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  • Dortmund and American Pharoah

    Battaglia Struggling to Decide Derby Favorite

    Mike Battaglia, who sets the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands morning-line odds, is struggling to decide between stablemates Dortmund and American Pharoah when it comes to choosing a favorite for this year's classic.

  • My Miss Sophia will open her 4-year-old campaign in the Doubledogdare Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="!i=3162558644&k=kjbSgXM">Order This Photo</a>

    My Miss Sophia Back in Friday's Doubledogdare

    Last year's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) runner-up My Miss Sophia will open her 4-year-old campaign Friday, April 15 as one of nine fillies and mares entered in the Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland.

  • Cherry Man First Winner for Misremembered

    Misremembered's son Cherry Man won by a nose at Hipodromo de las Americas in Mexico April 11 and became the first winner for the Central Kentucky-based stallion.

  • American Pharoah arrives at Churchill Downs April 13.

    American Pharoah Arrives in Louisville

    Zayat Stables' American Pharoah, part of a three-prong attack on the Kentucky Derby by trainer Bob Baffert, came out of Oaklawn race fine and wasted no time getting to Churchill Downs.

  • James E. "Ted" Bassett III

    Transy to Name New Residence Hall for Bassett

    Transylvania University in Lexington will name one of its three new residence halls after former Keeneland president and Thoroughbred industry leader James E. "Ted" Bassett III.

  • Rood & Riddle BC's Official Equine Hospital

    Rood & Riddle, one of the world's leading equine veterinary practices, has been named the Official Equine Hospital of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, Breeders Cup announced April 13.

  • Untapable

    Untapable Among Derby Week Stakes Nominees

    Champion 3-year-old filly Untapable, Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern and classic winners Palace Malice and Tonalist are among horses nominated to 10 stakes during Kentucky Derby Week at Churchill Downs.

  • Miss Ella comes home strong to win the Beaumont Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Miss Ella Steps Up to Beaumont Victory

    Jack Swain III's homebred Miss Ella went from debut winner last month to graded stakes winner April 12 with a victory in the $250,000 Adena Springs Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.

  • Luck of the Kitten is scheduled to make his seasonal debut in the Transylvania.

    'Kitten' Among 7 for Redrawn Transylvania

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Luck of the Kitten, runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) last fall, heads a field of seven 3-year-olds entered for the $100,000 Transylvania (gr. IIIT) April 15 at Keeneland.

  • Lady Eli leaves the rest behind in the Appalachian Stakes.

    Lady Eli Cruises to Appalachian Victory

    Sheep Pond Partners' undefeated filly Lady Eli looked more than fresh off a five-month layoff with an easy victory in the Appalachian Stakes Presented by Japan Racing Association (gr. IIIT) April 12 at Keeneland.

  • Ball Dancing wins the Jenny Wiley.
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    Ball Dancing Surges to Jenny Wiley Score

    Will Farish and Steve Mooney's Ball Dancing, making her second start off the layup, returned to the Keeneland course she seems to enjoy and posted a solid victory in the $300,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IT) April 11.

  • Protonico winning the Ben Ali Stakes.
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    Protonico Bounces Back with Ben Ali Score

    After being eased during his seasonal debut in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park, Protonico bounced back with an easy victory in the $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) Saturday, April 11 at Keeneland.

  • KY Oaks: Feels Like a Final Four

    The "Road to Louisville" and the May 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) has a "Final Four" feel to it. Who are the top seeds? Evan Hammonds explores a group of talented 3-year-old fillies.

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    Lady Eli Set for 2015 Debut in Appalachian

    Undefeated Lady Eli will be the filly to beat when the daughter of Divine Park makes her 2015 debut in the $125,000 Appalachian Stakes Presented by Japan Racing Association (gr. IIIT), Sunday, April 12 at Keeneland.

  • Fantastic Style

    Fantastic Style Invades for Beaumont

    Kaleem Shah's Fantastic Style, riding a two-race win streak at Santa Anita Park, heads a field of seven 3-year-old fillies entered for the $250,000 Adena Springs Beaumont (gr. II) at Keeneland.

  • Protonico will carry top weight of 120 pounds in the Ben Ali.

    Protonico Carries High Weight in Ben Ali

    Protonico, winner of the Discovery Handicap (gr. III) and runner-up in the Clark Handicap (gr. I) to close 2014, will carry top weight of 120 pounds in a field of six entered for the April 11 Ben Ali (gr. III) at Keeneland.

  • War Story

    Derby Contender War Story Works at Churchill

    War Story, who placed in all three of Fair Grounds' top races for 3-year-olds, worked at Churchill Downs April 8 in preparation for a planned start in the 141st Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

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    Seven in Maker's 46 Mile Looking for Grade I

    Class handicappers won't find much of a toehold going into this year's Maker's 46 Mile Stakes (gr. IT) on Friday, April 10 at Keeneland, as all seven starters are looking for their initial victory at the top level.

  • Total, Average Handle Increase at Turfway

    Turfway Park recorded increases in all-sources and average daily pari-mutuel handle during its recently concluded 2015 winter/spring meet. Field size and purses also showed gains during the 2015 meet.

  • AmTote Files Suit Against KY Downs, Others

    The AmTote totalizator company has filed a federal lawsuit that claims Kentucky Downs, its principals, and a company that is now providing tote services to the track misappropriated trade secrets and breached a contract.

  • Lady Eli
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    Lady Eli Works Toward 2015 Debut

    Lady Eli, winner of the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT), worked five furlongs April 6 over Keeneland's yielding turf course in 1:04 4/5 in preparation for the $125,000 Appalachian Stakes.

  • TOBA Ownership Seminar Set for April 18-19

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association is holding a two-day Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar that will include a trip to WinStar Farm's training center, a private backstretch tour of Keeneland, and two days of racing.

  • Carpe Diem following his Blue Grass Stakes win.
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    Carpe Diem Bounces Out of Blue Grass Win

    WinStar Farm and Stonestreet Stables' Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) hopeful Carpe Diem came out of his three-length victory in the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) "great", trainer Todd Pletcher said April 5.

  • Lovely Maria and Kerwin Clark take the Ashland Stakes at Keeneland.
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    Lovely Maria Claims First Stakes in Ashland

    Brereton Jones' Lovely Maria chose the right date to put in the best race of her career, tracking the early pace and surging in the stretch to win the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) April 4 at Keeneland.

  • Something Extra bounds home to take the Shakertown Stakes.

    Something Extra Gate to Wire in Shakertown

    Something Extra took nine rivals gate to wire April 4 in the Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIIT), breaking through for a victory in his third attempt in the $125,000 turf sprint at Keeneland.

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    Carpe Diem Rumbles in Blue Grass

    Carpe Diem won for fun in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) April 4 at Keeneland, living up to his 2-5 favoritism and the hype that surrounded him leading into the race.

  • Kobe's Back rolls late to take the Commonwealth Stakes.

    Kobe's Back Rallies to Commonwealth Victory

    In last place turning for home, Kobe's Back launched an outside rally in the stretch to surge past his six foes and score a three-quarter-length victory in the Commonwealth Stakes (gr. III) April 4 at Keeneland.