Peacock Racing Stables' Gunnevera, a three-time graded stakes winner and a millionaire in his young career, took his first steps on the main track at Churchill Downs on Tuesday morning with exercise rider Victor Farrel aboard.
"Beautiful" is how Mandella described the April 21 work of Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) contender Paradise Woods, who went four furlongs in :47 3/5 Friday at Santa Anita Park in her penultimate exercise for the May 5 test.
Hall of Fame trainer has 81 grade 1 wins but has never won the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).
Miss Sky Warrior and Yorkiepoo Princess meet in the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (G2) April 8 at Aqueduct Racetrack, a race that will determine the likelihood of their progression to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).
Stonestreet Stables' Valadorna, runner up in the 2016 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), will miss the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) and be sidelined the next few months after emerging from an April 1 workout with an injury.
Overlooked prior to her 14-1 upset of the Forward Gal Stakes (G2) six weeks ago, Dorothy Alexander Matz's homebred Tequilita figures to be one of the horses to beat when she returns to Gulfstream Park April 1.
Unique Bella, considered a leading contender for this year's Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), has been sidelined with a shin issue.
Potential Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) contenders Farrell and Valadorna breezed March 10 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Farrell drilled a half-mile in :49 3/5, while Valadorna went in :49 1/5.
Unique Bella will take on two fresh grade 1 winners in her next step toward Churchill Downs on the first Friday in May in the $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes (G3) March 4 at Santa Anita Park.
The addition of the two Arlington stakes races lifted total stakes purses to be offered during the upcoming meet to $8.84 million, an increase of $200,000 from the $8.64 million in stakes purses offered in the 2016 spring meet.
14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) runner-up Valadorna will winter in New Orleans at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, according to conditioner Mark Casse.
Churchill Downs announced Nov. 17 it will increase walk-up general admission and advanced purchase pricing for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Continued growth in the week leading up to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) fueled an increase in earnings for the racing segment of Churchill Downs Inc. in the second quarter of 2016.
Deep Impact offspring dominated the top of the market at the yearling session of the JRHA select sale July 11 with eight in the top 10 highest prices, including the first six best sellers that were topped by a colt out of champion Awesome Feather.
For a second straight year Churchill Downs registered an increase in total pari-mutuel handle for its 38-day spring meet.
Land Over Sea and Go Maggie Go will make a quick turnaround off positive runs in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) to try another Friday feature May 20 in the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (gr. II) at Pimlico Race Course.
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One day after winning the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with Cathryn Sophia, trainer John Servis captured the Parx Oaks with Miss Inclusive.
Churchill Downs issued a statement saying it is tweaking its admissions procedures that resulted in lengthy delays for some ticketholders for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) card May 6.
All-sources handle for Kentucky Oaks day rose 6% to $49 million.
Cash is King's Cathryn Sophia rebounded from a third-place finish in the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) with an impressive off-the-pace win in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 6 at Churchill Downs.
Watch the connections of Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia talk about their big win.
Claire Novak recaps Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs.
Claire Novak sets the stage for Kentucky Oaks Day.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) featuring Rachel's Valentina, Land Over Sea, Mokat, Cathryn Sophia, Weep No More, Go Maggie Go, and Lewis Bay. Sponsored by Equibase.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Age of Humor||Michael J. Maker||
|Ailalea||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Amen Hallelujah||Richard E. Dutrow, Jr.||
|Beautician||Kenneth G. McPeek||
|Bella Diamante||M. Brent Davidson||
|Blind Luck||Jerry Hollendorfer||
|Champagne d'Oro||Eric J. Guillot||
|Crisp||John W. Sadler||
|Evening Jewel||James M. Cassidy||
|It's Tea Time||George R. Arnold, II||
|Joanie's Catch||Barry R. Rose||
|Jody Slew||W. Bret Calhoun||
|Quiet Temper||Dale L. Romans||
|Tidal Pool||D. Wayne Lukas||
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