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  • Goldencents<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2013-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/29026796_jvcnn8#!i=2488102764&k=fLPbQLw">Order This Photo</a>

    Goldencents 5-1 Derby Fave in Early Wagering

    The slight favorite is Goldencents at 5-1. Goldencents is trained by last year's Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O'Neill. Also at 5-1 is Revolutionary, who will be ridden by three-time Derby winner Calvin Borel.

  • Noble Tune and Javier Castellano take the American Turf Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2491530655&k=fMPDP4r">Order This Photo</a>

    Noble Tune Skims Hedge to Grab American Turf

    Favored Noble Tune, saving all the ground for Javier Castellano, fired through an opening along the hedge to register an easy victory in the $234,200 American Turf Stakes (gr. IIT) May 3 at Churchill Downs.

  • Take Charge Indy comes home strong to win the Alysheba.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2491399823&k=f2m9qSZ">Order This Photo</a>

    Take Charge Indy Rumbles in Alysheba

    Trainer Pat Byrne had Take Charge Indy sharp for the Alysheba Stakes (gr. III), but even he did not expect the overpowering 6-length performance the 2012 Florida Derby (gr. I) winner turned in May 3 at Churchill Downs.

  • Kitten's Dumplings runs away with the Edgewood.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2489650947&k=n66SxXB">Order This Photo</a>

    Kitten's Dumplings Rallies Late in Edgewood

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey's 3-year-old homebred filly Kitten's Dumplings overcame a poor effort in her last start and notched the first victory of her sophomore season in grand fashion in the May 3 Edgewood Stakes.

  • Authenticity (right) fights off On Fire Baby to win the La Troienne Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2491347932&k=fvkpHMB">Order This Photo</a>

    Authenticity the Real Deal in La Troienne

    Padua Stables' Authenticity held off On Fire Baby in a fierce stretch battle to win the La Troienne Stakes (gr. II) by a head May 3 at Churchill Downs. The 6-year-old mare sets a stakes record of 1:42.09 for 1 1/16-miles.

  • Normandy Invasion Veterans Meet the Horse

    World War II veteran Alan Reeves had some advice for Fox Hill Farm's Rick Porter on May 3 when he and three other veterans of the Normandy Invasion visited Barn 42 where Kentucky Derby contender Normandy Invasion is stabled.

  • Pincay's Picks Could Lead to Big Donation

    Crown Royal has pledged a $1 million donation to Thoroughbred Charities of America if retired jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr. can correctly pick the top three finishers, in order, of each of this year's Triple Crown races.

  • Orb with some of his connections, including trainer Shug McGaughey and Daisy Phipps.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2013-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/29026796_jvcnn8#!i=2489650681&k=qGgvc4S">Order This Photo</a

    Tradition is Strong Behind Orb

    Orb carries seven generations of equine blood cultivated by the families of Stuart Janney III and Ogden Mills Phipps, and a long association of those families with trainer Shug McGaughey.

  • Rose to Gold<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2013-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/29026796_jvcnn8#!i=2490704665&k=QTSLNSw">Order This Photo</a>

    Rose to Gold: Looking for Rise to Stardom

    Rose to Gold may bear the distinction of having the most modest sale price of any of filly in the starting gate for the May 3 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), but you would never know it by looking at her race record.

  • Frac Daddy is one of six Kentucky Derby starters who debuted without race-day Salix.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2013-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/29026796_jvcnn8#!i=2488856731&k=RrZkVtb">Order This Photo</a

    Six Derby Horses Made Salix-Free Debuts

    A half-dozen horses entered in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) field made their initial starts without race-day Salix, but for the 1 1/4-mile classic all six will receive the diuretic.

  • John Velazquez

    Velazquez Rides in First Race Since April 7

    Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, who will ride undefeated Verrazano in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, returned to competition the afternoon of May 2 at Belmont Park, finishing seventh on his first mount since April 7.

  • Golden Soul<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2013-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/29026796_jvcnn8#!i=2478246258&k=MKmrPNW">Order This Photo</a>

    Finding Room for 'Lost' Soul

    Chuck Fipke's homebred Golden Soul, pegged at 50-1 on the morning line, is the ultimate outsider for the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Call Issued for Major Changes in Drug Policy

    Federal intervention is the only way horse racing can resolve issues surrounding equine medication use, drug testing, and sufficient investigatory programs, said an attorney, also a Kentucky racing commissioner, May 2.

  • Marketing is the 5-2 morning line favorite for her 2013 debut in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile.

    Marketing Mix Returns in Distaff Turf Mile

    Marketing Mix was made the 5-2 morning-line favorite for her 2013 debut, the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (presented by Longines) (gr. IIT) on the Derby Day undercard. Hungry Island, last year's winner, returns.

  • Vyjack went three furlongs in :37 at Churchill Downs May 2.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2013-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/29026796_jvcnn8#!i=2489607218&k=WmkBf6d">Order This Photo</a>

    Derby Entrant Vyjack Breezes

    Two days before he is scheduled to run in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Vyjack "blew out" three furlongs in :37 at Churchill Downs May 2.

  • Orb, 16; Verrazano, 14, Draw Well in Derby

    Orb was made the 7-2 morning-line favorite for the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) after drawing post 16 May 1 at Churchill Downs. Verrazano will break from post 14 and is the 4-1 second choice.

  • Icon Ike is two-for-two this year.

    Icon Ike Cuts Back a Bit in Turf Sprint

    Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's Icon Ike, two-for-two this year with stakes wins in turf sprints, will face seven foes in the $125,000 Churchill Downs Turf Sprint (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs May 4.

  • Tokyo Time (right) finished 2nd in the Herecomesthebride Stakes March 2.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2389746860&k=XgFF6xN">Order This Photo</a>

    Tokyo Time Could Arrive in Edgewood

    After just missing her first career stakes victory March 2 in the Herecomesthebride Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Tokyo Time will try to reach that milestone May 3 in the $150,000 Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs.

  • Fusaichiswonderful is 9-2 on the morning line for the Eight Belles.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2388092765&k=VBSqW7X">Order This Photo</a>

    Eight Belles Attracts Maximum 14-Horse Field

    The only stakes on the May 3 card to draw a maximum 14-horse field was not the Kentucky Oaks. It was another race for 3-year-old fillies, the Eight Belles Presented by Xerox (gr. III), with undefeated Calistoga favored.

  • The Twin Spires at Churchill Downs.

    TVG to Offer Derby, Oaks Programming

    TVG's coverage of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) begins May 1 with the one-hour "Kentucky Derby Profile Show" that profiles each entrant in the May 4 race.

  • Flashy Gray

    Flashy Gray Scratched from Kentucky Oaks

    West Point Thoroughbreds' Flashy Gray has been scratched from the May 3 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott told Churchill Downs racing secretary Ben Huffman May 1.

  • Trainers' Dinner: Light Night, Tense Week

    Before an enthusiastic crowd of 500 at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom in Louisville, nearly all of the trainers with starters pointing for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) talked about their horses.

  • Dreaming of Julia

    Dreaming of Julia Draws Post 8 in KY Oaks

    Dreaming of Julia, the remarkable 21 3/4-length winner of the March 30 Gulfstream Oaks (gr. II), drew post 8 of 11 sophomore fillies and was installed the 3-1 favorite for the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • 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).