Keyword: Flower Alley

  • Roman Ruler Adds Sparkle to Dwyer

    Roman Ruler, one of the West Coast's top juveniles last season, is the likely favorite for Monday's $150,000 Dwyer (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, one of two stakes on Belmont Park's special Independence Day racing program.

  • Roman Ruler, winning the Norfolk last year, may return in the Dwyer Stakes.

    Roman Ruler Turns in Strong Work; May Opt for Dwyer

    Fog City Stable's Roman Ruler, whom trainer Bob Baffert had been pointing for the Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup on July 2, worked six furlongs in a brilliant 1:10 1/5 Monday, and may now switch plans and run in the 1 1/16-mile Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) July 4.

  • Flower Alley, a May 7, 2002, foal.

    Birthday Boys: Dates of Birth Vary for Derby Contenders

    All horses foaled in the Northern Hemisphere have the universal birth date of Jan. 1 as their official age of racing, but not all of this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contenders are actually 3-year-olds as of yet. Who's the oldest? Who's the youngest? Whose birth date is actually Derby day, May 7?

  • Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero, aboard a Todd Pletcher-trained horse at Churchill Downs.

    Hall of Fame Jockey Cordero 'On Vacation' at Churchill Downs

    When horses from the Todd Pletcher barn go to the track at Churchill Downs for morning workouts, one exercise rider attracts more attention than the others. Observers know his face but often ask themselves, "Is that Angel?" The answer is yes, Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr. is exercising horses for Pletcher,

  • Afleet Alex back on track with runaway Arkansas Derby win.

    Afleet Alex A-OK in Arkansas Derby

    Favored Afleet Alex bounced back from the worst race of his career, a last-place finish in the Rebel (gr. III) a month ago, to win the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. II) as much the best Saturday before 71,010 at Oaklawn Park.

  • Rockport Harbor, left, accompanied by trainer John Servis on pony, at Oaklawn Park Wednesday.

    'Rocky 50-50 for Arkansas Derby; Lexington Stakes More Likely

    Rick Porter, owner of Rockport Harbor, said that although the colt is doing much better after suffering his third setback of the year, he is 50-50 at best to make the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. II), and that the April 23 Lexington Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland appears to be the more likely spot at this time."

  • Did sealed track play into Flower Alley's hand in Lane's End Stakes?

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Visibility Zero

    The Twin Spires are out there somewhere. We should see them once the fog lifts. The crystal clear path that once was the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail is no more. No matter how we analyze, theorize, or just plain romanticize, we all meet this time every year at the same crossroads, with no idea in which direction we're heading.

  • Flower Alley, with jockey Jorge Chavez up, leads Wild Desert (3) and Magna Graduate (2) to the finish line to win the Lane's End Stakes, Saturday at Turfway Park.

    Pletcher's Flower Alley Blooms in Lane's End

    One race after watching his Proud Accolade flop as the heavy favorite in the Rushaway, trainer Todd Pletcher's inexperienced Flower Alley surprised his rivals in the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds Saturday at muddy Turfway Park.