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  • Code West and Midnight Lucky work in company 4/28/2013.
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    Baffert On Fence with Derby Contenders

    Trainer Bob Baffert sent out Kentucky Oaks hopeful Midnight Lucky and potential Kentucky Derby starter Code West together April 28 at Churchill Downs. He expects to make a call April 29 on his Derby starters.

  • Forty Tales wins the Derby Trial Stakes.

    Derby Trial: Forty Tales Tops Pletcher Exacta

    In what he surely hopes is an omen for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) a week hence, trainer Todd Pletcher takes the exacta in the Derby Trial on opening night at rainy Churchill Downs April 27.

  • Verrazano working towards the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs April 27.
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    Pletcher Breezes Five Derby Contenders

    After watching five of his Derby contenders work April 27, trainer Todd Pletcher said he thought Verrazano and Revolutionary continued steady progress, while Overanzalyze registered his best workout ever.

  • Black Onyx at Churchill Downs.
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    Bravo Flies In to Work Improving Black Onyx

    Black Onyx's final tune-up at Churchill Downs April 27 was less about time and more about attitude, said jockey Joe Bravo, who flew in specifically for the work. The son of Rock Hard Ten worked four furlongs in :48 3/5.

  • Normandy Invasion works at Churchill Downs.
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    Normandy Invasion Posts Smooth Final Move

    Wood Memorial (gr. I) runner-up Normandy Invasion has been getting 'sharper and smoother every day he's been here,' trainer Chad Brown said at Churchill April 27, after the Tapit colt breezed five furlongs in :59 flat.

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    Rose to Gold Lone Friday Oaks Worker

    Jockey Calvin Borel had nothing but praise for Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contender Rose to Gold after her four-furlong work at Churchill Downs April 26. The Friends Lake filly went the distance in :47 4/5.

  • Strathnaver and Joel Rosario take the Bewitch Stakes on the turf at Keeneland.

    Streaking Rosario, Strathnaver Take Bewitch

    On the day he broke the Keeneland record for most wins in a single spring meet, jockey Joel Rosario guided 18-1 shot Strathnaver to victory in the $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 25 on the turf.

  • Juvenile Behavior: Beautiful Dancer Prevails

    In the second-to-last juvenile filly race of the Keeneland spring meeting, Beautiful Dancer opened a clear advantage in deep stretch in her debut April 25 and had just enough to hold off a late charge from Maria Maria.

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    Oaks, Derby Forecast: Cloudy but No Rain

    The long-range forecast in Louisville, Ky., calls for balmy temperatures and mostly sunny skies leading up to the May 4 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), and although Derby Day could be mostly cloudy, rain is not anticipated.

  • Capo Bastone tries for his first stakes win in the Derby Trial Stakes (gr. III) Saturday, April 27 at Churchill Downs.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2475283358&k=4ztJZw7">Order Th

    Capo Bastone Returns to Dirt in Derby Trial

    Capo Bastone will try to nail down the first stakes win of his career when the Street Boss colt faces an expected eight other 3-year-olds in the $175,000 Derby Trial Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.

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    Pletcher: No Quick Decision on Winning Cause

    Trainer Todd Pletcher said a decision on whether to point Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. III) winner Winning Cause toward the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will be made after the colt breezes April 28.

  • Pool Play tries for a graded stakes victory on turf in the Elkhorn Stakes.

    Grade I Winner Pool Play Targets Elkhorn

    Pool Play will try to add a graded stakes victory on turf to a career resume that includes graded stakes scores on dirt and synthetic surfaces in the $150,000 Elkhorn Stakes (gr. II) April 25 at Keeneland.

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    Broken Spell Ruled Out of KY Oaks

    Calumet Farm's Broken Spell was ruled out of the Kentucky Oaks the morning of April 23 by trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Trainer Bob Baffert said Fiftyshadesofhay will also not contend.

  • Trainer Rudy Rodriguez gallops Vyjack at Churchill Downs on April 23.

    Trainer Rodriguez Guides Vyjack at Churchill

    Trainer Rudy Rodriguez put his skills as a former rider to use on Tuesday, April 23, riding grade II winner Vyjack on the Churchill Downs main track in preparation for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Successful Dan wins the Ben Ali Stakes.

    Successful Dan Comes Back Running in Ben Ali

    Successful Dan, coming back off a layoff of nearly 10 months, dictated an easy pace and held off the pursuing Boisterous in the final furlong to post a one-length victory in the Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) April 21 at Keeneland.

  • Regalo Mia
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    Dozen Distance Specialists Battle in Bewitch

    Orchid Stakes (gr. IIIT) winner Regalo Mia meets Gathering, returning to Keeneland after an impressive allowance win in her first start in the U.S. earlier this month, in the $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 21.

  • Mylute
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    Mylute Zips Over Churchill Downs Surface

    Gold Mark Farm's Mylute showed his affinity for the Churchill Downs surface the morning of April 21, zipping a half-mile in :47 4/5, second fastest time of the day among 81 horses at that distance.

  • Revolutionary
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    Pletcher Contenders on Track at Churchill

    Two of trainer Todd Pletcher's top contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) continued to progress toward the May 4 classic with solid workouts at Churchill Downs the morning of April 21.

  • Dreaming of Julia breezed a half-mile in :48 4/5 on April 20 at Churchill Downs.

    Oaks Contenders Breeze at Churchill Downs

    Several contenders for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), including four trained by Todd Pletcher, went to the track at Churchill Downs the morning of April 20 as they continued to work toward the May 3 filly classic.

  • Ice Cream Silence repelled all challenges to win the Doubledogdare Stakes at Keeneland.

    Doubledogdare: No Catching Ice Cream Silence

    A resolute Ice Cream Silence withstood pace pressure throughout to prevail by a neck over Sisterhood for jockey Rosie Napravnik in the Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland April 19.

  • Juvenile Behavior: A Winner for Talent Search

    Hollywood Talent, the first starter for freshman sire Talent Search, held off a challenge in mid-stretch and cruised to a 3 1/2-length victory in Friday's (April 19) juvenile race at Keeneland Race Course.