Keyword: Bluegrass Cat

  • Pat Valenzuela gets Derby mount on  Keyed Entry.

    Pletcher Names Valenzuela for Keyed Entry

    Patrick Valenzuela, who won the 1989 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) aboard Sunday Silence, has been named to ride Hutcheson (gr. II) winner Keyed Entry in the 2006 Run for the Roses, Todd Pletcher said Saturday in an interview with TVG.

  • Jockey John Velazquez released from hospital after treatment for injuries suffered in Thursday fall at Keeneland.

    Velazquez to Miss Derby with Shoulder, Chest Injuries

    Jockey John Velazquez, injured when his mount broke down at Keeneland April 20, will miss the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) due to a fractured right shoulder blade and other injuries, according to Tristan Barry, an assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher.

  • Sunriver to Skip Coolmore Lexington

    Trainer Todd Pletcher has decided take a chance with Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender Sunriver, so the colt will not run in Saturday's $325,000-added Coolmore Lexington (gr. II) at Keeneland.

  • Haskin on First Samurai: "... an immensely talented colt who is just now ready to define who he really is."

    Haskin's Weekend Preview: Two Stakes Not All About the Favorites

    Put up or shut up; now or never; do or die. You get the picture. With the running of Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) and Arkansas Derby (gr. II), we finally will have a good idea who will be in the starting lineup for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • 'Cat Gets His Final Work for Toyota Bluegrass

    WinStar Farm homebred Bluegrass Cat, runner-up in the recent Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III), tuned up for Saturday's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) at Keeneland with a five-furlong work on Sunday at Churchill Downs.

  • Discreet Cat Surprise Early Leader in KDFW

    Godolphin's unbeaten Discreet Cat, a dazzling winner of the UAE Derby (UAE-II) at Dubai's Nad Al Sheba last month, stood as a surprising favorite following the opening day of betting in Pool 3 of Churchill Downs' 2006 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

  • Haskin: Lawyer Ron "by far the star of the day" with Rebel Stakes win.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Rebel Rouser

    This year's road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) has only a few more doors left to pass through. But the scene so far at each one has resembled a slapstick comedy routine where everyone tries to go through a door at the same time, and no one gets through.

  • Deputy Glitters Declaws 'Cat in Tampa Derby

    Joseph Lacombe Stable's homebred Deputy Glitters seized the lead coming off the far turn and finished full of determination for jockey Jose Lezcano to deal 2-5 favorite Bluegrass Cat a two-length defeat in Saturday's $250,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III).

  • Trainer Steve Asmussen schools Rebel entry Private Vow in the indoor paddock at Oaklawn Park.

    Haskin's Weekend Preview: It's Crunch Time!

    Never before have three grade III stakes and a grade II stakes come together on one afternoon to showcase so many major players on the Triple Crown trail. With the grade III Rebel, Gotham, and Tampa Bay Derby and grade II San Felipe drawing so many serious Derby horses, this surely will be a make or break weekend.

  • Trainer Todd Pletcher has major Derby hopes in two preps Saturday.

    Pletcher Sends Out

    Todd Pletcher, whose bench is stronger than most other trainers' first string, sends out the first team on Saturday, when he'll saddle Bluegrass Cat in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) and Keyed Entry in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III).

  • Jockey John Velazquez, sticking with Bluegrass Cat.

    Velazquez to Stick With Bluegrass Cat

    After agonizing for days whether to ride Bluegrass Cat in the March 18 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) or Keyed Entry in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) the same day, John Velazquez and agent Angel Cordero decided to stick to their commitment and ride WinStar Farm's Bluegrass Cat.

  • First Samurai, who won via disqualification, races ahead of Flashy Bull (10) in the Fountain of Youth.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Fountain Blues

    You know it's a strange day on the Triple Crown trail when you have four stakes and the two most impressive horses seen are in a maiden race and a workout. Although heavy favorites Brother Derek and First Samurai emerged victorious, the latter on a disqualification, it still left most people wanting more.

  • Brother Derek moves to head of class with Santa Catalina win.

    Brother Derek, Field Top Picks in Derby Wager

    Santa Catalina (gr. II) winner Brother Derek shot to favoritism at 10-1 among individual horses as Pool 2 of the 2006 Kentucky Derby Future Wager closed on Sunday. But the field entry of all 3-year-olds not listed in the pool was a solid overall choice of bettors at odds of 3-1.

  • Unbeatens Barbaro (left) and Strong Contender holding ground in future pool.

    Derby Wager Action Picks Up on Barbaro, 'Contender

    The mutuel field remained the favored betting interest at the midway point of Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, but unbeatens Barbaro and Strong Contender gained solid support as well Friday.

  • Field Stands Alone as New Derby Pool Opens

    Racing fans made "all others" the favorite on the opening day of the second pool of Churchill Downs' 2006 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, but had trouble deciding on which of the individual horses deserved backing.

  • Bluegrass Cat weighs in with Davis win.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Cat and Cotton Tales

    So far, Todd Pletcher has been probing the enemy forces with his second- and third-stringers, with and without success. But this week it was time to get serious and bring out the heavy ammo. He hit his target with Bluegrass Cat on Saturday and now gets ready to fire off his second round with High Cotton on Wednesday.

  • Bluegrass Cat and John Velazquez win the Sam F. Davis.

    Bluegrass Cat Scratches Out Sam Davis Win

    WinStar Farm's homebred Bluegrass Cat kicked off his 3-year-old campaign with a dogged victory over 63-1 shot Deputy Glitters in the $121,000 Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs Saturday.

  • Bluegrass Cat, tops field for the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.

    Steve Haskin's Weekend Preview: Davis Cup Runneth Over

    What has happened to the Sam F. Davis Stakes? Saturday's race has drawn a field that in the past would have been considered a super field for the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III), for which the Davis has been an obscure prep. Perhaps the presence of so many accomplished horses can be attributed to Gulfstream Park's configuration.

  • Field, at 3-1, Tops First Derby Future Pool

    Racing fans across North America made the field a solid favorite over individual stars First Samurai and Stevie Wonderboy in the first 2006 Kentucky Derby Future Wager as betting drew to a close on Sunday evening.

  • Action Still Solid on 'All Others' in Derby Pool

    The "all others" wager remained a solid 6-5 favorite on Friday as betting in the four-day opening pool of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager reached its midway point.

  • Todd Pletcher sets sites on Florida Derby.

    Pletcher Leads Early Noms to Florida Derby

    Todd Pletcher, who two weeks ago set a North American record for earnings in a year by a trainer, submitted the names of 17 horses for early-bird nomination to the April 1 Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Bluegrass Cat Repels 'Bull, Wins Remsen

    WinStar Farm's homebred Bluegrass Cat, the 3-5 favorite, withstood a serious threat from Flashy Bull in the deep stretch and drew away from the stubborn challenger to win the 92nd running of the $200,000 Remsen (gr. II) for 2-year-olds at Aqueduct Saturday.

  • Bluegrass Cat Goes to School in Nashua Win

    WinStar Farm's Bluegrass Cat continued his education at Belmont Park on Friday afternoon, winning the $113,300 Nashua (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at a mile by 1 1/4 lengths over outsider Political Force.

  • Express News Headlines Nashua Line-Up

    Trainer H. Graham Motion hopes to get his Breeders' Cup weekend off to a strong start when he sends Donald Adams' Express News out to tackle a talented group of juveniles in the $100,000 Nashua (gr. III) at one mile at Belmont Park Friday.