Headlines for Thursday, May 1, 2008

  • HRTV's Target Louisville - 5/1 (Video)

    HRTV's originally produced show on the Derby contenders. Big Brown and Smooth Air work, Comments from connections about the post positions, Monba and Cowboy Cal on track at Churchill Downs, and an interview with Big Brown Trainer, Rick Dutrow.

  • Old Hat winner Game Face takes on Alina in the La Troienne Stakes.

    Alina, Game Face Top La Troienne Field

    Alina, only three-quarters of a length in back of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) starter Eight Belles in her last start, is the 5-2 favorite in the $150,000 La Troienne Stakes (gr. III) May 2 at Churchill Downs.

  • Run Away and Hide draws off in the Kentucky Stakes.

    Run Away and Hide Scores Kentucky Stakes

    Run Away and Hide stalked the early pace, took over just at the top of the lane, and drew clear to post a 2 1/2-length victory in the Kentucky Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) May 1 at Churchill Downs.

  • Cicada (gr. III) winner Carolyn's Cat will try to repeat that effort in the Nassau County (gr. III) May 3 at Belmont.

    Carolyn's Cat Heads Nassau County

    For trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, the timing of the $200,000 Nassau County Breeders' Cup (gr. III) at Belmont Park is just right for Carolyn's Cat, who has won three of six career starts.

  • Golden Doc A galloped today at Churchill.

    Daily Oaks Notes: May 1

    Country Star checks out Churchill Downs; Golden Doc A, Bsharpsonata gallop; Elusive Lady arrives.

  • Clay model replica of the Barbaro statue which will be created by Alexa King.

    King Selected to Create Barbaro Statue

    Surrounded by images of their deceased colt projected on the walls of the Kentucky Derby Museum, Roy and Gretchen Jackson May 1 announced they have selected equine sculptor Alexa King to create a permanent memorial honoring the 2006 Derby victor.

  • Good Night Shirt

    Good Night Shirt Tops Iroquois Noms

    Good Night Shirt, the 2007 Eclipse award winner as the nation's top steeplechase horse, heads a list of 10 nominated for the $150,000 Iroquois (NSA-I) at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tenn., on May 10.

  • Barry Abrams

    Oaks Experience 'Golden' for Abrams

    Trainer Barry Abrams is happily soaking up his first Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) experience as his filly, Golden Doc A, prepares to take the gate for the $500,000 race going 1 1/8 miles May 2 at Churchill Downs.

  • James Hickey

    Hickey: Good, Bad in Horse-Related Bills

    American Horse Council president James J. Hickey Jr. briefed attorneys May 1 on legislative actions in Congress during the 23rd National Conference on Equine Law, but he also handicapped the immediate passage chances of a couple of them as remote.

  • Tattersalls Guineas Sale Set for Friday

    Tattersalls' second 2-year-olds in training auction of the year, the Guineas breeze-up sale, takes place Friday in Newmarket in England. The auction was held for a first time in 2007 and follows a record-breaking flagship Craven breeze-up sale at Tattersalls a fortnight ago.

  • Rene Douglas

    Derby Jockey Profile: Rene Douglas

    The past few years have been the best and worst of times for Rene Douglas. But in spite of personal hardship, the jockey is riding Z Humor in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck and Nora Figliolia.

    Figliolias Breed Derby, Oaks Starters

    Breeders Alfonso and Nora Figliolia of Westbury Stables had seven foals in their crop of 2005. From that small group emerged two horses that are scheduled to run this weekend in Churchill Downs' premier races.

  • Jon Miller, senior vice president of NBC, discusses World Equestrian Games coverage at Churchill press conference with John Long, left, and Jack Kelly, center.

    NBC to be Broadcast Partner of WEG

    On the lavish fourth floor of the Jockey Club Suites, two days prior to the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs, representatives of the World Games 2010 Foundation announced NBC as the official network broadcast partner for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington Sept. 25-Oct. 10, 2010.

  • Einstein will try to win the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. I) in his third start in the race.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3655479%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Einstein Well Spotted in Turf Classic

    Grade I winners Artiste Royal and Einstein are among the favorites for the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT), the race that precedes the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) as part of Churchill Downs' packed stakes schedule May 3.

  • Colonel John, shown schooling at Churchill Downs, has impressed Todd Pletcher.

    Pletcher Likes Big Brown, Colonel John

    Trainer Todd Pletcher doesn't have the first, second, or third choice in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). In fact, his horses were assigned odds of 15-1 (Monba) and 20-1 (Cowboy Cal) on the morning line. So, after giving an update on the status of his runners, Pletcher was left to confirm Rick Dutrow Jr.'s confidence in Big Brown during a May 1 press conference at Churchill Downs.

  • Nick Zito Interview

    Two-time Derby winning trainer Nick Zito sizes up the chances of his two horses, Anak Nakal and Cool Coal Man, in this year's race.

  • Roof Slides off Saratoga Barn

    Six workers were injured when the roof of a barn being renovated slipped off its jacks and onto the ground. No horses were in the barn and no other barns were damaged.

  • Big Brown worked three furlongs at Churchill Downs May 1.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4360890%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Big Brown Gets Easy Work at Churchill

    Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. sent Big Brown for an easy work over the Churchill Downs surface May 1, and the imposing colt looked every bit the Derby favorite as he took to the track under regular exercise rider Michelle Nevin. Big Brown, installed as the 3-1 morning line choice following the April 30 post position draw, went three-eighths in :35 2/5.

  • Jerry Bailey

    Lenny Shulman queries retired Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey about the Kentucky Derby and Oaks.