Obviously, siring a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner is a positive for any stud horse. But for a first crop sire, it can be huge. After all, by the time a stallion's first crop are 3-year-olds, he is covering his fifth book of mares.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Sarava, looking to make his first start since his monumental upset last June, has been entered as an also eligible in a one-mile allowance optional claiming race at Churchill Downs on Thursday.
When the horses competing in this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) got their names, they had only their pedigree, personality, and their owners' personalities to create for them the perfect title.
Ask anyone, novice or seasoned expert, and he'll be hard pressed to find a year in which so many top Derby prospects have been sidelined.
Another legislative package that would bring video gaming to Michigan racetracks has been launched in the state House. And while circumstances point to this attempt as having the best chance yet of becoming law, lurking in the corner is the 600-pound gorilla of the Michigan gaming industry--the Detroit casino lobby--ready to quash any infringement upon its territory.
Gilbert Campbell's 3-year-old filly Ivanavinalot worked a good mile at Calder Saturday morning in 1:45 3/5 and trainer Kathleen O'Connell is ready to take her on a road trip to Pimlico for her next start.
Here's a look at what some of the contenders for Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) were up to on Monday morning, according to Churchill Downs track notes.
The average price rose 31% from a year ago and the gross revenue increased 27% Monday during the Australian select weanling sale conducted by William Inglis & Son at Newmarket.
Lady Tak, the Fair Grounds Oaks winner who will probably be second choice in Friday's Kentucky Oaks, worked a half-mile in :49 under jockey Lonnie Meche at Churchill Downs Monday.
Ten Most Wanted stamped himself as Empire Maker's public enemy number one this morning with a brilliant 5-furlong work. Not to be outdone, Buddy Gil also turned in another of his typical sharp works.
Profound changes to the way British racing operates were announced Monday by a review committee chaired by British Horseracing Board chairman Peter Savill.
Reigning Horse of the Year Azeri will make her next start in the $200,000-added Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park on May 24, trainer Laura de Seroux said from her training base at San Luis Rey Downs on Sunday.
In the wake of the New York Racing Association's announcement it would require starters in the June 7 Belmont Stakes to be in a "stakes barn" about 24 hours before the race, officials at two major dual-breed racetracks said detention, or retention, has achieved its goals but continues to be assessed on a regular basis.
One of the six main recommendations put forward today by the British Horseracing Board's review committee is to maintain and develop the British breeding industry.
Spain, North America's leading female earner, produced her first offspring
Illinois Derby (gr. II) winner Ten Most Wanted breezed five-eighths of a mile in :59 2/5 under Hall of Famer Pat Day Monday morning at Churchill Downs. "It was very, very nice," trainer Wally Dollase said of the work,.
Desperado Stable's Santa Anita Derby winner Buddy Gil turned in his final prep for Saturday's Kentucky Derby when he worked five furlongs in :59 3/5 at Churchill Downs on Monday. The breeze left jockey Gary Stevens and trainer Jeff Mullins both expressing confidence heading into the season's first classic for 3-year-olds.
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer remained non-committal on whether Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) runner-up Eye of the Tiger would be entered in Saturday's Kentucky Derby after the colt worked five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 at Churchill Downs Monday.
Coolmore Lexington Stakes winner Scrimshaw breezed five furlongs in 1:02 1/5 in the pre-dawn darkness of Churchill Downs on Monday as the colt underwent his final prep for the 129th Kentucky Derby.
Grade II winner Exploit was represented by his first winner
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