Lenny Shulman updates the news of the day, including the first track appearances for Gemologist, El Padrino, and Take Charge Indy, and the arrival of Hansen. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm. Watch Video
Lenny Shulman talks with trainer Mike Maker about Hansen, 2-year-old Juvenile champion, and one of the Kentucky Derby favorites. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm. Watch Video
Lenny Shulman talks with Calvin Borel about his Derby mount, Take Charge Indy. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm. Watch Video
Zayat Stable's Bodemeister, the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) winner, drew post 6 and was made the 4-1 morning line favorite for the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Doubles Partner, third in the April 13 Makers 46 Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland after an unfortunate trip, returns to one of his favorite grass courses for the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill May 5.
Mine That Bird, winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum Brands (gr. I) and living in retirement in New Mexico, is a half brother to 2012 Derby hopeful Dullahan.
Despite being undefeated and with powerful connections, Gemologist is not garnering all the attention one might expect entering the May 5 Kentucky Derby.
Hansen, the 2011 champion 2-year-old male who is one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), settled in at Churchill Downs in late morning May 2.
An overflow field of 21 passed the entry box the morning of May 2 for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Based on graded stakes earnings, only 20 can start May 5.
Trainer Kiaran McLauglin sent Godolphin Racing's Alpha to the gate to school May 2 in preparation for the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas talks about Optimizer, now in the Derby field. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm. Watch Video
Let's Go Stable's El Padrino and WinStar Farm's Gemologist, both trained by Todd Pletcher, arrived by van at Churchill Downs in late morning May 1 following a flight from South Florida.
It's one day away from the dreaded draw, that simple tradition that can have even the most hardened racetracker shuddering in fear and apprehension. read blog
The withdrawal of Mark Valeski, which allows Optimizer to run, Rousing Sermon's work, gallops from Alpha, Went the Day Well, Trinniberg, and Prospective, new arrivals, and more. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm. Watch Video
Both Proud Citizen and Empire Maker have shot at Derby/Oaks Double. read blog
Daddy Long Legs was foaled and raised at John and Susan Sykes' Woodford Thoroughbreds.
They might not win, but they could hit the board at long odds read blog
Cal-bred Rousing Sermon, trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, was the last and lone Derby worker May 1 at Churchill Downs. Jockey Jose Lezcano aboard the son of Lucky Pulpit for the first time.
Brereton C. Jones' homebred Mark Valeski was declared out of the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) the morning of May 1.
Derby contender Union Rags is bathed at Churchill Downs, May 1. watch video
Lexington-based Horse Racing Radio Network will launch 16 hours of live on-site Kentucky Derby coverage from Churchill Downs beginning May 2 with the return of the network's Derby Countdown show.
Julien Leparoux discusses his thoughts on Union Rags and the Kentucky Derby 138 field. watch video
Trainer Mike Harrington called Creative Cause's workout "perfect in my book" after the gray/roan colt covered a half-mile in :47 4/5 at Churchill Downs April 30 over a fast track.
Churchill Downs announced it has partnered with TwinSpires.com to offer guaranteed Pick 6 pools for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
NBC Sports Group will present 27 1/2 hours of Triple Crown coverage as it adds Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey to its team.
Trinniberg has never raced farther than seven furlongs. He might be the best 3-year-old sprinter in the land. But according to his owner, Shivananda Parbhoo, the son of Teuflesberg has the ability to go long.
Daddy Long Legs, winner of the UAE Derby (UAE-II) in his only start this year, had his final piece of work at Ballydoyle, Sunday, April 29, and will be flown to Kentucky on May 1.
Lenny Shulman talks about the final Derby work outs for Creative Cause, Liaison, Daddy Nose Best, Sabercat and Mark Valeski. Daddy Long Legs works today across the Ocean and of course the weather forecast! watch video
Not long after Churchill Downs opened for training April 30, trainer Steve Asmussen sent out his two Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) hopefuls for their final workouts.
Hansen enjoys a nice roll in the sand pit leading up to the Kentucky Derby. watch video
Arnold Zetcher's Liaison, winner of the 2011 CashCall Futurity (gr. I), breezed five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 under jockey Martin Garcia at Churchill Downs April 30 in preparation for the May 5 Kentucky Derby.
It was a warm, humid day at Churchill Downs on Monday, April 30, and the track was fast as a handful of contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands went through their final workouts.
Trainer Larry Jones did not commit to a potential start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) for Brereton C. Jones' homebred Mark Valeski after the colt breezed five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 at Churchill Downs.
Barry Irwin comments on Kentucky Derby 137 and Went the Day Well who is set to run in Derby 138. watch video
The Kentucky Derby trail and short memories go hand in hand. Remember when Mark Valeski was the next up-and-coming star, grabbing everyone's attention with his gutsy nose defeat to El Padrino in the Risen Star? read blog
Trainer Larry Jones says a workout by Mark Valeski will determine whether the Proud Citizen colt will be entered in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Eric Mitchell updates us on track conditions, the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby works for Bodemeister, Optimizer, Jemima's Pearl and Believe You Can. watch video
After watching Optimizer work at Churchill Downs April 29, trainer D. Wayne Lukas expressed confidence in the colt's potential in the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Bodemeister worked a strong five furlongs in :59.48 April 29 on a muddy but firm Churchill Downs track.
Trainer Mike Harrington bought Creative Cause sight unseen.
Trainer and Mike Maker and Thoroughbred owner Harvey Diamond have been down the Derby trail together...but this time they mean it.
Santa Anita Derby one-two-finishers arrived in good shape at Churchill Downs April 28.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender Done Talking zipped five furlongs in a bullet 1:01 at Laurel Park April 28.
Chadds Ford Stable's Union Rags turned in a sharp half-mile work April 28 and galloped out so strongly the clockers gave him a five-furlong work in :59 4/5. Jockey Julien Leparoux was aboard the son of Dixie Union.
Donegal Racing's Dullahan turned in what trainer Dale Romans called a maintenance work at Churchill Downs April 28, going five furlongs in 1:01 1/5.
The Tampa Bay Derby winner went five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 at Churchill Downs April 28.
Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner I'll Have Another completed his major preparation for the 2012 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a six-furlong drill at Betfair Hollywood Park April 27.
Chadds Ford Stable's Union Rags galloped 1 1/2 miles April 27 on his first tour of the track at Churchill Downs this year. He is scheduled to breeze April 28, depending on the weather.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
The style of victory of Empire Maker's son Bodemeister in the Arkansas Derby raised the possibility that his sire is not yet done with North America's premier classic.
A quick look at pedigrees for the top 20 Derby contenders with links to their TrueNicks reports. read blog
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