Headlines for Saturday, May 2, 2009

  • Mine That Bird and Calvin Borel make Derby history.<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%3D8063583%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Borel, Mine That Bird Soar in Derby Shocker

    Jockey Calvin Borel scored a huge upset May 2 in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on Mine That Bird. On May 1 he won the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) by 20 lengths on Rachel Alexandra.

  • Kentucky Derby Total Handle Declines 5.3%

    Total wagering from all sources on the 13-race Kentucky Derby card May 2 at Churchill Downs was $155,969,770, a decline of 5.3% from the $164,668,176 wagered a year earlier on 12 races, the track has reported.

  • Gorgeous Goose wins the Wilshire Handicap at odds of 11-1. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2F69713%2Fphoto%2F8065039%2F%3Fo%3D0">Order This Photo</a>

    Gorgeous Goose Takes Wing in Wilshire Win

    Gorgeous Goose, ridden by Corey Nakatani, emerged from mid-pack in the stretch to collar odds-on choice Diamond Diva, winning the $100,000 Wilshire Handicap (gr. IIIT) in an 11-1 upset on the Hollywood Park turf course May 2.

  • Mine That Bird

    Woolley Soaking Up First Derby Experience

    As heavy rain fell on Churchill Downs in the days leading up to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Bennie Woolley Jr. took it with a smile. On Saturday, he sent out Mine That Bird in the Run for the Roses, and posted a 50-1 upset.

  • Cosmonaut powers home in the Fort Marcy.<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%3D8063844%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Cosmonaut Wins Fort Marcy in Comeback Race

    The veteran Cosmonaut proved he has rebounded from an ankle fracture that had kept him out of action since last July by overcoming Tam Lin to win the (gr. IIIT) $106,500 Fort Marcy Stakes over Belmont Park's Widener Turf Course on May 2.

  • My Princess Jess draws off in the Beaugay.<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%3D8063845%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    My Princess Jess Wins Beaugay in 2009 Debut

    My Princess Jess halted a three-race losing streak while beginning her 4-year-old campaign with a 1 3/4-length victory over favored Carribean Sunset in the $109,000 Beaugay (g. IIIT) over the inner turf course at Belmont Park May 2.

  • Kentucky Derby Wrap-Up

    Lenny Shulman reports on Mine That Bird's big upset in Kentucky Derby 135.

  • Einstein (far left) takes the Woodford Reserve for the 2nd year in a row.<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%3D8063432%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Einstein Makes History in Woodford Reserve

    Remarkable 7-year-old Einstein continued his amazing run on May 2 at Churchill Downs, outdueling Cowboy Cal in the stretch to win the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) under Julien Leparoux. The Helen Pitts-Blasi trainee became the first horse to repeat in the prestigious event.

  • Informed Decision flies late to take the Humana Distaff.<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%3D8063311%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Informed Decision Takes Humana Distaff

    Augustin Stable's Informed Decision made it four stakes victories in a row when she came from off the pace to win the $300,000 Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I) on the Kentucky Derby undercard May 2 at Churchill Downs.

  • Rachel Alexandra is being pointed to the Acorn.<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%3D8062163%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Acorn, Not Belmont, Next for Rachel Alexandra

    Belmont Park on June 6 is the next objective for Rachel Alexandra, the spectacular 20 1/4-length winner of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), but not for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Instead, trainer Hal Wiggins has the $300,000 Acorn (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on his radar.

  • Friesan Fire and Larry Jones at Churchill Downs.<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%3D8057482%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Friesan Fire 7-2 Derby Favorite

    With three hours to post and more than $10 million in the win pool, Friesan Fire is the 7-2 favorite for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Tizaqueena holds off Dawn After Dawn for victory in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile.<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%3D8063284%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Tizaqueena Holds Up in Distaff Turf Mile

    Darley Stable's Tizaqueena, chased by a wall of horses during a contentious stretch drive, was up to the challenge under Jamie Theriot, hanging on for a three-quarters length victory in the $238,600 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIT) May 2 at Churchill Downs.

  • Veterinarian Dr. Foster Northrop and Trainer Jeff Mullins announce the scratch of I Want Revenge from the Kentucky Derby.

    I Want Revenge Scratched From Derby

    I Want Revenge, the morning-line favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) was scratched after a filling was discovered in an ankle.

  • NetJets Sponsors Derby Jockeys

    In a release May 2, NetJets announced the jockeys in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) would wear the company's logo in exchange for the jet leasing company making a donation to the riders that will in turn donate the money to two equine charities.

  • Racehorse Stormalory Euthanized After Leg Fractures

    Stormalory, a 3-year-old Thoroughbred colt, was euthanized after breaking down during the Crown Royal American Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs May 1.     Stormalory, trained by Bill Mott and owned by Sheik Mohammed of Dubai's Darley Stable, was the favorite in the 1 1/16-mile race. He broke slowly under jockey Julien Lep...