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).
Ok, the time has finally come to try to answer the burning questions that make Kentucky Derby 141 one of the most intriguing Thoroughbred events seen in a very long time. read blog
Churchill Downs' John Asher says weather, advance ticket sales bode well. Watch Video
"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."
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). read blog
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.
- By Tom LaMarra
Two members of Congress, on the eve of two of Thoroughbred racing's biggest days, announced introduction of legislation that would end interstate simulcasts to encourage racing to end what they call widespread cheating.
As expected, given a 20-horse field that is knee-deep in fast young horses, the TimeformUS Pace Projector is projecting a fast pace. read blog
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.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Kentucky Derby. Who are your picks? watch video
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
Claire Novak updates the news of the day, including Mubtaahij's gallop, Keen Ice's stumble, and scheduled schoolings. Watch Video
Steve Haskin looks at the post positions for the Kentucky Derby and how the race will be run. read blog
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.
Ken Ramsey said he is loaded with 2-year-olds for next year's Kentucky Derby, but International Star, who swept the Fair Grounds Derby preps, might get him the roses a year earlier than planned.
Trainer Dallas Stewart discusses his confidence in late Kentucky Derby entrant Tale of Verve. Watch Video
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.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert talks about post 18 for American Pharoah and 8 for Dortmund drawn April 29 for the May 2 Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Watch Video
Kentucky Derby contender Upstart on April 29, after going to the track for the first time. watch video
Frosted and Upstart arrived safe and sound Tuesday evening and were out on the track this morning and feeling good in their respective strong gallops. read blog
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.
Trainer Rick Violette talks about Upstart and his prospects for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Watch Video
More stories, quips, and insights from this year's Kentucky Derby Trainers' Dinner held April 28 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Louisville.
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.
- By Ron Mitchell
Kentucky Derby contender Dortmund, schooling in Churchill Downs paddock April 29. 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. watch video
- By Frank Angst
Looking at the recent past performances of the 20 horses likely to start in the 2015 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), more than half the field would like to be racing a length or two off the lead. read blog
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.
Six-time French champion jockey Christophe Soumillon and rising U.S. rider Florent Geroux will be making their first Kentucky Derby starts May 2.
Review the stats and race results from the Kentucky Derby Championship Series of 50 and 100 point races. Sponsored by WinStar Farm view slideshow
Phil Birsh likes nothing more than getting off a fast one-liner, often at his own expense, but his good-looking New York-bred Tendencur needs to be taken seriously in the Run for the Roses.
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
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin talks about the arrival of Kentucky Derby contender Frosted April 29. watch video
When my wife, Denise, and I decided to get into the horse racing business as owners, we used the same approach taken when entering a cold swimming pool. First, we stuck in a big toe.
Before concentrating on what sire I selected for Love the Chase, it's probably best to take a step back and look at the process I used to find him. Again, you have to look at the mare's bloodline first.
As a breeder, how then do we stack the deck heavy? Female family inbreeding (FFI) offers a statistically significant improvement over other techniques for breeding champions.
A lively exchange between Hall of Fame trainers Bob Baffert and D. Wayne Lukas energized the annual Kentucky Derby Trainers' Dinner April 28.
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.
Ron Mitchell and Steve Haskin discuss the contenders for the Kentucky Derby, including American Pharoah, Dortmund, and International Star, how the draw will impact the field, and who Steve likes. Listen Now
Mike de Kock answers questions about Mubtaahij, who arrived at Churchill Downs on April 28, 2015. watch video
The crowds are beginning to mass on the backstretch, and on Tuesday were treated to a whirlwind of Derby horses training, including new faces Carpe Diem, and mystery horse Mubtaahij. read blog
Claire Novak recaps the news of the day, including Carpe Diem, Mubtaahij, and International Star on track, comments from trainer Mike de Kock, and the Oaks post position draw. Watch Video
Trainer Mike Maker and International Star are out of limelight at Churchill Downs. watch video
Trainer Art Sherman reflects on his year since winning Kentucky Derby with California Chrome. Watch Video
Likely Kentucky Derby favorite American Pharoah gets a bath April 28 at Churchill Downs. watch video
Kentucky Derby contenders have strong ties to previous Derbys through their sires. read blog
Likely Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite American Pharoah leads a trio of homebreds being pointed to this year's classic.
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