Headlines for Thursday, May 2, 2013

  • Unlocking Winners: Oaks Day!

    With a 70% chance of rain on Kentucky Derby Day, enjoy the fast and firm tracks as long as they last on Oaks day!

  • Frac Daddy is one of six Kentucky Derby starters who debuted without race-day Salix.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2013-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/29026796_jvcnn8#!i=2488856731&k=RrZkVtb">Order This Photo</a

    Six Derby Horses Made Salix-Free Debuts

    A half-dozen horses entered in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) field made their initial starts without race-day Salix, but for the 1 1/4-mile classic all six will receive the diuretic.

  • TCI: 2013 Kentucky Derby - Final Preview

    Jon & Joel dissect the critical parts that will assuredly become keys to the eventual outcome of Kentucky Derby 139, including analysis on the break, pace scenario, track condition, and contenders primed for a big effort.

  • John Velazquez

    Velazquez Rides in First Race Since April 7

    Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, who will ride undefeated Verrazano in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, returned to competition the afternoon of May 2 at Belmont Park, finishing seventh on his first mount since April 7.

  • TCI: 2013 Kentucky Derby - Final Preview

    Jon & Joel dissect the critical parts that will assuredly become keys to the eventual outcome of Kentucky Derby 139, including analysis on the break, pace scenario, track condition, contenders primed for a big effort, and more.

  • Golden Soul<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2013-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/29026796_jvcnn8#!i=2478246258&k=MKmrPNW">Order This Photo</a>

    Finding Room for 'Lost' Soul

    Chuck Fipke's homebred Golden Soul, pegged at 50-1 on the morning line, is the ultimate outsider for the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Fort Marcy Draws Clement's Speaking of Which

    Trainer Christophe Clement will be well represented with two starters in the $150,000 Fort Marcy Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the turf at Belmont Park May 4, including 2-1 morning line favorite Speaking of Which.

  • Call Issued for Major Changes in Drug Policy

    Federal intervention is the only way horse racing can resolve issues surrounding equine medication use, drug testing, and sufficient investigatory programs, said an attorney, also a Kentucky racing commissioner, May 2.

  • Unbeaten Dawn Approach Set for Guineas Test

    Godolphin's undefeated European champion Dawn Approach will make his highly anticipated 2013 debut in the QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I), the first classic of the European season May 4 at Newmarket.

  • Kentucky Derby News Minute - 5/2/2013

    Lenny Shulman reports the news of the day, including Vyjack's work, Giant Finish's arrival, the Pletcher 5 on the track, and the weather.

  • Marketing is the 5-2 morning line favorite for her 2013 debut in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile.

    Marketing Mix Returns in Distaff Turf Mile

    Marketing Mix was made the 5-2 morning-line favorite for her 2013 debut, the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (presented by Longines) (gr. IIT) on the Derby Day undercard. Hungry Island, last year's winner, returns.

  • Miner's Mark, 23, Euthanized

    Miner's Mark, a grade I winner and the first foal out of the legendary Personal Ensign, was euthanized April 30 at Blue Ridge Farm in Virginia. The son of Mr. Prospector was 23.

  • Vyjack went three furlongs in :37 at Churchill Downs May 2.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2013-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/29026796_jvcnn8#!i=2489607218&k=WmkBf6d">Order This Photo</a>

    Derby Entrant Vyjack Breezes

    Two days before he is scheduled to run in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Vyjack "blew out" three furlongs in :37 at Churchill Downs May 2.

  • PPID Risk Factors in Horses Studied

    Veterinarians and scientists have made great strides in understanding, diagnosing, and treating pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID, often referred to as equine Cushing's disease)—a neuro-degenerative disorder of aged horses, in which dopamine production of the pituitary gland decreases. However, questions about the disease still abound....

  • Kentucky Derby by the Speed Numbers

    In 54 of the last 58 runnings of the 1 1/4-mile Kentucky Derby, the winner was either on the lead with an eighth of a mile to go, within a length of the lead, or running second although more than a length off the leader.