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  • Hickey: Industry Must Be Diligent in D.C.

    There's a new president in town, and a Congress even more dominated by Democrats, but one of the nation's top lobbyists for equine interests said April 30 that the horse industry must be ever-diligent about protecting and advancing its positions in Washington, D.C.

  • Alabama Nana Dead

    Alabama Nana, a New York graded stakes winner, died April 29 because of complications from the infirmities of old age.

  • Papa Clem training at Churchill Downs

    Oh Papa! Papa Clem in :34 Blowout

    In an "old school" move, trainer Gary Stute sent out his Papa Clem for a three-furlong blowout at Churchill Downs two days before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Under jockey Rafael Bejarano, the son of Smart Strike threw down a :34 clocking.

  • Rain Forecast for Oaks, Derby

    As you handicap this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), you better ask yourself not only who can get a mile and a quarter, but who can do so on an off track.

  • Informed Decision won the Vinery Madison in her most recent start.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7994838%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Informed Decision Faces Deep Humana Field

    Informed Decision, coming off a thrilling victory over Ventura in the Madison Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, will bring a three-race winning streak into the $300,000 Humana Distaff (gr. I) at Churchill Downs May 2.

  • Chris McCarron (left) and Jack Van Berg reminisce at the Memorial Service for Alysheba.

    Alysheba Remembered at Memorial Service

    Preston Madden, who bred Alysheba, called the 1988 Horse of Year and racing Hall of Fame member "a gift from heaven" during a memorial service for the pensioned stallion at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington April 29.

  • C.S. Silk is seeking her first win since taking the Arlington-Washington Lassie last September.

    Eight Belles Stakes Draws a Field of 10

    A field of 10 was drawn for the $100,000 Eight Belles Stakes (gr. III) to be held on May 2 at Churchill Downs, a race for 3-year-old fillies renamed for last year's ill-fated Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runner-up.

  • The two-tiered Kentucky Derby post position draw that has been used from 1998 through 2009 (shown) has been discontinued.

    I Want Revenge: Post 13, Derby Favorite

    I Want Revenge, runaway winner of the Gotham Stakes (gr. I) and a determined victor in the April 4 Wood Memorial (gr. I), has been made the 3-1 morning line favorite for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). The son of Stephen Got Even will break from post 13 in a full field of 20.

  • Einstein will attempt to make history by becoming the first repeat winner of the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7865360%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Einstein Shoots For Woodford Reserve Repeat

    Remarkable 7-year-old horse Einstein, a graded stakes winner on dirt, turf and synthetics, will attempt to make history by becoming the first repeat winner of the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. I) on May 2 at Churchill Downs.

  • Musket Man at Churchill Downs<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8040104%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Vic Carlson: The Man Behind the Musket

    Owner Vic Carlson leaned against the wall of Barn 41 April 29 at Churchill Downs waiting for his Musket Man to head to the track for his morning gallop. The one-time high school athletic director turned money-machine magnate has been to the Kentucky Derby before, but not with some skin in the game.

  • Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear

    Decision Looms on Special Session in KY

    A decision on whether to call a special legislative session -- one that could include alternative gaming and relief for the horse industry -- will be made in a few weeks, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said April 29.

  • Encosta de Lago to Stand for $220,000

    Coolmore Australia has announced service fees for the 2009 season, headed by Encosta de Lago, who will stand at a reduced fee of $220,000.

  • Laragh is the lone graded stakes winner in Edgewood.

    Laragh Returns to Turf in Edgewood

    IEAH Stables and partners' Laragh tired to finish fifth in her 3-year-old debut last month, but the classy daughter of Tapit still has a big edge over the other 11 fillies in the $100,000 Edgewood Stakes on May 1 at Churchill Downs.

  • Chamberlain Bridge won the Colonel Power Stakes at Fair Grounds.

    Familiar Rivals Meet in Aegon Turf Sprint

    Cannonball and Chamberlain Bridge, who were heads apart while finishing second and third, respectively, in the April 11 Shakertown (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland, should be set up perfectly for a run at the $100,000 Aegon Turf Sprint on May 1 at Churchill Downs.

  • Zenyatta <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS613064%2Fphoto%2F6136162%2F%3Fo%3D26">Order This Photo</a>

    Zenyatta Makes Return in Louisville Distaff

    The Louisville Distaff (gr. II) is a fine race in its own right, but with the surprise addition of undefeated champion Zenyatta, the $350,000 event has now become the main attraction on the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) undercard May 1 at Churchill Downs.

  • Macho Again won the New Orleans Handicap at Fair Grounds in his most recent start.

    Macho Again Packs Top Weight in Alysheba

    Macho Again, who has won two of three starts at Churchill Downs, makes a return visit to the historic track for the May 1 Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) on the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) undercard as he takes on nine rivals in the 1 1/16-miles race.

  • Bittel Road is back on turf, where he has won 3 races.

    American Turf Stakes: Take Your Pick

    Two 3-year-olds with excellent turf form hope to leave behind mediocre efforts on dirt and synthetic surfaces in the $150,000 American Turf Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the grass May 1 at Churchill Downs. But the field is contentious from top to bottom.

  • Square Eddie, seen here on April 26, will not run in this year's Kentucky Derby.

    Square Eddie Out of Kentucky Derby

    J. Paul Reddam's Square Eddie will not run in Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Doug O'Neill told The Blood-Horse early April 28.

  • Alysheba during his arrival at the Kentucky Horse Park in Oct. 2008. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS618050%2Fphoto%2F6546991%2F%3Fo%3D11">Order This Photo</a>

    Alysheba Memorial Event Planned for April 29

    A memorial service for former Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner and Horse of the Year Alysheba will be held April 29 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, it was recently announced. The event is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. EST.

  • Quality Road, shown at Belmont Park April 26, will not run in the Kentucky Derby.

    Quality Road Out of Derby Contention

    Quality Road, who figured to be among the top choices for Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will not start in the Run for the Roses, it was confirmed Monday morning by Chris Baker, farm manager of Edward Evans' Spring Hill Farm. Jockey John Velazquez will now ride Mr. Hot Stuff.

  • Friesan Fire was one of a handful of Derby contenders putting in their final works on April 27.

    Monday Works: Friesan Fire Blazes in :57 4/5

    Monday morning at Churchill Downs was a busy day for horses getting in their final preparations for Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Consolidator's First Winner

    Grade I winner Consolidator came through with his initial winner when his daughter Solid Lunar won April 26 at Lone Star Park at first asking.

  • Six Debut Winners Clash in Kentucky Juvenile

    Six debut winners at Keeneland, a record-setting filly from Maryland and a West Coast invader highlight a field of nine 2-year-olds entered for the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs April 30.

  • Pioneerof the Nile, a leading Kentucky Derby contender.

    Pioneerof the Nile's Full Sister Born

    A full sister to Pioneerof the Nile, one of the leading contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), was foaled April 23.

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk Works at Palm Meadows

    Michael Tabor, Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith's $3.7 million sale yearling Dunkirk drilled five furlongs in 1:01 the morning of April 25 at Palm Meadows training center. The son of Unbridled's Song will ship to Louisville, Ky., on April 28 for next Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Desert Party working at Churchill Downs on April 25.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8040102%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Godolphin's Desert Party on Track for Derby

    Desert Party was the second of two Godolphin Racing horses on the track at Churchill Downs April 25 to complete his works for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and his :59 3/5 timing for five furlongs was second only behind stablemate Regal Ransom's bullet work of :59 1/5.

  • Hull stays perfect with a win in the Derby Trial.

    Hull Dominates Derby Trial in Stakes Debut

    Heiligbrodt Racing Stable, Team Valor, and partners' Hull became a graded stakes winner and stayed undefeated in three starts when he took over at the top of the lane and pulled away for a convincing four-length victory in the $112,00 Derby Trial (gr. III) on opening day at Churchill Downs April 25.

  • Papa Clem works 7 furlongs on April 25 in preparation for the Kentucky Derby.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8040105%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Papa Clem Gets Useful 7f Drill

    Trainer Gary Stute went "old school" April 25 at Churchill Downs, working his Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Papa Clem seven furlongs in 1:29 1/5. The trainer, the son and nephew of the legendary training brothers of Mel and Warren Stute (respectively), may give his colt a quarter-mile blowout a day or two before the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • West Side Bernie works at Churchill Downs on April 25.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8040106%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    West Side Bernie Goes a Half in :48 1/5

    George and Lori Hall's West Side Bernie got a tour of Churchill Downs' main track April 25, and drilled a half-mile in an easy :48 1/5. Trainer Kelly John Breen gave rider Stewart Elliott a leg up on the son of Bernstein just after the track reopened at 8:30 a.m. following the renovation break.

  • Rachel Alexandra is scheduled to work on April 27.

    Oaks: Rachel Alexandra Readies For Final Work

    L and M Partner's Rachel Alexandra, who figures to be the favorite for the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), galloped a mile and a half under exercise rider Rudy Gallegos shortly before 7 a.m. April 25 at Churchill Downs.

  • Youbet.com to Offer Churchill Downs Wagering

    Churchill Downs announced April 25 that advance-deposit wagering companies TwinSpires.com and Youbet.com, Inc. will offer the Churchill Downs signal for the racetrack's 2009 spring meet.

  • Spice Route shows the way in the Elkhorn.

    Spice Route Finds His Way in Elkhorn

    Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield dominated the closing day feature at Keeneland, as his foreign-bred charges Spice Route and Musketier ran one-two in the $200,000 Fifth Third Elkhorn Stakes (gr. IIT) April 24 on the Haggin turf course.

  • Summer Bird Works 6fs in 1:15 4/5

    Summer Bird worked six furlongs in 1:15 4/5 the morning of April 24 at Churchill Downs in preparation for a run at the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.

  • Winter View is all alone at the finish of the Bewitch Stakes.

    Winter View Comes Right Back to Take Bewitch

    Augustin Stable's homebred Winter View went from last to first in her graded stakes debut, charging through the lane under Julien Leparoux to score the Grey Goose Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) by two lengths April 23 on the Keeneland turf.

  • Churchill Downs

    Churchill Signal May Be Limited Again

    Wagering on the Churchill Downs spring meet may again be restricted to customers of certain betting outlets, although negotiations appear to be ongoing to include some that are on the outside looking in.

  • Dr. Larry Bramlage

    Foundation to Honor Bramlage, Lavin

    The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its creation when it hosts a fundraising celebration at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Ky. Oct. 16.

  • Visionaire at Churchill Downs prior to the 2008 Kentucky Derby. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS629365%2Fphoto%2F4335640%2F%3Fo%3D7">Order This Photo</a>

    King's Bishop Winner Visionaire Retired

    Grade I winner Visionaire has been retired from racing after being unable to come back following an injury he likely suffered in his victory in the NetJets King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.

  • Dixieland Stakes winner Silver City faces 7 in the Derby Trial.

    Derby Trial Kicks Off Churchill Meet

    Although the 2008 Derby Trial included four graded stakes winners and this year's field is without any, the historic dirt sprint is loaded with promising, but unproven 3-year-old colts that will likely be heard from as the season wears on.

  • 2008 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Vertigineux

    Zenyatta's Dam Voted Top Mare

    Vertigineux, dam of champion Zenyatta, was voted top broodmare by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders board of directors. Also honored were the breeders of the 2008 Kentucky-bred champions.

  • Hold Me Back at Keeneland

    WinStar Prepares For Busy Week

    WinStar Farm's Hold Me Back, winner of the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) and second in the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I), is scheduled to leave Keeneland on April 24 for Churchill Downs in preparation for his next start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Rachel Alexandra

    Oaks: Fillies Prepare for Final Works

    L and M Partners' Rachel Alexandra continued to show her readiness for the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) by galloping a mile and a half under stout restraint from exercise rider Rudy Gallegos at Churchill Downs April 22.

  • 'Integrity Void' Strikes Nerve -- Again

    Simmering concerns over wagering security in the pari-mutuel industry flared up again April 21 with a strong call for independent monitoring and an end to the practice of "past-posting" -- making bets after races begin.

  • Pioneerof the Nile works at Churchill Downs on April 21.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8026732%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Pioneerof the Nile Sizzles at Churchill

    Zayat Stables' Pioneerof the Nile brought a smile to the face of three-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert with a sharp five-furlong work over a fast Churchill Downs track on April 21.

  • I Want Revenge (left) breezed five furlongs with stablemate Gato Go Win at Churchill Downs on April 21. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2F81492%2Fphoto%2Fbloodhorse%3A8026729%2F%3Fo%3D1">Order This Photo</a>

    I Want Revenge Posts Derby Workout

    I Want Revenge was one of five horses posting workouts April 21 at Churchill Downs in preparation for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), completing five furlongs on a slightly-off track in 1:01 3/5.

  • Champs Elysees tries the Keeneland turf in the Elkhorn.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3339425%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Elkhorn: Champs Elysees Tries Keeneland

    Two-time grade I winner Champs Elysees, who just missed in last month's Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), will make his Keeneland debut on April 24 in the $200,000 Fifth Third Elkhorn (gr. IIT), the spring meeting's closing day feature.