Zayat Stables' American Pharoah continued his preparation for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) by galloping 1 1/2 miles over the Churchill Downs main track May 31 with exercise rider Jorge Alvarez in the irons.
With only a week until the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I), Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah stepped up his training May 30 with a 1 1/2-mile gallop on the Churchill Downs main track.
Alsvid carried on with his winning ways May 30 at Churchill Downs, upsetting the season debut of Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Work All Week in the $100,000 Aristides Stakes (gr. I).
The Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner had a schooling session in the Churchill Downs starting gate and resumed galloping around the one-mile oval May 29.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner American Pharoah returned to the Churchill Downs racetrack May 28 for a clockwise jog once around the mile oval.
The quality that American Pharoah brings to the table--the quality trainer Bob Baffert believes could help him sweep the Triple Crown--is the colt's smooth stride.
Trainer Dale Romans said May 28 that Bill Cubbedge's Molly Morgan has been retired from racing because of a hairline fracture in one of her sesamoids.
Work All Week was the king of midwest sprinters last year. In the Breeders' Cup, he defeated defending Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Secret Circle and two-time Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) winner Private Zone.
Donegal Racing's Keen Ice, who finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) in his previous start, breezed six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 on a fast track at Churchill Downs May 27.
Dual classic winner American Pharoah impressed trainer Bob Baffert and onlookers at Churchill Downs the morning of May 26 when the colt breezed four furlongs in :48 in preparation for the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
- By Ron Mitchell
Trainer Bob Baffert, after dual classic winner American Pharoah worked. watch video
Whispering Oaks Farm's Street Story easily went by favored Spring Included to take the $100,000 Winning Colors Stakes (gr. III) May 25 at Churchill Downs.
Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah continued his training for the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) by galloping 1 1/4 miles on a sloppy Churchill Downs main track May 25.
American Pharoah gets bath after galloping over a sloppy track on May 25, 2015 at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Belmont Stakes. watch video
A field of 10 fillies and mares is set for the $100,000 Winning Colors Stakes (gr. III) May 25 at Churchill Downs.
Unbeaten Promise Me Silver breezed five furlongs at her Churchill Downs base May 22 ahead of her expected bid in the $750,000 Acorn Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies June 6 at Belmont Park.
Michele and Cliff Love's Xtra Luck took over from pacesetter Majestic Harbor in early stretch and held his command for a comfortable win in the $100,000 Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) May 23 at Churchill Downs
American Pharoah continued his preparations for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) by galloping 1 3/16 miles on the Churchill Downs main track under regular exercise rider Jorge Alvarez May 23.
The homebred son of Pioneerof the Nile galloped 1 3/16 miles over the Churchill Downs main track May 22 at 8:30 a.m. EDT following the renovation break with exercise rider Jorge Alvarez up.
It was a busy day for trainer Todd Pletcher at Belmont Park the morning of May 22 as three of his hopefuls for the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) worked at the New York oval.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs. watch video
Trainer Paul McGee also has the $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational (gr. II), a 1 1/2-mile dirt race on the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) undercard, under consideration.
American Pharoah returned to the track Thursday, May 21 for the first time since Saturday's seven-length Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) romp in the slop at Pimlico Race Course.
Claire Novak tells us how American Pharoah exited the Preakness Stakes, the plan for American Pharoah to prep for the Belmont Stakes, and when he will ship to Belmont Park. watch video
Zayat Stables' American Pharoah, dominating winner of the May 16 Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I), came out of the race in good order and will ship to Churchill Downs May 18 to prepare for his bid for the Triple Crown.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) participants Frosted and Keen Ice breezed May 15 at Belmont Park and Churchill Downs, respectively, in their first workouts since the Run for the Roses.
Winchell Thoroughbreds homebred Untapable, winner of last year's Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), breezed five furlongs May 11, and on May 14 was shipped to Belmont Park to prepare for the Ogden Phipps Handicap.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said "those two looked good" after watching American Pharoah and Dortmund train at Churchill Downs the morning of May 12.
Trainer Bob Baffert said May 11 he was pleased with the morning activity of American Pharoah and Dortmund at Churchill Downs as they prepare for the May 16 Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Mubtaahij, eighth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), put in his final work over the Churchill Downs main track the morning of May 10 before shipping to Belmont Park May 12.
Tale of Verve entered the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) picture after a five-furlong work in 1:00 2/5 May 10 at Churchill Downs, and Zayat Stables' Mr. Z was withdrawn from consideration.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner American Pharoah galloped 1 3/16 miles after the morning renovation break at Churchill Downs.
American Pharoah and Dortmund, stablemates who finished first and third, respectively, in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), returned to the track at Churchill Downs May 7 for the first time since Saturday's Run for the Roses.
Materiality, Carpe Diem, and Competitive Edge are being considered by Todd Pletcher for the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 16 at Pimlico Race Course.
NBC Sports reported that its live coverage of the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on NBC averaged 16 million viewers, up 4% from 15.3 million last year, according to information from The Nielsen Company.
Kentucky Derby winner Ahmed Zayat lauds Churchill Downs' improvements for owners. read blog
Workouts of note May 4 included last year's 3-year-old champion filly Untapable and grade I winner Lea, who both worked in Kentucky.
American Pharoah, the 5-2 favorite, outduels Firing Line to win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 2 at Churchill Downs. The win is the fourth for trainer Bob Baffert.
NBC Sports said the May 2 telecast of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs registered a 10.8/24 overnight household rating and share, the highest since it first broadcast the race in 2001.
Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes feeds carrots to American Pharoah a day after his classic win in the Kentucky Derby. watch video
Trainer Bob Baffert meets the press the day after American Pharoah's win in the Kentucky Derby. watch video
Trainer Bob Baffert, who won his fourth Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 2, said the feeling of winning the classic at Churchill Downs for the fourth time was different than in the past.
All-sources pari-mutuel handle on the 13-race Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) program May 2 totaled a record $194.3 million, up 4% from $186.6 million in 2014, Churchill Downs Inc. said.
In a change of tone from last year's, this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I)-winning owner Ahmed Zayat complimented the Churchill Downs hospitality toward owners.
Donegal Racing and Rockingham Ranch's Finnegans Wake returned from California in winning form to capture the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) May 2 at Churchill Downs.
Private Zone won the $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes (gr. II) Saturday, May 2 at the Louisville oval, holding off a stretch challenge from Nates Mineshaft. Bayern struggled in his 2015 debut.
Dame Dorothy earned her first grade I victory May 2 and did so with distinction, running down game champion Judy the Beauty and surprisingly tough 18-1 pacesetter Moonlit Stroll in the $300,000 Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I).
Gunpowder Farms' 3-year-old son of Kitten's Joy wins his first graded stakes in his third lifetime start in the 1 1/16-mile turf event at Churchill Downs May 2.
Competitive Edge preserved his perfect record May 2 despite time on the sidelines, charging to victory in the $200,000 Pat Day Mile (gr. III) at Churchill Downs to make it four in a row.
Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Lovely Maria shipped back to Keeneland shortly after her May 1 victory and came out of the race in good order, trainer Larry Jones said May 2.
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