Churchill Downs will give 200 people a low-cost pathway to the excitement of Thoroughbred racehorse ownership with the 2017 Churchill Downs Racing Club.
They were there to roast their mentor, but by the end of the night April 17 at the Keeneland sales pavilion, the seven prominent trainers who cut their teeth under legendary D. Wayne Lukas ended up toasting their former boss.
Multiple grade I winner Forever Unbridled and stablemate Tom's Ready were declared "happy and healthy" by trainer Dallas Stewart after each threw down their final works at Churchill Downs Oct. 26 in advance of their expected Breeders' Cup runs.
Charles Fipke’s Forever Unbridled, the 3-5 favorite, swept to the lead turning for home and won Belmont Park’s Beldame Stakes (gr. I) by open lengths. Tiger Ride was second.
Shadwell Stables' Mohaymen, looking to rebound from his fourth-place finish as the favorite in the July 30 Jim Dandy (gr. II), post a bullet half-mile breeze at Saratoga Aug. 19 in his final serious move before Travers (gr. I) Aug. 27.
Tom's Ready, winner of the Woody Stephen Stakes (gr. II) in June, will stand at Spendthrift Farm upon his retirement following an agreement with owner GMB Racing to acquire the breeding rights to the son of More Than Ready.
Chuck Fipke has had great success hitting the board in classic races with longshot maiden winners Tale of Verve and Golden Soul, and will try that formula again in the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Charles Fipke homebred Forever d'Oro is under consideration for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I), according to trainer Dallas Stewart, following his maiden victory May 29 at Belmont Park.
West Point Thoroughbreds' Commanding Curve has been retired from racing and will begin retraining for a second career with Olympic level three-day event rider Phillip Dutton, according to a May 24 release.
Expect some "Who Dat" chants from the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) crowd May 7 as supporters of Gayle and Tom Benson's Mo Tom and Tom's Ready try to bring some Mardi Gras to Louisville's biggest party.
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.
Churchill Downs had its first special training session for 2016 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) horses April 23, with Fellowship, Brody's Cause, and Tom's Ready among those to work.
Charles Fipke's homebred Forever Unbridled claimed her third straight graded score and first at the top level April 15 in the $600,000 Apple Blossom (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park.
G M B Racing’s Tom’s Ready continued his preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a five-furlong breeze in 1:01 3/5 and a gallop out to six furlongs in 1:15 2/5 on a fast track April 14 at Churchill Downs.
Tom's Ready fired a warning shot in the form of a five-furlong bullet in 1:00 flat Saturday Feb. 6 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Forever Unbridled continued her recent run of good form Jan. 30, taking over from pacesetter and defending race winner Cassatt to claim the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic (gr. III) at Sam Houston Race Park.
Treated for a suspensory issue and osselets at Rood & Riddle, the 5-year-old daughter of Tapit returned in her second start off the layup to win the Dec. 13 She's All In Handicap. Her connections hope for another win Jan. 30.
Mo Tom used a sustained run through the long Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots stretch to secure a victory in the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 16.
Set to make her fifth consecutive graded stakes start and first in New York, Charles Fipke's Forever Unbridled will face nine challengers in the $300,000 Comely Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 28 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Keen Ice, who will train up to the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), went a half in :51 1/5 for trainer Dale Romans, while Dallas Stewart trainee Tale of Verve went five furlongs in 1:01 2/5.
After knocking on the door of grade I company last year, Unbridled Forever finally broke through when making her second start of the season Aug. 29 in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.
Texas Red led a busy slate of workers bound for the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I) the morning of Aug. 22, when he breezed four furlongs in :46.66 over the main track at Saratoga Race Course.
Tale of Verve, runner-up in the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 16, put in his first work over Saratoga's main track Aug. 16 in preparation for the $1.25 million Travers (gr. I) Aug. 29.
Tale of Verve, runner-up to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the May 16 Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I), arrived at Saratoga Race Course this week to train for a possible start in the Aug. 29 Travers (gr. I).
The $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. I), to be held Aug. 1 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort, has attracted 60 nominees, track officials said July 22.
Tale of Verve, runner-up to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I), continued to progress toward the Aug. 1 West Virginia Derby with a five-furlong workout at Churchill Downs
Charles Fipke's homebred Golden Soul, who was second in the 2013 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), will ship west for the first time for the $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 28 at Santa Anita Park.
As if American Pharoah did not have enough going for him in his quest for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I), there was a torrential downpour early with more rain forecast for later.
Chuck Fipke has traveled the world many times over searching for precious metals, and this weekend he will mine Belmont Park looking for something equally as valuable -- a classic win for his homebred Tale of Verve.
Trainer Dallas Stewart talks about Belmont Stakes contender Tale of Verve after the post position draw. Watch Video
Trainer Dallas Stewart talks about Belmont Stakes contender Tale of Verve after the post position draw.
Trainer Dallas Stewart hopes to improve off a second place Preakness Stakes finish with the Belmont Stakes. watch video
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) hopeful Tale of Verve took to the Belmont Park main track May 30 to log his final breeze in advance of the $1.5 million race June 6.
Trainer Dallas Stewart could not have been more pleased with the appearance of Tale of Verve May 24, as he watched the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) runner-up grazing outside his barn.
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.
After a second-place finish in the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I), longshot runner Tale of Verve is headed to New York for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Trainer Dallas Stewart discusses his confidence in late Kentucky Derby entrant Tale of Verve. Watch Video
Forever Unbridled, out of 2006 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Lemons Forever, makes the gate for this year's Oaks. Her full sister, Unbridled Forever, was third in the race last year.
Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contenders Angela Renee and Eskenformoney got in their final works April 24; trainer Todd Pletcher moved the works of multiple Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hopefuls up a day due to pending rain.
The $200,000 Indiana Oaks (gr. II) has drawn a field of 11 fillies vying for grade II status going 1 1/16 miles Oct. 4.
Trainer Christophe Clement proclaimed Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist ready for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) after the colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01.88 over the Oklahoma training track Aug. 16.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist turned in his first breeze Aug. 9 since finishing second in the July 26 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II), covering five furlongs in 1:03.36 over the Oklahoma training track.
Repole Stable's Stopchargingmaria took over rounding the far turn and drew off to an impressive five-length victory over Unbridled Forever in the TVG Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course July 20.
West Point Thoroughbreds hopes to land its first classic win when Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve tackles the Belmont Stakes and tries to spoil the Triple Crown bid of California Chrome.
Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve grazes Monday, June 2 at Belmont Park. watch video
Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve grazes Monday, June 2 at Belmont Park.
California Chrome isn't likely to run a clunker in the Belmont Stakes, but the distance could be a key factor, say rival trainers Billy Gowan and Dallas Stewart.
West Point Thoroughbreds' Commanding Curve, second in the Kentucky Derby last out, breezed five furlongs at Churchill Downs May 23 as he continues to prepare for the upcoming Belmont Stakes.
West Point Thoroughbreds' Commanding Curve, second in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) to California Chrome, will target a run in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), his connections said May 5.
Trainer Dallas Stewart is asked about his Kentucky Oaks draw by Esther Marr. Dallas explains what it would be like to win the Kentucky Oaks again.
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