The infield at Churchill Downs was in the process of being evacuated and the American Turf (gr. IIT) delayed for at least 45 minutes as a strong line of storms approached Louisville, Ky., from the west at about 4:30 p.m. EDT.
Last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IIT) winner Stephanie's Kitten returned to the Churchill Downs turf course and put in another dominating performance, setting a stakes record in the Edgewood Stakes.
David C. Parrish Jr., an important player in the horse business and insurance business in Central Kentucky, died May 2 in Paris, Ky., because of complications from Parkinson's disease.
The promising filly Contested disposed of pacesetter Good Deed near mid-stretch and cruised to victory in the $110,000 Eight Belles (gr. III), her stakes debut for trainer Bob Baffert May 4 at Churchill Downs.
William S. and Graydon Patterson's Juanita overtook heavily favored Plum Pretty in upper stretch and ran off to a 16-1 upset under Ramon Dominguez in the $327,000 La Troienne (gr. II) May 4 at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Dale Romans and owner Jim Culver discussed Thoroughbred ownership and the relationship between owners and trainers during a seminar hosted by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association May 3.
Jockey Robby Albarado has been suspended from racing after his arrest on a charge of accosting a woman who says she was breaking up with him.
As the rumor mill, fueled by Twitter reports, swirled around Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender Creative Cause the morning of May 4, trainer Mike Harrington said there were no plans to scratch the colt.
There is no true standout in the 2012 Kentucky Derby, but despite it being a wide-open affair, that shouldn't be mistaken for inconsistency. A record nine Derby starters return from last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
If horses celebrated Mother's Day, 3-year-old Hansen probably wouldn't ever give his winning dam, Stormy Sunday, a present.
The trust announced it will lease the farm to Thoroughbred operations owned by billionaire Brad Kelley.
Microsoft Windows Phone is making its first push into horse racing by sponsoring Hansen in the May 5 Kentucky Derby, the colt's owner, Dr. Kendall Hansen, announced May 3.
Darby Dan Farms owner John Phillips has been appointed to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission as a replacement for John Ward Jr., who recently was hired as executive director of the regulatory agency.
James Weigel feels blessed that a horse he bred, Creative Cause, is scheduled to run in the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I). The 3-year-old son of Giant's Causeway is 12-1 on the morning line.
Trainer Mike Maker thinks Hansen will be in an ideal tactical position for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), sitting just off Trinniberg and Bodemeister in the early stages.
A solid field of 10 female turf specialists that includes recent Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IT) winner Daisy Devine has been entered in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIT) on May 5.
Breeders' Cup marketing will have new look in the lead up to the 2012 World Championships at Santa Anita Park.
The Kentucky Derby undercard features a top-notch sprint at seven furlongs with millionaires Amazombie, Shackleford, and Smiling Tiger.
Zayat Stable's Bodemeister, the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) winner, drew post 6 and was made the 4-1 morning line favorite for the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Sassy Image will attempt to become the first repeat winner of the $300,000 Humana Distaff (gr. I) when she faces a strong lineup in the 26th renewal of the seven-furlong test May 5 at Churchill Downs.
Chamberlain Bridge, winner of the 2010 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs, returns to familiar territory when he takes on 11 rivals in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint at the track.
Doubles Partner, third in the April 13 Makers 46 Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland after an unfortunate trip, returns to one of his favorite grass courses for the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill May 5.
The racing industry is closer to uniformity in drug regulations and penalties than many admit, but agreement on race-day anti-bleeding drugs in a "toxic" environment will require some heavy lifting, officials said May 2.
Mine That Bird, winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum Brands (gr. I) and living in retirement in New Mexico, is a half brother to 2012 Derby hopeful Dullahan.
Contested, a lightly raced daughter of Ghostzapper from the Bob Baffert barn is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the May 4 Eight Belles Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
Despite being undefeated and with powerful connections, Gemologist is not garnering all the attention one might expect entering the May 5 Kentucky Derby.
While the striking bay Grace Hall has the favored 5-2 morning line status in the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), there are plenty of other fillies in the full field of 14 that deserve much more than a passing glance.
Hansen, the 2011 champion 2-year-old male who is one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), settled in at Churchill Downs in late morning May 2.
Mucho Macho Man's last race at Churchill Downs was a third in the 2011 Kentucky Derby. His connections hope to be in the winner's circle this year following the Alysheba Stakes May 4.
Grade I winner Street Boss came through with his first winner May 1 when his daughter Catboss won in Rome, Italy at first asking.
An overflow field of 21 passed the entry box the morning of May 2 for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Based on graded stakes earnings, only 20 can start May 5.
Trainer Kiaran McLauglin sent Godolphin Racing's Alpha to the gate to school May 2 in preparation for the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Heinz Steinmann, who enjoyed success with Swiss Yodeler, teams again with trainer Mike Harrington on top colt Creative Cause.
Three Chimneys Farm will hold its annual Kentucky Derby week open house Thursday, May 3, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the farm's stallion complex
Hosted by Todd Schrupp and Paul Rogers, the Trainer's Dinner attracted a full crowd to the Regency Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville May 1.
Plum Pretty, winner of last year's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), and runner-up St. John's River will square off in the La Troienne Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs May 4 on the Kentucky Oaks undercard.
Let's Go Stable's El Padrino and WinStar Farm's Gemologist, both trained by Todd Pletcher, arrived by van at Churchill Downs in late morning May 1 following a flight from South Florida.
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.
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