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I Want Revenge in Bullet Work for Derby

I Want Revenge in Bullet Work for Derby

Wood Memorial winner I Want Revenge zipped along the Churchill Downs main track April 28 as he worked a half-mile in a bullet :47 1/5 in preparation for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). The time was the fastest among 49 horses working that distance.

Breen Calmly Approaches First Kentucky Derby

Breen Calmly Approaches First Kentucky Derby

When trainer Kelly Breen saddles West Side Bernie and Atomic Rain in the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), it will be the first time the 39-year-old conditioner has started a horse in the Run for the Roses. But for now, he is trying to keep calm and keep his mind busy.

Pletcher: Two In Derby; Two Undecided

Pletcher: Two In Derby; Two Undecided

Trainer Todd Pletcher said the morning of April 28 that two of the horses in his care, Dunkirk and Join in the Dance, are definite for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Decisions have not been made on two others he trains, Advice and Take the Points.

Friesan Fire Sizzles in Final Pre-Derby Work

Friesan Fire Sizzles in Final Pre-Derby Work

Friesan Fire burned up the track April 27 at Churchill Downs, working five furlongs in a blazing :57 4/5 during his final serious move before the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I). Wearing red and white blinkers and carrying jockey Gabriel Saez, the 3-year-old son of A.P. Indy turned in splits of :11 1/5, :22 1/5, :33 3/5, and 45:1/5. Friesan Fire galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.

Pioneerof the Nile Cruises in 1:01 Work

Pioneerof the Nile Cruises in 1:01 Work

Pioneerof the Nile didn't turn in the fastest five-furlong work April 27 at Churchill Downs, but that wasn't the goal for his trainer, Bob Baffert. The 3-year-old son of Empire Maker cruised through five furlongs in 1:01 and impressed onlookers with his long, free-flowing stride in his final breeze before the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I).

Win Willy Preps for Kentucky Derby

Win Willy Preps for Kentucky Derby

Win Willy, the son of Monarchos who entered the Triple Crown picture with an upset victory in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II), turned in his final preparation for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a five-furlong work in 1:02 2/5 April 27 at Churchill Downs.

Past Kentucky Derby Winners: Monarchos

Past Kentucky Derby Winners: Monarchos

The 2001 Kentucky Derby winner is the only horse besides the great Secretariat to win the race in under two minutes. Esther Marr visits with Charlie Nuckols, owner of Nuckols Farm, where Monarchos now resides.

Quality Road Update: Some Blood After Gallop

Quality Road Update: Some Blood After Gallop

Quality Road, a contender for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), returned from a mile and three-quarter gallop on the Belmont Park training track April 26 with a tinge of blood from a newly-patched quarter crack, but his connections remain optimistic he will make the May 2 "Run for the Roses."

Mr. Hot Stuff Preps for Kentucky Derby

Mr. Hot Stuff Preps for Kentucky Derby

WinStar Farm's Mr. Hot Stuff, third in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), had a West Coast tuneup for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) when he worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 at Santa Anita April 26.

Kruytbosch's Memory Lives On at Churchill

On Friday, the day before the opening of Churchill Downs' Spring-Summer meet, Bobbie Jo Porter received a gift. It was a remembrance she didn't expect, but one she cherishes. And it was the simplest of gifts.

Quality Road Jogs, Jerkens Still Confident

Quality Road Jogs, Jerkens Still Confident

In an April 25 conference call, trainer Jimmy Jerkens reported that Quality Road jogged a couple of miles around the Belmont Park track and experienced no further problems with his latest quarter crack, which was patched by hoof specialist Ian McKinlay earlier in the morning.

Godolphin's Desert Party on Track for Derby

Godolphin's Desert Party on Track for Derby

Desert Party was the second of two Godolphin Racing horses on the track at Churchill Downs April 25 to complete his works for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and his :59 3/5 timing for five furlongs was second only behind stablemate Regal Ransom's bullet work of :59 1/5.

Regal Ransom Zips Over Churchill Surface

Godolphin Racing's Regal Ransom showed his affinity for the Churchill Downs surface when the 3-year-old son of Distorted Humor zipped five furlongs in a bullet :59 1/5 April 25 in his final preparation for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

Singer Acquires Piece of I Want Revenge

Singer Acquires Piece of I Want Revenge

IEAH Stables announced on April 25 that Jeff Singer has acquired a percentage of Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender I Want Revenge from IEAH.

Quality Road Treated, Jerkens Optimistic

Quality Road Treated, Jerkens Optimistic

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens expressed optimism on the afternoon of April 24 that Quality Road, a leading contender for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), would be able to make the May 2 classic after noted hoof specialist Ian McKinlay treated a second quarter crack in the colt's right-front hoof at Belmont Park.

WinStar Prepares For Busy Week

WinStar Prepares For Busy Week

WinStar Farm's Hold Me Back, winner of the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) and second in the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I), is scheduled to leave Keeneland on April 24 for Churchill Downs in preparation for his next start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

Kentucky Derby: Graded Stakes Earnings

Kentucky Derby: Graded Stakes Earnings

Updated: April 28, 2009
The field for the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Saturday, to be run on May 2, 2009 at Churchill Downs, is limited to 20 horses. If more than 20 are entered, preference will be given to entrants based on earnings in graded stakes races.

Triple Crown Talk: Lexington Analysis

Triple Crown Talk blog, with host Jason Shandler, analyzes the the Coolmore Lexington (gr. II). Plus, join Jason and Double Deuce from The WinnersForum.com for a live chat at noon Eastern on April 18.

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