Kentucky Derby contenders have strong ties to previous Derbys through their sires. read blog
Likely Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite American Pharoah leads a trio of homebreds being pointed to this year's classic.
American Pharoah, the likely morning-line favorite for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), tops the NTRA 3-year-old poll that was released April 27.
Kaleem Shah's undefeated Dortmund got reacquainted with the Twin Spires April 27, making his first trip around Churchill Downs this year after arriving from California. Firing Line and Bolo were also on the track Monday.
J. Keeler Johnson ranks the final pre-Kentucky Derby workouts of nine Derby contenders. read blog
Joanne Nielsen, the breeder of Upstart, has been released from the hospital after an 11-night stay for viral pneumonia, and is hopeful to make it to Louisville for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
NBC plans coverage of Kentucky Derby Week across all social media platforms, featuring NBC Sports Group's fashion and lifestyle experts and social media mavens Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski.
Following Sunday's rainy, chilly morning, the sun was out Monday morning and the Derby horses were out in full force, including three arrivals from California -- Dortmund, Firing Line, and Bolo. read blog
Claire Novak gives us an update on how Bold Conquest worked and his plans while sitting at 22nd. We also learn of yesterday's arrivals first look at the track and those yet to arrive's schedules. watch video
"There's a lot for them to consider, but when it comes to racing, the horse's fitness will not be a problem. It is much more down to the way the horse feels." -- Rae Guest on California Chrome.
Starlight Racing has entered into an agreement in which Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) hopeful Itsaknockout will promote the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao boxing match in Las Vegas on Derby day.
Kentucky Derby contender Dortmund gets a bath April 27 at Churchill Downs. Watch Video
Trainer Steve Asmussen said April 27 that Bold Conquest, No. 22 on the leaderboard for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), would likely not enter to sit on the also-eligible list for the May 2 classic.
Kentucky Horse Park Museum Director Bill Cooke expands on the historical significance and dominance of Calumet Farm and talks about their trophy collection on display at the Kentucky Horse Park. watch video
Ed Harrell and Gil Moutray formed Alto Racing to participate at racing's highest level, and they have accomplished that dream with Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Materiality.
Not many people who watched American Pharoah breeze five furlongs this morning could believe it when they were told he had worked five furlongs in :58 2/5. read blog
Undefeated Dortmund strode off the horse van April 26 at Churchill Downs and Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert was one step closer, one less thing to worry about, as the days count down to the May 2 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
The New York-breeding program had two runners in last year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). This year it appears three Empire state-breds will go: International Star, Upstart, and Tencendur.
Donegal Racing's Puca put in her final Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) workout April 26, breezing four furlongs in :48 1/5 in company with stablemate Japan.
Kentucky Derby contender Dortmund arrives at Churchill Downs April 26. watch video
Claire Novak updates the news of the day, including American Pharoah's work, Oaks works from Lovely Maria and I'm a Chatterbox, and the impending Derby arrivers, Dortmund, Firing Line, and Bolo. Watch Video
After dreary skies and rainfall over the last couple of days in Louisville, Ky., the forecast is looking up for Kentucky Derby week.
Trainer Bob Baffert and owners Ahmed and Justin Zayat discuss American Pharoah and the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Watch Video
American Pharoah, likely favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), finally got a chance to stretch his legs April 26 at Churchill Downs with a five-furlong work in :58 2/5.
This year Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner International Star and Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Dortmund will try to add their sires to the list of Derby winners who have sired Derby winners.
Kaleem Shah's Dortmund recorded his final timed workout in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), covering six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 April 25 at Santa Anita Park.
The Fine Equinity system recorded Mubtaahij working four furlongs in :49.70, with a final three furlongs in :35.30. The last quarter of the work was timed in equal splits of :11.50 seconds, home in :23 flat.
Trainer George Weaver analyzes April 25 workout by Kentucky Derby contender Tencendur. watch video
Come on, people, forget all these big-name horses and their gaudy records and brilliant performances, it's May 2, it's Mayweather-Pacquiao, it's a knockout. You get it? I repeat, Itsaknockout. read blog
Donegal Racing, which puts together racing partnerships, heads to Louisville with a three-pronged attack on a trio of grade I races, including the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, May 1-2 at Churchill Downs.
With an upset victory, Bolo would make Carla Gaines the first female trainer to win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr.).
Triple Crown contenders Upstart and Frosted took to the track just after 8:00 a.m. ET April 25 at Palm Meadows to record their final pre-race breezes for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Trainer Simon Callaghan comments on Firing Line and his team's excitement on the Kentucky Derby. watch video
On a brisk spring morning at Belmont Park April 25, El Kabeir put in his final breeze for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and it was unexpectedly eventful.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star stayed at trainer Mike Maker's base at the Churchill Downs Training Center for his final Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) workout April 25.
With heavy rain forecast for Louisville, Ky., April 25, trainer George Weaver opted to send Tencendur to the track early for his final workout before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
With intermittent light rain falling at Churchill Downs, Donegal Racing's Keen Ice breezed five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 the morning of April 25 in his final Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) work.
The Simon Callaghan trainee breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:02 1/5 April 25 at Santa Anita Park, then galloped out to three-quarters of a mile in 1:15. He is set to ship to Churchill Downs early April 26.
Donegal Racing founder talks about contenders for Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Woodford Reserve (gr. IT). watch video
Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) winner Carpe Diem turned in the second of two maintenance works since that win when he cruised four furlongs in :48 3/5 under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez April 25 at Keeneland.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Triple Crown, Thoroughbred Sales, Kentucky
Jon Jazdzewski landed Far Right, then a short yearling, for $2,500 from the @Nossab LLC consignment, Darby Dan Farm agent, at the 2013 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
Todd Pletcher said April 24 that Cheyenne Stables and Mac Nichol's Madefromlucky officially had been removed from consideration for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 2 at Churchill Downs.
With rain in Saturday's forecast, connections of Kentucky Derby hopefuls International Star, Tencendur, and Keen Ice will try to stick to the plan of working Saturday, April 25.
The Kentucky Derby was in its infancy when Baden-Baden carried 17-year-old William Walker to victory in the late 1870s, an era when horse racing was America's favorite pastime and jockeys were hailed as national heroes.
Broadcaster Kenny Rice and trainer Todd Pletcher will attend the fund-raiser that benefits the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and Camp Horsin' Around.
Rosie Napravnik, who started her riding career in Maryland before becoming a leading jockey, will receive the Special Award of Merit for her positive impact on racing at the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course May 14.
Belmont Park opens its 59-day spring/summer meet April 29, the highlight of which is the 147th Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the final jewel in America's Triple Crown series.
Florida Derby winner Materiality breezed four furlongs in company with Fountain of Youth winner Itsaknockout in :48 flat. Stanford went four furlongs in :48 3/5 in company with Madefromlucky, who got the distance in :48 2/5.
Images from Steve Haskin from Friday, April 24 at Churchill Downs, which featured a flurry of workouts. read blog
Kent Desormeaux picked up his 18th career mount in the Kentucky Derby by presented Yum! Brands (gr. I) the morning of April 24. He'll ride Keen Ice in the Run for the Roses.
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