More than 24 hours after Paulassilverlining won her second graded stakes, the Distaff (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack April 17, owner and breeder Vincent Scuderi was still beaming.
I Shod the Sheriff wins first time out gate to wire.
There are ample longshots in every running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), but one scheduled to make his way into the gate at Churchill Downs May 7 is unique.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that Churchill Downs has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.
Reddam Racing's Nyquist jogged on the synthetic training track at Keeneland the morning of April 28 and remains on schedule for his final work before the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Hoverboards are the only 2016 addition to Churchill Downs' list of security "do's and don'ts" for the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The seventh Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will feature a mix of updates on previous summit topics such as racing surfaces, rider safety and equine injuries and new topics including nutrition, biosecurity, and respiratory health.
Toews On Ice heads a field of five 3-year-olds entered in the $100,000 William Walker Stakes on the April 30 opening night Churchill Downs card.
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Twenty-nine tracks will auction signed photographs of American Pharoah and Secretariat on Derby Day.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin announced April 27 that former commissioner Frank Kling will return to chair a re-vamped Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
The 1986 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) win was the first for legendary trainer Charlie Whittingham, who believed in only bringing a horse to the race if he believed it was completely justified. Ferdinand rewarded that belief with a 2 1/4 length victory.
Yutaka Take, Japan's most famous jockey, even came in for the work aboard the UAE Derby (UAE-II) winner, but Lani refused to get into gear until after a quarter of what was supposed to be a five-eighths work.
"It's going to be hard," Espinoza said of tackling the Run for the Roses on Whitmore. "But you never know. As long as I have a horse in the race, I always think I can win the Kentucky Derby."
Keeneland's Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) closes out the spring meet April 29. California invader Generosidade faces 11 older fillies and mares going 12 furlongs.
A pair of colts by Kentucky stallions—Air Force Blue and Stormy Antarctic—are the respective top two favorites for the QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) April 30 at Newmarket.
Trainer Doug O'Neill believes versatility is a big advantage for Nyquist, who heads to the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) undefeated in seven starts.
Working in company with Jimbo Fallon, Mor Spirit was clocked in eighth-mile splits of :11 2/5, :22 2/5, :34 1/5, and :46, galloping out the six furlongs in 1:13 1/5 under Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens.
Fans who arrive early for Keeneland's closing day of the spring meet will get a chance to see Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist breeze.
Twin Creeks Racing Stables April 26 said Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners has acquired a minority interest in Destin, the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner and expected starter in the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Enhancing what already is American racing's most lucrative daily purse program, Kentucky Downs will pump an additional $600,000-plus into its 2016 overnight races and stakes for its five-date, all-turf meet in September.
The Race Track Chaplaincy of America has named Dan Waits as the new executive director of the organization. He replaces Craig Wiley, who recently retired from the position.
Kentucky Derby contender, a son of Curlin, has won at four different tracks.
Trainer Steve Asmussen, to be inducted in racing's Hall of Fame in August, worked two colts and five fillies at Churchill Downs April 25 in preparation for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (both gr. I).
Son of Two Punch sired 58 stakes winners, including 16 graded stakes winners.
In two days Churchill Downs Inc. sold out all 200 available memberships for its first racing club.
The Nyquist Derby Express remains on track and is rolling full-stream toward the First Saturday in May.
Da Big Hoss continued his good form in long turf races when he secured his second graded stakes win of the season going 1 1/2 miles on the grass April 23 in the Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.
Churchill Downs had its first special training session for 2016 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) horses April 23, with Fellowship, Brody's Cause, and Tom's Ready among those to work.
After a swift five-furlong breeze by Cathryn Sophia the morning of April 23 at Keeneland, trainer John Servis said he is leaning toward running the two-time grade II winner in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 6 at Churchill Downs.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist wanted to go early, but quickly settled into a smooth stride in his second-to-last breeze April 23 at Keeneland before the Louisville classic.
First-time starter Milton Freewater got up in the final stride in race one at Los Alamitos Race Course April 22 and became the first winner for grade I winner and classic-placed Creative Cause.
Trainer Bernie Flint and long-time owner Dr. Naveed Chowhan paired to upset the $100,000 Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland when Brooklynsway held sway over favorite I'm a Chatterbox, who could not get by the determined winner.
The jockeys participated in a question and answer session at the track and an autograph signing to raise funds for the PDJF and National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
With Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez in the irons, Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Outwork had his penultimate breeze in preparation for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), covering a half-mile in :48 4/5 April 22 at Belmont Park.
CDI will offer up to 200 shares in a racehorse at $500 per share. Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas will select and train the club's horse.
American Pharoah was named Kentucky-bred Horse of the Year, and his dam Littleprincessemma was named Broodmare of the Year. Michael Blowen of Old Friends Farm received a special achievement award for his dedication to Thoroughbred retirement.
Factors like those are key in HANA's yearly racetrack rankings, as it looks at factors that affect horseplayer betting value.
Grade I winner I'm a Chatterbox began gearing up in earnest for her return to racing after arriving at Keeneland in early April. She is the 3-5 favorite for Friday's Doubledogdare (gr. III).
With the departure of champion Songbird from the race, trainer John Servis is considering Cash is King's Cathryn Sophia for the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks.
Pan American Stakes (gr. IIT) winner looks to carry on recent success April 23 at Keeneland.
"Horsepower demonstrated that stem cells may actually have the ability to impact bone as well as soft tissue, and made us think that maybe we've only scratched the surface." - Dr. Larry Bramlage
Another court decision went in favor of Kentucky Downs' new provider of historical racing games, Encore Racing Based Games, in litigation brought by RaceTech, the Franklin, Ky., track's former provider of the games.
Mo Tom and Lani joined Mohaymen as three Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contenders on the April 20 worktab at Churchill Downs.
Shadwell Stable's son of Tapit cruised a half-mile in :46 4/5 under exercise rider Miguel Jaime, the fastest of 27 works at the distance, in his first workout since a Florida Derby (gr. I) fourth.
Apparently Hall of Fame trainer LeRoy Jolley is not the retiring type.
Barry Irwin's new book is part autobiography and part the behind-the-scenes story of Animal Kingdom.
Count Dream Dance among the 3-year-old fillies now being pointed for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) in the wake of the April 17 announcement that unbeaten champion Songbird has been declared out after developing a low-grade fever.
Gainesway stallion To Honor and Serve was represented by his first winner April 19 when his first starter, French General, won his debut in the second race at Turf Paradise.
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino April 19 will begin its fourth season as the state's only Thoroughbred track with full fields and an average daily purse structure second only to Churchill Downs in the Midwest.
Mike Tarp's Go Maggie Go and J K Racing Stable's Mokat pushed the number of nominees to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) to 114 when the late phase of nominations closed April 13.
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