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.
Churchill Downs on April 28 re-emphasized its annual enhanced security measures for horses competing in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) and ongoing safety and integrity measures included in its "Safety from Start to Finish" program.
Thoroughbreds race and breeze far less frequently than the stars of yesteryear, as evidenced by the record of 1946 Triple Crown winner Assault, trained by Max Hirsch for King Ranch.
After trainer Chad Brown watched how Practical Joke breezed wearing blinkers April 28 at Churchill Downs, the Eclipse Award-winning trainer is leaning toward equipping the two-time grade 1 winner with a small cup pair for the Kentucky Derby.
WinStar Farm and Don Alberto Stable's Battle of Midway put in his final timed workout April 28 at Santa Anita Park in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). He covered six furlongs in 1:13 2/5.
Blissfully unaware of the weight upon his stout shoulders, Gunnevera went about his final serious paces in advance of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), working an easy five furlongs in 1:03 3/5 at Churchill Downs April 28.
Multiple Eclipse Award winner Todd Pletcher thought Always Dreaming and Tapwrit were most impressive, Patch was better than usual, and Battalion Runner struggled with the track.
Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) winner Irap breezed one mile at Keeneland April 28 in 1:44 1/5 under Julien Leparoux.
As Churchill Downs Inc. prepares for its biggest week of the year, the company also said it is considering adding historic gaming machines at the Louisville track or its Trackside Training Center.
Standing alongside his son and top assistant, Norman Casse, Mark Casse watched his best-ever hope for a classic victory stride out down the Churchill Downs stretch—and finally, deeply exhaled.
J. Keeler Johnson takes an early look at the potential pace of the 2017 Kentucky Derby.
Two-year-old champion Classic Empire and Florida Derby (Grade I) runner-up State of Honor could bring a lifelong dream to the Mark Casse barn in the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Saturday, May 6.
Brad Grady's Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Girvin is currently battling a quarter crack in his right front foot but his connections are still hopeful the son of Tale of Ekati can run in the May 6 Kentucky Derby (G1).
NBC News weather anchor and correspondent Dylan Dreyer will join NBC and NBCSN coverage of the 2017 Kentucky Derby as a lifestyle correspondent—her first assignment with NBC Sports Group.
Tom Pedulla is interviewing prominent racing personalities for America's Best Racing as they travel the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The opening leg of the Triple Crown will be run on May 6 at Churchill Downs.
Amidst growing speculation regarding the status of Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Girvin, trainer Joe Sharp said April 26 the colt is still on track to have his last serious workout for the Kentucky Derby (G1) in the coming days.
For the first time in nearly a month, trainer Todd Pletcher had all of his Kentucky Derby hopefuls in one shedrow.
Luis Saez has been named to ride Gotham Stakes (G3) winner J Boys Echo in the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), the colt's connections confirmed April 26.
Mike Langford claimed his first horse in 1987. Since then, he has experienced success in Thoroughbred ownership on a modest budget.
Mike Tirico, who was recently named NBC's primetime Olympics host, will be taking the Triple Crown hosting reins from Tom Hammond, an award-winning member of NBC Sports' horse racing team for more than three decades.
Peacock Racing Stables' Gunnevera, a three-time graded stakes winner and a millionaire in his young career, took his first steps on the main track at Churchill Downs on Tuesday morning with exercise rider Victor Farrel aboard.
The details in the Dozen make the difference as the Derby draws near.
With the prep races over, week 13 of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll, shows no significant changes after results were released April 24.
Whether McCraken becomes the latest Derby winner to come out of Churchill's Barn 26 remains to be seen, but the bay colt put in five-furlong drill in 1:00 3/5 April 24 that was nearly as buzz worthy as Street Sense's final move before his triumph.
Jockey Robby Albarado sustained a fracture of his lower left leg after falling at Keeneland April 23 and will be off mounts for three to four weeks, including Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) hopeful J Boys Echo, agent Ron Ebanks said.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) hopefuls J Boys Echo and Fast and Accurate breezed five furlongs at Churchill Downs and Trackside Louisville, respectively, April 23.
Cobra Farm's Twisted Tom pulled away in the stretch to win the $125,000 Federico Tesio Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths. Although the race is a "Win and You're In" for the Preakness Stakes (G1) the gelding is not Triple Crown nominated.
Cloud Computing, the third-place finisher in the April 8 Wood Memorial Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G2), has been removed from contention for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) and will point to the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1).
The clocker's stopwatch at the top of the Santa Anita Park grandstand may have shown 1:15 4/5 for Gormley's six-furlong workout April 22, but the slow time doesn't tell the whole story.
Reach the World, who was pointing toward runs in the Preakness Stakes (G1) and Belmont Stakes (G1), was euthanized after sustaining an injury during training April 22, according to Don Alberto Stable racing manager Fernando Diaz-Valdes.
Mike Ryan and Gerry Dilger's instincts were dead-on, and resulted in Santa Rosa's second grade 1 winner, Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) victor Always Dreaming.
Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller has purchased an interest in Kendall Hansen’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) hopeful Fast and Accurate, it was announced April 21.
Irap, who broke his maiden with a three-quarter-length win in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) April 8, put in his first move since that shocker, working a mile in 1:44 at Keeneland Friday morning.
Gunnevera walked the shedrow without taking as much as a single deep breath following his five-furlong workout Friday morning at Gulfstream Park West, continuing to amaze trainer Antonio Sano while snubbing his nose at a full bucket of water.
Always Dreaming, an impressive winner of the April 1 Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park, breezed five furlongs April 21 at Palm Beach Downs in 1:01.40, a move that pleased trainer Todd Pletcher.
State of Honor and Salty both put in five-furlong moves for trainer Mark Casse April 21 at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) May 6 and the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) May 5.
Battle of Midway, runner-up in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) and 17th on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, has been purchased in partnership by WinStar Farm and Don Alberto Stable.
M M G Stables' multiple grade 3 winner El Areeb continues to progress following surgery to repair a fractured knee that knocked him off the Triple Crown trail.
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