133 fillies, highlighted by graded stakes winners Untapable, Onlyforyou, and Awesome Baby, currently the top point earners on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), have been nominated to the Central Bank Ashland (gr. I).
A 9 1/2-length romp by Winchell Thoroughbreds' Untapable in last week's Rachel Alexandra (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots made her the favorite in this year's Churchill Downs 2014 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.
Awesome Baby earned her second straight graded stakes win with a front-running score in the $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) March 1 at rain-soaked Santa Anita Park.
The names of 121 fillies were on the list for the 140th Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), just one more than last year, when early nominations closed Feb. 22.
Trainer Jeremiah Englehart and owner Ron Paolucci have parted ways over Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Ria Antonia. The filly will be sent to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.
NBC and Churchill Downs have reached agreement on a 10-year contract extension that will keep the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks on the NBC family of networks and platforms through 2025.
Last year's Hollywood Starlet winner will have a chip removed from her left knee
Winchell Thoroughbreds' Untapable has turned a dazzling romp in Saturday's Rachel Alexandra Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Race Course into status as the top individual choice for the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.
Add another to the list of impressive Tapit homebreds campaigned by Winchell Thoroughbreds and trained by Steve Asmussen this season; Untapable won the Feb. 22 Rachel Alexandra (gr. III) by 9 1/2 lengths.
Onlyforyou remained unbeaten with a front-running tally in the $200,000 Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park as Javier Castellano and Todd Pletcher teamed for their fourth win on the program.
What makes a man take a longshot gamble, and how often can he expect to be on the winning end? In a restaurant on Bourbon Street, Ron Paolucci contemplated this question. "That's how you hit the home runs," he said.
Adjudged Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Ria Antonia will make her season debut against the likes of Streaming and Untapable Feb. 22 in the Rachel Alexandra Stakes at Fair Grounds.
Two talented fillies from trainer Todd Pletcher's barn, undefeated grade II winner Onlyforyou and dual graded stakes victress Stopchargingmaria, will go head-to-head in the Feb. 22 Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream.
Larry Collmus will become the seventh track announcer at Churchill Downs when the spring meet opens this year at the Louisville track, replacing Mark Johnson.
Unbridled Forever ran like her mother Jan. 18 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, taking down Divine Beauty with a solid performance in the $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes.
Dallas Stewart, who saddled 2006 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Lemons Forever, will set Charles Fipke's Unbridled Forever on the same path Jan. 18 in the $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds.
The two leading candidates in the 2-year-old filly category -- Ria Antonia and She's a Tiger -- could only be separated by a photo finish themselves in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, and the order of finish was reversed.
Fierce Boots took the lead coming out of the gate and was never headed as she rolled to a two-length upset of favored Flipcup in the $100,000 Busanda Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Jan. 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Awesome Baby, the less-fancied of two Bob Baffert runners, led every step of the way in capturing the $196,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 4 at Santa Anita Park.
Grade III winner Madly Truly will return to Churchill Downs and dirt racing for the first time since her maiden special weight debut four races ago when she starts in the $150,000 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 30.
Grade II winner Miss Behaviour will try to add to her resume, and her owner's pocketbook, when she starts in the lucrative Delta Downs Princess Stakes (gr. III) Saturday, Nov. 23.
Churchill Downs has teamed with Panasonic in a $12 million project to install a 15,224-square-foot, high-definition LED video board in time for the 2014 sprint meeting.
One year after losing the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) by a nose, champion filly Beholder returns to Del Mar in the Torrey Pines Stakes Sept. 1.
Churchill Downs released its 'Road to the Kentucky Derby' Series slate for 2013-14. This year there will be two fewer races to earn points toward a starting slot in the Run for the Roses.
Despite a decrease in wagering on this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), daily wagering at the recently concluded 38-day spring meet at Churchill Downs rose 5.4% from the same number of days a year ago.
Close Hatches became Juddmonte Farms' newest grade I winner when she captured the $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) June 22 at Belmont Park, leaving heavily favored Dreaming of Julia behind on the turn and cruising home.
Dreaming of Julia stood out on a busy worktab for trainer Todd Pletcher June 16, breezing a half-mile over the Belmont Park training track in 49.07 for the upcoming $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I).
Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti's three-time graded stakes-winning filly Rose to Gold is recovering from surgery for bone chips and will not resume racing until this September at the earliest.
Jockey Joel Rosario's remarkable run continued May 17 when he cleverly brought Fiftyshadesofhay from off the pace to win the $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) at Pimlico Race Course.
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Emollient, nine-length winner of the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) in April, is the 9-5 favorite in a field of nine 3-year-old fillies entered in the $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) May 17 at Pimlico Race Course.
Stuart S. Janney III and Phipps Stables, who bred and race Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Orb, will receive an additional $50,000 bonus as a result of the colt's May 4 victory.
The KHRC received the post-race test results May 7 from both the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and all samples have been cleared.
Trainer Todd Pletcher, who saddled filly Rags to Riches to victory in the 2007 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), is considering a pair of fillies he trains for this year's 1 1/2-mile classic at Belmont Park.
Trainer Todd Pletcher said May 4 the four Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) participants from his barn, including winner Princess of Sylmar, "came out of the race well."
Princess of Sylmar roared past Beholder in deep stretch to win the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 3 at Churchill Downs. At 38-1, she's the second highest-priced winner in Oaks history.
The Pennsylvania horse racing and breeding industry, currently concerned about a steady decline in the revenue it gets from slot machines, got some surprise public relations May 3 courtesy of the grade I Kentucky Oaks.
The backstretch at Churchill Downs was quiet the morning of May 4 as most of the talk centered on the previous day's Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and whether the weather would have an impact on the Kentucky Derby.
Churchill Downs set a record for its May 3 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) program when more than $45.8 million was wagered on a 12-race card.
Owner Ed Stanco discusses Princess of Sylmar's Kentucky Oaks victory. Watch Video
Scenes from Kentucky Oaks day, including the race from start to finish. View Slideshow
Eric Mitchell recaps the Kentucky Oaks, won by Princess of Sylmar, and the other stakes action on Oaks day. Watch Video
Comments from the connections of 2013 Kentucky Oaks winner Princess of Sylmar. Watch Video
Longshot Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Princess of Sylmar will assure a large payout in the Oaks-Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) double.
With seven 3-year-old fillies contending in mid-stretch, Maggi Moss' So Many Ways proved best late to win the $177,150 Eight Belles Stakes May 3 at Churchill Downs.
The American Association of Equine Practitioners announced that longtime on-call veterinarian Dr. Mary Scollay will serve as spokesperson for equine health during NBC Sports racing coverage at Churchill Downs.
Entered as the one also-eligible horse for this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Fear the Kitten was scratched Friday morning from the Saturday, May 4 classic.
Rose to Gold may bear the distinction of having the most modest sale price of any of filly in the starting gate for the May 3 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), but you would never know it by looking at her race record.
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