Keyword: Empire Maker

  • Empire Maker, left, will use Jersey Derby as Belmont Stakes prep.

    Empire Maker Entered in Monday's Jersey Derby

    Trainer Bobby Frankel, fearing he may not get enough training in Empire Maker because of the bad weather in the Northeast, has entered Kentucky Derby runner-up Empire Maker in Monday's Jersey Derby at Monmouth Park.

  • Wet Track Delays Dynever Work; Funny Cide Jogs

    With the Belmont track soaked from several days of rain, trainer Christophe Clement has decided to postpone Dynever's work from Friday to either Sunday or Monday. Also scheduled to work Monday is Kentucky Derby runner-up Empire Maker.

  • Funny Cide to Face Talented New Shooters in Belmont

    If Funny Cide sweeps the Triple Crown he will have earned it. Not only is a large field expected for the Belmont Stakes, but several of them will be talented newcomers to the Triple Crown scene, as well as some fresh horses who ran big in the Kentucky Derby.

  • Empire Maker Works Tuesday, Peace Rules Out of Belmont

    Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel said that Peace Rules, fourth in the Preakness (gr. I), appears fine after shipping back to New York. Peace Rules will not compete in the Belmont Stakes, but Frankel will have Derby runner-up Empire Maker fresh for the 1 ½-mile classic.

  • Empire Maker Breezes; Funny Cide Walks Wednesday at Belmont

    Empire Maker breezed four furlongs in :48 3/5 Wednesday. He will skip Saturday's Preakness and train up to the $1 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 7. On the same day Derby winner Funny Cide walked at Belmont Park.

  • Trainer Bobby Frankel.

    Frankel to Go With Peace Rules Only

    Bobby Frankel finally has his Preakness starter confirmed. Frankel informed Pimlico stakes coordinator David Rollinson Sunday morning that Peace Rules will be his only runner in the second leg of the Triple Cown.

  • Kentucky Derby runner-up Empire Maker, awaits Belmont Stakes.

    Empire Maker Will Await Belmont Stakes

    Juddmonte Farms' Empire Maker, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby, will not not run in the Preakness, and will go straight to the Belmont Stakes, trainer Bobby Frankel said Thursday morning.

  • Funny Cide Makes Pimlico Plans; 6 Confirmed

    It appears that Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide will van down to Pimlico from New York on May 14, a day after the New York-bred puts in his final Preakness work. Owner Jack Knowlton informed Maryland Jockey Club officials of his horse's plans for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) Wednesday afternoon.

  • Funny Cide, drawing off to win the Derby.

    The Morning After: No Excuses, On to Baltimore

    One day after Funny Cide upset the Kentucky Derby at odds of nearly 13-1, his trainer said the New York-bred gelding came out of the race unscathed and will move on to Baltimore, Md. to contest the Preakness Stakes on May 17.

  • Overlooked gelding becomes first NY Bred to win Derby.

    Move Over, Clyde!

    Funny Cide, who was beaten just a half-length by Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite Empire Maker in the Wood Memorial (gr. I), sprung the upset Saturday at Churchill Downs. He became the first New York-bred to ever win the Derby and the first gelding to take the roses since Clyde Van Dusen in 1929.

  • Odds tighten as racetime nears.

    Empire Maker Moves to 3-1

    Last year, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite was an incredibly high 6-1. Unlike Harlan's Holiday a year ago, Empire Maker was supposed be lower than 2-1. Well, it doesn't look like that is going to happen.

  • Kentucky Derby Stat Sheet

    If Empire Maker is to win the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), he'll be bucking 52 years of history. This fact and more stats on the First Saturday in May...

  • Frankel, Bailey A True Dynamic Duo

    It's like combining a Rolls Royce and a Mercedes when the rest of the world is represented by Dodge Darts. Bobby Frankel and Jerry Bailey have dominated their respective professions in the new century, and the dynamic duo hook up again Saturday with--and this is no surprise--the overwhelming favorite to win the Kentucky Derby.

  • Vet gives Frankel green light to run Empire Maker in the Derby.

    Frankel Not Worried About Empire Maker's Bruised Foot

    It was learned this morning that Kentucky Derby favorite Empire Maker has been battling a minor foot bruise since his victory in the Wood Memorial. After examining the colt following his 6:45 jog, veterinarian Ken Reed told Frankel the colt should be fine.

  • Florida Derby winner Empire Maker possibly the best bargain in this year's Derby field.

    Some Derby Candidates Auction Bargains; Others Were Expensive

    Probable Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite Empire Maker has never been offered at public auction. He's a homebred who races for Prince Khaled Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms. But most of the Derby candidates have passed through a sale ring at some point in their lives. Some brought hundreds of thousands of dollars, others much less.

  • Whose Name Will Make History?

    When the horses competing in this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) got their names, they had only their pedigree, personality, and their owners' personalities to create for them the perfect title.

  • Midas Eyes wins the Derby Trial, Saturday at Churchill.

    Midas Eyes Kicks Off Frankel's Derby Week

    Midas Eyes kicked off what could be a banner week for trainer Bobby Frankel by posting a 2 ½-length gate-to-wire victory in the $167,400 Derby Trial (gr. III) Saturday at Churchill Downs before an opening day crowd of 14,492.

  • Sir Cherokee, checks out Churchill Downs Thursday.

    Steve Haskin's Kentucky Derby Report: Barbarian at the Gate?

    It was an important morning for Empire Maker and trainer Bobby Frankel, as the Derby favorite went out for his much-anticipated schooling session in the gate. Known for his erratic gate behavior, the son of Unbridled provided a few anxious moments, but in the end passed his test in fine style.

  • Empire Maker Was Bred for Greatness

    Dr. John Chandler, president of Juddmonte Farms, said great things have been expected of Empire Maker since he was a young foal. "He was just an outstanding foal, a great physical specimen, and he's progressed like all great horses," Chandler said Tuesday during an NTRA teleconference.

  • Indian Express, with Dana Barnes up, after the colt's work, Friday at Churchill Downs.

    Indian Express Drills at Churchill; Albarado Named for Offlee Wild

    Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) runner-up Indian Express turned in his first work since arriving at Churchill Downs for Kentucky Derby 129 and jockey Robby Albarado was named to ride Holy Bull (gr. III) winner Offlee Wild in this year's Run for the Roses.

  • Empire Maker, in his stall at Churchill Downs.

    Empire Maker Arrives at Churchill Downs

    Juddmonte Farm's Empire Maker, the strong favorite for the 129th running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), arrived at Churchill Downs Sunday afternoon to continue his preparations for the May 3 race. Several other leading contenders have joined the Wood Memorial winner at the historic track.

  • Jockey Jerry Bailey rides Empire Maker to victory past Funny Cide in the 79th Wood Memorial.

    Empire Maker Proves He's Crown Worthy

    Juddmonte Farms' Empire Maker confirmed his credentials as this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) consensus choice with a calculated half-length victory in Saturday's $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I) in the mud at Aqueduct Park.

  • Florida Derby winner Empire Maker draws outside post for Wood.

    Empire Maker Draws Outside in Wood

    Early Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite Empire Maker will mark his return to the Empire State Saturday in the $750,000 Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) at Aqueduct. He will break from the outside in a field of eight entered for the 1 1/8 mile Derby prep.

  • Wood, Carter Contenders Roll Into Aqueduct

    Empire Maker arrived Wednesday in New York, along with Aldebaran, Congaree, Senor Swinger, and others planning to battle Saturday in the Wood and the Carter.

  • Empire Maker Dominates Derby Futures' Wagering

    Juddmonte Farm's Empire Maker, winner of the Florida Derby (gr. I) and the favorite for next week's Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct, remained a strong favorite to win the 129th Kentucky Derby (GI) as wagering in the third and final pool of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager drew to a close on Sunday evening.

  • Empire Maker, left, and stablemate Midas Eyes in Sunday workouts.

    Empire Maker Puts in Wood Tune-Up

    Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel sent out a slew of his stars, including top sophomores Empire Maker, Peace Rules and Midas Eyes, for workouts at Hollywood Park Sunday morning.

  • Buddy Gil Gets Some Action in KDFW

    Odds on Buddy Gil, winner of the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I,) dropped from 25-1 to 15-1 as Pool 3 wound down Saturday on the eve of the final day for the 2003 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.