Headlines for Saturday, May 6, 2006

  • Wagering on Derby Soars to Record $118M

    Wagering on Saturday's 132nd Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs shattered several records, including a North American mark for total betting on a single race, as an on-track crowd of 157,536 saw Lael Stable's unbeaten Barbaro dominate the "Run for the Roses."

  • First Saturday in May is big day on two continents for Barbaro owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson.

    Derby Winning Pedigree: Barbaro

    Prior to Barbaro, the closest any Roberto-line horse had come to winning an American Triple Crown race was in 1988, when Roberto's son Brian's Time - like Barbaro, a winner of the Florida Derby (gr. I) - ran second to Risen Star in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and third behind Risen Star and Kingpost in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Bettarun Fast Rolls Late for Railbird Victory

    Stalking Bettarun Fast swung four wide in the stretch to grab the lead under Aaron Gryder and went on to a three-quarters of a length win over Mystery Gal in the $100,000 Railbird (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Hollywood Park Saturday.

  • Foxysox Bests Senorita Rivals for 4th Straight

    Odds-on favorite Foxysox, undefeated in four United States starts, circled her four rivals on the far turn and rallied through the stretch to post a 1 1/4-length win in the $100,000 Senorita (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies on the Hollywood Park turf Saturday.

  • Hello Liberty Surges to Win Nassau County BC

    Hello Liberty switched to the rail in deep stretch and passed tiring frontrunner Win McCool to win the $205,600 Nassau County Breeders' Cup (gr. II) on Saturday at Belmont Park.

  • Barbaro becomes sixth unbeaten Derby winner.

    Undefeated Barbaro Conquers All in Derby

    No horse had won the Kentucky Derby with a five-week or longer layoff since Needles 50 years ago. But Barbaro showed how special he is by remaining undefeated and winning the 132nd running of the race by a wide margin.

  • English Channel wins Woodford Reserve as Derby time draws near.

    English Channel Tops Deep Woodford Reserve

    English Channel, a top turf horse last year as a 3-year-old, may be even better this year, now two-for-two in 2006 after a win Saturday at Churchill Downs in the $454,900 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT).

  • Pussycat Doll wins Humana Distaff.

    Pussycat Doll Edges Stablemate in Humana Distaff

    Garrett Gomez jerked Pussycat Doll off the rail and the filly went by stablemate Behaving Badly to win the $291,000 Humana Distaff Handicap (gr. I) by one length at Churchill Downs Saturday.

  • Mirabilis wins the Churchill Distaff.

    Mirabilis Takes Churchill Distaff for 1st U.S. Win

    Mirabilis had been close in all three of her starts since arriving in the United States from France. On Saturday at Churchill Downs, she did better than get close, winning the $115,100 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIIT) for her first win in a year.

  • Joint Effort wins the the La Troienne.

    Joint Effort Burns Adieu in La Troienne

    Joint Effort put in a top effort Saturday, winning the $119,600 La Troienne (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies going away on the Kentucky Derby day undercard at Churchill Downs.

  • Trickey Trevor wins the Churchill Downs Handicap.

    Trickey Trevor Starts Derby Stakes Program

    Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and jockey Russell Baze have won a lot of races together, mostly in northern California. But Saturday they began the stakes program on Kentucky Derby day with a win in the $229,000 Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II).