Mylute, runner-up in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II), continued his preparations for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a six-furlong breeze in 1:12 1/5 the morning of Apil 14 at Churchill Downs.
The Kentucky Derby field is close to being set, but more things can and will happen before entries close on May 1. We could see horses now ranked well into the 20's pop up in the field.
Owner/Breeder Charles Fipke discusses Blue Grass Stakes winner Java's War. Watch Video
Trainer Ken McPeek discusses Blue Grass Stakes winner Java's War. Watch Video
Overanalyze, rebounding from a lackluster seasonal debut, overpowered his rivals in the drive to easily win the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) and stamp his ticket for this year's Run for the Roses.
Charles Fipke's homebred Java's War overcame a troubled start in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes April 13 at Keeneland, closing from last to first to earn his way into the field for the May 4 Kentucky Derby.
There will be increased security for several days before the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Kentucky Horse Racing Commission officials said.
WinStar Farm is looking to fans to help them decide who should ride Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner Revolutionary in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Churchill Downs has added pop-up and other patron tents and metal poles and stakes to its list of items that cannot be carried by patrons into the track for this year's Kentucky Derby and Oaks.
After a brief freshening at WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner Revolutionary arrived at Churchill Downs on April 12.
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Starlight Racing reports Shanghai Bobby sustained a pelvic stress fracture exiting the Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) March 30 at Gulfstream Park.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Lines of Battle is likely to be the only starter in the Kentucky Derby to have won at in excess of nine furlongs.
This is one of the most wide open editions of the race I've ever seen. So many directions to go. read blog
Kentucky will not immediately approve the license application of trainer Rudy Rodriguez, who is pointing Gotham Stakes (gr. III) winner Vyjack to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 4 at Churchill Downs.
"If horses could talk, what a job this would be," said one Gary Contessa, enjoying a bountiful breakfast at Keeneland. "I'd ask that sunofagun right now, 'Do you like that track as much as you like the grass?"
Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk are on location at Keeneland to handicap the Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby. watch video
Jockey Javier Castellano has committed to ride Fox Hill Farms' Wood Memorial (gr. I) runner-up Normandy Invasion in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
This year's edition of the Grade I Blue Grass Stakes may be wide open, so let's have fun with it and try to bring home a winner.
Jockey Joel Rosario has been named to ride Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Orb in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), agent Ron Anderson confirmed April 10.
War Academy has been installed as the 2-1 favorite in a field of 10 3-year-olds entered for the 77th running of the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 13 at Oaklawn Park.
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, who was sidelined after an April 7 spill at Aqueduct, hopes to resume riding May 1 -- three days before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Trainer Gary Contessa discusses Blue Grass Stakes contender Rydilluc. Watch Video
It was a crowded scene at the April 10 post-position draw for the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), as the connections crossed their fingers and hoped for good post positions.
Just as a reminder to those who have now dismissed Verrazano as a potential Kentucky Derby winner, take note of past Derbys. read blog
Gulfstream Oaks (gr. II)winner Dreaming of Julia and undefeated Unlimited Budget arrived April 8 at 6:50 p.m. EDT at Churchill Downs, where they will continue their preparations for the May 3 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
If you're leaning in favor of any particular horse for the Kentucky Derby, maybe you'd like to know what Johnny Avello thinks about its odds to win the Triple Crown.
Rather than make a last-ditch effort to get Dewey Square into the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Dale Romans said it is likely the colt will be pointed toward the $750,000 Illinois Derby.
Trainer Chad Brown told Keeneland officials April 8 he will enter Balance the Books instead of Noble Tune in the April 13 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).
Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen is shuffled in a major way this week. There are new horses on it, and one is from 'left field'! read blog
Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) runner-up has small chip in his right knee and will be sent to Rood and Riddle April 10 to have the chip removed, trainer Bob Baffert said April 7.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Wood Memorial Stakes, Santa Anita Derby, and Ashland Stakes. watch video
Vyjack, whose four-race winning streak at Aqueduct ended with his third-place finish in the Wood Memorial (gr. I) April 6, returned from his efforts with some mucous detected in a post-race examination, his trainer said.
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez sustained a slight fracture of his first rib on the right side and a small bone chip near his right wrist as the result of a spill in the seventh race at Aqueduct Racetrack April 7.
Undefeated Wood Memorial winner (gr. I) Verrazano and runner-up Normandy Invasion are headed for a rematch in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 4 at Churchill Downs.
Java's War, a contender for the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I), and Falling Sky, headed for the Arkansas Derby (gr. I), posted bullet moves April 7 in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) preps.
Verrazano turned back the challenge of Vyjack and held off a late-closing Normandy Invasion in a formful edition of the $1 million Wood Memorial (gr. I) April 6 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Goldencents was on top of his game April 6, turning back even-money choice Flashback to capture the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) and handing trainer Doug O'Neill consecutive wins in the important West Coast test.
Rosa Stephany Taveras' Sr. Quisqueyano pulls away from odds-on Speak Logistics to win the $250,000 Calder Derby by 7 1/2 lengths.
Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) contenders Rydilluc, Uncaptured, Undrafted, and Dewey Square all turned in pre-race works April 5 at Keeneland. Also working were Dynamic Sky at Churchill and Fear the Kitten at Trackside.
In terms of Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) wins, trainer Bruce Headley is a rookie despite his 78 years. Jockey Gary Stevens, on the other hand, has won the West Coast's major 3-year-old race a record nine times.
Trainer Todd Pletcher, who will saddle heavy favorite Verrazano in the April 6 Wood Memorial (gr. I), gently debunked the "Derby Jinx" about a horse winning the Kentucky Derby without racing at 2.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who has both Oxbow and Will Take Charge on target for the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), sent his pupils out to breeze at Oaklawn Park the morning of April 5.
Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk handicap the Wood Memorial Stakes and Santa Anita Derby. Can anyone beat Verrazano? watch video
TwinSpires.com, the official advance deposit wagering service for Churchill Downs Incorporated, is giving 150 players a chance to win a $500 betting bankroll for Kentucky Derby Day.
Coming off a Feb. 23 turf allowance score at Gulfstream Park, the colt defeated the more heralded Uncaptured by 1 1/2 lengths.
This year's Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner will ship to Churchill Downs to begin Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) preparations but the most recent Triple Crown winner took a much different path.
Hear the Ghost, one of the favorites for the upcoming $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), is off the Triple Crown trail after he was detected to be slightly lame during a morning jog April 4 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Flashback and Hear the Ghost, the two favorites for this year's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 6, drew the inside post positions in a field of nine 3-year-olds.
Verrazano could lose the grade I Wood Memorial, and so could Vyjack, but it would be a first for either one of them.
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