Rocket Heat led virtually the whole way and blasted to victory in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint on the Longines Kentucky Oaks undercard at Churchill Downs May 6.
Curalina returned to her grade I form May 6 at Churchill Downs, where she drew off to an easy victory in the $300,000 La Troienne Stakes (gr. I) presented by Spirited Funds.
Carina Mia, the 3-5 favorite, ran to her backing while drawing clear in the seven-furlong Eight Belles Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies May 6 at Churchill Downs.
Claire Novak introduces us to the horses who help out our Kentucky Derby contenders. Meet the Kentucky Derby ponies Satire, Harley, Smokey, Chester, and Red.
Big Blue Kitten, the champion older turf male of 2015, headlines a field of 13 for the 29th running of the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) May 7 at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Doug O'Neill said he's confident in the training strategy he has employed with Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist, who did a little more than jog the morning of May 5 at Churchill Downs.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will almost triple the number of veterinarians it has on a typical race day to assist with the two biggest programs of the year May 6-7 at Churchill Downs.
Champion Nyquist drew post 13 and was tabbed the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) during the May 4 post position draw at Churchill Downs.
Salutos Amigos facing Kobe's Back again
A full gate of 14 is set for the Pat Day Mile (gr. III) May 7, Kentucky Derby (gr. I) day at Churchill Downs. The one-turn-mile event for 3-year-olds is slated as race 10 and goes for a purse of $250,000.
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Susan Magnier's multiple graded-stakes winner Taris will cut back in distance after a strong effort in a 1 1/8-mile grade I stakes in California when she starts in the $300,000 Humana Distaff (gr. I) May 7.
"On the biggest day of the year in horse racing, we’re proud to showcase the best horse we’ve ever trained,” Norm Casse said of May 7 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIT) contender Tepin.
Nyquist jogged two miles, schooled in the paddock and in the gate, largely without incident.
The three trainers of Louisiana Derby (gr. II) runners expected to start in the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) are confident the six weeks between races will not be a problem for their horses.
AJ Suited Racing Stable's Power Alert (AUS) looks to become the first repeat winner of the $150,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint Presented by TwinSpires.com (gr. IIIT) when he faces 12 rivals including grade I winner Hootenanny May 6 at Churchill Downs.
Eagle, Noble Bird, and Majestic Harbor have taken turns beating one another.
Carina Mia came up short in points for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Nickname's connections opted not to run, but both graded winners will still be prominent on Oaks Day in the $200,000 Eight Belles Stakes (gr. II) May 6 at Churchill Downs.
Grade I winners Curalina, Sheer Drama, and Angela Renee will seek to enhance their reputations in the $300,000 La Troienne Stakes (gr. I) on the May 6 Kentucky Oaks card at Churchill Downs.
Groom Elias Anaya is in charge of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite Nyquist and has a long history with America's greatest race.
Is the points system for entry to the Kentucky Derby altering the pace of the race?
Trainer Tom Amoss believes jockey Corey Lanerie is a great fit for Mo Tom in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist was strong May 3, in his first gallop over the Louisville track.
Full field of 14, plus one also-eligible, entered for May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks
Koji Maeda’s Lani turned in the only work of the day by Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders May 3 when the Japanese-owned and –trained colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01.
Thirstforlife to make first start in Churchill Downs stakes.
Ed Stanco, whose Princess of Sylmar took him on a magical journey three years ago including a victory in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), is back in the race this year with Mo d'Amour.
Trainer Steve Asmussen's four Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) hopefuls had easy, half-mile workouts before the renovation break May 2 at Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs Racetrack and Levy Restaurants, the track's hospitality partner and on-track dining provider since 2001, have agreed to a 10-year contract extension.
While Carina Mia will need a lot of help to make the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) field, her connections are confident the grade II winner will run well in whatever race she ultimately enters.
Claire Novak updates us from the backside of Churchill Downs on Mor Spirit with Gary Stevens aboard, Gun Runner, Creator, Cathryn Sophia, Carina Mia, Majesto, and Lani.
Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner Gun Runner completed his major work before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with an easy half-mile breeze May 2 at Churchill Downs.
"I feel that he's in a position where he's going to run his race, and we'll see if he's good enough," Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said.
Treadway Racing Stable's Adventist, who remains in the 22nd spot on the Road to the Kentucky Derby points list, remains "ready for anything," trainer Leah Gyarmati said May 1.
Unbeaten champion Nyquist, the clear-cut early favorite for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), got his first tour of the main track at Churchill Downs May 1 after arriving from Keeneland April 30.
Claire Novak comes to us from Churchill Downs for updates on Nyquist, Exaggerator, Brody's Cause, Gun Runner, Creator and more!
Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman's Toews On Ice took command at the head of the stretch and cruised home by two lengths over Entertainer to win the second running of the William Walker Stakes April 30 at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Wesley Ward has entered three winning fillies against males in the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes Thursday, May 5 at Churchill Downs.
"I don't know if I'm still taking it in, it's still sinking in that we're here," Desormeaux said. "It is one of those subconscious goals that all trainers hope to achieve, but now that I'm here it's just a culmination of what we've put in."
Trainer Doug O’Neill said Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist “looked good and sound” April 30, a day after his one-mile breeze at Keeneland in his final prep for the May 7 classic and his van trip to Churchill Downs.
Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) winner Weep No More delivers consistency in her workouts, which is just fine with trainer Rusty Arnold.
Although only one of his horses is currently among the 20 horses with sufficient points for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Dale Romans sent Brody’s Cause and Cherry Wine out for workouts the morning of April 30.
Churchill Downs clockers caught Exaggerator in splits of :12 4/5, :25 1/5, :37 4/5, and :50 2/5, out in 1:15 3/5 and 1:29 3/5.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and Churchill Downs have outlined protocol for medication, drug testing, security, and safety during Kentucky Derby week, including out-of-competition testing and the monitoring of horses.
Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings has a strong three-of-a-kind hand for the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) in Rachel's Valentina, Terra Promessa, and Royal Obsession.
Pletcher said he is in a good place with his contenders coming into the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Several contenders for the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) turned in works over a fast Churchill Downs main track April 29.
Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Mohaymen was clocked in splits of :12 3/5, :23 4/5, :and 35 2/5, with a five-furlong gallop out in 1:00 4/5. Shagaf also worked for Shadwell and trainer Chad Brown.
In advance of what it anticipates will be another successful Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week, Churchill Downs Inc. April 28 reported net income of $2.8 million for the first quarter of 2016.
With rain in the forecast for the weekend, many trainers of contenders for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) opted to get in their final works Friday, April 29, at Churchill Downs.
There are ample longshots in every running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), but one scheduled to make his way into the gate at Churchill Downs May 7 is unique.
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