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  • Anthony Bonomo Sr. with son Anthony Bonomo Jr. at the Kentucky Derby draw May 3 at Churchill Downs

    Saratoga Helped Draw Bonomo to Horse Racing

    Anthony Bonomo, whose Brooklyn Boyz Stables is one of the partners on Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming, said his first trip to Saratoga Springs, N.Y.—a visit that was his wife Mary Ellen’s idea—drew him into the sport.

  • Tyler Gaffalione won the Eclipse Award for outstanding apprentice in 2015

    Gaffalione Unflappable Before First Derby

    The only experience Tyler Gaffalione has had with the first leg of the Triple Crown has been watching the Louisville classic on television. But come May 6, the jockey will be aboard Patch in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).

  • Neil Drysdale and Vexatious at Churchill Downs

    Vexatious' Bumpy Ride to the Oaks

    Calumet Farm's Vexatious, trained by Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale, has had excuses in all three of her 2017 starts, but may put it all together in the May 5 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).

  • Trainer Mike Maker

    Trainers’ Dinner Notes and Quotes

    The annual Kentucky Derby Trainer's Dinner gives trainers a chance to laugh a little and blow off some steam. Trainer Mike Maker was first up May 2 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Louisville, and he stole the show.

  • Holding Gold wins the Shakertown

    Holding Gold Seeks Second Graded Win in Turf Sprint

    Live Oak Plantation's homebred Holding Gold looks to score another graded win in the $150,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes (G3T), but he'll face some familiar competition in the five-furlong turf test May 5 at Churchill Downs. 

  • Honorable Duty turns for home in the New Orleans Handicap

    Surging Honorable Duty Back at Churchill for Alysheba

    After registering three straight stakes wins during the Fair Grounds meet, Honorable Duty will try to continue that winning form in Kentucky when he starts in the $400,000 Alysheba Stakes Presented by Big Fish Casino (G2) May 5 at Churchill Downs.

  • Curlin Connection Vital in Irish War Cry Stud Deal

    A "reasoned gamble" is how Hill 'n' Dale Farms owner John Sikura described the recent deal to acquire the breeding rights to multiple graded stakes winner Irish War Cry ahead of the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).

  • Patch heads to the track May 1 at Churchill Downs

    Range of Experience Levels in 2017 Derby Hopefuls

    While Todd Pletcher acknowledges three starts going into this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) is not ideal for Patch, the Calumet Farm homebred has enough working in his favor that Pletcher believes he has earned his shot.

  • Thunder Snow clears quarantine and heads to the track

    Thunder Snow and New Arrivals Visit Track

    Godolphin Racing's group 1 winner Thunder Snow cleared quarantine as expected the morning of May 2, and headed out around 8:30 a.m. EDT to continue his preparations for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).

  • Always Dreaming finds his stride in draw reins under exercise rider Nick Bush

    Always Dreaming Much More Settled in Training

    After being exceptionally headstrong in his training for the first leg of the Triple Crown since arriving at Churchill Downs, the Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) winner was on his best behavior yet May 2 as he headed out under exercise rider Nick Bush.

  • Jerry Moss in the Santa Anita Park winner's circle

    Jerry Moss Hopes for Derby Encore with Gormley

    Jerry Moss, who has campaigned greats such as Zenyatta and built the hugely successful record label A&M Records, hopes to repeat his Derby success of 12 years ago with Giacomo when he sends Gormley to the starting gate.

  • Keeneland

    Keeneland Spring Produces Strong Attendance, Wagering

    Keeneland successfully concluded its 2017 Spring Meet on Friday as exceptional racing, enhanced food and hospitality offerings, one-of-a-kind special events and warm, sunny weather yielded robust attendance and on-track and all-sources wagering.

  • Mike Tirico

    Derby Day Coverage Begins at Noon on NBCSN

    Following are highlights of NBC Sports Group's coverage of the 143rd Kentucky Derby, which includes more than seven live hours on Derby Day between NBC and NBCSN.

  • Gun Runner gallops at Churchill Downs

    Gun Runner to Return in Stephen Foster Handicap

    Grade 1 winner Gun Runner has been steadily training since returning from a runner-up finish in the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) and is targeting the June 17 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs, Asmussen said May 1.

  • Sonneteer works at Churchill under jockey Corey Lanerie

    'Maturing' Sonneteer Fires Bullet for Derby

    Calumet Farm homebred Sonneteer is a compliant sort, so it was no surprise to assistant Julie Clark when Corey Lanerie, aboard May 1 for a four-furlong work, reminded the striking Midnight Lute colt to get down to business and Sonneteer responded.

  • Carl Nafzger with former assistant Ian Wilkes

    Wilkes Continues to Do Nafzger Proud

    As he took in Ian Wilkes' cool demeanor less than a week out from the first leg of the Triple Crown, it was hard to find anyone enjoying the ascent of multiple graded stakes winner McCraken more than Carl Nafzger himself.

  • Wesley Ward trainee McErin on the track at Keeneland April 12

    McErin, Five Fillies Take on Kentucky Juvenile Stakes

    The $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes at Churchill Downs May 4, the first stakes of the year for 2-year-olds, will feature a field of five colts and geldings and five fillies that each made their first starts during Keeneland's spring meet.

  • Kentucky commissioner of agriculture Ryan Quarles

    Official Veterinary Team From China Visits Kentucky

    Kentucky agriculture commissioner Ryan Quarles and some horse industry leaders welcomed an official veterinary team from the People's Republic of China this month in a visit that could help open China to the export of horses from the United States.

  • Alert Bay will look to repeat his winning performance in the San Francisco Mile

    Weekend Stakes Rundown: Turf Mile Saturday

    Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. Consider this your guide to the best stakes in North America. This week we have a trio of grade 3 turf miles Saturday, Churchill Downs' opening night, and more.

  • Thunder Snow is led to the winner's enclosure after 
a head victory in the UAE Derby

    Thunder Snow Confirmed for Kentucky Derby

    Thunder Snow, winner of the March 25 UAE Derby Sponsored By The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) at Meydan Racecourse, has been confirmed to start in the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), Godolphin Racing announced April 29.

  • Horses train at Keeneland, where the spring meet concluded April 28

    Keeneland Handle, Attendance Similar to Last Year

    Keeneland successfully concluded its 2017 spring meet April 28 as exceptional racing, enhanced food and hospitality offerings, one-of-a-kind special events, and warm, sunny weather yielded robust attendance and on-track and all-sources wagering.