Thirstforlife to make first start in Churchill Downs stakes.
Topped by an Into Mischief colt bought by Spendthrift Farm for $335,000, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April sale of 2-year-olds in training began on a strong note April 19, with across-the-board increases in gross, average, and median prices.
Gainesway stallion To Honor and Serve was represented by his first winner April 19 when his first starter, French General, won his debut in the second race at Turf Paradise.
During the April 14 under tack session for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co’s spring 2-year-olds in training sale, a son of Shackleford breezed a quarter-mile in :20 2/5, the fastest at the distance so far during the first four of six workout sessions.
Nyquist, who has kept to an easy training schedule since arriving at Keeneland April 3, is expected to turn in his first work since winning the April 2 Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 15 around 7 a.m. EDT.
Reddam Racing's Nyquist had another quiet morning at Keeneland April 13, with his first work since a victory in the April 2 Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) for trainer Doug O'Neill coming up soon.
Workouts for next week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's April spring sale of 2-year-olds in training continued April 12, with three horses equaling the fastest breeze time for an eighth of a mile.
Nyquist, the undefeated champion who is favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), jogged twice around the main track at Keenelanmd Racecourse the morning of April 9.
The bay colt Nyquist, who looks like a sleek sports car in a world of SUVs, seems to go best when he's carrying a chip in the only place you'd want a horse to have one -- on his shoulder. read blog
Gulfstream Park reported record total pari-mutuel handle of $807 million for its 85-day Championship meet that concluded April 3. Average daily handle was $9.49 million.
Colt bounced out of Florida Derby fourth, will ship to Louisville next week.
Champion Nyquist is doing well after his impressive victory in the Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2 at Gulfstream Park. The day after he arrived at Keeneland, where he will train up to the Kentucky Derby.
Gulfstream Park reported record total pari-mutuel handle of $32.09 million for its 14-race Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) program April 2.
Nyquist pushed his perfect record to seven-for-seven with a clear victory in the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2 at Gulfstream Park, while his previously undefeated rival Mohaymen finished fourth.
The Stronach Group founder and honorary chairman Frank Stronach April 1 said that mid-April could offer a time slot for his proposed world's richest race, a $12 million event for older horses.
Owner Reddam is more than willing to play catch-us-if-you-can with Mohaymen now and leave the future to the future. "...There is no guarantee we're going to make the Kentucky Derby," he said.
Horse Racing Radio Network's inaugural "Saturdays at Gulfstream" series concludes this weekend with exclusive live coverage of the Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I).
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park. read blog
"If they peak that race before, it will be hard for them, even with five weeks, to come back and give their best effort," trainer John Servis said of Nyquist and Mohaymen.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra discuss the epic showdown of undefeated Nyquist and Mohaymen in the Florida Derby. watch video
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra discuss the epic showdown of undefeated Nyquist and Mohaymen in the Florida Derby. Presented by Equibase. Download Equibase Past Performances for the Florida Derby.
Five weeks before they chase the penultimate prize in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), the stakes are huge for both star 3-year-olds as they tower over the rest of their Florida Derby competition.
Reddam Racing's undefeated 2-year-old male champion Nyquist completed his cross-country trip late in the afternoon of March 29 and arrived at Gulfstream Park for the April 2 Florida Derby (gr. I).
Trainers Kiaran McLaughlin and Doug O'Neill on March 29 offered their views on Mohaymen and Nyquist, both of whom are undefeated, as they prepare for their first matchup in the $1 million Florida Derby April 2.
In his final timed workout in preparation for the April 2 Florida Derby (gr. I), trainer Doug O'Neill kept the distance the same for Reddam Racing's undefeated Nyquist, but added some company to spice things up March 25.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Arch Traveler||James A. Jerkens||
|Bowman's Causeway||Roger L. Attfield||
|Dialed In||Nicholas P. Zito||
|Flashpoint||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Shackleford||Dale L. Romans||
|Soldat||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Stay Thirsty||Todd A. Pletcher||
|To Honor and Serve||William I. Mott||
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