Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Nyquist is the likely individual choice, but the ever-popular "all others" wager is the morning-line favorite for the first pool of the 2016 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
Smarty Jones, whose 2004 Triple Crown bid and affable connections earned him legions of fans, is returning to Central Kentucky from Pennsylvania to take up stallion duties at Calumet Farm. His fee for 2016 will be $7,500.
There is no harsher critic of racing films than yours truly, and I sadly have had to carve apart recent flicks with the dexterity of a surgeon with a scalpel. read blog
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Frank De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park. read blog
Big Chief Racing's Exaggerator, a steady fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), was installed the 2-1 morning-line choice for the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 21.
Frank Stronach hopes Giacomo will stimulate the Oregon breeding industry; Oakhurst Thoroughbreds gets its second Kentucky Derby winner at stud.
- By Steve Haskin
Several years ago during Kentucky Derby week, I wrote a small segment in my column about Iraqi War veteran Chris Simonds and his special Kentucky Derby dream. read blog
- By Steve Haskin
It was just me, American Pharoah, and Jimmy Barnes with not another soul around in as intimate a moment as I could ever recall with a Derby favorite. read blog
J. Keeler Johnson shares his thoughts on four up-and-coming 2yos. read blog
The last day to register online for presale of about 10,000 reserved seats for the 2016 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Longines Kentucky Oaks (both gr. I) is Nov. 4, Churchill Downs officials said.
War Emblem arrived in the United States Oct. 12 after 13 years standing stud at Shadai Stallion Station in Hokkaido, Japan. He will clear quarantine at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital before vanning to Old Friends.
- By Claire Novak
Reigning Horse of the Year California Chrome at Taylor Made Stallions Sept. 25, 2015. Watch Video
Reigning Horse of the Year California Chrome at Taylor Made Stallions Sept. 25, 2015.
Super Saver represents the male line of 1969 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Majestic Prince, a branch of the Raise a Native sire line that has been overshadowed by the much more numerous Mr. Prospector tribe.
Marketing icon Ed Seigenfeld, former executive vice president of Triple Crown Productions, died Sept. 16 in Louisville, Ky., after a brief illness. He was 78.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. read blog
- By Steve Haskin
Somewhere there is a Kentucky Derby with Dale Romans' name on it. read blog
Churchill Downs has announced an extensive $18 million capital project to modernize the Turf Club and several other premium areas.
Churchill Downs announced Aug. 24 a redesigned website for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and a partnership with Ticketmaster for the sale of tickets to the Derby and Longines Kentucky Oaks.
On Aug. 20, tightening the screws for an upcoming run in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I), the 3-year-old son of Tapit got down to business under jockey Joel Rosario with a five-furlong bullet move in :59.59 at Saratoga.
Though Uncle Sigh didn't win at Saratoga Aug. 16, trainer Gary Contessa was satisfied with the effort put forth by the 4-year-old colt who last raced in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (gr. I).
Record adjusted earnings for Kentucky Derby week, up more than $6 million compared with last year, helped Churchill Downs Inc. register record adjusted second-quarter earnings of $157.2 million.
Grade III winner Went the Day Well, who finished fourth in the 2012 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has arrived in Uruguay and will stand for Las Zainas Farm, according to bloodstock agent Pablo Nunez.
Churchill Downs Racetrack July 21 unveiled the official logos for the 2016 editions of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Taylor Made Farm closed a deal July 17 to purchase 30% interest in dual classic winner and 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome with the intent of racing the champion next year, then stand him at stud in 2017.
Churchill Downs Inc. announced July 14 that Robert L. Evans will retire as executive chairman of the company and as a member of management effective Sept. 30.
Conveyance, a multiple graded stakes-winning son of Indian Charlie, has been retired and will stand the 2016 breeding season at Doug Arnold's Buck Pond Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Chitu, a speedy colt who pushed the early pace in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been retired, according to trainer Bob Baffert.
Genuine Reward, one of only two living foals produced by 1980 Kentucky Derby (gr. I)-winning filly Genuine Risk, has found a new home at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center near Lexington.
Boosted by record wagering on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) card, Churchill Downs registered a 2.46% increase in pari-mutuel handle during its 38-day spring meet.
Steve Haskin has resigned as Blood-Horse's senior correspondent to pursue other opportunities. He has been with Blood-Horse since December 1998.
Scenes from June 13, 2015 at Churchill Downs when American Pharoah was paraded, and his connections received their engraved trophies.
Scenes from June 13, 2015 at Churchill Downs when American Pharoah was paraded, and his connections received their engraved trophies. View Slideshow
Anne M. Eberhardt captured images of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah as he returned to the track on June 12, 2015. read blog
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is the center of attention as he gets a bath at Churchill Downs after his first morning back to the track June 12, 2015. Watch Video
For 37 years, the gates to racing's pantheon have remained shut, rusted with time, leaving a number of fallen heroes strewn along its steps. read blog
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is scheduled to parade during the June 13 "Downs After Dark" program at Churchill Downs.
Given record wagering during the opening week of its spring meet, Churchill Downs June 9 announced a 10% hike in overnight purses for the remaining 11 programs of the meeting.
A glimpse into American Pharoah's victories in the three jewels of the Triple Crown. watch video
A glimpse into American Pharoah's victories in the three jewels of the Triple Crown.
It is hard to imagine the man outside John Terranova's Belmont Park barn is the same person who was perched on the Santa Anita grandstand steps countless mornings before the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Handicapping, Triple Crown, Kentucky Oaks, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region
With pari-mutuel wagering up for the Kentucky Oaks day card, the Kentucky Derby day card, and the Preakness day card, racing enjoyed a 4.82% increase in wagering in the all-important month of May.
Thoroughbred racing once again pinned hopes and dreams upon the latest Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner heading into the Belmont. Finally, American Pharoah delivered, rolling to victory and becoming the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown.
Dallas Stewart, trainer of Charles Fipke's homebred Tale of Verve, finds himself in a familiar spot heading into Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 6.
Since Affirmed swept the Triple Crown in 1978, there have been a total of 13 horses who have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Of those, 12 failed in the Belmont Stakes and one was scratched the day. read blog
The Metropolitan Handicap once served as a Belmont Stakes prep race. Read the full feature by Steve Haskin in the June 6, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse. view slideshow
Zayat Stables' Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah completed his final pre-race work June 1 at Churchill Downs, breezing five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 under jockey Martin Garcia.
J. Keeler Johnson analyzes the potential pace scenario of the Belmont Stakes. read blog
Claire Novak updates us on American Pharoah's final breeze before the 2015 Belmont Stakes.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) hopeful Tale of Verve took to the Belmont Park main track May 30 to log his final breeze in advance of the $1.5 million race June 6.
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