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  • Harrah's Louisiana Downs to Open Season May

    The 2017 Thoroughbred racing season at Harrah's Louisiana Downs commences on Saturday, May 6. Opening day will include seven live races beginning at 3:15 pm (Central) and the simulcast of the 143rd Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. 

  • Patch heads to the track May 1 at Churchill Downs

    Range of Experience Levels in 2017 Derby Hopefuls

    While Todd Pletcher acknowledges three starts going into this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) is not ideal for Patch, the Calumet Farm homebred has enough working in his favor that Pletcher believes he has earned his shot.

  • Thunder Snow clears quarantine and heads to the track

    Thunder Snow and New Arrivals Visit Track

    Godolphin Racing's group 1 winner Thunder Snow cleared quarantine as expected the morning of May 2, and headed out around 8:30 a.m. EDT to continue his preparations for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).

  • Always Dreaming finds his stride in draw reins under exercise rider Nick Bush

    Always Dreaming Much More Settled in Training

    After being exceptionally headstrong in his training for the first leg of the Triple Crown since arriving at Churchill Downs, the Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) winner was on his best behavior yet May 2 as he headed out under exercise rider Nick Bush.

  • Jerry Moss in the Santa Anita Park winner's circle

    Jerry Moss Hopes for Derby Encore with Gormley

    Jerry Moss, who has campaigned greats such as Zenyatta and built the hugely successful record label A&M Records, hopes to repeat his Derby success of 12 years ago with Giacomo when he sends Gormley to the starting gate.

  • Keeneland

    Keeneland Spring Produces Strong Attendance, Wagering

    Keeneland successfully concluded its 2017 Spring Meet on Friday 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.

  • PM Advertising Hires Mary Ellet for Marketing

    PM Advertising in Lexington, Ky., announced today that Mary Ellet will join the agency as a marketing coordinator beginning in August after completing the Godolphin Flying Start program this summer.

  • Mike Tirico

    Derby Day Coverage Begins at Noon on NBCSN

    Following are highlights of NBC Sports Group's coverage of the 143rd Kentucky Derby, which includes more than seven live hours on Derby Day between NBC and NBCSN.

  • Cloth of Stars wins the 2017 Prix Ganay

    Cloth of Stars Leads Big Day for Godolphin

    The winner's enclosure at Saint Cloud belonged to Godolphin May 1, as colts owned by Sheikh Mohammed's racing enterprise won all three stakes races on the Parisian racetrack's Monday card. 

  • Gun Runner gallops at Churchill Downs

    Gun Runner to Return in Stephen Foster Handicap

    Grade 1 winner Gun Runner has been steadily training since returning from a runner-up finish in the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) and is targeting the June 17 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs, Asmussen said May 1.

  • The Derby Past vs. Present: No Contest

    Racing fans who were not around before the 1980s may find it difficult to appreciate just how much the dynamics of the Kentucky Derby have changed since then and how much more difficult the race is to win.

  • Sonneteer works at Churchill under jockey Corey Lanerie

    'Maturing' Sonneteer Fires Bullet for Derby

    Calumet Farm homebred Sonneteer is a compliant sort, so it was no surprise to assistant Julie Clark when Corey Lanerie, aboard May 1 for a four-furlong work, reminded the striking Midnight Lute colt to get down to business and Sonneteer responded.

  • Trainer Mike Johnson moves to Churchill when the Oaklawn Park meet is over in April

    Horseman Mike Johnson Knows a Good One in McCraken

    Since his high-water mark as a trainer, when Drogue scored a record-setting nine-length victory in the $100,000 Fifth Season Stakes for older horses in 2014, at Oaklawn Park, Mike Johnson has won only three races. But he's ridden some of the best.

  • Carl Nafzger with former assistant Ian Wilkes

    Wilkes Continues to Do Nafzger Proud

    As he took in Ian Wilkes' cool demeanor less than a week out from the first leg of the Triple Crown, it was hard to find anyone enjoying the ascent of multiple graded stakes winner McCraken more than Carl Nafzger himself.

  • 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.