Claire Novak

  • Dortmund at Bob Baffert's barn.
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    Derby is Baffert's Show Again

    "I believe in fate," says Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. "I believe that something really good is about to happen... but it's something we're just going to have to wait and see."

  • Palace Malice
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    Palace Malice Out of Westchester With Bruise

    Multiple grade I winner Palace Malice will not run in the May 2 Westchester Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park after a bruise was discovered in his right front foot, Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell confirmed.

  • Coffee Clique won the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile in 2014.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-4D7SpsN">Order This Photo</a>

    Coffee Clique Back for CD Distaff Turf Mile

    Amerman Racing Stables' Coffee Clique will attempt to become the second mare to score a repeat victory in $300,000 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Presented by Longines (gr. IIT) when she takes on 12 rivals May 2 at Churchill.

  • KY Derby: Baffert on the Draw

    Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert talks about post 18 for American Pharoah and 8 for Dortmund drawn April 29 for the May 2 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Judy the Beauty

    Judy the Beauty Set for Season Debut

    Trainer Wesley Ward pulled no punches with the season debut of champion Judy the Beauty, entering her in top-level company on the biggest day of the North American racing year in the $300,000 Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I).

  • Upstart at Churchill Downs on April 29

    Derby Hopefuls Upstart, Frosted Take to Track

    TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Frosted and Lambholm South Holy Bull (gr. II) winner Upstart were both on the track for the first time at Churchill April 29, joined by multiple graded-stakes winner El Kabeir.

  • Dortmund gallop at Churchill Downs on April 28.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2015-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/i-D296Njd">Order This Photo</a>

    El Kabeir Walks Shedrow, Dortmund Gallops

    Dortmund impressed Baffert in his first gallop over the track, as International Star and Mubtaahij also took a spin April 28. El Kabeir stayed in the shedrow but will train April 29 according to trainer John Terranova.

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    Wise Dan Back to Jogging on Track

    The 8-year-old son of Wiseman's Ferry was cleared April 24 for light on-track training by Dr. Larry Bramlage at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, and jogged at Keeneland the next day.

  • Dortmund to Track, Other Derby Horses Arrive

    Kaleem Shah's undefeated Dortmund got reacquainted with the Twin Spires April 27, making his first trip around Churchill Downs this year after arriving from California. Firing Line and Bolo were also on the track Monday.

  • Kentucky Derby News Update: April 27, 2015

    Claire Novak gives us an update on how Bold Conquest worked and his plans while sitting at 22nd. We also learn of yesterday's arrivals first look at the track and those yet to arrive's schedules.

  • Bold Conquest Works at Churchill Downs 4.27.15.

    Bold Conquest Not Likely for Derby AE List

    Trainer Steve Asmussen said April 27 that Bold Conquest, No. 22 on the leaderboard for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), would likely not enter to sit on the also-eligible list for the May 2 classic.

  • Dortmund arrives at Churchill Downs.
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    Dortmund, Other CA Shippers Arrive at CD

    Undefeated Dortmund strode off the horse van April 26 at Churchill Downs and Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert was one step closer, one less thing to worry about, as the days count down to the May 2 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Social Inclusion Second in 2015 Debut

    Social Inclusion finished second in his 2015 debut and first start for trainer Chad Brown April 26, as front-runner Big Looie stole a $46,000 allowance event going one mile at Gulfstream Park.

  • Effinex wins the Excelsior Stakes.
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    Effinex Wins Excelsior, Wicked Strong Third

    Instead of 3-5 favorite Wicked Strong winning in his second start of the season, it was the 6-1 Effinex who made a sweeping move on the final turn and put away pacesetter Red Rifle to win the 1 1/4-mile test.

  • Carpe Diem works at Keeneland April 25.

    Carpe Diem Solid in Final Pre-Derby Work

    Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) winner Carpe Diem turned in the second of two maintenance works since that win when he cruised four furlongs in :48 3/5 under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez April 25 at Keeneland.

  • THS: Kentucky Derby Preview

    Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak take an early look at the potential Kentucky Derby contenders. Watch to see which contenders to keep a closer watch on as they work this weekend.

  • Shared Belief

    Shared Belief Diagnosed With Hip Fracture

    Mike Smith likely saved multiple grade I winner Shared Belief from additional injury by pulling him up in the April 18 Charles Town Classic (gr. II), as diagnostic work revealed a non-displaced fracture of his right hip.

  • Hootenanny Successful in Season Debut

    Trainer Wesley Ward needed the April 18 season debut of Hootenanny to help gauge the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) winner's conditioning levels. It took just over a minute at Keeneland to find out good to go.

  • Whiskey Ticket (right) holds off Conquest Curlinate to win the Illinois Derby.

    Whiskey Ticket Wins IL Derby Like a Pro

    Whiskey Ticket came off the one and only start of his career -- a March 19 maiden special weight victory at first asking at Santa Anita -- and bravely held off Conquest Curlinate to win the $400,000 Illinois Derby (gr. III).

  • Dramedy and Joe Bravo lead the way in the Elkhorn Stakes.

    Dramedy Lights Up Elkhorn at 30-1

    The longest price on the board delivered a game performance at Keeneland April 18, 30-1 shot Dramedy putting pressure on frontrunner My Afleet all the way around and then just holding off the late charge of Dynamic Sky.

  • La Verdad sails to victory in the Distaff Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-HpStzPg">Order This Photo</a>

    La Verdad Repeats Score in Distaff 'Cap

    Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad returned to the races and to her winning ways April 18, galloping by 5 1/4 lengths over three rivals in the $200,000 Distaff Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct.

  • Carpe Diem working at Keeneland on April 18.

    Carpe Diem Works for Jet-Setting Pletcher

    Todd Pletcher started his morning well before daylight April 18, breezing his three Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hopefuls in Florida before catching a private plane to Lexington to supervise the work of Carpe Diem.

  • Deceptive Vision (outside #3) gets the victory in the Doubledogdare Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-2LHb9bK">Order This Photo</a>

    Deceptive Vision Wins Doubledogdare

    Sam-Son Farm's homebred Deceptive Vision just held over traffic-troubled Lunar Surge in the $100,000 Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. III) April 17 at Keeneland, winning her first graded stakes race on the dirt.

  • California Chrome
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    California Chrome Under Saddle at Newmarket

    Defending U.S. Horse of the Year California Chrome had Robbie Mills aboard for the first time April 15 at Newmarket, getting acquainted with the rider who will be his regular partner in the Rae Guest yard.

  • Night Prowler catches Luck of the Kitten late to win the Transylvania Stakes.

    Night Prowler Rushes to Transylvania Score

    It looked like a two-horse battle coming down to the wire in the $100,000 Transylvania Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 15 at Keeneland, but Night Prowler was lurking and unleashed a furious rally to get up just in time.

  • American Pharoah wins the Arkansas Derby.

    American Pharoah Impressive in Arkansas Derby

    Zayat Stables' homebred American Pharoah continued his tour de force of the Oaklawn Park 3-year-old prep series April 11, blowing away seven in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) with an impressive eight-length score.

  • Ball Dancing wins the Jenny Wiley.
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    Ball Dancing Surges to Jenny Wiley Score

    Will Farish and Steve Mooney's Ball Dancing, making her second start off the layup, returned to the Keeneland course she seems to enjoy and posted a solid victory in the $300,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IT) April 11.

  • Untapable

    Untapable Set for Apple Blossom Rematch

    Champion Untapable will get another chance at Oaklawn Park and should be sharper in her second start of the season against unlikely rival Gold Medal Dancer in the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) April 10.

  • Carpe Diem takes the Blue Grass Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-j9GjdGx">Order This Photo</a>

    Carpe Diem Rumbles in Blue Grass

    Carpe Diem won for fun in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) April 4 at Keeneland, living up to his 2-5 favoritism and the hype that surrounded him leading into the race.