But for the toss of a dart, Girvin might not have been foaled and would not be a major contender for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
This week is a BloodHorse BackTrack story on the 1949 Kentucky Derby won by Calumet Farm's Ponder and a stakes story on the 1949 Kentucky Oaks won by Calumet's Wistful.
Two stallions represented in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) already bear the mantle of Derby-winning sire. Their racing careers and their paths as stallions could not be more different.
Anthony Bonomo, whose Brooklyn Boyz Stables is one of the partners on Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming, said his first trip to Saratoga Springs, N.Y.—a visit that was his wife Mary Ellen’s idea—drew him into the sport.
The only experience Tyler Gaffalione has had with the first leg of the Triple Crown has been watching the Louisville classic on television. But come May 6, the jockey will be aboard Patch in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
Daniel Robles is a groom for trainer Doug O'Neill.
Reporting from Churchill Downs, Claire Novak updates us on Kentucky Derby contenders Girvin, Master Plan, Always Dreaming, Patch, and the post position draw.
Irap, the maiden who won the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2), could give his owners their third Kentucky Derby (G1) victory in the past six years, following Reddam Racing's triumphs with I'll Have Another and Nyquist.
John Oxley's Classic Empire was made the 4-1 morning-line favorite for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) after drawing post 14.
Brad Grady's Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Girvin took his first ever spin around the Churchill Downs oval when he galloped over the surface May 3.
Churchill Downs Inc. officials say they'll try again next year to get a Japanese horse in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (G1)—with hopes to add to the international draw and revenues of its signature event.
Derby/Oaks week gives owners the ride of their lives
The annual Kentucky Derby Trainer's Dinner gives trainers a chance to laugh a little and blow off some steam. Trainer Mike Maker was first up May 2 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Louisville, and he stole the show.
With his deep ties to the Garden State, New Jersey is rallying around Wood Memorial Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G2) winner Irish War Cry as he prepares for a start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) May 6 at Churchill Downs.
Notes from Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks for May 2.
A "reasoned gamble" is how Hill 'n' Dale Farms owner John Sikura described the recent deal to acquire the breeding rights to multiple graded stakes winner Irish War Cry ahead of the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
McCraken appears to be on the upswing, Girvin going other way.
While Todd Pletcher acknowledges three starts going into this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) is not ideal for Patch, the Calumet Farm homebred has enough working in his favor that Pletcher believes he has earned his shot.
Godolphin Racing's group 1 winner Thunder Snow cleared quarantine as expected the morning of May 2, and headed out around 8:30 a.m. EDT to continue his preparations for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
After being exceptionally headstrong in his training for the first leg of the Triple Crown since arriving at Churchill Downs, the Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) winner was on his best behavior yet May 2 as he headed out under exercise rider Nick Bush.
Claire Novak updates us on Thunder Snow, Irish War Cry, Gormley, State of Honor, Classic Empire, the Kentucky Oaks draw, and more!
Jerry Moss, who has campaigned greats such as Zenyatta and built the hugely successful record label A&M Records, hopes to repeat his Derby success of 12 years ago with Giacomo when he sends Gormley to the starting gate.
Gunnevera, a colt from the first crop of Dialed In, was purchased as a yearling for $16,000 and is the least expensive of the 20 likely starters in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
The final Derby Dozen for 2017. Do you agree with Steve's list? How would you rank them?
Following are highlights of NBC Sports Group's coverage of the 143rd Kentucky Derby, which includes more than seven live hours on Derby Day between NBC and NBCSN.
Were it not for the cavity that resides where his left eye once did, there indeed would be no indicator Calumet Farm's homebred Patch is coping with a limited view of his world.
As Tapwrit continues to train up to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) for Todd Pletcher, the back story of how he came to be owned by three major owners together rather than separately is a case study in relationship building.
Trainer Todd Pletcher said May 1 he plans to keep Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming training in draw reins the remainder of the week after getting satisfactory results from the equipment addition Monday morning.
Racing fans who were not around before the 1980s may find it difficult to appreciate just how much the dynamics of the Kentucky Derby have changed since then and how much more difficult the race is to win.
Having gone through the Derby experience once with Hansen five years ago, Dr. Kendall Hansen is enjoying his second grab for the gusto with Spiral Stakes winner Fast and Accurate.
Calumet Farm homebred Sonneteer is a compliant sort, so it was no surprise to assistant Julie Clark when Corey Lanerie, aboard May 1 for a four-furlong work, reminded the striking Midnight Lute colt to get down to business and Sonneteer responded.
Before sending Hence to the track during the 8:30 a.m. training slot Monday, trainer Steve Asmussen warned that the son of Street Boss would likely clock in at a decidedly swifter rate than stablemates Lookin At Lee and Untrapped.
Reporting from Churchill Downs, Claire Novak provides updates on Untrapped, Lookin At Lee, Hence, and more!
Trainer Todd Pletcher said having one eye is not a problem for Kentucky Derby contender Patch.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas announced April 30 that his personal Thoroughbred racing collection from his career will go to the Kentucky Derby Museum as part of its permanent collection.
Since his high-water mark as a trainer, when Drogue scored a record-setting nine-length victory in the $100,000 Fifth Season Stakes for older horses in 2014, at Oaklawn Park, Mike Johnson has won only three races. But he's ridden some of the best.
As he took in Ian Wilkes' cool demeanor less than a week out from the first leg of the Triple Crown, it was hard to find anyone enjoying the ascent of multiple graded stakes winner McCraken more than Carl Nafzger himself.
Whispering Oaks went "all-in" on stakes-placed Halo Humor, who brothers Keith and Allen Crupper paid more for than any other broodmare or broodmare prospect in the 17 years they have been breeding Thoroughbreds together.
Godolphin Racing's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) contender Thunder Snow arrived April 30 at Churchill Downs, and is expected to clear a 42-hour USDA-mandated quarantine in time to train the morning of May 2.
Reporting from Churchill Downs, Claire Novak provides updates on McCraken, Fast and Accurate, Irish War Cry, and more!
Fast and Accurate, winner of the JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3), worked five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 April 30 at Churchill Downs while readying for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
In his final major preparation for what will be his most significant race beneath the Twin Spires, Janis Whitham's homebred looked every bit the house horse, turning in a strong five-furlong move in 1:00 4/5 under jockey Brian Hernandez Jr.
Isabelle de Tomaso's homebred Irish War Cry put in his final work for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) April 30 at Fair Hill Training Center near Elkton, Md., clocking six furlongs in 1:13 1/5 on trainer Graham Motion's watch.
Given the number of top charges Tammy Fox's diminutive frame has been aboard, it's little wonder her gregarious partner heeds her when she says one of his young runners is worthy of faith.
Rebel Stakes (G2) winner Malagacy and Wood Memorial Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G2) runner-up Battalion Runner will both bypass the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed via text message April 29.
Instead of working Jerry and Ann Moss' Gormley, his Derby mount, the soon-to-be Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza was aboard the Mosses' Ziconic, who served as the Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner's target.
As owner Brad Grady relayed Girvin's :59 3/5 time for his five furlong breeze April 29 at Keeneland, gathered friends and family let out a relieved cheer.
Thunder Snow, winner of the March 25 UAE Derby Sponsored By The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) at Meydan Racecourse, has been confirmed to start in the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), Godolphin Racing announced April 29.
J Boys Echo was his typical self in his final work for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), rolling through a five-furlong drill in 1:01 with stablemate Little Irishdancer.
Gormley will soon occupy a high-profile place in the history of Castleton Lyons as the first Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) starter produced by the Ryan family's international operation.
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