Headlines for Monday, April 27, 2009

  • Pioneerof the Nile put in a strong workout April 27 at Churchill Downs. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2F81492%2Fphoto%2F8045147%2F%3Fo%3D2">Order This Photo</a>

    Haskin's Derby Report: Monday Madness

    There's lots to catch up on, with several works of interest over the weekend and a star-studded array of works this morning, which unfortunately were played out against a horrific backdrop.

  • International Drug Coalition Meets Recently

    The International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities Advisory Council on Prohibited Substances and representatives of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium recently met in Lexington during the 75th convention of the Association of Racing Commissioners International and were sponsored by The Jockey Club.

  • Alysheba during his arrival at the Kentucky Horse Park in Oct. 2008. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS618050%2Fphoto%2F6546991%2F%3Fo%3D11">Order This Photo</a>

    Alysheba Memorial Event Planned for April 29

    A memorial service for former Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner and Horse of the Year Alysheba will be held April 29 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, it was recently announced. The event is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. EST.

  • Rachel Alexandra worked a very fast four furlongs at Churchill Downs April 27. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2F81492%2Fphoto%2F8045148%2F%3Fo%3D1">Order This Photo</a>

    Oaks: Rachel Sizzles a Half in :46 2/5

    Though her work was a bit fast for his taste, trainer Hal Wiggins was more than satisfied when his filly Rachel Alexandra made it back to the barn in good shape after zipping through a half-mile in :46 2/5 at Churchill Downs the morning of April 27.

  • Gross, Average Rise in Australian Sale

    The gross revenue rose 31.4% from a year ago to Aust$2,610,750 (approximately $1,889,661 in U.S. funds) during the William Inglis & Son Melbourne autumn yearling sale, which ended its two-day run April 27 in Australia. The average price for the 262 horses that sold was Aust$9,965 ($7,213), up 14%, and the median price was Aust$7,500 ($5,429). The clearance rate was 89%.

  • HRRN Sets Derby Week Coverage Schedule

    The Horse Racing Radio Network will broadcast live from Churchill Downs beginning April 29 and provide 14 1/2 hours of Kentucky Derby week coverage.

  • Funny Cide

    Past Derby Winners: Funny Cide (Video)

    2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide, who arrived at the Kentucky Horse Park last fall, is perhaps best known as being one of only eight geldings to win the Derby.

  • Quality Road, shown at Belmont Park April 26, will not run in the Kentucky Derby.

    Quality Road Out of Derby Contention

    Quality Road, who figured to be among the top choices for Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will not start in the Run for the Roses, it was confirmed Monday morning by Chris Baker, farm manager of Edward Evans' Spring Hill Farm. Jockey John Velazquez will now ride Mr. Hot Stuff.

  • Friesan Fire had a very quick five furlong work April 27 at http://gallery.pictopia.com/bloodhorse/gallery/81492/photo/8045146/?o=3">Order This Photo

    Friesan Fire Sizzles in Final Pre-Derby Work

    Friesan Fire burned up the track April 27 at Churchill Downs, working five furlongs in a blazing :57 4/5 during his final serious move before the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I). Wearing red and white blinkers and carrying jockey Gabriel Saez, the 3-year-old son of A.P. Indy turned in splits of :11 1/5, :22 1/5, :33 3/5, and 45:1/5. Friesan Fire galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.

  • Pioneerof the Nile worked five furlongs in 1:01 April 27 at Churchill Downs. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2F81492%2Fphoto%2F8045147%2F%3Fo%3D2">Order This Photo</a>

    Pioneerof the Nile Cruises in 1:01 Work

    Pioneerof the Nile didn't turn in the fastest five-furlong work April 27 at Churchill Downs, but that wasn't the goal for his trainer, Bob Baffert. The 3-year-old son of Empire Maker cruised through five furlongs in 1:01 and impressed onlookers with his long, free-flowing stride in his final breeze before the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Win Willy worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs April 27. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2F81492%2Fphoto%2F8045149%2F%3Fo%3D0">Order This Photo</a>

    Win Willy Preps for Kentucky Derby

    Win Willy, the son of Monarchos who entered the Triple Crown picture with an upset victory in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II), turned in his final preparation for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a five-furlong work in 1:02 2/5 April 27 at Churchill Downs.

  • Mine That Bird Works Toward Derby

    Mine That Bird, the 2008 Canadian champion 2-year-old male, worked five furlongs in 1:02 April 27 at Churchill Downs in preparation for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Flying Private worked a quick four furlongs April 27 at Churchill Downs. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2F81492%2Fphoto%2F8045145%2F%3Fo%3D4">Order This Photo</a>

    Flying Private Works; Lukas Comfortable

    D. Wayne Lukas, the dean of Kentucky Derby trainers with four winners from 42 previous starters, expressed confidence in Flying Private following the colt's four-furlong work in :47 2/5 April 27.

  • Advice cools out after his workout at Churchill Downs on April 27.

    Pletcher Pleased With Works; Decision Tuesday

    Trainer Todd Pletcher reported he was pleased with the April 27 workouts by three of his possible starters in the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and said a decision on which would actually start in the classic would be made April 28.

  • Chocolate Candy rounds the turn in his April 27 work at Churchill Downs. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2F81492%2Fphoto%2F8045144%2F%3Fo%3D5">Order This Photo</a>

    Chocolate Candy Doesn't Melt Under Pressure

    In spite of the distractions caused by a gruesome racetrack collision and a wailing siren that Churchill Downs uses to warn horsemen that there is trouble on the racetrack, Chocolate Candy turned in a professional and fast work April 27.

  • Friesan Fire was one of a handful of Derby contenders putting in their final works on April 27.

    Monday Works: Friesan Fire Blazes in :57 4/5

    Monday morning at Churchill Downs was a busy day for horses getting in their final preparations for Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Consolidator's First Winner

    Grade I winner Consolidator came through with his initial winner when his daughter Solid Lunar won April 26 at Lone Star Park at first asking.

  • Past Derby Winners: Funny Cide

    2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide is perhaps best known as being one of only eight geldings to win the Derby. Read Esther Marr's blog Visiting with Past Kentucky Derby Winners.

  • Kentucky Derby News Minute - 04/27/09

    Ron Mitchell reports on the large number of workouts from Monday morning, plus the status of a trio of Kentucky Derby possible starters from the Todd Pletcher barn.Stay tuned throughout the week for the latest from Churchill Downs.

  • Larry Jones Interview

    Lenny Shulman speaks with Larry Jones, trainer of Kentucky Derby contender Friesan Fire. Jones talks about his colt's training pattern leading up to the Derby and also having the pedigree to get the Derby distance.