Headlines for Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • Downey Profile: Derby by the Speed Numbers

    In 55 of the last 59 runnings of the Kentucky Derby, the winner was either on the lead with an eighth of a mile to go in the race, within a length of the lead, or running second although more than a length off the leader.

  • Will Take Charge won the Oaklawn Handicap on April 12.

    Will Take Charge Heads Alysheba

    Will Take Charge, last year's champion 3-year-old male, tops a Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) reunion in the May 2 Alysheba Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. Four runners from last year's Derby are entered.

  • Half Ours Filly Tops Louisiana 2YO Sale

    A daughter of Half Ours topped the inaugural Equine Sales Co. of Louisiana's 2-year-olds in training and horse of racing age sale April 28 in Opelousas, selling for $69,000 to Ralph Wadleigh's Energy Solutions Consultants.

  • She's a Tiger makes her first start of 2014 in the Eight Belles Stakes. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2014-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/i-gTMhMcQ">Order This Photo</a>

    Champion She's a Tiger Headlines Eight Belles

    Champion juvenile filly She's a Tiger, disqualified from a win in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in her final start of 2013, makes her first start of the year in the Eight Belles Stakes (gr. III) May 2 Churchill Downs.

  • Kentucky Derby and Oaks Daily Updates

    Find out the latest on the contenders for the May 2 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands by reviewing these daily updates from Churchill Downs and its Derby media team.

  • Kentucky Derby News Update for April 29, 2014

    Claire Novak reports on three new Kentucky Derby contenders who have arrived for the big dance. Mike Maker and Joel Rosario comment on General a Rod, watch California Chrome jog on the track and Tom Proctor enters Please Explain in the Kentucky Oaks.

  • General a Rod breezed at Churchill Downs the morning of April 29.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2014-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/i-5KtKGDd">Order This Photo</a>

    General a Rod 'More Typical Self' in Workout

    One day after being purchased by new connections, General a Rod breezed at Churchill Downs the morning of April 29, showing marked improvement over his work at the track last week as the Kentucky Derby draws closer.

  • Kentucky Derby: Dallas Stewart Interview

    Trainer Dallas Stewart is asked about his Kentucky Oaks draw by Esther Marr. Dallas explains what it would be like to win the Kentucky Oaks again.

  • KY Derby Buzz: Weather, California Chrome

    The horrific thunderstorm that hit Churchill Downs Monday morning and the afternoon arrival of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite California Chrome generated a lot of online discussion.

  • Kentucky Derby: Mike Maker and General a Rod

    Trainer Mike Maker discusses the April 29 workout by General a Rod and how other Derby horses are doing. Mike mentions how General a Rod handles an off track.

  • Please Explain

    Please Explain is Late Kentucky Oaks Entry

    Trainer Tom Proctor confirmed the morning of April 29 that he will enter Niall Racing's homebred filly Please Explain in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). Jockey Jose Lezcano will ride the dark bay or brown filly.

  • Stars of the Oaks: Rachel Alexandra

    The Blood-Horse and Glenye Cain Oakford visit with 2009 Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra at Stonestreet Farm, including an update on her offspring.

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    Danza Puts Eclipse in Derby Spotlight

    Aron Wellman and Lee Midkiff have grown a fledgling partnership group into the program producing grade I winners such as In Lingerie, Byrama, Capo Bastone, and now Arkansas Derby (gr. I) victor Danza.