Eskendereya, favored for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will not run in the May 1 classic due to a slight filling in his left front leg, according to Todd Pletcher.
Under a slight breeze that was helping dry out the Churchill Downs track, trainer D. Wayne Lukas sent grade I winner Dublin out early April 25 for his final breeze leading up to the Kentucky Derby.
Notching his fifth win on opening day at soggy Churchill Downs, Calvin Borel unleashed a patented rail-skimming ride aboard Hurricane Ike and guided the colt to victory in the The Cliff's Edge Derby Trial (gr. III) April 24.
Five Todd Pletchers and Sidney's Candy topped Saturday's Kentucky Derby works.
Afleet Again took advantage of a blistering pace and collared the leaders in deep stretch to pull a 24-1 upset in the $150,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) April 24 at Aqueduct.
Johnny Greathouse and trainer Todd Pletcher are still unsure whether Devil May Care will run in the Oaks or Derby after her 1:00 1/5 drill Saturday morning in the slop at Churchill Downs
A sloppy surfaces causes Todd Pletcher to delay the final Derby work of likely favorite Eskendereya until Sunday; Interactif to drill April 25 as well
Discreetly Mine, Mission Impazible both work in 1:00 1/5 for five furlongs in the slop at Churchill Downs one week before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Arkansas Derby (gr. I) runner-up works a half-mile under Calvin Borel in the slop at Churchill Downs; one of five workers for trainer Todd Pletcher
WinStar Farm's homebred Rule drills five furlongs in the slop at Churchill Downs Saturday morning in 1:00.
Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Sidney's Candy continued to show his affinity for Churchill Downs when he zipped six furlongs in 1:11 3/5 at Churchill Downs on the morning of Saturday, April 24.
Steady rainfall in Louisville early Saturday, April 24, did not deter trainers of horses being pointed toward the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) from going through with their scheduled workouts.
Handicapping and analysis of Kentucky Derby and prep races.
Paddy O'Prado turned heads at rainy Churchill Downs the morning of April 23 when he sailed through a five-furlong work in a lightning-fast :58.40, the fastest of 21 works at the distance.
Nick Zito's Florida Derby (gr. I) winner heats things up over a sloppy Churchill Downs surface April 23.
Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) winner goes five furlongs in the slop at the Churchill Downs Training Center in 1:00 3/5.
Trainer Mike Maker moves up work to beat the weather; son of Kitten's Joy clocks five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 under exercise rider Derrick Smith.
Churchill Downs Inc. announced April 22 its safety initiatives are in place for the 2010 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby (gr. I), following last year's creation of its Safety from Start to Finish
Glencrest Farm's Devil May Care, one of the top filly contenders for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), is now being considered for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed April 20.
Jackson Bend, who is on the outside looking in as far as getting into the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) field of 20, turned in a bullet five-furlong move April 22 at Churchill Downs for trainer Nick Zito.
D' Funnybone, the nation's most accomplished 3-year-old sprinter, will shoot for his fifth graded stakes win when he leads a field of six in the $150,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) April 24 at Aqueduct.
A pair of Derby Trial (gr. III) starters could go on to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a win in the April 24 race at Churchill Downs.
They all have questions going into the Derby. But it's hard finding questions for Lookin At Lucky.
Homeboykris, currently the No. 20 horse in terms of graded earnings for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), worked six furlong in 1:14 4/5 April 21 at Churchill Downs with Julien Leparoux aboard.
After the colt's sharop work April 20, the trainer is feeling better about his chances to make the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) starting gate May 1 at Churchill Downs
Leading Derby contender Lookin At Lucky went six furlongs in 1:12.00 at Churchill Downs April 21, while his stablemate Conveyance turned in a swift :58.60 five furlong move.
The Maryland Jockey Club and Corrigan Sports Enterprises announced April 20 the creation of the Preakness 5k to benefit the Maryland affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
INSIDE PEDIGREES, by Les Brinsfield
Eskendereya is the favorite, and also the pick of a pedigree pundit.
In his first work at Churchill Downs, Gotham Stakes (gr. III) winner Awesome Act breezed six furlongs in 1:12.60 under Julien Leparoux, the fastest of four works at the distance April 20.
Evan Hammonds analyzes the final Kentucky Derby prep of the season, the Coolmore Lexington Stakes. Presented by Taylor Made Stallions. Watch Video
Noble's Promise, showing no ill effects from cuts in both front legs from his previous start, registered a bullet workout of :59 4/5 for five furlongs April 20 at Churchill Downs
With WinStar Farm's management team on hand, Illinois Derby (gr. II) winner American Lion tuned up for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a workout April 20 over the Polytrack at Keeneland.
Line of David, the surprise winner of the April 10 Arkansas Derby (gr. I), was officially clocked in 1:02 for his five-furlong workout the morning of April 20 at Churchill Downs.
In his first work over the track, William Mack and Robert Baker's Dublin sizzled five furlongs in :59.20 at Churchill Downs April 19 as he continues to work toward the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Gold Mark Farm's Backtalk worked five furlongs in 1:04 with a final quarter-mile in :24.40 under Miguel Mena before the renovation break at Churchill Downs on April 18.
Bob Baffert-trained 3-year-old Tiz Chrome breaks down in workout at Churchill Downs and is euthanized; was working toward start in April 24 The Cliff's Edge Derby Trial (gr. III).
Fittingly, the last of the major Kentucky Derby preps ended with another win by a Todd Pletcher-trained 3-year-old, as 19-1 Exhi went wire-to-wire at Keeneland to score the $300,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II).
Dean's Kitten and Age of Humor both worked five furlongs in :59.80 April 17 at Trackside. Age of Humor is on the outside looking in for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
WinStar Farm's Endorsement completed the Keeneland segment of his preparations for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) April 17 by working five furlongs in company in 1:01.60 with trainer Shannon Ritter up.
Eskendereya (Palm Meadows), Sidney's Candy (Churchill Downs), and Endorsement, candidates for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), worked five furlongs April 17.
Ken Ramsey reports that Pleasant Prince will start in the April 24 The Cliff's Edge Derby Trial (gr. III). With a victory in Churchill Downs' one-turn mile prep, the colt will be entered in the Kentucky Derby.
Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Ice Box tuned up for the May 1 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a solid four-furlong workout on Friday, April 16 at Churchill Downs.
The Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs will re-open April 18 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Hall of Fame trainers D. Wayne Lukas, Bob Baffert, and Nick Zito.
Multiple graded stakes winner D' Funnybone worked six furlongs in 1:13.70 with jockey Edgar Prado aboard April 16 at Aqueduct in preparation for the $150,000 Withers (gr. III) next weekend.
Lookin At Lucky and Conveyance, two contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on Saturday, May 1, trained by Bob Baffert, worked at Churchill Downs April 15.
Jackson Bend, runner-up in both the Fountain of Youth (gr. II) and Wood Memorial (gr. I) stakes, displayed a fondness for Churchill Downs as the Nick Zito trainee worked a fast four furlongs April 15.
Trainer Ken McPeek said Noble's Promise, who arrived at Churchill Downs April 15 following a van ride from trainer Ken McPeek's Magdelena Farm, is still "on the fence" for the Kentucky Derby.
Churchill Downs has announced that beginning April 17, there will be a 15-minute training period devoted exclusively to contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will offer free, live video streaming of the April 17 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) from Keeneland on their website, NTRA.com.
Looking over the perspective Derby field, here are a few statistics and random thoughts as we head into D-Day minus two weeks.
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