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  • 2015 Oaks Race Sequence

    2015 Kentucky Oaks Race Sequence

    Relive Lovely Maria's victory in the 2015 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). See where your favorite horse was at several crucial points of the race with our interactive slideshow.

  • Lovely Maria rolls to victory in the Kentucky Oaks.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-mcFvJLJ">Order This Photo</a>

    Lovely Maria Easily Captures Kentucky Oaks

    Brereton Jones' Lovely Maria, in contention early through moderate fractions, turned it on in the stretch and pulled away to capture the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 1 at Churchill Downs.

  • Power Alert streaks to victory in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-Ncz58rN">Order This Photo</a>

    Power Alert Takes Twin Spires in Record Time

    Power Alert, who has made an impression since his arrival from Australia, continued his good form with a course-record victory in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint presented by Twinspires.com (gr. III) May 1 at Churchill Downs.

  • Protonico fights off Noble Bird to win the Alysheba Stakes. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-KDDNgWv">Order This Photo</a>

    Protonico Surges in Alysheba Battle

    A 19-1 shot gave 7-5 favorite Protonico what-for in the $400,000 Alysheba Stakes (gr. II) on the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) undercard, but the 4-year-old Giant's Causeway runner surged back May 1 to win.

  • Feathered (right) leads all the way to take the Edgewood.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-8jpdcLr">Order This Photo</a>

    Feathered Goes Wire to Wire in Edgewood

    Feathered seized control at the start and went wire to wire to win the Edgewood Stakes (gr. IIIT) over 3-2 favorite Quality Rocks on the May 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) card at Churchill Downs.

  • Kentucky Oaks Scene Setter

    Claire Novak sets the Churchill Downs scene with updates on the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby on May 1, 2015.

  • El Kabeir at Churchill Downs, April 30, 2015.

    El Kabeir Did Not Go to Track May 1

    Owner Ahmed Zayat said El Kabeir did not go to the track at Churchill Downs the morning of May 1 because he took a couple of bad steps and was not sound but has not been scratched out of the Kentucky Derby.

  • Dortmund at Bob Baffert's barn.
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    Derby is Baffert's Show Again

    "I believe in fate," says Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. "I believe that something really good is about to happen... but it's something we're just going to have to wait and see."

  • Mubtaahij (IRE) 
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    Mubtaahij Breezes Easy Three Furlongs

    Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum's group II winner Mubtaahij had an easy three-eighths breeze timed in :37.40 with jockey Christophe Soumillon aboard Thursday, April 30 at Churchill Downs.

  • Bolo
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    Bolo's Best Effort Could Surface in Derby

    When the connections of Bolo look for a reason why the third-place Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) finisher could jump up and win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, the dirt surface at Churchill Downs provides hope.

  • Dortmund
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    Dortmund to be Saddled on Paddock Path

    Trainer Bob Baffert said Dortmund, the 3-1 second choice for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will be saddled on the path in the paddock rather than one of the enclosed stalls.

  • Divisidero faces a full field in the American Turf Stakes.

    Divisidero Hopes for Trip in American Turf

    Gunpowder Farms' Divisidero, a nice third in the Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park despite some trouble, will hope for a better trip in the $250,000 American Turf Stakes May 2 at Churchill Downs.

  • Coffee Clique won the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile in 2014.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-4D7SpsN">Order This Photo</a>

    Coffee Clique Back for CD Distaff Turf Mile

    Amerman Racing Stables' Coffee Clique will attempt to become the second mare to score a repeat victory in $300,000 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Presented by Longines (gr. IIT) when she takes on 12 rivals May 2 at Churchill.

  • Seek Again will make his first start of the year in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic.

    Seek Again to Try Again in Turf Classic

    Juddmonte Farms' Seek Again, who just missed winning last year's Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs, will try again in his first start of the year in $500,000 turf stakes May 2 at the Kentucky track.

  • Lord Nelson

    Lord Nelson, Competitive Edge in Pat Day Mile

    Trainer Bob Baffert's rich 3-year-old bench players Lord Nelson and Gimme Da Lute top a solid field of eight entered in the $200,000 Pat Day Mile (at Churchill Downs May 2 that also drew grade I winner Competitive Edge.

  • 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Bayern returns in the Churchill Downs Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2014-Breeders-Cup/Classic/i-FDMBHrL">Order This Photo</a>

    Bayern Returns in Churchill Downs Stakes

    Kaleem Shah's Bayern, last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner, will make his 4-year-old debut in the $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes (gr. II) on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) undercard May 2.

  • Judy the Beauty

    Judy the Beauty Set for Season Debut

    Trainer Wesley Ward pulled no punches with the season debut of champion Judy the Beauty, entering her in top-level company on the biggest day of the North American racing year in the $300,000 Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I).

  • Upstart at Churchill Downs on April 29

    Derby Hopefuls Upstart, Frosted Take to Track

    TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Frosted and Lambholm South Holy Bull (gr. II) winner Upstart were both on the track for the first time at Churchill April 29, joined by multiple graded-stakes winner El Kabeir.

  • Kentucky Derby News Update: April 29, 2015

    Claire Novak updates us on who galloped at Churchill Downs today, El Kabeir, Rick Violette, Mubtaahij schooling, and Stellar Wind sneaking out early to jog. Hear more from Rick Violette.

  • Tale Of Verve winning a MSW at Keeneland April 23.

    Tale of Verve Among 22 Entered for KY Derby

    The Churchill Downs communications department said April 29 that sources confirmed 22 horses have been entered for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) for 3-year-olds going 1 1/4 miles.

  • Lenny's Place: Kentucky Derby Edition

    Lenny Shulman gives his thoughts on the top 20 contenders, interviews Mark Casse about Danzig Moon, and reveals his favorite choice of chewing gum. Presented by Hill 'n' Dale Stallions

  • Thunder Gulch's Kentucky Derby Race Sequence

    Thunder Gulch's Kentucky Derby Race Sequence

    In honor of the 20th anniversary of Thunder Gulch's 1995 Kentucky Derby win, see where each horse was at several crucial points of the race with our interactive slideshow.

  • Victor Espinoza and American Pharoah

    Espinoza Riding High Into Derby

    Fresh off a win in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) aboard California Chrome, Espinoza is back as the rider of American Pharoah, the likely favorite for the 2015 Run for the Roses.

  • Dortmund gallop at Churchill Downs on April 28.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2015-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/i-D296Njd">Order This Photo</a>

    El Kabeir Walks Shedrow, Dortmund Gallops

    Dortmund impressed Baffert in his first gallop over the track, as International Star and Mubtaahij also took a spin April 28. El Kabeir stayed in the shedrow but will train April 29 according to trainer John Terranova.

  • American Pharoah
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    American Pharoah Forges Way to Zayat's Heart

    While Zayat Stables plans to enter three horses in Saturday's Kentucky Derby including grade II winner El Kabeir, multiple grade I-placed Mr. Z, the homebred American Pharoah is closest to his owner's heart.

  • Latson to Serve as AAEP On Call Vet

    Equine surgeon Keith Latson will represent the American Association of Equine Practitioners' On Call program and assist NBC Sports with horse health information during the May 1-2 live racing telecasts from Churchill Downs.

  • Honor Code faces 9 in the Alysheba Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-SsMgNKF">Order This Photo</a>

    Honor Code Tops Alysheba Lineup

    Lane's End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm's Honor Code will make his long-awaited Churchill Downs debut in the 12th running of the $400,000 Alysheba (Stakes (gr. II) on the May 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) undercard.

  • Sunset Glow will try to get back to the winner's circle in the Edgewood Stakes May 1 at Churchill Downs.

    Sunset Glow Has Class Edge in Edgewood

    Ten Broeck Farm's grade I winner Sunset Glow, runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT), will try to get back to the winner's circle in the $150,000 Edgewood Stakes (gr. IIIT) May 1 at Churchill Downs.

  • Grade I winner Callback

    Baffert Double Tough in Eight Belles

    Much like his two horses in the May 2 Kentucky Derby, trainer Bob Baffert seems to be playing a strong hand in the May 1 Eight Belles with grade I winner Callback and multiple stakes winner Enchanting Lady.

  • Molly Morgan finished second in last year's La Troienne Stakes.

    Molly Morgan Back for 2015 La Troienne Stakes

    After finishing second in last year's La Troienne Stakes (gr. I), Molly Morgan will again try for the first grade I victory of her career in this year's edition of the 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares.