Headlines for Saturday, May 7, 2011

  • 2011 Kentucky Derby Wrap

    Lenny Shulman recaps Animal Kingdom's run for the roses in the 137th Kentucky Derby, including comments from the connections.

  • 2011 Kentucky Derby Wrap

    Lenny Shulman recaps Animal Kingdom's run for the roses in the 137th Kentucky Derby, including comments from the connections.

  • Animal Kingdom comes home strong to win the Kentucky Derby.<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%3D9517433%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Animal Kingdom Roars to Derby Victory

    Team Valor International's homebred Animal Kingdom roared down the stretch to win the 137th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Nehro was second; Mucho Macho Man third.

  • Crown of Thorns wins the Mervyn LeRoy Handicap.

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    Crown of Thorns Pricks 'Candy in Mervyn LeRoy

    Crown of Thorns returned to the winner's circle for the first time since February 2008 when he outlasted prohibitive favorite Sidney's Candy by 1 1/4 lengths in the $147,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park.

  • Aviate wins the CD Distaff.

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    Aviate Flies Home in CD Distaff Turf Mile

    Juddmonte Farms' Aviate, with one U.S. race under her belt, rallied strongly in the stretch and pulled away for an easy victory in the $227,800 Churchill Downs Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares May 7.

  • Will it rain on the Derby?

    Rain Possible for Derby

    As fans began pouring into Churchill Downs early Saturday for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), the early morning sunshine gave way to mostly cloudy skies and the possibility of rain.

  • Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty<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%3D9517168%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Kentucky Oaks a Business Success

    The Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) on May 6 was a business success for Churchill Downs, as attendance of 110,122 was third-highest in the history of the race and both on-track and total wagering increased over last year.

  • Live Blog - Derby Day, May 7 at NOON ET.

    Join Jason Shandler and Tom LaMarra for a live, one hour chat Saturday at Noon EDT. Be ready to talk Derby and anything else that's on your mind.

  • Researchers Examine the Secret Life of Equine Embryos

    A mare's pregnancy might not seem that complicated on the surface, but her relationship with the embryo and its adjacent parts--in total, the conceptus--is remarkably complex. In order to prevent early embryonic loss, the conceptus must interrupt her estrous cycle, signaling her uterus to create a receptive environment for attachment and growth.

  • Todd Pletcher (left) and Mike Repole explain the scratch of Uncle Mo.

    Uncle Mo Scratched Out of Kentucky Derby

    Juvenile champion Uncle Mo, the second choice on the morning line, was officially scratched out of the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).