Beholder, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2012, likely had an excuse when she was second in her sophomore debut Jan. 21 as the 1-5 favorite in the Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II).
Believe You Can took a step toward her 4-year-old racing debut on Jan. 18 when she breezed five furlongs in a minute flat on a fast track at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, earning the bullet for the distance.
Grade III winner Circle Unbroken makes his 2013 debut Jan. 19 in the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds, stretching out in distance and taking on eight other 3-year-olds including Canadian stakes winner Avie's Quality.
While they did not draw the interest Plum Pretty garnered in November, two of the three half sisters to the 2011 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner sold on the opening day of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
Vyjack surged past longshot Siete de Oros to win the $200,000 Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct Jan. 5, a race after 3-year-old filly Princess of Sylmar put on a 7 1/2-length show in the $100,000 Busanda.
Voting is under way at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association website for the 14th annual "NTRA Moment of the Year."
Seaneen Girl, making her first start for Dr. Naveed Chowhan and trainer Bernie Flint, fought her way past favored Gal About Town to win the Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 24 at Churchill Downs.
The Louisville track is introducing a new seating and Section 110 hospitality venue for the 2013 Derby and the Oaks that offers the historic track's first stadium-type seating.
Dominguez is the new single-season leader for North American earnings while Napravnik has set that mark for female riders.
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots will continue a 114-year tradition with live racing Thanksgiving Day as the 84-day 2012-13 meet will open with a 10-race holiday card Nov. 22.
Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider's homebred Sign overcame a sluggish start and powered home to win the $168,150 Pocahontas (gr. II) by four lengths on opening day of Churchill Downs' fall meet Oct. 28.
Trained by Todd Pletcher for Sheldon Nitenson, 2-year-old filly Danalake finished first or second in her four starts at Delaware and now will ship to Churchill Downs for the Pocahontas Stakes.
The Kentucky Court of Appeals has upheld a Circuit Court's decision that Jerry Brown should receive $25,000 for his advisory role in the sale of eventual Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra.
Churchill Downs Inc. announced Oct. 19 that Senior Vice President of Racing Donnie Richardson will leave the company at the end of the year.
Churchill Downs has released the official logos for the 2013 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and has begun selling merchandise featuring the new logos.
Due primarily to increased business Kentucky Derby week and continued growth at TwinSpires.com, Churchill Downs Inc. reported an 8% increase in net revenues from continuing operations for the second quarter of 2012.
After posting record wagering on this year's Kentucky Derby and Oaks, the 38-day spring meet at Churchill Downs ended with a 3.31% decline in total and average daily handle.
Test samples taken from some runners in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) are among those that are now being tested for dermorphin.
Live Oak Plantation's Zo Impressive took the $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park June 23 when 1-2 favorite Contested faded badly and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Believe You Can failed to menace.
Even-money choice Contested went gate to wire as the easiest of winners in the $300,000 Acorn Stakes (gr. I) May 28 at Belmont Park.
In Lingerie took over in upper stretch and held off a late bid from stablemate Disposablepleasure in the late stages, giving trainer Todd Pletcher a one-two finish in the $300,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico May 18.
Trainer Larry Jones revealed May 11 he would likely point Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Believe You Can to the 1 1/16-mile Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park June 23.
Churchill Downs Inc. reported record total wagering for the 138th Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) day program of $39.9 million.
Trainer Larry Jones comments on Believe You Can's victory in the 2012 Kentucky Oaks. Watch Video
Scenes from Kentucky Oaks Day 2012, including Believe You Can's victory. View Slideshow
Eric Mitchell recaps Kentucky Oaks Day for 2012, highlighted by the victory by Believe You Can and Rosie Napravnik in the Kentucky Oaks. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm. Watch Video
Brereton Jones' homebred daughter of Proud Citizen runs past Broadway's Alibi to win the grade I Kentucky Oaks by three-quarters of a length.
The infield at Churchill Downs was in the process of being evacuated and the American Turf (gr. IIT) delayed for at least 45 minutes as a strong line of storms approached Louisville, Ky., from the west at about 4:30 p.m. EDT.
Jockey Robby Albarado has been suspended from racing after his arrest on a charge of accosting a woman who says she was breaking up with him.
The daughter of Vindication, who is the co-second choice in the Oaks at 4-1, has developed fast and furious in the last few weeks, enough to convince her connections she's ready to reach for the Lilies. read blog
Believe You Can predict the winner of this year's Kentucky Oaks? Predict the Order
A visual look at the Kentucky Oaks field in post position order. View Slideshow
Tucked away in Bret Calhoun's barn 22, a considerable distance from the Kentucky Derby backside bustle, is Kentucky Oaks-bound filly Summer Applause, who was casually eating a hearty hay breakfast the morning of May 2. read blog
While the striking bay Grace Hall has the favored 5-2 morning line status in the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), there are plenty of other fillies in the full field of 14 that deserve much more than a passing glance.
Here is a look at some of the interesting meanings behind the names of this year's Kentucky Oaks fillies read blog
Comments from Kentucky Oaks contender On Fire Baby's owner/trainer Anita Cauley and trainer Gary Hartlage. Watch Video
Fifteen 3-year-old fillies entered for May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). On Fire Baby draws the rail; Oaks Lilly on the outside looking in.
Trainer Todd Pletcher said Broadway's Alibi would start in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) while In Lingerie will be held back in favor of the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. I) May 18.
Brereton C. Jones' homebred Believe You Can sizzled five furlongs in :58 2/5 over a muddy track at Churchill Downs April 29 as the Proud Citizen filly completed her work for the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Major Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contender Grace Hall posted her final workout before the Run for the Lilies when she breezed four furlongs in :52:10 over a sloppy track at Palm Meadows Training Center April 29.
Helen Groves' And Why Not fired a :46 4/5 bullet in a half-mile drill at Churchill Downs April 28. The daughter of Street Cry was one of five fillies that worked under the Twin Spires for the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Hard Not to Like put in her final work for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), breezing five furlongs in a handy 1:01 3/5 at Woodbine April 27, earning a 'very, very good' report from her trainer Gail Cox.
Sacristy, Oaks Lily, and Yara worked at Churchill Downs April 27 in advance of the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Anita Cauley's homebred On Fire Baby tuned up for the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with a seven-furlong breeze in 1:27 at Churchill Downs April 27.
John Fort's Mamma Kimbo, who was slated to run in the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, will instead be pointed to the May 18 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) at Pimlico.
Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) possible Colonial Empress posted her second work in two weeks at Churchill Downs the morning of April 25 when she covered four furlongs in :48 2/5.
Zayat Stables' Bodemeister, impressive winner of the Arkansas Derby (gr. I), breezed five-eighths of a mile in 1:00 4/5 at Churchill Downs the morning of April 24 in preparation for the Kentucky Derby.
Trained by Bob Baffert for Peachtree Stable, Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contender Mamma Kimbo worked five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 at Churchill Downs April 24.
Brereton Jones' homebred filly Believe You Can, winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) in her most recent start, posted a bullet five-furlong workout, covering the distance in :59 over a fast track the morning of April 22.
The Bob Baffert-trained Eden's Moon worked five furlongs in 1:00 flat over a fast track at Santa Anita Park April 22 in preparation for the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
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