Headlines for Monday, April 28, 2008

  • Big Brown settles into his stall at Churchill Downs.

    Brown In Town

    Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Big Brown shipped into Churchill Downs April 28, exhibiting the same ease with which he earned his latest five-length victory.

  • Lack of Deal Threatens NYRA Simulcasts

    The Mid-Atlantic Cooperative, which represents 16 racetracks and their affiliated off-track wagering outlets, has failed to reach an agreement with the New York Racing Association on signal rates, which puts simulcast of races from Belmont Park in jeopardy.

  • Julien Leparoux

    Derby Jockey Profiles: Julien Leparoux

    Julien Leparoux adds a bit of French flair to the American racing scene, having developed a strong career in Central Kentucky at tracks such as Keeneland and Churchill Downs after getting his start on horseback in his native country.

  • HRTV's Target Louisville - 4/28 (Video)

    HRTV's originally produced show on the Derby contenders. The show moves to Louisville and airs daily from Churchill Downs. Today's episode includes the news of the day, a report on the works from Monday, and the defection of Behindatthebar.

  • Jose Lezcano

    Derby Jockey Profile: Jose Lezcano

    Jose Lezcano answered the questions for this interview on the telephone, through the interpretation of his agent, Jason Bidas, while laughing hysterically in the background.

  • Hard Rock Bids for Aqueduct VLTs

    A major commercial real estate developer said April 28 it has combined forces with the Hard Rock Entertainment hotel and restaurant chain in a bid with New York state to operate a video lottery terminal casino at Aqueduct.

  • Big Brown shortly after arriving at Churchill Downs Monday afternoon.

    Daily Derby Notes: April 28

    Denis of Cork in after Behindatthebar skips Derby; five others turn in works; Big Brown to arrive Monday afternoon.

  • Pat Reynolds

    The Man Who Had Big Brown

    Surely trainer Pat Reynolds will be experiencing the feeling of "what could have been" when he watches the freakishly talented Big Brown run May 3 in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr.I) at Churchill Downs. Reynolds, 57, trained Big Brown early in his 2-year-old season.

  • "Derby Day Live" – Streaming Video

    In partnership with WLEX-TV (Lexington, KY - NBC Affiliate), BloodHorse.com will be offering live streaming video from Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 3rd. The local coverage begins at 9:00 am and will be available until 4:00 pm.

  • Rags to Riches historic win in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) topped the 2007 spring/summer meet.

    Belmont Park Set for 59-Day Meet

    Belmont Park ushers in its 59-day spring/summer meet April 30, on the heels of a tumultuous winter for the New York Racing Association.

  • Denis of Cork, who worked four furlongs Monday, is now in the Derby field after the defection of Behindatthebar.

    Behindatthebar Skips; Denis of Cork In

    The Sanan family's Padua Stables' Behindatthebar will not enter the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and instead will point for the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I). The decision opens the door for Mr. and Mrs. William Warren's Denis of Cork who had been 21st on the graded earnings list.

  • Visionaire working at Churchill Downs April 28.

    Visionaire Breezes As Expected

    Michael Matz didn't expect Visionaire to sizzle in his final work before the Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I), so the trainer was satisfied when the colt breezed a half-mile in :48.40 Monday morning at Churchill Downs.

  • Big Truck

    Big Truck Motors Over Churchill Track

    In what trainer Barclay Tagg described as a "perfect" work, Big Truck zipped five furlongs in :59 2/5 at Churchill Downs on Monday, April 28, in preparation for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Archipenko's Scores Huge in QE II

    A thumping win against world-graded opposition in the April 27 Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (HK-I) may have looked like a career highlight for Archipenko, but in the opinion of trainer Mike de Kock, it's just the beginning for the son of Kingmambo.

  • Morning Line Goes To The Derby: Apr. 28

    Richard Migliore bounds through Barn 45 at Churchill Downs at a few minutes past nine. That's late for a racetracker, but the jet-setting jockey has a valid excuse. He just got into town.

  • Good Ba Ba is One of World's Best Milers

    Good Ba Ba performed "to a whole new level" in the April 27 Champions Mile (HK-I), according to senior handicapper Nigel Gray, who believes the record-breaking miler must now be the equal of the best milers in the world.

  • Z Fortune turned in his final Derby work Monday morning at Churchill Downs.

    Final Works for Pyro, Z Fortune

    The Steve Asmussen-trained duo of Pyro and Z Fortune kicked off the week leading up to Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with their final workouts Monday, April 28.

  • Justin Vitek

    Vitek Fundraiser Considered Big Success

    Through the support of many in the horseracing industry, jockey Justin Vitek will have $60,000 to help defray costs stemming from his battle with acute myelogenous leukemia. About 250 horsemen and racing fans gathered at the Kentucky Derby Museum April 21 for dinner, drinks, and live and silent auctions.

  • Indiana Downs Begins Transition Meet

    Indiana Downs enjoyed a promising start to its 54-day Thoroughbred meet April 25-26, with large crowds and strong wagering. Indiana Downs will offer racing through July 8.

  • Reliving a Classic Rivalry: Part 2 of 4

    Recorded in 2008, Jockeys Steve Cauthen and Jorge Velasquez look back on the rivalry between Affirmed and Alydar during the 1978 Triple Crown. Steve Cauthen and Jorge Velasquez talk about their trips aboard Affirmed and Alydar the Kentucky Derby. A four part series: Reliving a Classic Rivalry Part 1 Reliving a Classic Rivalry Part 2 Reliving a Classic Rivalry Part 3 Reliving a Classic Rivalry Part 4