Keyword: Kentucky Derby

  • Three Rules works with Luis Saez aboard

    Three Rules Fires Florida Bullet

    Three Rules worked five furlongs in :58.91 and Beasley worked four furlongs in :48.11, both firing the bullet for their respective distances Feb. 24 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Mont Saint Legame wins 2016 Cattleya Sho

    Japanese Runners Vie for Kentucky Derby Spot

    Fifteen 3-year-olds, including one owned by Sheikh Mohammed, are set for the Hyacinth Stakes Feb. 19 at Tokyo Racecourse, which carries a qualifying opportunity to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).

  • Bourbon Empire (left) finished third in the 2016 Notebook Stakes

    Bourbon Empire Added to Early TC Nominees

    Because of a clerical error, Bourbon Lane Stable's Bourbon Empire was inadvertently omitted from the original list of 3-year-olds made eligible during the early nomination phase to compete in the 2017 Triple Crown.

  • Inside the Kentucky Derby Trail

    What better way to bring color to winter than to envision roses in bloom on the first Saturday in May, scented green leaves adorning glasses of mint juleps, and the famed Twin Spires piercing a bright cerulean sky.

  • Stakes and Chops

    There have been many, myself included, who were shocked by the Graded Stakes committee's decision to downgrade two of the most historic Kentucky Derby preps, the Wood Memorial and Blue Grass Stakes, from grade I to grade II.

  • John Oxley  - Keeneland, October 12, 2016

    Oxley Makes Pledge to Grayson-Jockey Club

    John C. Oxley, the owner of Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Classic Empire, has pledged to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation 1% of the owner's share of any grade I wins by the colt from now through the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Firing Line

    Derby Runner-Up Firing Line Retired

    Arnold Zetcher's Firing Line, runner-up to eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in last year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been retired from racing. A stud deal has not yet been arranged.

  • Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Classic Empire is the 6-1 second choice in the first Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool

    KY Derby Future Wager Pool 1 Closes

    The pari-mutuel field of "all other 3-year-olds" closed as the 6-5 favorite in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW). Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Classic Empire was the 6-1 second choice.

  • Mont Saint Legame wins the 2016 Cattleya Sho

    Mont Saint Legame in Kentucky Derby Picture

    Mont Saint Legame tracked the pace in the Nov. 26 Cattleya Sho at Tokyo Racecourse, went by outside the leader in mid-straight, and claimed a 1 1/4-length victory, becoming the leading Japanese contender for the 2017 Kentucky Derby.

  • Classic Empire won Breeders' Cup Juvenile earlier this month

    Classic Empire Top Individual in Derby Future

    While the ever-popular "all others" is the morning-line favorite for the first of four 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) pools, Classic Empire is the favorite among individual choices in the wager that opens its four-day run Thanksgiving Day.

  • Churchill Downs (Coady Photography)

    Oaks, Derby Ticket Prices Increased

    Churchill Downs announced Nov. 17 it will increase walk-up general admission and advanced purchase pricing for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Monarchos' Greatness Was Cut Way Too Short

    Monarchos was not your average Kentucky Derby winner. He and his training team of John Ward, who was listed trainer, and his wife Donna paved new ground in how to prepare a horse to win the Derby.

  • Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos passed away at age 18

    Kentucky Derby Winner Monarchos Dies

    John C. Oxley's 2001 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Monarchos died the morning of Oct. 22, after displaying signs of internal discomfort Oct. 21 and undergoing emergency surgery to repair a ruptured intestine. He was 18.

  • Calvin Borel to Come Out of Retirement

    Hall of Fame rider Calvin Borel, who retired in March, will return to the saddle Aug. 27 at Ellis Park in western Kentucky. The three-time Kentucky Derby (gr. I)-winning rider has 5,146 career wins.

  • Kentucky Derby week revenue increased this year

    CDI Reports 27% Increase in Net Income

    Continued growth in the week leading up to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) fueled an increase in earnings for the racing segment of Churchill Downs Inc. in the second quarter of 2016.

  • Peter Callahan

    TOBA July Member of the Month

    Whether in partnerships or solo, Peter J. Callahan has a finger in every equine pot. Most recently, three-year-old colt Collected (whom he co-bred with historic Runnymede Farm of Paris, Kentucky) made a splash on this year’s Derby trail.

  • Suddenbreakingnews at Churchill Downs

    The Twisting Tale of Suddenbreakingnews

    Suddenbreakingnews, a Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contender who recently had his sex status changed from gelding to ridgling, might still be considered a gelding had he not contested any of the Triple Crown races.

  • 1968 Derby results cover of The Blood-Horse

    BH 100: Long and Bumpy Ride

    The official winner of the 1968 Kentucky Derby never wore the blanket of roses. He never stood in the winner’s circle to have his photo taken for posterity.

  • Racing at Churchill Downs

    Churchill Downs Bumps Overnight Purses 4%

    Because of an increase in pari-mutuel revenue from Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week business, Churchill Downs June 1 said it will increase overnight purses by 4% for the remainder of its spring meet, which ends July 2.

  • Derby Runner-Up Commanding Curve Retired

    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.

  • Gun Runner Will Not Run in Preakness

    Steve Asmussen officially took Gun Runner, the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner who finished third in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), out of consideration for the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) the morning of May 17.

  • Cherry Wine Steady in Preakness Work

    Graded stakes-placed Cherry Wine turned in a typically steadfast move in preparation for his expected start in the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), working five furlongs May 14 in a handy 1:01 3/5 at Churchill Downs.

  • Nyquist - Pimlico, May 13, 2016

    Nyquist Stretches Legs in Pimlico Gallop

    The undefeated Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner, who was ridden by exercise rider Jonny Garcia, backtracked with a pony to the top of the first turn before reversing direction and galloping approximately a mile May 13.