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  • Kuntzweiler Licensed to Ride in Kentucky

    Greta Kuntzweiler, whose riding career was derailed in 2006 and 2007 after her arrest on drug charges, has been granted a license to resume riding in Kentucky, contingent upon a set of strict conditions.

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    Eskendereya's Sale Proceeds in Escrow

    Documents filed in connection with the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Zayat Stables say the money gleaned from the sale of Eskendereya was placed in an escrow account, but do not say exactly how much the colt brought.

  • Grade I winner Jostle is among the horses scheduled to be sold.

    Receiver Named to Sell Some Stonewall Horses

    Under an agreement between the various parties, Bluewater Sales of Lexington has been appointed as receiver to take possession of and sell more than 130 horses owned by Stonewall Stallions and related entities.

  • Ahmed Zayat

    Fifth Third Seeks Zayat's Personal Records

    In the latest round in the legal battle between Fifth Third Bank and Zayat Stables, the bank is seeking to subpoena the personal banking records of Ahmed Zayat to determine if he has used corporate assets for personal use.

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    Derby Winner Mine That Bird Sent to Lukas

    The owners of 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Mine That Bird have taken the son of Birdstone away from trainer Chip Woolley and shipped him to Hall of Fame conditioner D. Wayne Lukas.

  • Jeff Mullins

    Mullins Takes Legal Action Against CHRB

    Alleging that the California Horse Racing Board "violated its own rules, the laws and Constitution of the state of California and the United States Constitution," trainer Jeff Mullins has filed suit against the board.

  • Jockey Derby Advertising Again at Issue

    The annual controversy over advertising on jockeys' pants at the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) resurfaced May 11 during two meetings of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

  • Todd Pletcher congratulates Calvin Borel after winning the Kentucky Derby.

    Pletcher: Derby is 'One You Want to Win Most'

    On a wet morning of May 2 at Churchill Downs, trainer Todd Pletcher was absorbing the previous day's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) victory by Super Saver as the trainers of others made future plans.

  • Silver Timber sets a course record in the Churchill Downs Turf Sprint.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Silver Timber Scorches Churchill Turf

    Sent off as the 5-2 favorite, Silver Timber made his move leaving the turn and continued on to set a course record in the Churchill Downs Turf Sprint (gr. IIIT) on the Kentucky Oaks card.

  • Churchill May Cancel May 1 Workouts

    With a forecast of rain overnight and heavy thunderstorms in Louisville, Ky., there is a possibility that training at Churchill Downs will be canceled May 1, according to track superintendent Butch Lehr.

  • Churchill Preparing for Large Oaks Day Crowd

    On the morning April 30, all the elements were coming together for two storms: the perfect storm that could result in a record crowd for the Kentucky Oaks and the heavy thunderstorms that are forecast for Kentucky Derby Day.

  • Will it be the Kentucky Oaks or Derby for Devil May Care?<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Devil May Care To Enter in Derby Only

    After indicating earlier in the day that he was still considering cross-entering Devil May Care in the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks, trainer Todd Pletcher reiterated that she would be pointed only toward the Derby.

  • American Lion

    American Lion in 'Maintenance' Work

    With jockey David Flores in from California, WinStar Farm's American Lion worked five furlongs in 1:02 3/5 over a muddy track at Churchill Downs April 26 in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

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    Interactif in Bullet Work; Derby Unlikely

    Despite breezing a half-mile in :47 3/5, the fastest time of the day over a muddy track at Churchill Downs on April 26, Interactif likely will not be entered in the May 1 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Noble's Promise at Churchill Downs.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    On to Kentucky Derby With Noble's Promise

    Noble's Promise, the Cuvee colt who has overcome adversity along the Triple Crown trail, has been confirmed for the May 1 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) after a half-mile workout and endoscopic exam April 26.

  • Champagne d'Oro works at Churchill Downs on April 24.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    'Everything is Good' in Champagne d'Oro Camp

    Champagne d'Oro, who relinquished the lead late to finish second in the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II), turned in her final workout for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) over a sloppy track at Churchill Downs on Saturday, April 24.

  • Sidney's Candy worked six furlongs in 1:11 3/5 the morning of Saturday, April 24.
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    Sidney's Candy Impressive in 6F Work

    Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Sidney's Candy continued to show his affinity for Churchill Downs when he zipped six furlongs in 1:11 3/5 at Churchill Downs on the morning of Saturday, April 24.

  • Bullet Work by Crisp Tops Four Oaks Workouts

    Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) winner Crisp worked the fastest time of the morning for six furlongs as four fillies being pointed toward the April 30 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) worked over a sloppy track at Churchill Downs on April 23.

  • American Lion

    American Lion Breezes at Keeneland

    With WinStar Farm's management team on hand, Illinois Derby (gr. II) winner American Lion tuned up for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a workout April 20 over the Polytrack at Keeneland.

  • Dublin sizzled five furlongs in :59.20 at Churchill Downs on April 19.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Dublin Sizzles in First Work at Churchill

    In his first work over the track, William Mack and Robert Baker's Dublin sizzled five furlongs in :59.20 at Churchill Downs April 19 as he continues to work toward the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

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    Eskendereya to Be Sold Under Zayat Plan

    Zayat Stables has agreed to sell all of grade I winner and probable Kentucky Derby favorite Eskendereya this year under a bankruptcy reorganization plan that projects all creditors will be paid in full.

  • Among the horses campaigned by Zayat is Eskendereya, likely favorite for the Kentucky Derby.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Judge Favors Zayat in Latest Legal Round

    A federal bankruptcy judge in New Jersey has refused to certify a motion filed on behalf of Fifth Third Bank alleging that Zayat Stables had defaulted on terms of a cash collateral agreement.

  • Ahmed Zayat

    Zayat Refutes Claims by Fifth Third

    Attorneys for Ahmed Zayat's Zayat Stables are refuting claims by Fifth Third Bank that the prominent stable violated terms of a cash collateral agreement by withdrawing four horses from a Keeneland sale.

  • Brown Gets $25,000 in Rachel Alexandra Suit

    A Circuit Court judge in Kentucky has awarded Jerry Brown, who operates Thoro-Graph, Inc., a total of $25,000 (plus costs) for his role in the purchase by James Lauffer of a half-interest in Rachel Alexandra.

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    I Want Revenge Back on the Track

    I Want Revenge, the morning-line favorite for the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) before being scratched the day of the race, is back in training at Aqueduct.

  • Instant Racing machine at Oaklawn Park.

    KY Commission Waiting on Instant Racing

    If the Kentucky General Assembly ends without passing legislation that would statutorily permit Instant Racing machines at Kentucky racetracks, the state racing commission would then consider its options.

  • Trainer Jeff Mullins

    Court Rejects Mullins' Appeal in 2008 Case

    An appeals court in California has rejected a request from trainer Jeff Mullins that it overturn a lower court's ruling in favor of the California Horse Racing Board in connection with a suspension levied the trainer in 2008.

  • Kentucky Has New Equine Drug-Testing Contract

    The company that conducts equine drug testing in Great Britain but which has not been involved in testing of horses in America has been awarded the contract to handle the testing of horses racing in Kentucky.

  • Court Approves Zayat, Fifth Third Agreement

    An agreement between Zayat Stable and Fifth Third Bank on use of cash collateral funds to continue operations was approved March 8 during a hearing before Judge Donald H. Steckroth in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

  • Ahmed Zayat

    California Clears Zayat on Jelinsky Loans

    The California Horse Racing Board has looked into ties between Ahmed Zayat and two convicted bookmakers and determined there is nothing to indicate the prominent horse owner has violated terms of his license in the state.

  • Keeneland Adopts New Format for Fall Sale

    Keeneland announced March 5 a major format change in its marathon September yearling sale, which will begin with two selected sessions of 100 horses each selling during night sessions Sept. 12-13.

  • Ahmed Zayat

    Zayat, Bank In Agreement on Use of Cash

    Prominent horse owner Ahmed Zayat and Fifth Third Bank have reached an agreement allowing Zayat Stables to use cash on hand for racing operations in accordance with a budget submitted to a bankruptcy court in New Jersey.