Mucho Macho Man worked a sharp five furlongs in :59 flat on the morning of Jan. 23 at Gulfstream Park for trainer Kathy Ritvo in preparation for his 2011 debut in the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) in one week.
Wilkinson used a rail-skimming ride from Garrett Gomez to register a mild upset in the $100,000 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) as Fair Grounds' road to the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) got underway Jan. 22.
Churchill Downs and MainGate announced a three-year partnership for MainGate to be an official licensee, handle official off-site retail locations, and launch the Kentucky Derby e-commerce website, KentuckyDerbyStore.com.
Churchill Downs has established dates for a trio of three-day betting pools in its 2011 Kentucky Derby Future Wager and a single pool for this year's Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.
Justin Phillip leads a short field in the $100,000 Lecomte (gr. III) Jan. 22 at Fair Grounds. Owner Ahmed Zayat is hoping the $400,000 yearling can make it to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) in May.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day feature pits Grant Jack against six 3-year-olds; race is first leg of Oaklawn's trail to the Triple Crown.
Favored Positive Response seized the lead on the final turn and ran away with the $100,000 California Derby for his third consecutive victory at Golden Gate Fields Jan. 15.
Sent off as the even-money favorite Jan. 15, the son of Tapit proved he is a serious 3-year-old when he won his stakes debut in the $100,000 Sham (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park.
Churchill Downs, Yum! Brands announce deal Jan. 13 to extend the sponsorship agreement for five years.
Stakes winner Positive Response figures to have a slight edge on paper in the Jan. 15 California Derby. A field of 12 was drawn for the 1 1/16-mile race at Golden Gate Fields.
Favored Inhisglory used a ground-saving trip to hang on for a head-bob at the wire by a nose over outsider Banjammer in the $50,000 Turfway Prevue Stakes Jan. 8 at Turfway Park.
It is now 2011 and that means we have officially embarked on the Kentucky Derby trail. Read Blog
The head of the company that co-owns Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park said Dec. 2 that he will try to break the impasse threatening the future of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) when he travels to Maryland next week.
The Maryland Jockey Club has unveiled the 2011 Preakness logo for the 136th running of the $1 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I), to be run Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Pimlico Race Course.
Mine That Bird, who stunned the racing world when he won the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at 50-1 odds, has been retired.
The garland of roses and other items from Winning Colors' 1988 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) victory have been presented to the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs.
Four trainers and two jockeys who have won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) will be part of a special "It's My Derby" event at the Kentucky Derby Museum during Breeders' Cup week.
Churchill Downs has released the official event logos for Kentucky Derby 137 and Kentucky Oaks 137, each of which includes the respective "icon" marks embedded within the overall logo design.
MI Developments Inc. announced Aug. 27 a bonus program involving tracks owned by the company that could result in a $5.5 million bonus for the winner of the 2011 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Trainer Bob Baffert said IZOD Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Lookin At Lucky will definitely miss the Aug. 28 Travers Stakes (gr. I) after the Smart Strike colt developed a fever Aug. 3.
Mine That Bird, the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner, zipped five furlongs in :59 2/5 over a muddy track at Churchill Downs on June 28 as he completed preparations for his first start of 2010.
WinStar Farm's Super Saver, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will make his next start in the Izod Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park Aug. 1, trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed June 27.
The fact we haven't had a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 does not suggest the event is in need of a major overhaul. Read Blog
Steve Haskin looks back at the 2010 Triple Crown and some of its unsung heroes.
Drosselmeyer wins the Belmont giving trainer Bill Mott his first classic victory.
Jason Shandler's Triple Crown Talk: What did we learn from the 2010 Triple Crown? Not a whole lot, as far as I can tell. There is still no clear-cut leader in the division. Read Blog
It should be no surprise that the three winners of this year's Triple Crown races would top the final National Thoroughbred Racing Association's 3-Year-Old poll, with Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Lookin At Lucky on top.
With no Kentucky Derby or Preakness winner in the Belmont Stakes field, TV ratings numbers for the third jewel of racing's Triple Crown slid to lowest level ever.
Trainer Bill Mott said he's looking forward to his primary goal this summer for Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Drosselmeyer, the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 28.
WinStar Farm's Drosselmeyer gave Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott his first win in a Triple Crown race, as he wore down pacesetter First Dude and held off a late charge from Fly Down to win the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
An ontrack crowd of 45,243 wagered $7,598,840 on Belmont Stakes Day races, a 15.6% decrease from $8,998,630 in 2009.
Every day seems to bring a new Belmont Stakes (gr. I) pick. What else is new? This year's Belmont is that kind of race. There is no standout, and the majority of the horses entered seem to have a legitimate shot to win.
Soaking in the atmosphere at the track before the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), Ernie Moody and Bernie Schiappia were on the apron the morning of June 4, hanging out with Bob Baffert, who trains their colt Game On Dude.
There has been no more dominating Belmont Stakes (gr. I) performance this century than Point Given's, according to jockey Gary Stevens and trainer Bob Baffert.
Lenny Shulman chats with Alexis Barba, trainer of Belmont contender Make Music for Me. Presented by Taylor Made Stallions. Watch Video
For a trainer to find success in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes (gr. I) it might be good if their horse is familiar with 'Big Sandy.'
For trainer John Sadler and owner Ike Thrash, sending Dave in Dixie into the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) is a venture into the great unknown.
There are easier spots than the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), but trainer Steve Margolis feels his 3-year-old colt Stay Put is in the right one for the 1 1/2-mile classic June 5.
Ice Box has the most going for him. Stately Victor is a live longshot. Read Blog
It pays for a rider know all he can about Belmont's unique, but often notorious turns.
Ice Box, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), drew post position 6 and was installed as the 3-1 morning favorite when a dozen horses were entered for the June 5, $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
First Dude will have to break sharply and be aggressive early breaking from post 11.
Lenny Shulman with an update from Belmont Park, including the latest on First Dude, Stay Put, Drosselmeyer and a few other Belmont contenders. Presented by Taylor Made Stallions. Watch Video
For Richard Pell, the owner of Fly Down, a victory in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) would be a hometown home run.
HRTV and the Horse Racing Radio Network both plan on-site coverage of the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I), final leg of racing's Triple Crown that will be run at Belmont Park on June 5.
If people think there is nothing historical about this year's Belmont, they are greatly mistaken.
The Klein family of Louisville, Ky., has been represented by many graded stakes winners, but Stay Put will be their first classic starter when he competes in the June 5 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
So, whose pedigrees are most geared for the mile and a half of the Belmont Stakes?
Trainer Bob Baffert sent Game On Dude out for a gate tune-up May 31 for the upcoming Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Santa Anita clockers credited the Awesome Again gelding with a six-furlong move in 1:12 2/5 handily.
Three probable starters for the June 5 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) turned in their final works the morning of May 31 at the New York racetrack, and the race got another starter in Interactif.
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