Trainer Todd Pletcher stated all was well with newly minted Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming the morning after the colt's stirring triumph in the first leg of the Triple Crown.
- Bay Colt
- Born 2014
Topped by Tapwrit's $1.2 million price, a dozen of the 20 horses in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) were purchased at public auction, several of them more than once.
Whispering Oaks went "all-in" on stakes-placed Halo Humor, who brothers Keith and Allen Crupper paid more for than any other broodmare or broodmare prospect in the 17 years they have been breeding Thoroughbreds together.
After trainer Chad Brown watched how Practical Joke breezed wearing blinkers April 28 at Churchill Downs, the Eclipse Award-winning trainer is leaning toward equipping the two-time grade 1 winner with a small cup pair for the Kentucky Derby.
J. Keeler Johnson takes an early look at the potential pace of the 2017 Kentucky Derby.
The details in the Dozen make the difference as the Derby draws near.
Irap, who broke his maiden with a three-quarter-length win in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) April 8, put in his first move since that shocker, working a mile in 1:44 at Keeneland Friday morning.
The relative quiet surroundings of Keeneland's Barn 43 provided the perfect setting for the connections of Irap the morning of April 9 as they went about digesting what the son of Tiznow pulled off the evening before.
As his connections watched their $1.2 million purchase finish last in the field of 10 in his Saratoga Race Course debut, they were hit with the sinking feeling that the potential they thought they saw the summer before had led them awry.
Chad Brown will send out Practical Joke in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) and the Eclipse Award-winning trainer likes that the April 8 race at Keeneland allows his two-time grade 1 winner an extra week of training.
Two people in the past month have asked me, “So, who is your Derby horse?” Yet I was as dumbfounded at the second asking as I’d been on the first. I have no idea who my Derby horse is. And for two good reasons.
Peacock Racing Stable's Gunnevera exited his 5 3/4-length triumph in the March 4 $400,000 Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park "happy and sound," trainer Antonio Sano reported Sunday.
Gunnevera proved a most visually impressive specimen in the 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth Stakes, motoring from last in the 10-horse field to win over grade 1 winner Practical Joke while even-money favorite Irish War Cry finished off the board.
On the heels of his 3 3/4-length triumph in the Feb. 4 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (G2), Irish War Cry can give trainer Graham Motion the distinction of having a divisional favorite should he prevail in the Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth (G2)
The first Derby Dozen of 2017 is here! Find out who is number one, and who else made the list
To celebrate the arrival of another year and another Kentucky Derby season, let's take a look at J. Keeler Johnson's Kentucky Derby Top 10 list for 2017.
Trainer Mark Casse was openly confident regarding John Oxley's Classic Empire, and was proven right when the bay colt held off favored Not This Time to win the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
This year we not only have a deep, talented field for the Juvenile, but the vast majority of them also look like Derby horses in terms of class, pedigree, and running style.
A geographically diverse and evenly matched field is set to face the starter in the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) going 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita Park Nov. 5.
It may be unprecedented in the annals of Thoroughbred public auctions. Over the Oct. 7-10 weekend, all 10 grade I stakes contested in North America were won by horses that had either sold or been offered for sale at Keeneland in Lexington.
Training titans of both coasts will square off in the $500,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at a flat mile Oct. 8 at Belmont Park.
Practical Joke rallied to win the seven-furlong Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) for 2-year-olds Sept. 5 at Saratoga. Classic Empire, the 8-5 favorite, wheeled soon after the start and tossed rider Irad Ortiz Jr.
|Trainer||Chad C. Brown|
|Owner||Klaravich Stables, Inc. and Lawrence, William H.|
|Practical Joke View Five-Cross Pedigree||Into Mischief||Harlan's Holiday|
|Halo Humor||Distorted Humor|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Clear Ridge Stables||Vinery Sales, agent||$135,000|
|Yearling||Aquinnah Ventures||Gainesway, agent||$240,000|
|Lookin At Lee|
|Conquest Mo Money|
|Term of Art|