Raul Rodriguez, California Chrome's Main Man: Out of the limelight yet playing a vital role, one man provides day-to-day hands-on care for 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome. Watch Video
The undefeated Tapit colt went four furlongs in :47 4/5 and galloped out five-eighths in 1:00 4/5 at Palm Meadows as he continues to prepare for his season debut Jan. 30 in the Holy Bull (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
In anticipation of his 2016 comeback in the Jan. 9 San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park, Taylor Made Stallions launched the new official home on the web for California Chrome Jan. 6 at TheChampIsBack.com.
Churchill Downs' 38-day spring meet is headlined by 26 stakes, 23 of which are graded, including the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Starlight Racing's Itsaknockout, who hadn't raced since his ninth-place finish in the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), returned a winner in an allowance/optional claiming event Dec. 31 at Gulfstream.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Jerome Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct. read blog
Tom LaMarra and Ellis Starr preview the Jerome Stakes (gr. III) and also take a look at the Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III). Sponsored by Equibase Download Equibase Past Performances for the Jerome.
Looking through my old Derby recaps for Blood-Horse, I have compiled a series of backstretch anecdotes that I feel capture some of my most memorable behind-the-scenes moments covering the Derby. read blog
Watch 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome work at Los Alamitos Dec. 27, 2015 with Victor Espinoza.
American Pharoah's Triple Crown sweep, culminating in his breathtaking victory in the Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I) that ended a 37-year drought, was honored Dec. 24 as the "Sports Story of the Year" by AP.
Standing together in the annals of Derby history are the two jockeys who have won five editions of the Derby each: Eddie Arcaro and the legendary Bill Hartack.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert added another Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) victory to his record Dec. 19, sending out winner Mor Spirit and runner-up Toews On Ice.
Raising the bar on handicapping contests, Churchill Downs Dec. 18 unveiled the inaugural TwinSpires.com Kentucky Derby Betting Championship on May 6-7.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Frank Angst preview the Los Alamitos Futurity, featuring Toews On Ice, Mor Spirit, Urlacher, and Sorryaboutnothing. Sponsored by Equibase Watch Video
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert could have as many as three participants in the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 19 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Trainer Bob Baffert accepted the Big Sport of Turfdom Award on behalf of the American Pharoah team Tuesday, Dec. 8 during a lunch presentation at the Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming in Tucson, Ariz.
On a brisk fall morning at Calumet Farm, dual classic winner Smarty Jones stood alertly in his paddock. The 14-year-old son of Elusive Quality is settling in well at the Lexington landmark.
J. Keeler Johnson discusses ten up-and-coming contenders for the 2016 Kentucky Derby. read blog
Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen stayed unbeaten and added a second straight graded stakes win to his record Nov. 28 when drawing away to a clear win in the $300,000 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Churchill will offer a new twist to its future wager menu with the debut of the Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Nyquist is the likely individual choice, but the ever-popular "all others" wager is the morning-line favorite for the first pool of the 2016 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
Smarty Jones, whose 2004 Triple Crown bid and affable connections earned him legions of fans, is returning to Central Kentucky from Pennsylvania to take up stallion duties at Calumet Farm. His fee for 2016 will be $7,500.
There is no harsher critic of racing films than yours truly, and I sadly have had to carve apart recent flicks with the dexterity of a surgeon with a scalpel. read blog
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Frank De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park. read blog
Big Chief Racing's Exaggerator, a steady fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), was installed the 2-1 morning-line choice for the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 21.
Frank Stronach hopes Giacomo will stimulate the Oregon breeding industry; Oakhurst Thoroughbreds gets its second Kentucky Derby winner at stud.
- By Steve Haskin
Several years ago during Kentucky Derby week, I wrote a small segment in my column about Iraqi War veteran Chris Simonds and his special Kentucky Derby dream. read blog
- By Steve Haskin
It was just me, American Pharoah, and Jimmy Barnes with not another soul around in as intimate a moment as I could ever recall with a Derby favorite. read blog
J. Keeler Johnson shares his thoughts on four up-and-coming 2yos. read blog
The last day to register online for presale of about 10,000 reserved seats for the 2016 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Longines Kentucky Oaks (both gr. I) is Nov. 4, Churchill Downs officials said.
War Emblem arrived in the United States Oct. 12 after 13 years standing stud at Shadai Stallion Station in Hokkaido, Japan. He will clear quarantine at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital before vanning to Old Friends.
- By Claire Novak
Reigning Horse of the Year California Chrome at Taylor Made Stallions Sept. 25, 2015. Watch Video
Reigning Horse of the Year California Chrome at Taylor Made Stallions Sept. 25, 2015.
Super Saver represents the male line of 1969 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Majestic Prince, a branch of the Raise a Native sire line that has been overshadowed by the much more numerous Mr. Prospector tribe.
Marketing icon Ed Seigenfeld, former executive vice president of Triple Crown Productions, died Sept. 16 in Louisville, Ky., after a brief illness. He was 78.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. read blog
- By Steve Haskin
Somewhere there is a Kentucky Derby with Dale Romans' name on it. read blog
Churchill Downs has announced an extensive $18 million capital project to modernize the Turf Club and several other premium areas.
Churchill Downs announced Aug. 24 a redesigned website for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and a partnership with Ticketmaster for the sale of tickets to the Derby and Longines Kentucky Oaks.
On Aug. 20, tightening the screws for an upcoming run in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I), the 3-year-old son of Tapit got down to business under jockey Joel Rosario with a five-furlong bullet move in :59.59 at Saratoga.
Though Uncle Sigh didn't win at Saratoga Aug. 16, trainer Gary Contessa was satisfied with the effort put forth by the 4-year-old colt who last raced in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (gr. I).
Record adjusted earnings for Kentucky Derby week, up more than $6 million compared with last year, helped Churchill Downs Inc. register record adjusted second-quarter earnings of $157.2 million.
Grade III winner Went the Day Well, who finished fourth in the 2012 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has arrived in Uruguay and will stand for Las Zainas Farm, according to bloodstock agent Pablo Nunez.
Churchill Downs Racetrack July 21 unveiled the official logos for the 2016 editions of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Taylor Made Farm closed a deal July 17 to purchase 30% interest in dual classic winner and 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome with the intent of racing the champion next year, then stand him at stud in 2017.
Churchill Downs Inc. announced July 14 that Robert L. Evans will retire as executive chairman of the company and as a member of management effective Sept. 30.
Conveyance, a multiple graded stakes-winning son of Indian Charlie, has been retired and will stand the 2016 breeding season at Doug Arnold's Buck Pond Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Chitu, a speedy colt who pushed the early pace in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been retired, according to trainer Bob Baffert.
Genuine Reward, one of only two living foals produced by 1980 Kentucky Derby (gr. I)-winning filly Genuine Risk, has found a new home at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center near Lexington.
Boosted by record wagering on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) card, Churchill Downs registered a 2.46% increase in pari-mutuel handle during its 38-day spring meet.
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