Keyword: Kentucky Derby

  • Clay model replica of the Barbaro statue which will be created by Alexa King.

    King Selected to Create Barbaro Statue

    Surrounded by images of their deceased colt projected on the walls of the Kentucky Derby Museum, Roy and Gretchen Jackson May 1 announced they have selected equine sculptor Alexa King to create a permanent memorial honoring the 2006 Derby victor.

  • Rene Douglas

    Derby Jockey Profile: Rene Douglas

    The past few years have been the best and worst of times for Rene Douglas. But in spite of personal hardship, the jockey is riding Z Humor in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck and Nora Figliolia.

    Figliolias Breed Derby, Oaks Starters

    Breeders Alfonso and Nora Figliolia of Westbury Stables had seven foals in their crop of 2005. From that small group emerged two horses that are scheduled to run this weekend in Churchill Downs' premier races.

  • Colonel John, shown schooling at Churchill Downs, has impressed Todd Pletcher.

    Pletcher Likes Big Brown, Colonel John

    Trainer Todd Pletcher doesn't have the first, second, or third choice in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). In fact, his horses were assigned odds of 15-1 (Monba) and 20-1 (Cowboy Cal) on the morning line. So, after giving an update on the status of his runners, Pletcher was left to confirm Rick Dutrow Jr.'s confidence in Big Brown during a May 1 press conference at Churchill Downs.

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    Big Brown Gets Easy Work at Churchill

    Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. sent Big Brown for an easy work over the Churchill Downs surface May 1, and the imposing colt looked every bit the Derby favorite as he took to the track under regular exercise rider Michelle Nevin. Big Brown, installed as the 3-1 morning line choice following the April 30 post position draw, went three-eighths in :35 2/5.

  • The Derby Trophy stands watch over the Draw Proceedings.

    Favorite to Break from Post Position 20

    The connections of 3-1 morning-line favorite Big Brown selected the outside 20 post position for the undefeated colt in Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) during the April 30 post position draw held in downtown Louisville.

  • HRTV's Target Louisville - 4/30 (Video)

    HRTV's originally produced show on the Derby contenders. Arrival of Pletchers' horses (Monba and Cowboy Cal), gallops from Big Brown, Gayego, Colonel John, Focus on Adriano - including an interview with trainer Graham Motion, and an Oaks Preview.

  • Sugar Swirl seeks her first grade I victory in the Humana Distaff Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4024847%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Sugar Swirl Could Sweeten Humana Distaff

    Stronach Stables' homebred Sugar Swirl has taken everything trainer Brian Lynch has thrown at her, including four back-to-back stakes races " three of them graded. Now the 5-year-old daughter of Touch Gold seeks her first grade I victory against the likes of Hystericalady, Baroness Thatcher, and Intangaroo in the $300,000 Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I).

  • Michael Iavarone hopes Big Brown does most of the talking come Saturday.

    IEAH Has Big Dreams

    Michael Iavarone, an accomplished investment banker, hopes Big Brown pays big dividends in the Run for the Roses.

  • Visionaire is accompanied from the racetrack by trainer Michael Matz aboard his pony Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs.

    Matz is Quietly Confident in Visionaire

    Things are relatively quiet at the barn of trainer Michael Matz and void of the media buzz that surrounded other such barns as Richard Dutrow and Eoin Harty leading up to Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Corey Nakatani

    Derby Jockey Profile: Corey Nakatani

    Although he has had 13 Kentucky Derby mounts, the winning prize has eluded 38-year-old Corey Nakatani. Not so honors in other racing events, from riding titles at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, Del Mar, and Oak Tree, to seven Breeders' Cup victories.

  • Graham Motion, trainer of Adriano

    Motion Commotion

    Adriano will be providing trainer Graham Motion with his second Kentucky Derby (gr. I) starter. The Cambridge, England, native saddled his first horse in the Run for the Roses in 1998 when Chilito finished 11th.

  • John Velazquez

    Derby Jockey Profile: John Velazquez

    John Velazquez is well-known for his successful partnership with trainer Todd Pletcher, so it is extremely fitting that his Derby contender this year come from Pletcher's stable. Cowboy Cal is Velazquez's mount, and if the jockey improves off his second-place finish aboard Invisible Ink in 2001, he'll have himself a winner.

  • Hillsborough Stakes winner Dreaming of Anna is the one to beat in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIIT).

    Dreaming of Anna Leads CD Distaff Turf

    Frank Calabrese's homebred Dreaming of Anna, winner of the March 15 Hillsborough Stakes (gr. IIIT) in her last start, will be the one to beat when nine older fillies and mares heads postward in the $150,000-added Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIIT).

  • Noonmark looks for his second graded stakes score of the year in the Churchill Downs Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3215430%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Noonmark Eyes Churchill Downs Score

    Noonmark, who dropped down to allowance-optional claiming as late as September of 2007, looks for his second graded stakes score of the year when he takes on eight older horses in the $250,000 Churchill Downs Stakes (gr. II) May 3.

  • Edgar Prado

    Derby Jockey Profile: Edgar Prado

    Who can forget Edgar Prado's winning ride aboard Barbaro in the 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I)? The experience seemed once-in-a-lifetime, but Prado is back this year aboard the H. Graham Motion-trained Adriano seeking a second Derby win.

  • Big Brown knows he's prepping for an upcoming race.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4347211%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Big Brown: 'A Dream Come True'

    Big Brown has caused quite a stir on the backside in the days before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), so much so that trainer Richard Dutrow decided the easiest way to handle the media was to host a daily question and answer session.

  • Visionaire is the first horse purchased by Vision Sales and the first horse campaigned under the Vision Racing colors.

    Name Games: Origins of Derby Monikers

    In our quest to discover the origins of names belonging to Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders, we discovered a diamond mine, picked up some basketball lingo, learned Indonesian, and found out what brown can do for us. Here are the stories behind the names of a few runners going into this year's first Saturday in May.

  • Morning Line: It's All in the Draw

    The best drama in Louisville today takes place in the racing office on the backside at Churchill Downs. It's the pill pull to see what order post positions will be drawn later this afternoon in the made-for-television post position show on ESPN.

  • Big Truck is "Running for Re-Run" in the Kentucky Derby.

    Big Truck to Benefit ReRun on Derby Day

    The Barclay Tagg-trained Big Truck will be "Running for Re-Run" in the May 3 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

  • Downey: Derby by the (Speed) Numbers

    No one horse expected to run in the 2008 Kentucky Derby is an absolute standout if examined purely by the numbers produced for their best 3-year-old races by Brisnet, Beyer and Daily Racing Form. They're compiled here side-by-side for easy comparison.

  • Bennie Stutts, trainer of Smooth Air

    Stutts a Hit at Derby Trainers' Dinner

    An interview with Benny Stutts Jr. was the highlight of the annual Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners' and Breeders' Association's Derby trainers' dinner, as the 70-year-old trainer expressed his delight at preparing to saddle his first Kentucky Derby starter - Mount Joy Stables' Smooth Air.

  • Adriano won't have his third birthday until more than 2 weeks after the Derby.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4335621%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Foaling Dates of Derby Contenders

    Poet T.S. Eliot labeled April "cruelest month," but it is not a bad month on stud farms for foaling winners of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). In fact, over the last eight years, April foals have won three runnings of the Derby. February, the month that gives us both Groundhog Day and Presidents Day despite being the shortest month of the year, has been responsible for five winners.

  • Larry Jones

    Ringing in the Derby With Larry Jones

    Should Eight Belles run on Saturday, she will provide trainer Larry Jones with his second Kentucky Derby (gr. I) starter. Last year he conditioned Hard Spun, who ran a credible second behind Street Sense and was also owned by Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farms.

  • HRTV's Target Louisville - 4/29 (Video)

    HRTV's originally produced show on the Derby contenders. Big Brown arrives, Tale of Ekati works, Big Brown and Recapturetheglory gallop, a look at the Oaks entries, and an interview with Nick Zito - his thoughts on his two Derby contenders and the rest of the field.

  • Recapturetheglory with owner Ronnie Lamarque, left, and trainer Louie Roussel

    Daily Derby Notes: April 29

    Tale of Ekati breezes, Big Brown checks out Churchill Downs, Pletcher's pair arrive April 30, Recapturetheglory gallops.

  • Big Brown, half brother to My Chestnut Girl.

    Lacy's Tickets Have Derby Connections

    When Tony Lacy was signing sale tickets for yearlings last year, the Kentucky-based bloodstock agent and Four Star Sales consultant didn't know that two of the horses would distinguish themselves by having siblings running in this year's Kentucky Presented By Yum Brands (gr. I).

  • Cowboy Cal Races to Help Fight Cancer

    Janice and Robert McNair of Stonerside Stable announced April 29 that any earnings by their homebred Cowboy Cal in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will be donated to the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, in memory of John Long.

  • Big Brown headed to the track at Churchill Downs April 29.

    Dutrow Remains Confident

    Ten years ago Rick Dutrow was living in a tack room at Aqueduct, determined to make it on his own in the racing industry. On the morning of April 28, he faced a room full of media members intent on covering the progress of his contender for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Bennie Stutts talks with the media on the Churchill Downs backside.

    Strutting with Stutts

    For 70-year-old trainer Bennie Stutts Jr., coming to the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with his first starter, Smooth Air, is a bit like getting the chance to play in another major sporting event.

  • Louie Roussel III at Churchill Downs during Derby Week.

    Recapturing Louie Roussel

    As trainer Louie Roussel III feeds his 3-year-old bay colt a mint to keep him quiet during a morning bath in the week leading up to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), it isn't so hard to imagine it is Risen Star being rinsed down, not the appropriately named Recapturetheglory.

  • Tale of Ekati worked at Churchill Downs April 29.

    Works for Tale of Ekati, Halo Najib

    With four days to go to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), only two classic contenders worked at Churchill Downs on the morning of Tuesday, April 29.

  • Morning Line: Super Tuesday

    Trainer Nick Zito is holding court with a ring of media members outside his barn. The two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer has two starters for Saturday's running: Cool Coal Man and Anak Naktal. Zito is talking about the subject of the year: synthetic surfaces. We have a feeling he's not a big fan.

  • Big Brown settles into his stall at Churchill Downs.

    Brown In Town

    Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Big Brown shipped into Churchill Downs April 28, exhibiting the same ease with which he earned his latest five-length victory.

  • Julien Leparoux

    Derby Jockey Profiles: Julien Leparoux

    Julien Leparoux adds a bit of French flair to the American racing scene, having developed a strong career in Central Kentucky at tracks such as Keeneland and Churchill Downs after getting his start on horseback in his native country.

  • Big Brown shortly after arriving at Churchill Downs Monday afternoon.

    Daily Derby Notes: April 28

    Denis of Cork in after Behindatthebar skips Derby; five others turn in works; Big Brown to arrive Monday afternoon.

  • "Derby Day Live" – Streaming Video

    In partnership with WLEX-TV (Lexington, KY - NBC Affiliate), BloodHorse.com will be offering live streaming video from Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 3rd. The local coverage begins at 9:00 am and will be available until 4:00 pm.

  • Denis of Cork, who worked four furlongs Monday, is now in the Derby field after the defection of Behindatthebar.

    Behindatthebar Skips; Denis of Cork In

    The Sanan family's Padua Stables' Behindatthebar will not enter the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and instead will point for the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I). The decision opens the door for Mr. and Mrs. William Warren's Denis of Cork who had been 21st on the graded earnings list.

  • Visionaire working at Churchill Downs April 28.

    Visionaire Breezes As Expected

    Michael Matz didn't expect Visionaire to sizzle in his final work before the Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I), so the trainer was satisfied when the colt breezed a half-mile in :48.40 Monday morning at Churchill Downs.