Following Officer's six-length romp in the restricted Zany Tactics Stakes at Santa Anita Sunday, trainer Bob Baffert is considering the 1 1/16-mile Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland for the colt's next start.
The Arkansas Racing Commission Saturday approved Oaklawn Park's schedule request for 2003.
Jockey Pat Day guided undefeated Cashel Castle to a 4 1/4-length romp in the $111,300 Lafayette Stakes at Keeneland Sunday, giving the veteran rider his 800th career win at Keeneland.
Illinois Derby (gr. II) winner War Emblem was shipped to Kentucky by van Sunday, but the son of Our Emblem is still not considered a likely Kentucky Derby (gr. I) starter.
Harlan's Holiday closed as the 7-1 favorite in pool three of the Kentucky Derby future wager which closed at 5:30 (EDT) Sunday. Johannesburg, who suffered his first career defeat in Ireland Sunday, was next at 8-1, just ahead of Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Came Home.
John C. Oxley's Booklet drilled five furlongs in :59 3/5 at Keeneland Sunday morning under Allen Rennie.
A day after Marasca upset Equality in the inaugural running of the $250,000 Aventura Stakes the connections of those horses said the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) is not on their respective agendas.
Edmund Gann's Medaglia d'Oro and Gary West's Buddha were on track for exercise Sunday morning ahead of Saturday's Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct.
Even though Take Charge Lady was an impressive winner in the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday at Keeneland, she probably will still run in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) instead of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). But trainer Kenny McPeek, interviewed on Sunday morning, did not completely rule out a Derby start.
Champion and Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Johannesburg suffered a shock defeat on his seasonal debut at The Curragh on Sunday, which must throw a serious doubt over his participation in the Kentucky Derby.
Two races before stablemate Johannesburg's second-place run in the Gladness Stakes at the Curragh Sunday, Galileo's full brother Black Sam Bellamy won a 1 1/4-mile maiden race, according to Racing Post.
A colt by Grand Lodge brought the top price of $90,000 (approximately $48,060 in U.S. funds) on Sunday at San Miguel sires' produce yearling in Australia. James Bester Bloodstock purchased the colt from Riverslea Farm, agent.
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