trainer Mark Casse's big spring April 19, edging 2-5 favorite Midnight Hawk by the narrowest of noses in the $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. II) at Hawthorne Race Course.
Phipps Stables' homebred Mr Speaker took to the Polytrack like a fish to water April 19, skipping home in the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. III) in his first try on the synthetic stuff.
California Chrome, early favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) took another step forward when he cruised four furlongs at his Los Alamitos headquarters the morning of April 19 in :47 4/5.
Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) winner Cairo Prince has sustained an injury to his left front ankle and will miss the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said April 19.
Racing Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas promised "more stories than Mother Goose," and the four-time Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner--and a panel of five other Derby winners--delivered on that promise. read blog
Vicar's in Trouble, the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner owned by Ken and Sarah K. Ramsey, worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 at the Churchill Downs training center April 19.
- By Frank Angst
Everyone loves a longshot story and fans swapped their best memories of Mine That Bird's improbable Derby score on Friday, April 18 at Keeneland. read blog
Churchill Downs has released its list of security and hospitality policies and procedures for the 2014 Longines Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (both gr. I) May 2-3.
The battling New York-breds Samraat and Uncle Sigh both turned in solid works at Belmont Park April 18, and will have one more work there before shipping to Churchill Downs.
Doug Salvatore profiles the form, pedigree, speed and red flags of Kentucky Derby contenders. Part 2 of 3. read blog
In his first work since winning the TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I), Wicked Strong breezed a solid half-mile in :49.62 seconds the morning of April 17 over the Belmont Park training track.
Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin discuss injuries on the Kentucky Derby Trail, the Arkansas Derby and the Blue Grass, the Churchill Downs takeout increase and more. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. Watch Video
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