Silver Max and Howe Great, two of the expected favorites for the $200,000 American Turf (gr. IIT), drew the outside posts in an overflow field May 4 at Churchill Downs.
Daddy Long Legs was foaled and raised at John and Susan Sykes' Woodford Thoroughbreds.
Fifteen 3-year-old fillies entered for May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). On Fire Baby draws the rail; Oaks Lilly on the outside looking in.
Cal-bred Rousing Sermon, trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, was the last and lone Derby worker May 1 at Churchill Downs. Jockey Jose Lezcano aboard the son of Lucky Pulpit for the first time.
Ready's Image, a Saratoga grade II winner at 2, came through with his initial juvenile winner from his first crop of foals.
Brereton C. Jones' homebred Mark Valeski was declared out of the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) the morning of May 1.
Lexington-based Horse Racing Radio Network will launch 16 hours of live on-site Kentucky Derby coverage from Churchill Downs beginning May 2 with the return of the network's Derby Countdown show.
Trainer Mike Harrington called Creative Cause's workout "perfect in my book" after the gray/roan colt covered a half-mile in :47 4/5 at Churchill Downs April 30 over a fast track.
Thoroughbred racing got further bruises April 30 during an allegation-ridden congressional hearing into equine health and medication issues that furthered a call for federal intervention--at least on some level.
Trinniberg has never raced farther than seven furlongs. He might be the best 3-year-old sprinter in the land. But according to his owner, Shivananda Parbhoo, the son of Teuflesberg has the ability to go long.
Not long after Churchill Downs opened for training April 30, trainer Steve Asmussen sent out his two Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) hopefuls for their final workouts.
Arnold Zetcher's Liaison, winner of the 2011 CashCall Futurity (gr. I), breezed five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 under jockey Martin Garcia at Churchill Downs April 30 in preparation for the May 5 Kentucky Derby.
It was a warm, humid day at Churchill Downs on Monday, April 30, and the track was fast as a handful of contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands went through their final workouts.
Trainer Larry Jones did not commit to a potential start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) for Brereton C. Jones' homebred Mark Valeski after the colt breezed five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 at Churchill Downs.
My Adonis, currently 22nd on the graded stakes earnings list among horses still under consideration for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), breezed five furlongs at Monmouth Park April 29.
Trainer Larry Jones says a workout by Mark Valeski will determine whether the Proud Citizen colt will be entered in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Trainer Todd Pletcher said Broadway's Alibi would start in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) while In Lingerie will be held back in favor of the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. I) May 18.
Trainer Todd Pletcher sent El Padrino and Gemologist to the muddy track at Palm Meadows Training Center for half-mile workouts on the morning of April 29.
Last year's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Plum Pretty has been confirmed by owner John Fort as a starter in the La Troienne (gr. II) at Churchill Downs May 4, the same day as this year's Run for the Lilies.
One of Thoroughbred racing's premier stallions, Dynaformer, died at the age of 27 at Robert and Blythe Clay's Three Chimneys Farm April 29.
Brereton C. Jones' homebred Believe You Can sizzled five furlongs in :58 2/5 over a muddy track at Churchill Downs April 29 as the Proud Citizen filly completed her work for the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Major Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contender Grace Hall posted her final workout before the Run for the Lilies when she breezed four furlongs in :52:10 over a sloppy track at Palm Meadows Training Center April 29.
After watching Optimizer work at Churchill Downs April 29, trainer D. Wayne Lukas expressed confidence in the colt's potential in the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Bodemeister worked a strong five furlongs in :59.48 April 29 on a muddy but firm Churchill Downs track.
Stonestreet Stables' Hierro broke his maiden over the Churchill Downs main track as a juvenile and returned a winner under the Twin Spires April 28 in the $200,000 The Cliff's Edge Derby Trial (gr. III).
Some two months after passing his test, jockey Rafael Bejarano was sworn in as a United States citizen April 27.
Trainer and Mike Maker and Thoroughbred owner Harvey Diamond have been down the Derby trail together...but this time they mean it.
Santa Anita Derby one-two-finishers arrived in good shape at Churchill Downs April 28.
Godolphin's homebred expects to ship to Churchill Downs on April 30. Rajiv Maragh worked Alpha but his rider in the Derby has not been named yet.
Chadds Ford Stable's Union Rags turned in a sharp half-mile work April 28 and galloped out so strongly the clockers gave him a five-furlong work in :59 4/5. Jockey Julien Leparoux was aboard the son of Dixie Union.
Helen Groves' And Why Not fired a :46 4/5 bullet in a half-mile drill at Churchill Downs April 28. The daughter of Street Cry was one of five fillies that worked under the Twin Spires for the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Donegal Racing's Dullahan turned in what trainer Dale Romans called a maintenance work at Churchill Downs April 28, going five furlongs in 1:01 1/5.
The Tampa Bay Derby winner went five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 at Churchill Downs April 28.
Last year's juvenile champion gets in his final drill for the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at the Churchill Training Center, working in company with Derby Kitten.
Went the Day Well turned in "his best work ever" at Churchill Downs April 28, leaving his connections pleased with their hand heading into the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Keeneland's 2012 spring race meet ended April 27 with several records being set, including attendance and wagering.
Phipps Stable's homebred Point of Entry shook clear at the top of the stretch and glided to a 1 1/2-length victory under John Velazquez in the $150,000 Elkhorn (gr. IIT) on closing day at Keeneland April 27.
Hard Not to Like put in her final work for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), breezing five furlongs in a handy 1:01 3/5 at Woodbine April 27, earning a 'very, very good' report from her trainer Gail Cox.
Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner I'll Have Another completed his major preparation for the 2012 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a six-furlong drill at Betfair Hollywood Park April 27.
Chadds Ford Stable's Union Rags galloped 1 1/2 miles April 27 on his first tour of the track at Churchill Downs this year. He is scheduled to breeze April 28, depending on the weather.
Sacristy, Oaks Lily, and Yara worked at Churchill Downs April 27 in advance of the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Anita Cauley's homebred On Fire Baby tuned up for the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with a seven-furlong breeze in 1:27 at Churchill Downs April 27.
Pat Byrne, trainer of Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Take Charge Indy, will donate 10% of his winnings from the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) to the horse rescue organization Second Stride.
Upperline, runner-up in her last two stakes tries, found another gear in the late stages to win the $150,000 Grey Goose Bewitch (gr. IIIT) by 1 1/2 lengths April 26 at Keeneland.
Donna Barton Brothers, a former jockey and now a television analyst, has been named chief operating officer for Starlight Racing.
John Fort's Mamma Kimbo, who was slated to run in the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, will instead be pointed to the May 18 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) at Pimlico.
Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Take Charge Indy breezed five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 at Palm Meadows Training Center April 26 as the son of A.P. Indy continued to prep for the May 5 Kentucky Derby.
A Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) networking reception will be held April 27 at Keeneland Race Course.
The partners in Iowa-based Donegal Racing, owners of Kentucky Derby contender Dullahan, along with Prairie Meadows, announced April 25 a major contribution aimed at supporting disabled jockeys.
The Kentucky Court of Appeals is expected to issue an opinion on the challenge to Instant Racing machines in four to six weeks, one of three judges said April 25 after hearing oral arguments on the issue.
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