One day after saddling California Chrome to win the 140th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Art Sherman was still absorbing the magnitude of the achievement.
Churchill Downs reported a 1.08% increase in all-sources wagering for this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) program May 3, but an overall 1.81% decrease in total pari-mutuel handle for the six days that make up Derby week.
Art Sherman trainee California Chrome leads the slate of likely runners for the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., where he'll encounter new rivals such as Kid Cruz and Social Inclusion.
Favored California Chrome took command at the head of the lane and drew well clear to win the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Maybe California Chrome felt the needed boost of Art Sherman's old-time mount in the final furlong of the longest race of his life on Saturday, maybe he got there on heart and class alone.
Recovering jockey Jose Espinoza has been empowered by his younger brother's victory in the Kentucky Derby with California Chrome.
Heavily favored Fury Kapcori earned his first graded stakes win and his fourth victory in a row with a front-running romp in the Precisionist Stakes (gr. III) on the Kentucky Derby day card May 3 at Santa Anita.
Five Iron shot to a 19-1 upset in the $150,000 Fort Marcy Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park when favored Ghurair failed to fire in his United States debut in one of two graded stakes on the turf on the Derby day card May 3.
In one of the more dramatic victories of his career, Wise Dan held off a late surge from Juddmonte Farms' Seek Again to post a narrow victory in the $559,100 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes (gr. IT) May 3.
Son of Galileo gets gutsy win by a neck over Storming Inti. Connections for the Glen Hill Farm colt believe he will just keep getting better.
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Central Banker, one-for-one at Churchill Downs heading into the $464,800 Churchill Downs Stakes (gr. II), made it two-for-two with a win in the seven-furlong test May 3.
Midnight Lucky had nearly a year since her last race, but lost none of her class in the interim. She rumbled into the stretch of the $330,600 Humana Distaff (gr. I) at Churchill and widened away to a 4 1/2 length victory.
Amerman Racing Stables' Coffee Clique came up the hedge to record a half-length victory over longshot Dame Marie in the May 3 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIT).
An unofficial poll of media members covering the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs put Spendthrift Farm's Medal Count at the top of the selections list May 3.
Saeed Manana's Night of Thunder turned the tables on favorite Kingman by narrowly winning the QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) from that rival in a 40-1 upset May 3 at Newmarket.
Arlington International Racecourse may have a rare visitor from Hong Kong for this summer's Arlington Million (gr. IT) in Richard Gibson-trained Akeed Mofeed.
Social Inclusion, third-place finisher in the Twinspires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I), has sustained a bruised right hoof that forced him to be scratched from the May 3 Sir Bear Stakes aty Gulfstream Park.
It's impossible not to notice Churchill Downs' new "big board," which has been a major topic of conversation since the gargantuan video screen was unveiled opening night April 26.
Kushadasi pulled out a last-gasp victory over Scratchy Bottom in a thrilling finish to the South Australian Derby (Aus-I) May 3 at Morphettville.
'We need heroes right now, and I'm hoping he's one of them.' -- Art Sherman, trainer of 5-2 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite California Chrome.
Churchill Downs reported that the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) attendance of 113,071 May 2 was the third-highest in Oaks history as Untapable and jockey Rosie Napravnik pulled away in the stretch for a 4 1/2-length victory.
Winchell Thoroughbreds' homebred Untapable, the even-money favorite, drew clear to win the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) by 4 1/2 lengths May 2 at Churchill Downs.
Showing her affinity for the Churchill Downs' main track, Anita Cauley's homebred On Fire Baby took the lead coming out of the second turn and wore down pacesetter Devil's Cave to win the La Troienne Stakes (gr. I) May 2.
Trainer Steve Asmussen told NBC Sports Network in a segment aired May 2 the allegations made against him by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are untrue, and he hopes to have the chance to defend himself in court.
Having watched his firstborn son survive multiple surgeries to correct a heart defect has given Joe Rocco Jr. a different perspective heading into his first Kentucky Derby. He's relaxed and having fun.
Champion Will Take Charge fizzled May 2 in the $342,000 Alysheba Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs, as former claimer Moonshine Mullin took a rail-skimming trip to victory.
A Little Bit Sassy tracked pacesetter Istanford into the homestretch and eventually pulled away to capture the $171,750 Edgewood Stakes May 2 on the turf at Churchill Downs.
With a heart the size of the state where she was bred, Fiftyshadesofgold nailed down her first graded stakes win when the Texas-bred held off a determined Milam in the Eight Belles Stakes (gr. III) May 2 at Churchill Downs.
Martin Racing Stable's Marchman strung together his second straight graded stakes win in three weeks with a decisive victory May 2 in the $167,550 Twin Spires Turf Sprint (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.
Longtime track photographer Pat Lang announced May 1 he is retiring after more than 30 years in the business.
Nineteen 3-year-old fillies are entered for the QIPCO One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) May 4 at Newmarket, led by early 7-2 favorite Rizeena.
Owners with more than one Derby starter in a single year have enjoyed steady success in the race dating back to the 19th century, and this season three entities will look to continue that trend.
Northlands Park in Alberta, Canada, begins its meet May 2 with pari-mutuel takeout rates it says are the lowest in North America.
Out-of-competition testing on more than 75 horses nominated to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (both gr. I), as well as other stakes on the May 2-3 cards at Churchill Downs, came back clean.
Pablo Del Monte, the also-eligible who got a chance to draw in to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) following the withdrawal of Rebel Stakes (gr. II) winner Hoppertunity, will not run in the classic.
Untapable, the overwhelming 4-5 morning line favorite in the May 2 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), has worked hard for the odds she received.
Nashoba's Gold has done little wrong in three starts since debuting in February, and the half sister to the superb mare Nashoba's Key will get another chance to hone her brilliance in the $200,000 Honeymoon Stakes (gr. IIT).
California-based jockey will use his experience in five previous Derbys to help California Chrome wear the roses.
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission April 30 adopted the Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule and multiple medication violation penalty system, but a watchdog organization said it's premature to call it uniformity.
Fate has indeed brought together a far-reaching partnership group that races Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner Dance With Fate, who ships in from California in a bid to take his second grade I race in three weeks in Kentucky.
An injured left front foot will keep Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) runner-up Hoppertunity from competing in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Irish Mission and Orion Moon, both from the barn of trainer Christophe Clement, face off at Belmont Park in the $150,000 Beaugay (gr. IIIT), one of two graded turf stakes on the New York track's May 3 Kentucky Derby card.
The QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) drew a full field of 14 for the first jewel of England's Triple Crown May 3 at Newmarket, with Juddmonte Farms' unbeaten homebred Kingman the pre-race favorite.
Three-time stakes winner Storming Inti and grade III winner Global View lead a well-balanced field of 11 3-year-olds entered in the American Turf Stakes Presented by Ram Trucks (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs May 3.
The thought of capturing the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) under the Twin Spires with Carl Pollard's homebred filly Kiss Moon made trainer David Vance's eyes brim with tears.
Owner Chip McEwen will have several veterans with him May 3 at the Kentucky Derby, but Churchill Downs didn't help with their tickets or access.
Breeders' Cup announced May 1 that it has reached an exclusive, multi-year agreement with Henry Birtles Associates to distribute international television rights to the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Effie Trinket, stablemate of Derby runner Samraat, will be tough to beat in the May 3 Churchill Downs Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIT). Nine older fillies and mares will battle for $300,000.
Maggi Moss' Delaunay faces a deep and talented field of sprinters going seven furlongs in the Churchill Downs Stakes a year after winning the race by four lengths in the slop.
They saw the potential of their futures played out in furious rallies, wire-to-wire rumbles, by the widest of margins and the slimmest of victories. Weeks like this bring back those memories.
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