Headlines for Saturday, May 5, 2012

  • Take Charge Indy set for X-rays

    Grade 1 Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy, who finished a tailed-off 19th in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, will be sent for X-rays after showing signs of a problem during his cooling-out period.

  • Student Council gets first winner

    Multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Student Council got off the mark as a freshman sire Saturday, as Private Tutor was awarded the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/studentcouncil1st.pdf"> 6TH</a> race at Pimlico. Following objections lodged by Private Tutor's rider Wesley Ho, and by Horacio Karamanos aboard Hamp, the stewards ruled that the first-past-the-post Video Storm caused interference entering the turn. Video Storm was demoted to fourth, and Private Tutor thus became the official winner.

  • Morning Line holds off Prayer for Relief to win the Mervyn Leroy Handicap.

    Morning Line Stays Focused in Mervyn LeRoy

    Morning Line wanted no part of the starting gate at Betfair Hollywood Park, but once he finally acquiesced there was no catching the grade I winner in the $150,000 Mervyn Leroy Handicap (gr. II) May 5.

  • Morning Line takes Mervyn LeRoy in debut for Shirreffs

    Morning Line successfully opened the new Southern California phase of his career in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/mervynleroy12.pdf"> Mervyn LeRoy Handicap</a> at Hollywood Park, rolling to a front-running victory for new trainer John Shirreffs. Formerly a smart performer for Hall of Famer Nick Zito, the son of Tiznow had been sidelined since undergoing knee surgery last August, but had been trained to the minute for his comeback.

  • 2012 Kentucky Derby Wrap

    Lenny Shulman recaps I'll Have Another's victorious run in the 138th Kentucky Derby. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm.

  • 2012 Kentucky Derby Wrap

    Lenny Shulman recaps I'll Have Another's victorious run in the 138th Kentucky Derby. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm.

  • Castro gets 2,000th win on Winter Memories in Beaugay, Boisterous wins Fort Marc

    Jockey Eddie Castro gained 2,000th North American win as Phillips Racing Partnership's Winter Memories captured an easy victory in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/beaugay12.pdf">Beaugay Stakes</a> at Belmont Park. The odds-on favorite charged to the lead with ease passing the sixteenth pole, then was geared down for the final 70 yards, taking the victory by 2 1/4 lengths.

  • Pretension upsets Canonero II; My Adonis third

    Ridden by Javier Santiago for trainer Chris Grove, Pretension broke alertly in the 1 1/16-mile test but relinquished the lead to My Adonis as the field entered the first turn. Santiago kept after the favorite, pressing him closely to the top of the lane, where his mount edged to a narrow lead. The son of Bluegrass Cat battled My Adonis into defeat, while Brimstone Island rallied past the favorite to take second.

  • Record Crowd for 138th Kentucky Derby

    Fortunately for Churchill Downs, the overnight storms that dropped 1 1/4 inches of rain on Louisville, Ky., had moved out of the area in time for the Kentucky Derby, and the result was a record crowd of 165,307.

  • Little Mike leads throughout to upset Woodford Reserve

    The Romans-trained Silver Max had likewise dominated Friday's Grade 2 American Turf, and earlier Saturday, Shackleford landed the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes. Little Mike made it a hat trick, one race before Dullahan would represent the barn in Derby 138.

  • Bobina breaks down following Senorita win

    Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/senorita12.pdf">Senorita Stakes</a> at Hollywood Park took a tragic turn when Bobnia crossed under the wire a nose winner only to break down seconds later. The Malibu Moon sophomore miss suffered injuries to her right fore fetlock and had to be euthanized on the track, according to the <i>Daily Racing Form</i>.

  • Groupie Doll breaks track record in Humana Distaff

    Trainer Buff Bradley had his Bowman's Band filly Groupie Doll cranked to run a huge race Saturday in the Grade 1, $334,500 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/humanadistaff12.pdf">Humana Distaff</a> at Churchill Downs. Not only did Groupie Doll emphatically beat some of the nation's best older filly and mare sprinters, she set a new track record doing so.

  • Camelot raises hopes for legendary season with Guineas victory

    Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor's unbeaten Camelot lived up to his reputation with a battling victory in Saturday's Group 1 Two Thousand Guineas at Newmarket, fueling already heady hopes that he could be European racing's next superstar. Bred more for the Group 1 Epsom Derby than this straight mile of the season's first British classic, the Aidan O'Brien pupil relished the fact that it turned into a test of stamina, as he stayed on strongly to outduel Gallic invader French Fifteen.

  • Napravnik receives warm welcome at Belmont

    After an eventful 24 hours, jockey <a target="_blank" href="http://youtu.be/gLflSzDsuoo">Rosie Napravnik</a> returned to Belmont Park Saturday afternoon with her first Grade 1 victory and a bit of racing history in tow.

  • Hungry Island devours Distaff Turf Mile

    Emory A. Hamilton's homebred Hungry Island had been no match for Marketing Mix in their past two meetings, but gained sweet revenge in Saturday's Grade 2, $223,400 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/distaffturfmile12.pdf"> Churchill Distaff Turf Mile</a> on Derby Day. Perhaps enjoying the overnight rain that left the turf officially rated good, the Shug McGaughey trainee picked up well down the stretch to run down Tapitsfly, leaving favored Marketing Mix back in a lackluster fourth.

  • Shackleford returns to winner's circle under the Twin Spires

    Michael Lauffer and Bill Cubbedge's homebred Shackleford has made eight starts since taking the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico last May, but hadn't been able to score in that time until Saturday when gutting out a length victory in the Grade 2, $441,600 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/churchilldownsstakes12.pdf"> Churchill Downs Stakes</a> on the Kentucky Derby undercard.

  • Frankel and brother put on a show at Newmarket

    Unbeaten world champion Frankel proved that he's come through his recent injury scare with flying colors, as the Juddmonte Farms homebred looked like his sparkling old self in a racecourse gallop Saturday.

  • Kentucky Oaks Day sees record total wagering

    A history-making 138th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on Friday concluded with record total wagering, near-record attendance of 112,552 and an historic victory by jockey Rosie Napravnik, who rode Brereton C. Jones's Believe You Can to victory to become the first woman to win America's premier race for three-year-old fillies.

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    Great Attack Surges in Twin Spires Turf Test

    Great Attack, closing from fifth at mid-stretch, collared favored Bridgetown close to home for a narrow victory in the $150,350 Twin Spires Turf Sprint (gr. IIIT), the first stakes race on the Kentucky Derby card May 5.

  • Great Attack wears down Bridgetown in Twin Spires Turf Sprint

    After lagging farther off the pace than usual in the early stages of Saturday's Grade 3, $150,350 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/twinspires12.pdf">Twin Spires Turf Sprint</a> at Churchill Downs, Houyhnhnm Stable's Great Attack turned in an explosive rally in the final furlong and passed 3-2 favorite Bridgetown in the final strides to secure the win by three parts of a length in the five-furlong test. The 4-1 third choice in a field of 12, Great Attack returned $10.80, $4.60 and $3.60.

  • On call veterinarian Larry Bramlage looks over horses on Kentucky Oaks Day.

    Derby Vets Ensure Safety for the Horses

    The goal of these vets is to keep a close eye on hopefuls', and then contenders', conditions, catching any lump, misstep, or hint of malaise that could compromise performance ability in the days prior to the big race.

  • Oaks also-runs all exit race in good shape

    Broadway's Alibi was doing fine Saturday morning after her second-place finish behind Believe You Can in Friday's Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks. Stable manager Anna Ford reported that the three-year-old daughter of Vindication will ship to Belmont Park on Sunday.

  • Believe You Can 'bright and happy' following Oaks win

    Brereton Jones' homebred Kentucky Oaks heroine Believe You Can came out of the race in great shape, trainer Larry Jones said while accepting congratulations at his barn early on Kentucky Derby Day.

  • Believe You Can gives Napravnik historic win in Kentucky Oaks

    Jockey Rosie Napravnik became the first woman rider to win the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks on Friday when piloting Believe You Can to victory over a stubborn Broadway's Alibi at Churchill Downs. The race was delayed a half-hour after a powerful storm blew through the area, but the delay apparently didn't affect the Proud Citizen filly, who finished 1 1/8 miles over the fast track in 1:49 2/5.

  • Kentucky Derby News Minute 5/5/2012

    Eric Mitchell presents the early news of Derby Day, including the weather and track conditions, an update on Javier Castellano, and the races on tap today. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm.

  • Kentucky Derby News Minute 5/5/2012

    Eric Mitchell presents the early news of Derby Day, including the weather and track conditions, an update on Javier Castellano, and the races on tap today. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm.

  • NY Lawmaker: Return Betting to City Bars

    Using the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) to make his point, New York Assemblyman Micah Kellner, who represents Manhattan, railed on officials for not moving to offer offtrack betting at bars in New York City.

  • Kentucky Derby Interview: Ahmed Zayat

    Lenny Shulman talks to owner Ahmed Zayat about his horse Bodemeister, who is one of the favorites to win the Kentucky Derby. Sponsored by Three Chimneys.

  • Kentucky Derby Interview: Ahmed Zayat

    Lenny Shulman talks to owner Ahmed Zayat about his horse Bodemeister, who is one of the favorites to win the Kentucky Derby. Sponsored by Three Chimneys.

  • The track was empty the morning of the Derby.

    Storms Lead to Cancellation of CD Training

    With heavy overnight thunderstorms still producing severe lightning on Derby morning, May 5, at Churchill Downs, the Louisville track canceled the limited training that was scheduled to take place between 6-8 a.m. EDT.