Keyword: Carl Nafzger

  • Racing Celebs to Raise Money for Backside Education

    Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel and trainer Carl Nafzger are among the celebrity bartenders who will take part in a fundraising event supporting the Backside Learning Center and the Race for Education to be held at the Kentucky Derby Museum next to Churchill Downs following the running of the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) Saturday.

  • Derby winners Carl Nafzger and Calvin Borel will sign autographs at Churchill on Saturday.

    Borel, Nafzger to Sign Autographs at Churchill Saturday

    Jockey Calvin Borel and trainer Carl Nafzger, who teamed to win the 133rd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with champion Street Sense, will participate in a charity autograph session benefiting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Jewels Of The Triple Crown

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - What fans got this year were three incredible horse races that ended with three very accomplished and deserving winners, punctuated by the history-making performance of Rags to Riches, the first filly winner of the Belmont since Tanya in 1905.

  • Commentary: Distance Dilemma

    <i>By Clay S. Robinson</i> - What the breed needs is a series of big money stakes on dirt over a longer distance of ground.

  • With the defection of Street Sense from the Belmont, focus turns to Preakness winner Curlin.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1232767%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Curlin, Hard Spun Take Over Center Stage

    With the racing world still rocking from the bombshell dropped by Carl Nafzger Thursday morning, all thoughts immediately turned to the two big horses who will remain on their Triple Crown journey and the two trainers who elected to see it through to its conclusion.

  • Trainer Carl Nafzger says Derby winner Street Sense will skip Belmont.

    Street Sense to Pass Belmont, Focus on Travers

    The streets of New York will be a little less crowded next weekend because Street Sense will not be running in the June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) but instead will be pointed toward the Travers (gr. I) at Saratoga and a fall campaign. The announcement was made by trainer Carl Nafzger at a press conference Thursday morning.

  • Belmont decision for Street Sense to come Thursday.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1223521%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Street Sense Works; Decision on Belmont Due Thursday

    Street Sense, winner of the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), worked a half-mile May 30 at Churchill Downs as his owner, Jim Tafel, and trainer, Carl Nafzger, consider a possible start in the June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the final jewel of racing's Triple Crown.

  • Curlin catches Street Sense to take the Preakness.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=%20http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fgallery_id%3D15566%26sequencenum%3D0%26provider_id%3D368%26process%3Dgallery%26page%3Dthumbnails%26ref%3Dstory%20&quot;&gt;Order Preakness Photos&lt;/a&gt;

    Steve Haskin's Preakness Recap: Crafty Curlin

    Thoroughbred racing is a sport of contrasting emotions, ranging from euphoria to despair and laced with a heavy dose of what might have beens. It often takes a special horse to bring all those emotions to the surface, and after watching the 132nd Preakness Stakes (gr. I), there is no doubt that Curlin is that kind of horse.

  • Thursday Morning Line at Pimlico

    The autograph hounds were on the prowl Thursday morning at Pimlico, with Kentucky Derby winning trainer Carl Nafzger signing an oversized print of Street Sense to benefit a Pennsylvania charity.

  • Curlin shown winning the Arkansas Derby, prepped this morning at Churchill.
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    Preakness Contender Curlin Works Easy Half-Mile

    Steve Asmussen trainee Curlin, who finished third in the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), tuned up for Saturday's 132nd running of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) with an easy half-mile work on Monday at Churchill Downs.

  • Champion Street Sense charges down the rail to Kentucky Derby victory.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fgallery_id%3D15046%26sequencenum%3D0%26provider_id%3D368%26process%3Dgallery%26page%3Dthumbnails&quot;&gt;Order Derby Photos&lt;/a&gt;

    Steve Haskin's Derby Recap: No Nonsense

    The 133rd Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) was about a king, a queen, and a bunch of country boys. It was about a near-record crowd that erupted in celebration for its transplanted hometown heroes -- Street Sense, Carl Nafzger, and Calvin Borel. And it was about the end of a 23-year-old jinx. But most importantly, it was about class.

  • Relationships and Myths

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - More than anything else, this year's Run for the Roses is about relationships...and myths.

  • Derby trainer Doug O&#39;Neill with Great Hunter.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fgallery_id%3D14779%26sequencenum%3D0%26provider_id%3D368%26process%3Dgallery%26page%3Dthumbnails&quot;&gt;Derby Works Photos&lt;/a&gt;

    O'Neill Basking in First Derby Experience

    Although trainer Doug O'Neill has played a significant role in some of racing's biggest days, on May 5 he will experience saddling a Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender for the first time. After the defection of his trainee Cobalt Blue, O'Neill will be saddling two horses in the Derby, Great Hunter and Liquidity

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Word On The Street

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - For some, just getting a horse to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May is the realization of a dream. For others who've been there before, it's about winning -- pure and simple.

  • Tuesday Morning Line: Day Before the Draw

    Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas holds court for an assembling of media in front of his spotless barn. He's the only trainer without a Derby horse who can still provoke a good half-hour worth of questioning.

  • Street Sense delivers workout masterpiece.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Starting to Make Perfect Sense

    There was one disappointing aspect of Tuesday morning's brief activity at Churchill Downs. With 11 days still left until the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), it would come as a major surprise - no, make that a shock - if any horse turns in a more impressive workout than Street Sense's five-furlong masterpiece.

  • Juvenile champion Street Sense, seen here working at Churchill Downs earlier this week, has drawn Post 4 for Saturday&#39;s Blue Grass Stakes.

    Blue Grass Draw: Four on the Floor for Street Sense

    Street Sense drew post four for Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland. James Tafel's homebred champion was also made the 4-5 morning line favorite for the nine-furlong race. Great Hunter, the 9-5 second choice, will break from the outside seven post.

  • Street Sense (right) battles Any Given Saturday down the stretch on the way to this Tampa Bay Derby win.

    Street Sense Noses 'Saturday in Tampa Bay Derby

    James B. Tafel's 2006 juvenile champion Street Sense returned to action in gutsy style Saturday when he defeated 7-10 favorite Any Given Saturday by a nose in a tremendous finish to the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III).

  • Street Sense&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D633913%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Street Sense Is Best Juvenile Male

    Turning for home in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), Street Sense seemed to materialize on the lead from out of nowhere with a move so explosive, even the normally eagle-eyed race caller Trevor Denman missed it.

  • Partnership Buys Back Street Sense's Half-Sister at Keeneland; Sells Bedazzle Privately

    The partnership that owns the weanling half-sister to recent Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Street Sense bought back the <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=1396750&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">Distorted Humor</a> filly for $850,000 Friday during the fifth session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in Lexington.

  • G'Day for Trainer Wilkes; Wins 3 at Gulfstream

    Australian-born conditioner Ian Wilkes, who began his own training career New Year's Day after serving as an assistant to Carl Nafzger for 13 years, saddled the winners of three straight races at Gulfstream Park Thursday, the last one establishing a track record.

  • Racing Industry Reacts to Day's Retirement

    The decision by Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day to retire at age 51 elicited a variety of reactions from those with whom he has worked during his illustrious career.

  • Oaks Contenders Sis City, Memorette Breeze

    They are stabled together on the backside of Churchill Downs and Sunday morning Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contenders Sis City and Memorette logged their final workouts over the racetrack only minutes apart from each other.

  • Kentucky Oaks Contenders Hit Track

    As Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) day draws closer, a number of 3-year-old fillies hit the Churchill Downs oval over the weekend in advance of the May 6 race.

  • Eurosilver Shines in Skip Away

    Front-running Eurosilver recorded his first graded stakes win in 18 months when he held off 21-1 outsider Twilight Road by a half-length in the $100,000 Skip Away Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Saturday.

  • My Boston Gal Sharp in Prep for Churchill Downs

    Chester Porter, Phil Milner and Randy Bloch's My Boston Gal turned in a sparkling effort in a steady rain with a sharp workout in preparation for Sunday's $200,000 Churchill Downs Distaff Handicap (gr.II).

  • Commentator Runs Away with Perryville

    The Nick Zito-trained Commentator glided to an easy seven-length win in Thursday's $112,600 Perryville Stakes at Keeneland. Eurosilver was second, with Weigelia a half-length back in third.

  • Lead Story Retired With Ankle Fracture

    A. Stevens Miles' Lead Story, a winner of three major stakes races at Churchill Downs and a leading contender for Saturday's $400,000-added Fleur de Lis (gr. II), has been retired from racing after suffering a fractured ankle in her final work for the race.

  • Mayo on the Side (5) nips Azeri by a nose in a thrilling finish to the Humana Distaff.

    Azeri Upset in Humana Distaff

    Azeri came back time after time, but it wasn't enough. Mayo on the Side and Pat Day got by at the end to win the Humana Distaff Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs Saturday.

  • Last Song Set for Oaks After Breezing

    Buckram Oak Farm's Last Song was an early bird who got a good track to work over at Churchill Downs Sunday morning, breezing five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 for trainer Carl Nafzger in preparation for Friday's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Madcap Escapade Zips at Churchill

    Bruce Lunsford's Madcap Escapade and Buckram Oak Farm's Last Song, two candidates for the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) April 30, worked out over the Churchill Downs surface on Thursday.

  • Last Song, with Edgar Prado aboard, wins the Bonnie Miss Stakes, Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

    Nafzger Singing Last Song's Praises

    Buckram Oak Farm's Last Song got the trip she needed to defeat odds-on favorite Society Selection by two lengths in Saturday's $200,000 Bonnie Miss Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Gulfstream Park.

  • Society Selection Top Choice in Bonnie Miss

    Society Selection and Last Song, who finished just a neck apart in the Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) a month ago, head a small field of five in Saturday's $200,000 Bonnie Miss Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Gulfstream Park.

  • Smok'n Frolic Slight Pick in Sabin Puzzler

    For a pure handicapping puzzle, it would be hard to beat Sunday's $100,000 Sabin Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park, which drew a field of 10 extremely well-matched fillies and mares.

  • Awesome Humor, Yell Duel in Distaff

    WinStar Farm's Awesome Humor and Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Yell, a pair of leading 3-year-old fillies, loom as major contenders in a field of 10 entered in Saturday's $200,000-added Churchill Downs Distaff (gr. II).

  • My Boston Gal, winning the Stonerside Beaumont Stakes.

    My Boston Gal Recovering from Throat Surgery

    My Boston Gal, one of last year's top 2-year-old fillies and the winner of the Stonerside Beaumont (gr. II) at Keeneland this spring, is getting some rest in trainer Carl Nafzger's Churchill Downs barn after throat surgery late last week to correct a breathing problem.

  • My Boston Gal to Undergo Throat Surgery

    My Boston Gal, winner of the Golden Rod (gr. II) and Stonerside Beaumont (gr. II), is scheduled to undergo throat surgery later this week after the 3-year-old filly suffered a breathing problem in her fifth-place finish in last week's 129th running of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Belterra Tops Doubledogdare Field

    The $100,000-added Doubledogdare, named for the first winner of Keeneland's Spinster Stakes, drew a field of six stakes-winning fillies and mares. However, as post time approached, favorite Belterra and Ifyouprefersilver were scratched

  • My Boston Gal, impressive in Beaumont victory.

    My Boston Gal Impresses in Stonerside Beaumont

    My Boston Gal made a triumphant return to Keeneland Race Course Thursday with her second career graded stakes win in the about seven-furlong Stonerside Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies.