Headlines for Sunday, May 3, 2009

  • Co-owner Mark Allen (left) and trainer Chip Woolley Jr. hand a rose from Mine That Bird's Kentucky Derby Winner's Garland to fans.

    Derby-Winning Connections Give Roses to Fans

    Visitors to Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum May 3, the day after the 135th "Run for the Roses" got a surprise gift from the team behind Mine That Bird, the 50-1 longshot who won the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Mrs Kipling wins the Senorita Stakes with ease <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2F69713%2Fphoto%2F8065361%2F%3Fo%3D0">Order This Photo</a>

    Mrs Kipling Breezes to Senorita Stakes Win

    Favorite Mrs Kipling, allowed to relax much of the way under a confident David Flores, rallied from seventh at the top of the stretch May 3 en route to an easy 2 1/2-length victory over longshot Candilejas in $100,000 Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park.

  • Derby winner Mine That Bird co-owner Mark Allen.

    Report: Mine That Bird Owner Tied to Scandal

    An Alaska newspaper article claims a co-owner of the upset winner in the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) has alleged ties to a public scandal involving state politicians and likely bought his share of Mine That Bird with $30 million he received from the separate sale of his family's oil field services company.

  • Tampa Bay Downs Meet Winners Named

    Tampa Bay Downs concluded its 83rd live race meeting May 3 by handing out honors to the leading trainer, jockey, owner, and apprentice jockey.

  • Florida Derby winner Quality Road could still contest the Belmont Stakes. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS659324%2Fphoto%2F7964864%2F%3Fo%3D6">Order This Photo</a>

    Quality Road Still Questionable For Belmont

    With Quality Road having returned to the track on May 3, galloping an eager 1 1/4 miles under exercise rider Juan Moreno, Jimmy Jerkens said the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 6 remained a possibility for the Elusive Quality colt, who is owned by Edward P. Evans.

  • Bennie "Chip" Woolley, Jr. was all smiles the morning after the Kentucky Derby.

    The Morning After: Basking in the Derby Glow

    On a cool, wet May 3 morning in the barn area of Churchill Downs, the owners and trainer of Mine That Bird were basking in the limelight while still trying to absorb what had transpired the previous day when the 3-year-old gelding posted a stunning 6 3/4-length victory over Pioneerof the Nile in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).