Keyword: Kentucky Derby

  • Johnny Avello

    Yearlong Process to Set Derby Odds

    Avello watches the potential contenders over a year in advance and by April of their three-year-old year, he can narrow his list down substantially.

  • Lani Breezes in Final Derby Preparation

    Koji Maeda’s Lani turned in the only work of the day by Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders May 3 when the Japanese-owned and –trained colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01.

  • Whitmore KY Derby feature video

    Visions of Roses: Whitmore's Journey

    Join Chance Moquett, the 23-year-old son of trainer Ron Moquett, as he describes the memories that are made with a runner on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail.

  • Start of the 2011 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs.

    Bourbon and Horses a 'Natural Fit'

    Woodford Reserve, a Kentucky distillery located in horse country, is the long-time sponsor of the Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs and is expanding its marketing footprint to horse racing venues in other countries.

  • Canonero II

    Haskin: Viva Canonero...Again

    With Venezuela once again invading the Kentucky Derby in the form of Grupo 7C Racing Stable, I thought this would be a good time to once again re-tell the remarkable story of Canonero

  • Nyquist trains at Keeneland April 22, 2016

    Nyquist Another Big Score for Dennis O'Neill

    When the auctioneer at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton March 2-year-olds in training sale at Gulfstream Park dropped the hammer on Hip 87 at $400,000, Dennis O'Neill was pleasantly surprised that he was the buyer of the colt named Nyquist.

  • Nyquist gets feel for Churchill surface May 1

    Nyquist Gets First Look at Churchill Downs

    Unbeaten champion Nyquist, the clear-cut early favorite for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), got his first tour of the main track at Churchill Downs May 1 after arriving from Keeneland April 30.

  • California Chrome

    Horse of the Year Contender California Chrome

    Catch up with 2014 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner California Chrome and learn about his new Kentucky home, Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., where he'll retire to stud at the end of his racing career.

  • Jockey Kent Desormeaux, left, and trainer Keith Desormeaux, right, celebrate after Exaggerator's victory in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I)

    A Derby Rookie's First Churchill Morning

    "I don't know if I'm still taking it in, it's still sinking in that we're here," Desormeaux said. "It is one of those subconscious goals that all trainers hope to achieve, but now that I'm here it's just a culmination of what we've put in."

  • Nyquist and trainer Doug O'Neill arrive at Churchill Downs April 30

    Nyquist Ships to Churchill Day After Work

    Trainer Doug O’Neill said Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist “looked good and sound” April 30, a day after his one-mile breeze at Keeneland in his final prep for the May 7 classic and his van trip to Churchill Downs.

  • Nyquist works out at Keeneland with Mario Gutierrez aboard

    Nyquist Wraps up Serious Derby Preparations

    While he took slightly different approaches with the two horses, trainer Doug O'Neill is as pleased with Nyquist going into the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) as he was with I'll Have Another, who won the 2012 edition of the Louisville classic.

  • Churchill Downs is preparing for Kentucky Derby week

    CDI Reports Productive First Quarter

    In advance of what it anticipates will be another successful Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week, Churchill Downs Inc. April 28 reported net income of $2.8 million for the first quarter of 2016.

  • Nyquist jogs on the Keeneland training track April 28

    Nyquist Jogs in Advance of Final Derby Work

    Reddam Racing's Nyquist jogged on the synthetic training track at Keeneland the morning of April 28 and remains on schedule for his final work before the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • The 1987 Breeders' Cup was a battle of Kentucky Derby winners, with 1986 Derby winner Ferdinand prevailing by a nose over 1987 winner Alysheba.

    Legends: Whittingham's Derby Winner Ferdinand

    The 1986 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) win was the first for legendary trainer Charlie Whittingham, who believed in only bringing a horse to the race if he believed it was completely justified. Ferdinand rewarded that belief with a 2 1/4 length victory.

  • Lani works at Churchill Downs April 27

    Lani Works in Perplexing Fashion

    Yutaka Take, Japan's most famous jockey, even came in for the work aboard the UAE Derby (UAE-II) winner, but Lani refused to get into gear until after a quarter of what was supposed to be a five-eighths work.

  • Victor Espinoza and American Pharoah

    Espinoza Back for More in Kentucky Derby

    "It's going to be hard," Espinoza said of tackling the Run for the Roses on Whitmore. "But you never know. As long as I have a horse in the race, I always think I can win the Kentucky Derby."

  • Mor Spirit Sharp in Churchill Breeze

    Working in company with Jimbo Fallon, Mor Spirit was clocked in eighth-mile splits of :11 2/5, :22 2/5, :34 1/5, and :46, galloping out the six furlongs in 1:13 1/5 under Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens.

  • Destin wins Tampa Bay Derby

    Eclipse Acquires Minority Interest in Destin

    Twin Creeks Racing Stables April 26 said Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners has acquired a minority interest in Destin, the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner and expected starter in the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Gun Runner works at Churchill Downs April 25

    Asmussen Works His Derby, Oaks Hopefuls

    Trainer Steve Asmussen, to be inducted in racing's Hall of Fame in August, worked two colts and five fillies at Churchill Downs April 25 in preparation for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (both gr. I).

  • Shagaf, My Man Sam Breeze Easy at Churchill

    Two very different workouts, but trainer Chad Brown was delighted with the training moves by his Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. 1) contenders My Man Sam and Shagaf April 24 at Churchill Downs.

  • Destin Works at Palm Beach Downs

    Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner Destin breezed at Palm Beach Downs April 23 in his final South Florida tune-up ahead of a scheduled start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Brody's Cause works at Churchill Downs, April 23, 2016

    Brody's Cause, Fellowship Head Busy CD Tab

    Churchill Downs had its first special training session for 2016 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) horses April 23, with Fellowship, Brody's Cause, and Tom's Ready among those to work.

  • Nyquist Smooth in Keeneland Breeze

    Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist wanted to go early, but quickly settled into a smooth stride in his second-to-last breeze April 23 at Keeneland before the Louisville classic.

  • Arc First Among 2015's Top 100 GI Races

    The Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe sits atop the list of the world's top 100 group I and grade I races for 2015, according to International Federation of Horseracing Authorities rankings released April 22.