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  • Noble Tune in the 2012 Breeders' Cup.
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    Noble Tune Tries Plan 'B' in American Turf

    Trainer Chad Brown brings 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf runner-up Noble Tune to the May 3 American Turf (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs after making a decision not to run him in the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I).

  • Believe You Can in the Kentucky Oaks.
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    Oaks Winner Believe You Can Eyes La Troienne

    Nearly one year after securing a victory in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), Brereton Jones homebred Believe You Can returns to racing at Churchill Downs in the $300,000 La Troienne Stakes (gr. II) May 3.

  • Churchill Increases Oaks, Derby Pick 6 Pools

    Churchill Downs and TwinSpires.com announced an increase in the guaranteed Pick 6 pools on the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) card May 3 and the following day's card that features the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I)

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    Spendthrift Hopes for Big Oaks, Derby Weekend

    Spendthrift Farm owner B. Wayne Hughes had plenty of horses to keep an eye on April 30 during the training time for those preparing for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands(gr. I).

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    Oaks Owners Weigh In on Derby Points System

    A few days out from the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), it's interesting to ponder what might have been if the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) field was still based on earnings rather than points.

  • Princess of Sylmar at Churchill Downs<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2013-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/29026796_jvcnn8#!i=2483922492&k=55dZvh4">Order This Photo</a>

    Princess of Sylmar Will Run in Kentucky Oaks

    Trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed April 29 that King of Prussia Stable's homebred filly Princess of Sylmar will compete in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). The daughter of Majestic Warrior will be ridden by Mike Smith.

  • Oxbox worked five furlongs in :59 4/5.
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    Busy Start to Kentucky Derby Week

    The week leading up to the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) got a quick jump out of the gate, with three probables working at Churchill Downs and two horses removed from consideration.

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    Wise Dan to Run in Woodford Reserve

    A face-off between 2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan and multiple grade I-winning turf star Point of Entry is on for the Woodford Reserve (gr. IT) on Derby Day, trainer Charlie LoPresti confirmed April 29.

  • Code West and Midnight Lucky work in company 4/28/2013.
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    Baffert On Fence with Derby Contenders

    Trainer Bob Baffert sent out Kentucky Oaks hopeful Midnight Lucky and potential Kentucky Derby starter Code West together April 28 at Churchill Downs. He expects to make a call April 29 on his Derby starters.

  • Forty Tales wins the Derby Trial Stakes.

    Derby Trial: Forty Tales Tops Pletcher Exacta

    In what he surely hopes is an omen for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) a week hence, trainer Todd Pletcher takes the exacta in the Derby Trial on opening night at rainy Churchill Downs April 27.

  • Verrazano working towards the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs April 27.
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    Pletcher Breezes Five Derby Contenders

    After watching five of his Derby contenders work April 27, trainer Todd Pletcher said he thought Verrazano and Revolutionary continued steady progress, while Overanzalyze registered his best workout ever.

  • Black Onyx at Churchill Downs.
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    Bravo Flies In to Work Improving Black Onyx

    Black Onyx's final tune-up at Churchill Downs April 27 was less about time and more about attitude, said jockey Joe Bravo, who flew in specifically for the work. The son of Rock Hard Ten worked four furlongs in :48 3/5.

  • Mylute works towards the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs 4/27/2013.

    Mylute's Steady Work No Problem for Amoss

    Trainer Tom Amoss said he only wanted a maintanance work from Louisiana Derby (gr. II) runner-up Mylute April 27 at Churchill Downs, and that was exactly what jockey Rosie Napravnik delivered.

  • Normandy Invasion works at Churchill Downs.
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    Normandy Invasion Posts Smooth Final Move

    Wood Memorial (gr. I) runner-up Normandy Invasion has been getting 'sharper and smoother every day he's been here,' trainer Chad Brown said at Churchill April 27, after the Tapit colt breezed five furlongs in :59 flat.

  • Rose to Gold went 4 furlongs in :47 4/5.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2013-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/29026796_jvcnn8#!i=2478290436&k=2RVkcLF">Order This Photo</a>

    Rose to Gold Lone Friday Oaks Worker

    Jockey Calvin Borel had nothing but praise for Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contender Rose to Gold after her four-furlong work at Churchill Downs April 26. The Friends Lake filly went the distance in :47 4/5.

  • Vyjack went five furlongs under trainer Rudy Rodriguez in 1:00 2/5.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2013-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/29026796_jvcnn8#!i=2478245732&k=cRTCHdz">Order This Photo</a>

    Vyjack Heads Derby Works with Half Mile Move

    Vyjack, third in the Wood Memorial (gr. I) last time out, led a small group of workers for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on the morning of April 26 at Churchill Downs. Also on the tab were Golden Soul and Falling Sky.

  • Strathnaver and Joel Rosario take the Bewitch Stakes on the turf at Keeneland.

    Streaking Rosario, Strathnaver Take Bewitch

    On the day he broke the Keeneland record for most wins in a single spring meet, jockey Joel Rosario guided 18-1 shot Strathnaver to victory in the $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 25 on the turf.

  • Juvenile Behavior: Beautiful Dancer Prevails

    In the second-to-last juvenile filly race of the Keeneland spring meeting, Beautiful Dancer opened a clear advantage in deep stretch in her debut April 25 and had just enough to hold off a late charge from Maria Maria.

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    Oaks, Derby Forecast: Cloudy but No Rain

    The long-range forecast in Louisville, Ky., calls for balmy temperatures and mostly sunny skies leading up to the May 4 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), and although Derby Day could be mostly cloudy, rain is not anticipated.

  • Capo Bastone tries for his first stakes win in the Derby Trial Stakes (gr. III) Saturday, April 27 at Churchill Downs.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2475283358&k=4ztJZw7">Order Th

    Capo Bastone Returns to Dirt in Derby Trial

    Capo Bastone will try to nail down the first stakes win of his career when the Street Boss colt faces an expected eight other 3-year-olds in the $175,000 Derby Trial Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.

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    Pletcher: No Quick Decision on Winning Cause

    Trainer Todd Pletcher said a decision on whether to point Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. III) winner Winning Cause toward the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will be made after the colt breezes April 28.

  • Pool Play tries for a graded stakes victory on turf in the Elkhorn Stakes.

    Grade I Winner Pool Play Targets Elkhorn

    Pool Play will try to add a graded stakes victory on turf to a career resume that includes graded stakes scores on dirt and synthetic surfaces in the $150,000 Elkhorn Stakes (gr. II) April 25 at Keeneland.