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  • Personnel outside the quarantine area where Thunder Snow is stabled at Churchill Downs

    Thunder Snow Enters Quarantine at Churchill Downs

    Godolphin Racing's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) contender Thunder Snow arrived April 30 at Churchill Downs, and is expected to clear a 42-hour USDA-mandated quarantine in time to train the morning of May 2.

  • Iliad wins the 2017 San Vicente Stakes

    Grade 2 Winner Iliad Retired

    San Vicente Stakes (G2) winner Iliad has been retired because of an ankle injury he sustained during an April 22 workout at Santa Anita Park, owner Kaleem Shah said April 30.

  • Blewitt Joins Gulfstream Broadcast Team

    Gulfstream Park announced April 30 that handicapper and television host Jason Blewitt will join its broadcast team as co-host and racing analyst beginning May 4.

  • Kitasan Black finished in course record that was nearly a full second better than Deep Impact's time from 11 years prior

    Kitasan Black Dominates in Tenno Sho

    Kitasan Black, reigning Japanese Horse of the Year, dominated a tough field in the Tenno Sho Spring (G1) at Kyoto April 30, chasing down the runaway leader and sweeping to a 1 1/4-length victory.

  • Irish War Cry (outside) breezes with Providence Road

    Irish War Cry Solid in Final Pre-Derby Work

    Isabelle de Tomaso's homebred Irish War Cry put in his final work for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) April 30 at Fair Hill Training Center near Elkton, Md., clocking six furlongs in 1:13 1/5 on trainer Graham Motion's watch.

  • Farhaan wins the 2017 Thunder Road Stakes

    Farhaan Makes the Grade in Thunder Road

    In his second start for trainer Phil D'Amato, Matthew Schera's Farhaan took an impressive step forward April 29 to win his first graded stakes in the $100,000 Thunder Road (G3T) at Santa Anita Park.

  • War Correspondent wins the Miami Mile Stakes

    War Correspondent Responds in Miami Mile

    After conceding the lead early to a determined Applicator, War Correspondent snatched that advantage back when it counted most, overtaking the pacesetter in midstretch en route to a one-length victory in the April 29 $100,000 Miami Mile Stakes (G3T).

  • Wesley Ward trainee McErin on the track at Keeneland April 12

    McErin, Five Fillies Take on Kentucky Juvenile Stakes

    The $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes at Churchill Downs May 4, the first stakes of the year for 2-year-olds, will feature a field of five colts and geldings and five fillies that each made their first starts during Keeneland's spring meet.

  •  Alert Bay wins the 2017 San Francisco Mile

    Alert Bay Repeats in San Francisco Mile

    Peter Redekop's Alert Bay was sent off at 3-5 to defend his title in the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (G3T) April 29, and the 6-year-old gelding had no problem doing so, as he held on gamely to win by 1 1/4 lengths.

  • Kentucky commissioner of agriculture Ryan Quarles

    Official Veterinary Team From China Visits Kentucky

    Kentucky agriculture commissioner Ryan Quarles and some horse industry leaders welcomed an official veterinary team from the People's Republic of China this month in a visit that could help open China to the export of horses from the United States.

  • Alert Bay will look to repeat his winning performance in the San Francisco Mile

    Weekend Stakes Rundown: Turf Mile Saturday

    Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. Consider this your guide to the best stakes in North America. This week we have a trio of grade 3 turf miles Saturday, Churchill Downs' opening night, and more.

  • Keeping Pace by Frank Angst

    NTRA Staying Busy in Washington

    While the Triple Crown races are approaching beginning with the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), the NTRA continues a busy stretch in Washington putting the industry's message forward on immigration and tax issues.

  • Thunder Snow is led to the winner's enclosure after 
a head victory in the UAE Derby

    Thunder Snow Confirmed for Kentucky Derby

    Thunder Snow, winner of the March 25 UAE Derby Sponsored By The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) at Meydan Racecourse, has been confirmed to start in the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), Godolphin Racing announced April 29.

  • Horses train at Keeneland, where the spring meet concluded April 28

    Keeneland Handle, Attendance Similar to Last Year

    Keeneland successfully concluded its 2017 spring meet April 28 as exceptional racing, enhanced food and hospitality offerings, one-of-a-kind special events, and warm, sunny weather yielded robust attendance and on-track and all-sources wagering.

  • Seattle Slew's Kentucky Derby victory story from the pages of BloodHorse magazine is one of the features on the new channel

    BloodHorse.com Launches BackTrack Channel

    Before this year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), BloodHorse.com readers will have a chance to relive some of the most memorable editions of the Louisville classic at its new "BackTrack" channel that focuses on racing history.

  • Churchill Downs Emphasizes Racing Safety, Integrity

    Churchill Downs on April 28 re-emphasized its annual enhanced security measures for horses competing in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) and ongoing safety and integrity measures included in its "Safety from Start to Finish" program.

  • Cunco Defeats Five-Horse Field in Classic Trial

    With little more than a month before the June 3 Investec Derby (G1) at Epsom, Sandown Park Racecourse staged its first flat group races April 28. Heading the card was the group 3 bet365 Classic Trial for 3-year-olds going about 1 1/4 miles. 

  • Vexatious works six furlongs in 1:14 3/5 at Churchill for the Kentucky Oaks

    Vexatious Stands Out in Oaks Move

    One Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) filly working out April 28 stood out for her attire—if nothing else—during Churchill Downs' special training time reserved for horses in its two biggest races.

  • Abel Tasman works seven furlongs in 1:25 3/5 April 28 at Santa Anita

    Abel Tasman Gears Up for Kentucky Oaks Run

    Abel Tasman went on the work tab for seven furlongs in 1:25 3/5, but was asked for more run after the wire by jockey Martin Garcia and continued to run strongly well into the clubhouse turn at Santa Anita Park.

  • Practical Joke breezes under Joel Rosario April 28 at Churchill Downs

    Blinkers Likely for Practical Joke in Kentucky Derby

    After trainer Chad Brown watched how Practical Joke breezed wearing blinkers April 28 at Churchill Downs, the Eclipse Award-winning trainer is leaning toward equipping the two-time grade 1 winner with a small cup pair for the Kentucky Derby.

  • Gunnevera works a relaxed pace ahead of the Derby at Churchill

    Sano Star Gunnevera Goes Easy Five Furlongs

    Blissfully unaware of the weight upon his stout shoulders, Gunnevera went about his final serious paces in advance of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), working an easy five furlongs in 1:03 3/5 at Churchill Downs April 28.

  • Billy Koch of Solana Beach Sales

    Creative Cause Filly's Sale Emotional for Koch

    After scoring a big pinhooking profit during the April 28 final session of Ocala Breeders' Sales spring sale of 2-year-olds in training, Billy Koch became emotional when discussing the effort required to get a horse to that point.

  • Unbridled

    Unbridled Unleashed

    One might wonder why the Unbridled sire line has seemed to be spectacular in spurts. Part of the reason could be phenotypical.