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  • Z Fortune pulls away to score his first graded stakes victory in the LeComte.

    Z Fortune Moves up in LeComte

    Zayat Stables' Z Fortune put himself near the top of trainer Steve Asmussen's 3-year-old list when he came from off the pace to take the $100,000 LeComte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Jan. 12.

  • Commentary: Woe(Whoa?) is Fairmount

    <i>By - Kathy Kranz</i> - Last year I was privileged -- yes, privileged -- to witness Lawyer Ron winning the inaugural St. Louis Derby. But the 2006 running was the one and only, the first and last, the alpha and the omega St. Louis Derby.

  • NYRA Unveils 2008 Stakes Schedule

    The New York Racing Association released its 2008 stakes schedule Dec. 12, following approval by NYRA's board of trustees at its monthly meeting. The New York State Racing and Wagering Board still must give its approval, a standard procedure.

  • Belmont morning line favorite Curlin arrives at Belmont.&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%3D1358911%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Seven Entered for Saturday's Belmont

    Slew's Tizzy and Hard Spun, who figure to be the pacesetters in the June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), drew next to each other at the post position draw Wednesday morning at Belmont Park. Curlin, the classic-winning morning line favorite in the seven-horse field, drew post three.

  • Commentary: Huddle Up

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - Never having been in such a position, Gallion had trouble putting a value on Curlin...

  • Charmin and Sheets

    <i>By Bill Nack</i> - The Derby, unique and demanding, requires that a horse be absolutely dead fit to win it.

  • Street Sense breaks the juvenile jinx and wins the Derby!&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%3D1131280%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    It All Makes Sense in Kentucky Derby

    The jinx has been broken. Calvin Borel and Street Sense won the $2.2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) Saturday, the first Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner to return at 3 and win the Derby.

  • Derby Day Morning Line

    Standing outside the Gold Room on the sixth floor of the clubhouse of Churchill Downs is Lisa Underwood. Underwood is the executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.

  • Muggy Oaks Day, Rain Has Arrived

    As the gates opened at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks day, the key was not the field for the race but the weather forecast.

  • 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

  • Last year&#39;s Kentucky Derby winner took the undefeated route to the roses.&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%3D6822%26sequencenum%3D0%26provider_id%3D368%26process%3Dgallery%26page%3Dthumbnails&quot;&gt;Barbaro Photo Gallery&lt;/a&gt;

    Prepping for the Roses

    In a year filled with synthetic surface preps and extended layoffs between races, most of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders are looking to break some kind of trend.

  • 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.

  • Cowtown Cat, here breezing over the Keeneland Polytrack last week, turned in another good work for Todd Pletcher this morning.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://pictopia.com/perl/gal?gallery_id=14779&amp;sequencenum=0&amp;provider_id=368&amp;process=gallery&amp;page=thum target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;&quot;&gt;&lt;/a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://pictopia.com/perl/gal?gallery_id=14779&amp;sequencenum=0&amp;provider_id=368&amp;process=gallery&amp;page=thum&gt;

    Pletcher Pleased with Cowtown Cat Work

    Calling the :58.91 move "as good as a horse could work," trainer Todd Pletcher expressed great pleasure with the five-furlong performance of Cowtown Cat over the Keeneland Polytrack Saturday morning.

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

    Made To Be Broken

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - This year brings us to a couple of tried and tested chapters from the unwritten trainers' manual regarding the Kentucky Derby: the "two-prep" and "unraced juvenile" rules.

  • Delta to Offer Special Flights for Kentucky Derby

    Delta Air Lines will offer customers more than 5,900 additional seats between Louisville and its hubs in Atlanta, Cincinnati, and New York in celebration of the 133rd Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Customers now can book Delta's added Derby flights on delta.com.

  • Barbaro Remains Stable; Casts Changed

    Barbaro remains in stable condition with good vital signs after a restful night, according to a release from the New Bolton Center, where the colt owned by Roy and Gretchen Jackson continues battling laminitis.

  • Jockey Edgar Prado visited Barbaro at the New Bolton Center Tuesday.

    Barbaro Recovering; Jockey Prado Visits

    The tears for Barbaro have all been shed, and now people around the world anxiously await each daily report on the colt's condition. It's been more than a week since Barbaro's horrific injury in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), which set off an outpouring of emotion on a national scale never before seen in Thoroughbred racing.

  • Everyone was all smiles after successful surgery.

    After Successful Surgery, Barbaro's Chances Remain 'Coin Toss'

    Veterinary surgeon Dean Richardson and trainer Michael Matz flashed smiles during a press briefing that followed afternoon-long surgery Sunday to repair the right hind ankle of classic winner Barbaro that was severely injured one day earlier in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico. Barbaro was standing and eating in a recovery stall following the surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa.

  • Barbaro and trainer Michael Matz currently favored to win tomorrow&#39;s Kentucky Derby.

    Early Derby Favorite Barbaro at 5-1

    With nearly $400,000 in the pool, admittedly a small amount compared to what will eventually be wagered to win on the Derby, the favorite is only 6-1.

  • Easy win in Louisville Breeders&#39; Cup H&#39;cap by Oonagh Maccool gives trainer Todd Pletcher his fourth winner in four tries on the day.

    Pletcher Gets Hotter with Oonagh Maccool

    It is Todd Pletcher day at Churchill Downs Friday. When he sent out Oonagh Maccool to an easy win in the $271,000 Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares, the trainer was notching his fourth winner of the day...and that's from four races in which he had runners.

  • Happy Birthday! Foaling Dates of Derby Contenders

    On Monday, did anybody wish Derby contender Seaside Retreat happy birthday? Someone should have, because May 1 was his foaling date. While all horses foaled in the Northern Hemisphere have the universal birth date of Jan. 1 as their official age of racing, not all of this year's contenders are actually 3-year-olds.

  • Forecast for More Rain Derby Week

    Should you adjust your handicapping for this year's Derby to decide who you think might run best on an off track? Well...maybe.

  • Haskin's Weekend Preview: Watch Out for Three Live Ones

    Sure, Brother Derek should win the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I). Yes, you can pick out of a hat in the suddenly depleted Wood Memorial (gr. I), And, of course, Cause to Believe and Sweetnorthernsaint look to be the standouts in the Illinois Derby (gr. II). But it's what comes out of these races that will prove to be more important.

  • Retired Jockey Stevens Signs Contract with NBC

    Retired jockey Gary Stevens has officially joined NBC Sports' broadcasting team, according to his manager, Kelly Weitsma. The Hall of Fame rider finalized a long-term deal with NBC earlier this month, and will co-host the network's horse racing coverage along with broadcasting veteran Tom Hammond.

  • Lane's End Stakes Wide Open Affair

    Saturday's $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II), which was being billed as the stakes debut of undefeated Strong Contender, now has turned into a 12-horse free-for-all with no big-name 3-year-olds.

  • Stevie Wonderboy faces 90-day layoff after Monday morning injury.

    Stevie Wonderboy Suffers Condylar Fracture

    Stevie Wonderboy, champion 2-year-old male and winner of the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), suffered a condylar fracture of the right front leg during a workout Monday morning and has been knocked off the Triple Crown trail, trainer Doug O'Neill said.

  • Afleet Alex&#39;s fleet recovery and subsequent victory in the Preakness provided lasting Triple Crown memory.

    Steve Haskin's Triple Crown Retrospective

    The following is a potpourri of impressions, observations, afterthoughts, and memorable quotes from this year's Triple Crown, which proved to be a pretty wild ride. There was nothing ordinary about the cast of characters and the unusual paths they took to get to Churchill Downs and beyond.

  • Bellamy Road breezing at Churchill Downs during Derby week.

    Bellamy Road Pops Splint

    Bellamy Road, who finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) as the 5-2 favorite, popped a splint Tuesday morning in his left front leg and will miss at least 30 days of training.

  • NBC Releases Derby Broadcast Overnight Ratings

    NBC Sports' broadcast of Giacomo's surprise win at the 131st running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) notched an 8.2 overnight rating and 19 share, slightly down from an 8.3 rating in 2001, 2003, and 2004.

  • Battle Won Rumbles in Churchill Downs 'Cap

    Battle Won, in his second start since running in Hong Kong, drew off to win the $231,000 Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II) by 3 1/2 lengths Saturday at Churchill Downs, the first stakes race on the card that will feature the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Afleet Alex (left) and Bellamy Road, pictured in final Derby works, are early favorites in advance wagering.

    Afleet Alex Favored in Advance Derby Wagering

    Granted, the pool is still small, but the bettors on Kentucky Oaks day pushed more than $380,000 into the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) win pool on Friday. And they made Afleet Alex the favorite over program pick Bellamy Road.

  • Mighty Beau Shows Muscle in Turf Sprint

    Mighty Beau, who just missed last time out in the Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland, easily took the $113,500 Aegon Turf Sprint (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs Friday.

  • Sweet Talker Talks the Talk in Edgewood

    Sweet Talker burst to the lead as the field straightened for home and held off the late charge of Rich in Spirit to win the $112,400 Edgwood Stakes by three-quarters of a length at Churchill Downs Friday.

  • Oaks Day Starts; Weather Gorgeous

    Everyone likes to talk about the Derby gods. Their impact on racing this weekend at Churchill Downs is unknown, but they certainly have blessed the Louisville, Ky. area with nice weather.

  • Derby Forecast Calls for Beautiful Weather

    Trainers of some Kentucky Derby (gr. I) horses were altering plans this past weekend, juggling work schedules to avoid the rain. If the National Weather Service is correct, no one should have to worry come Derby day.

  • San Felipe winner Consolidator will miss the Kentucky Derby due to an injury.

    Consolidator Retired With Fracture

    Bob and Beverly Lewis' Consolidator, winner of the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), has been withdrawn from the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) picture after suffering a fractured sesamoid in his right front ankle. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas confirmed the situation Monday and said Consolidator has been retired.