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  • Majestic Harbor wins the Alysheba Stakes (gr. II)

    Majestic Harbor Springs Alysheba Upset

    Jockey Corey Lanerie and 13-1 shot Majestic Harbor made a steady rally on the outside rounding the second turn and put away a stiff stretch challenge to win the $400,000 Alysheba Stakes (gr. II) by 2 1/2 lengths at Churchill Downs.

  • Routine, Quiet Oaks Morning on Backside

    It was a routine, quiet morning in the stable area of Churchill Downs May 6, with the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) entrants on the track early for their routine exercise.

  • ky derby feature ponies 2

    Kentucky Derby Ponies of 2016

    Claire Novak introduces us to the horses who help out our Kentucky Derby contenders. Meet the Kentucky Derby ponies Satire, Harley, Smokey, Chester, and Red.

  • Hronis Racing's Nancy From Nairobi and jockey Abel Lezcano win the Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes, Thursday, May 5, 2016 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.

    Nancy From Nairobi Wins Royal Heroine

    Hronis Racing's Nancy From Nairobi, a British-bred 5-year-old mare, gets her first graded stakes win while winning her third straight mile turf race at Santa Anita in the May 5 Royal Heroine Stakes (gr. IIT).

  • THS Kentucky Derby 2016

    That Handicapping Show: Kentucky Derby

    Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Kentucky Derby on location at Churchill Downs. What do they think about the 2016 field and who do they pick? Watch to find out! Sponsored by Equibase

  • Law Conference Emphasizes Transparency

    Several presenters during the afternoon session of the National Conference on Equine Law May 5 at Keeneland in Lexington emphasized the importance of transparency in various horse dealings.

  • THS Kentucky Oaks 2016

    That Handicapping Show: The Kentucky Oaks

    Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) featuring Rachel's Valentina, Land Over Sea, Mokat, Cathryn Sophia, Weep No More, Go Maggie Go, and Lewis Bay. Sponsored by Equibase.

  • Nyquist with Jonny Garcia aboard at Churchill May 5

    Team Optimistic, Nyquist 'Full of Energy'

    Trainer Doug O'Neill said he's confident in the training strategy he has employed with Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist, who did a little more than jog the morning of May 5 at Churchill Downs.

  • Decked Out winning the Providencia (gr. IIIT)

    Decked Out Seeks Second Grade III in Senorita

    While her trainer and part owner may be preoccupied 2,000 miles away May 7, Decked Out will look to win her second straight grade III event over the Santa Anita Park turf course in the $100,000 Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT).

  • Lady Aurelia (Scat Daddy - D' Wildcat Speed, by Forest Wildcat) sets a new track record, while breaking her maiden at Keeneland on April 21, 2016

    Lady Aurelia Awaits Queen Mary at Ascot

    Lady Aurelia, impressive track record-setter at Keeneland in her career debut, was scratched from the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes at Churchill Downs May 5 to await the Queen Mary Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot.

  • Black Hornet winning the 2015 Vigil Stakes.

    Black Hornet Returns to Defend Vigil Title

    Black Hornet is training strongly to defend his title in the Vigil, Stakes where he will face graded stakes winners Dimension and Canadian champion sprinter Stacked Deck. The field will be rounded out by a trio of stakes winners.

  • Court Ruling Important in Hobby Law Tax Cases

    A tax law attorney said May 5 that a recent federal court decision expanded the number of arguments attorneys can make when trying to make a case that a client is running a horse operation as a business as opposed to a hobby.

  • Chad  Brown

    Brown Pair Heads Sheepshead Bay

    Trainer Chad Brown has a strong pair in Sea Calisi and Guapaza for the May 7 Sheepshead Bay Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park. The 1 3/8-mile race drew six older fillies and mares.

  • Bensons Hope to Let Good Times Roll in Derby

    Expect some "Who Dat" chants from the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) crowd May 7 as supporters of Gayle and Tom Benson's Mo Tom and Tom's Ready try to bring some Mardi Gras to Louisville's biggest party.

  • Mokat galloping at Churchill Downs May 2

    Baltas Ready for First Oaks Start With Mokat

    The last time Baltas was at Churchill with a Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) horse was back in 1992, as an assistant to Richard Mandella, when Golden Treat ran fourth under his care. Mokat is his first Oaks entry on his own.

  • Rachel's Valentina - Churchill Downs, May 4, 2016

    Rachel's Valentina: Born to Win Oaks?

    Todd Pletcher doesn't hesitate to put Rachel's Valentina in the company of his trio of previous Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winners as she's set to contend Friday's race. A full field of 14 will go postward after champion Songbird's defection due to fever.

  • Kentucky Derby 142 Draw Video Image

    Kentucky Derby 142 Draw

    Post positions were drawn and morning-line odds set on Wednesday evening at Churchill Downs for the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby. Tune in for comments from key Derby connections, including morning-line favorite Nyquist’s trainer, Doug O’Neill.

  • Fellowship at Churchill Downs May 3

    Full Gate for Pat Day Mile

    A full gate of 14 is set for the Pat Day Mile (gr. III) May 7, Kentucky Derby (gr. I) day at Churchill Downs. The one-turn-mile event for 3-year-olds is slated as race 10 and goes for a purse of $250,000.

  • Marcus Vitali

    Vitali Seeks to Get Florida License Restored

    Trainer Marcus Vitali moved his stable from Gulfstream to Laurel, but he must deal with positive tests for Class 4 and Class 5 medications in Florida before the Maryland Jockey Club will allow him to continue racing horses.

  • Beholder Blows Out for Adoration

    Beholder, Spendthrift Farm's three-time champion, blew out three furlongs in :37 3/5 May 4 in preparation for her 2016 debut in the May 8 Adoration Stakes (gr. III).

  • Taris after win at Santa Anita

    Taris Will Cut Back for Humana Distaff

    Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Susan Magnier's multiple graded-stakes winner Taris will cut back in distance after a strong effort in a 1 1/8-mile grade I stakes in California when she starts in the $300,000 Humana Distaff (gr. I) May 7.

  • Tepin wins the 2016 Jenny Wiley in stakes-record time.

    Connections Showcase Tepin on Derby Day

    "On the biggest day of the year in horse racing, we’re proud to showcase the best horse we’ve ever trained,” Norm Casse said of May 7 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIT) contender Tepin.

  • July 31, 2015

As the summer sun sets, California Chrome enjoys the Kentucky bluegrass from his private paddock in the stallion complex at Taylor Made.

    California Chrome - The $12 Million Horse

    Since 2011, Laura Donnell has been photographing for Taylor Made Farm. Since then, many champions have crossed through her lens, but none have been quite as magnificent as California Chrome. Here's a look back at Chrome's past year with Taylor Made.