When my wife, Denise, and I decided to get into the horse racing business as owners, we used the same approach taken when entering a cold swimming pool. First, we stuck in a big toe.
Before concentrating on what sire I selected for Love the Chase, it's probably best to take a step back and look at the process I used to find him. Again, you have to look at the mare's bloodline first.
As a breeder, how then do we stack the deck heavy? Female family inbreeding (FFI) offers a statistically significant improvement over other techniques for breeding champions.
A lively exchange between Hall of Fame trainers Bob Baffert and D. Wayne Lukas energized the annual Kentucky Derby Trainers' Dinner April 28.
Fresh off a win in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) aboard California Chrome, Espinoza is back as the rider of American Pharoah, the likely favorite for the 2015 Run for the Roses.
Dortmund impressed Baffert in his first gallop over the track, as International Star and Mubtaahij also took a spin April 28. El Kabeir stayed in the shedrow but will train April 29 according to trainer John Terranova.
While Zayat Stables plans to enter three horses in Saturday's Kentucky Derby including grade II winner El Kabeir, multiple grade I-placed Mr. Z, the homebred American Pharoah is closest to his owner's heart.
Equine surgeon Keith Latson will represent the American Association of Equine Practitioners' On Call program and assist NBC Sports with horse health information during the May 1-2 live racing telecasts from Churchill Downs.
Ron Mitchell and Steve Haskin discuss the contenders for the Kentucky Derby, including American Pharoah, Dortmund, and International Star, how the draw will impact the field, and who Steve likes. Listen Now
Mike de Kock answers questions about Mubtaahij, who arrived at Churchill Downs on April 28, 2015. watch video
The crowds are beginning to mass on the backstretch, and on Tuesday were treated to a whirlwind of Derby horses training, including new faces Carpe Diem, and mystery horse Mubtaahij. read blog
Claire Novak recaps the news of the day, including Carpe Diem, Mubtaahij, and International Star on track, comments from trainer Mike de Kock, and the Oaks post position draw. Watch Video
Trainer Mike Maker and International Star are out of limelight at Churchill Downs. watch video
Trainer Art Sherman reflects on his year since winning Kentucky Derby with California Chrome. Watch Video
Blue Grass runner-up Danzig Moon, trained by Mark Casse, could give Oklahoma energy man John Oxley his second Kentucky Derby victory if he, like Oxley's Monarchos, can pull off a big upset in the Run for the Roses.
Likely Kentucky Derby favorite American Pharoah gets a bath April 28 at Churchill Downs. watch video
The New York Racing Association on April 28 outlined enhanced security protocols for fans attending the 2015 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival June 5-6.
After a record-breaking first quarter for Churchill Downs Inc., company officials expect more good news as one executive predicts record revenues from Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) week.
Review the stats and race results from the Kentucky Derby Championship Series of 50 and 100 point races. Sponsored by WinStar Farm
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.).
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