Headlines for Tuesday, April 10, 2007

  • Despite Snow, Keeneland Opening Day Wagering Marks Fall

    Undeterred by waves of snow that lightly blanketed the Lexington area throughout the afternoon on Friday, Keeneland bettors set opening day records for on-track wagering of $2,000,304, and all-sources mutuel handle of $11,356,368.

  • Champion Street Sense, on the track at Churchill Downs Monday, breezed on Tuesday in preparation for the Blue Grass Stakes.

    Street Sense Turns in Final Blue Grass Prep

    James Tafel's Street Sense, a major contender for the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on May 5, tuned up for a run in Saturday's $750,000-added Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland with a five-furlong workout on Tuesday at Churchill Downs.

  • Rags to Riches Tops Final Oaks Future Pool

    Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor's Rags to Riches, the Todd Pletcher-trained winner of the Las Virgenes (gr. I) and Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I), will be a heavy favorite when the third and final pool Churchill Downs' 2007 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager ("KOFW") launches its four-day run April 12.

  • Holthus, Miller Discuss Derby Preps

    Trainers Darrin Miller, who has Dominican in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), and Bob Holthus, who has Officer Rocket in the Arkansas Derby (gr. II), discuss their chances as the Triple Crown trail continues.

  • Showing Up, shown winning the Coolmore Lexington Stakes, makes his 2007 debut Friday.

    Showing Up Makes 2007 Debut in Maker's Mark Mile

    Multiple grade I winner Showing Up will make his 2007 debut in Friday's $250,000 Maker's Mark Mile (gr. IIT) on turf nearly a year after he captured the Coolmore Lexington (gr. II) on the former dirt surface on Keeneland's main track.

  • Hard Spun Out of Blue Grass; Five-Horse Field Likely

    After the defection of Hard Spun, five horses remain as "probable" contenders for Saturday's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I), including Street Sense, Great Hunter, Zanjero, Dominican, and Teuflesberg. Starbase, from the stable of trainer D. Wayne Lukas, is also possible for the field.

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    Kentucky Derby Trail: Nobiz All Biz as Trail Heats Up

    We had a little bit of everything this week, with Nobiz Like Shobiz back to his winning ways; the deja vu-like return of Team Giacomo; and some shifts in the Todd Pletcher power structure. So, with links to Funny Cide and Giacomo providing a sense of recent history, the Kentucky Derby trail heads into its final big weekend of preps.