Claire Novak updates us on Nyquist's gallop, Exaggerator, Lani, California shippers Danzing Candy and Trojan Nation, and the Kentucky Oaks.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist was strong May 3, in his first gallop over the Louisville track.
Full field of 14, plus one also-eligible, entered for May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks
Koji Maeda’s Lani turned in the only work of the day by Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders May 3 when the Japanese-owned and –trained colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01.
Thirstforlife to make first start in Churchill Downs stakes.
C. R. Trout's Shotgun Kowboy, an Oklahoma-bred who last year showed enough promise to warrant a start in the grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs, will make his third start off a layoff in the May 6 Texas Mile (gr. III) at Lone Star Park.
Ed Stanco, whose Princess of Sylmar took him on a magical journey three years ago including a victory in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), is back in the race this year with Mo d'Amour.
It all comes down to this in the final Derby Dozen for 2016. Steve Haskin has one final shuffle up his sleeve.
Join Chance Moquett, the 23-year-old son of trainer Ron Moquett, as he describes the memories that are made with a runner on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail.
Lucy Gay Bassett, wife of James E. "Ted" Bassett, died May 1 at 87. She owned Lanark Farm in Woodford Co., Kentucky, and bred Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Adoration.
Bonne Chance Farm and Stud R D I's Ohio drew some raised eyebrows in his United States debut and will look to make another significant step forward in the $100,000 American Stakes (gr. IIIT) May 6 at Santa Anita Park.
Jerry and Ann Moss' Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year, was bred to Medaglia d'Oro the morning of May 2, according to Zenyatta.com, the mare's official website.
A wide-open field of 14 will contest the May 5 $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park.
As young sires go, about the only question left for Uncle Mo to answer is his ability to get a classic horse, and he'll begin that effort for the first time this year.
Corona del Inca wins Gran Premio Criadores (Arg-I) at Palermo Race Course the evening of May 1, earning an automatic berth into the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) through the Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" series.
Trainer Steve Asmussen's four Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) hopefuls had easy, half-mile workouts before the renovation break May 2 at Churchill Downs.
Nyquist tops poll of experts in the 3-year-old poll, while California Chrome tops overall poll.
Marilyn Breuer-Bertera, of Northville, Mich., a director with the U.S. Trotting Association, replaces Russell Williams.
Woodford Reserve, a Kentucky distillery located in horse country, is the long-time sponsor of the Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs and is expanding its marketing footprint to horse racing venues in other countries.
Keeneland May 2 released final spring-meet numbers that show growth in on-track wagering and field size for the 16-day meet that ended April 29.
Churchill Downs Racetrack and Levy Restaurants, the track's hospitality partner and on-track dining provider since 2001, have agreed to a 10-year contract extension.
Angela Hermann has been named the Golden Gate Fields track announcer for the remainder of the 2016 winter/spring meet. She will be the first full-time female track announcer in the United States.
While Carina Mia will need a lot of help to make the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) field, her connections are confident the grade II winner will run well in whatever race she ultimately enters.
Claire Novak updates us from the backside of Churchill Downs on Mor Spirit with Gary Stevens aboard, Gun Runner, Creator, Cathryn Sophia, Carina Mia, Majesto, and Lani.
In Thoroughbred ownership just four years, Sol Kumin went on a buying spree that landed him a pair of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) starters in Exaggerator and My Man Sam.
With WinStar Farm owner Kenny Troutt looking on, Arkansas Derby (gr. I) winner Creator breezed four furlongs in :50 3/5 at Churchill Downs the morning of May 2 in his final workout for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner Gun Runner completed his major work before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with an easy half-mile breeze May 2 at Churchill Downs.
"I feel that he's in a position where he's going to run his race, and we'll see if he's good enough," Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said.
Freshman sire Coil got his first winner from his first starter at Golden Gate Fields May 1 when his daughter Recoiling won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight event in near gate-to-wire fashion by 1 3/4 lengths.
Siena-bred runners have included grade II-placed Island Saint and Angela Renee.
With Venezuela once again invading the Kentucky Derby in the form of Grupo 7C Racing Stable, I thought this would be a good time to once again re-tell the remarkable story of Canonero
Treadway Racing Stable's Adventist, who remains in the 22nd spot on the Road to the Kentucky Derby points list, remains "ready for anything," trainer Leah Gyarmati said May 1.
About six hours after he left Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky., May 1, California Chrome was back at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Nearly a quarter of a century later, another Arkansas Derby runner-up is being equipped with a shadow roll in the Kentucky Derby.
Majesto, the runner-up to champion Nyquist in the Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I), will be ridden by Emisael Jaramillo, the all-time leading rider in Venezuela, in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Ranlo Investments' Lady Shipman bounced back strongly from her trip to Dubai with an impressive victory in the License Fee Stakes May 1 at Belmont Park.
The Jim Stable's Ben's Cat, who hadn't raced since late November on dirt, overcame a wide trip in a good grass allowance field May 1 at Laurel Park to win his 10-year-old debut.
When the auctioneer at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton March 2-year-olds in training sale at Gulfstream Park dropped the hammer on Hip 87 at $400,000, Dennis O'Neill was pleasantly surprised that he was the buyer of the colt named Nyquist.
Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier, and Michael Tabor's Minding led a top-three finish for the ownership team, trainer Aidan O'Brien, and the stallion Galileo in the QIPCO One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) for 3-year-old fillies May 1 at Newmarket.
Unbeaten champion Nyquist, the clear-cut early favorite for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), got his first tour of the main track at Churchill Downs May 1 after arriving from Keeneland April 30.
Claire Novak comes to us from Churchill Downs for updates on Nyquist, Exaggerator, Brody's Cause, Gun Runner, Creator and more!
Catch up with 2014 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner California Chrome and learn about his new Kentucky home, Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., where he'll retire to stud at the end of his racing career.
Japanese miler Maurice and Australian sprint star Chautauqua took top honors at Sha Tin Racecourse May 1 in a rare shutout for the local team in two group I events in Hong Kong.
Alert Bay shook off pacesetter G. G. Ryder in the stretch and dug in to repel good-closing graded winners Gabriel Charles and Bal a Bali to win the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) April 30 at Golden Gate Fields.
Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman's Toews On Ice took command at the head of the stretch and cruised home by two lengths over Entertainer to win the second running of the William Walker Stakes April 30 at Churchill Downs.
Free from the likes of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runners Exaggerator, Danzing Candy, and Mor Spirit, Uncle Lino broke through for his first stakes win April 30 in the inaugural $150,000 California Chrome Stakes at Los Alamitos.
Fresh off a course-record performance last time out, Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Smokem Kitten captured his first stakes victory April 30 at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Wesley Ward has entered three winning fillies against males in the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes Thursday, May 5 at Churchill Downs.
Warrendale Sales consigned three Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hopefuls at the 2014 Keeneland September yearling sale: Exaggerator, Mo Tom, and Suddenbreakingnews.
"I don't know if I'm still taking it in, it's still sinking in that we're here," Desormeaux said. "It is one of those subconscious goals that all trainers hope to achieve, but now that I'm here it's just a culmination of what we've put in."
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